Cookies & Cream Cake

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FATIMA!

Today Yesterday was Fatima’s 20-something birthday!  She loves pizza, so I found a great hole-in-the-wall restaurant in our neighborhood called DELIZIA.

She also loves vanilla (c’mon look who she’s dating), and Oreos.  You know those Cookies & Cream candy bars?  She loves those, I really don’t know why, but she does!  So, Wednesday night, I decided to bake all of her favorite things together, this is what I came up with.

Cookies & Cream Cake

  • Boxed (Duncan Hines French Vanilla) Cake Mix (Since it’s from a box, you’re going to have to follow their ingredients…
  • 1 Package of Oreos – but don’t worry you won’t use them all
  • Homemade Frosting – I had just enough
    • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
    • 4 tbsp milk
    • 4 tbsp butter
    • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. I followed the directions (on the box) for the temperature of the oven, pan size, etc.
  2. Once the 30 mins, or so, went by I took out the cakes and let them cool off.
  3. For faster cooling, I stuck them in the freezer.  Just don’t forget them like I did – I was a little too involved with catching up with Homeland.
  4. In the meantime I whipped up the frosting.
  5. Add all of the ingredients into a medium sized bowl and whip it up. The recipe where I got the frosting from didn’t specify whether the butter was melted or softened, so I combined the two. I heated it up for 15 secs in the microwave – a little melted, but very soft. Fortunately, I got a hand mixer for my birthday so this took a cool 5 mins to blend together.

Once the cake mix was blended, I crushed up about 10 Oreos and folded them into the mix.  Many different recipes do this differently (i.e. fine crushed or whole cookies).  I decided to go the route of chunky.

In my experiences with homemade frosting, it’s crucial to make sure the confectioner’s sugar is blended really well so you’re not left with any chunk – just doesn’t taste the same.

Having fun?  Once your cake is frosted, take some more Oreos and decorate the outside!  I ran out of frosting, otherwise I would have used my new icing gadget to add finishing touches.  I cut Oreos in half and placed them in a quirky design at the top, and crushed up some more and coated the bottom with them.