Best Cookie Dough Cake Recipe (Easy and Delicious)

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Looking for a decadent and wonderfully delicious cookie dough cake? If so, then boy, do I have the post for you! In today’s article, I’ll be showing you how to whip up rich, moist, and decadent cookie dough cake. I’ve pulled out all the stops by offering multiple recipe options ranging from quick and easy to time-consuming. Ready? Let’s dive into the yummy details!

Best Cookie Dough Cake Recipe (easy And Delicious)

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Cookie Dough Cake Recipe

Make this cake with standard yellow cake mixed top it with homemade edible cookie dough and delicious buttercream frosting. What could be better?

  • Author: Anna
  • Yield: 1 cake 1x
  • Category: dessert

Ingredients

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Cake Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix, prepared
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 sticks of softened salted butter
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped chocolate chips

Buttercream Frosting Ingredients

  • 2 ½ sticks salted butter
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Follow the directions on your yellow box cake, and fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Prepare two 8-inch cake pans by oiling them with cooking spray, olive oil, butter, or another suitable neutral flavored oil.
  4. Pour the cake batter into the pans and cook it for the amount of time instructed on the box.
  5. As the cake layers cool, begin preparing the cookie dough. To do this, cream together your butter and sugar. Add your milk and vanilla. Stir until well incorporated.
  6. To this mixture, add sifted flour and sea salt. Give it a good stir.
  7. Finally, add your mini chocolate chips along with your regular chocolate chips.
  8. Divide your cookie dough in half. Place half of the cookie dough to chill in the fridge. Roll the rest of the cookie dough into small balls and chill these as well. The cookie dough balls will be used as decoration.
  9. As the cookie dough chills (about 30 minutes) begin preparing your frosting. Add your powdered sugar, butter, cream, vanilla, and salt into a bowl and mix until fully incorporated (preferably with a hand mixer).
  10. Grab a cake plate or cake stand, and place a bit of the frosting at the center to prevent the cake from sliding around.
  11. Carefully cut the top off of your first layer of cake to help the cake sit evenly.
  12. Layer your first cake by placing one cake layer on top of the initial buttercream and adding another layer of buttercream to the top of the cake.
  13. At this point, place the cookie dough layer (reserved in the fridge) on top of the buttercream. Add additional buttercream to the top of the cookie dough to help the next layer adhere.
  14. Add your second layer of cake. At this point, you can frost your cake all over, and make any adjustments as needed.
  15. Once frosted, take your remaining cookie dough balls from the refrigerator and use them to decorate the top of the cake.
  16. Slice evenly and serve on plates.

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A cookie dough cake is simply a normal cake that has layers of cookie dough in it. You often find cookie dough between each cake layer on a cake like this, however, there are times when you may find cookie dough speckled throughout the entire cake.

Cookie dough cake is a great option for people who love cake and cookie dough and want to merge the two together. The result is a rich, hearty, and crazily satisfying dessert that’ll leave you coming back for more.

So, how exactly do you go about making a cookie dough cake? Stay tuned for more details!

Now that you know the importance of skipping raw cookie dough, it’s time to get into our delicious cookie dough cake recipes. Remember that cookie dough cakes often come in layers. You can make your cookie dough and cake layers ahead of time, or you can make everything at once. It’s really up to you! Most of these recipes require only a few simple ingredients, including vanilla extract, butter, sugar, and of course, chocolate chips.

As you eyeball these recipes, feel free to switch things up and put your own unique spin on it. Also, be sure that you note how many layers the cake will need for the recipe. The amount of layers needed may affect how many cake pans you use.

Remember also that making cookie dough cake can be a very involved process. Even for the “easy” recipes, you can expect to go through several procedures, including layering, icing, and making the various components of the cake. This means you’ll have a lot of ingredients on your counter, dishes in the sink, and that your entire kitchen will likely be a mess! Still, I guarantee that the end results will be totally worth it.

Whatever you do, just make sure you heat treat your flour before making your cookie dough frosting for the cake. We’ll give you the details on how right now!

Best Cookie Dough Cake Recipe

Each of our edible cookie dough recipes (such as Oreo cookie dough or Red Velvet cookie dough) call for “heat treated” flour.

The following are the steps you’ll need to take for heat treating your flour before you add it to your cake:

Oven Method

The first method for heat treating your flour for cookie dough cake is to use an oven. To do this, simply preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the flour for 7-12 minutes. Keep a close eye on the flour to ensure it doesn’t burn.

Microwave Method

To heat treat your flour in the microwave, place your flour in a microwave safe bowl and heat it for 30 seconds before giving it a stir. Continue heating the flour until it reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

No matter which method you choose, be sure to allow the flour to cool completely before using it in your cookie dough. Remember that you only need to heat treat the amount of flour you need for the cookie dough or cookie dough frosting. It isn’t necessary to heat treat the flour that you use for the cake itself.

I’ve got some cookie dough cake recipes here for you today, and the first one is fairly easy.

Make this cake with standard yellow cake mixed top it with homemade edible cookie dough and delicious buttercream frosting. What could be better?

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix, prepared
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 sticks of softened salted butter
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped chocolate chips

Buttercream Frosting Ingredients

  • 2 ½ sticks salted butter
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Follow the directions on your yellow box cake, and fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Prepare two 8-inch cake pans by oiling them with cooking spray, olive oil, butter, or another suitable neutral flavored oil.
  4. Pour the cake batter into the pans and cook it for the amount of time instructed on the box.
  5. As the cake layers cool, begin preparing the cookie dough. To do this, cream together your butter and sugar. Add your milk and vanilla. Stir until well incorporated.
  6. To this mixture, add sifted flour and sea salt. Give it a good stir.
  7. Finally, add your mini chocolate chips along with your regular chocolate chips.
  8. Divide your cookie dough in half. Place half of the cookie dough to chill in the fridge. Roll the rest of the cookie dough into small balls and chill these as well. The cookie dough balls will be used as decoration.
  9. As the cookie dough chills (about 30 minutes) begin preparing your frosting. Add your powdered sugar, butter, cream, vanilla, and salt into a bowl and mix until fully incorporated (preferably with a hand mixer).
  10. Grab a cake plate or cake stand, and place a bit of the frosting at the center to prevent the cake from sliding around.
  11. Carefully cut the top off of your first layer of cake to help the cake sit evenly.
  12. Layer your first cake by placing one cake layer on top of the inital buttercream and adding another layer of buttercream to the top of the cake.
  13. At this point, place the cookie dough layer (reserved in the fridge) on top of the buttercream. Add additional buttercream to the top of the cookie dough to help the next layer adhere.
  14. Add your second layer of cake. At this point, you can frost your cake all over, and make any adjustments as needed.
  15. Once frosted, take your remaining cookie dough balls from the refrigerator and use them to decorate the top of the cake.
  16. Slice evenly and serve on plates.

If the above cookie dough cake recipe doesn’t meet your standards, I have a couple more versions that you might like, with a few modifications for your needs.

Cake Ingredients

  • 12 tablespoons softened salted butter 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  •  ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 ½ teaspoons clear vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup softened salted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup sprinkles 

Buttercream Ingredients

  • 2 cups softened salted butter
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Cake Directions

  1. To begin, preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare four round 6-inch cake pans by covering the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and oiling your parchment paper either with cooking spray or oil also.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, cream together your butter with the sugar. To this mixture, combine your sour cream, egg, egg whites, and vanilla. Whisk to combine, but do not overmix.
  3. Sift your flour into the mix, along with your baking powder and salt.
  4. Add your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients as you alternate between this and pouring in buttermilk. Stir the mixture until everything is fully combined.
  5. Divide the batter evenly into your four round 6-inch pans. Bake for about 30 minutes or until cakes are cooked through. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow them to cool completely.
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine your butter, sugar, and vanilla until fully incorporated.
  2. To this, carefully add your flour and salt. Mix until just combined.
  3. Next, fold in your chocolate chips, sprinkles, and any other additions you choose to use.
  4. From here, portion 75% of the cookie dough and keep the remaining 25% to use for the cake topping. If preparing in advance, allow the cookie dough to sit in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.

Buttercream Frosting Directions

  1. Lastly, in a separate bowl, mix in your cream cheese along with the butter. Stir the mixture until it is totally incorporated.
  2. Add your powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and heavy cream to this mixture.
  3. Stir the frosting with a rubber spatula until fully combined and it achieves the desired consistency. This usually happens within 3-5 minutes or less.

Assembly

  1. Level each cake using a serrated knife. This means that you will cut off the tops of each of your four cakes so that they lay evenly on top of one another.
  2. To this first leveled cake, add ½ cup of frosting.
  3. To the frosting, add ½ cup of cookie dough that has been molded to fit the shape of your cake.
  4. From here, add your next leveled cake. Continue this layering process until you reach the final cake layer. This cake layer will be placed with its top side facing down.
  5. At this point, you should apply a layer of frosting over the entire cake.
  6. Use the leftover dough you set aside to decorate the rest of your cake.
  7. Place the entire cake in the freezer for about 9 minutes to help it set (optional).
  8. Slice and serve on plates. Enjoy!
Best Cookie Dough Cake Recipe (easy And Delicious)

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes Brownie mix (makes at least one 9×13 inch dish of brownies – can also use homemade mix)
  • 2 ¼ cup Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea Salt
  • 2 sticks of softened salted butter
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 1 c Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp Milk
  • 2 cups Chocolate chips
  • 2 cups chopped Dark chocolate
  • 1 cups Heavy cream (do not use half and half)

Directions

  1. To begin, prepare and bake your brownies according to their packaged directions. When baking, be sure to divide the batter up into 4 9-inch round pans lined with parchment paper.
  2. As the brownies bake, prepare your cookie dough.
  3. To do this, cream together your sugar and butter. Then, add your vanilla and milk.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift your flour, and add your salt. Add your flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Gently stir your chocolate chips into the mix until just combined.
  5. If the dough looks too dry, add a bit more milk (about one teaspoon at a time) until it comes together but is still thin enough to smooth over a cake.
  6. In a small saucepan, heat up your cream. Once, it begins to boil, stir in your chopped chocolate until it is smooth and uniform.
  7. Take your brownie cakes (they should be completely cool) and begin layering them. The layering should begin with a layer of brownie followed by cookie dough repeatedly until you’ve used up all brownie layers except one.
  8. Put your chocolate sauce over the top of the cake.
  9. Take your last brownie cake layer and crumble it up. Sprinkle it over the top of the cake.
  10. Slice and serve on plates!
Best Cookie Dough Cake Recipe (easy And Delicious)

Cookie dough cake is safe to eat as long as the cake is:

  • Cooked all the way through
  • Has cooked flour in it with no egg

The reason these two points are important has to do with the ramifications of eating both raw egg and raw flour. Because eating both egg and flour in its raw form can lead to sundry health issues, I always recommend using a cookie dough that contains cooked flour and no eggs.

This can be tricky to find in stores but is insanely easy to whip at home. That’s why you’ll see a segment for how to make “edible” cookie dough in each of our upcoming cookie dough recipe options. We’ve done all the work for you, so you don’t have to worry about finding out how to do it on your own!

When eating cookie dough cake, you may be wondering if you’ll be sick afterward from consuming raw dough. Of course, as we’ve already mentioned, most properly prepared cookie dough cakes will indeed involve cookie dough that is made from ready-to-eat ingredients. It is important to know this for when you’re whipping up your own cookie dough cake at home as well.

When preparing a cookie dough cake at home, know that it won’t be as easy as taking your favorite cookie dough recipe and slathering it over cake layers. The cookie dough you use CANNOT be raw. Otherwise, it may make you sick.

So, just how sick can you get from consuming raw cookie dough? Glad you asked.

The following are some of the most common risks associated with eating raw cookie dough or cake batter:

  • E.coli
  • Salmonella
  • Food poisoning
  • Abdominal pain
  • Stomach problems

I hope these recipes have served to give you an idea of how best to assemble an insanely tasty cookie dough cake with only a few ingredients. Whip up these perfect cookie dough cake recipes for the holiday season, a birthday, or even for no reason at all. Save the remaining cookie dough (if it’s edible) to nosh on later by keeping it in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

See you next time!

FAQs

Where to buy a cookie dough cake?

Cookie dough cake isn’t commonly sold in many stores. In fact, it is a somewhat abnormal cake flavor and not a type of cookie dough. You may be better off making it at home!

Is making a cookie dough cake hard?

It isn’t hard, per se, but it is an involved process. Even the easiest recipes involving boxed cake or brownie mix can become cumbersome due to the many steps needed to produce the cake, the cookie dough, the frosting, and the cake toppings. When embarking upon the task, be sure to bring your patience with you– along with your appetite!

Can cookie dough cake make you sick?

Not when made properly. Remember that making cookie dough cake requires you to make separate edible cookie dough to use between your cake layers. If you already have some edible cookie dough on hand, that’s awesome! But if you don’t, make sure not to use “regular” cookie dough. Doing so will make you and anyone else who eats the cake very sick.

Does cookie dough in cake need to be baked first?

No. Cookie dough in cake won’t need to be baked first but instead is usually spread on after the cake layers have already been cooked. Do remember to heat-treat the flour in your edible cookie dough though, as neglecting to do so may render your “edible” dough not so edible after all!

Is cookie dough cake good?

If you love cookie dough, you’ll love cookie dough cake. It contains the best of both worlds all mashed up into one dynamite dessert! What’s not to love?

By Anna

Anna Brooks, the voice behind CooksDream.com, is a seasoned writer and editor with an insatiable love for food. While not a professional chef, her culinary adventures and unique insights have captivated readers for years. Anna believes in the transformative power of food, stating it "feeds the soul." Dive into her writings for a mix of inspiration, entertainment, and culinary wisdom. Author Pinterest Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Tumblr Reddit Quora

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