Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake

I want to start off this post with saying how saddened I was to learn of the bombing at the Boston Marathon yesterday. We live in such a dangerous world these days. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this horrific event. In times like these, it is especially important to be thankful for what we have in our lives.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake

One person I am thankful for every single day is my amazing husband. And yesterday was his birthday.

I have been dealing with some kind of sickness since Friday evening and haven’t really been able to stomach much food lately. But, what does one do when it is your husband’s birthday? I had to be strong. I had to bake the cake I promised I would make for him. He told me a million times not to worry about it, but how could I not? So this cake came together in baby steps.

My husband has told me many times that his most favorite cupcake in the whole wide world are my Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting. I told him awhile ago that I would turn his favorite cupcakes into a cake. So that is what I did!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake

This cake has a few steps, but it is really pretty easy to put together. I used the same recipe for the cake. The frosting for the cupcakes is just so good, but it’s not easy to spread so I knew it wouldn’t work on a cake. So in this recipe, the cupcake frosting became the cake filling and then I came up with a cookie dough buttercream for the frosting. If you decide to make this recipe (and I totally think you should!), keep in mind that the frosting does have a gritty texture due to the sugar and it does contain flour which you do not usually see in frosting, but this is supposed to be like actual cookie dough so it’s all good!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake


For the cake:

  • 1 box devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 box instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the cookie dough filling:

  • 1 ½ sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Milk (about 2-3 tbs. to thin out, add as needed)

For the cookie dough buttercream frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened at room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • milk (about 2 tbs. to thin out, add more as needed)


For the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 9-inch cake pans and set aside.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix together until everything is well-combined, but try to avoid over-mixing the batter.
  3. Divide the batter evenly amongst the two cake pans. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  4. Let the cakes cool completely before frosting.

For the cookie dough filling:

  1. In a bowl, beat together the butter and sugars until creamy with a hand or stand mixer.
  2. Mix in the vanilla extract, flour, and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips. Set aside.

For the frosting:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, confectioner’s sugar, and the brown sugar until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add in the flour, salt, and vanilla extract. Beat together until everything is well-combined and the frosting is smooth and spreadable. If it is too thick, add milk, one tablespoon at a time to thin it out (I just needed about 2 tbs.).

To assemble the cake:

  1. Remove the cake from the pans. Place one of the cakes down onto a cake plate (or whatever you will use to store and serve it), Using a large serrated knife (bread knife), carefully skim off the top of the cake with the knife until the top is level. Discard the scraps (or you know, eat them, whatever…)…
  2. Spoon the filling on top of the bottom cake layer and spread evenly. You may find that you don’t need/want to use all of the filling you made. That is fine, use as much or as little as you’d like.
  3. Place the top layer of the cake on top of the filling and bottom layer. Using an icing spatula or a butter knife, frost the cake!
  4. Feel free to garnish the cake however you’d like. I just threw a bunch of mini chocolate chips on top of mine.

You can really use whatever cake recipe you prefer to use for this cake. If you have a favorite chocolate cake recipe, go for it! Or if you would rather do a white cake, do it!!

frosting recipe slightly adapted from Annie’s Eats

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake



  1. Very clever cake!! I have never eaten cookie dough(I know gasp!… what rock have I been living under). :) It’s the raw egg in the dough that turns me off… but since your cake and filling contain no raw egg… I’m IN! Hope your hubby had a fantastic birthday. :)

  2. This cake look AMAZING! I’m sure your husband had a very happy birthday. :)

  3. What an awesome way to use cookie dough. I would love this with a vanilla cake. Or maybe cinnamon??

  4. This is a truly gorgeous cake, Stephanie!

  5. Happy Birhtday to your Husband! What a wonderful wife you are! The cake looks amazing and I can only imagine how wonderful it must taste!!

  6. Gosh this sounds incredible! I love all things cookie dough, I can only imagine how wonderful this is! Happy Birthday to your husband and good for you for working through it! Feel better soon!

  7. What a wonderful birthday cake! Your husband is a lucky man!

  8. Oh wow, that looks like the most delicious cake! What a lovely birthday cake!

  9. I neeeeed to try this. Happy birthday to your hubby!!

  10. Happy day to hubs! and what a lucky dude…

  11. Such a lucky hubby to enjoy this homemade cake with you! It looks sensational! Great job, Stephanie.

  12. Happy Birthday to your lucky-duck hubby! This cake looks phenom and I seriously want to eat every last crumb. Awesome job, Stephanie!

  13. This post sounds like I could have written it :-) My other 1/2 loves cookie dough and I have made a cake like this too. Check out my most recent Cookie Dough Treat I just posted too – you will love it

  14. That cookie dough filling and cookie dough frosting look sooooo dreamy!

  15. You are a trooper! But I’m glad you were so we could all drool overt this amazing cake! I must bake one, too!!!!

  16. Oh please give me a HUGE slice of this!

  17. Happy Birthday to your husband!!! My gosh, this cake is absolutely STUNNING. The photo will be loved on Pinterest! Pinning!

  18. Birthdays are the best reason for amazing cakes! This one qualifies. :) Lucky husband.

  19. This is one seriously delicious looking cake. Your hubby is one lucky guy. I can’t wait to try this cake!

  20. This is the cake of my DREAMS!!!

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  24. this looks fabulous! I am bringing this as a birthday dessert and was wondering if I could bake the cakes and whip up the filling and frosting and assemble the next day? Thoughts?

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  28. I only made the cookie dough filling, but it was so so delicious for my 21st birthday cake yesterday! I’m glad I didn’t eat too much of it by itself so I had some left for the actual filling, haha. Thanks so much for this recipe!

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  31. What’s the purpose of the (raw) flour if the cookie dough layer is unbaked. Is it needed?

    • Dean, the flour is what holds everything together. I don’t recommend leaving it out, it wouldn’t have a true cookie dough texture and would be too wet. You can try it without, but personally, I wouldn’t.

  32. I was wondering why you’d put flour into the buttercream frosting? I’ve never heard of such a thing. Just wondering what the purpose is. 

  33. This is seriously the best cake I’ve ever made. Everyone raved about it at my daughter’s birthday party. My daughter loves cookie dough so I thought this cake would be perfect for her. The cake was so moist and the cookie dough filling and frosting were so good and not too sweet. I will make this one again! 

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