This Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake is what peanut butter and chocolate lovers dream about. Creamy and studded with mini chocolate chips, a thick layer of peanut butter cookie dough is sandwiched between two layers of chocolate cake. The entire cake is then cloaked in a rich, whipped chocolate ganache frosting before being crowned with additional spheres of cookie dough.
Really. All I should have to tell you is Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cake. That should have you rushing to your kitchen to check your pantry for the necessary ingredients. I also made this cake twice in less than a week. Proof that it really is that good.
But, if you’d like to hear how this cake came to be, I’ll gladly share the story with you.
This cake came about as my son requested a firetruck birthday cake. And you’re instantly thinking, what does that have to do with this cake stand of deliciousness, right? As I try to honor the request of my children and make the cake that they have their heart set on, I also was a bit selfish this go round. I didn’t really want to make a cake that had some elaborate design. I wanted a cake that tasted GOOD. So I put my mama thinking cap on and tried to figure out a way to combine both of our wants.
When we run errands together, especially prior to him becoming a big brother three months ago, Starbucks was always on our radar and he’d always request a milk box and a chocolate chip cookie. What if I could combine his favorite cookie with cake? See where this is going? And to further sell him on this idea, what if I put a toy fire truck on top?
He went for the idea and loved the end result. I mean, a huge chocolate cake, Lego candles and an insanely loud toy firetruck? Perfection. Who says compromise is a bad thing?
Better yet? My cake fit in my nearly 28 cubic foot GE fridge without any issue. A feat in and of itself as the second time I made it we had friends and family in town for our daughter’s baptism which meant an insanely packed fridge.
The shelf that the cake is on happens to also be one of my favorite features of my fridge. Half of the shelf actually slides back to provide even more space for taller objects. Or you know, in case I want to make taller layer cakes. I do tend to be over the top like that.
And yes, I do see the irony of an insanely decadent cake on the shelf above my spinach and salad greens. That’s how I roll.
Creamy and studded with mini chocolate chips, a thick layer of peanut butter cookie dough is sandwiched between two layers of chocolate cake. The entire cake is then cloaked in a rich, whipped chocolate ganache frosting before being crowned with additional spheres of cookie dough. This Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake is what peanut butter and chocolate lovers dream about.
- 1 box chocolate cake mix
- 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 4 eggs
- ½ cup milk
- 1 3.9-ounce box instant chocolate pudding mix
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup peanut butter
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ⅓ cup water
- 1-1/2 cups flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1-1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 2 cups dark chocolate chips
- 1-1/4 cups whipping cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, add all ingredients. Mix until just combined.
- Divide batter evenly between two greased 9" cake pans.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center removes cleanly.
- Let cool for 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together brown sugar, peanut butter, butter and sugar.
- Add vanilla and water and mix until combined.
- Add flour and salt to bowl and mix until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
- In a microwave safe bowl, add chocolate chips and whipping cream. Microwave for two minutes on HIGH.
- Whisk together until well combined. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, beat on medium-high speed for two minutes.
- Place one layer of cake on cake plate. Top with layer of cookie dough, reserving approximately 1-1/2 cups of dough to use as garnish.
- Top cookie dough with second cake layer.
- Frost top and sides with whipped frosting.
- To garnish, use a medium cookie scoop to create cookie dough spheres and place evenly spaced around top of cake.
Cake layer adapted from Eat Drink Love.
Look at those layers! Not only delicious and impressive – if I do say so myself! – but an absolute breeze to put together! Both times I’ve made this cake, I’ve baked the cake layers the day before and then the next day assembled it by adding the cookie dough and frosting it. If I can crank out this beauty during two nap times, I have no doubt you can, too!
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