The Most Fun Chocolate Layered Cake with Edible Monster Cookie Dough

Serves 12 (approximately)

Total Time 2 Hours

Ingredients

  • Chocolate Cake
    • 1 3/4 cups cake flour (substitute all-purpose flour)
    • 3 / 4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 / 4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 3 / 4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
    • 3 eggs, room temperature
    • 1 / 2 cup milk, room temperature
    • 1 / 2 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • Edible Monster Cookie Dough Filling
    • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 / 4 cup quick oats
    • 1 / 2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 / 4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 / 4 cup creamy peanut butter
    • 1 / 2 cup light brown sugar
    • 1 / 4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 / 4 cup milk
    • 1 / 4 cup mini chocolate chips
    • 1 / 4 cup mini M&M candies
  • Peanut Butter Buttercream
    • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
    • 1 cup unsalted butter (soft, but slightly cooler than room temperature)
    • 6 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 / 2 cup heavy cream (substitute with milk)
  • Chocolate Ganache
    • 3 / 4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 3 tablespoons heavy cream (substitute milk)
  • For Decorating (optional)
    • mini chocolate chips
    • mini M&M candies
    • candy googly eyes

Preparation

Chocolate Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Trace and cut out parchment paper to line the bottoms of two 8 – inch cake pans. Set aside.

In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, cream your butter for 2 minutes until light in color and fluffy. Add granulated sugar and mix for approximately 3-4 minutes or until creamy. Add in eggs, one at a time, incorporating after each addition. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Whisk together your milk and sour cream. It is easiest to use a liquid measuring cup for this.

Starting with your dry ingredient mixture, begin alternating additions of dry ingredients and the milk mixture to the large mixing bowl. You should begin by adding 1/3 of your dry ingredient mixture and follow by adding 1/2 of your milk mixture. Repeat these additions, mixing after each until just incorporated. Avoid over mixing as this will result in a more dry finished cake.

Divide the cake batter equally between each of your cake pans. Place in the oven and bake for 25-35 minutes (a dark cake pan will requirer the shorter cook time while a lighter colored cake pan will require the longer cook time) or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Remove the cakes from the cake pans and place on a wire rack to let cool completely.

Edible Monster Cookie Dough Filling

Spread the flour on a baking sheet in an even layer and place in the oven for 5 minutes at 350 degrees. This ensures that the raw flour will be safe to consume. Let cool completely before using. If the flour is not cooled, the chocolate chips will melt when added.

In a stand mixer or medium sized mixing bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until light in color and creamy. Add in vanilla extract and mix again.

In a separate bowl, whisk together your flour, quick oats and salt (Note: Do not used rolled oats here as they will result in off-texture. Omit oats entirely if you do not have quick oats). Add to your creamed butter/sugar mixture. Mix to combine.

Pour in milk and combine. Fold in mini chocolate chips and M&M candies.

Line a third 8 – inch cake pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper. It should be thick, but as evenly as possible, spread 2 cups of the filling into a layer across the entire pan. Reserve some of the cookie dough for decorating the top of the cake if desired. Place this in the refrigerator to chill while you wait for the cake layers to cool and while you begin working on the buttercream.

Peanut Butter Buttercream

In a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, beat butter for approximately 2 minutes or until smooth, light and fluffy. Add in the peanut butter and mix for an additional minute. Gradually begin adding in the powdered sugar and continue mixing. Stream in half of your heavy cream (or milk). If the buttercream appears to thick to spread, add in the remaining half of the heavy cream (or milk).

Chocolate Ganache

Add your chocolate chips to a small bowl. Heat your heavy cream on the stovetop or in the microwave until hot and steaming (not boiling). Pour the heavy cream over the top of the chocolate chips in the bowl. Let this sit for 3-4 minutes, then starting from the center of the bowl, begin stirring the mixture. The chocolate chips should melt and form a smooth chocolate ganache. Set this aside for assembly.

Cake Assembly

Level your cakes with a serrated knife to create flat, even layers that will be easy to stack.

To a cake stand or large plate, spread a thin layer of buttercream frosting.

Place one of the cake layers onto the stand. Spread a thin layer (approximately 1/4″ thick) of buttercream frosting. Remove your monster cookie dough filling layer from the refrigerator and place on top. Spread another thin layer of buttercream frosting.

Place your other cake layer on top, flipping this cake layer upside down so that the top of your cake has a flat bottom. Press down gently.

Cover the entire cake with a layer of buttercream frosting. Smooth out the sides as much as possible. This will be your crumb coat. Chill the cake for 10-15 minutes before using the remaining buttercream to completely cover and frost the cake.

Spread an even layer of chocolate ganache over the top of the cake. Use a spoon or squeeze bottle filled with chocolate ganache to create drips down the side of the cake.

Add any remaining buttercream to a pastry bag and pipe designs around the top of the cake. Roll the reserved monster cookie dough into balls and add around the top. Use mini chocolate chips and M&M candies to create a ring around the top as well. It is easiest to reference the photo here.

This cake should serve approximately twelve people and is best enjoyed the day it is made! Store in an airtight container if leftovers remain.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Layered Cake

Serves 12 Slices (Approximately)

Total Time 2 Hours

Ingredients

  • Chocolate Cake
    • 1 3/4 cups cake flour (substitute all-purpose flour)
    • 3 / 4 cup cocoa powder (Dutch-processed preferred)
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 3 / 4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
    • 4 eggs, room temperature
    • 3 / 4 cup milk, room temperature
  • Peanut Butter Buttercream
    • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
    • 1 cup unsalted butter (soft, but slightly cooler than room temperature)
    • 6 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 / 2 cup heavy cream
  • Chocolate Ganache
    • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 3 / 4 cups heavy cream
  • For Decorating
    • 1 / 4 cup mini chocolate chips
    • mini peanut butter cups

Preparation

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Trace and cut out parchment paper to line the bottoms of two 8 – inch cake pans. Set aside.

In a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, cream butter for 2 minutes until light in color and fluffy. Add granulated sugar and mix for approximately 3-4 minutes or until creamy. Add in eggs, one at a time, incorporating after each addition. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together cake flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.

Starting with your dry ingredient mixture, begin alternating additions of dry ingredients and milk to the large mixing bowl. You should begin by adding 1/3 of your dry ingredient mixture and follow by adding 1/2 of your milk. Repeat these additions, mixing after each until just incorporated. Avoid over mixing.

Divide the cake batter equally between each of your cake pans. Place in the oven and bake for 25-35 minutes (a dark cake pan will requirer the shorter cook time while a lighter colored cake pan will require the longer cook time) or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Remove the cakes from the cake pans and place on a wire rack to let cool completely.

Peanut Butter Buttercream

In a large mixing bowl, use a mixer to beat butter until light and fluffy. Add in peanut butter and beat again until fully incorporated. Slowly begin to add in your powdered sugar, adding approximately one cup at a time. Begin adding in your heavy cream when the buttercream becomes too thick to beat and continue to mix until the buttercream is fully combined.

Chocolate Ganache

To a small bowl, pour your chocolate chips. Heat your heavy cream on the stovetop or in the microwave until hot and steaming. Avoid bringing the heavy cream to a boil. Pour the heavy cream over the top of the chocolate chips in the bowl. Let this sit for 4-5 minutes, then starting from the center of the bowl, begin stirring together the mixture. The chocolate chips should melt and form a smooth chocolate ganache. Set this aside for assembly.

Cake Assembly

Once your cakes have completely cooled, use a large knife to level off the tops. This will create an flat layer that will make stacking and assembly easier.

To a cake stand or large plate, spread a thin layer of buttercream frosting.

Place one of the cake layers onto the stand. Spread an even layer of buttercream frosting about 1/2 inch thick. This should use approximately 1 cup of your peanut buttercream.

Use about 1/2 cup of chocolate ganache and spread another even layer across the entire layer of peanut buttercream.

Place your other cake layer on top, flipping this cake layer upside down so that the top of your cake has a flat bottom. Press down gently.

Cover the entire cake with a thin layer of buttercream frosting. Smooth out the sides. This will be your crumb coat. Chill the cake for at least 20 minutes before using additional buttercream to completely cover and frost the cake.

Use the remainder of the chocolate ganache to spread an even layer oven the top of the cake. Optional: Use a spoon to create drips down the side of the cake with the chocolate ganache.

Top the cake with mini peanut butter cups, mini chocolate chips, and swirls of peanut buttercream. See picture for reference.

Let the chocolate completely set before slicing. This cake should serve approximately 12 people and is best consumed the day it is made. Store remaining leftovers in an airtight container. Enjoy!

The Best Gigantic Monster Cookies

Serves 8 Large or 16 Regular-Sized Cookies

Total Time Less Than One Hour

Ingredients

  • 1 / 2 cup unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 / 4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1 / 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oats (rolled for a chewier texture or quick for a softer texture)
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 3 / 4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 / 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 3 / 4 cup M&M candies
  • Optional: candy googly eyes

Preparation

Preheat oven to 410 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, use a mixer to cream together cubed butter and brown sugar (approximately four minutes or until creamy). Add in the peanut butter, and mix until combined. Add in one egg, mix to incorporate. Add in the other egg and vanilla extract, mix to incorporate. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, oats, corn starch, baking soda and salt. Add this dry ingredient mixture to your large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Pour in the chocolate chips and M&M candies and combine.

Use a 1 / 2 cup measuring cup to form dough into 8 dough portions. If you would prefer regular size cookies, use a 1 / 4 cup measuring cup and form 16 dough portions. Place dough onto your parchment lined baking sheets, leaving at least 2 inches in between each cookie.

Bake for 10 minutes for the large cookies or 9 minutes for the regular sized cookies. Remove from the oven when the bottoms appear to be golden brown, but the middle still appears soft. If using candy googly eyes, gently press the eyes into the cookies while they are still warm. Let the cookies cool and set up on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes.

Store in a closed container for up to three days. Enjoy!

Healthy Chewy Monster Cookies

Serves 8 – 10 Cookies

Total Time One Hour

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 / 2 cup peanut butter, natural
  • 1 / 2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 / 2 cup oats (quick-oats preferred)
  • 1 / 4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 / 4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 / 4 cup dark chocolate chunks
  • 1 / 4 cup rainbow drops (M&Ms)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg, peanut butter, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract. Add in the oats, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine. Add in dark chocolate and rainbow drops and combine to form your dough.

Place the mixing bowl of dough into the refrigerator for at least an hour or into the freezer for ten minutes to chill your dough. This is an essential step in ensuring the cookies do not overspread and flatten while baking.

Once the dough has chilled, use a scoop (no larger than 2 tablespoons in size) or your hands to form mounds. The recipe should make eight to ten cookies depending on your cookie size preference. Place mounds onto the cookie sheet and flatten slightly with your hand.

Place into the oven to bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven when the edges have set, but the center still appears soft. The cookies will firm up once cooled, so avoid over-baking!

Once removed from the oven, allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes. Finish with flakey sea salt if desired!

Healthier Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

Serves 9 Large or 16 Small Bars

Total Time Less Than One Hour

Ingredients

  • 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 1 / 2 cup unsalted peanut butter (natural is preferred)
  • 1 / 2 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 /4 cup milk of choice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 / 2 teaspoon kosher salt (or 1 / 4 teaspoon if your peanut butter contains salt)
  • 1 / 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 / 2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a square pan (size 8×8 to 9×9) with parchment paper. Set aside.

To a food processor, add the can of garbanzo beans that have been drained, washed and dried off. Add in peanut butter, sugar, baking power, salt and cinnamon. Blend for approximately 30 seconds, or until a thick batter has formed that is completely smooth. This is an extremely important step for ensuring the desired texture of the bar.

To the food processor, add in your egg, milk of choice, and vanilla extract. Blend again until the batter is completely mixed.

Remove the blade from the food processor. Stir in half of your chocolate chips with the batter. Pour the batter (should be similar in consistency to brownie batter) into your parchment paper lined pan. Add the remaining half of your chocolate chips across the top of the batter.

Place the pan into the oven to bake. For an 8×8 pan, it should take approximately 22 minutes. For a 9×9 pan, it should take approximately 25 minutes. Once the bars are set in the middle and the edges are slightly golden, remove from the oven. Let cool before slicing into 9 large or 16 small bars.