Oreo Chocolate Cake

25 September 2014

Oreo Chocolate Cake by mylittlekitchenblog.co.uk
Every year, the company I work for takes part in the Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning. I was very flattered to be asked to bake something for the cake sale and was only too happy to oblige.
But what to make this time? I wanted to make something that would be popular and from previous cake sales I know that my colleagues are complete chocoholics. Anything chocolately sells out in a flash.
After a bit of searching, Oreo Chocolate Cake caught my eye so I thought I'd do one... my way. So I merged my Chocolate Cake recipe with the frosting from my Oreo Cupcakes, threw some chocolate chips into the cake mixture and viola!
Oreo Chocolate Cake by mylittlekitchenblog.co.uk

The only problem was, that when Oliver and Lydia saw it they wanted a slice. But I explained it was for work so they couldn't have any. Their little faces dropped so being the good mummy that I am, I ended up buying two slices of my own cake and bringing it home for them!
I had an ulterior motive though. I knew Lydia wouldn't eat a full slice so I would get to eat some! Plus it's a fantastic charity that I'm only too happy to support. Well the cake was absolutely delicious and sold out in 8 minutes, beating my previous record of 13 minutes! 

Oreo Chocolate Cake by mylittlekitchenblog.co.uk

Oreo Chocolate Cake

Serves 12
Preparation time 30 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes

50g cocoa powder
6 tablespoons boiling water
3 large eggs
100g softened butter
275g caster sugar
50ml whole milk
175g self raising flour
1 rounded teaspoon baking powder
150g milk chocolate chips

400g Icing Sugar
100g butter {softened}
1tsp vanilla extract
4 tblsp whole milk
6 tblsp Oreo cookie crumbs
12 Mini Oreo's to decorate

Preheat oven to 180C {350F} gas mark 4. Grease two 20cm {8inch} deep cake tins and line the bases with baking paper.

Sift the cocoa powder into a large bowl, add the boiling water and mix together until it becomes a smooth paste. Add the eggs, butter, sugar and milk and beat with a hand held electric mixer until fully combined. Sift in the flour and baking powder and beat again until the mixture becomes a smooth thickish batter. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Divide the mixture equally between the prepared tins and pop in the oven for 25-30 minutes. The cakes will be ready when a skewer instered in the middle comes out clean and when gently pressed with a finger, the cake springs back. Leave to cool in the tins for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Make the frosting. Put the softened butter into a large bowl and sift in the icing sugar. Mix together by hand with a whisk until well combined and there are no lumps. Add two tablespoons of the milk and mix with a spatula until combined, add the other 2 tablespoons of milk and now mix with a hand held electric whisk. Whisk for 5 minutes on high speed until the frosting is light and fluffy. Tip the cookie crumbs into the frosting and fold in with a metal spoon.

Place one of the cakes onto a plate or cake board. Spread half of the frosting onto the cake then place the other cake carefully on top and spread the rest of the frosting onto the top and smooth with a pallet knife. Decorate with 12 mini Oreo's {or 6 full size Oreo's cut in half} and sprinkle some Oreo crumbs on top.
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