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Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cake

This Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cake is one of my favorite cakes ever. Two layers of gluten free chocolate cake frosted with cookies and cream buttercream and topped with crushed gluten free chocolate sandwich cookies – it’s the ultimate cookies and cream dessert (and easily adapted for those who aren’t gluten free).

Cookies and Cream Cake from What The Fork Food Blog

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Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cake

Remember when I wrote about EVERYTHING in my house breaking? And my refrigerator was one of them? Yeah. That was awesome. And by awesome, I mean awful.

If you follow me on Instagram, you got to see a sneak peek of the world’s saddest fridge. And by sad, I mean almost totally empty. Pretty much the opposite of what a refrigerator is supposed to be. We had the bare basics – eggs, juice and iced coffee. I’ll never not have coffee in my fridge. Ever.

Cookies and Cream Cake from What The Fork Food Blog

Cookies and Cream Cake from What The Fork Food Blog

Since our little fridge fiasco last month, I’ve really been thinking about my kitchen and how much I’m not in love with it. Every time I’m in there I think about what I’d change, some things I’d love to have and the kind of appliances I’d want to use. A full remodel is definitely not doable right now, but if I were to make some easy tweaks, I’d definitely start with replacing my appliances.

The new Frigidaire Professional Collection has affordable, professional-grade appliances that are available at Lowe’s and are compatible with standard-sized spaces so they fit into existing kitchens. That means there’s no need to completely renovate your kitchen.

First up on my replacement list would be the Fridgidaire Standard-Depth French Door Refrigerator, because I can’t cook anything if I can’t keep my food fresh, right?

Cookies and Cream Cake from What The Fork Food Blog

When Adam and I started house hunting 5 years ago, our realtor asked us what our must-haves were in a house. My number one must-have was a big kitchen. Well guess what! The house we bought had everything we wanted EXCEPT a big kitchen. It’s tiny, dark, has virtually no storage or counter space and it’s definitely not a cook’s kitchen. Good thing I spend the majority of my day there –> insert major eye roll here.

Cookies and Cream Cake from What The Fork Food Blog

There are a few things you can do to quickly update your kitchen without having to fully remodel or blow your budget. Replacing your appliances, painting your walls, changing the cabinet hardware/faucet, and updating lighting is a great way to start.

I’m swooning over all of the appliances in the Frigidaire Professional Collection. Especially the dishwasher – it washes a full load in 30 MINUTES. You guys, that’s a game changer for me. 30 minutes!

Another game changer? All of the appliances in the Frigidaire Professional Collection come in smudge-proof stainless steel. SMUDGE-PROOF. I have two toddlers, two dogs and a husband – everything in my house needs to be smudge-proof, stain-proof, waterproof and come with free samples of sanitizing wipes.

My Dream Kitchen Inspiration Board

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1. DIY Built-in Kitchen Wall Shelf 2. Premier Faucet Sonoma Brushed Nickel 1-Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet (Item #: 424868 | Model #: 120111LF) 3. allen + roth Vallymede 7.7-in Brushed Nickel Multi-Pendant Light with Clear Glass Shade (Item #: 587007 | Model #: B10005) 4. Superior Sinks 22.25-in x 36-in Satin Brush Stainless Steel Single-Basin Apron Front/Farmhouse Residential Kitchen Sink (Item #: 543523 | Model #: SPAPSBL) 5. Woodland Imports 3-Piece Glass Food Storage Container (Item #: 458837 | Model #: 61373) 6. Valspar Du Jour Interior Satin Paint Sample (Item #: 432979 | Model #: 70026DUJOUR) 7. allen + roth Venatino Polished Natural Stone Mosaic Subway Wall Tile (Common: 12-in x 12-in; Actual: 10-in x 12-in) (Item #: 291377 | Model #: 20-599) 8. SenSa Silver Silk Granite Kitchen Countertop Sample (Item #: 416359 | Model #: 903153) 9. Natural Floors by USFloors Exotic 6.61-in W Prefinished Bamboo Hardwood Flooring (Jacobean) (Item #: 202566 | Model #: 605304) 10. 17-in W x 17-in H Abstract Framed Art (Item #: 598145 | Model #: 1311-8015) 11. Frigidaire Standard-Depth French Door Refrigerator FPBS2777RF (Item #: 658324 | Model #: FPBS2777RF) 12. Frigidaire Back-Control Electric Range FPEF3077QF (Item #: 669028 | Model #: FPEF3077QF) 13. Woodland Imports 35-in W x 8-in H Food and Beverage Metal Wall Art (Item #: 458837 | Model #: 26172)

How would you update your kitchen in a weekend?

Cookies and Cream Cake from What The Fork Food Blog

But you guys, let’s talk about this cookies and cream cake. This cake…omg. So good. It’s my standard chocolate cake that I always make but it’s transformed by the cookies and cream buttercream. I used this same chocolate cake in my Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cake recipe but the recipe was halved to make two 6-inch layers. This cake is a regular 9 inch sized cake and it’s insanely moist with the perfect chocolate flavor.

The Frigidaire Back-Control Electric Range delivers consistent results so you know any cake baked in this oven will be amazing. I especially love that it has a convection option – something I really want in an oven upgrade.

What really makes this cake stand apart though, is the cookies and cream buttercream. It’s my basic vanilla buttercream with some gluten free chocolate sandwich cookies mixed in. Having tried and true basic recipes for chocolate cake and vanilla buttercream means you can use them as a canvas for whatever flavors you want to transform them into. A cookies and cream cake is an excellent variation.

If you love this recipe, be sure to try my gluten free cookies and cream donuts

Cookies and Cream Cake from What The Fork Food Blog

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Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cake

4.87 from 37 ratings
This Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cake is one of my favorite cakes ever. Two layers of gluten free chocolate cake frosted with cookies and cream buttercream and topped with crushed gluten free chocolate sandwich cookies – it’s the ultimate cookies and cream dessert.
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12
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For the Chocolate Cake

  • 1 3/4 C gluten free all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp xanthan gum omit if your blend contains it or you're using regular AP flour
  • 2 C sugar
  • 3/4 C cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk or 1 C milk + 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 C canola oil
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C hot coffee

For the Cookies and Cream Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 C butter room temperature (2 sticks)
  • 3 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 21 gluten free chocolate sandwich cookies or Oreos, divided


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 2 9-inch cake pans with non-stick spray. Line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper and spray that parchment paper with non-stick spray.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, sift together the flour, xanthan gum, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Use the paddle attachment to mix the dry ingredients on low speed.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla.
  • With the mixer running on low speed, slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until completely combined.
  • Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and pour in the hot coffee. Mix on low until incorporated.
  • Pour the batter (it will be very thin and pretty liquidy) evenly between the two pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 - 40 minutes. Mine was done after 37 minutes.
  • Cool the cakes on a wire rack (in the pan) for about 20 minutes. Carefully remove the cakes from the pans and cool completely on a wire rack.
  • When the cakes are cool, prepare the buttercream.
  • Add the butter and powdered sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until completely smooth. Turn the mixer to a medium-high speed and beat for 3 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and heavy cream and beat on medium-high for an additional minute. Set aside.
  • Add 15 chocolate sandwich cookies to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until coarse cookie crumbs form. Some larger chunks are fine as long as they are smaller than a dime but the majority should be crumbs.
  • Remove 1/2 cup of the cookie crumbs and set aside. Add the rest of the cookie crumbs to the buttercream and mix until combined and there are no longer any streaks without cookie crumbs.
  • Place one of the cakes on a cake plate or stand. Add 1/4-1/3 of the buttercream to the top of the cake and spread until smooth. Sprinkle 1/4 of the reserved cookie crumbs on top of the buttercream.
  • Carefully place the remaining cake on top and cover with the remaining frosting. Arrange the remaining 6 chocolate sandwich cookies on top of the cake as desired. I cut 5 in half and left one whole. Sprinkle the remaining crumbs over the top of the cake. Serve at room temperature.


*Regular all-purpose flour can be used in place of the gluten free flour. Use an equal amount and omit the xanthan gum.


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  1. Joy says:

    Has anyone ever made this cake with dairy free milk?

  2. Jenn Noftle says:

    I just wanted to thank you! All of your recipes have been a hit including this one. You never disappoint! My daughter was diagnosed with Celiac about 8 years ago ( she’s now 14). We have all gone gluten free in the house. Every single recipe I have tried from your blog has been a hit! I had to buy your book 🙂
    I made this recipe today and have to say OH MY GOODNESS! Best cake ever!!!! Thank you because GF cooking and baking is really a lot of trial and trial and trial! You really make GF so much easier!

    I was trying to share my photo but it won’t allow it to be inserted. Trust me it looked good snd tasted better.

  3. Katherine says:

    This cake is absolutely amazing. Every chocolate cake love neeeeeds to make this.

    I’m planning to make this for a Halloween party this weekend, but in cupcakes. Do you know about how many cupcakes this recipe might make? (at least the cake part)

    Thank you SO much for sharing this killer recipe!

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Katherine,
      This makes about 30 cupcakes but this isn’t my favorite recipe for cupcakes. They don’t quite rise all the way in the middle. If you don’t mind that, they’ll still taste great!

  4. This looks to die for, Sharon! So good!

  5. Robyn says:

    Do you have to use the hot coffee? Making the cake for my husband and he is not a coffee fan. Thanks!

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Robyn,
      You could use hot water instead of the coffee. I highly recommend the coffee though. It really enhances the chocolate flavor without making it taste like coffee 🙂

  6. I would love a slice! It looks perfect moist and amazing!

  7. Melissa Falk says:

    This looks like a masterpiece. Very cool!

  8. Josie says:

    Love anything with cookies and cream! This looks SO good, Pinned!! 🙂

  9. Hubba hubba! The way to my heart is always through chocolate cake…always. I love the cookies and cream frosting too, Nicole!

  10. Nicole says:

    Gorgeous cake and kitchen!!!

  11. You have GREAT taste! I want to bake this delicious cake in that kitchen! 🙂

  12. This cook looks amazing! I love that it’s GF 🙂

  13. this cake – SO yum! and sorry to hear about your fridge – our appliances went pretty much all at once 🙁 but it;s fun shopping for new ones

  14. 5 stars
    Oh good GOD, this cake!! It needs to be near my face! AND it’s gluten free?!? I’ll take all of it! 😀 AND that dream kitchen!

  15. This looks so delicious! My kind of comfort food. 🙂

  16. I love that this is gluten free!

  17. 5 stars
    Well first off, I really want a slice of that cake!
    Secondly, I feel your pain. A couple years back, we had the dishwasher break, then the washing machine break, then the stove, and then the garage door. All in a matter of like a month and a half. And forget about the fact that one of the oven doors doesn’t close all the way so we rubber band to hold it shut. Its still like that actually. Ugh I hope you get your dream kitchen.

    • Sharon says:

      Isn’t it annoying how everything seems to go at once?! That’s awesome you were able to rig your oven door – such a money saver!

  18. 1. Those photos are amazing. Way to W**** out the cookies and cream theme.
    2. When you brought up instagram, I immediately thought LOBSTER!
    3. I seriously need this cake. Yesterday.

    • Sharon says:

      haha! You know, I had a 1/2 C of cookie crumbs that I set aside to put sprinkle on top that I FORGOT for the pictures. I added it before we ate it but let me tell you, it was cookie heaven.

  19. 5 stars
    All my favorite flavors are in this moist and scrumptious cake!

  20. Jenna says:

    This looks like a delicious cake! Loving how you decorated it, Oreos are just the best!!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks Jenna! They’re not actually Oreo’s though since they’re a gluten free version. But you could totally make them with real Oreo’s 🙂

  21. This cake looks ahhhhhh-mazing, Sharon!! I want to reach through my screen and grab a slice!

  22. 5 stars
    This cake looks amazing! I just love the idea of mixing cookies and candy into the frosting! Pinned!