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.
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