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Did Someone Say Funfetti Cookie Dough Brownie Birthday Cake?!

Happy birthday to us!

So, you might have noticed we’re turning 1 today. It’s kind of a big deal. We’ve got letters from our Editor Paige Bird, Founder Selina Petosa, and a whole bunch of sweet love notes from our community. BUT, what’s a birthday without a ridiculously decadent cake? Our thoughts exactly.

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To help us celebrate the way a true one-year-old should, baking extraordinaire Nicole Renard made us the most fantastic funfetti cookie dough brownie birthday cake we’ve ever seen. Just like Metiza, it’s colorful, it’s made of many layers, and it’s got a little bit of everything! Grab a plate!

Funfetti Cookie Dough Brownie Birthday Cake
Ingredients

Brownies
Mixing bowls + cups
1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 cups sugar
3 tsp vanilla extract
6 eggs
1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup cocoa (I use Hershey’s Special Dark)
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Cookie Dough
1 1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
two 15.25 oz boxes funfetti dry cake mix
1 1/3 cups flour
3-4 tbsp milk
4-5 tsp sprinkles
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Chocolate Ganache
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1 cup heavy whipping cream, divided

Chocolate Frosting
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup shortening
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tbsp water or milk
sprinkles, for topping, if desired

Directions

Let’s Talk Brownies
1. Line the bottoms of three 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper and grease the sides. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix together the oil, sugar and vanilla extract.
3. Add eggs and mix until well combined.
4. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
5. Slowly add dry ingredients to the egg mixture until well combined.
6. Pour the batter evenly into the three pans and spread evenly.
7. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.
8. Remove brownies from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes in the pan, then remove to cool on wire rack.
9. While brownies cool, make cookie dough.

Cookie Dough for Dayz
1. Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
7. Mix in vanilla extract.
8. With the mixer on low speed, add one entire box of dry cake mix, plus 1 1/2 cups from a second box of cake mix and mix until combined.
9. Add 1 cup flour and mix until combined.
9. Add milk and up to an additional 1/3 cup of flour to preferred thickness.
10. Stir in sprinkles and chocolate chips. Dough will be thick. Set aside.

Cake on Cake on Cake Assembly
Once the brownies are cool, it’s time to put the layers together. You can pile the cookie dough onto the brownies, stack the layers and leave messy layers, or use the method I used for having clean edges/sides of the cake.

1. Place half of chocolate chips in a metal bowl.
2. Microwave half of the heavy cream until it starts to boil. Remove from microwave and pour over chocolate chips.
3. Cover bowl with saran wrap for 5-7 minutes.
4. Whisk chocolate and cream until smooth.
5. Using one of the same 8 inch cake pans that you baked the brownies in, put parchment paper or saran wrap in the bottom and up the sides of the pan. You will use it to lift the layers out of the pan.
6. Place the first brownie into the bottom of the pan.
7. Add about 3 tbsp of chocolate ganache on top of the brownie and spread into a thin layer. This will help the cookie dough stick to the brownie.
8. Put half of the cookie dough into the pan and spread evenly on top of the brownie.
9. Remove the first two layers from the cake pan and place on it’s serving dish.
10. Repeat steps 5-8 with the second brownie and remaining cookie dough. Then remove from pan.
11. Put another 3 tbsp of chocolate ganache on top of the cookie dough layer from the first section of cake and spread thinly.
12. Place the second section of cake onto the first.
13. Put another 3 tbsp of chocolate ganache on top of the cookie dough layer on top (the fourth layer) and spread thinly.
14. Top with remaining brownie. Press sprinkles into sides of cookie dough, if desired.

Frost that Goodness!
1. Place remaining chocolate chips in a metal bowl.
2. Microwave remaining heavy cream until it starts to boil. Remove from microwave and pour over chocolate chips.
3. Cover bowl with saran wrap for 5-7 minutes.
4. Whisk chocolate and cream until smooth.
5. Allow to sit for a few minutes until it just starts to thicken, then pour over the top of the cake.
6. Place cake in refrigerator and make the chocolate icing.
7. To make the icing, beat the shortening and butter together until smooth.
8. Slowly add the powdered sugar and cocoa and mix until smooth.
9. Add water or milk and mix until smooth.
10. Remove cake from fridge, and pipe icing onto the top edge of the cake. Top with sprinkles.

Nicole Renard is a Senior at Chapman University studying...