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Layered Cookie Cake with Candy Topping

September 12, 2009
Cake from Julie's recipe
On Twitter one day, Julie was talking about a dessert she’d made for a neighborhood picnic.  She said the recipe was easy to make and the dessert was a big hit at the picnic.  It took me about three seconds to ask for the recipe.  I made it when we had friends over the other night and everyone loved it.  You can use any combination of cookie, cake and icing flavors and we all had fun coming up with new combos that we thought would be good.  This cake is as pretty when it’s sliced as it is whole.  Here’s the recipe:
  • One bag of Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookie mix
  • One box chocolate cake (I use extra moist)
  • One can chocolate frosting
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Lightly spray a 9″ round non-stick cake pan (I usually wipe with a paper towel after spraying)
  • Prepare cookie mix as directed and pour/press mixture in bottom of pan
  • Prepare cake mix as directed and pour approx. 1/2 batter over top cookie mix.  Leave a little bit of room at top of pan for cake to rise.
  • Bake on middle rack for approx. 40-45 minutes.  Cake is done when a toothpick inserted in middle of cake comes out clean.
  • Once cake has cooled, use a sharp knife all around edge of pan to loosen and then remove cake.
  • Place cake on wax paper.
  • Microwave can of frosting for about 45 seconds until mixture can be stirred very easily with a spoon.
  • Pour frosting over cake
  • Let frosting cool and then crumble up peanut butter cups on top.

49 Comments leave one →
  1. September 12, 2009 6:26 am

    That looks delicious! Another recipe to try.

  2. September 12, 2009 6:31 am

    That cake looks so delicious. The recipe looks easy too. I know you and your friends had a good time with that special desert. It always comes back to blog buddies. I will have to try that recipe. I might eat it all myself.:)

  3. September 12, 2009 6:36 am

    Wow! That looks and sounds fabulous. You are not only a prolific reader and blogger, but are the hero of all of our dinner parties going forward!

  4. September 12, 2009 7:17 am

    I have never managed to make a good cake. But I always respect those who do.

  5. September 12, 2009 8:00 am

    That looks and sounds so good!

  6. September 12, 2009 8:13 am

    Yum! That looks delish!

  7. September 12, 2009 8:18 am

    Wow! I’ll be trying that – looks great. Thanks for sharing, Kathy!

  8. September 12, 2009 8:32 am

    reminds me of my Butterfinger Cake

    Make a box chocolate cake in a glass 9×12 pan.

    When it comes out of the oven, let cool a bit but while still warm, poke holes in the top with a fork and then pour a jar of butterscotch topping over the top. Immediately top with several crushed Butterfinger bars. (crush is a ziplock bag)

    Do not tell anyone how easy it is to make.

  9. September 12, 2009 8:40 am

    Oops, I don’t know how that ended up as a reply to Caite instead of to you, but since I’m back (!), did you see the recipe link yesterday on Janel’s Jumble for the camping cakes? It’s here:

    Totally cool idea! Not quite as decadent as yours though!!!

  10. September 12, 2009 8:42 am

    This may be a dumb question, but what do you do with the other half of the cake batter? Make another cake??
    Sounds delicious!!

  11. September 12, 2009 9:36 am

    Looks so very yummy! : )

  12. September 12, 2009 9:50 am

    That looks so good! And I like that it is easy to make — reminds me a little of the kind of recipes I see in the Cake Mix Doctor –yum!

  13. September 12, 2009 9:52 am

    Easy-peasy! Thanks to you and Julie!

  14. September 12, 2009 10:13 am

    Oh…you’re killing me and my resolve…..

  15. September 12, 2009 10:22 am

    Ohhhh my heavens. I saw the pic, before I ever read the recipe, and my mouth literally fell open. That looks DELICIOUS! It sounds even better now that I know there’s also cookie involved. Geez, that’s just dessert heaven.

  16. September 12, 2009 10:35 am

    This looks extra yummy! I can’t resist sugar… must…not…look!

  17. September 12, 2009 10:50 am

    Well that sounds easy and decadent! I don’t think my friends who are dieting would appreciate it, though 🙂

  18. September 12, 2009 11:03 am

    Wow, that sounds delicious! I wonder how chocolate chip cookies and yellow cake mix would work — I’m not a big fan of chocolate cake, oddly enough 🙂

  19. September 12, 2009 11:05 am

    Just looking at that, I want to eat it all!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  20. September 12, 2009 11:13 am

    Mmmm, that looks so good. I wish I had one right now…but it’s probably good that I don’t. 🙂

  21. September 12, 2009 11:14 am

    Oh…you and Julie are SO

  22. September 12, 2009 11:15 am

    That cake sounds like it will taste great. I also like the way it looks on your while milkglass (?) plate.

  23. September 12, 2009 11:16 am

    Oops – don’t know what happened there! I was going to say that you and Julie are SO bad! This looks and sounds wonderful and I WILL be trying it soon!! Thanks to both of you!

  24. September 12, 2009 11:22 am

    That looks good enough to eat 😉 I’m not into sweets that much but that looks good to me!

  25. September 12, 2009 11:23 am

    It looks good enough to eat 🙂 And better yet, easy!

    I’ll have to try it out. Thanks

  26. September 12, 2009 12:55 pm

    This looks delicious. I definitely need to try it.

  27. September 12, 2009 1:25 pm

    That does look good, and it does nothing to help the craving I’ve had for cake in this last week. It’s still too hot to enjoy doing any baking around here :-S

  28. Luanne permalink
    September 12, 2009 1:26 pm

    I could just have icing please!

  29. September 12, 2009 1:35 pm

    This looks bakery bought!!! Are you sure you made it…LOL

    Am I reading this right that you only use 1/2 of the cake batter over the cookie mixture?? Looks yummy.

  30. September 12, 2009 6:59 pm

    That looks amazing! mmmmm!!!

  31. September 12, 2009 9:47 pm

    Yummy!! I would love a piece please!! 🙂

  32. September 12, 2009 10:24 pm

    Okay, that looks amazing! And easy enough that I might be able to make it! =)

  33. September 12, 2009 10:46 pm

    That does sound awfully good! This’s going into my bookmarks.

  34. September 12, 2009 10:48 pm

    Can’t help but repeating wow…looks fantastic!

  35. September 13, 2009 8:27 am

    It looks scrumptious. I am in desperate need of cake now.

  36. September 13, 2009 10:38 am

    I was going to ask what you did with the other half of the cake batter too! 🙂 I was thinking I’d make cupcakes out of it or something. (Not that I need to be eating more cake right now – we’re still trying to finish off the sinfully delicious and fattening cake I bought for my son’s birthday.) I’ll definitely be keeping this one in mind for when I need a chocolate fix though.

  37. September 13, 2009 2:10 pm

    Wow, gorgeous! It looks delicious, minus those peanut butter cups, which I can’t eat.

  38. September 13, 2009 7:57 pm

    My thighs do not thank you for this post! LOL!

  39. September 13, 2009 9:12 pm

    This sounds like something even I could manage to bake for friends. I’m a chocolate fanatic anyway- I may just forget to invite the friends.

  40. September 13, 2009 9:23 pm

    Oh my goodness, that looks amazing. Totally chocolate overload. I’m going to try that. Soon. Yum!

  41. September 13, 2009 9:39 pm

    Oooo!! This looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  42. September 13, 2009 11:51 pm

    Yum! Thanks! I may just have to make this 🙂

  43. September 14, 2009 1:52 am

    To celebrate having Eli and not being diabetic anymore (double yay) I am gonna try this cake. Mine always taste great but look horrible, I think I don’t have the patience of a true decorator, thanks for the recipe. I always find cool stuff on your blog Kathy!

  44. Carol permalink
    September 14, 2009 4:25 pm

    Sounds yummy!

  45. September 14, 2009 7:27 pm

    I’m sure glad I’m not doing the Game On Diet right now!!! This looks yummy!

  46. September 20, 2009 1:50 am

    This would be a huge hit in our house. We’re all about chocolate and peanut butter. This is my idea of comfort food. LOL

  47. Melissa permalink
    August 19, 2011 8:46 pm

    My daughter wanted a cookie cake for her b-day (she actually wanted a big chocolate cookie and thought that was a cake). I found this recipe and fixed this instead. i used moist yellow cake mix and we all loved it. It was very good and we will try this again. Thanks

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