Why is it that Dads always seem to be the hardest people to buy gifts for? They either don’t want anything (at least they say they don’t) or they have everything already! But there’s one thing that I think all Dads have in common: they deserve a day off!

For Father’s Day this year, I wanted to bake the ultimate snack for Dad to kick back and relax. I’m going to combine the salty sweet crunch of chocolate dipped potato chips, and pour them into an edible chocolate cake chip bowl. Don’t forget the Italian meringue buttercream dip! This Chips ‘n’ Dip Cake is a total day off indulgence. So hands off the remote. ;)



Where Do I Buy My Ingredients & Tools??

Okay, here's Father's Day tip. If you want to make this cake for Dad, don't "borrow" his car without asking first... I try to make your shopping a little bit easier buy listing all of my supplies on my Parsel page right here



Baking Your Chip Bowl Cake!

Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:

8 lb portion of Yo’s Ultimate Chocolate Cake - find my recipe here

2 x 12” Round Cake Pans, lined with parchment paper

Prepare your chocolate cake batter and pour evenly into your lined 2 x 12” round pans.

I baked these cakes for 50 mins at 350 degrees, but be sure to test your cakes with the toothpick method to make sure they’re done. Allow the cakes to cool completely in their pans.


Carving Your Chocolate Cake!

Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:

Simple Syrup - find my recipe here

Italian Meringue Buttercream - find my recipe here

1/4 cup Green Sprinkles

2 Tablespoons  Red Sugar

3 Tablespoons Fine Chocolate Flakes


Serrated Knife

Small Serrated Knife

Offset Spatula

Small Offset Spatula

Small Icing Spatula

Bench Scraper

Remove both cakes from their pans, and level them. You can watch me do this here. Give them both a sprinkle of simple syrup to ensure that they stay moist throughout the decorating process.




Fold your red sugar, green sprinkles and chocolate sprinkles into 3 cups of buttercream. Be gentle while you do this, as the red sugar may start to bleed, and dad doesn’t want pink chip dip. Reserve the remaining buttercream for your crumb coating and icing.



Spread a layer of your chip dip buttercream on of your chocolate cakes, and place the second cake on top. Chill your cake for 10 minutes or until you buttercream filling is firm before carving.



Using a serrated knife, carve an A-line shape around the edge of your stacked chocolate cakes. I used a 10” pan at the top as a guide. When you’re finished you’ll want your cake to be 10” at the top, and 12” at the bottom.   

Once you are happy with your A-line shape, give your entire cake a crumb coat and chill. Ice your cake a final time using a bench scraper to get it extra smooth, and place it in the fridge until you’re ready to decorate.





Turning Your Cake Into A Chip Bowl!

Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:

3 lbs Blue Fondant (I used Wilton pre-dyed)

CMC Powder

Icing Sugar

Rolling Pin


Paring Knife

Fondant Smoother

Vegetable Mincer

4 1/2” Circle Cutter

Roll out your fondant to a 1/8” thick on a clean surface dusted with icing sugar.



Add a band of blue fondant around the bottom edge (the wider part of your cake), which will later create an indent.  Trim the band evenly to a 2” height all around the cake.




Then cover the entire cake with fondant. Brush a little bit of water to your first fondant band to stick on your larger piece of fondant. Now add a ¼” thin strip of fondant to the bottom edge of your cake. I used my handy vegetable mincer to cut these strips. This will be the lip of the bowl once we flip it over!




Now it’s time to FLIP!

It’s time to create the inner ring of our chip bowl. That buttercream chip dip needs a home! Add ½ teaspoon CMC to ¼ lb fondant. This will help stiffen in and make it stronger. I was worried that using plain fondant would end up as a droopy dip bowl. Dad deserves more than that! We want this dip bowl to stand up proud and straight on top of our cake!

Roll out your CMC fondant into a thick band that is slightly thicker along one of the long edges.  You want the band to be long enough to wrap around your 4 ½” circle cutter.  Trim the band to 1” thick.  Wrap it around your circle cutter and cut a nice clean seam. Carefully lift out your circle cutter and set the blur ring aside for a moment.



Use your circle cutter to mark a circle in the top of your cake, using a ruler to find the center. Use this mark as a guide, and start digging your bowl out of the cake with a spoon. Only go halfway down your cake, until hitting the interior layer of buttercream.




Ice a thin layer of buttercream onto the whole surface of the cake, essentially giving it another crumb coat. Don’t forget to include the new dip bowl you just dug.

Place the ring of blue fondant around the inside of your dip bowl hole. Now pile your bowl high with chip dip buttercream using a spatula, being careful to keep the dip inside the bowl.  



Adding Your Salty Sweet Chips!

Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:

2 bags Salted Ruffles

1 pkg Wilton Light Cocoa Candy Melts

1/4 cup Coarse White Sugar

Parchment Paper, for piping bags

Have fun here! This might even be a good time to let Dad in on the surprise, and have a decorating party with him. Make sure he doesn’t eat all the chips before they get in the bowl!

I melted my candy melts in the microwave in short 20 second increments.  Make sure to stir in between.  

Select some of the best whole chips. The ones that are so pretty, they could be on the front of the bag. Only the best for dad! Dip half of these in chocolate and sprinkle them with coarse white sugar while they’re still wet.



Then drizzle the other half with chocolate using a parchment paper piping bag. I did a diagonal drizzle, but you can get creative. ;)



Take your remaining plain chips, and press them into the cake lightly so that they stand upright. I also purposefully added some broken chips to give my chips some levels. Then add on your special chocolate chips. Cover any remaining spaces with broken plain chips.




Cakes are always best enjoyed at room temperature, and for this cake, it is essential. Dad needs to be able to dip those chips into soft buttercream.

Now get dipping! Make sure you get some salty and some sweet in each bite. And if you’re lucky, maybe Dad will share!