Triple chocolate chip cookie dough cake

triple chocolate chip cookie dough cake // a thousand threads
When faced with the age old question of pie vs. cake, I come down firmly on the side of pie. Sweet, fruity, flaky pie gets my vote every time.

But that’s not to say that cake can’t be great. A nice, dense olive oil cake can certainly make me swoon, and I think we can all agree that a birthday party just isn’t a birthday party without a pile of sparkly candles on top of a big tall chocolate cake with cookie dough inside — especially when you’re counting on those candles to usher in a wish as important as this.

And while I’ll admit that I’m less inclined to bake a cake than a pastry or pie, I’ll also tell you that this guy was a very, very good cake.

A bit of a Frankenstein, yes — but the kind of Frankenstein that’s filled with light, airy whipped buttercream and rich, moist chocolate cake dotted with cookie dough and melty chocolate chips.

Let’s just say I wouldn’t recommend it often — but if you are gonna have cake, it had better be a really great cake. And I think this one fits the bill.

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Triple chocolate chip cookie dough cake
Adapted liberally from Gourmet and Half Baked Harvest

For the cake:
A single batch of your favorite chocolate chip cookies, uncooked (in cookie dough form, that is)
4.5 ounces semisweet chocolate (the better the chocolate, the better the flavor)
2 1/4 cups hot brewed coffee
4.5 cups sugar
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
3 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
5 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 1/4 cups well-shaken buttermilk
1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

For the frosting:
4 (2 cups) sticks salted butter at room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Preheat oven to 300Ā°F. Grease pans and line bottoms with rounds of wax paper.

Finely chop chocolate, then combine with hot coffee. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Let mixture stand, stirring occasionally.

Sift together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In a second large bowl beat eggs with an electric mixer until they thicken slightly and begin to change to a lemon color. Add oil, buttermilk, vanilla, and melted chocolate mixture to eggs slowly, and beat until combined. Add sugar mixture to egg mixture and beat until just combined well. Divide batter between pans, leaving about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch more room than you usually would. You’ll make up that room when you add the cookie dough.

Drop cookie dough into batter in small clumps (about a teaspoon at a time). Space well throughout, as they won’t move when they bake. Don’t be afraid to use quite a bit, they’ll bake up nice inside like little prizes, and the more you find the better. If you have cookie dough left over, freeze and use for a snack later (obvs).

Bake layers in the middle of your oven until a tester inserted in center comes out clean, 1 hour or so.

Cool layers completely in pans on racks. Run a thin knife around edges of pans and invert layers onto racks. Remove wax paper very carefully and leave layers to cool completely. Cake layers can be made 1 day ahead and kept, wrapped well in plastic wrap, at room temperature.

For the frosting:
Combine butter and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Use a stand or handheld mixer to beat the butter and powdered sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the cocoa powder and vanilla and beat, scraping down the sides as needed another until fully combined. Add heavy cream, one tablespoon at a time, and whip frosting until light and fluffy, 2-4 minutes. Frost between layers and on the outside of your cake. Decorate with extra chocolate chips if desired.

triple chocolate chip cookie dough cake // a thousand threads


  1. Posted April 3, 2014 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Holy cow, this looks AMAZING! You know it’s a good birthday cake when there are 4 sticks of butter in the frosting šŸ™‚

    • Laicie
      Posted April 3, 2014 at 10:01 am | Permalink

      Haha! So very right you are. šŸ™‚

  2. Posted April 3, 2014 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Oh my goodness, I could get definitely get down with a slice that of that beauty!

  3. Posted April 3, 2014 at 2:19 pm | Permalink


  4. Posted April 3, 2014 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    oh my goodness. This looks as beautiful as it sounds good! =)

  5. Posted April 3, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Can we still be friends if I admit I don’t love pie? This is TOTALLLLLY up my alley though

    • Laicie
      Posted April 3, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

      !!! I’m shocked and horrified! But I suppose we can still be friends. šŸ˜‰

  6. Posted April 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    About how many pans did it take to bake this? What size pans?

    • Laicie
      Posted April 4, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

      3 9″ cake pans, lady!! Sorry not to include that, I’ll add it to the recipe for the future. šŸ™‚

  7. Posted April 8, 2014 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Oh yummm!!!! This looks so delicious…I’d say that I’m equal when it comes to pie and cake. Although, I’m not so much of a fruit pie kind of gal. In fact, I’d much rather have a delicious chocolate cake over ANY.THING.

  8. Posted April 14, 2014 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    My boss just caught me looking at this and wasn’t even mad haha. It looks so good!

    • Laicie
      Posted April 16, 2014 at 8:50 am | Permalink

      Haha I love it!!

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