Cake Recipes are key to a great bake and they can be so easy, yet so complicated. For this bake, we went for easy with twist.
So, what happens when you ask your kids what they would like for me to make. Each had their own opinion of course, however they all included chocolate. So my oldest, Nicholas, he said, “Lets make a chocolate cake with brownies, chocolate chip cookies and then that fudge ganache we did on the last cake you made!”
I looked at them and said okay! So let’s start experimenting. couldn’t let my kids down now could I??? So what cake recipes could I use for this bake?
This is what I came up with. I used a great go to brownie recipe, nudged the ingredients to make it a bit more cake like, made a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough to dollup into the cake batter before baking, would it work? I’ve never baked anything inside a cake, other than chocolate chips coated in flour…that seamed to work, so I gave it a try!
I had to garner patience, as you know I’m not the most patient baker, but I’m learning. Because of the depth of the batter, the addition of the cookie dough, it took about 20 minutes longer than a “normal” cake would take in the pans I use all the time. I was so worried it would dry out the cake being in so long, but in fact it didn’t to my surprise. But definitely needed the extra time, it was MASSIVE!
I created a great video with Nicholas on putting this together. Below is the link for you to enjoy and see first-hand the results. Below are the recipes!
What have you done that’s a bit “out of the box” when it comes to making something for the family? I’d love to hear about your experiments and what you learned while making them. Please comment below or message me anytime.
Look forward to hearing from you!
Enjoy the bake!
Chocolate Brownie Cake – one layer
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
5 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 eggs – room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup of flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 cup of milk
Combine the vegetable oil and sugar, mix thoroughly. Add in eggs one at at time. Beat for about 2-3 minutes on medium speed. While sugar mixture beats, melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave at 50% in 30 second intervals until melted. Let cool for a bit.
In the meantime, combine your flour, baking powder and baking soda. Combine thoroughly. Add in your vanilla extract and beat.
Pour the melted chocolate into the sugar mixture and combine on medium speed, scrap sides and finish beating mixture. I beat the mixture on medium-high for another 2 minutes.
Alternating between the flour and milk, starting with the flour and ending with the flour. Pour into mixture until combined.
Pour your batter in well greased and floured pans (or use parchment) to avoid from sticking.
Dollup in spoonfuls of chocolate cookie dough around the perimeter and in the center. If you don’t put in center, it probably will bake faster, so adjust your time if necessary.
I used a half-a-batch of a traditional chocolate chip cookie dough and added just a bit of extra salt to help cut the sweet of the chocolate cake.
Bake at 350 for about 40-45 minutes. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t dry out and pull it out just as it’s finished.
Let cool on racks for a few hours. It’s dense and will remain warm for a bit of time I found. These cake recipes are dense and brownie like.
Icing & Finishing
I used a traditional buttercream icing for cake and made it extra stiff. The layers are heavy. Place half the batch of the butter cream icing or more in between the layers. I piped around the top edge of the cake to create a wall barrier for the chocolate ganache.
For the ganache:
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup heavy cream
Heat the heavy cream in the microwave on 50% in 30 second intervals until just steaming. Don’t scorch the milk. Then pour hot cream over the chocolate chips and let stand. After a few minutes, combine with a spatula until creamy and glossy. Then place in fridge to cool down just a bit and thicken.
Pour the ganache in the center of the cake, creating a pool of ganache and the piping of the butter cream will keep it contained.
We topped with chocolate discs (melting chocolates) to finish the look.
Voila! A chocolate lovers dream cake!