Chocolate Oreo Cake

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This Chocolate Oreo Cake recipe is to die for! A moist chocolate cake full of Oreo icing! And not just any Oreo icing – it is FULL of crushed up Oreos. An Oreo lover’s dream.

Chocolate Oreo Cake

Chocolate Oreo Cake

So you might remember that last year I mentioned that the hubs and I were going to South Africa, both to visit his family and for me to see the country. Well, we were supposed to go over Thanksgiving and into December, but ended up having to postpone the trip because of a delay with getting the hubs’ citizenship.

It has taken a LOT longer than we expected based on some other people’s experiences, but finally the hubs has the final interview and test on Monday! We can’t wait for him to be done with it. Hopefully the finally “ceremony” where he’ll actually receive the citizenship won’t take too long – but of course we aren’t holding our breath.

You can be sure that once we have the citizenship, we’ll be applying for his passport and re-booking the trip.

But for now, he’s been studying for the test. He’s pretty much grown up in the U.S., so it’s not like it’s stuff he hadn’t learned before, but it’s amazing how much of it you forget.

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It came up during the Super Bowl on Sunday night. We had our small group over to watch the game and they were curious about what kind of questions were in the study guide they gave the hubs.

He went and got it and started reading out the questions. Other than the two teachers in the group, most of us had a tough time answering correctly. We had a vague idea of most answers, but probably still would’ve gotten them wrong. Good thing we don’t have to take the test!

But I’ve been quizzing him the last few nights, so now we are both ready for the test!

Once it’s all done, it’ll be time for a celebration. And celebrations call for cake. This Chocolate Oreo Cake is a fabulous celebration cake.

Oreos have been one of my favorite cookies for probably forever. I absolutely love them. The filling is the best part. I don’t even bother eating a regular Oreo. Only double stuf here. I’ve seen the new mega stuf ones, but haven’t tried them. I have been tempted so many times, but now that I bake so much I just can’t. If I’m going to allow myself to taste the things I make, I cannot be downing an entire box of Oreos too.

So I decided to just add them to my cake. Problem solved. 🙂

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You guys. There is literally an entire package of Oreos in this cake. DO NOT look at the nutrition facts. Just don’t. Trust me. This cake is for celebrations and celebrations do not include nutrition facts.

The cake layers are made with the most moist cake you’ll ever have. Try it once and you’ll never make another chocolate cake. It’s amazing. Plus, there’s no fancy mixing method – everything is all mixed together right in the bowl.

The Oreos come in with the icing. I’ve said it many times – I like strong flavors. So when I say I’m making an Oreo cake, there’s no holding back. There are 3 cups of Oreo crumbs in the icing. Overkill? Never. Just Oreo perfection.

And to make sure there’s plenty of Oreo in every bite, I made sure to have 3 layers of cake instead of two. That way there’s two full layers of icing in the middle along with the icing on top. Mmmmmm.

And if that wasn’t enough, I added more on top. If there’s one thing I know, it’s that you can’t accuse me of under indulging. You’re welcome. 🙂

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Recipe

Chocolate Oreo Cake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 28 minutes
  • Total Time: 58 minutes
  • Yield: 14-16 Slices 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Chocolate Oreo Cake is to die for! A moist chocolate cake full of Oreo icing! And not just any Oreo icing – it is FULL of crushed up Oreos. An Oreo lover’s dream.


Scale

Ingredients

CHOCOLATE CAKE

  • 2 cups (260g) flour
  • 2 cups (414g) sugar
  • 3/4 cup (85g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder OR Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (240ml) buttermilk
  • 1 cup (240ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (240ml) boiling water

OREO ICING

  • 1 1/2 cups (336g) butter
  • 1 1/2 cups (284g) shortening
  • 89 cups (920g-1035g) powdered sugar
  • 3 cups (414g) Oreo crumbs (about 33 Oreos)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 67 tbsp (90ml-105ml) water

CHOCOLATE GANACHE

  • 6 oz (1 cup | 169g) semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Oreos, optional

NOTE: You’ll need at least one full package of Oreos. If you plan to decorate the outside of the cake with more Oreos, as shown, you might need a second package.


Instructions

1. Prepare three 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper circles in the bottom, and grease the sides.
2. Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk together.
3. Add eggs, buttermilk and vegetable oil to the dry ingredients and mix well.
4. Add vanilla to boiling water and add to mixture. Mix well.
5. Divide batter between three cakes pans and bake at 300 degrees for about 30-33 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.
6. Remove cakes from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then remove to cooling racks to cool completely.
7. Make icing while cakes cool. Beat together butter and shortening until smooth.
8. Slowly add 4 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
9. Add vanilla and Oreo crumbs and mix until smooth.
10. Add another 4-5 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add water or milk until you get a smooth consistency.
11. Set aside about 3 1/2 cups of icing for the filling inside the cake and add chopped Oreos, if using.
12. Once cakes are cool, remove cake domes from top with a large serrated knife.
13. Place first layer of cake on cake plate. Spread 1/2 of the icing with the chopped Oreos on top in an even layer.
14. Add second layer of cake and add the rest of the of icing with chopped Oreos on top in an even layer.
15. Add final layer of cake on top and frost the outside of the cake with remaining frosting. Feel free to use my tutorial for how to frost a smooth cake.
16. To make the chocolate ganache, add the chocolate chips to a medium sized bowl (see my tips on making chocolate ganache).
17. Heat the heavy whipping cream just until it begins to boil, then pour it over the chocolate chips. Allow it to sit for 2-3 minutes, then whisk until smooth.
18. Drizzle the chocolate ganache around the edge of the cake, then pour the remainder of the ganache on top of the cake and spread evenly. I like to use a squeeze bottle for drizzling around the edges.
19. Allow the ganache to firm up a bit, then pipe the remainder of the frosting around the top edge of the cake (see my tips on making a chocolate drip cake) and add an Oreo between each swirl. I used Ateco tip 847.
20. Sprinkle a few Oreo crumbs onto to the cake, if desired, then serve. Cake is best when well covered for 3-4 days.


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498 Comments
  1. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats

    I would never pass a citizenship test I’m pretty positive! Good luck to your hubs and he better be rewarded with this fantastic cake! YUM!

      1. Carmen

        I’m about to make this cake but I was wondering if I’m suppose to use a mixer or not?

      2. Lindsay

        Either way is fine actually. It’s so easy, you don’t really need a mixer for the cake batter.

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Your cakes are always so gorgeous, Lindsay! And this one looks amazing. Anything with oreos is a winner in my book! Looks delish! Pinned!

  3. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    So ummm this cake is indeed the cake of all cakes to celebrate with. I am so excited for the hubs and I know he will do well on the test! And then it will be time to have a hunk of this masterpiece. I’m so in love!

  4. Jen @ Baked by an Introvert

    There’s no way I’d be able to pass the test if I had to take it. Information does not stick with me at all. I’m sure hubby is going to do great though. I’m wishing him the best of luck! This cake should be your celebratory cake! It looks phenomenal!

  5. Beth

    Sign me up for some private cake making lessons because I need to learn and this one is gorgeous Lindsay! And only one bag of oreos is in it?!

  6. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    I am SO not looking forward to taking that test in a few years! But I am totally wishing him luck and I know he will KNOCK it out!
    Just like I will knocking this cake right into my face. Gimme all dat Oreo deliciousness! Pinned!

      1. Rebecca

        So excited to make this cake! One question do you let the water cool after boiling or do you let the water cool? 

  7. Mir

    First off, congrats to you guys! That’s an amazing milestone. I really want to look at those questions and test myself.
    And second, I need to not look at this cake too long. It’s making me want to reach above the fridge at 6 AM and eat a ton of Oreos. It’s so fantastic!

    1. Sarah

      The batter turned out like soup. Is it supposed to? I followed the recipe this T. They are in oven now. I hope they turn out. 

      1. Stephanie

        Mine was the same and Ive just checked it at 35 minutes and its still liquid in the middle 😕 ive never added this much liquid to a cake mix it felt way too runny

      2. Angelica Leal

        The cake was delicious. However, I had trouble piping as the oreos kept getting stuck. How did you crush your oreos? I typically crush them into fine crumbs in the blender, but I used a rolling pin this time.

      3. Lindsay

        Yea, I use a food processor to grind them into crumbs. You don’t want any chunks or they’ll get stuck in a piping tip very easily.

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