As the unofficial “birthday-cake-baker” in lab (a job that makes science failures bearable)– I present the first cake of the year. My labmate is a big fan of cookies and so I made him a cake that paid homage to the all time classic, the chocolate chip cookie. This cake may look “over-the-top” (not my words), but it is two layers of chocolate cake with a cookie dough filling in the middle. It a mascarpone cream frosting, a chocolate ganache drizzle and crushed cookies on top. I had fun making it, and my labmates enjoyed it. I hope this inspires your next baking adventure !