Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookie Layer Cake

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookie Layer CakeSalted Chocolate Chunk Cookie Layer CakeIt has often been said that artists are their own worst critics. This is a statement, of which I definitely am inclined to agree. I hold myself to such an impossible perfectionist standard with this blog, demanding only the best and most creative recipes, writing and photography from myself always. ( I would probably go so far as to say that three quarters of my creations do not even make it onto the site, even the ones I am most proud of or the ones that truly tasted the best!).

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookie Layer Cake

I have become so focused on striving to ‘better and perfect’ each post – to top every previous effort that in the process I seem to have lost sight in the fun and excitement of blogging… and I have forgotten the important growing lessons that imperfection in the kitchen teaches. I need to take a step back and learn to loosen the reins, to lower the perfectionist standard and to try to continue to keep blogging an enjoyable and artistic experience.

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookie Layer Cake

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookie Layer CakeSalted Chocolate Chunk Cookie Layer Cake

It can’t always be perfectly styled and decadent gateaux, exquisite tarts and pastries on butter and brioche every week. And I would hate to give the impression that I regularly bake and eat these treats every. single. day…my cooking normally resides much more in the real world than that.

Though lately, I have found myself baking more and more. And I cannot deny that I have been indulging in decadent home-baked treats more often than not. Conveniently around this same time, I acquired the Decorated Cakes cookbook by April Carter (of Rhubarb and Rose) and the book has undoubtedly become one of my favourite baking bibles.

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookie Layer CakeSalted Chocolate Chunk Cookie Layer CakeSalted Chocolate Chunk Cookie Layer CakeThis Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookie Layer Cake is my adaption of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake featured in Decorated Cakes. And it is the epitome of rich decadence. The cake is comprised of eight layers of salted chocolate chunk walnut cookies that sandwich a wicked liqueur infused dark chocolate ganache.

The large cookies are buttery, textural, crisp but gooey and are so terribly delicious that they can easily be devoured alone… though I do highly recommend layering the dark chocolate ganache between them.

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookie Layer CakeSalted Chocolate Chunk Cookie Layer Cake

This Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookie Layer Cake makes me excited… like this is the most fun I’ve had in the kitchen in a long time excited. I can see the beauty in its lopsided height, in the stray flakes of sea salt, and in the imperfect browned edges and cracks that grace the cookie tops. Oh and  in all that oozy-messy ganache too.

There is in my view, no such thing as being too chocolate-y and I have a feeling you too would rather agree… so here is the recipe for my Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake. Enjoy.

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookie Layer Cake
For the cookie layers:
  • 125 g / 4 ½ oz. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ⅓ cup / 85 g / 3 oz. caster sugar
  • ⅔ cup / 125 g / 4 ½ oz. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 175 g / 6 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup / 50 g / 1.7 oz. walnuts, chopped
  • 2 cups / 225 g / 8 oz. plain flour
  • 1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp. Maldon flaky sea salt, plus extra for sprinkling
For the chocolate liqueur ganache:
  • 265 ml / 9 fl. oz. double cream
  • 3 tbsp. chocolate liqueur (optional)
  • 300 g / 11 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
  1. Using a stand mixer or with electric beaters, beat the butter, sugars and vanilla until the mixture is pale and fluffy, roughly 5 minutes. Add the beaten egg to the mixture and mix well to combine. Add the chopped chocolate and walnuts.
  2. Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a separate clean bowl. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating to just combine, then stir in the flaky salt. Cover the bowl and chill for at least two hours.
  3. When the cookie dough is firm, pre-heat an oven to 170 C / 335 F. Line 3 baking trays with baking parchment. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, roughly 100 g / 3 ½ oz. each. Roll the dough pieces into balls with your hands, and gently press them into thick discs. Place on the baking trays 5 cm / 2 inches apart as the cookies will spread slightly as they bake. 3 cookies should be able to fit per tray.
  4. Bake the cookies for 10 – 12 minutes or until crisped and golden at the edges. Leave the cookies to cool on their trays for 2 minutes before transferring, on the baking parchment, to fully cool on a wire rack.
  5. To make the chocolate liqueur ganache, bring the cream and liqueur to a simmer in a small saucepan set over low to medium heat. Place the chopped chocolate in a bowl and pour the simmering mixture over it. Let it stand for 2 minutes then whisk until completely smooth. Let the mixture cool to room temperature before chilling for 20 minutes or until it is firm enough to spread. Once set, beat by hand until it is smooth.
  6. To assemble, spread about 3 tablespoons of the ganache almost to the edge of the first cookie layer, press the second cookie layer on top and repeat to use up all the cookies and ganache. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes to set the ganache and soften the cookies. Finally, sprinkle with extra flaky salt and serve at room temperature.

– “Try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun.” – Julia Child

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  • Reply Nicole March 23, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Wow! This is a show-stopper, for sure!

  • Reply Kimberly February 21, 2015 at 2:37 am

    Words cannot describe how utterly amazing this looks! I definitely see this dessert in my future 🙂

  • Reply Signe February 15, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Wow!! This is insane, looks beyond amazing! I have to try making it asap! 😀

  • Reply Omar @ Lands & Flavors February 15, 2015 at 2:11 am

    This cake looks so decadent and fun. I can’t wait to make a few easy subs to veganize it. I imagine myself slyly presenting it to stunned faces as “just a little something I threw together…”

    By the way, your dedication to the blog is evident…another beautiful recipe.

  • Reply Gin February 14, 2015 at 6:59 am

    So decadent! Your pics are wonderful and make it easy to imagine the deliciousness – I feel like I can taste it!

  • Reply Melissa @ Bits of Umami February 13, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    OMG I wish I had this now with a huge scoop of ice cream on top! YUM!

  • Reply Christina @ Christina's Cucina February 10, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Thalia, you are so incredibly talented that you must not let your perfectionism hinder you. A little goes a long way and I feel it’s a good thing, but taken to an extreme, can cause you lot’s of problems in life. I hope you get to the point where you feel that you can post almost all of your creations, as sometimes readers shy away from “perfect” posts, thinking that the recipes and creations are unattainable for them.

    That said, this cookie cake looks fabulous and so do your other wonderful cakes and cookies! I’m very impressed! Thank you for commenting on my page so that I came here to find yours!

  • Reply Akina February 9, 2015 at 5:04 am

    This looks amazing! I guess many of us often forget to find the perfection in the imperfect. Thanks for sharing your lovely creations 🙂

  • Reply Caroline Corrente February 9, 2015 at 3:57 am

    So amazing Thalia!! What incredible talent. I can’t wait to try this!

  • Reply Andrea @ Chocolate & Sea Salt February 9, 2015 at 2:51 am

    WOW. These look aaamazing. I have a feeling I’d eat myself into a stomach ache if this were staring at me! SO GOOD! 🙂

  • Reply Jenny @ BAKE February 5, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Such a beautiful cookie/cake! I am definitely going to ask for one for my birthday now! Your photos are absolutely gorgeous too.

  • Reply Ashley | Blissful Basil February 3, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Thalia! This is so beautiful and absolutely, ridiculously decadent looking! What a brilliant idea to create a layer cake out of cookies!

  • Reply Angie @ Friday is Cake Night February 3, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Simply stunning! I would never have thought about creating a cake like this. Thanks for sharing!!

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  • Reply Mir February 2, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I can see your perfectionism so clearly, just because everything on your site is always exquisite. And if you have fun with it, that’s the most important thing. I definitely enjoy the fruits of your labor!
    This cookie cake pretty much rocks my happy salted caramel world!

  • Reply Judy @ I'm Bored, Let's Go February 1, 2015 at 4:07 am

    First of all, this looks and sounds amazing! And second, it can get overwhelming having to feel like everything has to be so perfect that it’s easy to loose the joy that cooking (or baking) photography and blogging can bring.

  • Reply Amy January 31, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Thalia, you are way too hard on yourself! Your writing and photography are beautiful and very unique and I really enjoy your blog.

  • Reply easyfoodsmith January 31, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    That looks like one seductive cookie layer cake!!

  • Reply Erica January 30, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Whaaaaaa!? Is this real life…? I would love to trip and faceplant into that right now.

  • Reply Ella-HomeCookingAdventure January 30, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Wow.. I would definitely love a slice .. that’s for sure..

  • Reply Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings January 30, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I have April Carter’s book, too! So pretty…and so are these cookies/cakes. Perfect for a birthday party, as you get the best of both worlds!

  • Reply Annie @ ciaochowbambina January 30, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    I learned a long time ago that striving for perfection would always leave me disappointed only because it’s impossible…however, striving for excellence is very much possible – a goal I try to rise to every day! Your work is exquisite and this cake, amazing!! You should feel proud, my dear!

  • Reply Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom January 30, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Thalia, I totally hear you. . so happy for you that you came to the realization that you want to lower the perfectionist standard and to keep blogging for the enjoyable and artistic experience. I know it will be hard for you .. but yeah just enjoy it! otherwise, it will become stress . . everything you do is so gorgeous but yeah I’m a big believer in easing up and just taking things one day at a time and with more ease. Life is short, yo. and oh my gawd, this cookie layer cake. Amazing! and I don’t even know what too chocolate-y means. Life would not be life without chocolate. 🙂

  • Reply Bea January 30, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Thalia!This cake is just perfectly imperfect 😉 You know,sometimes we’ve got to take a step back to make to steps forward! ;)Your site is amazing!So are YOU! All the best girl xxx

  • Reply Wendi Spraker January 30, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Oh my – I totally identify with what you wrote on this post! I have two posts mostly ready to go – but the pictures weren’t what I wanted to see – so they wont’ go on the website. I DO LOVE this post though. Looks wonderful!

  • Reply Alessandra // the foodie teen January 30, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Thalia, this is just INSANE, in the very best way possible! Seriously, you have completely outdone yourself here.. YUM!

  • Reply Cakespy January 30, 2015 at 3:05 am

    A miracle I want in my mouth!

  • Reply Cakespy January 30, 2015 at 3:05 am

    This isn’t even a cake…it’s like a miracle.

  • Reply Connie the Chocoholic January 30, 2015 at 2:46 am

    I feel ya. I catch myself doing that every so often and to refresh mysefl again i need to take a long break from blogging. Lately i’ve been really into numbers, how many people liked my photo? how many views did my blog get today? how much is my rpm on adsense? Not proud that I’ve come to those standards. BUT once i click through my first posts ever I’ll remember why I started the blog in the first place

  • Reply Summer B January 30, 2015 at 2:23 am

    What a beautiful cookie cake! I can only imagine how much hard work goes into your beautiful creations. I am 100% type A myself. And I have been known to shed a tear or two..or five hundred…when things don’t work out or the lighting isn’t right or I simply don’t have the time to test a recipe out. It’s stressful stuff! I hope you get a chance to have more fun like with this cookie cake 🙂 <3

  • Reply Ashley January 30, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Ummm this is like the best cake ever! haha made out of cookies?? I love it!

    And I hear you – I am such a perfectionist and it’s something I definitely struggle with sometimes. I can be my own worst enemy!

  • Reply Kristen @ The Endless Meal January 30, 2015 at 12:24 am

    I don’t even know what to think about this; it might just be the most awesome thing I’ve ever seen. It is certainly the most awesome cookie I’ve laid eyes upon. 🙂

  • Reply Savita @ ChefDeHome January 29, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Looks so scrumptious! Love the salted caramel aspect of these cookies and Thalia, all pictures look so good too! Thanks for sharing a delicious recipe!

  • Reply Kelley @ Chef Savvy January 29, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Wow this looks so amazing! Wonderful idea for a birthday cake! We are all our own worst critic. I think its great to strive for perfection but dont drive your self crazy! Ive been there!

  • Reply Lokness @ The Missing Lokness January 29, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    This cookie cake is totally irresistible! Amazing work, Thalia!

  • Reply Agness January 29, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Girl, I’m in a food heaven! Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate :D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Trish January 29, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    I think this is awesome! I’m probably the opposite when it comes to perfection on the blog. I kind of cook and photograph, type and go. I actually struggle with how lax I am about photo taking, editing, writing, all that stuff. I always tell myself I’m going to make the next one PERFECT! Maybe the next one….. :). Anyways… I love how the cookies look homemade and not totally perfect. Makes it looks like I want to dig in and eat it!

  • Reply Meagan @ The F&B Department January 29, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    I can totally relate to the notion of always trying to outdo yourself. No one realizes that what makes it on to the site is only a fraction of your hard work. That being said, hard work and high expectations always pay off, and your site is a shining example of that! Your desserts are always so creative and gorgeous, and this cookie layer cake is no exception! I want to eat the whole thing!

  • Reply Sarah | Broma Bakery January 29, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    This is so up my alley you have no idea. I’m jealous I haven’t made it myself! I very well may need to in the future… Gah! I can’t get over it. Great work, Thalia!

  • Reply Sarah|Pickled Capers January 29, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I do remember the days when stray crumbs lodged in frosting and rapidly melting ice didn’t reduce me to tears. You should know, though, that you make all this grandeur (and on your site I do mean grandeur) appear effortless.

  • Reply Kelly // The Pretty Bee: Cooking & Creating January 29, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    WOW! THis is stunning! I wish I had this to eat for my birthday a couple of weeks ago!

  • Reply Sarah@Whole and Heavenly Oven January 29, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Thaila, you are literally one of the most creative bloggers out there! I can totally relate to getting caught in the comparison trap, but just remember that no blog or blogger is quite like YOU. You rock, girl and holy moely so does this cake! I am officially drooling. Absolutely stunning and so genius! xxoxoxo

  • Reply Caitlin January 29, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    this cookie cake looks insane! so delicious!

  • Reply June Burns January 29, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Ah that came out great! I just bought that book, too, was definitely eyeing that recipe! I’ll have to try it for myself soon 🙂

  • Reply Evi @ greenevi January 29, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Thalia, I absolutely adore your photography, food styling and recipes! They are always PERFECT!
    This cake is something I would have never ever thought of by myself, but looks amazing! Pinned for later 🙂

  • Reply Anu January 29, 2015 at 9:11 am

    OMG! This SALTED CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIE LAYER CAKE is absolutely gorgeous and delicious. I am drooling! 🙂

  • Reply Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health January 29, 2015 at 5:13 am

    I can completely relate to how you feel. It’s so easy to fall into the comparison trap and hold yourself to impossible standards. But I think it’s great that you are self-aware and realize it before it sucks the happiness out of blogging for you.

    Honestly though, all of your work is nothing short of amazing and you should be so proud of yourself!! I drool like a silly fool every time I come here. Like right now, it’s literally killing me that I can’t have a bite of this cookie cake. Killing me!!!

  • Reply Traci | Vanilla And Bean January 29, 2015 at 4:53 am

    We are our own worst critics, Thalia. Every time I see a recipe you make it is beautiful.. every part of it, regardless of the flaws that you see. Just like this cookie cake. I can only imagine as you cut into it thinking about if it is going to hold up or fall apart or worse… squish! But no matter what happens, it is this beautiful work of art that tastes divine and it’s all the better because you had the courage to make it, photograph it and write about something so decadent, fun and beautiful! My husband would die over this cake and I am thinking he will need it for Valentines day. Thank you Thalia! I hope your trip was fabulous!

    • Reply thalia January 29, 2015 at 6:05 am

      Thanks for your kind words Traci!

  • Reply marcie January 29, 2015 at 3:11 am

    Thalia, your recipes and photos are always wonderful! I always have to remind myself that just because something doesn’t turn out exactly like my vision does not mean it’s not “perfect”, and that nobody else knows what my vision actually was unless I tell them. haha These cookies look like soft, chewy perfection, and I would love a giant slice of this delicious cake!

  • Reply Carol Borchardt January 29, 2015 at 2:57 am

    Such a fun idea and your photography is stunning!

  • Reply Rachel @ Bakerita January 29, 2015 at 2:15 am

    If this isn’t perfection…I don’t know what is! I’m so glad you posted this because it is stunnnningg and I want to devour it. Those cut open pictures…heaven. Pinned!

  • Reply ATasteOfMadness January 29, 2015 at 1:21 am

    This is so freaking gorgeous!! I am totally wanting this right now!

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking with Cakes January 28, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Thalia your recipes are ALWAYS stunning, ease up on yourself girrrl! we are definitely our harshest critics so I know how hard it can be, but your blog is a true artistic inspiration and I LOVE coming on here to see what beauties you have created, so keep up the incredible work (and let yourself make a mistake/take an ugly photo every now and then, too lol)

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice January 28, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    I feel like I say this about all of your recipes, but this has to be my favorite! I absolutely LOVE this cookie cake, Thalia! So gorgeous with those layers. Wish I could devour this right now!

  • Reply Belinda@themoonblushbaker January 28, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    AHHH!!! Love it from the drippy chocolate to mini flags. If anyone knows dessert indulgence it is me but then again we are both worth it right?;)

    • Reply thalia January 28, 2015 at 11:53 pm

      You are the king of indulgent desserts Belinda! x

  • Reply Christina @ Bake with christina January 28, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Look at that cookie cake! And the filling looks so rich and chocolatey!! Pinned 🙂

  • Reply Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! January 28, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Okay, it’s official! I want this for my birthday in July! Pinning!

  • Reply Karrie@Tasty Ever After January 28, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Wow! Love this so much! Thinking it will make a perfect addition to the my Super Bowl party food table.

  • Reply Kristin @ Tasty Joy January 28, 2015 at 10:34 am

    There’s nothing like a cookie cake to bring you back to the fun and excitement! Good for you 🙂

  • Reply Johlene January 28, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Oh my word this cake is dangerous!! I could take a bite right now 🙂

  • Reply Melinda @ RecipeFiction January 28, 2015 at 6:10 am

    I have been thinking of cookie cakes for the last week or so and if by magic this appeared. It looks wonderfully eatable. Yum.

  • Reply Sam Taylor January 28, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Ah Thalia – what a thing of beauty this biscuity / chocolaty / gooey mess cake is. I adore it. I think often it is easy to feel that there lies a very fine line between perfection and sloppy when rather, I think, there is a myriad of wonderful that falls just short of the perfection mark. Finding that wonderful is often its own perfect.

  • Reply doughmydear January 28, 2015 at 5:03 am

    I think you are absolutely true about taking it easy on the little imperfections that happen in the kitchen! Baking and chronicling about it is a therapeutic experience and must be enjoyed! Great piece of cake btw 🙂

  • Reply Kathleen @ Yummy Crumble January 28, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Omigod Thalia! The chocolate looks divine! I’m in love with those photos…I love how gooey and messy it is 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca @ DisplacedHousewife January 28, 2015 at 2:57 am

    This looks sinful. Perfect.

  • Reply liz January 28, 2015 at 2:34 am

    I think my family’s favorite dessert is chocolate chip cookies, so they’d definitely be wild for your layered version. I can totally relate to the perfectionist tendencies—i think most food bloggers can 🙂

  • Reply Jess @ Eating with Alice January 28, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Oh my goodness, this looks insanely good! Being a perfectionist, I can totally relate – I always have to remind myself that I’m my own worst critic.

    Jess xo

  • Reply Kacey @ The Cookie Writer January 28, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Sigh. I love this cake. Almost too much. But now you have me conflicted on whether to make this for my sister’s birthday or my original plan of an ice cream cake! Ahhh, decisions! 🙂

  • Reply Dini @ Giramuk's Kitchen January 28, 2015 at 1:01 am

    I have no words to describe how hungry I feel right now!! this looks amazing Thalia 🙂 Wish I could have a piece of that now…

  • Reply Sugar et al. January 28, 2015 at 12:27 am

    Glad to know that I am not the only one being critical and extremely harsh on myself at times. This cake is brilliant & so decadent with all the oozy chocolate goodness and cookie like texture. I am so pinning this!

  • Reply Lori R. January 28, 2015 at 12:08 am

    What a fun idea! I absolutely love this. The cookies are just perfect.

  • Reply Amanda January 28, 2015 at 12:01 am

    This looks amazing. I know that feeling of trying to get better and better all the time. At least you’re aware that it can drive you crazy and steal the fun. I think your blog is beautiful and always have. when you reach a certain level even your worst is better than most. That should be a comfort because you’re at that level 😉

    • Reply thalia January 28, 2015 at 4:12 am

      Thanks for your kind comment Amanda!

  • Reply Bonnie January 27, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Oh. My. God. This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen!

  • Reply Mary Ann January 27, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    What a beautiful piece of chocolate heaven on a plate! I wish it was sitting in front of me right now!! Need to make that soon!

  • Reply Raquel @ My California Roots January 27, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Holy crap. That looks like a wonderful/horrible/delicious/amazing/fattening/necessary mess. I cannot wait to make one of these. I think it is my new favorite cake idea. Waiting for my birthday in May!

  • Reply Nicky @ Kitchen Sanctuary January 27, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    I totally agree – can never be too chocolatey!
    I was totally drawn to this when I saw it on foodgawker. Those slight imperfections you mentioned? Make it all the more perfect! Yum!!

  • Reply Trish @ Well Worn Fork January 27, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    sinful. perfectly sinful!

  • Reply Cheyanne January 27, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Thalia, another creation I’m drooling over (Despite my allergy to chocolate). My husband is demanding I make this ASAP. I’m sure mine won’t look nearly as gorgeous as yours ♡ Cheers, pretty lady and thank you for sharing. (Husband says thanks too!)

  • Reply Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) January 27, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I used to have the same issue with every single thing I did and realized that it was only hendering me not to grow from mistakes and imperfection. I also learned that our imperfection is what makes us so unique and gives us our fingerprint in the world. Gorgeous cake too. Your creativity shines in this!

  • Reply Kari Peters January 27, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cookie layer cake before, it’s so incredibly gorgeous – so much oozing chocolate!

  • Reply Marlene January 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Hands down this is absolutely the greatest thing I have ever seen and I won’t dare to make it as it would surely be the death of me!

  • Reply Shinee January 27, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Oh my gosh, is this for real? Is it what I’m really seeing?? I’d inhale it in 2 seconds!

  • Reply Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures January 27, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Wow! You definitely can’t have too much chocolate. The gooey ganache looks amazing!

  • Reply Yin and Yolk January 27, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    This looks like a chunk of heaven on a plate. Now I have grand ideas of what to do with my ‘extra’ cookies.

  • Reply January 27, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    GASP!!! I…….I …..I don’t even know what to say about this masterpeice other than that it may be my favorite of all your recipes! Pinning….a lot!

  • Reply Anna @ Sunny side ups January 27, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Definitely, definitely no such thing as something being too chocolatey!! This cake is absolutely stunning and oh my goodness, so so delicious!! If I could be in love with a dessert, I’m sure this would be it!! 😉

  • Reply Amanda January 27, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    WHOA! That ganache is over the top! This is amazing!!!

  • Reply mymansbelly January 27, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Who needs to decide between cake or cookie? Perfect!

  • Reply Jen @ Baked by an Introvert January 27, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    This is one show stopper, Thalia! It really is hard to not be so critical of yourself when your are showing the world your work. You feel the need to put your best foot forward. But sometimes it’s okay to let everyone see that you are just like them. 🙂

  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Bakeshop January 27, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    This looks like an amazing recipe, Thalia! I can relate on being a perfectionist and that sometimes that takes the fun out of baking/cooking and blogging. I just try to remember that I am always striving to get better and I don’t have to be someone else’s version of a perfect food blog. Eating a chocolate and peanut butter dessert helps too :).

  • Reply Emily January 27, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    You seem to come up with showstopper after showstopper, so it’s helpful to see that even you have your ups and downs. This cookie cake looks so fun- rich, delicious, and love those flags!

  • Reply Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor January 27, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Amazing! I know someone with a birthday coming up that would absolutely love this cake. I can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply Mike@TheIronYou January 27, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    This looks amazing Thalia, it’s like chocolate heaven!

  • Reply Bec January 27, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Just yes.

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen January 27, 2015 at 11:11 am

    This cookie cake is my idea of heaven! Love all the layers and all that ganache- wow!

  • Reply Angela January 27, 2015 at 11:05 am

    I agree completely with this post, I feel that every week on my blog has to be some sort of patisserie extravaganza. Realistically I think readers want a mix of recipes they can salivate over and things they can attempt at home with very little equipment or time needed.

    I am also a fan of individual cakes and bakes, that way you can photograph the prettier ones 🙂

    This cookie cake looks delicious and I am a huge fan of ganache,individual versions of the same cake would look cute too, especially with different shaped cookie cutters.

    Love the blog.

  • Reply Shiran @ pretty. simple. sweet. January 27, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I’ve just seen it all over Pinterest, and couldn’t believe how beautiful it looked! It looks so tempting! I have to say that this is one of my favorite posts so far. I can really relate to that all perfectionism thing, since I’m the same! And it’s really important to just let it go, and have fun with it as well. I can definitely tell you that you are an artist and you’re doing a wonderful job with your blog! 🙂

    • Reply thalia January 27, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Thanks Shiran x

  • Reply Emily January 27, 2015 at 9:23 am

    This cake is a brilliant idea Thalia! I am drooling by the sight of these gorgeous images the cake ha! x Emily

  • Reply Lucy @SupergoldenBakes January 27, 2015 at 8:26 am

    I am the same way… I will frequently bake or cook something that tastes amazing but I am not 100% happy with the photos. In the past I would just not publish it and now I am trying to be a little less critical and go with the flow… This cookie layer cake not only looks stunning (and not a little dangerous) I bet tasted just incredible as well.

    • Reply thalia January 27, 2015 at 10:48 am

      I’m glad that I am not the only one Lucy x

  • Reply Arman @ thebigmansworld January 27, 2015 at 8:13 am

    YES. I deal with this all the time and moreso lately. Thanks for the post- It really hit home but put things in perspective.

    Now as for the cake….yes please.

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High January 27, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Yes to all of this! It’s so easy to get down on yourself when your latest post/recipe/pictures isn’t better or greater than the previous one. But the truth is, growth is seldom linear or exponential, and there are definitely some ups and downs along the way. It’s important to not be so hard on yourself.

    And this cake is <3 <3 <3

    • Reply thalia January 27, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Thanks Michelle, your kind words and advice means alot! xx

  • Reply Raymund January 27, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Wow I guess having this on my table would be better than having some **x (you know).
    Look at that beauty, as usual its so drool worthy

  • Reply Mira January 27, 2015 at 5:05 am

    Everything on your blog looks beautiful Thalia, it could be hard to stay away from all these sweets! This cake looks gorgeous! Pinned!

  • Reply Olivia @ olivia's cuisine January 27, 2015 at 4:16 am

    This looks like something I could be devouring right now. Also, I loved reading your post… I suffer from the same thing. Im too hard on myself and usually hate everything I do: my pictures, my writing, my food styling. I’ll eventually post with the promise I’ll one day go back and reshoot them… Usually the pictures I hate the most are the ones that turn out to be the most popular on Pinterest. That’s a funny thought..

    • Reply thalia January 27, 2015 at 4:24 am

      I am exactly the same Olivia!

  • Reply Mary // chattavore January 27, 2015 at 3:18 am

    Are you kidding me right now? This is the most ridiculously gooey and delicious things I’ve ever seen. NEED.

  • Reply Claudia @Breakfast Drama Queen January 27, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Oh my God! This cake looks and sounds like heaven!

  • Reply Amanda @ The Scattered Cook January 27, 2015 at 3:07 am

    I could eat this whole thing by myself – it looks so good!!

  • Reply Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron January 27, 2015 at 3:06 am

    What a gorgeous cookie stack/cake. Whatever you call it, it looks delicious! Gorgeous photos too!

  • Reply Cecily Potter January 27, 2015 at 2:33 am

    So cute! I too am loving the crap out of my copy of April’s book.

  • Reply Audrey @ Gluten-Free Vegan Love January 27, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Wow. Brilliant. I know quite a few people who will appreciate this as a birthday treat — thanks so much for the wonderful recipe — ♥ it!

  • Reply Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust January 27, 2015 at 2:17 am

    I just can’t even…this cake. I want it. NOW!!

  • Reply Medha @ Whisk & Shout January 27, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Thoughtful post! I am also totally OBSESSED with this cake and everything about it! Cookies? Ganache? Salted chocolate? The photos? Everything is perfection.

  • Reply Mandie @ Mandie's Kitchen January 27, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Wow, Thalia, just, W.O.W. This cookie layer cake looks SO amazing! Is it very sweet? And I agree with you abotu perfectionism getting in the way of having fun with what we do. It’s great to hear that you’re trying to loosen the reigns of perfectionism and enjoy blogging/baking/photographing/styling more!

    • Reply thalia January 27, 2015 at 1:56 am

      I wouldn’t say that it is too sweet – but it is a very rich, dense and decadent mouthful!

  • Reply Amber January 27, 2015 at 1:51 am

    Absolutely stunning! I’m going to be dreaming of this cake tonight!! 🙂

  • Reply Jenna January 27, 2015 at 1:48 am

    What a great idea and fun for a birthday party!

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