30th Birthday & Oreo Cookies and Cream Cake

oreo cake

Last week I turned 30. To make myself feel better I made this Oreo Cookie (Cookies N Cream) Cake – and I ate it all, quietly sobbing at my lost youth.

Kidding about the crying part Oh, and I didn’t eat the whole thing either, that’s what teenage brothers are for. Thanks Jim!

But really, who cares about turning 30? It’s just a number. Like turning 20, 40, 50, and so on, it’s a milestone to be sure, but it’s not some big “life changer” as some people make seem to make it out to be. This week is no different than last week.

I’ll take turning 30 over turning 20 any day. Don’t get me wrong, 20 (or 21, actually) was fun, but 30 is so much better. I know who I am; I’m comfortable in my own skin, I’m confident, I’m happy. I don’t need to look externally for fulfillment – Alright, snuggle hugs from Baby Boy are pretty fulfilling, but I think you see where I’m going with this.

oreo cake

Let’s move on to talking about this decadent Oreo cake.

When we were growing up my Mom would always let us decide what kind of cake we wanted for our birthday. Mom is a great baker (reference herbiscotti’s, cheese pie, crumb cake, and more) so we’d get delicious homemade cake or cupcakes. But for awhile there us kids got on an Oreo cake kick. It was nearly every birthday – I have 6 siblings, so there are a lot of birthdays – we had Oreo cake. It was ridiculous.

The Oreo cake came from a local grocery story, and they don’t make the same cake we used to get, so I set out to make my own. I scoured the Internet but didn’t find one that exactly matched what I was looking for. So I took a little from here, a little from there, and put it all together to make my childhood Oreo cake.

The cake is a two layered chocolate cake. The frosting is cream cheese and cool whip frosting, the cool whip adding a nice light texture. I pulverized the Oreo’s and added them to both cake and frosting, using a whole package between the two and decorating.

So did I succeed in recreating my childhood birthday cake? I don’t know! I can’t remember exactly what that Oreo cake had tasted like. Don’t blame it on turning 30, because my younger siblings couldn’t recall either. But what we do know is that this cookies n’ cream Oreo cake is fantastic, and that it didn’t stand a chance. Just like when we were young :)

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Oreo Cookies and Cream Cake


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 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
  • 8 Oreo cookies, crushed
  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans, or three 8-inch round baking pans.
  2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixer bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil, vanilla; and crushed Oreo cookiesbeat on medium speed of mixer for 2 minutes. Mix in boiling water - the batter will be quite thin. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack, then tap the cakes out of the pans. Cool completely before frosting.

Oreo Cookies and Cream Frosting


  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (16 oz) box powdered sugar
  • 1 (8 oz) container Cool whip, room temperature
  • 20 Oreos, crushed
  • ¼ tsp. pure vanilla extract


  1. In mixer, cream the cream cheese and sugar. Add vanilla, mix well, and stir in Cool whip. Mix well. Fold in crushed Oreos until well blended & frost cooled cake. Decorate with whole and/or mini Oreos. Refrigerate cake until ready to serve and refrigerate any leftovers.

oreo cake

What was your favorite birthday cake growing up?

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