Half Baked Cake

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Thick, chewy layers of fudge brownie cake with gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough baked inside are layered between a brown sugar cookie dough frosting make this Half Baked Cake inspired Ben & Jerry’s ice cream a cake that’s too good not to eat!

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Half Baked?  What’s that?  You’ve heard of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, right?  Half Baked is one of their flavors that has gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough and brownies running through it.  Yah… it’s so good!!!

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Well, this cake is inspired by that ice cream!  My Half Baked Cake has three layers of chocolate fudge brownie cake filled with gobs of cookie dough.  It’s filled and  with a brown sugar, cookie dough frosting and adorned with mini chocolate chips.

Is your mind blown yet?

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If you’re looking for a cake that’s low calorie, low sugar or low fat – you’re in the wrong place.  This cake has everything that’s amazing about baking “Paula Deen Style” … all butter, all sugar and all delicious flavor.  It really truly is a decadent, heavenly cake.

PS… you’re gonna need a HUGE glass of milk with this cake.  It’s so rich!  Every bite has both brownie and cookie dough – it’s a sugar rush in your mouth!


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Half Baked Cake
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This Half Baked Cake is three layers of rich fudge brownie with gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough running through it all filled & topped with cookie dough frosting and adorned with mini chocolate chips.
Serves: 1 3 layer 8-inch cake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup mini chocolate chips
Fudge Brownie Cake
  • 1½ cups unsalted butter, sliced
  • 6oz unsweetened baker’s chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
Cookie Dough Frosting
  • 36 Tbsp (4.5 sticks or 2¼ cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1½ cups light brown sugar, loose – not packed
  • 5-6 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ¼ + 2 Tbsp cup heavy cream
  • ½ tsp salt
  • mini & regular chocolate chips to garnish

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  1. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, sugars, milk and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Whisk in the dry ingredients.
  4. Add the mini chocolate chips and fold together.
  5. Cover and freeze 30 minutes or until firm.
Fudge Brownie Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Grease 3 8in cake pans, line with parchment paper, grease again then flour.
  2. In a large sauce pan over medium-high heat, melt together the butter and bakers chocolate until smooth. Whisking often.
  3. Add the sugar and whisk together until smooth.
  4. Pour the chocolate mixture into a large bowl.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, and whisk after each addition. NOTE: Make sure to whisk well after each egg. The batter should become thick.
  6. Whisk in the vanilla.
  7. Sprinkle the flour, baking soda and salt over the batter and whisk until just combined.
  8. Pour 1½ cups of batter into each prepared cake pan.
  9. Remove the cookie dough from the freezer. Roll marble sized balls of dough and drop into the batter. Add as many dough balls as you want… I added 12-15 per pan.
  10. Using your finger, press the dough balls down into pan and cover with batter. You want all the balls to be completely submerged and covered with batter.
  11. Bake on the center rack of your oven for 25-28 minutes or until the top begins to crack slightly and a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
  12. Cool in the pans for 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. NOTE: It will be helpful to run a butter knife along the edge of the pan before removing the cake to help prevent sticking.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  2. Crumble the brown sugar so that there are no lumps and add it to the butter. Cream together until smooth.
  3. Sift the powdered sugar into the bowl and mix on medium-low speed until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix again.
  4. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. Sift the flour into the bowl and mix on medium-low speed until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix again.
  6. Add the heavy cream and salt and mix on high for 1-2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix another minute.
  1. Place one cake layer on your cake stand and spread ¼ inch layer of the frosting chips over the top. Place the second layer on top and spread another ¼ inch layer of frosting. Place the last layer of cake on top.
  2. Crumb coat the outside of the cake. Freeze the cake for 20 minutes.
  3. Reserve 1 cup of frosting for decorating. Fold in ½ cup mini chocolate chips into the remaining frosting.
  4. Cover the outside of the cake with the cookie dough frosting.
  5. Using the straight edge of a cake decorating comb, make sure the sides and the top of the cake are smooth and even.
  6. Using the edge with the triangle scallops, run the decorating comb along the outside of the cake.
  7. Press mini chocolate chips onto the bottom 1-2 inches of the cake at the base.
  8. Using a large star piping tip fitted to a disposable piping bag, pipe small swirls/mounds of frosting along the top edge of the cake. Place a chocolate chip, upside down in the center of each swirl.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & Frosting originally from my Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Brownie cake & decoration inspired by Sprinkle Bakes

If you love this cake, you may also be interested in these Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes!

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Here a few of the supplies needed to make this cake!


22 Comments on Half Baked Cake

    • Betsy Eves
      July 31, 2013 at 10:04 am (1 year ago)

      I had the same reaction when I took the first bite! <3

  1. Helen
    July 31, 2013 at 4:04 am (1 year ago)

    This is amazing..l not sure I am ready to tackle it! Betsy, how long did this masterpiece take?

    • Betsy Eves
      July 31, 2013 at 10:03 am (1 year ago)

      It took me one day to make. But, I took my time, didn’t rush things. I have a toddler and a teenager keeping me busy all day, so I did it during down time. It took about 4-5 hours of actual baking/decorating time. It may seem overwhelming- but really, it’s not. Just make the cookie dough, make the cake batter, bake. Make the frosting, assemble, decorate. Eat! :)

      • Helen
        July 31, 2013 at 3:33 pm (1 year ago)

        OK, I will give it a try!

  2. Helen
    July 31, 2013 at 4:07 am (1 year ago)

    Sorry for the double post but I want to be sure I receive your insight on how long to allow if I attempt this masterpiece.

    • Betsy Eves
      July 31, 2013 at 11:38 pm (1 year ago)

      Awww, thanks Jocelyn!! :)

  3. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
    July 31, 2013 at 10:54 pm (1 year ago)

    I. Am. In. Heaven.

    Seriously, it cannot get more mind blowing than this. You are my new best friend.

    • Betsy Eves
      August 2, 2013 at 8:42 am (1 year ago)

      HEAVEN! Ahhhhhhhhh, we’re BESTIES!! hehehe <3

  4. Laura@bakinginpyjamas
    August 2, 2013 at 9:00 pm (1 year ago)

    Your cake looks delicious, your decorating skills are great. Subscribing to your blog!

    • Betsy Eves
      August 2, 2013 at 9:04 pm (1 year ago)

      Awesome! Thanks, Laura!! <3

  5. Jo
    August 2, 2013 at 10:20 pm (1 year ago)

    i wonder how many mls are there in your cup for your measurements?

    Thanks in advance x

    • Betsy Eves
      August 2, 2013 at 10:26 pm (1 year ago)

      I’m not sure… but there are lots of conversion charts online you could look at! :)

  6. gretchen
    September 8, 2013 at 3:59 am (1 year ago)

    it doesn’t say anything about flour in frosting???

  7. Madelin
    October 16, 2013 at 9:26 pm (1 year ago)

    Does the cookie dough turn cookie-like in the oven, or does it retain its gooey raw texture? It’s hard to tell from the pictures. In any case, I vow to conquer this delicious beast someday!

    • Betsy Eves
      October 17, 2013 at 11:42 am (1 year ago)

      It definitely bakes, but it doesn’t have a cakey texture… it’s more chewy. :) It’s super yum!!!!

  8. Jenna
    January 20, 2014 at 8:50 pm (11 months ago)

    Going to attempt for my son’s 14th birthday…he requested a cake that has chunks of cookie dough inside…I think this fits the bill!

  9. Kate z
    February 10, 2014 at 3:53 pm (10 months ago)

    Would it still come out ok if I bake this in 2 9″ layers? I dont have 8″ pans…

    • Betsy Eves
      February 10, 2014 at 5:06 pm (10 months ago)

      Yes…. should be totally fine! :) Happy Baking!


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