A lot of people got nuts over peanut butter and chocolate, but personally I am a huge fan of anything cookies and cream. It is my go-to ice cream choice, and I find myself gravitating towards any dessert with chunks of cookies in it. I love it so much, that we even had a cookies and cream layer in our wedding cake.
As soon as I saw this cake, I knew I needed to give it a try. The chocolate cake is rich and moist, and studded with chunks of Oreos. Topped with thick cream cheese buttercream and even more Oreos makes this one of my favorite desserts…ever! It comes together very easily, so it’s perfect when you need a last minute dessert idea.
For the cake:
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup hot water
1 cup chopped Oreo cookies
For the frosting:
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup butter
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Oreo cookies, chopped-for topping the cake
TO MAKE THE SHEET CAKE, PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 350 DEGREES. GREASE A SHEET PAN WITH COOKING SPRAY AND SET ASIDE. (I USED A 17 X 11 JELLY ROLL PAN.)
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
In a small sauce pan, melt the butter on medium-low heat. Whisk in the cocoa powder and hot water. Turn up the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil. Add the melted butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Stir in the egg mixture and mix until ingredients are combined. Stir in the chopped Oreo cookies.
Pour the batter into the prepared sheet pan and tap on the counter a few times to distribute the cake batter evenly. Bake the cake for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.
While the cake is baking, make the cream cheese frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese, butter, sifted powdered sugar, and vanilla together. Beat with the beater blade until smooth and creamy.
When the cake is completely cool, frost the cake with the cream cheese frosting. Sprinkle the cake with chopped up Oreo cookies. Cut into squares and serve.