Milk and Cookies Layer Cake

This Milk and Cookies Layer Cake is made with layers of brown sugar vanilla cake that’s filled with vanilla frosting and crumbled up chocolate chip cookies. It tastes just like milk and cookies and was declared a new favorite cake!

Milk and Cookies Layer Cake

Milk and Cookies Layer Cake recipe

Milk and Cookies Layer Cake Recipe

This post is sponsored by The American Dairy Association Mideast, but all opinions are my own.

June is Diary Month so of course it’s the perfect time to celebrate milk with a fun Milk and Cookies Cake. I grew up drinking milk every day. My dad was a stickler about it and my brother and I drank milk with dinner every night as kids. My nails have always been thick, strong and healthy and I’ve always kind of thought that all that milk as a kid must’ve had something to do with it. 🙂

Of course Diary Month isn’t only about milk. Dairy encompasses another food that I could never live without – cheese! My goodness, life couldn’t go on without my cheese. We have diary farmers to thank for all the tasty milk and cheese and in Ohio and West Virginia, about 2,500 dairy farms with roughly 275,000 diary cows produce 645 million gallons of milk a year. That is some serious milk!

And since there’s milk in this cake and milk provides protein and 9 essential nutrients, including calcium, this cake is totally healthy, right? I’m pretty sure we should just cut a nice slice and pair it with a big, tall glass of milk. 🙂

Glasses of milk with cakeBest Milk and Cookies Layer Cake recipe

Ok, ok, so I’m kidding about the cake being healthy, but it’s totally worth every single bite! I’m not kidding when I say it was declared a new favorite by many.

The cake layers are wonderfully soft layers of vanilla cake that are made more cookie-like with the addition of mini chocolate chips and brown sugar that gives it a rich flavor.

Between the cake layers is vanilla frosting and crumbled chocolate chip cookies. I considered mixing crushed cookies right into the frosting, but I thought they might get lost a little that way. I wanted to be able to really taste the cookies in there. Not to mention that with them separate, it further produces the separate flavor of cookies and milk and it’s SO good! The cookies are also dipped in a little milk before being broken up. It helps the cookies soften up a bit and they form a really nice layer in between the cakes.

The cake is finished off with the remaining vanilla frosting, more cookies and some additional mini chocolate chips.

This is not only a super fun cake to serve, but it tastes amazing! I can’t even fully describe how much I love it other than to tell you the feeling was unanimous! This is going to be your new favorite too. I know it. And it’s the perfect cake for celebrating Dairy Month!

Homemade Milk and Cookies Layer Cake
Milk and Cookies Layer Cake slice

NOTE: The video incorrectly lists baking soda as an ingredient. It should be baking powder, as listed in the written recipe. Please follow the written recipe for ingredients.


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Recipe

Milk and Cookies Layer Cake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 2 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 Slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Milk and Cookies Layer Cake is made with layers of brown sugar vanilla cake that’s filled with vanilla frosting and crumbled up chocolate chip cookies. It tastes just like milk and cookies and was declared a new favorite cake!


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Ingredients

CHOCOLATE CHIP CAKE

  • 3/4 cup (168g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cups (155g) sugar
  • 3/4 cup (108g) brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (115g) sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups (325g) all purpose flour
  • 2 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) water
  • 1 1/4 cups (211g) mini chocolate chips

VANILLA FROSTING

  • 1 1/4 cup (280g) butter
  • 1 1/4 cups (237g) shortening*
  • 9 cups (1035g) powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 67 tbsp (90-105ml) water or milk

FILLING/ADDITIONAL

  • 1 package chocolate chip cookies**
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies, for on top
  • Mini chocolate chips

Instructions

TO MAKE THE CAKE LAYERS:

1. Prepare three 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper circles in the bottom and grease the sides. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).
2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars together until light in color and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Do not skimp on the creaming time.
3. Add sour cream and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until just combined after each. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated.
5. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then combine the milk and water in a small measuring cup.
6. Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until well combined. Add the milk mixture and mix until well combined. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated. Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
7. Divide the batter evenly between the cakes pans and bake for about 21-23 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.
8. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool for about 2-3 minutes, then remove to cooling racks to cool completely.

TO MAKE THE FROSTING:

9. In a large mixer bowl, beat the butter and shortening together until smooth.
10. Slowly add half of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
11. Add the vanilla extract and 5-6 tablespoons of water or milk and mix until smooth.
12. Slowly add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add additional water or milk, as needed.

TO ASSEMBLE THE CAKE:

13. To put the cake together, use a large serrated knife to remove the domes from the top of the cakes so that they’re flat. Place the first cake on a serving plate or a cardboard cake round.
14. Pipe a dam of frosting around the edge of the cake.
15. Put the milk for filling into a small bowl. Dip several chocolate chip cookies into the milk, then crumble them up and spread them evenly over the cake layer, inside the dam. You want a full layer of cookie crumbles.
16. Add a thin layer of frosting over top of the cookies. I used a piping bag and tip to make it easier to add the frosting and spread it evenly.
17. Add the second layer of cake, then repeat another dam of frosting with the cookie filling and vanilla frosting on top.
18. Top the cake with the remaining layer and frost the outside of the cake. Refer to my tutorial for frosting a smooth cake, if needed.
19. Press more mini chocolate chips into the outside of the cake around the bottom. You might need to put a little frosting on the back of the cookies to help them stick.
20. Use the remaining buttercream to pipe swirls around the top of the cake. I used Ateco tip 829.
21. Top the swirls with chocolate chip cookies and add some additional mini chocolate chips, if desired. Store cake in the fridge, but serve at room temperature. Cake is best for 2-3 days.

*The shortening can be replaced with additional butter, if you prefer.
**I used Mini Chips Ahoy cookies

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Enjoy!

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96 Comments
    1. Lindsay

      Would you be leaving the brown sugar the same? You could reduce the sugar and reducing it by a fourth a cup isn’t terrible, but keep in mind that sugar doesn’t just add sweetness, but also moisture. Removing some of it can affect the texture of the cake. As for 6 inch pans, I haven’t made that size so I don’t know exactly how that amount of batter will work out.

      1. Aimen

        No. just want to reduce sweetness a bit. Do you recommend reducing both sugars 1/8 cup each? or just white sugar 1/4 cup?

  1. Patty

    I made this cake and it came out perfect.  I decorated slightly different with a chocolate ganache drip and white chocolate splash.

  2. Lee

    This looks great! I’m planning to make it for my son’s birthday- he’s a real little cookie monster. How would you scale the recipe for two 9″ cake pans?

  3. Uroosa

    This tasted soooo good!! My brother and I love milk and cookies so I made it for his birthday and everyone loved it. So moist and flavorful. I might try it with different icing next time because American Buttercream is sweet for my taste. This recipe was also easy to follow. Thank you! 🙂

  4. Denise

    I made this recipe as cupcakes for a graduation party. Incredibly moist and no issues with rising at all. Yielded 25 with a level scoop and rose even to the top of muffin liner. Perfect!! Baked 12 min at 340 (my oven runs hotttt). Thank you so very much for sharing your recipes❤️

    1. Lindsay

      You wouldn’t be able to use all oil because you wouldn’t be able to cream it properly. You could try 1/2 butter and 1/2 oil.

  5. Aimen Zafar

    Hi. Can I use oil for the recipe?. I personally think oil based cakes stay more moist after refrigeration. Maybe half butter, half oil or 1/4 cup oil and 1/2 cup butter. Thanks

    1. Lindsay

      This recipe uses the creaming method and you can’t cream oil. If you’d like to try adding some oil, I’d recommend 1/4 cup of oil and 1/2 cup of butter.

  6. Liz

    This has to be one of the BEST cakes I’ve ever had. It was more dense then the traditional fluffy cake, but it gave it more of a feel of a cookie cake. I didn’t have any chocolate chip cookies, so I used Oreos instead. I also used a cream cheese icing to cut down on the sweetness factor. I highly recommend this cake!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Lindsay

      I’d have to go back and look it up to be certain, but I’m guessing it’s relatively accurate. Most likely a good bit of that comes from the frosting. You could certainly cut down the amount of frosting that you use. And that is for if the cake is sliced into 14 servings.

  7. Maria

    I made this cake for my birthday yesterday and it was soooo good. I actually tried to make it 2 years ago for my bday but I didn’t adjust the recipe for my 9inch pans so it came out dry…. this year I adjusted the recipe and it came out perfect! I will probably make this my bday cake almost every year. Thank you for the recipe!!

  8. Addie

    Hi! I made this cake and LOVEd it. Quick question, can you make the layers ahead of time and freeze them?

    1. Lindsay

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I haven’t tried freezing the cake layers, but it should be OK. Just be sure to wrap them well and thaw them in the fridge.

  9. Heather

    Im thinking of making this for my sons birthday. He doesnt like cake because he thinks its to sweet. I wondered if anyone whose made this could comment on the sweetness? He loves chocolate chip cookies so was hoping this might be a great option.

    Thank you!

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