Chocolate Oreo Cake

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
  • 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.


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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632 Comments
  1. Trendala

    I just made it! I doubled the recipe, substituted black cocoa powder for the Hershey cocoa to give the chocolate an authentic Oreo cookie taste and since I doubled it I added another egg yolk.
    Turned out super moist, super Oreo cookie tasting, the frosting I made as per recipe. My husband is in love with me again! Thank you!

  2. Emily

    I haven’t made this yet but am looking forward to making it for my son’s 8th birthday.

    Is there a reason the vanilla extract is added to boiling water?

  3. Tamara Murphy

    Excited to make this cake for a birthday party soon! How much chopped Oreos do you suggest using for filling the layers? I don’t see a quantity listed. Thank you!

  4. Snehal

    I love this recipe so so much! But I’ve always made it in a 8” or 9” pan. Any idea what changes I’d make in time and temp so I can make it as a 13 x 9 sheet cake? I’m nervous bc of the 300 degree temp.

    1. Trendala

      The 300 degree temp works fine but I had to add 25 minutes to the baking time. 30 minutes wasn’t enough. I think she might have wanted 350 degrees for this recipe instead of 300 degrees.

      1. Lindsay

        No, it’s meant to be 300 and it’s a cake I’ve made more times than I can count over the last 12 years. I’m not sure why yours took so much longer to bake. I hope you were still happy with the result though!

  5. Tiffiney

    Hi. This seems like a great recipe. Would I be able to make it in a bunt pan? What would time and temperature be?

  6. Bonnie

    I made this for my grandson’s 12th birthday. He said it’s the best cake he has ever had and everyone agreed with him. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Angel

    Question pls, the Oreo crumb is that including the feeling then u make the crumb or did you take out the feeling?
    Thank you

  8. Amelia

    Words can’t describe how much I love this recipe! For the past few years I have made this cake for the holidays and I keep coming back to remake it. It’s always a fan favorite and gets eaten so quickly. I love this recipe and definitely recommend it!

  9. Krista Norman

    I made this for my friends Halloween party, and decorated with white chocolate ghosts! I love all your recipes! You are my go to for any dessert. Thank you for being awesome about writing out the extra information!

    1. Lindsay

      I usually store at room temperature in an air tight container for about 24 hours, then you can refrigerate it for another 2-3 days.

      1. Lindsay

        I mean you can, but coloring will be a little awkward because of the brown-ish color that comes from the Oreos.

    1. Priscilla Muntemba Taylor

      Raina, I always use my own buttermilk; 1 cup milk and add a tablespoon of white vinegar.

  10. Priscilla Muntemba Taylor

    I made this cake for my son’s birthday and everyone loved it! I am not a chocolate lover but my family and friends are. My neighbor just asked me to make one for her brother. Make sure to have enough oreos. Yum!

  11. Gloria

    Made this cake for my sister-in-law’s birthday. Everyone loved it ! Not hard to make either!

  12. liya

    im making this cake right now, i think i followed it exactly but the batter after adding all the liguid items it seems very soupy? is it suppoused to be like that

  13. Tanya

    I love this recipe. The best chocolate cake hands down. Can this recipe be used for cupcakes also? I’ve experienced some recipes don’t bake well for cupcakes for some reason.

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