You say it’s my BIRTHDAY!

My birthday this year falls on a Wednesday… BORING!  So I got together with my hometown best friends the weekend before.  I decided I’d make my own cake this year!  Why not, it’s something I ENJOY doing.  I had been pondering what to make for the longest time.  Then, I saw this.  And I instantly knew what I was going to make.  The only thing was, I wanted to change the frosting.  To me, that cake looked like crushed Oreos, so instead of using the dark chocolate frosting, I wanted to use a WHITE chocolate frosting; so it would taste like a big fat Oreo!.  One of my friends recently made a white chocolate cake for her sister-in-law’s birthday.  Luckily she gave me her “recipe” (she had just eyeballed it).

I made this cake while I was at my parents house, and my mom didn’t have any 9-inch pans, but she did have 8-inch ones.  I was pretty excited to do my first 3-layer cake.  (Is this a sign of being old?  Being excited about an additional layer on a cake?)  My friend who’s apartment we’d be celebrating at that night texted me to ask if I needed anything from the grocery.  I asked her to pick me up some Oreos, then on second thought I texted her back and asked her to get a SMALL package because the last thing us girls needed was a full package of Oreos!  I crushed up a couple of them and topped the cake!

If you like chocolate, then THIS is your cake.  It really did have the flavor of an Oreo cookie.  Yum Yum Yum!



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Oreo Birthday Cake

Hershey's Deep Dark Chocolate Cake: from Hershey's Recipes, as seen on This Piggy Went To Market
White Chocolate Frosting: my friend Jamie

Ingredients:

CAKE:
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Hershey's Special Dark cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
6 Oreos crushed

FROSTING:
around 4-6 oz white chocolate
1 stick butter
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 cups powdered sugar
a couple splashes of milk

Directions:

CAKE:
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round pans.

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of electric mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.

Frost, then top with crushed Oreos.

FROSTING:
Melt chocolate over double boiler. Meanwhile cream butter. Once chocolate has melted add to butter. Continue to mix at low to medium speed while adding vanilla. Gradually add in milk and sugar until frosting reaches desired consistency.