Monday, April 16, 2012

I'm always looking for an excuse to make a cake.   I like to make cakes.  I just don't have anybody to eat them.  Everyone knows that I have to restraint when it comes to dessert.  If I make a cake with no extra people to eat it, I eat the whole thing.  Call it gluttony.  Call it pathetic.  Call it whatever you want.  I call it a problem.

Any time that friends or family have guests from out of town, I want to make a dessert.  So when my friend The Reader told me her sister was coming for a visit, of course I begged asked them to come over for dessert.  We asked Reader Sister what her favorite dessert was.  She said chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream. 

A few months ago, when Oreo cookies had their birthday I found a recipe on Something Swanky for 108 Oreos In A Cake.  This cake has one package of Oreos in the cake batter, one package of Oreos in a cheesecake filling, and one package of Oreos in garnish and Oreo Truffles.   Well, The Reader LOVES Oreos and Reader Boyfriend and Mr. Quirky love cheesecake, and we all LOVE Oreo Truffles, so I had to make this cake.  The original cake calls for a ganache topping poured over the cake but I thought I could use butter cream instead and we would have the perfect crowd pleasing cake.  UMMMMM YUMMMMY...........

Do not make this cake if you are on the last dollars of your monthly food budget.  The ingredients cost about $50.   But if you have the money and the calories to spare it is a show stopper.  I think it is a little more elegant looking with the ganache and the original recipe for Oreo Truffles calls for a chocolate coating rather than white chocolate - but Sister Reader wanted butter cream and who am I to turn down a request for that?  We also much prefer white chocolate over the Oreo Truffles so I changed that up and a cake was concieved. 

I was really excited about this cake.  Really.  Excited.  So I whipped up the batter for the cake as instructed (secret ingredients - milk chocolate chips, chocolate pudding, sour cream, and Oreos) and put it in the oven.   I was a little concerned about the batter - it was really thick - so while it was cooking I looked up the recipe that Miss Swanky had adapted her recipe from.  Hmmm, this recipe had 1 cup of oil in it, and looked much more like cake batter......Hmmm.  I still had room in my mind for the idea that taking the oil out was an intentional part of the adaptation of the recipe.

I fired off an anxious comment to Miss Swanky - you know, something like IS THIS CAKE SUPPOSED TO HAVE OIL IN IT???????  Not that it did me any good at this point but I was still curious.  The cake baked and raised pretty normally so I thought maybe everything was OK.  I didn't really have a choice anyway so I followed the rest of the recipe.  I made the cheese cake filling....

Cut the cake layers in half and filled them with the filling, put the layers in the freezer to set up overnight, took them out in the morning and frosted everything with the butter cream. (freezing the layers with the mushy filling makes the rest of the cake easier to maneuver - not sliding all over the place and crumbling)

I put about half a package of chopped Oreos around the base and on top of the cake and then added the Oreo Truffles to the top of the cake.  When you put the truffles on top you have to dip them in the chocolate so they will "stick" to the cake and mound nicely.  When I did this I accidentally strung white chocolate over the cake.  To cover this up I just slung more chocolate all over the cake.

It looks like I could have used just ONE more truffle for the still looked pretty good though...Just about the time I got everything finished I heard back from Miss Swanky and YES, the cake was supposed to have oil in it.  She was very apologetic and kind and even offered to refund the money I had spent on the cake.  I couldn't take her money, but she has some other talents (blog design) that she is going to share with me and I REALLY appreciate that!

It actually tasted pretty good even without the oil.  The texture was a little odd but it was not a disaster at all.  The butter cream was OUT OF THIS WORLD GOOD!    

To get the recipe for the Oreo Cake and see the pictures with ganache topping check it out at Something Swanky.  Also I know Miss Swanky corrected the recipe so you don't have to worry about that! 

The original cake recipe (no oreos) - which I will probably try someday soon - can be found here at kevin and amanda.

And here is the recipe I used for Chocolate Butter Cream

12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled
2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
5 cups confectioners' sugar

In the bowl of the electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth and creamy, 2-3 minutes.  With mixer on low speed, add chocolate until just combined.  Add milk, vanilla, and sugar: mix on medium until well combined, being careful not to overmix.

This recipe was from an episode of Martha Stewart's television show and provided to her by Billy Reece of Billy's Bakery

And just in case you haven't been introduced into the heaven of Oreo Truffles this is how I make them.

Oreo Truffles

8 ounce package of cream cheese - room temperature
package of oreos (one package contains 39 Oreos, and you shouldn't use them all - use maybe 30)

Grind oreos in a food processor.  Cut cream cheese into chunks and mix into cookie mixture in processor.  Listen to the sound of the processor - when it sounds like it is bogged down and getting ready to burn out the motor, turn it off.  Take the batter out and put in the fridge for several hours.  When batter is very cold, take it out and make tablespoon sized balls.  I put them on a cookie sheet and then freeze them for several hours.

Melt 1/2 package of white chocolate chips with one teaspoon vegetable oil for about 1 minute in microwave.  stir until smooth and use to coat frozen truffles.  Just pull out about 10 or 15 at a time or they will thaw and be more difficult to coat.

It usually takes a couple of bags of chips to cover an entire recipe of truffles.  I store them in the fridge, but they taste best at room temperature (if you can wait that long to eat them).  

Simply Dee. Lish. Ous.

Thanks again Miss Swanky for your help with this recipe. If you need to make an impressive cake - this is your cake.   Go for it - but make sure there are about 16 people to eat it!

Happy belated birthday Oreo Cookie! 

Make something wonderful today!


Made By You Monday@Skip to My Lou


Erin said...

OH MY HECK! Look at that! I'd help you eat it! I love cake too but never make it. No one will eat it in my house but me. But we could share =o)

Liz Vickerman said...

shut the front door! i'm salivating here! my birthday is tomorrow, you know you can swing by with a few pieces if you need help eating it :D

Cottage and Broome said...

Yikes I added 2 pounds use reading this!! Laura

keatseatsblog said...

Love the changes you made! Looks so good :) And thanks for the link back!!

Anita Rowe Stafford said...

This is an incredibly awesome cake! Wow, I'm amazed and impressed and my mouth is watering! BTW my birthday is next month!

Susanne said...

How wonderfully decadent that looks - I can't even imagine the calorie count.

Kathleen said...

It looks good! 50 dollars is a lot of money though! :(
Maybe if I waited for the ingredients to be on sale!
I will have to see how much lower I can make it for.
Here from Cozy Home Scenes.

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Oh my! That looks so good and I'm a chocolate lover! Nice job!

stephanie said...

I bet this cake wouldn't look delicious at all to a person who just finished off the last half of a blackberry cobble with vanilla ice cream. Now let's see...who could that person be?

Katie @ Creatively Living said...

Wow! This looks incredible! I'm pinning it!

Thanks for linking it up!
@ Creatively Living

Anonymous said...

We share the same love for cake. Chocolate cake is my favorite dessert too! You should have had me over, and I would have gladly helped you eat this. With that much chocolate, I'm sure you didn't miss the oil all that much. It sounds great! Thanks so much for linking up to Your Cozy Home Party!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow! I think I am in love with your cake! Looks so gorgeous and delicious!

Art and Sand said...

I am a horrible cook, but I love to bake. Unfortunately, my husband avoids sweets so I don't get to bake. My daughter's birthday is coming up and I might just have to try that decadent cake recipe.

Rose | said...

There are no words... WOW!!!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

I'm visiting from Cozy Home Scenes! Your cake is a work of art and you should be so proud of it!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

It sure looks good oil or no oil. My oh my!


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