I was going to apologize for baking something Oreo flavored again, but I've done that before and I continue to post about Oreos anyway. I've said, "I know I said I'd switch things up this time..." and "I know what you're thinking...this girl is cookies-n-cream-crazy..." And I was going to start this with, "Let me just go ahead and say sorry," but I'm not. I just love Oreos too much. Sorry I'm not sorry. ;)
This cake is a little bit ridiculous. Three layers with Oreo pieces in the layers, Oreos filling the center, Oreos in the frosting, and a little pile of Oreos on top. Ridiculous. (-ly good :D)
I made made this for my friend Brandon's surprise birthday party. Well, um, belated surprise birthday party. His birthday was a couple months ago, and at the time I still had my job and school was crazy and everyone was out of town that weekend. So we didn't have a party and I didn't make a cake. I felt terrible when I told him I didn't have time to make him one, so I some of my friends and I decided to throw a surprise party on a seemingly random night. That's why I made this cake ridiculous and extreme. He deserved it and should have gotten it a long time ago!
In the very last picture in the post, you can see that the center of this cake is also filled with crushed up Oreos. I thought it would be fun to cut into a cake and see a little avalanche of Oreos topple out.
But honestly the center of the cakes weren't completely done, so I cut them out. This can sometimes happen when you bake chunks of Oreos in layers of cake. It's completely normal. It's either an under-cooked center or over-cooked edges. But I wasn't about to serve this cake to my friends when the center was still mushy, and I had a bunch of Oreos (seriously, I bought three packages of them). I thought about making some kind of Oreo filling to fill the center of the cake, but then I thought to myself, If this is an extreme cookies n' cream cake, I should just fill the center with more Oreos. Right? Right.
extreme cookies n' cream cake
One batch of Black Magic Cake
2 packages of Oreos
Circle cookie cutter / plastic or glass cup
Chocolate Oreo Cake:
1. Using a sharp knife (or in a food processor) open one package of Oreos and chop two of the rows, chopping each Oreo into four pieces.
2. Preheat oven to 350 and line three 9 inch cake pans with parchment paper. Spray pans with non-stick spray.
3. Prepare cake batter according to instructions. Stir in chopped Oreos.
4. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans. Make sure all the Oreo pieces are laying flat in each pan.
5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cake pulls slightly away from the sides of the pan.
6. Let the cakes cool for five minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Cookies N' Cream Frosting:
1 cup butter (two stick), room temperature
1 8oz package cream cheese, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1-3 tbsp milk
2 1/2 - 3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp Oreo crumbs
1. Crush the remaining Oreos from the first package. Using a blender or food processor, chop the Oreos into crumbs. You don't want big chunks of Oreos in the frosting, you want them to be in crumbs. Measure out 1/4 cup of the crumbs and set aside.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a medium-sized bowl with a hand mixer), cream butter and cream cheese on medium-high speed for two minutes, or until smooth and creamy.
3. Add vanilla and one tablespoon of milk, mix until incorporated.
4. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing on low speed at first, and then medium speed until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl after each addition.
5. If the frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. If the frosting is too thick, add one tablespoon of milk at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
6. Add the Oreo crumbs and mix until they are evenly distributed throughout the frosting.
1. Open the second package of Oreos and crush or chop them in a food processor or blender (or in a Ziploc bag with the end of a large wooden spoon or a hammer).
2. Take the first layer of the cake, and using a circle cookie cutter (or a glass or plastic cup), cut out a circle in the center of the cake. Repeat with the second and third layers of cake.
3. Spread frosting over the cake and fill the circle with crushed Oreos. Repeat with the second and third layers of cake.
4. To cover the hole in the top layer, place a large dollop of frosting over the crushed Oreos and spread it outward toward the edges of the cake.
5. Make a small pile of Oreo pieces on top of the cake by sprinkling them on a little bit at a time.
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