Melting Ice Cream Cone Cake

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Jessica never ceases to amaze me with her Instagram success, and unique cake orders 😛 Her account, cheatdayeats, has really blown up this year! To celebrate hitting 30k followers, she asked me to bake her a very special cake. She wanted a cake with a fudgy brownie layer, a browned butter cookie layer, a Nutella buttercream filling, and a melting ice cream cone decoration made of ganache. This allowed me to combine three of my favorite recipes, and to go wild decorating. The recipes below allow you to make a four layer cake (2 cookie layers, and 2 brownie layers), and can feed 12-15 (very hungry) people.

Browned Butter Cookie Dough 

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. Begin by browning the butter. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat, until it begins to foam. Make sure you whisk consistently during this process. After a couple of minutes, the butter will begin to brown on the bottom of the saucepan; continue to whisk and remove from heat as soon as the butter begins to brown and give off a nutty aroma. Immediately transfer the butter to a bowl to prevent burning, and let it cool.

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With an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugars. Beat in the egg, yolk, vanilla, and yogurt until combined. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt,  and beat on low-speed just until combined. Gently fold in all of the chocolate chips.

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Line and grease two seven inch pans, and spread half of the dough evenly into each pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the edges just begin to brown. Always err on the side on underdone, as the cookie will continue to cook and set in the pan as it cools. Let the cookies cool for about 10 minutes before removing from pan. Place them on a wire rack to allow them to fully cool.

As the cookie cake layers bake/cool, begin to make the brownie batter. If you want to take a short cut, you can always use boxed brownie mix. However, this brownie recipe is amazing (and fudgy, and chocolatey, and the best thing ever), so I highly encourage you try it 😛

Fudgy Brownie Batter

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces coarsely chopped quality semi-sweet chocolate
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Melt the butter and chopped chocolate in a medium saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly (about 5 minutes). Remove pan from the heat, pour into a large mixing bowl, and allow to slightly cool for 10 minutes. Line and grease two seven inch cake pans, and set aside. Whisk the granulated and brown sugar into the cooled chocolate/butter mixture. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until each egg is fully incorporated. Whisk in the vanilla, and gently stir in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Once combined, fold in the chocolate chips. Pour batter evenly between prepared pans, and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean (disregard melted chocolate from chocolate chips).

Allow both cookie and brownie layers to cool fully. While these cool, prepare the frosting.

Nutella Buttercream:

  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 7 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 waffle cone (decoration)
  • sprinkles (decoration)
  • white or regular chocolate chips (decoration)

Beat the butter on medium-high speed for 5 minutes. Add the Nutella and beat until combined. Reduce the speed to medium-low and slowly add the vanilla and heavy cream. Add powdered sugar, a little at a time, until it has all been incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat for an additional two to three minutes, until light and fluffy. Once you’ve made the buttercream, you can move onto the last aspect of this cake, the chocolate ganache! We’ve saved the best for last.

Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Place the chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl, and pour the cream into a sauce pan. Heat to high, and wait for the cream to reach a boil (keep a close eye on it, this happens very suddenly!). Pour over the chocolate chips, and let sit for two minutes. After this, stir until the mixture is fully incorporate. Place in the fridge for about 15 minutes to allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.

Once the cakes are fully cooled, assemble the cake. place a small dab of frosting onto the surface you will be using to serve the cake, to secure the cake. I always use cardboard cake centers, but this can be done on a cake stand or plate as well. Place down a layer of brownie, and frost the top with buttercream. Place a cookie layer on top of this, and frost the top of the layer again. Repeat with remaining two layers, and then apply a thin crumb coat of frosting to the entire exterior of the cake.

Place in the fridge or freezer for 10 minutes to allow the frosting to set. Remove from fridge/freezer, and apply a thick coat of frosting using the remaining buttercream. Smooth, and place in the freezer again.

While the second layer of frosting cools, pour the room temperature ganache into a squirt bottle of some sort (I use a cheap $1 diner-esque clear ketchup bottle from Walmart). Take the cake out of the freezer, and place the ice cream cone upside down in the center of the cake. Squirt ganache over the frosting “ice cream scoop”, and allow it run down, until the entire scoop is covered. Then squirt ganache over the entire top of the cake, leaving about an inch of frosting uncovered. Spread the ganache evenly with a smooth utensil (knife, frosting spatula, etc.), and work it out to the edges of the cake, so that the entire top of the cake is covered. Next, gently drop ganache down the edges of the cake. Start slowly, as you can always make bigger drops as you go, but you can’t take back an epic stream of ganache (trust me, I’ve learned the hard way).

The finishing touch is sprinkling the ice cream cone with sprinkles of your choice, and adding some chocolate chips to the base of the cake. I made a smaller version of this cake for Jessica by halving the above recipe, as seen below.

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This cake is quite involved, has about a million steps, and takes several hours to make…but I can promise, your efforts will be well rewarded 🙂

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15 thoughts on “Melting Ice Cream Cone Cake”

  1. hi!
    how much salt for the cookie layer? and do I put the nutella buttercream in the freezer after I make it, until I put it on the cake, or do I leave it outside?

    thanks!

    1. 1/2 tsp of salt! and for the Nutella buttercream, you can you can frost the cake with it at room temperature. For the frosting you use to create the “ice cream scoop” to decorate the cake, you should shape it into the cone then freeze it until it’s firm, so it will keep it’s shape when put on the cake. Hope that helps!!

  2. My grandson has nut allergies and I wouldn’t want to leave him out of having a small piece. Can I just make a buttercream frosting?

  3. I was just on snapchat and there is a cake I’m trying to fine the recipe to. I can’t attach the picture but it Oreos all on the outside. Looks kinda like a melting sundae.

    1. Unforunately I don’t have the recipes up for every cake that I put on instagram :/ I’m extremely backlogged! But I will try to have on up soon!! Unfortunately the increase in cake orders I’ve hadhas made me neglect my blog!

      1. Thanks this is the cake I’m talking about if I’m overlooking the name of it.

        Crystal Goff

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      2. is the Nutella buttercream for filling the layers of the cake and the outside or just the layers? what is the “frosting” made out to frost the cake. The layers between the cookie and brownie is a chocolate color and the frosting is white but you only have one recipe? Thanks!!

      3. I made a nutella buttercream for between the layers, and frosted the exterior with a plain vanilla buttercream, per the customers wishes! Sorry for any confusion!!

  4. This looks awesome!! If I don’t care for Nutella, could I just use Hershey chocolate spread or what would you recommend? Thanks!!

  5. Hi, not sure if my first comment went through. This looks awesome! Question, if I don’t care for Nutella, could I replace that with a Hershey spread or peanut butter buttercream, what do you recommend? Thanks!

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