Cake vs. Bacon

A household divided over sweet & savory

Triple Layer Oreo -Dipped -Strawberry Chocolate Cake

We asked the little one what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday this year and her response was “chocolate cake, chocolate frosting” and then followed it with, “but I want to make it…”

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I feel like that goes against birthday rules. Like you should just show up to your birthday celebration and be showered with sweets and gifts and not lift a finger! But this kid likes to bake. So we compromised. She can help bake it, but the decorating will be up to her Dad and I… (even though he’s team bacon, he is oddly good at piping pretty flowers and perfecting borders…it’s the steady hand.)

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This recipe is perfect for a 9″ triple layer round cake. We used our favorite chocolate frosting recipe we come back to using time and time again because it is just that good.  And even though the birthday girl got her wish and baked her own cake, we were still able to surprise her in the end after it was all decorated with two of her favorite things: strawberries and oreos.

Happy Birthday big 10 year old!

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What you’ll need…

For the Cake:

  • Three 9″ round cake pans
  • Butter or oil spray & flour for cake pans
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

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For the Frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 9 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract

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For the Decoration:

  • 8-10 Strawberries (enough to go around perimeter of cake)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate melting wafers
  • 1/2 package regular oreos

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Start by baking the cakes…

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your pans by cutting out parchment paper to the size of the bottom of the pans. Place in the pans and spray cooking spray or rub butter on the top of the parchment paper, then coat in flour and tap out the excess.

Next, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in your stand mixer on low speed until combined. Add in the eggs, buttermilk, warm water, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until smooth, at least a couple of minutes.

Divide the batter evenly among the three pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on wire racks for about 10 minutes, then turn the cakes onto the racks and allow to cool completely.

Once cool, cut off the tops of the cakes so they stack nicely on top of each other. We used this cool new cake-turner that came with a wire blade.

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Now you’re ready for the frosting…

Melt the butter and add to stand mixer. Stir in the cocoa powder until combined. Add in the powdered sugar one cup at a time, alternating with a little bit of the evaporated milk in between each cup. Beat until smooth. Add in the vanilla last.

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Fill a piping bag with the frosting and start piping frosting on top of the first layer of cake. Spread evenly and set second layer of cake on top of first. Repeat until cake is assembled. Pipe frosting on sides and on top of cake and spread evenly until smooth.

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Time to decorate!

Wash your strawberries and let dry. Put half a package of oreos in a blender, and blend until crumbled. Add crumbled oreos to a bowl and set aside. Heat the chocolate wafers over a double boiler. If you don’t have one, make your own by heating water in a pan and placing a bowl over the top so the bowl is slightly touching the water. Add the chocolate to the bowl and stir as it melts.

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When melted, dip your strawberries in the chocolate one at a time then immediately roll in the oreos. Set on parchment paper to harden.

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Pipe a pillow of frosting where you are going to set your strawberries then place the strawberries on top. Sprinkle remaining oreo crumbles on top of cake and voila!!

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Cakes are fun to make, and you don’t have to be an expert. They still taste amazing, and the homemade imperfections are what makes them special! Plus, this one was just especially delicious. Must be the buttermilk. Buttermilk makes everything extra moist and yummy.

P.S. Apparently this was irresistible to the dog, too. Buddy ate half the leftovers off the counter after the party was all said and done.. (I know. Bad pet owners…yes, he’s still alive.) Hide your cakes people!

Triple Layer Oreo-Dipped-Strawberry Chocolate Cake

  • Servings: 12 or more
  • Difficulty: So-so
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A moist chocolate cake with the most amazing chocolate frosting and chocolate dipped strawberries rolled in oreos to top it off!

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • Butter or oil spray & flour for cake pans
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 9 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract

For the Decoration

  • 8-10 Strawberries (enough to go around perimeter of cake)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate melting wafers
  • 1/2 package regular oreos

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Prepare the cake pans by cutting out parchment paper to fit in bottoms, spraying with oil or coating in butter, and dusting with flour.
  3. Mix together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in stand mixer on low speed until combined.
  4. Add in the eggs, buttermilk, warm water, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until smooth, at least a couple of minutes.
  5. Divide the batter evenly among the three pans.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick in inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool on wire racks for about 10 minutes, then turn the cakes onto the racks and allow to cool completely.
  8. Once cool, cut off the tops of the cakes so they are level.

Now for the frosting…

  1. Melt the butter and add to your stand mixer.
  2. Stir in the cocoa powder until combined.
  3. Add in the powdered sugar one cup at a time, alternating with a little bit of the  evaporated milk in between each cup. Beat until smooth.
  4. Add the vanilla, and mix until combined.
  5. Fill a piping bag with the frosting and start piping frosting on top of the first layer of cake. Spread evenly.
  6. Set second layer of cake on top of first and repeat process until cake is assembled.
  7.  Pipe frosting on sides and top of cake and spread evenly until smooth.

Finally time to decorate…

  1. Wash your strawberries and let dry.
  2. Put half a package of oreos in your blender and blend until crumbled. Set aside.
  3. Heat the chocolate wafers over a double boiler until melted.
  4. Dip your strawberries in the chocolate one at a time then immediately roll in the oreos.
  5. Set on parchment paper and let harden.
  6. Pipe a pillow of frosting around perimeter of cake in every spot you want to place a strawberry.
  7. Place your strawberries on top.
  8. Sprinkle remaining oreo crumble on top of cake.
  9. Place your candle on top, and light ‘er up!

Enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 reply

  1. Yum Shaina! That cakes looks good. I hope you make one for Kyle’s birthday celebration when we see you this summer.

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