Chocolate Chip Cake

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If you can’t decide whether you want a cookie or a cake, this chocolate chip cake is for you! It combines the flavors of a chocolate chip cookie with a cake and a glas of milk. My hubby ate it very happily and confirmed that this had been by far his favorite cake in a long time. Since he got so excited about it, I decided to publish it as a possible “Valentine’s cake”, even though it most definitely is not the most common Valentine’s cake. No red hearts, no kitsch, but if hubby is happy, who cares? By the way, I love all the combos of cookie/cake. I also have a gigantic cookie in a pan with the cookie monster on top or this cookie cake with peanut butter frosting.

Chocolate-Chip-TorteBut let’s get back to this cake. As stated, this is a mix of a chocolate chip cookie with a delicious cake, just in case you want to have both. The cake is light and fluffy. This has to do with the fact that you will need some egg whites in addition to full eggs. Only adding egg whites helps for the light and airy texture. I recommend buying just egg whites separately if you can buy them separately in your country. Here in Germany you may find them in drugstores such as DM or Rossmann, the one I like is from pumperlgsund.  This is my personal recommendation, I was not paid to say this. Of course you are free to use full eggs. I wrote an entire blog post about how to freeze egg yolks and what to do with them. So that’s up to you. But regardless of the preparation, I can assure you, this cake is for cookie monsters like me, the buttercream feels like you are adding milk to your cookie cake and it is perfect if you have a craving for both.

Chocolate-Chip-TorteCredit: Slightly adapted from  The Loopy Whisk

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

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Serves: One 20 cm/8inch ∅ springform
Prep Time: 2hrs Cooking Time: 35min Total Time: 2 hrs 35min

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Ingredients

  • Cake Layers
  • 120 grams of chocolate chips
  • 400 grams of all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 150 grams of brown sugar
  • 50 grams of regular sugar
  • 200 grams of butter at room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg whites
  • 240 grams of milk
  • 6 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  • 6 egg whites
  • 200 grams of regular sugar
  • 300 grams of butter at room temperature

  • Decoration
  • 150 grams of heavy cream
  • 20 grams of regular sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • About 8-10 chocolate chip cookies (below is an extra recipe for these, but you can use store-bought)
  • 50 grams of semi-sweet chocolate
  • 80 grams of heavy cream

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies (if you are making them)
  • 110 grams of butter
  • 50 grams of white sugar
  • 50 grams of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 170 grams of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 120 grams of chocolate chips

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line the bottom of two 20cm/8inch springforms with parchment paper. Mix the chocolate chips with a teaspoon of water and then coat with one tablespoon of flour. Set aside.

2

Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl, then add the soft butter and mix until you have small crumbs. Add eggs, egg yolks, milk, lemon juice and vanilla extract and mix until you see no lumps. Fold in prepared chocolate chips. Divide dough evenly between the two springforms and bake for about 35min or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool.

3

For the Swiss meringue buttercream create a waterbath for the egg whites mixed with the sugar. Keep on water bath while stirring. The temperature should reach 71 degrees Celsius. Another way of testing without a thermometer is rubbing a bit of it between your fingers. If you can't feel the sugar granules anymore and the sugar has dissolved completely, it is done. This usually takes a few minutes. Immediately transfer the egg mix to a mixing bowl and while still warm, start whipping. Whip until the mixture has cooled off, this can take ten minutes. Mix until stiff peaks form. Now add the room-temperature butter, a little at a time. It will first curdle. Continue beating until smooth. If too runny or soupy, stick in the freezer for about ten to fifteen minutes. If it continues getting thick or still curdles, heat just slightly bit and beat again. The main secret is for the eggs and the butter to both get to the right temperature. If one is colder or hotter than the other, the cream will not come together. Set aside once ready.

4

Cut the cake layers in half so that you have for cake layers in total. Brush each with milk and then stack on top of each other with about 1/3 of the cream between each layer. Frost the outside of the cake with any cream remaining and then chill. Meanwhile beat the heavy cram with the sugar and vanilla extract until stiff. Coat the cake with it and chill again. Look for the three pretties cookies for decoration, take another two to three and decorate the sides of the cakes with the crumbs. See pictures for ideas. While the cake chills, chop the chocolate and heat the heavy cream. Mix together until chocolate is melted. Wait for about 15 minutes or until it has a thicker consistency and coat the top of the cake with the chocolate ganache and let some drips run down the sides. Press the three cookies into the center of the cake, you may need to cut off some smaller parts so that all three cookies can be seen. Chill the fully prepared cake for another half hour or overnight. Chilled cake will keep for a few days.

5

For the chocolate chip cookies melt the butter and let cool a bit. Then mix together with the sugar and molasses. Add egg, milk, and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Add flour and baking soda and only mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

6

Drop onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, try to use small batches and bake for about 8-10 minutes at 180 degrees Celisus. These are crispy and thin chocolate chip cookies.

Chocolate-Chip-Torte

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