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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Chocolate Oreo Cake (aka heart attack on a plate)



I do believe I've posted too many healthy recipes so far.  I think it's time to present this wonderful (absolutely unhealthy) cake!  Although we have been trying to watch what we eat and instill good eating habits in our children, sometimes we fall off the boat and eat something so sinfully 'bad for you' that we end up naming it 'heart attack on a plate'!

For my older son's 6th birthday, he insisted that he wanted an Oreo cake.  I scoured the net and settled on this recipe from http://ldylvbgr.blogspot.com/2009/08/chocolate-oreo-cake.html.  I took some short cuts by using boxed cake mix and ready made frosting, but I used the steps on the blog to make the filling and assemble the cake.  It was soooooooooooooooooo good!  Do check out the ldylvbgr blog to see additional pics of how to assemble the cake. It was very helpful!


Chocolate Oreo Cake

For cake: (I used a boxed fudge cake)
2 c. sugar
1-3/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. Hershey's Cocoa
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 c. milk
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 c. boiling water

10-15 oreos twisted to separate cookies and reveal cream center
15 oreos, chopped directly in half through cookie

For icing: (I used a store bought milk chocolate frosting)
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, melted
2/3 c. Hershey's Cocoa
3 c. powdered sugar
1/3 c. milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

For filling:
1/3 c. whipping cream
2 tsp powdered sugar
small dash vanilla extract
1/8 c. oreo cookie crumbs, made from reserved oreo sides

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare two 9-inch round baking pans, lining with parchment. -On one layer of cake, place cookie halves that have been separated into the bottom of one pan, cream side up.
-Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
-Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes.
-Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).
-Pour batter very carefully into prepared pans.
-Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
-Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans and place onto wire racks.
-Remove parchment and cool completely.

-Meanwhile, make frosting:
-Stir melted butter into cocoa.
-Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
-Add small amount additional milk, if needed. -Stir in vanilla. (About 2 cups frosting.)

-Meanwhile, make filling:
In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip the cream, sugar and vanilla until stiff.
-Gently fold in the cookie crumbs.
-Scoop the mixture into a piping bag (or gallon sized ziploc bag).
-When cake is completely cooled, make icing dam around the top edge of the layer of cake that has oreos baked into it.
-Fill icing dam with a layer of cream filling.
-Place other cake layer on top, and frost with chocolate frosting.
-Place oreo halves around bottom edge and top of cake.
-Serve or store in refrigerator.


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