Five years ago today, I wrote about rainbows and unicorns. That was when M was four years old, and the Rainbow Cake that I made for her birthday soon became one of my most visited posts on A Merrier World. Now, little M has just turned nine and the rainbows and unicorns have grown up into cookies and brownies.
And M herself is not so little now, either. Her ‘good toes and naughty toes’ have transformed into Junior Associate feet of The Royal Ballet School …
But there is still plenty of time for dreams …
… and choc chip cookie brownie cake.
Choc Chip Cookie Brownie Cake
8 oz butter
5 1/2 oz golden castor sugar
6 oz light muscovado sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
13 oz strong white flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
12 oz choc chips
5 oz butter
9 oz castor sugar
3 oz cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 oz plain flour
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Grease and baseline a circular 9″ springform pan.
To make the cookie base, cream the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and eggs gradually, beating to incorporate. Mix together the dry ingredients then stir into the dough. Stir in the choc chips.
Press the cookie dough into the base of the prepared pan (I filled it to about 1/3 full and used the leftover dough to make a giant cookie, about the size of my hand …)
Put the pan in the fridge while you prepare the brownie batter.
To make the brownie topping, melt the butter, sugar, cocoa and salt together in a bowl over a pan of hot water. It will look like it’s never going to come together, but it does …
Remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the vanilla.
Fold in the flour, then give the batter a good stir for about 5 seconds to strengthen it a little (there isn’t much flour in the recipe, so it’s okay to develop a bit of gluten to give the brownie some structure).
Remove the springform pan from the fridge and pour the brownie batter on top of the cookie dough. Level the top.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then loosen the sides and remove the springform ring.
Cool completely (I left the cake on the base of the pan because I didn’t want to risk losing the whole thing if it collapsed while I tried to unstick it … nobody seemed to mind and it made it easier to carry to M’s ballet class!).
Melt some white chocolate and use a fork to drizzle over the top in a pretty pattern.