Chocolate Fudge Cookies & Cream Cake

I mentioned recently on Instagram that people always assume that I’m the type of person that makes big fancy cakes for every event around here and I really don’t.  In fact, for the last birthday we had, for my 6 year old, I literally called (okay I didn’t even do that, I had my husband call) Mrs. Field’s and ask the guy if he could pipe a Minecraft character on a giant cookie.  Bam.  Happy birthday kid.  My youngest son however, recently turned 4 and since he wasn’t having a birthday party with friends, I wanted to make our little family celebration extra special so I told him I’d bake any flavor of cake he wanted, and he knew exactly what he wanted, immediately responding “Chocolate in the middle, with Oreos!”  Alrighty then. I have a couple of great from scratch chocolate cakes I like, but the kid is 4 and I was going for quick and easy so I just grabbed a cake mix to doctor up a bit.  When I was looking around for recipes, to see if I might try something other than my usual doctored mix, I noticed my friend Amanda’s, which she claims to be the very best (and that chick doesn’t kid around when it comes to desserts!), and was surprised when I realized I had that recipe memorized already.  It’s the exact same recipe (with the exception of extra vanilla in my version) for the double chocolate budnt cake that my family has been eating since I was a kiddo.  We bake it in a budnt pan and slather it in a chocolate glaze, and I don’t know why I never thought about baking it in a regular cake pan, but it was a good move.  It’s sooo soft and fudgy and chocolaty and was the perfect base for my creamy white cookie-studded frosting.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  To start, we’ll prepare our baking pans.  When I’m making a regular cake, like a sheet cake, I just use non-stick spray and give the pan a squirt.  But when I’m making layer cakes, I always take the time to butter and flour them well.  If I’m baking a chocolate cake, instead of white flour, I use a spoon of white flour and a couple spoons of cocoa powder.  Tap out the excess and then set those aside.

Dusted Pans with Cocoa Powder

You’ll need one Devil’s Food cake mix  (Kate and I always go with Duncan Hines).

Devil's Food Mix

You’re going to ignore the directions on the box and pull out some extra stuff, like sour cream, eggs, milk, oil, and a small box of instant pudding.

Cake Ingredients

Add the dry pudding mix to the dry cake mix in a mixing bowl.

Dry Pudding Mix

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and sour cream, then whisk in oil, milk, and vanilla until smooth.  Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix on low, scraping down sides, until everything is combined.  Increase your mixer speed to medium/medium-high and beat for 1-2 minutes, until smooth and silky.   Once that’s done, stir in some chocolate chips.

Mini Chocolate Chips

Just until they’re mixed in evenly.

Mini Choco Chips in Batter

Divide the batter evenly and then bake them up until fudgy perfection.  This is a really fudgy, dense but soft, cake.  My brother-in-law commented after the first bite that it was almost like a brownie.  So when you’re baking it, test it with a skewer and take it out the moment there’s not wet batter stuck to it (but just a few gooey crumbs instead).

Baking Cake

For the frosting, I start with our famous Whipped Buttercream.  If you’ve never made it, it’s kind of funny, starting with a cooked mixture of flour and milk.

Frosting Paste

Something magical happens when you beat the heck out of it with butter and granulated sugar, and it turns into silky frosting heaven.

Vanilla Frostig

For the cookie part of “cookies & cream” I went with the birthday cake variety of Oreos.

Birthday Cake Oreos in Package

Honestly it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference in the taste of the overall cake, but it’s fun, and it adds subtle little colored bits to the frosting which is kind of fun.

Birthday Cake Oreos

I find that when I need Oreo chunks/crumbs, smashing them in a bag only creates a muddy mess, so I always just use a big knife and chop them up that way.

Cookie Crumbs

Gently fold them into the frosting.  If you over-do it, your frosting will be gray and ugly, so I don’t beat it with the cookies,

Crumbs in frosting 1

I just gently fold.  You are welcome to add more cookies to your liking.

Oreo Frosting

Place the bottom cake layer on a cake stand, but use 3 pieces of waxed or parchment paper on there first, in a triangle pattern.  Slap on a generous amount of frosting (you’ll notice I have almost an inch there) and smooth it out flat on top, and up the sides.

frosted middle

Invert the top cake later so the top of your baked cake is set facing the frosting and the nice flat bottom is on the top.  This will make it much easier to have a nicely shaped cake!

sandwiched cake

Frosting a cake isn’t rocket science so don’t be scared.  It won’t look pretty at first and that’s okay!  I start with just slapping blobs all over and gently spreading them out just to cover the cake evenly.  You don’t even have to worry about crumbs because they will blend right in, and the cake plate will be protected by those pieces of paper.

Messy Frosted Cake

Once the frosting is on there evenly, use an offset spatula to gently smooth out the sides and top.  Easy peasy.

Frosted Cake

Then you can pull those pieces of paper off from the bottom and your cake plate will be nice and clean.

There’s enough frosting here to save a little bit and pipe it on top for decoration.  I just used a jumbo star tip and made quick stars around the outside edge and a big ol’ blob of them in the middle.

Star Tip Detail

I often do some sort of embellishment on the bottom of the cake simply to cover up a not-so-perfect base.  These half-cookies worked perfectly!

Cookie and Cream Cake from Our Best Bites

Since this was a birthday celebration, we popped in tall candles and tossed around balloons.

Cookies and Cream Cake

And we had one super happy birthday boy!

Birthday Boy

I actually think this cake is even better on day 2, so feel free to make it the day before and keep it refrigerated.  Bring it out an hour or 2 before serving to come to temperature and maybe wait to pop the cookies on until then so they don’t get soggy.  Amazing.

Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cake from Our Best Bites



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Questions & Reviews

  1. Would it be all right to make this in a 9 x 13 cake pan? (I don’t have smaller pans).

  2. I made this cake as one of the options of the cake bar at my daughter’s wedding reception – everyone raved about it! Luckily one of the bridesmaids made a tasting plate of all 7 cakes for the bride and groom! They loved this one!

  3. I ended up making this cake the other day, using 350 degrees as you suggested. It was SOOOOOO good. Ended up perfect and created a nice 4-layer cake. Thank you so much for a beautiful cake.

    1. You can just follow the temp on the box; or I usually just default to 350 😉

  4. In the process of making this for my son’s 17th birthday tomorrow. My house smells DEEEEEVINE!!!Yes, with an “EEEEE”, lol. I can’t wait to ice it and present it to him tomorrow. 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

  5. Our daughter made this yummy cake for family dinner last week and everyone at least had seconds! It was a huge success! We all loved it! Tasted and looked wonderful! Thank you for sharing it!

  6. Hi. I am giving my mom a surprise 75th bday party this October. I am planning on making a dessert bar and I have 2 cake recipes on you blog that I know I will trying. I am still reading so maybe I will find more idea. Just rolled on to this blog today and I love it. I love the article about going “glamping” and going to try that soon. Thank you so much for the good reading, ideas and advice. Great success to you.

  7. I made this, but forgot to put in the chocolate chips (they were even sitting on the counter!). Still turned out delicious!!

  8. I loooooooooove cake, and I am definitely going to make this one for my birthday next month. It looks so amazing!

  9. I made this into cupcakes last night and it worked great! I totally could have eaten the cake without the frosting, which is something I don’t think I’ve ever said since frosting is usually my favorite part, but the cake was just that yummy!

  10. Do you think this cake would work as cupcakes?
    What do you think of a lemon version using lemon cake and pudding?

    1. Check out Shea’s comment below- cupcakes=yes! And yep, usually doctored cake mixes work well with most flavors. I bet lemon would be great!

      1. I made a lemon version of this cake just 2 days ago for my sons birthday. It was a hit! Thanks for the yummy recipes, I’m on your site all the time when ever I’m getting ready to cook.

  11. We have an exchange student staying with us and he LOVES Oreos. I’ll be making this cake for him. 🙂

  12. I love the chocolate cake recipe; it does sound tasty. I am a big fan of your whipped buttercream frosting. I use it as much as possible, and eat as much as possible. It never is scraped off and thrown away like other icings. I’ve used it on cupcakes, brownies, birthday cakes, and as filling for a wedding cake (outdoors in August-it held up great!). I’ve never had a failure and it is the smoothest stuff this side of Heaven. I’ve used a variety of flavorings, but I’ve never thought about adding cookies to it. It sounds delightful. I think I’ll make this cake for the next holiday.

  13. My son turned 4 three weeks ago and for his birthday party I made cupcakes with this exact cake recipe AND your whipped buttercream!! Too funny. They were super good, so I’m sure with the addition of oreos, this cake is amazing!

  14. I’ve been craving a delicious chocolate Bundt cake. How long and what temp do you bake this recipe for in a Bundt pan?

  15. Aw man, and I was hoping this was an ice cream cake. I’m sure it’s delicious, and I can’t wait to try that kind of cake and frosting, however, if you were going to add a layer of cookies and cream ice cream, how would you do it?

    1. Wait until the ice cream is nice and soft (but not melted) and smooth it on that way. Maybe do a tiny thin layer of buttercream like a crumb coat to stop the thicker ice cream pulling up bits of your cake.

  16. Also wondering about the cake pan size….your cake looks way taller than mine ever are and tall cakes look the prettiest I think.

  17. What size cake pans did you use for this cake? Thank you so much for your wonderful, delicious recipes!

  18. What an amazing cake. Love the look of your little one in the background of one of the photos, you can see it in his eyes that he’s about to have the best cake ever 🙂

  19. Soo delicious. But I kind if need to know how you make the chocolate glaze you usually put on your Bundt cake!! That sounded really good too!

    1. I will! I make a Dark Peppermint version for the holidays that’s pretty killer, too!

  20. Looks super yummy. I will have to pin it and wait til I’m not having over 100 degree weather and keeping the oven OFF. 🙂 I didn’t even know they made birthday oreos, how fun!

  21. That looks incredible. Quick question on the waxed paper, do you set the bottom layer on top of it are just surround the the cake with the waxed paper? Thanks!

  22. I like that here in the UK I often seem to read this first (as we’re seven hours ahead and there are no comments) so I’ll say it looks rich but tasty.