Cookie Cakes

I’m not sure how this all started, but every year I make Rachel a special cookie “cake”. It’s nothing more than a large chocolate chip cookie which I then frost in some sort of semi-creative manner. The most recent one was this weekend and I thought, what the heck, let’s upload ’em for all the cool kids to see.


Rachel and I had just finished reading The Hobbit. Along the way she grew fascinated by the runes and so we learned them. (The Hobbit runes are easy since they map directly to English.)

That’s when I decided on this design. The center says, “Happy Birthday Rachel”. Then around the edge it says, “One Cookie to Rule Them All.” I proudly displayed the result to her. My then nine-year-old daughter stared a bit, then flatly said, “You misspelled it.” “Huh? … Oh dang it, you’re right.” Extra credit points to anyone out there who catches it:


We’re also big fans of Homestar Runner. If you’ve never seen it, it’s a funny animated web comic. Here’s the main character. I had to cheat on the eyes. They’re just paper:


In October of 2006, we went to Party Pig to buy all sorts of Halloween-related gear for her birthday. In May. Yep, she wanted a Halloween Party that year. All her guests dressed up and we invited Jack Skellington too:


The difficulty I had piping in Jack the previous year made me try fondant this year. Unfortunately, I spent so much time trying to get the materials prepared, I ran out of time to put the actual cookie together. The theme this year was “spa” and that’s supposed to be a woman with a towel on her head, cucumbers on her eyes, and wearing a green mud mask. It didn’t come out at all like I’d planned. (Story of my life. 🙂 ) Check out that crappy piping!


Last weekend I got to spend a little more time with the fondant and the results were much better. In fact, it was the exact same fondant from last year: I had a big wad of it leftover and so I kept it in the freezer.

Rachel had a roller skating party this year, and when I asked her how she wanted her cake decorated, she said simply, “Put a roller skate on it.”

Great. Hmmm… I did a Google Image Search and found this. I converted the image into four colors: white, pink, purple, and black, then printed out templates for each piece. After that it was just a matter of painstakingly cutting out pieces of fondant which stay frozen for only seconds at a time before they turn into goo. After a couple hours, though, I had the result. Not bad:

Can’t wait till next year…

18 Responses to “Cookie Cakes”

Tom Rooney said
June 2, 2009 at 7:56 am

Very creative Charlie.

Katie said
June 2, 2009 at 8:09 am

Lucky daughter you have there–those cakes are fabulous and so creative!

Tuscanystone said
June 2, 2009 at 8:44 am

oh wow! What a cool Dad you are! 😀

They look delicious too! I assume they get eaten and not frozen!

Tusc 😉

linteater said
June 2, 2009 at 8:56 am

Awesome cookie decorating skills!

Mary said
June 2, 2009 at 9:13 am

FAB-U-LOUS! *I* want one!

Shelley B said
June 2, 2009 at 9:38 am

Oh how cute! What a fun tradition!

Anonymous said
June 2, 2009 at 10:23 am

I LOVE Homestar Runner. My son used to quote that dang website all the time. Too funny.

Great cookie!

Kelly said
June 2, 2009 at 11:06 am

I love these!

Biz said
June 2, 2009 at 11:29 am

Thanks for a trip down memory lane! Tell Rachel her card (i.e. $$) is in the mail today – I am so late with her birthday this year!!

I like the roller skate one the best! 😀

Sagan said
June 2, 2009 at 11:56 am

That’s impressive! Tastiness.

Jenn@slim-shoppin said
June 2, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Charlie, I had no idea you had such mad skills!!

I love her cookie cakes, and I especially like the roller skating one.

I’ve always wondered, where do you get fondant?? Do you make it, or do you buy it??

    Charlie said
    June 2, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I first looked around to buy, since making real fondant is about as easy as glassblowing. But I then searched for easier “substitute” recipes and found one. I’d still like to try it for real one day since I imagine the hard work up front pays off with a substance that’s far easier to use than the cheap stuff.

Quix said
June 2, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I have to agree – while they are all awesome and creative, the rollerskate one is the best. Though homestar is a definite contender! 🙂

Mom said
June 2, 2009 at 5:03 pm

And there are 13 candles! I counted ’em.

    Charlie said
    June 2, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Yep! That was the very first thing Rachel noticed when the package of candles showed up.

Suzie said
June 2, 2009 at 6:25 pm

I love it! I don’t know too many dads who make their daughters birthday cakes – way to go!

Meg said
June 2, 2009 at 8:36 pm

I love them all, but the roller skate one is my favorite!

Daisypicker5 said
June 9, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Those cookie cakes look amazing!! I made a red velvet cake this weekend using this recipe but i’m definitely going to try making a cookie cake next weekend.