Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake


This post is definitely a bit delayed, but better late than never, right?? I’ve received a lot of emails asking for this recipe, so here it is ūüôā It’s quite an undertaking, but it’s worth it! It is made with four super moist chocolate cake layers, a cookie dough flavored buttercream, and is decorated with egg-less chocolate chip cookie dough and mini chocolate chip cookies. It took a little bit of experimenting to get this right. I had been pretty dissatisfied with most of the edible cookie dough recipes I’d come across online, so i tweaked the recipe until it as just right. I also created a simpler cookie dough buttercream, as most¬†recipes¬†require melting down the brown sugar. Mine is just as easy to make as regular buttercream, and in my opinion has a better cookie dough flavor!

Chocolate Cake Batter:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¬ĺ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1¬Ĺ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¬Ĺ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Cookie Dough Buttercream:

  • 2¬†cups unsalted butter (4 sticks), at room temperature
  • 1 cup¬†light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 6¬†cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

  • 1¬†cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
  • 1 cup¬†light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp¬†heavy cream
  • 1 1/2¬†cups¬†flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2¬†tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 and 1/4 cups ¬†all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, and 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350¬ļ F. Prepare four ¬†8-inch cake pans by spraying with baking spray, and lining the bottom of the pans with parchment rounds.

Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk through to combine or, using your paddle attachment, stir through flour mixture until combined well. Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined. Reduce speed and carefully add boiling water to the cake batter. Mix until fully incorporated.  Distribute cake batter evenly between the prepared cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely.

Once the cake layers are out of the oven, prepare the cookie dough. Combine¬†the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.¬†In a medium bowl, mix¬†the melted butter, brown sugar, and sugar together until smooth. Whisk in the egg, vanilla, then the egg yolk.¬†Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with a large spoon or rubber spatula. The dough will be very soft, yet thick. Fold in the chocolate chips. Form 1 inch balls with the dough, and then cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats, and leave at least 2 inches of space between the cookies. Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes. The cookies will be¬†very soft and look a little underbaked. But don’t be scared, they will continue to bake on the cookie sheet! Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes¬†before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

While the cake layers and cookies cool, prepare the cookie dough frosting. Beat together the butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed for 5 minutes. Pour in the vanilla and salt, and beat until combined. Reduce the speed to medium-low and slowly add the powdered sugar, a little at a time, until it has all been incorporated. Add heavy cream as needed. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat for an additional two to three minutes, until light and fluffy.

For the edible cookie dough, cream the butter and brown sugar together. Add in the salt and vanilla, and beat until combined. Mix in the flour in two installments, add the cream between installments to help the ingredients come together. Gently mix in the chocolate chips on a low speed, or with a spatula. Form into 3/4 inch balls, and refrigerate to allow the cookie dough balls to firm up.

Once all the components are prepared, it’s assembly time! Top each cake layer with a thick smear of frosting, and sprinkle a generous handful of edible cookie dough on top of the frosting. Repeat, stacking all four layers. Apply a crumb coat to exterior of the cake, and refrigerate to¬†let the frosting firm up.

Remove from fridge, and apply another coat of frosting. Smooth the frosting, then press the small baked cookies around the base of the cake. Push edible cookie dough bites around the side of the cake, and fill in some of the open space with mini chocolate chips. Form a circular cookie pyramid on top of the cake, anchoring each layer of cookies with a smear of buttercream. Use the remaining edible cookie dough to create a boarder around the top of the cake, and sprinkle white and regular chocolate chips into any open spaces, and around the boarder. And about 5 1/2 hours later, the cake is complete!!


I also made a smaller version of this cake for an order (shown above), and decided to decorate it a little bit different to keep things interesting ūüôā

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Five Layer Brownie Oreo Cake

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My brother -in-law, Isaac, is currently training for an ironman, and requested a cake with brownie layers and oreo buttercream. His lucky number is 5, and he jokingly said he’d like a five layer cake. Little did he know, his comment would result in a 25 lb, monstrosity of a cake ūüôā

I baked the brownie layers first, the cake layers second, and while they cooled, I whipped up the Oreo buttercream. The recipe can be found below:

Double Chocolate Brownies

  • 1.5 cups melted butter (3 sticks butter)
  • 4.5 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup semi chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

White Cake Base

  • 1.5 cup (3 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. espresso powder, dissolved in 1 tbsp hot water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Oreo Buttercream:
  • 4 sticks butter
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 20 oreos, chopped finely (reserve the rest of the pack for decorations)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
Chocolate Ganache:
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350¬ļ F. Prepare five 8-inch round cake pans, and one 9 inch square baking dish with a lining of parchment paper, and nonstick baking spray.
Combine the melted butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each, until thoroughly blended. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, and salt in a bowl. Gradually stir flour mixture into the egg mixture until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips. Spread the 1/3 of the batter evenly into 2 of the 8 inch baking pans, and pour the rest into the 9 inch square baking pan. Bake in preheated oven until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Remove, and cool pan on wire rack before cutting.
While the brownies bake, prepare the white cake batter. Cream the butter until light and fluffy with an electric mixer. Slowly add sugar one cup at a time, making sure to fully incorporate each cup before adding another. Add eggs one at a time, making sure to fully incorporate each egg before adding another. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Pour the buttermilk and vanilla into measuring cup and whisk together with a fork. Add to butter mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Gently stir all ingredients until well combined. Stop mixer and scrape down sides of bowl, making sure that all ingredients have fully mixed. Pour equal amounts of cake batter into the remaining 3 cake pans, and place in the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove and allow to cool slightly in cake pans for about 5 minutes, then cool completely on a wire rack.
While the cakes bake and cool, prepare the frosting. Whip the butter until it is light and fluffy, then slowly add the powdered sugar. Alternate installments of powdered sugar with heavy cream, and continue mixing until the frosting has reached desired consistency. Add salt and vanilla, and continue mixing until fully incorporated. Then stir in the crushed Oreos. Continue to mix at a high speed until the Oreos are fully incorporated throughout the frosting.
Once the cakes and brownies are fully cooled, assemble the cake. To make the cake, alternate vanilla cake layers with brownie layers, slathering an even layer of frosting between the cake and brownie levels. I also chose to sprinkle chopped up oreos between the the layers. Once all the cake and brownie layers are stacked, coat the exterior of the cake with a thin crumb coat. Place in the freezer for about 15 minutes, until the crumb coat is firm.
While waiting, prepare the ganache. Heat the cream in a microwave-safe bowl for about 45 seconds, until it is just beginning to bubble. Pour in the chocolate chips, and wiggle the bowl until the chips are completed covered. Let sit for two minutes. Stir gentle, until the chocolate in fully melted and incorporated in the cream. Place in the fridge to  allow the ganache to cool too room temperature.
Remove the cake from the freezer, and apply another layer of buttercream. Frost until smooth using an offset spatula or cake bench. Push some additional crushed around the base of the cake. Place in the freezer again to allow the frosting to set.
Pour the cooled ganache into a plastic squirt bottle or a Ziploc bag (snip the corner of the bag when ready to drizzle). Drizzle the the chocolate ganache over the edges of the cake, and completely cover the top of the cake. Slice square pan of brownies into squares, and assemble an Oreo and Brownie pyramid on top of the cake. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the brownies and Oreos, to fill in any open spaces between the brownies. And five hours later…..the cake is complete!!!! ūüėõ