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5 from 4 votes

Coffee Brown Butter Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Servings: 8 -12
Author: Adapted from lemonpi


  • 1/2 cup 113g butter
  • 1 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips if you want a very sweet cake, milk chocolate can be substituted
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp coffee essence a strong overpowering ingredient – substitute with another 1 tsp vanilla essence if child friendly version desired
  • 1 large egg approximately 60g
  • chocolate caramel hot fudge sauce recipe follows


  • Preheat oven to 350F (170C).
  • Grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin
  • Brown Butter: In a large saucepan, let butter melt on medium high heat, stirring occasionally. It will look like its splitting with white flecks all around but that will soon turn into foam. Once foaming keep stirring until the first hint of brown appears and mixture turns nutty, immediately remove from heat
  • Let brown butter sit for 5 minutes and cool slightly
  • Using an electric mixer, beat in sugars
  • Blend in the egg and essences, beating well after each addition – the mixture is very brown at this point and looks like it has chocolate in it
  • Sift in plain flour and baking powder
  • Using a wooden spoon, stir the dry ingredients into the wet until only a few streaks remain
  • Add in the chocolate chips
  • Stir until well combined but do NOT over-stir – it will be a very thick batter
  • Spoon batter into cake tin, spread and smooth top
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes or until the edges are puffy, on the slightly firmer side and lightly browned (the centre will look all crackly and undone but that is similar to a brownie crust that forms)
  • Let cool in oven for 10 minutes with door ajar (prevents sinking)n – the smell is intoxicating
  • Let cool to room temperature before releasing. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving on a platter and decorating with sauce and mini kisses.
  • To serve, turn out cookie cake onto a platter.
  • Slather in hot fudge sauce according to how you wish.
  • Top and decorate with mini caramel chocolates.
  • Refrigerate for 3-4 hours until chocolate has set.
  • Store at room temperature if weather is fine (otherwise in fridge) and let come to room temperature before serving.
  • EAT IT!