May 22, 2015

Cookies 'n Cream Sheet Cake

We finally celebrated both of my boys' April birthdays last weekend, yes a little late, with our family and I am so excited to share this awesome cake with you! This is one of those desserts that is absolutely dangerous to have a whole pan of sitting in your fridge so I suggest sharing it with a large crowd. It is so addicting that you'll find yourself continually cutting off little sections thinking that you're barely making a dent. Soon you'll find you've eaten a fourth of the cake. It is that good!

This recipe has a chocolate sheet cake with chopped Oreos mixed in, a cream cheese frosting and more chopped Oreos on top. Sounds amazing right? And who doesn't love Oreo desserts?? Apparently we're big fans since I made a similar cake for my son's birthday last year. Ha.
My 3-year-old is obsessed with the movie Cars, but mostly Lightning McQueen, so my husband whipped up this road out of pureed Oreos and sixlets. It was simple and my son was so excited to add The King and Chick Hicks to his ridiculous Cars collection. And yes I now know all the names of every car he has.
We added some simple Cars candles on one corner of the cake (for spitting on of course) and covered the rest with chopped Oreos. All of it was amazing, even the Oreo road pieces. So yummy. I wish I still had some in my fridge this minute...

Cookies ’n Cream Sheet Cake
For the Chocolate Sheet Cake:
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup hot water
1 cup chopped Oreo cookies

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup butter
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Oreo cookies, chopped-for topping the cake

To make the sheet cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a sheet pan with cooking spray and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
In a small sauce pan, melt the butter on medium-low heat. Whisk in the cocoa powder and hot water. Turn up the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil. Add the melted butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Stir in the egg mixture and mix until ingredients are combined. Stir in the chopped Oreo cookies.
Pour the batter into the prepared sheet pan and tap on the counter a few times to distribute the cake batter evenly. Bake the cake for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.
While the cake is baking, make the cream cheese frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese, butter, sifted powdered sugar, and vanilla together. Beat with the beater blade until smooth and creamy.

When the cake is completely cool, frost the cake with the cream cheese frosting. Sprinkle the cake with chopped up Oreo cookies. Cut into squares and serve.

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