Triple Layer Oreo Cake

When Hubby and I get invited to a party, a lot of times, the host will ask me to bring a dessert. I always enjoy sharing my baked goods with friends and family members, so I’m happy to oblige.

When Hubby’s mom mentioned that she wanted me to make a cake for a surprise birthday celebration, I knew I needed to put my thinking cap on and come up with something special. I threw out a couple ideas for some layer cakes that I had in mind and it was decided to go with the Oreo/chocolate combination.

Now I can’t claim complete credit for the concept of this cake. I actually got an email from Jessica at Finance Foodie a couple months ago. She wanted to turn my Oreo Cupcake recipe into a cake. As she described her plan to me, I was instantly jealous that I hadn’t thought of it myself!

I’m so glad Jessica sent me that email to spark this idea. This cake is amazing and decadent and just delicious. I used Ina Garten’s Beatty’s Chocolate Cake recipe for the chocolate layers. I had never tried this recipe before but wow, is this a chocolatey cake. I can’t wait to make it again soon. Since I knew the Oreo layer would be pretty dense, I threw in some Oreo chunks to help give the chocolate layers some heft.

For the filling, I whipped up some cream with cream cheese and added more Oreos. And last but not least, I covered the entire cake with a decadent chocolate frosting that Hubby described as mousse-like. I do still need to work on my frosting-the-side-of-cake skills, but I’m getting there.

The cake got a little smooshed on the drive to Connecticut since it was a towering triple layer cake, but that’s ok it was still a huge success and the birthday boy was surprised! It was such a success in fact, I’m already trying to come up with another excuse to make it again. I mean, seriously, just look at it!

One Year Ago: Mixed Berry and Cream Cheese Filled King Cake and M&M Cookies
Two Years Ago: Crockpot Red Curry Chicken with Butternut Squash and Vegan Chocolate Banana Caramel Cupcakes

I’m using this cake as my monthly What’s Baking challenge. The theme this month is Baked with Love! Be sure to check out With a Cherry on Top for the roundup later this month.

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Triple Layer Oreo Cake

Ingredients:

For the Oreo Chunks
1 package Oreos

Oreo Cake Layer
1/2 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup + 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp sugar
1.5 egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 package Oreos, cut into quarters

For the Chocolate Cake Layers
butter, for greasing the pans
1 3/4 cups flour, plus more for pans
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk, shaken
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
1/2 package Oreos, cut into quarters

For the Oreo Filling
4 ounces softened cream cheese
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 package Oreos, cut into quarters

For the Chocolate Frosting
6 ounces semisweet chocolate
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 egg yolk, at room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 Tbsp instant coffee powder

Directions:

Plan for Making this Cake
1. Bake the cake layers. The cake layers can be made in advance and refrigerated or frozen. Layers should be completely cooled prior to assembling the cake
2. Make the Oreo filling
3. Stack the cake
4. Make the chocolate frosting
5. Frost and decorate the cake

For the Oreo Chunks
Remove 4 Oreos from the package for decorating the top of the cake.

Chop one row of the Oreos (1/4th of them), and set aside for the filling.

Chop one row of Oreos (1/4th of them), and toss with 1 Tbsp flour for the Oreo Layer and set aside.

Chop the remaining two rows of Oreos (1/2 of them), and toss with 2 Tbsp flour for the chocolate layers and set aside.

Oreo Cake Layer
Preheat over to 350F.

In a large bowl cream the butter until fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the milk and vanilla and mix to combine.

In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to butter mixture. Mix until integrated. Stir in sugar. With an electric mixer on low speed, beat for 30 seconds. Turn the mixer up to medium speed and beat for 2 minutes. Add the egg whites. Beat for 2 more minutes. Stir in the quartered cookies.

Bake for 25-30 min. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

For the Chocolate Cake Layers
Preheat the oven to 350. Butter 2 (8-inch) round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.

Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined.

In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla.

With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

Stir in the Oreo chunks.

Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

For the Oreo Filling
Using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar until light and creamy. Beat in 1/4 cup whipping cream until smooth. Add the rest of the cream and beat until it has the consistency of whipped cream (don’t overmix).

Reserve 1/2 cup to use to decorate the top of the cake. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Stir in the reserved Oreo chunks into the remaining whipped cream mixture. Immediately spread filling on top of the Oreo layer and one of the chocolate layers.

For the Chocolate Frosting
Chop the chocolate and place it in a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until just melted and set aside until cooled to room temperature.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until light yellow and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Add the egg yolk and vanilla and continue beating for 3 minutes.

Turn the mixer to low, gradually add the confectioners' sugar, then beat at medium speed, scraping down the bowl as necessary, until smooth and creamy.

Dissolve the coffee powder in 2 teaspoons of the hottest tap water. On low speed, add the chocolate and coffee to the butter mixture and mix until blended. Don't whip! Spread immediately on the cooled cake.

Oreo cake layer from Me, Chocolate cake layers and Frosting from Ian Garten, Filling from Me

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12 Responses to “Triple Layer Oreo Cake”

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    URBakin'MeCrazyy — February 9, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    This look absolutely FABULOUS! :) I love oreo’s… They could quite possibly be my favorite snack food.! I’m defientely adding this recipe to my collection of cakes to bake! Thanks for sharing.
    Megan♥
    http://urbakinmecrazyy.blogspot.com/

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    Cupcake Kelly — February 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    that is one of the MOST impressive cakes I’ve ever seen! You always amaze me with your creativity! very inspirational.

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) — February 10, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    OMG – I want!!! :D

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    Anonymous — December 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    hi is it ok to use regular coffee?like maxwell?how many teaspoon of maxwell should i use?thanks

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    Anonymous — January 20, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    This looks AMAZING! What did you use to hold the Oreos in place on the top? Is that Oreo filling?

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    Claire — February 10, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Love this cake – made it for my hubby’s 30th! Just a quick question as I had a little trouble with the Oreo filling. It was a bit thin. I think the problem might be the type of cream I used as we don’t have heavy cream in Australia (at least it’s not called heavy cream) so does anyone know what type of cream I should use? Thanks heaps :)

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    nette — December 24, 2012 at 3:38 am

    This cake turned out amazing! I omitted the coffee from the frosting and it was perfect without but im sure it would have been prefect with. It was a process to make it but well worth it! Just as good if not better than a bakery cake!

    • beantownbaker — December 24th, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

      Yes, it’s definitely a lot of work, but worth the effort! Glad you enjoyed it.

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    Tastes of Lizzy T — June 1, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Found you on Carole’s Chatter Food on Friday link-up. This cake looks like perfection!! I definitely need to try it soon:)

    • beantownbaker — June 10th, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

      Thanks and welcome! You should definitely make this cake if you like Oreos at all.

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    Betty Kang — July 22, 2013 at 11:17 am

    OMG, I love oreo so much!!! I will try to make this cake someday! Thank you for the delicious recipe!

    • beantownbaker — July 22nd, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

      It definitely takes a little bit of extra effort, but it’s so worth it!

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