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Brownie Layer Cake with Cookie Dough Frosting

4.16 from 65 votes
If you love cookies and brownies, I have the ultimate Brownie Layer Cake with Cookie Dough Frosting that is rich, decadent and impressive!

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Brownie Layer Cake with Cookie Dough Frosting

4.16 from 65 votes
If you love cookies and brownies, I have the ultimate Brownie Layer Cake with Cookie Dough Frosting that is rich, decadent and impressive!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1
Prep Time 50 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
If you love cookies and brownies, I have the ultimate Brownie Layer Cake with Cookie Dough Frosting that is rich, decadent and impressive!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • Brownie Recipe
  • 1 ¾ cups (9oz/265g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 16 ½ oz (465g) dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ½ cup (12oz/337g) unsalted butter
  • 2 ¼ cups (18oz/ 510g) granulated sugar
  • ¾ cups (6oz/168g) packed light brown sugar
  • 7 eggs at room temperature
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cookie Dough Frosting Recipe
  • 1 cup (8 oz/225g) cream cheese, softened
  • 10 Tbsp (5oz/150g) butter, softened
  • 1 ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 Tbsp. milk , more if needed to reach desired consistency
  • 1 cup flour
  • 6 cups powdered sugar , more if needed to reach desired consistency
  • 1 ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips
  • Ganache
  • 8 oz/225g bittersweet chocolate ( 72 %)
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  • To make the Brownies: Preheat the oven to 350oF (180oC). Butter and line a 9” springform or cake tin.
  • Put the chocolate and butter in a large bowl and set it over a saucepan of simmering water or place in the microwave. Stirring occasionally, until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool a little.
  • Add the sugars. Whisk until completely combined. The mixture should be room temperature.
  • Whisk the eggs and vanilla in a jug together. Add a little of the eggs to the chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Add the remaining eggs and whisk until combined. Do not overbeat the batter at this stage or your brownies will be cakey.
  • Sift the flour, salt and cocoa over the chocolate mixture. Using a rubber spatula (not a whisk), fold the flour mixture into the chocolate until just a bit of the flour mixture is visible.
  • Pour the batter into your lined and buttered. Bake in the center of the oven on a tray for 1 hour 20 minutes. This is a very heavy brownie and does need quite some time to cook.
  • There should be still a jiggle in the center of the cake, that says it fudgy in the middle.
  • Let the brownies cool completely before cutting. It can be made up to 2 days in advance or it can be frozen beforehand also.
  • To make the cookie dough frosting: Cream softened cream cheese and butter together in a large bowl.
  • Add brown sugar and vanilla and evenly beat together.
  • Add powdered sugar and whisk to evenly incorporate until smooth. (If you need to add a little milk to thin it, feel free to do so. I prefer my frosting thick so I never needed to)
  • Next add in the milk, flour and mini chocolate chips.
  • Wrap the frosting and set it in the fridge for about 15 minutes. It thickens up pretty nicely and make it easier to work with.
  • You can also make it up to 2 days in advance and take it out of the fridge 45 minutes before you want to use it to soften.
  • To make the ganache: Heat the cream in a heavy bottom saucepan. When it reaches a simmer, take it off the heat and pour it over the chopped chocolate. Let it sit there for 3-4 minutes on the chocolate and then whisk until the chocolate has melted.
  • Drizzle the ganache over the chocolate cake. It it drip over the sides. This is an easy way to decorate a cake.

 

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Mary-Grace De Venecia

followed this recipe to a tee, came out burnt on the sides and top and raw in the middle. where did i go wrong? 180 degrees celsius middle of oven for 1 hr 20 mins

manleen
1 month ago

can i store this coockie dough frosting in the fridge a day before?
ps. I need to use it for ur cookie dough cupcakes
pls try to reply asap i need to make it tomorrow

Nicole
Nicole
2 months ago

Just made this cake. The 1hr 20 minute baking time seems too long, cake was overcooked. Would take it out of the oven at 1hr.

Cassia
Cassia
2 months ago

This is awesome! im planning on making this for my sister’s birthday cake this week! She will love this!

Liliana
2 months ago

Hi Gemma ,this was a lovely recipe!Thanks for sharing!

Hasini
Hasini
2 months ago

Hi Gemma,

Can I make this same recipe in the microwave? How long do you think I should make it in the microwave for?

Vishaka
Vishaka
4 months ago

Hi Gemma,

The recipe looks amazing, can’t wait to try it. I was wondering though if I could divide the batter between three 9 inch tins, as I’m terrible at cutting cakes into layers! Also, would I then have to reduce the baking time?

Thanks

Mahima
Mahima
4 months ago

Hey Gemma, I wanted to make half of this recipe, so how many eggs should I use ?

Sivani
Sivani
5 months ago

Hi Gemma!
I just wanted to know if I could replace the eggs with something from your substitute chart in this recipe? And what would be the best option.
Thanks!

maechricelle
6 months ago

What can i use instead of dark unsweetened chocolate? Can i replace it to something not chocoate?

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