This vegan chocolate cookie dough cake is so decadent, it’s the perfect treat for a fun special occasion! Totally gluten free and naturally sweetened.
Happy birthday to ME! The day this is posted, my birthday was yesterday, and I had the BEST time celebrating last weekend. We went to Barn Sanctuary and got to see so many sweet, loving animals, and my parents came up to visit, too!
Oh also, did I mention we had some vegan chocolate cookie dough cake? I MEAN, LOOK AT THIS THING!!
Can we just take a moment and appreciate this vegan chocolate cookie dough cake for what it is?! An absolutely decadent, over the top, special occasion, cute little chocolatey, cookie dough-y delight.
You guys know I’m all about health and fitness, and the good news is this cake is of course still made with healthy, vegan ingredients. Though unlike a lot of other things on my blog, I think it goes without saying that this isn’t something I’d eat every day.
In a perfect world, though…
So last week I posted these CRAZY GOOD vegan cookie dough brownies. Picture rich, fudgy brownies slathered in sweet, sweet cookie dough. They lasted about a day and a half at our house, and yes, that was between only two humans (no chocolate for the pup!).
Those brownies were easily top 3 of anything I’ve ever baked in terms of flavor and just overall wonderful-ness, so I knew I wanted to create some more cookie dough magic. I hadn’t baked a cake in awhile, which is pretty sad since it’s my favorite dessert treat!
So, I figured for one’s own birthday, might as well go big, right?
This vegan cookie dough cake starts with the chocolate cake, which is a simple mix of oat and almond flour, cacao powder, date paste, unsweetened applesauce, and some plant milk.
I know, right?! SO simple. The mix of oat and almond flour give the cake a great dense crumb, I love it so much. Cacao powder for the chocolatey flavor of course, date paste for ultra rich sweetness, and some applesauce for moisture. I used oat milk to bring the batter together, but any non-dairy milk should work just fine.
The cookie dough frosting is my simple no bake vegan cookie dough. Just mix some chickpeas, dates, oats, and a little water in the food processor, then stir in some chocolate chips. This stuff is dangerously addictive, so don’t say I didn’t warn you!
The whole process takes a few steps, but it’s definitely easier than most cake recipes. I typically start the cake and while it’s baking, I blend up the cookie dough and set it in the fridge while the cake cools completely.
For this vegan chocolate cookie dough cake, you’ve got options for presentation!
Option 1: a single layer cake, as shown with this vegan chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting. Simple, basically effortless, but still so pretty!
Option 2: a 6 layer naked cake, as shown in the photo above.
Option 3: a 6 layer fully frosted cake, as shown in the photo below.
To assemble the naked layer cake, I used a mug to cut out three rounds of the cake from the single layer that came out of the oven. Spread a generous heap of frosting between each layer and on top, sprinkle with some chocolate chips, and you’re done!
Or, you could do the fully frosted layer cake. Yes, I know it also assembles a little football, haha, I’m not a cake decorator, okay guys?! Cut me some slack! Besides, something about it is still so cute to me! Maybe cause it looks like a little child made it. I digress…
Again, you’ll just use a glass or mug to cut out three rounds from the baked and cooled cake, spread frosting between each layer (saving enough for the outside!), then spread the frosting around and on top of the cake. This process is a little bit tricky – I tried piping, but the cookie dough is thicker than traditional frostings, so that failed. I ended up plopping and spreading it all over, and may or may not have had to use my hands. It was a messy, delicious process, so no complaints here.
Honestly, I think my favorite look for this vegan chocolate cookie dough cake is the naked, layered cake. Just so cute and sweet and innocent looking! Until you bite into that dense, dark chocolate cake combined with the sweet, gooey cookie dough. I don’t even know what else to say, IT IS SO DAMN GOOD.
I can’t think of a better way than to start my 26th year than with this vegan cookie dough cake!
Have a happy, healthy day, friends!
If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!