Cookies N' Cream Cake
Originally posted June 23, 2011. Updated 2/21/2021
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Cookies N Cream Cake!
This cookies n' cream cake was absolutely our MOST popular selection for birthday cakes when we were still taking custom cake orders.
It features alternating layers of our vanilla and chocolate cakes, filled with our delicious Swiss Meringue Buttercream that has been loaded with smashed-up Oreo cookies!
It was always surprising to me, the variety of events that would order this flavour.
The kids' birthday parties.. 100% not at all surprising.
But this was ordered for elegant engagement parties, fancy fundraisers, even weddings!
If you look through my old Cake Gallery ... a shocking number of the fancy, elegant ones had this Cookies N Cream Torte underneath the decoration you see!
Mint Cookies N Cream Cake
While this cake was always most popular in its original, basic form - as pictured throughout this post, for that form of the recipe - sometimes we’d shake it up a bit.
While you can flavour - and even colour - the vanilla layer any way you want*, mint cookies N cream was the most popular of our variations on this recipe.
To make this a Mint Cookies N Cream Torte:
- In the cake, cut vanilla extract down to 1 Tbsp, only include it in the bowl that will become chocolate batter.
- Add 1.5 tsp of mint extract to the bowl that does not have chocolate added to it, along with a small amount of green food colouring. I liked to aim for a mint green colour, in both cake and frosting.
- In the frosting, instead of using 1 Tbsp of vanilla, use 2 tsp of mint extract, or to taste. Add a small amount of green food colouring.
* Try Orange (Orange extract and colour in the vanilla cake and the frosting), chocolate, or even mocha! They are all great options!
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Cookies and Cream Cake
- 3 Cups Cake Flour
- 2 ¼ Cups Granulated Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Baking Powder
- 1 ½ tsp Salt
- 3 ½ oz Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
- 1 ½ Cups Water
- 6 Large Eggs
- 1 ½ Cups Butter, Melted
- 2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
- ¼ Cup Cocoa Powder
- 2 Batches Swiss Meringue Buttercream
- 1 Package Oreo Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Liberally grease two 8″round cake pans with vegetable shortening, and/or spray with baking spray.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and pudding mix in a large mixing bowl. Add in water and eggs, beating just until smooth. Carefully add melted butter and vanilla to the batter, mixing on medium speed until smooth.
- Divide batter evenly into two bowls. Add cocoa powder to one bowl, stirring until evenly distributed.
- Divide batter among prepared cake pans, one flavor per pan. Bake until golden and knife inserted into center of batter comes out clean and cake springs back – about 45-60 minutes.
- Allow to cool 10-15 minutes before turning cakes out onto baking rack to cool fully. Ideally, allow to cool to room temperature, wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Allow cake to sit overnight.
- Prepare Swiss meringue buttercream. Run about ⅓ of the Oreo cookies through a food processor until finely ground. Crush another ⅓ of the package by hand, yielding medium/large chunks of cookies. Add cookie powder to frosting, stirring until well combined. Add cookie chunks, to taste – as many as you’d like.
To Assemble Cake
- Remove plastic wrap from cake layers. Carefully slice the domed top off each round, leveling the surface of the cake. Carefully cut each cake in half, horizontally, for 4 thin rounds of cake in all.
- Place one round of chocolate cake on cake plate, spread with buttercream. Top with a round of vanilla cake, spread with buttercream. Top with second round of chocolate cake. Spread with a final layer of buttercream, and top with remaining layer of cake.
- Frost sides and top of cake with remaining buttercream. Garnish with remaining cookies, if desired. Serve at room temperature.
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