The month of August was full of birthdays for my family. My dad’s, brother’s, and husband’s were all a week apart, so that meant a lot of celebration was to be had! I decided to make my first ever layer cake for my husband’s birthday. Boy was he surprised!
I’ll keep this post short and sweet, as I begin a new adventure this week in substitute teaching! Wish me luck.
Admittedly, I used a box cake recipe and then souped it up to my liking. I will post cakes made from scratch down the road. All in good time!
*NOTE: TO UP THE ANTE ON THE MIX, I ADD AN EGG AND USE MILK INSTEAD OF WATER. I HAVE ALSO USED SOUR CREAM IN THE PAST TO MAKE IT MORE MOIST. EXPERIMENT AND LOOK FOR ALTERATIONS OF CAKE MIXES ON THE WEB!
I USED TWO ROUND CAKE PANS FOR THIS PROJECT- one 8″ and one 9″. You can use two 9″ pans.
One box of Duncan Hines Devil’s Food Cake Mix
4 Grade A Large Eggs
1 Cup 2% Milk
1/3 c of vegetable oil
OREO CREME CENTER:
12 Oreo Mint Thins (or plain) crushed
1 Pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
1/2 Cup sugar
2 Cups thawed COOL WHIP topping
1/4 Cup Butter
3/4 to a Cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
*HINT: CRUSH OREOS IN A SEALED BAGGIE WITH THE FLAT EDGE OF A MEAT TENDERIZER
PREHEAT OVEN TO 350º
Begin by following the directions on the cake mix box (except substituting the extra egg and the milk).
Grease and flour two 9″ Round Cake Pans. An 8″ and a 9″ will work too.
Poor batter into pans.
Bake for 24-29 minutes. Set aside and let cakes cool.
Next, for the filling, beat cream cheese and sugar until blended. Fold in whipped topping and crushed Oreos until combined.
For the chocolate topping, melt the butter in a stovetop pot over medium-low heat. Add chocolate chips until well melted. This may also be done in the microwave, but keep an eye on it, only microwaving for 30 seconds at a time, and then stirring. Poor into bowl and let cool.
Turn out cakes onto wire racks and shave off the rounded top with a serrated knife. It helps them stack better!
While the bottom layer of cake is on a plate or cake stand, spread the filling mixture GENTLY with a rubber scraper. If you have clean hands you could also use your fingers!
Place second cake very carefully atop the bottom layer. Poke a few Oreos in the side of the filling for funsies.
Spread the top with chocolate glaze, or pour it over the entire thing like I did!
Decorate with a few Oreos in whatever fashion you desire. I stood mine straight up like coins.
Now top with candles and surprise your special someone for their birthday, or any occasion!
My husband wasn’t expecting this when he came home from work!
How can you resist?
The power of Oreos…
And remember, this cake is so good, you’ll have nothing left but an empty plate!