Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake

Eric and his dad were kind enough to take me fishing again the other day. This was my second time fishing on Table Rock Lake; the first time was back in May. Remember? I've decided fishing is one of my new hobbies. I like riding in the boat, looking at things on the water, and just sitting and relaxing while I wait for a fish to bite. When it comes to actually putting bait on the hook and taking the fish off of it, I leave that business to oh-nuts Eric. (He's quite the catch. Heh heh heh)

Table Rock Lake.

The bait tank on the boat.

Apparently the fishing has been incredible for August, since we've had cooler temperatures and rain. We caught more fish than last time - including a few kinds of catfish and bass. Can you believe I had to wear a hoodie in August? It was freezing that morning.

(Same awkward fish-holding pose as last time. I'm scared of their teeth!)

This was my first catch of the day. It's some sort of bass. I of course threw it back in the water, because I don't eat bass, or any other fish... except for one.
I only eat tilapia these days. It's my favorite fish. I find the mild whitefish to be delicious and nutritious, and it's great to cook with. I love tilapia.

When I'm not bird watching or cooking tilapia, I'm making ice cream cakes.

I made this one for my sister's birthday a few weeks ago. I really think it's my favorite cake I've ever made. I don't know how in the world it can get better than this. Let me explain; I baked up two layers of gourmet chocolate chip cookie dough, and two layers of chocolate cake. Then, I layered them with chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream (my favorite!) and topped the cake with chocolate ganache.

I know this looks like kind of a pain to make, but it's worth it! I would definitely make this again. I felt like crying when I was eating it, because it was that good.
Happy Labor Day! Just kidding.

Click for the recipe!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces coarsely chopped semisweet chocolate
Chocolate Cake Layer
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon1 baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 quart chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, softened
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 ounces coarsely chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
To make the chocolate chip cookie layers, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; continue to cook the butter, whisking frequently, until it starts to brown and foam, about 4-5 minutes. Set aside.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt.

In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat browned butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until well combined and grainy, about 1 minute. Beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in flour mixture until just combined; stir in chocolate with a wooden spoon until combined. Chill dough in the refrigerator, lightly covered, for 1 hour. (You could speed up this process by placing the dough in the freezer for about 45 minutes.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour 2 (9-inch) cake pans.

To make the chocolate cake layers, in a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together oil, butter and granulated sugar until well combined and creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Beat in egg, vanilla and yogurt until combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in flour mixture until combined, about 1-2 minutes.

Divide batter into cake pans. Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into cakes comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cool pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; run a knife around outside edges and invert onto wire racks to cool completely.

Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees F. Butter the cake pans again, and line with parchment or waxed paper circles; butter paper.

Divide cookie dough and pat evenly into pans. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan before running a knife around outer edges and lifting out paper-lined cookies; remove paper.

Spread the ice cream evenly between cookie and cake layers; freeze for 10 minutes before covering with ganache. Meanwhile, to make the ganache, bring cream to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove pan from heat and stir in chocolate until melted and smooth. Cool to a good consistency before pouring over ice cream cake.

Makes 12 servings


  1. Great shots by the lake Em! Love the bird shot! And what a cake! I bet your sister was happy with that beautiful creation! Stunning!

  2. You caught a great fish!!

    Lovely pictures too!

    the filled layered cake looks fabulous!!

    Are you going to cookery cool soon?

  3. Some photos just scream "eat me" - your first photo is such an example!

  4. OMG - choc chip cookie + chocolate cake + choc chip cookie dough icecream - devine! You have one lucky sister. Congrats on catching the fish - I haven't tried fishing since I was little, when I was hopeless and had no patience for it.

  5. Wow, that cake has to be good, worth the little extra effort! Those pics from fishing are gorgeous my dear :)

  6. Look at you, you little fisherman! :) This cake looks amazing. So many delicious layers.

  7. Gorgeous fishing location and catches!!



  8. You had your fingers IN a fish's mouth?!! Gross. But that is one gorgeous lake. You're lucky to live near such a beautiful place.

    And anyone around you is lucky to be anywhere near that cake. Wouldn't that chocolate chip cake batter would make fine little cookies for ice cream sandwiches?

  9. Oh you evil evil woman. Oh my gosh, that looks fantastic! I always make my ice cream cakes with brownie layers and I keep thinking of adding cookie in there and wondered it the frozen textures would work. I MUST make this one! Just looking at it makes my tummy happy :)

    Beautiful pictures too- love that one of the lake!

  10. that cake looks too good to be true, damn.

  11. This looks like an absolutely perfect end of summer dessert. I love the idea of a chocolate chip cookie layer AND a chocolate cake layer. I suppose the ice cream doesn't hurt either :)

    I am also a huge fan of tilapia. Every time I have made it it has come out well. My favorite way to prepare it is to coat it in Parmesan and panko and top it with a tomato basil cream sauce. Delicious!

  12. you've managed to combine my three favorite desserts, so bravo! and congrats on the fish-catching--i'm still icked out by their sliminess. :)

  13. *Delicious bass sighting* =D

    I wear my hoodie year round. why? 'cuz I'm cool. badum-dum-ching!

    Pretty pictures, and that cake, holy cow! The chocolate chip cookie layer is what sets this apart from other ice cream cakes, and I like how the ganache just drips down the sides.

  14. I don't eat fish, either, not even tilapia.

    But I definitely eat cake, cookies and ice cream. I SO desperately need to make that cake. It looks amazing!

  15. Oh, boy, Jalen one of my twin boys would so love this! I'm gonna give it a try. I'm pretty sure he won't be saying the other twin is my fave then! :)

  16. There was a day when I enjoyed fishing, I have even been "jigging" for squid. The cake is also a multi-level triumph!!

  17. OMG, that cake is so wonderfully decadent! I'm impressed with your fishing endeavors as well - intrepid lady! :-)

  18. This is the yummiest cookie I have ever seen, seeing it has put 5 pounds on me by the way!

  19. well that is just evil! you can't show a girl with a really bad chocolate craving something like that... haha! :)

  20. What a fabulous creation - I would be crying too! You have one lucky sister!

  21. It definitely seems crazy to me that you are wearing a hoodie in August! It has been burning up here in Florida...I only feel like walking around in my bathing suit (scary!)

    The ice cream cake looks beyond amazing! Oh my gosh, I think I am going to have dreams of that cake!

  22. Gorgeous pics. The colors are amazing. I'd loove to go fishing... and have a piece of this sinful cake. Beautiful layering.

  23. You look so thrilled to be holding that fish!

  24. MMM that sounds/looks AMAZING!!!!!!!

  25. Oh wow, this has all my favorite desserts in one single cake. It looks fantastic. I'm saving this one and will definitely be making it for a special occasion.

  26. That has got to be one of the most tempting dessert's evah! I am going to make it for my niece's b-day in October - Ice cream cake is her favorite and the other layers are just going to blow her right into next year! She just might have to skip 13 altogether. Wow

  27. Oh man! If you say this was your favourite cake, and considering the amount of cakes you make (and eat), that must have been REALLY special! It's right up my alley too!

  28. Yeah that lake is beautiful. I love the peaceful mornings out there where all you hear is water and birds. Gotta love that fish pic though, I mean at least you caught something :)

    Great job on the cake. Many times those labor intensive ones are the best, especially with cookie all over it.

  29. I love when you post photos of yourself - you're so pretty!

    Lucky sis - I have never made nor eaten an ice cream cake.

  30. Fishing is one of my favorite pastimes since I was a kid but I never did like to hold the fish. I always throw them back too. The cake looks out of this world. One fantastic looking cake that I would love to try sometime!

  31. Who knew a bait tank could look so pretty?

    I want one of those cakes. Wow and yum. Who doesn't love the idea of a cake made out of a giant cookie?

    I'd rather bake than eat fish! I do enjoy watching birds though.

  32. This cake looks awesome. You're such a good sister. I wish I had a sister that would make a cake like this for me.

  33. The first picture is calling to me in ways you cant even imagine! It looks soo good!! I am soo making this!!

  34. This cake sounds like such a great idea!!! Love it :)

  35. What a fun cake! I could dig right in!

  36. You are so talented- baking amazing cakes and catching big fish. That cake seriously looks incredible!

  37. Wahaha, I LOVE the fish photo!

    I'll have to try this (the cake, not the fish!)

  38. The cake looks awesome. The fishing photos are terrific too. Sounds like fun!
    P.S. I'm afraid of horse teeth.

  39. geeez. yeah the fishing pics are great and all, but all I was concerned about was the cake. LOL at least I'm honest right?

  40. Yummie, this chocolate sandwich cake looks so delicious...and such a fun and nice pictures :-)

  41. This looks amazing!!!! I can't wait to try it!!! Beautiful pictures from fishing!!!

  42. That looks so good! Congrats on the fish too! Bass is pretty good, though....

  43. This looks unreal. I know what I'm requesting on my next birthday!

  44. Hey! Good to hear from you- hope all is well & you're winning lots of contests these days :)

    You're braver than me... I hate touching fish, and going fishing is pretty much out of the question.

    But your dessert looks freakin' amazing! I'm thinking maybe you could even keep the cookie dough raw (since it's a frozen cake), but you'd leave the egg out of it of course. Just a thought... I love raw cookie dough!

  45. Love the fish photos!
    Have you ever had halibut--it's a nice, white fish, not too fishy, but DELISH! I like it WAY better than tilapia--but tilapia is MUCH more affordable.
    BUTTTT, we're here because of the cake.
    Holy Cow! I want that cake. THAT is what I envision a dream cake being. Seriously, that's what I want for my birthday, Nov. 15, don't forget it. We only live a few hours apart, so yeah. What? The ice cream would still melt? Bummer.
    I will make this cake. For my own birthday. Did I say it's in Nov? Well, we're moving my birthday. It's tomorrow, yeah, yeah, that's it. Goodness, seriously--I love that you said you almost cried eating it. I would cry, too. I wish you were my sister. We could cry together, over cake! Bwahhhhh!
    You rock.

  46. Oh man! So yummy!!! Congrats on that nice fish!

  47. That looks absolutely incredible! Perfect for a kid's birthday...or an adults!

  48. looks delicious and well worth the effort! congrats on the fish!

  49. Ok, so believe it or not, today is one of my son's birthdays. He's 8!
    I didn't ask him or even really care what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday, I'm making this cake. The cookie dough is in the fridge chillin' and I'm in the process of making the cake, but the recipe says 1 teaspoon 1 baking soda. I think it got messed up and should say 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda. Is that right? I only think that because I googled some other chocolate cakes and they did have both powder and soda. I'm going to add a teaspoon of both and hope for the best! ;)

    I can't wait! I told you I'd make this. Parker doesn't care for dark chocolate, so I'm going to make the ganache on top with milk chocolate. And I love your browned butter cookie dough--most of it (MOST) made it to the fridge to chill!

  50. Couldn't help noticing the Lambert's shirt! I used to live about an hour away from the one in SE Missouri. Boy I miss it sometimes :)

  51. I made this cake exactly like the recipie for my husbands birthday yesterday, and it turned out AWESOME! Which is good, 'cuz I screwed up the steaks. I suck at steaks. Hubby was like, "just cut me some cake," and after that I was a hero!! It was so awesome, a chocolate chip cookie lovers dream cake! Thanks for the great recipe!

  52. This was a hit at my daughter's 6th birthday party. I don't think the adults wanted to share with the kids. :) Bean requested a chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream cake and I'm so glad I found your recipe. Yumm. Thanks for sharing!

  53. Well I tried my hand at this delicious looking cake today and the only real problem was the ice cream itself! It melted ALL over the cake box that I put it in =( How did you get your ice cream to stay in between the layers?

  54. My boyfriend loves his cookie dough, so I made this cake for his birthday. It was fun to make and turned out so pretty! Thank you very much.

    I really enjoy this blog--Well organized with artful pictures.

    Also, I voted for you for the Blogger Barnstorming Tour. Good luck with that, and I hope you win!



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