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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake

Ingredients 

CHOCOLATE LAYER CAKE:

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup freshly brewed strong hot coffee

CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM:

  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream

COOKIE DOUGH FROSTING:

  • 12 tablespoon butter
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

COOKIES, FOR DECORATING THE TOP, OPTIONAL

Instructions 

MAKE THE CAKE:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 round 9-inch cake pans.
  • Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Mix well.
  • In a stand mixer, mix the buttermilk, oil, eggs, vanilla together until combined.
  • Slowly add in the mix of dry ingredients while the mixer is on low and mix until combined.
  • Add the coffee and mix until everything is well mixed, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Batter will be very thin.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn the cakes out onto a cooling rack. While the cakes are cooling, make your frostings.

CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM:

  • In a stand mixer with the beater blade, beat the butter for 1-2 minutes until it is smooth, creamy and nearly white in appearance. 
  • Add in the salt and vanilla. Mix until incorporated.
  • With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in the powdered sugar and cocoa powder.
  • Add the heavy cream, a tablespoon at a time, mixing slowly until it is the consistency that you’d like. 
  • Beat for 1 minute on medium speed until smooth and creamy.

COOKIE DOUGH FROSTING:

  • Cream together the butter and sugars in a stand mixer until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the flour (see notes), milk and vanilla and beat on high until well combined, about 2-3 minutes.

NOW IT’S TIME TO PUT TOGETHER YOUR CAKE!

  • Place one cake layer on a cake plate.
  • Frost the top of the first cake with the Cookie Dough Frosting. Then layer the other half of the cake on top.
  • Frost the outside of the cake with the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.
  • Pipe dollops along the bottom edge and top with the leftover Cookie Dough Frosting and/or decorate as desired. Top with a chocolate chip cookie!

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