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30th Birthday & Oreo Cookies and Cream Cake

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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.

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 350ยฐF. 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
  • ยผ 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.

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What was your favorite birthday cake growing up?


21 thoughts

  • May 1, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Happy Belated Birthday, Chris!! I love your attitude on turning 30… I feel like it is so true, each year there is something else to really be happy about that is better than the year before. This cake looks like a fabulous way to celebrate, whether it was the same as your old birthday cakes or not:-)

    • Chris
      May 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      Thanks Lauren, you are absolutely right!

  • May 1, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Happy belated birthday! And, for the record, yes, 30s are WAAAAAY better than 20s. Truly. Enjoy!

    Oh, and this cake looks amazingly awesome – a combination of some of my favorite things.

    • Chris
      May 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks Natalie, I’m looking forward to what the 30’s bring ๐Ÿ™‚

  • May 1, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Happy Birthday (a little late)!! This cake is truly fabulous–and rightly so, for an exciting birthday. Cookies and cream is one of my favorite flavors for ice cream and for brownies, but I’ve never tried it in a cake! My go-to growing up was Carvel ice cream cake (NO crunchies) for the longest time, but I moved on to yellow cake with chocolate buttercream filling and chocolate ganache on top as I got older. These days, I’m a restless dessert eater–I kind of want to create my own birthday dessert this year because I’m bored with the bakery ones!

    • Chris
      May 1, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Mmm Carvel. Many a birthday also featured their cakes (again, so many kids means so many birthday. heheh). No crunchies though, really? That was my favorite part!

      I whole heartedly recommend baking your own birthday dessert this year. I did ^_~

  • May 2, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I think this is a perfect way to ring in your 30th! We just celebrated my husband’s yesterday and mine is coming up in July. It’s just a number! The important part is having fun and being young at heart ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Chris
      May 3, 2012 at 7:43 am

      Happy Birthday to your husband too! It’s going to be a great year!

    • Chris
      May 3, 2012 at 7:43 am

      It’s a whipped cream brand, that comes in a tub. You could probably substitute homemade whipped cream if you don’t have any available!

  • May 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    That looks awesome! Happy belated b-day! Boy, I feel really old ๐Ÿ™‚ My brother and I, with birthdays just a week apart, had the same favorite – triple layer, german chocolate cake, from scratch, with coconut/pecan icing (from Baker’s German Chocolate box; they still have the same recipe on the box!) – requested almost every year, tho sometimes we let Mom get away with just making one for the two of us. English trifle or angel food cake ran close behind, but rarely won.

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  • Minnie bejoy
    October 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Made this cake twice, it was a sure hit with my 3 boys and hubby! They said best cake ever! Going to cook this weekend for my husbands 50th birthday. I have planned a surprise birthday party for him!

  • October 30, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    And turning 60 was not nearly as bad as turning 50. I mean – 1/2 a century – who lives that long?

    Cake looks wonderful. Looking forward to making it real soon. And belated Happy Happy!

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