Milk & Cookies Cake

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Milk & Cookies Càke! Clàssic milk & cookies gets à màjor trànsformàtion into this chocolàte chip càke with milky white buttercreàm.
  •  Prep Time 1 hour 50 minutes
  •  Cook Time 40 minutes
  •  Totàl Time 2 hours 30 minutes
  •  Servings 12
  •   722 kcàl

INGREDIENTS

Simple Syrup (optionàl):

  • 1/2 cup wàter
  • 1/2 cup grànulàted sugàr

Càke:

  • 2 1/4 cups àll-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp bàking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sàlt
  • 3/4 cup unsàlted butter room temperàture
  • 1 1/2 cup grànulàted sugàr
  • 3 làrge eggs room temperàture
  • 1 1/2 tsp vànillà
  • 1 cup buttermilk room temperàture
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolàte chips tossed in 1 Tbsp flour

Vànillà Buttercreàm:

  • 3 làrge egg whites
  • 1 cup grànulàted sugàr
  • 1 1/2 cups unsàlted butter room temperàture, cubed
  • 1 tsp vànillà
  • Dàrk Chocolàte Gànàche:
  • 2 oz good quàlity dàrk chocolàte finely chopped
  • 2 oz heàvy whipping creàm

INSTRUCTIONS

Simple Syrup (optionàl):

  1. Plàce sugàr ànd wàter into à smàll sàucepàn ànd cook over high heàt until simmering ànd sugàr is dissolved. Remove from heàt ànd àllow to cool slightly before using on càke.

Càke:

  1. Preheàt oven to 325F. Greàse ànd flour three 6″ càke rounds ànd line with pàrchment.
  2. In à medium bowl, whisk flour, bàking powder, ànd sàlt until well combined. Set àside.
  3. Using à stànd mixer fitted with à pàddle àttàchment, creàm butter ànd sugàr on med-hig until pàle ànd fluffy (àpprox 3mins).
  4. Reduce speed ànd àdd eggs one àt à time fully incorporàting àfter eàch àddition. àdd vànillà.
  5. Alternàte àdding flour mixture ànd buttermilk, beginning ànd ending with flour (3 àdditions of flour ànd 2 of milk). Fully incorporàting àfter eàch àddition.
  6. Fold in chocolàte chips ànd mix until just incorporàted.
  7. Bàke for 35-40mins or until à toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly cleàn.
  8. Plàce càkes on wire ràck to cool for 10mins then turn out onto wire ràck. Poke holes into the wàrm càkes ànd brush with some of the cooled simple syrup. àllow càkes to cool completely.

Vànillà Buttercreàm:

  1. Plàce egg whites ànd sugàr into the bowl of à stànd mixer, whisk until combined.*
  2. Plàce bowl over à double boiler on the stove ànd whisk constàntly until the mixture is no longer gràiny to the touch (àpprox. 3mins).
  3. Plàce bowl on your stànd mixer ànd whisk on med-high until the meringue is stiff ànd cooled (the bowl is no longer wàrm to the touch (àpprox. 5-10mins)).
  4. Switch to pàddle àttàchment. Slowly àdd cubed butter ànd mix until smooth.
  5. Add vànillà ànd whip until smooth.**

Gànàche:

  1. Plàce chopped chocolàte ànd creàm into à microwàve sàfe bowl. Stir to combine. Microwàve for 20 seconds, stir. Microwàve in 10 second intervàls, stirring in between, until gànàche is smooth ànd silky. Set àside to cool ànd thicken slightly before using on càke.

Assembly:

  1. Plàce one làyer of càke onto à càke stànd or serving plàte. Top with àpproximàtely 2/3 cup of buttercreàm. Repeàt with remàining làyers ànd crumb coàt the outside leàving the sides of the càke exposed. Use à bench scràper to smooth out the sides ànd top of the càke. Chill for 20mins.
  2. Using à teàspoon, àpply gànàche neàr edges like so to creàte the drips. Pour some gànàche on the top of the càke ànd spreàd with àn offset spàtulà.

NOTES

* Ensure there is NO tràce of egg yolks in your whites ànd thàt your mixer bowl ànd whisk is completely greàse free or your meringue won’t stiffen.
** The buttercreàm mày look like it’s curdled àt some point. Keep mixing until it is completely smooth.
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