Summer Picnic Party Lemon Cookie Cake

Summer Picnic Party: Lemon Cookie Cake

Welcome to the Summer Picnic Party hosted by Beth from Hungry Happenings and Hani from Haniela’s. They brought together 19 fabulous food bloggers together for a summer picnic party and giveaway. Summer picnic’s can be tricky with food. Heat can often kill the best recipes.  I love bringing our lemon cookie cake to summer picnics. You don’t have to worry about it melting, it is easy to transport and it is not a heavy dessert. Nobody wants to eat something super heavy on a hot day.

Lemon Cookie Cake

Lemon Cookie Cake {Recipe}

You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Lemon Zest {2 lemons}
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup organic shortening (Spectrum)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. lemon extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray 10” fluted removable bottom tart pan or cake pan.

Sift flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

Using a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, shortening and lemon zest together on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Scrape down the bowl. Add granulated sugar, powdered sugar, egg, lemon extract and lemon juice. Beat on medium speed until fully incorporated.

Add in the flour mixture all at once with the mixer on the lowest speed. Mix until well combined.

Place mixture in the tart pan. Spray an offset spatula with coconut oil.  Use an offset spatula to smooth the mixture in the pan.

Bake for 15 minutes.  Let the tart pan cool completely on a rack.

Lemon Buttercream

You’ll Need:

  • 2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp organic shortening
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


In a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter, shortening and salt for about 3 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and lemon extract.  Once the mixture comes together, scrape down the bowl. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and the lemon juice. Beat until combined. Scrape down the bowl again. Beat on high speed for 5 minutes or until the frosting is fluffy.


Divide the buttercream into 2 prep bowls. Color one bowl with yellow and leave the other white.

Lemon Cookie Cake


Fill two piping bags. One with yellow buttercream and one with white buttercream. Place large round tip on the end of the coupler. I used Wilton Tip No. 10.

Lemon Cookie Cake


Pipe a half moon shape with the yellow buttercream. Then pipe another half moon shape inside the yellow buttercream with the white color.

Lemon Cookie Cake


Pipe a white line across the top of the lemon wedge. Them pipe the quarters in white.

Lemon Cookie Cake


Fill in the quarters with the yellow buttercream. You can decorate your whole cookie cake or you can leave part of it with no frosting. In our house we have some frosting lovers and some who just want the cookie all by itself. With this  cake both parties are happy!

Lemon Cookie Cake


Place it in your favorite cake carrier and you are ready for your picnic. I love this cake keeper from Sandra Lee.  It comes with a plastic knife that hooks into the top so you can cut your cake wherever you go.

Lemon Cookie Cake

Wait till you see all the amazing picnic ideas.  Hot summer days are perfect to kick back, relax and surf some blogs for great ideas.



The Marshmallow StudioBuzzy Bee Pop Tutorial

Sam’s KitchenElderflower Cordial

Lila LoaSandwich Picnic Cookies

Pink Little CakeShortbread Cookie Tart with Caramel Bits

Hungry HappeningsKetchup and Mustard Push up Pops

The PartiologistAnt on a Log

Kitchen Fun with My 3 SonsPicnic Blanket Treats

The Baked EquationLemon Cookie Cake

The Decorated CookieCookies on the String

Not Your Momma’s CookieAnt Attack Cupcakes

Creative Fun Food Picnic Blanket Sandwich

Created by Diane – Luau Pasta Salad
Trilogy Edibles – Chocolate Mousse


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42 comments on “Summer Picnic Party Lemon Cookie Cake

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  2. Everything you make is gorgeous Melissa & no doubt extremely delicious!

    1. Thank you so much Melissa. I really appreciate it.

  3. Believe it or not but I have never made or had a cookie cake. This lemon version sounds fantastic for summer 🙂

  4. Jacquee says:

    I so want to go out right this moment and buy a picnic basket and stuff it full of everything here!! What cool ideas!! Love all things citrus for summer – sweet too…

    1. melissa says:

      I know, right? Everyone had such cute ideas.

  5. I love lemons and lemonade so I LOVE your cookie cake!! Cute and creative idea!!

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much Michelle!

  6. Samantha says:

    It looks so yummy! And I love the cute decorating!

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much Sammy!!!

  7. Georganne says:

    You take such pretty pictures! I love the simple decorating on this cookie cake!

    1. melissa says:

      Georganne! Thank you so much for your kind words.

  8. Claudia Rivera says:

    I want to win the cookie cutter company $50 online credit because I want to grow my tiny collection of cookie cutters.

    1. melissa says:

      Good Luck Claudia!

  9. Maria Berrios says:

    For my next picnic party, I’ll be making a berry lemon curd tart!

    1. Maria Berrios says:

      I’d love to win the $50 credit for The Cookie Cutter Company. I’m a cutter addict!

    2. melissa says:

      That sounds delicious!

  10. Amanda Fox says:

    I would bring cookies or some type of dessert as this is my favorite thing to eat! And I want to win any of the cookie cutters as I love to bake cookies!

    1. melissa says:

      Dessert is the best for picnics, huh?

  11. One of my favorite cake pans to use is a tart pan with removable bottom so when I first saw this cake I was delighted to have found another idea for the pan. I adore the way you added lemon on the top.

    1. melissa says:

      Tart pans are the best! Thank you so much for inviting me to take part in your blog party!

  12. Beautiful cookie cake, Melissa! Thanks for the head’s up on that nifty cake carrier too!

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much Mike!

  13. Paula says:

    Perfect dessert for a summer picnic. I love all your photographs. What an eye-catching post.

  14. trinnie says:

    I’d love to win the certificate from The Cookie Cutter Company because a girl can never have enough cutters!

    1. melissa says:

      Its funny! I just got a package from coppergifts today and I still get giddy!

    2. melissa says:

      Nope I am pretty sure you can never have too many

  15. Oh my goodness Melissa, I just have to make this….I love lemon, and it is super-cute!

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much Diane!

    2. melissa says:

      Thank you Diane!

  16. I have a soft spot for cookies, especially cute, giant ones, Melissa! Perfect for transporting to a picnic!

  17. Love this cake!!! Looks yummy! I would Love to win all of these and make this darn cookie!

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much Christina!

  18. My husband’s favorite flavor is lemon and he would love it if I made this for him anytime! Thanks for sharing this with us at our picnic party.

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much Beth! I was so excited to be apart of the blog party!

  19. SO beautiful, Melissa! Lemon is my favorite summertime flavor, so I’m all over this! 🙂 Love the sweet design on the top!

  20. Lemon buttercream… Yum! So pretty and so perfect for summer!

  21. I want to go to your picnic and eat that cake – I love LEMON!

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