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 the butter with the 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. 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.

Funfetti Layered Cake with Edible Sugar Cookie Dough Filling and Vanilla Buttercream

Serves 12 Slices (Approximately)

Total Time 2 Hours

Ingredients

  • Funfetti Cake
    • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 / 4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 / 2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 / 4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    • 3 eggs, room temperature
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 / 2 cup milk, room temperature
    • 1 / 2 cup sour cream, room temperature
    • 1 cup sprinkles of choice
  • Sugar Cookie Dough Filling
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 / 2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 2 / 3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 1 / 4 cup sprinkles of choice
  • Vanilla Buttercream
    • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (soft, but slightly cooler than room temperature)
    • 4 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 / 4 cup heavy cream (substitute with milk)
    • pinch of salt
  • For Decorating
    • sprinkles of choice

Preparation

Funfetti 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. Add in vanilla extract. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together cake flour, 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.

Add in your sprinkles of choice and mix until just combined.

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.

Sugar 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.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, use a mixer to cream the butter with the granulated sugar until it is light in color and creamy. Add in vanilla extract and mix again.

In a separate bowl, whisk together your flour and salt. Add to your creamed butter/sugar mixture. Mix to combine.

Pour in milk and stir to combine. Fold in sprinkles of choice.

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

Vanilla Buttercream

In a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, beat butter for approximately 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Gradually begin adding in the powdered sugar and continue mixing. Add in the vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. 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).

Cake Assembly

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 of buttercream frosting. Remove your sugar 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 15-20 minutes before using the remaining buttercream to completely cover and frost the cake.

Add a ring of sprinkles to the top of the cake (as shown in picture). If you have remaining buttercream, add to a pastry bag and pipe a design around the top of the cake.

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

“Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cookie” Layered Cake

Serves 12 Slices (Approximately)

Total Time 2 Hours

Ingredients

  • Chocolate Chip Cake
    • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 / 4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 / 2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 / 4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    • 3 eggs, room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 / 2 cup milk, room temperature
    • 1 / 2 cup sour cream, room temperature
    • 1 cup mini chocolate chips (coated with 1 teaspoon of additional flour)
  • Caramel Sauce
    • 20 unwrapped square caramel candies (155 grams or approximately 3 / 4 cup)
    • 1 / 3 cup heavy cream
    • pinch of salt
  • Pretzel Cream Cheese Frosting
    • 2 cups pretzels (using 1/2 cup of fine pretzel crumbs)
    • 16 oz (2 standard sized packs) cream cheese, room temperature
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, slightly cooler than room temperature
    • 8 cups (or a 2-pound bag) powdered sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • pinch of salt
  • For Decorating (Optional)
    • 1 / 2 cup chocolate chips
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • Pretzels
    • Chocolate sprinkles

Preparation

Chocolate Chip Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Trace and cut out parchment paper to line the bottoms of two 8 – inch cake pans or three 6 – inch cake pans. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, use a mixer to 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. Add in vanilla extract. Set aside.

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

In a glass measuring cup, whisk together your milk and sour cream.

Starting with your dry ingredient mixture, begin alternating additions of dry ingredients and the milk/sour cream 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 as this will cause the cake to become dry when baked.

Toss one cup of mini chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon of cake flour. Be sure to coat each chocolate chip with flour. This will prevent the chocolate chips from sinking in the cake batter while baking.

Add in the chocolate chips to your batter and mix until just incorporated.

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.

Pretzel Cream Cheese Frosting

To a high speed blender, add approximately 2 cups of pretzels. Blend until the majority of the pretzels are fine crumbs and no large pieces remain. Use a fine mesh sifter to sift the pretzels, then measure 1/2 cup of the fine crumbs to use for the frosting. Set aside the 1/2 cup and reserve the remaining pretzel mixture for decorating the cake.

In a large mixing bowl or in a standard mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy (approximately 2 minutes). Add in vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Gradually begin to add in powdered sugar and continue to mix. Add in the 1/2 cup of fine pretzel crumbs. If the frosting appears to thick to spread, slowly add in milk a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.

Caramel Sauce

In a small saucepan over medium heat, begin to melt the unwrapped caramel candies. Heat for approximately a minute, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom and sides of the pan to prevent burning. The candies will likely clump together.

After a minute, pour the heavy cream into your saucepan. Continue stirring until the caramels melt completely and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Add in a large pinch of salt and set aside to cool completely, stirring occasionally to keep the caramel smooth.

Cake Assembly

To a cake stand or large plate, spread a thin layer of your cream cheese frosting.

Place one of the cake layers onto the stand. Spread a layer of cream cheese frosting about 1/2 inch thick.

Use a piping bag with a round tip to pip a 1/2 inch tall border around the edge of the frosting layer. This will create a border so the caramel sauce layer will not spill out over the edges of the cake when added.

To the middle of the frosting layer, pour in a layer of caramel sauce. Do not pour in more than can be contained within the pipped border. Carefully spread it out into an even layer.

Place the cake in the freezer or refrigerator to chill and set for 10-15 minutes before continuing assembly.

Place another cake layer on top, flipping this cake layer upside down so that the top of your cake has a flat bottom. Press down gently. (Note: If you are using three 6 – inch cake layers, then you will need to repeat the earlier process of adding a cream cheese frosting layer, pipping a border, and filling with caramel sauce before placing the final cake layer on top.)

Cover the entire cake with a thin layer of frosting to create a crumb coat. Smooth out the sides as much as possible. Chill the cake for about 20 minutes before using the remaining frosting to completely cover and frost the cake.

(Optional For Decorating) To the bottom edge of the cake, create a rim with the remaining pretzels crumbs and additional broken pretzel pieces. In a small microwavable bowl, combine chocolate chips with milk. Microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. The consistency of the chocolate should be pourable. Spoon the chocolate onto the top of the cake and spread to cover. Create some drips down the sides of the cake using either a spoon or a squeeze bottle filled with the chocolate. Use any remaining cream cheese frosting to create dollops around the edge of the cake and press in additional pretzels as decoration. Add chocolate sprinkles if desired.

Let the chocolate topping completely set up before slicing. This cake should serve approximately 12 people. Enjoy!

Note: Cake is best enjoyed the day it is made. Pretzel pieces used for decorating will soften and lose their crunch with time. If leftovers remain, make sure to store in an air-tight container.

Easy Strawberry Blondies with Cream Cheese Icing

Serves 16 Small Bars (or 9 Large Bars)

Total Time One Hour

Ingredients

  • Blondies
    • 1 / 2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
    • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
    • 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 / 2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 / 2 cup strawberries, diced
    • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Cream Cheese Icing
    • 2 ounces cream cheese
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 1 / 4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • pinch of salt

Preparation

Blondies

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line an 8 x 8 square baking pan with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Set aside.

In a small sauce pan, melt your butter over medium heat. Once melted, remove from heat and transfer to a medium sized mixing bowl. Add in the brown sugar. Stir to combine. Add in the vanilla extract and egg and combine again.

Add the wet ingredient mixture to your large mixing bowl of dry ingredients. Stir to combine completely.

Using a sharp knife, dice a half of a cup of strawberries. Remove excess moisture with a clean towel by gently blotting the strawberries on a work surface. Place into a small bowl then add your corn starch. Gently stir to distribute and completely cover the strawberries with the cornstarch. Pour the strawberries into your large mixing bowl and fold into the batter.

To your lined baking pan, pour in your batter.. Make sure the batter spreads out across the entire pan, reaching into the corners as well.

Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are golden and the middle is set. Let cool completely in the pan.

Cream Cheese Icing

While the blondies are cooling, prepare your cream cheese icing. To a saucepan, add the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, milk and pinch of salt. Place over low heat on the stovetop, using a whisk to stir constantly. Stir until the cream cheese melts and no clumps of powdered sugar remain. Remove from heat and use either a spoon or a piping bag to ice the blondies. I choose to use a small amount of icing to create a pattern when making these, however, there is plenty of icing to completely cover the entire pan of blondies.

Enjoy!

The Most Outrageous Oreo Layered Cake

Serves 12 Slices (Approximately)

Total Time 2 Hours

Ingredients

  • Oreo Infused Milk
    • 1 cup milk
    • 8 oreo cookies (standard size)
  • Oreo Cake
    • 2 1/2 cups cake flour (substitute all-purpose flour)
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 / 2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 / 4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    • 3 eggs, room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 3 / 4 cup of the oreo infused milk, room temperature
    • 12 oreo cookies (standard size)
  • Oreo Cream Cheese Filling
    • 36 oreos (equal to a standard 14 oz package)
    • 8 oz cream cheese
  • Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
    • 16 oz (2 standard sized packs) cream cheese, room temperature
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, slightly cooler than room temperature
    • 8 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • pinch of salt
  • For Decorating (Optional)
    • 1 / 2 cup chocolate chips
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • Oreo cookies

Preparation

Oreo Infused Milk

Add one cup of milk and 8 oreos to a bowl. Use a spoon and gently stir together, completely covering the oreos with the milk. Let sit for 10 minutes.

Strain this mixture through a fine mesh strainer and set aside to use as directed in the recipe.

Oreo 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 large mixing bowl, use a mixer to 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. Add in vanilla extract. Set aside.

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

Starting with your dry ingredient mixture, begin alternating additions of dry ingredients and 3/4 cup of oreo 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 as this will cause the cake to become dry once baked.

Use a sharp knife or a rolling pin to break 12 oreos into small pieces. Do not finely crush the oreos. Carefully fold the oreo pieces into your batter until just incorporated.

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.

Oreo Cream Cheese Filling

While the cakes are cooling, prepare the oreo cream cheese filling. Add 36 oreos to a high speed blender or food processor. Pulse until the oreos resemble a fine crumb and no large pieces remain. Add in the cream cheese and pulse/blend again until fully incorporated.

Using an additional cake pan lined with foil or plastic wrap, spread the oreo filling in an even layer. Place in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the frosting. (Note: This is the same method used in my chocolate chip cookie dough cake recipe)

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

In a large mixing bowl or in a standard mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy (approximately 2 minutes). Add in vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Gradually begin to add in powdered sugar and continue to mix. If the buttercream appears to thick to spread, slowly add in milk a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.

Cake Assembly

Level your cooled cakes with a serrated knife.

To a cake stand or large plate, spread a thin layer of your cream cheese frosting.

Place one of the cake layers onto the stand. Spread a layer of cream cheese frosting about 1/4 inch thick.

Remove the oreo filling layer from the refrigerator and carefully take the layer out of the pan. Place this layer onto your cream cheese frosting on your cake. Lightly press down.

Spread an additional 1/4 inch layer of cream cheese 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 thin layer of frosting. Smooth out the sides as much as possible. This will be your crumb coat. Chill the cake for about 20 minutes before using the remaining frosting to completely cover and frost the cake.

(Optional: chocolate topping) In a small microwavable bowl, combine chocolate chips with milk. Microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. The consistency of the chocolate should be pourable. Add in black food coloring until desired color is achieved. Use a spoon to create large puddles around the top of the cake (as shown in the photo) and some drips down the sides of the cake. Before the chocolate hardens, use remaining cream cheese frosting to create dollops around the edge of the cake and press in oreo cookies as decoration.

Let the chocolate completely set before slicing. This cake should serve approximately 12 people. Enjoy!

Note: Cake is best enjoyed the day it is made. Store in an air-tight 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!

Dark Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Flakey Sea Salt

Serves 10 Large or 20 Regular Sized Cookies

Total Time 1 hour 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 / 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oats (rolled for a chewier texture or quick-oats for a softer texture)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chunks, divided

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar (approximately 3-4 minutes or until creamy). Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing to incorporate after each addition. Add in vanilla extract and mix. Set aside bowl.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, oats, baking soda and salt. Add this dry ingredient mixture to your large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. It should come together as a thick dough. Pour in 1 1/2 cups of the chocolate chunks (reserving remaining 1 / 2 cup for later) and combine.

Cover the dough and place into the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour. Do not skip this step. Not properly chilling the dough will result in over spreading and oily cookies.

Use a 1 / 2 cup measuring cup to portion and form dough into 10 large dough portions. If you prefer regular sized cookies, use a 1 / 4 cup measuring cup and form 20 dough portions. Place dough onto your parchment lined baking sheets, leaving at least 2 inches in between each cookie.

Bake cookies 9-10 minutes for large sized cookies or 8-9 minutes for regular sized cookies. A lighter colored baking sheet will likely require the longer bake time while a darker colored baking sheet will likely require the shorter bake time. Remove from the oven when the bottoms appear golden brown and the middle appears soft.

Use remaining 1 / 2 cup of dark chocolate chunks to press into the cookies while they are still warm. Let the cookies cool and completely set up on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes. Finish by sprinkling flakey sea salt over the cookies.

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

Salted Caramel Filled Fudge Brownies

Serves 9 Large or 16 Small Brownies

Total Time Less Than One Hour

Ingredients

  • Brownies
    • 1 / 2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 / 4 cup cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-processed)
    • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
    • 1 / 2 teaspoon salt
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 3 / 4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 3 / 4 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 eggs, room temperature
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Caramel Filling
    • 20 unwrapped square caramels (155 grams or approximately 3 / 4 cup)
    • 1 / 4 cup heavy cream
    • pinch of salt

Preparation

Caramel Filling

In a small saucepan over medium heat, begin to melt the unwrapped caramel candies. Heat for approximately 2 minutes, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom and sides of the pan as needed. The candies will likely clump together.

After 2 minutes, pour the heavy cream into your saucepan. Continue stirring until the caramels melt completely and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Add in a large pinch of salt and set aside. You should have approximately 1 cup of caramel filling.

Brownies

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line an 8 x 8 square baking pan with parchment paper.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt. Set aside.

In a small sauce pan, melt your butter and chocolate chips over medium heat. Once melted, immediately remove from heat and pour in your granulated sugar. Stir to combine.

Transfer your mixture to a medium sized mixing bowl. Add in the eggs one at a time, stirring to combine after each addition. Add in the vanilla extract and stir.

Add your dry ingredient mixture to your batter. Stir to combine.

To your lined baking pan, pour in half of your brownie batter. Make sure the batter spreads out across the entire pan, reaching into the corners as well. On top of the brownie batter, pour a layer of the caramel filling. Spread it out to the corners of the pan, being careful to avoid mixing the caramel into the brownie layer. Add the remaining half of your brownie batter on top of the caramel filling. Spread to the corners of the pan so that no caramel is showing.

Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.

Optional: Before serving, top the brownies with flakey sea salt.

Fruity Cereal ‘N Milk Layered Cake

Serves 12 Slices (Approximately)

Total Time 2 Hours

Ingredients

  • Cereal Milk
    • 2 cups milk
    • 2 cups fruity cereal (preferably froot loops)
  • Fruity Cereal ‘N Milk Cake
    • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 / 2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 / 4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    • 4 eggs, room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 3 / 4 cup cereal milk, room temperature
    • 1 1/2 cup fruity cereal (preferably froot loops)
  • Cereal Milk Buttercream
    • 2 1/4 cups unsalted butter (soft, but slightly cooler than room temperature)
    • 6 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 / 4 cup cereal milk (plus additional to thin as needed)
    • pinch of salt
  • For Decorating
    • 3/4 cup white chocolate (chips or almond bark)
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • Additional fruity cereal

Preparation

Cereal Milk

To make the cereal milk, add your milk and fruity cereal to a bowl. Use a spoon and mix together, completely covering the cereal with the milk. Let this sit for 15 minutes. Note: Letting this mixture sit for longer will result in you not having enough milk for the cake because the cereal will absorb too much of the milk.

Strain this mixture and set aside your milk to use as directed in the recipe.

Fruity Cereal ‘N Milk 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 large mixing bowl, use a mixer to 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. Add in vanilla extract. Set aside.

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

Starting with your dry ingredient mixture, begin alternating additions of dry ingredients and cereal 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 as this will result in a dry cake.

Add 1 1/2 cups of your fruity cereal to a high speed blender and pulse until the cereal is finely ground with no large pieces remaining (I found that large cereal pieces resulted in chewy pieces in the cake, so this step is important!) Carefully fold the cereal into your batter until just incorporated.

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.

Cereal Milk Buttercream

In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy. Add in powdered sugar and mix to incorporate. Begin by adding in 1/4 cup of your cereal milk and vanilla extract and mix. If the buttercream appears to thick to spread, slowly add in additional cereal milk a tablespoon at a time.

Cake Assembly

Level each of the cakes using a serrated knife to create flat tops that will make stacking 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 a layer of buttercream frosting about 1/2 inch thick.

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 the remaining buttercream to completely cover and frost the cake.

In a small microwavable bowl, combine white chocolate chips with milk. Microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring after each, until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. The consistency of the chocolate should be pourable.

Use a spoon to create large puddles around the top of the cake (as shown in the photo) and some drips down the sides of the cake.

Before the chocolate hardens, press in your cereal around the edges (as shown in the photo).

Let the chocolate completely set before slicing. This cake should serve approximately 12 people and is best consumed the day it is made. Enjoy!

Note: The cereal topping on the cake will lose its crunch and soften with time. If you are not planning on eating the cake the day it is made, you should omit the cereal.