Saturday, July 24, 2010

Chocolate Oreo Cake

Paw Paw's birthday was yesterday and he is a HUGE fan of chocolate cake. Instead of just making a plain chocolate cake with chocolate icing I decided to try my hand at an Oreo cake. You can either make your own chocolate cake batter or buy the stuff in the box.

Here's what you need for the cake batter:
  • 3/4 cup of butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup of crushed Oreo's

Here's what to do:
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Allow butter and eggs to come to room temperature for 30 minutes
  • Grease whatever kind of cake pan you are using (I used a 9x1.5)
  • Stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  • In a large mixing bowl beat the butter for 30 seconds
  • Gradually add the sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time
  • Continue to beat for about 2 minutes
  • Add eggs one at a time
  • Beat in vanilla
  • Alternately add flour mixture and milk until combined
  • Stir in crushed Oreo's
  • Spread evenly into pan
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Cool cake in pan for 10 minutes
  • Cool on cooling racks for at least an hour before frosting

For frosting you need:
  • Vanilla frosting
  • 3 tablespoons crushed Oreo's

What to do:
  • I recommend really crushing the Oreo's before you mix into frosting, that way it spreads on the cake easier
  • Put wax paper underneath edges of cake so when you frost the cake you don't make a mess of the plate (fun tip, right?)
  • Spread frosting on the cake

Since it was Paw Paw's birthday I decorated the cake with icing, poorly. I can bake, but I most certainly cannot decorate. See:

I totally messed up writing Happy Birthday, the icing came out too fast so it looked like "Hoppy" and when I went to fix it I got that awesome purple icing. Sigh....

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