My Birthday (Cookie) Cake!

My Birthday (Cookie) Cake!

My birthday cake is kind of a problem every year. You see, I am the family cake baker. So when it comes time for someone to provide a cake for me, there’s usually a debacle of some kind.

This year was no different. My husband tried really hard to get my favorite Baskin Robbins cake, but they now have some non-functioning system where you can only order a cake online, except it doesn’t work. He tried everything. Calling, going in, ordering online. Nobody would let him get a friggin’ cake. So I wound up baking my own. But that’s okay, because then I know it’s perfect!

My Birthday (Cookie) Cake!

As a reward for my hard work, I am going to give myself a birthday present. Instead of writing a long blog post, I will keep it very short. It is my birthday, and I want to go party like it’s 1999.

My Birthday (Cookie) Cake!

Because in that particular year, I was much younger. But I was dumber. So I’m not sure how to feel here.

My Birthday (Cookie) Cake!

This cake is the epitome of me. Reese’s. ALL THREE KINDS. Big, miniature, and mini. Yes, those last two are different.

My Birthday (Cookie) Cake!

There’s peanut butter frosting on top. And ย tons of Reese’s. And it’s all wrapped around a giant peanut butter cookie.

My Birthday (Cookie) Cake!

Food porn, here we are. Have a lovely day.

My Birthday (Cookie) Cake!

And happy birthday to me! It may not be 1999 anymore, but there’s a little party left in me yet!


Cookie Base:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 and 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 snack-sized Reese’s peanut butter cups, chopped (divided)
  • 1/2 bag Reese’s miniatures, chopped in half (divided)
  • 1 bag Reese’s minis, chopped in half (divided)


Peanut Butter Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup shortening, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk



Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9-inch round pan with parchment paper on the bottom and spray the sides, preferably with pan release spray (Wilton makes it).

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the peanut butter and mix again. Beat in the egg and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour and baking soda. Slowly add the dry mixture to the peanut butter mixture until the ingredients are incorporated. Mix in half of the 3 kinds of Reese’s, folding into the dough. Pat the dough into the pan evenly.

Bake the cookie for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and invert the cookie onto a plate. Allow to cool completely.

Once the cookie is cool, make the frosting. Cream the shortening, butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and mix again. Beat in the milk so that the frosting is a spreadable consistency.

Using about 1/2 cup, spread some of the peanut butter frosting thinly over the surface of the cookie. Put the remaining frosting in a piping bag and make a border using the tip of your choice.

Pile the remaining Reese’s cups into the center of the cake, making sure to press some down so they stick into the frosting. If desired, drizzle hot fudge sauce onto the top of the Reese’s. Cut into wedges and serve.






I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Wow! Best cake ever, Mir! That’s too bad that you couldn’t get your favorite ice cream cake, but this looks like it definitely takes the “cake!” I love all of the peanut butter flavors in here. Definitely my kind of birthday treat! Hope you have a great day!
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    1. Mir

      It was sad, Gayle! But I got over it. If you want your cake done right, gotta do it yourself!

  2. Arpita@ TheGastronomicBong

    Happy birthday to u!! Thats a gorgeous gorgeous cake!! sorry to hear you didn’t get your baskin robbin ice cream cake.. but this turned out fab!! peanut butter goodness.. Absolutely amazing!! ๐Ÿ˜€
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    1. Mir

      All’s well that ends well. Right? Thanks, Arpita!

  3. Car Vel

    It sounds like your husband tried really hard. Did you at least get any B&R? I would consider boycotting the store if this is how they treat you.

    Your cake, however, looks great! Sounds like you had an amazing birthday!

    1. Mir

      I think you know how this story ends, Car. But you’re very cute.
      Consider the boycott on!

  4. Winnie

    Happy Birthday !!
    And what a super-delicious cake!!
    Every bits is a taste of little heaven
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    1. Mir

      Thank you, Winnie!

  5. Stephanie @ Back For Seconds

    Next year, can you please come to my house on your birthday? And bring this cookie cake? Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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    1. Mir

      I will totally do that, Stephanie! Thanks so much!

  6. Mary Frances

    I would feel bad for you about the Baskin Robbins cake but THREE KINDS OF REESES. Like, hello, life made! This cake is pretty mind blowing. You should definitely have some party in you after a slice of this! Happy happy birthday my friend! Hope you had an incredible day!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks so much, Mary Frances! I definitely have some serious sugar high action going on here!

  7. Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

    I adore reese’s peanut butter cups, this looks so so good. I’d love a slice. This has been featured as one of my favourites over at Sweet and Savoury Sunday. Stop by, grab a button and link up again with us this week. Have a great day!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks for featuring the cake, Laura!

  8. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife

    This has to be the best birthday cake ever! 3 kinds of Reece’s is where it’s at!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy(late) Birthday!! I hope you had a fabulous day!
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    1. Mir

      The more, the better! PB cup overload. Thanks much, Jocelyn!

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