Friday, May 7, 2010
She wanted an Oreo cake this year for her birthday, and I found a great looking recipe online that I was excited to try. However, being stuck with a limited-stocked store (and no white chocolate or cocoa powder!! ARRGG!) I had to whip out my iPhone in the middle of the baking aisle to google and figure something out last minute. So, I found this cookies and cream cake, and with the amazing reviews, I figured it was worth a shot.
The cake was ok. After all, the recipe is a cake mix with crushed Oreos added, not too difficult, but I was excited to try the frosting since the reviews said it tasted exactly like an Oreo center. And it did! However, I learned that the beauty of an Oreo is that the cream center is portioned for you, not offered up in thick mounds of frosting piled atop a cake. It tasted waaaay too artificial and overpoweringly sweet, and the hubs and I couldn't handle it (plus the fact that its made with shortening gave me the heeby-jeebies). The kiddos, however, gobbled it right up, but then again, kids+cake=happiness. If you are a die-hard Oreo cream fan, then go ahead and give it a shot, but if you get tired of it after a bit like I do, I'd attempt a different frosting.
Cookies & Cream Cake
1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
1 1/4 cups water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 egg whites
1 cup Oreo cookie crumbs
3 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg whites
1. Preheat oven to 350˚. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
2. In a large bowl, mix the cake mix, water, oil, and 3 egg whites with an electric mixer on high speed for 2 minutes. Gently stir in crushed cookies. Pour batter into the prepared pans.
3. Bake for 25-35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pans. Remove from pans, and completely cool on racks.
4. To make frosting: In a small bowl, thoroughly blend in 1/2 cup powdered sugar, shortening, vanilla, and 2 egg whites. Beat in remaining powdered sugar until creamy. Frost the cake, and garnish with remaining cookies.