As you know, things have been nutty around here for awhile. First we went on a cruise, had family in town, went to Houston for the Emmys, had our annual home improvement project, and then Thanksgiving...with more family in town. Basically, it's been a sea of chaos here for about 6 weeks. I certainly haven't meant to leave you hanging. As proof to you that life in calming down, I'm going to give you a couple of great recipes this week.
Because our family is scattered all over the U.S., we tend to celebrate holidays together when we can. While my husband's family was in town for Thanksgiving, we also celebrated Christmas with them. Thursday was Thanksgiving, Friday the tree went up, and Saturday we celebrated Christmas with his side of the family. It was a very special night. We ate lasagna and garlic bread, shared some great red wine, laughed, chatted, and ate...and ate. I felt like a special dessert was in order, since it was too early for Christmas cookies to be baked. Since we were having red wine with dinner, that immediately sent my brain thinking of chocolate. Well that, and I just always think chocolate is a good answer to most every dessert question.
I turned to one of my favorite blog's that I love to read when my sweet tooth is aching, My Baking Addiction. It is a visual cookbook of yumminess! I clicked on the "Chocolate" portion of the recipe list, and together with my sis-in-law, we just started drooling. We finally landed upon Oreo Cake. FYI-We made a really good decision in that moment. One that I think you are going to LOVE!
There's so much that I love about this cake. Where do I even begin? First, I must start with the actual cake itself. It is one of the most moist cakes that I've ever eaten, much less made. It has pudding mix and sour cream added to make it incredibly delicious! Next, I just love how the whole cake isn't frosted. I think it gives a creative and stunning dimension to it, that I would never have thought of. I just recreated what the blogger did. Lastly, the chunks of Oreo cookie in the frosting are decadent and divine! I can't say enough wonderful things about this cake! I will tell you this, as if you aren't sold already, my husband is NOT a cake fan...and he LOVED this...loved it. So now you know, it's that fantastic.
I will say this, it is a very rich treat. A little piece goes a very long way. I feel as if you could get 16 very generous pieces out of this, so maybe you could even stretch it a bit farther if needed. I might scale back the amount of sugar in the frosting a tad, as it was insanely sweet to me. Others in our family wouldn't change a thing. Think about what sweetness of frosting you love and adjust it or don't based upon YOU! If you are going to a dinner party this holiday season, or hosting one, this cake will certainly be a show stopper. Happy eating!
Side note: The blogger added drizzled chocolate ganache to her cake. It looks stunning. I felt the cake was already sweet enough, so I did not add the ganache. I might try it though next time, but in that case, I would scale down the confectioner's sugar in the creation of the Oreo frosting. Just my thoughts and suggestions! Enjoy!
Link to My Baking Addiction's Oreo Cake Recipe