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.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Slice
  • Calories: 995
  • Sugar: 93.8 g
  • Sodium: 398 mg
  • Fat: 60.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 114.7 g
  • Protein: 5.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 79.1 mg

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  1. Taylor Denise Hansford

    This is my favorite Oreo cake recipe! I’d love to make this a 10-inch three layer cake, how much batter would i need to make to get it just right?

    1. Lindsay

      I can’t tell you for certain because I don’t typically make 10 inch cakes. But I’m guessing you may want to double it or at least use one and a half recipes worth, depending on how tall you want the cake.

  2. Allie

    When using the Oreos in the icing do you separate the cookie from the filling and only use the Oreo cookie part or do you also use the cream inside the cookie

  3. Noel

    I’ve made this recipe a few times and it always turns out super moist and delicious. How long would I need to bake it for in 6 inch pans?

  4. SBakes

    I just made this today with my 5 year old who really wanted to make a double layer chocolate oreo cake. We did two layers and in a 10” pan I believe and it turned out SO well! I ended up using all the cake batter as directed for two layers but you don’t need that much icing for two so would cut the it in half next time. I also used butter instead of shortening. The cake was so moist, icing was smooth to apply and buttery goodness to eat and ganache was the perfect touch (and a must to balance it all out). It all feels like it’s a lot when you make it but trust and keep going. It was delicious and highly recommend!

  5. Christy

    My husband requested this for his birthday. I was so excited about an Oreo cake and maybe I did something wrong, but I followed the recipe pretty word for word. I could barely eat two bites without feeling nauseous from how sweet it was. I’m not sure what went wrong. I tried the cake I cut off and it was great. I tried the icing and it was pretty good. I think it was the amount of icing that I had an issue with. The ganache also failed me and was too much. If I try again, I might try and reduce the icing to see if that makes a difference.

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