Oreo Cookies and Cream Cake

whole oreo cake with cookies and pastry bag

My sister is a December baby. Her birthday is a few days before Christmas. When she was born, the nurse put her in a large stocking. My mother still calls her the best Christmas present she ever got. So cute, so fun, right?

Yes and no. Since my sister’s birthday is so close to Christmas, her birthday’s often treated like an afterthought. Everyone is so focused on holiday preparations that her birthday becomes just another event in an already busy month. When we were kids, relatives would often give her a combination Christmas/birthday present. Not cool, man. Not cool. Never cheat a kid out of a birthday present. They don’t forget.

slice of oreo cake with fork and glass of milk

My sister’s a sweetheart so I’ve never heard her complain about these slights, but I still like to try to do something (however small) to make her birthday special and separate from Christmas.

For her birthday this year, for some reason my mind went directly to a time my sister and I lived together in Boston. My sister had just graduated college and I was in my last year of law school. We lived in an apartment in a great pre-war building in Brookline, MA.

cooked cake in pan

It was a challenging year for my sister. Working your first “real” job after college is a rude awakening and my sister’s job – admirably – was at suicide prevention non-profit. Total double whammy. On hard days she’d stop at the nearby Star Market and buy this chocolate Oreo cake they made to cheer herself up.

Sidenote: Does anyone else who lived in the Boston-area shop at Star Market? Or, as you pronounce it in Boston, “Stah Mahket”. R’s have no meaning up there.

I have fond memories of when my sister would buy this Oreo cake at Star Market and we’d just demolish it. Ah, to have a twenty-something metabolism again . . . .

This year for her birthday I wanted to make her a version of that cake. But better. Thus, this Oreo Cookies and Cream Cake recipe was born.

layer of oreo cake with topping

There’s plenty Oreo cake recipes online already, but none struck me as quite right. First, there are those Instagram worthy ones with a glossy ganache artfully dripped over top. Which looks great but I’m way too “close enough” for those. I can tell you with confidence my ganache wouldn’t look artful. It would be more like “who ruined this cake by spilling on it?” Part of being “close enough” is having a good understanding of your own limits. So those cakes were out.

Second, many of the other recipes online just did not have enough Oreo in them. I wanted a cake with Oreos in every part. So for my Oreo Cookies and Cream cake, I put Oreos in the cake. I put Oreos in the frosting. I even put a layer of Oreo crumbs between the frosting and the cake – a la Fudgie the Whale ice cream cake.

slice of oreo cake with whole cake, milk and oreos

The result? An Oreo Cookies and Cream cake that doesn’t just whisper “I’m Oreo, I think?” It shouts “I’m an Oreo cake!” Oreo lovers gather round. Had a bad day? Make this cake stat. An Oreo Cookies and Cream cake may not solve all the world’s problems but, as my sister can attest, it can always make a bad day a little sweeter.

whole oreo cake with cookies and pastry bag

Oreo Cookie and Cream Cake

  • Author: closeenoughcook
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cake (8-10 servings) 1x


Love cake?  Love Oreo cookies? You’re in luck. My Oreo Cookies and Cream Cake is an Oreo lover’s dream. There’s Oreos in the cake, Oreos in the icing and Oreo crumbs between the layers. Overkill? Not even a little. Make this cake for a special occasion, a birthday, or just a day that ends in y.  You’ll satisfy two cravings with one decadent dessert.



For cake:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup hot coffee

1 cup milk

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

810 Oreos broken into pieces

For icing:

3 cups unsalted butter

45 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/2 tablespoon heavy whipping cream

Filling of approx. 20 Megastuff Oreo cookies

2 cup crushed Oreo cookies (w/o filling)*

Mini Oreos for decorating (optional)

*To get fine Oreo cookie crumbs blend cookies in food processor.  Alternatively, place cookies in large zip lock bag and crushing using a rolling pin.


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour two 9-inch round pans.*
  3. In a stand mixer bowl (or other large bowl) mix together dry ingredients.
  4. Add vegetable oil, coffee and milk.  Mix at medium speed for approx. 2 minutes
  5. Add eggs and vanilla extract and beat 2 more minutes.
  6. Pour batter into cake pans splitting batter evenly between them.
  7. Top both pans evenly with cookie pieces.
  8. Bake for approx. 45 minutes or until toothpick stuck in the middle of each cake comes out clean.
  9. While the cakes are cooling begin to make the frosting.
  10. Cut butter into pieces and place in stand mixer bowl (or other large mixing bowl).
  11. Using the whisk attachment whip butter until light in color and fluffy (approx. 3-5 minutes) stopping mixer occasionally to scrap sides of bowl.
  12. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar mixing on lowest speed until sugar is largely incorporated.
  13. Add vanilla and mix until vanilla and sugar is fully incorporated.
  14. Add additional cup of powdered sugar and beat on low until sugar is largely incorporated. Increase speed to medium high and mix for 2 minutes.
  15. Add last cup powdered sugar and heavy whipping cream.  Beat on low until sugar is largely incorporated. Increase speed to medium high and mix for another 3 minutes.
  16. In a small bowl mix together 1.5 cup crushed oreo cookies and oreo filling.
  17. Mix oreo mixture into frosting until uniformly incorporated.
  18. If frosting is too thin add powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time until frosting is desired consistency mixing on low speed initially and then medium high speed until sugar is incorporated.
  19. Once cake layers are completely cool assemble cake by frosting top of one cake layer.
  20. Cover layer of frosting with remaining Oreo cookie crumbs.
  21. Top with second cake and frosting outside of cake evenly.
  22. If using garnish cake with mini Oreos.

*If preferred you can make this recipe as a three-layer cake.  Simply distribute batter evenly between three cake pans rather than two and reduce baking time.  I’ve had left over frosting when making this cake so you should still have enough frosting for a three-layer cake. 


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