Frugal Foodie Mama: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chocolate Cake

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chocolate Cake

Celebrate that special mama in your life this coming weekend with this moist chocolate cake frosted with a perfectly edible chocolate chip cookie dough frosting...

In less than a week, Mother's Day will be here! 
As a mama myself, I can't think of a better way to celebrate this special day than with some homemade treats as sweet all my favorite mothers out there.

This week I will be sharing some very special recipes for sweet treats that you can make and share with your favorite mamas and grandmamas this coming weekend.
Or you could whip one or two of these up and just keep them for yourself... ;)

I am starting with this recipe for this delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chocolate Cake. I originally made this for my husband's birthday in March, but what mother doesn't love cookie dough? (Or should I say, what woman doesn't love cookie dough?)
Especially when it is slathered and piped all over a moist homemade chocolate cake... 

This cake only looks super labor intensive, but it is actually a lot easier to make than you may think. A simple pastry bag and frosting tip only make this cake look like it took hours to frost and decorate. ;) You can even make it easier by skipping a from scratch chocolate cake recipe and just using your favorite boxed chocolate cake mix.

And the cookie dough frosting? Easy and crazy amazing.

I have kind of been obsessed with making something using an edible cookie dough frosting since I saw the recipe for this frosting on Busy Mom's Helper blog a few months back.  My husband is obsessed with snagging cookie dough every time I bake cookies, & he literally sulks if he doesn't get to lick the bowl after I have baked cookies.  So I knew I was going to be saving this recipe for his birthday this year...

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chocolate Cake

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30-25 minutes
Ingredients (1 two-layer cake)
For the cookie dough frosting
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Up to 9 tbsp of milk- to desired piping/spreadable consistency
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Prepare your cake layers according to the instructions for your favorite chocolate cake recipe or boxed cake mix. Let the two cake rounds cool completely on a wire rack.

Once cooled, prepare the cookie dough frosting.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until creamy and light in color. Mix in the vanilla.
Then slowly beat in the flour and salt on low speed, increasing the speed as the flour becomes incorporated.
Add the milk, a tablespoon at a time, until your frosting has reached your desired consistency. You will want the frosting just a little more firm if you plan on piping it on your cake as I did.

Spread about 1 1/2 cups of the frosting between your two chocolate cake layers. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of chocolate chips over the frosting, then place the top layer over it. Prettily pipe or spread the frosting on top of the cake. I had a little leftover, so I went around the sides of the cake and piped in more frosting between the two layers. Prettily arrange the remaining chocolate chips on the frosting on the top and sides of the cake.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Allow the cake to sit out at room temperature at least 15 minutes before slicing & serving,
Slice & enjoy!
Store any leftovers covered in the fridge.
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**Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting Recipe courtesy of Busy Mom's Helper

This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chocolate Cake was a huge hit at my husband's birthday party.  In fact, my teenage nephew made a point to tell me that my cake looked and tasted better than the ones you could buy at a bakery.  I always take the compliments of a teenage boy very seriously- those are hard to come by, am I right? ;)

Who will you be baking up this cake for this weekend? Your mama? Your grandma? Yourself (& that is totally okay!)?

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