Oreo…cake? {Recipe time!}

Hi Everyone! I’ve been sitting here for…actually I’m not sure how long. My eyes hurt from looking at survey site after survey site trying to see if I can make a couple extra bucks while I’m already here. So I’ve closed all of those tabs (man, there really were a lot) and have finally made my way back to you. I’ve been trying to make my way back since my last post. It seems that when the kiddos are home on track-out I don’t get a lot of blogging done. And then when the kiddos track back in, well, a lot of time is spent catching up on housework, laundry, groceries, going around the lake, and so on.

But I’m here! Yay! And I realized that we’ve been hanging out for a couple months now, I have yet to post a recipe or cooking post or baking post! I can’t begin to explain how that happened. So I’ll just go ahead and correct that horrible oversight. 🙂

Oreo. Cake. Got your attention? Good. ‘Cause I promise, you won’t want to miss this deliciousness!

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Messy? Yes. Delicious? Absolutely.

DSC09218For Ladybug’s birthday, I made a 2-tiered cake. The bottom tier had two layers of this delicious chocolate Oreo cake with a creme layer in the middle. [The second tier was a white cake with a fluffy chocolate frosting in the middle.]

In preparation for the cake, I hit up a local spice shop that is absolutely wonderful: Savory Spice Shop…although since I don’t live in Raleigh anymore, it is a little bit of a drive for me. 😦 There I bought a box of black onyx cocoa powder.DSC09221

 But what is black onyx cocoa powder? Why is it different from Hershey’s cocoa powder found in the grocery store? The black cocoa powder has been alkalized to the extreme which produces a dark, purplish-black cocoa with a lower fat percentage. The cocoa powder you buy in the grocery store has a higher fat percentage, and since it has more fat than the black cocoa powder, both are required in your baked good.

 Now it’s time to get to work! I do want to take a minute to say that the wonderful people at the Savory Spice Store shared a recipe with me for Almost Oh-ree-oh! cookies, and I adapted it for a cake.

Oreo Cake

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All ingredients ready to go.

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup Dutch cocoa powder

1/2 cup black onyx cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 Tablespoon + 2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1 1/4 stick unsalted butter

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

1/4 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup milk

2 large eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

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Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour your cake pan; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, both cocoas, baking soda, baking powder, salt and both sugars. Set the bowl aside.DSC09233

Grab your mixer and, on low speed, cream together the butter and shortening. Once the butter/shortening mixture is shiny, add in the eggs; keep the mixer speed on low. With the mixer still going on low, slowly add in your flour mixture about one cup at a time. In between the cups of flour mixture, pour in some of the milk with the vanilla. About half way through, add in the vegetable oil. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally.DSC09241

Once all the ingredients are fully mixed together, pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes, then drop the temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking for 25 – 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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For the frosting between layers, I used The Pioneer Woman’s recipe for white frosting (that she used in between two layers of Devil’s Food Cake). It wasn’t as sweet as I was hoping, so I ended up adding more powdered sugar; it still wasn’t as sweet as I was hoping. However, since the frosting wasn’t overly sweet, it didn’t overshadow the flavor of the cakes. 

If you are looking for a sweeter filling, one more similar to that of the Oreo cookies, you could use this recipe (which came with the cookie recipe I got from the Savory Spice Store):

Creamy Filling

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

4 cups powdered sugar, sifted

4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Mix the butter and the shortening on low speed in your mixer. Gradually beat in the sugar and the vanilla. When it is all combined, turn the mixer on high and beat for 2 to 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.

 

Have fun! And I hope you enjoy your cake as much as we enjoyed ours! 🙂 

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Got a Frozen Party in My Future…

Hi everyone! Sorry I left for a bit, do you forgive me? I know I was here once a week (sometimes twice a week) and then I just stopped showing up. I’m really very sorry. I’ve thought about you everyday! I promise I have a good reason.

You forgive me?

Oh! You’re the best!

So last time I dropped in, I was shocked by the fact that both of my kids were in elementary school and no longer at home. (Seriously, that is crazyness!) The Monday that both of my girls were in school full-time was pretty rough. I dropped them off at carpool, up until this point everything was going fine, and as they got out of the van and the teacher was closing the door, I watched them grab each other’s hands and walk into the school. Two sisters holding on to each other ready to face the world. (A touch dramatic, I know, but this is seriously what went through my mind as I watched them walk away…without even looking back.)

Crap. It was a good thing I was in the van alone because I started blubbering. I got home and proceeded to full-on crying. Hey, this was tough! My kids were going in to something new together, and I couldn’t follow! But, like the adult I am, I pulled myself together and went to hang out with my mom, grandmother, and uncle. (My grandmother and uncle were in town to celebrate my mom’s big birthday. 🙂 ) Driving over, I was good. Doing fine. All 25 minutes of that drive. No sweat! I got this!

Then I walked into the house. The dam broke and that was it. Don’t worry, after getting it all out, I got myself together and we hung out all day. (It’s funny, I had the same reaction the first time I ever left Freckles at daycare. I went to my mommy’s house and started crying about how I had just left her there. 🙂 )

The rest of the week I spent keeping myself busy: paid bills, ran errands (in record time I might add!), spent a day doing freezer meals, having lunch with Hubby, did laundry, and some other super fun stuff that I honestly can’t remember. 🙂

Friday, Hubby stayed home so that we could attend a funeral mass for the father of Hubby’s oldest friend. 😦 So tough to see my husband, my rock, sad and hurting. Nothing wrenches the heart more than watching this man quietly deal with this and see the tears silently fall down his cheeks.

Then the weekend passed in a blur, as it always does. And we are starting a new week. This week though, I have also had my plate full. I’ve been trying to get my basement room ready for Ladybug’s birthday party with her friends and classmates this weekend.

Like any other little girl (or heck, even little boys maybe!) at this moment, Ladybug requested a ‘Frozen’ party! (Seriously, who didn’t see that one coming?) So, this week was spent moving some of the boxes out of the main basement room to the smaller basement room that is supposed to be for me and all my crafting hobbies.

Now the main room has most of its space open. And my mom helped me buy supplies for the party (pictures of THAT adventure will have to find their way on here!) and then yesterday helped me make serious steps in turning the basement into a ‘Frozen’ zone. 🙂 It really does look cool.

Today I need to make a list of all the cake supplies I need, head to the grocery to pick them up, then start baking cakes! Tomorrow I’ll decorate, since the party isn’t until 2 o’clock on Sunday. With the way I’ve got everything planned out, I shouldn’t be too stressed out by the time 2 pm rolls around on Sunday……but let’s face it. When does everything ACTUALLY go according to plan? So my back-up plan? Keep Calm and Let It Go. hahaha Or perhaps my plan should be: Keep Calm and Let the Storm Rage On. Or maybe I should just: Keep Calm and Build A Snowman. 🙂 Yep, having fun with this.

And ya know what? Pictures are coming soon!!!! I can’t wait to show you the transformation of the basement! It’s going to be great! And there’s a surprise in store for the party that my little ones don’t know about! Guess you’ll have to come back to find out all about it! muahaha 😉

See ya soon!