Thursday, May 16, 2013

Chocolate Therapy Cake


Today I'm joining a talented group of ladies to help celebrate the fantastic flavors of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream! This theme week is the brain child of Kristan and Shelly (they have the best ideas!) and they asked Peabody, Julie and I to pick out our favorite Ben and Jerry's flavors and recreate them in a dessert.

Years ago I had Chocolate Therapy ice cream at the Ben and Jerry's inside the Opryland hotel. It's a mixture of chocolate ice cream swirled with chocolate pudding and it's studded with chocolate cookies. Love at first bite. Even though I'm a Karamel Sutra girl through and through, I ultimately decided on this flavor because I can no longer find it in my area (boo-hoo!). I really hoped to capture this trifecta of chocolate in a dessert - but which one? I mused on brownies,trifles and mini tarts but none seemed just right. My motto has always been, "when in doubt bake a cake." So that's what I did!


I started with my favorite chocolate cake as a base, then added two cups of chopped fudge-dipped cookies to the batter. Boy, does this ever give the cake an amazing texture! In the baked cake, the cookies are soft, and the chocolate coating becomes melty and creates little pockets of fudge in the layers. I spent a good bit of time perfecting the chocolate pudding buttercream, too. It's so decadent and it does a good job keeping the cake moist.


I really wanted to give this recipe a name that would explain the components. Chocolate pudding cookie cake? Triple chocolate fudge-dipped cookie pudding cake?  I tried everything, but there's just no better way to say it than "Chocolate Therapy" because that's what it feels like when you eat it.

My friends have been busy this week creating all kinds of Ben and Jerry's-inspired desserts! Be sure to check them out!

What a Cluster Bars
Cherry Garcia Cake
Phish Food Pie
Karamel Sutra Cupcakes
Everything But The…Cake
Everything But The…(kitchen sink) Brownies






Chocolate Therapy Cake
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Source: Sprinkle Bakes original; flavors inspired by Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Therapy ice cream
Yield: 12-14 servings, one 9-inch triple layer cake
Prep: 1 hour, total time 2 hours 30 minutes

It’s especially important to line the pans with circles of parchment because the fudge coating on the cookies will melt as it bakes. This creates pockets of chocolate in the cake, and those near the bottom of the pan could stick if left unlined.

Cake Layers
3 ounces fine-quality semisweet chocolate 
1 1/2 cups hot brewed coffee or hot water
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3 large eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups full fat sour cream
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups (about 6 oz.) chocolate-dipped cookies such as Keebler Fudge Stripe, roughly chopped


Chocolate pudding buttercream
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 cup hot (almost boiling) water
4 oz. semisweet chocolate
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably dark), sifted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Assembly
3/4 cup chocolate sprinkles
14 chocolate-dipped cookies such as Keebler Fudge Stripe
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.  Grease three 9-inch round pans with shortening. Line bottoms with rounds of parchment paper and grease paper.
  2. Finely chop chocolate combine it in a bowl with hot coffee or hot water. Let mixture stand, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
  3. Sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. In another large bowl with an electric mixer beat eggs until thickened slightly and lemon colored (about 3 minutes with a standing mixer or 5 minutes with a hand-held mixer). Add oil, sour cream, vanilla, and melted chocolate mixture to eggs, beating until combined well. Add flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined. Fold in chopped cookie pieces with a rubber spatula. Divide batter between 3- 9” pans and bake in middle of oven until cake springs back when pressed in the center, approximately 40-50 minutes.
  4. Cool layers in pans for 15 minutes on racks. Run a thin knife around edges of pans and invert layers onto wire racks. Carefully remove parchment paper and cool layers completely. Cake layers may be made 1 day ahead and kept, wrapped well in plastic wrap, at room temperature.
  5. For the frosting, whisk together sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Add the chocolate and hot water, let stand a moment, then whisk until chocolate is melted. Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and whisk constantly until mixture boils. 
  6. Let cook until thickened to a pudding-like consistency. Remove pan from heat and transfer pudding to a metal bowl. Place metal bowl in a larger bowl filled 1/3 full with ice water. Beat pudding on high speed with a hand mixer until cooled. 
  7. Beat in butter,  cocoa and confectioners' sugar. Add in salt and vanilla extract. Beat on high speed until fluffy.
  8. To assemble, place a cake layer on a cake stand or serving platter; cover top evenly with about 1/3 cup of frosting. Stack on another cake layer and top with another 1/3 cup frosting. Stack last layer on top. Transfer about 1/3 cup of frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip; set aside. Coat entire cake with the remaining icing. Set the frosted cake (still on the cake stand) in a clean, dry, empty kitchen sink and toss sprinkles onto the sides of the cake. Brush away excess sprinkles around the bottom of the cake with a dry pastry brush. Using the reserved piping bag of frosting, pipe small stars around the top edge of the cake. Place whole cookies standing upright into the top edge of the cake between piped stars. Sprinkle top with additional chocolate sprinkles, if desired.

70 comments:

Natalie said...

Gorgeous cake!

Abby @ The Frosted Vegan said...

Oh man, this is madness, but a good madness! : )

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Just what the doctor ordered! A splendid cake.

Cheers,

Rosa

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

This looks like a dream! What a fun project to be a part of :)

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

The next time I have a chocolate craving (um, always) I need this cake.

Leah | So, How's It Taste? said...

Oh Chocolate Therapy is one of my favorite B&J flavors! I love this cake! How did I not know you're a fellow TN girl and a big Elephant Sanctuary supporter?!

Tieghan said...

Holy crap I want a slice!! That looks amazing!

Monica said...

Oh, oh, oh...I LOVE Chocolate Therapy and Kleeber cookies and chocolate cake in general! This is so calling my name and I am salivating at your description of the cake texture with the cookies in it! This cake reminds me of Brooklyn Blackout cake but only better! It's so creative and beautiful with the sprinkles and cookies on top! Well done!

Cookbook Queen said...

This cake is beyond. BEYOND!! So fabulous and the frosting looks unreal. Love it!!

Belinda Lo said...

I am in dark chocolate heaven right now. I need to use up my dark chocolate before it goes off, so this cake is perfect for this.

Miss Messy said...

Looks absolutely stunning! Wow oh wow!

Jenn @ Once Upon a Tier said...

Oh, this is just what I needed, Heather! Chocolate therapy...the cake looks amazing. Wonderful job as always.

Heather @ Snookie's Cakes said...

That looks amazing!

Creative Raisins said...

Oh my gosh tha looks so stinkin good.

Lisa

Creative Raisins

Erika said...

I'm dying.. That cake is everything a cake should be.

lavidalaura.com said...

Wow...Ben & Jerry's in cake form?! Sounds seriously amazing.

Erin said...

Definitely not the ice cream/cake for me, but I know a lot of people that would lose their minds over this cake. it certainly looks impressive!

Tracy {Pale Yellow} said...

This looks amazing! I need some chocolate therapy ASAP.

Eeny said...

mmmmhh yummmm. chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. this just has to be THE perfect cake.

Natalie said...

I love this week!!

Natalie@ www.secretsofahappygirl.blogspot.co.uk

Elizabeth Waterson said...

The pudding chocolate frosting sound amazing. The cake part doesn't sound to shabby either. It's probably one of those cakes I tell everyone else that it's horrible and they wont like it- so I can sit in the corner and eat it all!! LOL

Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet said...

Yum, I don't mind indulging in a bit of Chocolate Therapy myself :) I'm a bit of a Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz type of girl myself.

Becca Looney said...

This looks so delicious. Like really! I want to dig into the cake and then swim in a pool of the frosting. And I love the fudge stripe cookies! That chocolate coating on the bottoms of those cookies are one of the best things ever! I will be saving this recipe and making it sometime in the near future :)

Sonia OM said...

Oh my! You are killing me! I need a piece of this cake right now! :D

bitsybet said...

When I saw this the first thing that came to my mind was OMG! After reading the ingredients, it was another OMG! This is on my list to try. I have a family full of chocoholics, and they will go nuts for this.

Peabody (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody said...

It's so LOVELY and amazing looking! If only you lived closer to me I would wear you down to make my wedding cake (I just want a small one)! :)

fatima arcaro said...

love it mmmmmmm I need to make it

fatima arcaro said...

love it

Amy Atherton said...

You completely outdid yourself with this cake! It looks absolutely amazing. And as a chocolate lover, I really appreciate all of the lengths you went to -- cookies in the cake batter? With melted fudgy pockets? Beyond brilliant!!

My family owns a Ben & Jerry's ice cream cookbook, and we always use one of their standard vanilla recipes for the 4th of July. I'm not sure if the book includes the recipe for Chocolate Therapy, but I'll have to check!

Kristie said...

Your cake looks devine!! I am a chocoholic and this is right up my alley.

Asmita said...

Beautiful! So decadent.

the baking cup - carolina said...

I love the addition of sour cream and cookies for extra moisture. It looks so decadent!

Jen @ Jens Favorite Cookies said...

Drool.... I'm SO glad this is the flavor you chose to run with. I might need this cake in my life this week!

Anonymous said...

What kind of cocoa powder did you use for this?

Laurel y Menta said...

Ohh precioso, con unas fotografías muy bonitas, gracias

besos

Paola said...

Amazing!
It´s always nice to create something and more with excellent products ;) yummi!!

Congrats!
Paola

http://papcakes.blogspot.com/

DarkANGELika said...

I love it;)

nessa said...

You're killing me with all that chocolate!

Pipelette said...

Oh my god! I had the Chocolate Therapy flavour once but then couldn't find it in any of the shops near me again. I'm in the UK so I think some flavours aren't as widely available here. Will definately be making this cake, the only problem will be finding a suitable substitute for the cookies - I think I will have to do a lot of sampling to find the right kind...oh well!

I love the blog (and the book) thanks for all the wonderful recipes :)

Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff said...

I believe that I need a therapy session ;) This is my kind of cake!

El Cajón de las Especias said...

Chocolate therapy is sometimes really necessary ... hehe

We love the look of the cake. Congrats!

'Spicy' Greetings

ashley - baker by nature said...

I need to book a chocolate therapy session ASAP.

wallflourgirl said...

This cake may be less about providing therapy as putting me into therapy when I am not eating it. I'd like to eat my screen now, tyvm! I can't wait to try this.

peanutbutterandonion said...

If this is therapy ... I need lots of it

Erin @ Brownie Bites said...

Totally gorgeous as always, Heather! By the way, thank you so much for the Panache mention a while back.. I totally thought I'd commented to thank you but I guess I just made that up in my head. :)

Sue said...

Chocolate Therapy? Perfect name!

Anonymous said...

Does this need to be refrigerated after it is iced?

happy_togoblind said...

I've never heard of the ice cream flavor (I know, right?!) but this cake looked to good not to try. I'm bringing it in to work today for one of my co-worker's birthdays. It looks scrumptious! Although, I couldn't stand my cookies up like that and still fit it in any kind of cake carrier. This is a tall sucker! Where did you get that beautiful cake stand?

JulieD said...

It's so beautiful, Heather!! Loved participating in this week with you guys! :)

Anonymous said...

These are amazing, I have yet to frost them and I can't stop eating them! Thanks so much for sharing!

Lynna said...

This is a chocolate lover's dream!

Heather Baird said...

To anonymous - I did not refrigerate the cake. It was left at room temperature for the three days it lasted.

To happy - I get so many questions about the cake stand, it was a gift from my mother! I think it was purchased at Home Goods, or TJ Maxx.

Courtney@BakeMeBetter said...

This is definitely a good idea! I love B&J!

Rani15 said...

I made this for my friend's birthday and it was AAAAAMAAAAZING!! Thanks for such a magnificent recipe!! It turned out absolutely perfect!!

Gina said...

This sounds so amazing. I'm inspired to bake it for my daughter's last day of school.

Patce's Patisserie said...

I love your pictures, they're so lovely! :)

Patce's Patisserie said...

I love your pictures, they're so lovely! :)

Jessie said...

Quick! when does the cocoa powder go in the frosting???

Heather Baird said...

Step #7- add it with the confectioners sugar and butter.

xo
h

Jessie said...

Oh -no! What did I do wrong?! My frosting tastes amazing but keeps getting softer and softer, I stuck the cake in the fridge hoping that would help. Any ideas? Did I not cook it long enough?

Heather Baird said...

Hi Jessie,
It's really hard for me to say what happened. Maybe the pudding portion needed to cook a little longer? Or maybe it needed to cool a bit longer?

Sorry you ran into some trouble! I bet refrigeration will help!

xo
h

Sammyj said...

Hi I seem to be having a bit of trouble with the cakes themselves. Mine seem to sink in the middle a bit after I take them out of the oven. Any suggestions?

Nila @ The Tough Cookie said...

Hi Heather,

Oh my god I just LOVE your blog!

I can really relate to your out-of-chocolate-therapy-predicament... What happened to the Chocolate Therapy ice cream? I can't find it anywhere anymore!
I can't imagine why Ben & Jerry's decided to drop it...
Maybe you should start tubbing slices of this cake!

XOXO

Heather Baird said...

Hi @Sammyj,

I suspect it is because the eggs could have been beaten a bit longer. The batter is quite thin and relies on well beaten eggs to give it structure.

If that doesn't help, perhaps check your baking powder/soda to see if they are still in date?

xo
h

Anonymous said...

Hey I was just wondering if it's okay to make the buttercream a few days in advance? I don't have much time to assemble the cake all in one day so I was just curious to know. Thanks!
- Emmalee

Heather Baird said...

I'm afraid the buttercream would become kind of crusty on top after a day or two in the fridge. I would make the pudding portion and store it in the fridge, then do step 7 the day you are frosting it. Does that help?

xo
h

Anonymous said...

Yes this helps a lot! Thanks, your blog is amazing it's most definitely the best pastry blog I've been on and I'm always inspired after looking at it.
- Emmalee

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this recipe! I made it yesterday and it turned out amazing. I am deciding which of your cakes to try out next!

Sandy said...

Have you ever tried this recipe in cupcake form? I assume everything would work just the same?! Thanks!

Heather Baird said...

I haven't tried them in cupcake form, but I bet they'd be awesome! I can image one little round cookie topping each cupcake. I'll have to try that!

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