Birthdays are always cause for celebration, and what’s a better way to celebrate then with a big and delicious cake? To me, the more chocolate the better – so I made this chocolate cookie dough cake with dark chocolate frosting for my birthday this past week. With dense chocolate cake, chewy cookie, and think frosting this definitely was a treat (if anyone wants to try it I still have some leftover in my fridge 🙂 – this cake was a monster). Please make this next time you want a decadent dessert. I can’t recommend it enough.
Chocolate Cookie Dough Layer Cake
serves a lot 🙂
1 batch of your favorite cookie dough (I love Nestle Toll House – follow the directions on the package)
3 ounces chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups hot brewed coffee
3 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups flour (I used whole wheat, but all-purpose works well too)
1 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp salt
3 large eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup milk + 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice (or just 1 1/2 cup buttermilk)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup greek yogurt
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
Begin by preheating your oven to 300°F and greasing your pans.
Make your cookie dough recipe and set aside.
Prepare your “buttermilk” by combining milk and lemon juice. Set aside. While your coffee is brewing, place chocolate chips in a bowl and then pour hot coffee over them. Let mixture sit, stirring every so often, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
In a big bowl, mix sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another big bowl, beat eggs with an electric mixer until thickened and lemon colored. Slowly add oil, buttermilk mixture, vanilla, and melted chocolate mixture to the eggs. Beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
Divide the batter between three pans. Add cookie dough in, placing about 1 tsp sized balls throughout the pans. Add as many as you like. Bake in the middle of the oven until a tester comes out clean in the center, about 1 hour.
To make frosting, combine yogurt, powdered sugar, almond milk, vanilla, and cocoa powder. Mix until smooth.
Once cake has cooled, assemble by frosting in between the layers. Top with candles, blow them out, and then dig in 🙂
Chocolate cake recipe adapted from: