Addictive Recipes from a Self-Taught Baker

Oreo Cake.

A rich double chocolate layer cake with two layers of Oreo cookies inside, a thick cream filling, chocolate buttercream, and an Oreo cookie crumb coating.

Oreo Layer Cake - complete with a thick Oreo cream filling, chocolate frosting, and two layers of Oreo Cookies. A chocolate lovers dream!

Greetings from Breckenridge, CO! Kevin used to live here and he’s showing me around his old stomping grounds. We’re at 10,000 feet (2 miles above home). Today we’re going on a long hike and hanging out with some buds. Saturday… white water rafting!

Today I’m bringing you a giant Oreo in cake form. A dessert to put all other desserts to shame. A chocolate lover’s paradise. Sweet tooth central. This recipe comes from my very sweet friend Amanda. Amanda is the talented blogger at i am baker, as well as the author of the very popular book Surprise-Inside Cakes.

Amanda has kindly offered to give an autographed copy of her brilliant cookbook to one of my readers. As a thank you, I’m sharing one of her cookbook recipes. And my god, saying it’s “good” does not even do this cake justice.

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I need to try making the cover recipe, Rainbow Heart Cake, next.

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Her Oreo Cake looks complicated, but it’s  no more complicated or time-consuming than a regular layered, filled cake. It looks difficult to prepare, but as long as you take your time reading through the instructions first – you’ll be just fine.

Amanda says this chocolate layer cake makes her happy in every single way, and I can absolutely attest to that! Overload of chocolate = pure bliss. You have the taste of Oreos in every single bite: two layers of rich chocolate cake, a thick cream filling, chocolate frosting, plus two layers of actual Oreo cookies, and an Oreo crumb topping.

Amanda suggests you make this for a large crowd – yeah, you don’t want want this cake around the kitchen tempting and taunting you for “just one more slice.” I speak from experience. Luckily, I had friends take the leftovers!

Oreo Layer Cake - complete with a thick Oreo cream filling, chocolate frosting, and two layers of Oreo Cookies. A chocolate lovers dream!

Oreo Layer Cake - complete with a thick Oreo cream filling, chocolate frosting, and two layers of Oreo Cookies. A chocolate lovers dream!

Oreo Layer Cake - complete with a thick Oreo cream filling, chocolate frosting, and two layers of Oreo Cookies. A chocolate lovers dream!

The Oreo cream filling was my favorite part; it truly tastes like the cream center of an Oreo cookie! Double Stuf Oreo, to be exact – it’s a very thick layer.

Let’s not forget the chocolate chips baked inside the moist chocolate cake layers. Amanda’s recipe calls for pure milk chocolate chopped up, but I didn’t have any on hand so I just used chocolate chips inside the cake instead. If there’s an opportunity to stuff more chocolate in a recipe, we will do it.

Oreo Layer Cake - complete with a thick Oreo cream filling, chocolate frosting, and two layers of Oreo Cookies. A chocolate lovers dream!

Oreo Layer Cake - complete with a thick Oreo cream filling, chocolate frosting, and two layers of Oreo Cookies. A chocolate lovers dream!

Some desserts are simply made to indulge… and this is definitely at the top of that list. A true crowd-pleaser, you will not be disappointed with this show-stopping cake!

It looks like a lot of ingredients, but most of them are repeated in each layer!

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Oreo Cake

A rich double chocolate layer cake with two layers of Oreo cookies inside, a thick cream filling, chocolate buttercream, and an Oreo cookie crumb coating. For extreme chocolate and Oreo lovers only!


Chocolate Layer Cake

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not dutch process)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups cake flour1 (measured correctly)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature2
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup full fat sour cream or full fat Greek yogurt, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup hot coffee or hot water
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chopped (I used 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 1 15.25 ounce package Oreos

Oreo Cream Filling

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup shortening3
  • 2 and 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk or cream (cream preferred for best texture)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Chocolate Buttercream

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk or cream (cream preferred for best texture)
  • 16 additional Oreo cookies, pulsed into a fine crumb


  1. Position oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat to 350°F (177°C). Generously spray two 9-inch cake pans with nonstick spray. Line the bottom of the pan with Oreos in a single layer; I fit about 15 Oreos in each pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, blend the cocoa powder, sugar, cake flour, baking soda, and salt together on low speed for 30 seconds. Add the eggs, oil, sour cream, and vanilla and mix for 1 minute on medium-low speed.
  3. Remove the bowl from the mixer and add the coffee and chocolate chips; stir to combine. Some of the chocolate chips will melt as you stir. Try to avoid over mixing the batter.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans over the Oreos. Bake for 28-32 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
  5. While the cake cools, make the Oreo Cream Filling. In a large bowl, using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and shortening together on high speed until fluffy. Add the confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, alternating with the milk/cream and vanilla. The filling will be very thick, but you may add more milk/cream if you prefer. Set aside in the refrigerator.
  6. While the cake cools, make the Chocolate Buttercream. In a large bowl, using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter on high speed until fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in the cocoa powder and vanilla on low speed, then add the confectioners' sugar 1 cup at a time, alternating with the milk/cream. The buttercream will be thick. Set aside in the refrigerator.
  7. Once the cakes are cooled, assemble the cake. Place 1 cooled layer on a cake stand or large plate, Oreo cookie side down. Using an offset spatula or knife, cover the top with a 1-inch thick layer of Oreo Cream Filling. Top with the 2nd cake, Oreo cookie side up. Cover the tall layer cake with chocolate buttercream. Working quickly, cover the cake in Oreo crumbs. This will get a little messy, but just pat them up the sides with your hands and all over the top of the cake.
  8. Slice and serve cake. Leftover cake can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  9. Make ahead tip: The cake layers can be baked, cooled, and covered tightly at room temperature overnight. Likewise, the frosting and filling can be prepared then covered and refrigerated overnight. Assemble and frost the cake the next day when you are ready to serve. Frosted cake can be frozen up to 2 months if you have room in the freezer. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving. Honestly, it tastes much better fresh!

Recipe Notes:

  1. If you do not have cake flour, simply replace with all-purpose flour - remove 3 Tablespoons of all-purpose flour from the called for amount (1 and 1/2 cups), then add 3 Tablespoons of cornstarch. Sift the all-purpose flour and cornstarch together before using.
  2. Room temperature ingredients (egg, sour cream) are required for the cake recipe. Since using hot coffee/water, you do not want cold ingredients - cake will not bake properly with varying temperatures of ingredients.
  3. Shortening is required to replicate the taste an Oreo cream filling. If you want a thinner filling, that doesn't quite taste like an Oreo cream filling - use 1/4 cup butter instead of shortening.

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Amanda Rettke, author of Surprise-Inside Cakes, is offering one of my lucky readers a free autographed copy of her cookbook. 45 stunning cake recipes!


Her book is full of amazing cakes, for nearly every celebration. And there are TONS of step-by-step photos for every single recipe. She also has a lengthy chapter with helpful tips, including frosting cakes, leveling cakes, and decorating cakes. Plus, she categorizes the cakes from easy to to medium to challenging.

You can start small and then work your way to the more intermediate/advanced recipes.

A few recipes I’ve bookmarked:

  • Stripe Birthday Cake (with 6 colorful layers)
  • Paw Print Cake (with a hidden paw print design inside!)
  • Daisy Cake (chocolate cake with a white cake daisy inside)
  • Pumpin Cake (in the shape of a pumpkin!)
  • Cherry Cake…

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1 (one) copy of Amanda Rettke’s cookbook Surprise-Inside Cakes

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Oreo Layer Cake - complete with a thick Oreo cream filling, chocolate frosting, and two layers of Oreo Cookies. A chocolate lovers dream!




  1. Hi Sally
    I have a question about the filling. For the cream, I have heavy whipping cream. Is that the same or do I need to find a different cream?

  2. I am NOT impressed with this cake. I made this cake for my mother for Mother’s Day. It takes FOREVER to make. It doesn’t taste like an oreo cookie.. The cake was VERY DRY. The chocolate buttercream was so thick that it wouldn’t spread, and I followed the recipe EXACTLY as it was. I had to add extra cream to it to actually get it to spread. Needless to say, it was very disappointing, especially after spending the ridiculous amount of time it took to make it.

    • Some things take time to make. Not everything can be done quickly. There are surely shortcuts to the cake that you could of done also like maybe using a boxed cake since time is such an issue. I made this cake and it was fabulous. 

    • I don’t think you followed the recipe EXACTLY, because if you did- then all 632 comments to date were lies. Majority rules. These were spot on- I did add a bit more liquid to the buttercream but that’s a preference.

    • I’ve made this twice so far and it was FANTASTIC. Moist, yummy, and tasted just like a big honkin oreo! I did not frost the outside either time though – I thought it looked more like an oreo without doing that and it was plenty rich without the extra frosting. Both times it was for a birthday and both times it was a huge hit (with two different crowds of people)! I am making it again this weekend for a third birthday (the other two were last year) and I know it will be a hit again. I even had one from last year ask if I would make it again this year.

      I did not find it that time-consuming, and it certainly wasn’t difficult.

      Thank you for a great recipe Sally!!!!! Love it. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. i made this for a friend’s birthday. He is a major chocoholic and it was really good, even though I personally like lighter desserts.  The cake themselves were really moist. Just have to watch carefully when baking. I used some vintage glass Pyrex cake pans from my mom and the oreos sort of floated up in the cake, but it worked out fine. 

    I agree the buttercream was way too dense for the recipe itself. I ended up mixing in close to another 1/4 cup of the cream after I had let it set in the fridge and then come back to room temp. It spread great after that and spread easily. 

    The filling tasted so much like an oreo. It was a hit and my chocoholic friend is going to be in a food coma for awhile! 

  4. Hi Sally,
    This recipe looks very interesting. I would like to cover this cake with colored fondant but since I will not put the cake in the fridge, will the butter cream and oreo cream filling melt?  What do you suggest, shall I cover it with the butter cream only or do you have another alternative? I live in Malta and its very humid at the moment.

  5. I suggest greasing and flouring the pans. I had a heck of a time getting the cake to come out.  On the plus side everyone at work loved it

  6. I needed a go to chocolate cake in a hurry and as always can count on you for your fail safe, yummy recipes. I only needed a small cake so I made the recipe and just halved the ingredients. I used hot water in place of the coffee. It was fabulous! lovely and chocolatey, not too moist but definately  not dry. A great texture! The family loved it, as did my 5 year old birthday boy! Thanks again Sally! xx

  7. Hi, I noticed the recipe states that for the cocoa powder, it shouldn’t be dutch processed. I only have dutch processed cocoa powder at the moment, can I still use it?

  8. Made this cake- actually turned them into cupcakes. Placed an oreo in the bottom of parchment paper (I cut natural parchment paper into ovals and use a small glass to form into the cupcake slots- the parchment peels beautifully from the cupcakes and- you can overfill the cupcakes without worry).
    Then i poured the batter right in. Once they were cooled, I used an apple corer to make a small rivet and a wide (very wide) icing tip to fill the hole. Then used same time to make put buttercream and dipped upside down into the crumbles. Shook off excess.
    I froze most of the cupcakes (just place in freezer baggy- and zip close- nothing special done). And they were equally (maybe more so) amazing when eaten frozen!!! I thawed some out and thawed out nicely. Being a buttercream- it freezes well.
    Am making a half batch in a few minutes. Froze leftover icing and just had a request for a few more. (Ate all of the frozen reserved ones!!)

  9. Hi Sally,
    First of all I’d like to say how much I love your blog. I just started baking last year and I’ve already made a lot of your recipes (red velvet, carrot cake, triple chocolate cake etc). They all turned out great!!! You’re doing a great job! As far as the oreo cake, I’ve already made it once for a friend’s birthday (huge hit!!) and now I want to make it for my 2-year-old son’s birthday. I want to make a 2 tier cake (7’ and 9’) covered in fondant. Do you think that the cakes will hold all that weight? Will the bake time for the 7’ round pans be longer?
    Thank you so much !

  10. This was an amazing cake and I highly recommend it. I have never baked before and this was my first cake and I have to say it was really fun. The only thing I did differently was instead of using crushed up oreos for the top, I used an oreo pie crust instead because it was much easier for me to grind up. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, now my fiance thinks I can actually bake :-).

  11. This is looks so lovely! I would like to try this for my son’s birthday but in cupcakes form. I’m a very beginner in baking. Is there any difference if I bake this in cupcakes? Like, the temperature and baking time. Thanks.

  12. Hi Sally,

    Can I use whole wheat flour + cornstarch instead of cake flour for this recipe?

  13. Can I use whole wheat flour + cornstarch instead of cake flour for this recipe?

  14. Sally,

    You have renewed my love for BAKING.  I made just about every sides. cookies, rolls, bread, you name it!.  Just the right amount of sweetness, and goodness galore!  Last week I made the moistest butter cake.  My children could not have enough of it.  Their best is the Honey dinner rolls.  Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes.  And I love reading your little intro’s….  

  15. I have just made this cake and it was amazing and very rich.I couldn’t get shortening so had to use all bitter but didn’t seem to effect it to much.wanted to add a picture but won’t let me
    Thank you very much for the recipe

  16. Just made this cake for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party tomorrow! Very excited to try it!

  17. I was very disappointed with this recipe. I made it for Valentine’s day for my boyfriend and another couple, and it was an absolute disaster. Even with the nonstick spray, the oreos lining the pan make it extremely difficult to remove the cakes! Then, it is absolutely impossible to slice the cake because of the whole oreos! The cake itself wasn’t great, and the filling and frosting just tasted like powdered sugar. I’m a big fan of this site, but severely disappointed by how this turned out. 

  18. Hi Sally, 
    Firstly I want to say thanks for so many great recipes. Have tried lot of them and all of them come out great. I have one question regarding the red velvet cake recipe. I am using two 9*2 pans as mentioned in the recipe. Baking at 170. But my cakes are getting burnt from bottom and sides. And still not getting cooked in middle. It is taking abt 50 min for the cake to get cooked in centre. And meanwhile it gets over cooked from sides and bottom. I have tried making it 4 times. But always It is the same.pls suggest. Thanks

  19. Good recipe! I made this for my birthday a year ago and named it “Herz Kampf” (heart struggle) after what would likely follow consuming it. The cake seemed monstrously – deliciously – big. I would suggest thawing it if you refrigerate it, as the bulk of intact Oreo pieces combined with cold frosting resulted in a kind of clumping effect. I also lined the pans with parchment paper just to stay on the safe side and omitted the whole Oreos on the bottom for ease of slicing.

  20. I am planning on baking this cake tomorrow for my husbands birthday, I am a little worried now reading the comments.  I hope the cakes are moist and the finished product does have the taste of an oreo.  

  21.  I have tried a ton of recipes on your website and they all come out amazing! But I’m a bit worried about trying this one because of a lot of the comments. I noticed this isn’t your recipe but that of a friend. Have you tried it exactly and did it come out good? Do you have any other suggestions in terms of modifications? It looks better than most Oreo cakes online in the picture. Thanks!

  22. Hi Sally, I love your blog. It has some really great recipes! I would love to try the Oreo Cake. As the cake needs to be baked in two tins, my question is can it be baked one after the other and not the same right (I can only bake one in my oven) eventhough the batter is made at the same time for both tins.

    • Lucy, I have baked cakes like that before and I have found with you add the baking soda to each layer separately it will help. So, mix all of your ingredients except your baking soda. Then add 1/2 teaspoon to the one you bake first. Then right before you bake the second one add your other 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. The baking soda added this way will help your cakes rising the right way. Sometimes when I have to make large wedding cakes and all of my pans can not fit in the oven at the same time I’ll do this. You can also add a 1/4 of a teaspoon of baking powder to each cake thie will also help in the rising. DO NOT put cake batter in the refrigerator while you wait for the first one to bake. Sally I hope you don’t mind that I added my two cents on this comment

  23. Doggone it.. I just downloaded the Red Velvet Cake recipe, reading it word for for, then this pops up at the very end. You are evil Sally… Delightfully so!

  24. Hi Sally,just a question..will the Oreo cookies in the cake stay soft after it’s baked or will they be crunchy??? 

  25. Hi Sally, can i substitute the oil with butter? if yes what would be the measurements?

    Many thanks

  26. Hi Sally. Let me say I just love love all your recipes. Just made your carrot pineapple cake and OMG. Just wiped clean . Just wanted to ask you why this recipe doesn’t have the weight of ingredients which is typical of your recipes ? Would be lovely if you updated this with the weights pls. As I live in Australia, the conversion of cups and gms and zillion google visits gets crazy .

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