Friday, September 23, 2011

Milk's Favorite Cake

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Oreo Birthday Cake

Yay for cake! And yay for birthdays! Yes I am one of those people who LOVES birthdays. Nothing wrong with that, haters can hate. I have had to share my birthday with my twin sister my whole life (obviously) so maybe not knowing any different than always having to share a birthday enhanced my enthusiasm for birthday. What is so wrong with wanting to celebrate the day of someones birth and that they are still alive to enjoy it?
And what better way than with a delicious cake!
Well this is exactly what I like to do. I enjoy celebrating birthdays and I enjoy making birthday cakes. Deal with it. :)
It was my older sisters birthday Wednesday and so of course I wanted to make her a cake. But, as much as I love going all out with creative flavors she likes plain old yellow box cake with chocolate frosting.
Yeah, I wasn't going to make that, sorry Meg.
So I went with an oreo cake, since I knew she'd be ok with that being that she loves herself some oreos. This is a devils food cake with an oreo cream filling, and oreo buttercream/cream cheese frosting.
I kept debating between vanilla and chocolate for the cake base. But I'm glad I went with chocolate it makes more sense and really adds to the oreo concept and flavor.
 So happy birthday to my second mother and amazing big sister, Megan, or as she's known in my family Mother Meg.

I made my niece her own cupcake :)

Whimps Way Out:
 For two 8inch Cakes
1prepared box of your favorite chocolate cake
2 jars vanilla, cream cheese, or buttercream Icing
1/2 bag of oreo's, crushed


From Scratch:
Devils Food cake
Adapted from SugarPlum

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup dark or regular unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 cup melted
1 cup buttermilk

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking dish.
  2.  Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3.  Beat oil, butter, sugar and vanilla on medium speed, until creamy, about 2 minutes.
  4. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well combined.
  5.  Beat in melted chocolate chips.
  6.  Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk, until well incorporated.
  7. Fold in remaining chocolate chips
  8. Divide batter evenly into two 8in baking dishes, (You can also make this a sheet cake or cupcakes)
  9.  Bake 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out with moist crumbs attached.
  10. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling racks.
    • If you want several cake layers, let the cake cool completely or let sit in freezer for several minutes. Using a serrated bread knife and pressing down gently on the top of the cake, slowly slice through the cake going back a fourth with the knife.  Cut into the cake just a few times then turn cake and repeat. Do this until you have cut all the way around the cake. Run the knife all the way through the cake using the cuts you already made as a guide.
    • Gently remove excess crumbs.
    • You can also flatten the tops of each cake  to make them flatter and less rounded, by using the same knife and slowly cutting straight across at the lowest point of the rounded top.

recipe by Me
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
12-14 Oreo cookies, finely chopped (I uased my food processor)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Whip cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes.
  2. Mix in powdered sugar one cup at a time.
  3. Add vanilla extract.
  4. Separate about 1/3 of the icing into smaller bowl and stir in 1/3 of crushed oreos, and spread onto top of the bottom layer of the cake
  5. Place top layer gently down on top and spread entire cake with thin layer of some of the remaining plain icing.
  6. I like to place in fridge/freezer to let this layer stiffen slightly.
  7. Spread generous amount of remainging icing and smooth as much as possible.
  8. Sprinkle remaining oreo crumbs on side of cake and press into icing slightly if needed.
 Take this cake and go out there and enjoy some birthdays!

1 comment:

  1. I don't even like chocolate cake and I'm drooling over this!!