Melissa's Cuisine: Cookie Dough Ice-Cream Cake

Friday, August 03, 2012

Cookie Dough Ice-Cream Cake

Melissa's Cuisine: Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake
I have a confession to make:  I made this cake for Mike's birthday.  No big deal?  Well, his birthday is in November.  That's right, I've been holding onto this recipe since then.  Why?  I thought that an ice-cream cake was much more appropriate to share during the hot month of August rather than the chilly month of November.  This cake was too amazing not to share, so of course, I'm sharing it with you today. 
Melissa's Cuisine: Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake
This cake begins with a layer of Chocolate Chip Cookie "Cake".  It's amazing just by itself, and it's what I made Mike for his birthday the first year we were married.  If I have to keep improving upon his cakes, this year's going to be insane...I better start thinking of ideas.  And what about 20 years from now, oh boy!

Anyway, the cookie cake is topped with Mike's favorite ice-cream--Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.  Then it is covered with a layer of chocolate ganache.  And to top it off, I used my recipe for Ready to Eat Cookie Dough to make cookie dough truffles for the decoration.  The result?  This cake was out-of-this world delicious!

Melissa's Cuisine: Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake

Cookie Dough Ice-Cream Cake

Serves 12+

1 Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake (without the melted chocolate on top)
1 carton Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice-Cream
1 batch of Ready-to-Eat Cookie Dough, rolled into 1 inch balls

Ganache:
3/4 cup heavy cream
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

1.  In a microwave safe bowl, microwave cream on medium high for 2 minutes.
2.  Pour over chopped chocolate and stir until smooth.

To assemble cake:

1.  Allow the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake to cool completely.

2.  Let the ice-cream thaw at room temperature for about 10 minutes, until it is spreadable.

3.  Spread the ice-cream in a thick layer over the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake.

4.  Pour ganache over the ice-cream.  It may harden quickly so work fast to spread it out.

5.  Place the cookie dough truffles on top of the ganache.

Serve immediately or freeze until you're ready to serve.  Let it thaw at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before cutting into it.  Freeze any leftovers in an air-tight container.

Note: If the Ready-to-Eat Cookie Dough is too sticky to roll into balls, add a small amount of flour or refrigerate it until it is easily handled.

***Edited to Add:  I've heard from a lot of you that this cake has presented issues.  Here are a couple suggestions I've come up with to help you:
-Instead of spreading the ice-cream over the cake as suggested in step 3, line a cake pan (the same size as the one you baked your cake in) with plastic wrap.  Spread the ice-cream into the pan and allow it to freeze.  Then flip the frozen ice-cream over the cake and remove the plastic wrap.  This should make that step a lot easier!
-Per the suggestion left in the comments, make the entire cake in a 9x13" pan. 

27 comments:

  1. WOWWWW
    Gorgeous and super-delicious looking cake

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  2. Wowza! This is awesome and making me drool!

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  3. Ahhh! I love chocolate chip cookie dough anything♥

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  4. Wow! This looks so scrumptious! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you next week!

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  5. I am inviting you to come and share this in my Show Your Stuff blog hop:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/08/show-your-stuff-35.html

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  6. Oh my, that looks amazing! Stopping by from the party at Serendipity and Spice!

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  7. The cookie dough on top is what really gets me or is it the perfect photo of the slice of cake? Wow, this looks good. Thanks for linking to Foodtastic Friday!

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  8. This looks amazing!! I'd love to have you link this up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/08/tasty-thursdays-3.html

    Thanks, Nichi

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  9. Thanks for linking up @ CountryMommaCooks link and greet party.....hope to see you again tomorrow : )

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  10. Two of my favorite things, cookie dough and ice cream. Yum!

    Stop by, you are one of the featured recipes on Sweet Tooth Friday.

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  11. Wow! This cake is being featured all over the place! Love it! Looks wonderful... and delicious!

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  12. Oh my sweetness! Cookie dough is one of my favorites. I'd love for you to share this at Mix it up Monday:

    http://www.flourmewithlove.com/2012/08/mix-it-up-monday_12.html

    I hope to see you soon :)

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  13. I tried this today for my birthday cake and it so does not look like the picture. It is a crazy mess. But all the ingredients together I think it will taste good. But it looks rediculous and was really hard to be patient with.

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  14. I'm guessing you need to pop the cake out of the pan before you spread the ice cream. Any tips on getting the cookie cake out of the pan?

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    1. I'd recommend greasing the pan really well. Then I used a spatula to loosen the cake and get it out of the pan. I've also made the cake in a spring form pan, and it came out of that quite easily!

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  15. I just made this cale for my SIL BD Yes this cake looks amazing and the directions were simple but I agree with the posting from Anonymous on Jan 11th It came out very messy the Ganache instantly melted the ice cream and ran off even though I had put the ice ream and cookie back in the freezer for several hours before I did this step. I scooped the Ganache off my plate added it back to the bowl put the cake back in the freezer let it sit till ganache seemed cool to touch BUT it still ran off the cake and did not quickly harden I am sure even though it doesn't look good cookie ice cream and chocalate will still taste delicious

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  16. @Anonymous--I'm sorry to hear the ganache slid off. I had the opposite problem when I made mine, the ganache hardened quite quickly. I had hoped for it to drip down the sides of the cake, but as you can see in the pictures, it barely covered the ice-cream. Perhaps your ganache was too thin? You may want to try letting the ganache sit for a few minutes to thicken or add more chocolate. I hope you still enjoyed it!

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    1. umm......you mentioned butter in the DIRECTIONS for the ganache, but not in the ingredient list - might that be the issue?

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  17. Maybe you could just make it all in a 9x13? Bake the cookie pie, let it cool, spread on the ice cream, and slap the ganache on there real quick before popping it into the freezer for a bit. Maybe you can contain the "mess" a little better that way? Just an idea. :) Can't wait to try for my husband's birthday. He is not a cake man either.

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  18. After the cake is made, can I just put it in the freezer on a plate for a few hours before we eat it? Then store the rest in an air tight container... or does it need to be in an air tight container from the get-go?

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    1. It should be fine on a plate for a few hours! The air-tight container is just to prevent freezer burn for longer storage. Enjoy!

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  19. I saw this on Pinterest and I just had to make it today, however unfortunately the ganache slid right off my cake too. I put it in the fridge for 10 minutes and it thickened a little, so I tried again, but had the same problem. :( Even after I put the cake in the freezer for 10 min the ganache still hadn't hardened. What kind of cream did you use? Maybe that was my problem?
    I haven't had a chance to eat the whole thing yet (I've had a bite after making each section and they taste so good) so I'm sure it will taste a lot better than it currently looks haha.

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    1. Hi Natalie! I'm sorry to hear your ganache slid off. I used heavy cream for my ganache. I'll update the recipe to make that more clear. I hope you enjoyed the cake!

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  20. I would like to make this cake for my son's birthday on Sunday, but I'm confused about the Ganache recipe. Cream and chocolate are on the list of ingredients, but the directions mention using butter. Is butter one of the ingredients? If so, how much do I need to use? Please let me know. Thanks

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    1. Hi Charlie, sorry for the confusion. If you use cream, you do not need any butter. Sometimes I make my own cream by adding melted butter to milk, so I think that is probably where the butter came from. I will edit the directions. I hope you enjoy this cake and happy birthday to your son!

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  21. my husband just sent this to me, cannot wait to try it!! XO

    the well-traveled wife
    ^^enter our giveaway!

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  22. Oh, my. I kind of wish that I had never seen this! It looks dangerously good...and it's all that I'm going to think about until I try it! :) Pinned!

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