I know what you're thinking. This girl is obsessed with Oreos. And you're right. It's true. I realize I make a ridiculous number of baked good with Oreos, but they're Oreos. You know?
What I love about baking with Oreos is how they change texture. When you bake them in cake, they get super soft, like the cake itself. When you cover them in cream cheese pudding, they get soft too, but not like cake. They still have a little bit of crunch in them. Plus it helps that they're already awesome on their own.
One of my most popular posts is my Oreo Dirt Cake post. I was surprised at how many views it got after I posted it, so I thought I would make a Valentine's day themed version, too!
For the cake part of these dirt cups, I made red velvet cake, but used pink food coloring instead of red. I think strawberry cake would also have been ahhmazing, but I have a slight red velvet obsession too.
pink velvet dirt cups
Makes 5-7 cups, depending on the cups you use.
pink velvet cake
I used Bakerella's red velvet cake recipe, but cut it in half and tweaked a few things.
You'll only need batter for one round 8 inch pan.
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cup oil
1/2 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
1-2 teaspoons pink gel food coloring
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 inch round pan with non-stick spray and line with parchment paper.
- In a small-medium sized bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and sugar. Carefully whisk them together.
- In another medium sized bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine wet ingredients: egg, oil, vinegar, vanilla, and 1 tsp pink gel food coloring. Mix well.
- Measure out 1/2 cup buttermilk. Add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the wet ingredients. Mix well and until everything is completely incorporated.
- If your batter isn't as pink as you want it at this point, add some more food coloring one teaspoon at a time until you reach the desired shade of pink.
- Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove the cake from the oven and insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, your cake is ready. If not, put the cake back in the oven for a couple of minutes.
- Let the cake sit for a few minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Once the cake is cool, cut it into small squares or slices and transfer them to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
cream cheese pudding
Adapted from my Oreo Dirt Cake.
1 3.5oz package instant vanilla pudding
2 cups milk
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 8oz container of Cool Whip
Pink gel food coloring
- In one bowl, mix the instant vanilla pudding with 2 cups of milk. Whisk it until completely combined and let it sit in the fridge.
- In another bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
- Add the powdered sugar and mix well. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix again.
- Check the bowl of pudding in the fridge. It should be thicker now. Add it to the cream cheese/butter mixture and mix until combined.
- Add the cool whip and mix well.
- I wanted the pudding to be a light pink color, so I added a small amount of pink food coloring, about 1/2 teaspoon. If you want it to be pinker than that, you can always add more.
One 8 inch round pink velvet cake
One recipe for cream cheese pudding
One package Oreos
- Transfer the Oreos to a large Ziploc bag, and then put that bag in another Ziploc bag. There are several ways you can crush the Oreos from here. I used the end of a wooden spoon. I have also used a hammer and a sharpening steel thing from my mom's knife set. If you have a food processor or a blender, you could do that as well. Basically, you want the Oreos to be in chuncks, not crumbs. So just keep that in mind.
- Depending on the size of the cups you use, this will make 5-7 cups. I ended up using 5, but afterward I decided that the servings were a little too big (which totally wasn't a problem, by the way), so next time I might use slightly smaller cups.
- So if you want to start out with five cups just to be sure, and you still have some ingredients left over after that, you can make a couple more.
- Add some of the sliced cake pieces to the bottom of each cup.
- Then a layer of pudding. I transferred the pudding to a piping bag, cut off the tip, and piped the pudding into the cups.
- Add a layer of crushed Oreos.
- Then a layer of pudding. Then cake. Then pudding. Then Oreos. If you're cups are smaller, you might not need to do this many layers. Just add the layers until the cups are about 3/4 full.
If you make these dirt cups, which you totally should, I hope you become as obsessed with them as I am. Or at least realize why I am so I don't feel as crazy. ;)
Another fun thing you could do with this recipe is just make one giant bowl of it instead of cups. Like maybe if you're making it for your family or if you just don't have a lot of small clear cups. Either way, it's super easy and extremely delicious.