Since David has discovered Pinterest, he has been saving images from around the web of "Things I hope my Wife will Make," and this Chocolate Oreo Cream Cake was one of them. Since he will begin subbing again soon, now seemed like the perfect time to make this for him. We took back-to-school to another level by taking the cake that we didn't eat (which wasn't a lot. Oops) to his cousin, Toby, who is starting college nearby.
I confess to cheating and using a boxed cake mix, but I haven't had very much luck with from-scratch recipes, and I really wanted this to be amazing. There is still plenty of work involved with the filling and the icing, so you can cheat too, if you want. Or if you have a fool-proof chocolate cake recipe, please share it with me!
1 package chocolate cake mix (I used Devil's Food)
Ingredients on box
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups cool whip
12 Oreo cookies,coarsely crushed (we used the kind that have both chocolate AND vanilla cream. Winner!)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
6 tbsp butter, softened
4 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
5-6 tbsp milk
Prepare cake mix according to package directions for 2 9-inch round cakes, and bake according to directions. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and remove from pan. Allow cake to cool completely.
In another bowl, make the frosting by whisking together the cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Then add the butter, vanilla and milk. Blend until smooth. Add additional milk, if needed, to make the frosting spreadable.
If your cakes aren't flat, use a serrated knife to cut off the domed part of each to make them level. Place one round on a serving platter and top with most of the filling mixture. Spread evening and top with the other cake round.
Use the rest of the filling mixture to fill out the sides of the cake so that the filling is even with the edges of the cake.
Cover the top and sides of the cake with chocolate frosting.
Try to have a little self-control and not eat the whole thing in one sitting :) Enjoy!