Dark chocolate cake with cookie dough filling and chocolate ganache topping 

This is one of the most decadent treats I have ever made and is the subject of my latest baking video too.  Dark chocolate cake with a cookie dough filling and topped with chocolate ganache.  It turned out be be a decent amount of work, but I think the people at work will appreciate it!  Looking back, I think incould have just brought in the cookie dough and spoons , and that would have been a big hit too.  Of course, I need to work on making the finished product look better, but it will still taste great!

Cake ingredients – 12 tbs butter (softened to room temperature), 2 cups sugar, 3 eggs, 2 tsp vanilla, 2 cups flour, 3/4 cup dark baking cocoa, 1 1/2 tsp baking soda, 3/4 tsp baking powder, 3/4 tsp salt, 1 1/2 cups milk, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted

Preheat oven to 350.  In a microwave safe bowl, heat milk and vanilla 2 minutes.  Add melted chips and stir smooth.  In another bowl, combine butter and sugar. Add eggs.  Slowly mix in dry ingredients and milk mixture.  Spray 3 cake pans with baking spray.  Divide batter among each (I used about 2 cups batter in each).  Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.  Cool completely.

Cookie dough filling ingredients – 1 cup heavy cream (whipped until soft peaks form, just takes about 2 minutes), 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp vanilla,  1 1/2 cups flour, 1 cup mini chocolate chips, 3 tbs milk or heavy cream

Directions – melt butter.  Immediately add brown sugar and sigar.  Mix in vanilla and flour.  Stir in milk or cream.  Add whipped heavy cream.  Fold in chips.

Ganache ingredients – 1 1/3  cupschocolate chips, 4 tbs heavy cream, 2 tbs butter, 2 tbs corn syrup, 1 tsp vanilla

Directions – melt chips, cream, butter and corn syrup.  Remove from heat.  Add vanilla.  Cool to room temperature.

Place one layer of cake face (top side  down)  on cake platter, spread with 1/2 of cookie dough filling, place second cake layer over that (top side down), spread rest of cookie dough filling over that. Place  final cake layer (top side down) on top.  Spread ganache on top.

Your cake is layered like this – 1 cake layer on bottom.  1/2 cookie dough filling.  2nd cake layer.  rest of cookie dough filling.   3rd cake layer.  Chocolate ganache spread on top


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