Samoas (Girl Scout Cookie) Cake

Samoas Cake

Girl Scout cookie season strikes again! 

Welllll it’s been Girl Scout cookie season around here. So I’ve had cookies coming out my ears and they always make me want to use them to decorate a Samoas cake! 

I remember seeing a chocolate/caramel drip cake somewhere on Pinterest a while ago – and it seemed like a perfect fit for a Samoas Cake!

I filled rich chocolate cake layers with chopped Samoas cookies, caramel frosting, and a drizzle of ganache and caramel topping. And OH man. So good. And it vaporized SO fast when I took the rest of the cake into work! 
Recipe below! 

Why make this Samoas Cake? 

  • Because chocolate + caramel + coconut is one of the best flavor combinations out there! And this cake puts them all together in a delicious and visually stunning cake. 
  • Rich chocolate cake layers feature my favorite cake ingredient - buttermilk! They bake up moist and level, and are easy to stack and decorate. 
  • Caramel cream cheese buttercream frosting - need I say more? 😉 
  • To top it all off...a ring of Samoas and chocolate ganache decorate the top of the cake! 
What if I've never added a drip to a cake before?
  • Don't stress! It's easier than you probably think it is! 🙂 
  • My biggest tips - make sure you measure your chocolate and heavy cream accurately. Too much/little of either may affect your drip consistency. 
  • Make sure you try a test drip first! Don't pour the ganache over your whole cake until you're confident in the consistency of your ganache. 
  • I loved this YouTube tutorial by Sugar&Sparrow when I was new to cake drips! 

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Samoas Cake

All the flavors of the Girl Scout cookie packed into a delicious Samoas Cake! Features a caramel chocolate double drip and a ring of cookies!
Prep Time45 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Decorating time45 minutes
Total Time2 hours 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate and Caramel Cake, Chocolate Caramel Coconut Cake, Girl Scout Cookie Cake, Girl Scout Samoas Cake, Samoas Cake
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 778kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Chocolate Cake layers

  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour (350g)
  • 2 ¼ cups granulated sugar (450g)
  • 1 ¼ cup cocoa powder (100g)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks/250g; softened)
  • 4 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk (350mL)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (one package; softened)
  • 1 cup butter (two sticks, softened)
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 Tablespoons caramel topping (you can purchase this online – Smuckers Salted Caramel is the thickest I’ve found and one of my favorites – or make your own!)
  • 1 Tablespoon clear vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (if using unsalted butter)

Chocolate ganache drip

Decorations

  • ¼ cup caramel topping
  • 1 box Samoas Girl Scout cookies (I chopped about 16 to fill the cake and used almost as many to decorate the top)

Instructions

Chocolate Cake layers

  • Preheat an oven to 350℉ (180℃). Grease 3 8-inch cake pans with baker's floured spray and/or line pans with parchment rounds.
  • Mix together dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt) in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle (or hand mixer or whisk) until well combined. Add in bits of softened butter, mixing until no lumps of butter are visible and the mixture looks crumbly.
  • Whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and mix until no dry ingredients are visible. Scrape down the bowl and beat for another 20 seconds.
  • Fill the three pans evenly - I find a kitchen scale helpful for this part, and each of mine weighed out to about 550g. Bake for 30-35 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow cake layers to cool for 10-15 minutes on a wire cooling rack before removing from pans, and cool completely before frosting. Set in the fridge or freezer to accelerate the cooling process if desired. (While you’re waiting, make your frosting and ganache for the filling and drip!)

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

  • Beat together softened cream cheese and butter; slowly add in powdered sugar alternating with milk, caramel, and vanilla until frosting reaches a spreadable consistency. Add vanilla and salt and beat until well combined.

Chocolate ganache drip

  • Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Add whipping cream and microwave on half power in 30-second intervals, stirring in between until fully melted and smooth.

Assembly

  • Once your cakes are cool, level them (if needed/desired). This can be done with a cake leveler or a large serrated knife and a ruler. Place a smear of frosting or ganache on your cake circle (to keep the cake from sliding while you decorate it) and center your first cake layer in the center of the circle. Spread the layer with frosting.
  • I piped a rim of frosting around the outer edge and filled the cake with chopped Samoas and a drizzle of chocolate ganache and caramel. Optional but absolutely recommended! Repeat the process with your remaining cake layers – I like to flip the last one upside down to make the top edge of the cake easier to frost.
  • Now you're ready to crumb-coat . If you're unfamiliar with crumb-coating, it's just what it sounds like - a thin layer of frosting over the entire outside of the cake to keep crumbs out of your final layer.
  • Once your crumb coat has set (this takes about 5-10 minutes in the fridge), add your final layer of frosting and smooth. I like to use an offset spatula and bench scraper for this part. Once your cake is covered, place it into the freezer to set the frosting and to chill the cake in preparation for adding the ganache drip!

Okay - the fun part! Decorating!

  • When your ganache has cooled to a moderate temperature – it should feel slightly warm but still be fairly liquid – transfer to a squeeze bottle or piping bag. A spoon will work if you don’t have either of those, I've just found spoons to be a bit more difficult to work with.
  • Slowly drizzle ganache around the upper edge of your cake, pausing every couple of inches to let more ganache fall in a drip down the side of the cake. Repeat the process with caramel sauce and return cake to the fridge or freezer to set the drips.
  • Now – options! I chilled the rest of my ganache and used that to decorate the top, but frosting will work as well. Add a swirl of ganache or frosting and tilt a Samoas cookie against the frosting swirl. Repeat this process around the top edge of your cake. Sprinkle on a few more chopped cookies and add another drizzle of caramel/ganache if you like – do whatever you think looks the best! More cookies = more better in my book. :: wink::
  • And you’re done! Enjoy!

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 778kcal | Carbohydrates: 100g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 38g

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2 thoughts on “Samoas Cake

  1. I’m a little confused about a ingredient where you typed 1 c / 250g /16 T unsalted butter. Do you mean I can measure out 1 cup of butter or 16 tablespoons of butter ?!

    1. (I know I replied by email already; responding here in case anyone else has the same question!)
      I put those conversions in because different measuring methods are easier on how you buy butter – if you buy multiple pounds at a time, it’s usually easiest to measure by cups. But if you buy in pre-packaged sticks like I usually do, there are 8 Tablespoons or a half cup in each stick. Same amount in any case, but I put the conversions in to make measuring less of a pain point. Sorry to be confusing! Have a great day!

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