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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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


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.




  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


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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  1. Melissa A Fox-Austin

    Just pulled the cake layers out of the over. They are beautiful and the house smells like heaven!

    1. Lindsay

      Like for a tiered cake? I guess that depends on what you’re looking for in your cake layers. This is not a dense cake. But if your tiers are well doweled, I wouldn’t think it should have to be dense.

  2. Cindy

    Hi, if I wanted to make this into a 4 layered 10” cake would I 3x the recipe and how long would it back for under 300?

    1. Lindsay

      I don’t really make 10 inch cakes, so it’s hard for me to say for sure. I’m guessing tripling the cake would probably be good.

  3. Diane Dixon

    Cake very easy to bake. Definitely TOO soft but I put it in the fridge. It tastes good. I did nit use the 8-9 cups of confectioners sugar for the frosting. 4 cups was sweet enough and it did not taste ‘buttery’

  4. Anne-Maree

    Just baked the cake for my son’s birthday. Excellent flavour, texture and easy to make. So moist and perfect amount of chocolate flavour. This will be my go to chocolate cake base. Thank you

  5. Tamiko Morris-ross

    Do you have to use shortening in the frosting? It seems weird to me. I don’t want to have an off or
    Greasy taste to it.

  6. Angie

    I love this recipe and am making it for my son’s birthday. Is the cake stable enough to work with them while layering and is icing strong enough to keep the layers from sliding off? Thank you!

    1. Lindsay

      The short answer is yes. Long answer is that the cakes are very tender. I work with them all the time without problem, but some people think they are a little too soft. You can certainly refrigerate them prior to working with them so they firm up a bit if you’re concerned. For the frosting, it’s definitely firm enough, but if you add too much liquid/cream, then it will eventually get too thin. If you add the amount the recipe mentions though, it’ll be fine. I hope that helps!

  7. Dani

    Can’t wait to try this! Am I understanding correctly that in addition to the oreo crumbs in the frosting, you also add chopped oreos between the cake layers?

  8. Susie

    I can’t seem to find the Oreo cupcake recipe. I’ve made this Oreo cake four times now. It’s alway a hit. I would like to make cupcake . Could you please send me Oreo cupcake recipe. Thank you.

  9. Matt

    For the frosting, does the Oreo crumb include the cream filling or is it just the chocolate sandwich part of the cookie?

  10. Brittney

    I’ve made this cake before and it was amazing! I’ve decided to try oreo cupcakes using this recipe. Would you give me any advice please? Baking degrees, time, and yeild…..

  11. Lesa

    I absolutely love your cakes. I have not made this one yet, but I will be making it in May for a birthday! Thanks for the recipe.

  12. Bonnie

    My grandson wanted an Oreo Cake for his birthday. I made this and it was a hit. I only had two pans, so I also made cupcakes. Best chocolate cake!

    Today I am using the recipe for more cupcakes.

  13. Alaina

    hi! i was wondering what the 1 1/2 cups of shortening was
    for the frosting.. is it vegetable shortening like crisco or??. help.

    1. Lindsay

      It’s vegetable shortening. I use Crisco brand. But you can also replace it with additional butter, if you prefer.

  14. Simran Athwal

    Hi Lindsay.I love all your recipes.I made this cake with a Swiss meringue buttercream and it was yumm.I do not have 3 9inch pans.Can I bake 2 and then bake the third later on.Bye the way I halved the recipe and baked in 2 6inch pans.It came out perfect in32 mts.

  15. Lesa

    I love you recipe! I want to make this Oreo cake this week when I crush up the cookies do I leave the cream in or take the cream out from in between the cookies?

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