One of my all time favorite desserts! This fudgy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake can be decorated for any occasion!
If there is anything I have learned from perusing various baking blogs, it is that I really have no idea what I am doing when it comes to cake decorating. There was a time when I was able to put flowers and some kinds of gorgeous things on top of cakes, but I’ve gotten rusty from very little practice. “You don’t use it you lose it”, is right!
Earlier this week, I planned to make a super tasty Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake for our Friday night dessert. Then yesterday I thought, “Hey, I’ll put some cute pumpkin patch themed decorations on top with icing!” Yay for last minute planning, er, no planning. The result is that my pumpkin patch looks pretty sad. I’m definitely in need of some practice, and I think I need a picture to look at instead of free styling. Feel free to leave my skills behind and use the icing recipe to put whatever you want on top of this cookie cake!
When it comes to this sort of thing, I can never figure out if I’m actually an artist or not. I’m able to draw pictures and make pretty cakes and such, but only if I have something to look at. For example, I can sit outside with a notepad and sketch something I see, but if you ask me to create a piece of artwork entirely out of my head, I’ll be doing good if I can manage a stick man.
Does that make me half artist, half not artist? Whatever.
In other news, Stranger Things 2 came out yesterday! (SO excited!!!) Casey and I watched the first four episodes last night and plan to watch more today. Cookie cake and Stranger Things made for a great Friday evening! The new episodes are just as good as the first season so far, which is cool because many times sequels aren’t as great and I thought the first season would be pretty hard to beat! Don’t give me any spoilers since I haven’t watched all of it yet. 🙂
Even if my “pumpkin patch” didn’t turn out as pretty as I envisioned, it didn’t make the cake taste any less amazing. This cake is based off of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe ever, and it is perfectly moist and fudgy. The touch of icing on top makes it even better.
By the way, the weather is so perfect out today that I am super excited about it and am hoping to get some things done so I can sneak in a walk later. It actually feels like fall!
Have a great weekend! 🙂
Fudgy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
- pinch salt
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 3-4 teaspoons milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease 9-inch cake pan and set aside.
Cream butter and sugars together with mixer until blended. Add vanilla, egg, and egg yolk and continue beating until well mixed. In a separate bowl, stir together flours, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Add to wet ingredients and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Press cookie dough evenly into prepared cake pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or just until edges are golden brown and center/top of cookie is turned slightly golden. Do NOT over-bake! Cookie will be soft and fudgy in the center with slightly raised edges. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for about 20 minutes (cookie will continue to cook slightly and will set up just right). Carefully remove cookie from pan to wire rack or cake decorating surface and allow to cool completely.
Beat butter with mixer until creamy. Add vanilla, almond extract, and pinch salt, and continue beating. Add powdered sugar and beat until fluffy. Add 2-4 teaspoons of milk as needed to bring icing to a spreadable consistency. Decorate cooled cake as desired.
~K in the Kitchen