Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake

Happy Anniversary to ME!!!  Doesn't this cake look delish? I made this cake for my husbands and my 8th wedding Anniversary. It combines my favorite things: cake and cookies (or cookie dough for that matter). Though truth be told, the idea for this cake came from our friend Erv who jokingly requested cake and cookies for dessert. I was half thinking of making those cookie dough stuffed cupcakes I've seen everywhere, but man, sometimes making cupcakes just takes way more time. And given the fact that we are still unpacking from the move to our new house, I didn't want to spend all day making and decorating cupcakes. 
Now, I used a boxed cake mix for this and just prepared it as the box entailed. So I don't have directions for that. I used a yellow cake mix, but this recipe could go with any cake (yellow, white, chocolate) mix that you want.  Make your 2 layer cake, bake and allow to cool. While it is cooling you can start on your cookie dough filling.

Butter and sugars

Take 1 and a half sticks room temperature (softened) butter, place in a bowl and add your white sugar and brown sugar. Using a hand or stand mixer, beat until creamy. Your mixture should resemble the following picture. 
Once your mixture is well beaten, add your vanilla and flour. I used salted butter, so I did not add extra. If you are using unsalted butter, you would add a pinch. 
Dry ingredients added

 Once all those are in, mix until well combined. It will be crumbly like the below picture.
 Add milk, by the tablespoon, until creamy. I used about 3 tablespoons. Once it is nice and creamy (like cookie dough) you can add your chocolate chips!

All mixed
Take one of your cakes out of the pan and place it on a whatever you are serving it on. Then take a knife and cut the top off the cake to even it out (this was the first time I ever bothered with that). Then spoon the filling onto the cake and spread evenly. I didn't do the best job with this as I ended up with way more filling in the middle of the cake. Which was ok with me! Then place the other cake on top. Now you are ready to start the frosting! 
Seriously, I could eat that filling with a spoon

For the frosting, you want to take softened butter and place it in a large mixing bowl. Add your confectioners sugar and brown sugar.
Beat with hand mixer until creamy. Add your flour, salt and vanilla and mix until everything is combined. Add milk if need be until your reach the desired consistency of your frosting. Mine looked like below. And then I forgot to take the picture once I added the chocolate chips. OOPS! 

Once your frosting is done you are ready to frost your cake! I just used a butter knife and spread it on, making sure the separation between the cake was covered. I was a little nervous about this recipe I found because I thought that for the amount of butter (2 sticks), there wasn't much of the other ingredients. But it tasted really good. I may try a bit more powdered sugar next time. 
Finished Cake!
This cake ended up being really good. My husband (who isn't the biggest fan of cake) said it was probably his favorite tasting cake by far. SCORE! Now if you have leftovers, I would recommend refrigerating it. When you go to eat it the next day, just leave it out of the fridge for about a half an hour to take the chill off before eating. Though cold dough is yummy so.... Either way, ENJOY!!

1 box cake mix *I used yellow*
For the cookie dough filling
 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened *i used salted*
 3/4 cup brown sugar
 1/3 cup white sugar
 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 Pinch of salt *do not use if using salted butter*
 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
 2-3 tablespoons milk (use as much or as little to thin out)
For the cookie dough buttercream frosting
 2 sticks butter, softened
 2 1/4 cups confectioner's sugar
 1/3 cup brown sugar
 2/3 cup flour
 pinch of salt
 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 Milk if needed to thin frosting (add by the tablespoon)

Another cake view!