Oreo Cake is the PERFECT combo of moist chocolate cake from scratch layered with sweet buttercream frosting made with crushed Oreo cookies.
Oreo Cake is moist chocolate cake layered with buttercream frosting that’s blended with Oreo cookie crumbs. This is an Oreo version of this go-to Easy Chocolate Cake, which is an all-time favorite because it uses coffee to really add an extra depth of flavor to the chocolate. It’s extra fun to save some Oreos on the side, for decorating the cake later.
You can use chocolate frosting for this recipe, but the lighter color of the buttercream looks nice against the dark color of the Oreos. You could also make this with a drizzle of Chocolate Ganache over whole Oreos on the top of the cake.
WHY IS MY CHOCOLATE CAKE DRY?
This recipe happens to have one of the best cake textures ever made, and the flavor of the Oreos just throw it over the top. If your cake is coming out dry instead of moist, there are a few ways you can troubleshoot.
- Set your oven timer for a few minutes before the cake is supposed to be done. If your oven is cooking hotter than it should be, your cake might accidentally over-bake. It is also recommend getting an oven thermometer, to check the temp.
- If you’re going to substitute lower calorie ingredients, your cake texture might suffer. Try to keep some of the higher fat ingredients in there, like the oil and eggs. If you absolutely must substitute the oil, try using equal parts of applesauce.
- Don’t over-mix your cake batter, and measure your ingredients properly. Make sure you’re leveling the measuring cups, as adding too much flour can dry out a cake.
- If your cake is still dry after trying these steps, you can add some sour cream to the batter to add some extra moisture to the cake.
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TIPS FOR MAKING OREO CAKE:
- The Oreo flavor comes from the crushed Oreos in the frosting, but you can also add crushed Oreos decoratively to the top of the cake. Or, add whole Oreos in a ring around the top of the cake, and crushed Oreo cookies to the middle and sides.
- Try topping this with Chocolate Covered Oreos, or Valentine’s Day Chocolate Oreos! It is delicious topped with Meringue Cookies, too.
- Add semisweet chocolate chips to the batter for even more chocolate.
- This recipe calls for making cake layers, but you can also use this to make cupcakes. Use a #2 tip to pipe the Oreo cookie frosting onto the top of the cupcakes. You want to use the bigger tip so the cookie crumbs don’t get stuck in the piping bag.
- This dessert uses vanilla extract in the frosting, but you can also try peppermint extract. For the actual cake, you can replace the vanilla extract with almond or peppermint extract for great-tasting recipe variations.
- You can make this cake recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting or Homemade Cool Whip, blended with the finely processed Oreo crumbs.
- This recipe uses two round non-stick cake pans to make cake layers. You can double this recipe to make a larger cake, or add more layers. Dusting pans with cocoa powder keeps the chocolate cake brown, but you can use all purpose flour, too.
- In a large bowl, crumble this cake and mix with the Oreo frosting to make Oreo cake pops, or dip in melted chocolate to make Oreo cake truffles!
- This Oreo frosting calls for milk, but you can use heavy cream, heavy whipping cream, or regular whipping cream if that’s what you have on hand.
- You can easily make Oreo crumbs by pulsing the cookies in the food processor, or adding Oreo cookies to a plastic ziplock bag and crushing them with a rolling pin. Try different flavors of Oreos to mix it up!
- If you’re really short on time, just bake the chocolate cake using cake mix, then top with the Oreo buttercream frosting for the cookie flavor.
- Use a toothpick to check if the cake is done. Insert it into the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean, it’s done baking.
- Always bake desserts with unsalted butter because the level of salt in the butter is not always the same each time you buy it, and this way you can control the flavor of your cake.
HOW TO STORE OREO CAKE
- Serve: Chocolate cake To keep the Oreo Cake moist, cover in an airtight container and store at room temperature for 2-3 days.
- Store: Chocolate cake by itself is fine to leave at room temperature for about a week.
The Oreo buttercream with this cake recipe will last 2-3 days at room temperature, because it’s made with a lot of sugar. If you use Cream Cheese Frosting, you should refrigerate the cake, which will last up to a week.
Freeze: If you’d like to freeze frosted Oreo Cake, place it in the freezer for about 1 hour to harden the frosting, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw at room temperature the day before serving.
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup hot coffee , you can substitute boiling water
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 cup oreo crumbs , finely processed
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter and dust with cocoa powder two 9 inch cake pans.
- In a stand mixer on low speed mix together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt,
- In a small bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla then add it to the stand mixer on low then medium speed until just combined and finally add in the water carefully and stir it in by hand until just combined (do not turn on the mixer, it may splash on you).
- Pour half of the batter into each of the pans and bake for 30-35 minutes then remove, let cool completely and frost with the oreo frosting.
- To make the frosting add the butter to your stand mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds until light and fluffy then add in the powdered sugar and milk in alternating amounts.
- Add in the oreo crumbs and vanilla last until just combined.
- To frost cleanly without crumbs showing through add frosting to the middle of the cake as normal, a thin layer to the outside of the cake and refrigerate 2 hours before frosting a second finished layer.
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