Hi everyone. If you follow me on Instagram, @sweetlifeofmia, and seen my Instagram Stories a couple weeks ago, I made my sister a graduation cake. The cake I made her was a Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Cookies and Cream Frosting, and boy, was that delicious. My whole family finished it in a span of 2 days and wanted to see a recipe on it. When making this recipe, addiction may occur ;)
- 1 box of Betty Crocker Milk Chocolate Cake Mix or any cake mix you prefer (your ingredients may change depending on which cake mix you are using)
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil or sub with coconut oil or apple sauce
- 3 eggs
- 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) butter at room temperature
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 cups confectioners sugar, sifted (found I needed about 1/2 cup more to thicken it up a bit)
- 1/2 cup milk, add more if needed
- 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 pack of original Oreo's
-Melting Chocolate (I used Candiquik)
-Clear Ketchup bottles
-Silicone Baking Mat
-Rectangular Baking Pan
-Preheat the oven to 375 degrees if using shiny metal or glass pan, and 350 degrees if using a dark or nonstick pan. (Temperatures may vary depending on which cake mix you are using).
-In a mixing bowl, I poured in the water (1/4 cup every time) and cake mix in small increments to prevent splashing and cake dust flying everywhere.
-After mixing the mix and water together, I added the oil and eggs and blend together on low speed to start.
^ (Ignore the egg spillage, it is so hard to pour egg beaters
and take a photo at the same time).
Tip: To make cakes more fluffy and airy, I mix the ingredients all together on high speed for about 1-2 minutes while putting away the supplies. Works every time, and no more dense cakes!!!!
- Divide up the batter into halves to place into 2 pans, divide it up more if you are using more than 2 pans.
(My assistant, my mom, was able to help pour out the batter
while I took this shot)
-Once you add the batter to the pans, bake the cakes for 30-35 minutes if using two 8" pans, 25-30 if using two 9" pans, or 40-45 if using a Bundt pan. (Time may change depending on which cake mix you are using).
-Once the cakes are cooling, you can start to make the frosting. In another mixing bowl, place the room temperature butter and whipped it up on high speed until it became creamy and soft.
-Then add the sugar (1 cup at a time) and milk in small increments to avoid spillage and sugar dust.
-Once adding all of the butter, milk, and sugar, mix them up on high speed until it becomes super creamy and frosting consistency.
- Then add the cocoa powder (1/3 cup) at a time and added more to make the frosting more chocolaty and a bit bitter, (My sister's preference). I also added the vanilla.
^(Once again, sorry for the spillage)
- Mix on high speed until everything is blended.
-Once blended, set the frosting aside and start crushing up the pack of Oreo's. I placed all three rows minus the 5 Oreo's that my family ate ahead of time ;), and placed that in a big Ziploc pushing out all the air. Then take a rolling pin and smash the cookies until it creats super small bits.
^(Thanks to my assistant once again)
-I went back to the frosting and poured in most of the smashed cookies leaving a few behind in the bag to add as topping.
-Mix back into high speed and mix the crumbled cookies and frosting together.
-Once that is done, take one of the pan of cakes, placed it upside down onto a turn table (a cake turn table, not a music kind), add frosting in the middle and placed the second layer on top.
-I then went to town on smearing the frosting all over the sides and top of the cakes. This was hard for me to frost, and may be for you as well because of the cookies chunks, but what I did was place the frosting in the microwave for 5-7 seconds or until melted and smeared that once again.
Tip: If your cake starts to break, you can take some frosting on your finger and shove it under the piece that is breaking to make a support base.
Chocolate Lettering: (I'm sorry, but I forgot to photograph this :( Let me know if you would like me to make another blog post on the chocolate lettering with photos.)
-If you wanted to make the chocolate lettering as well, I took 2 blocks of the Candiquik melting chocolate or a ramekin filled with melting chocolate if you use a different brand and place it in the microwave until melted, about 1 minute stirring every 30 seconds.
- I then took the Silicone Baking Mat and placed it over the top of the rectangular baking pan and poured the hot, melted chocolate into the ketchup bottles.
- Squeeze the bottle and make letters out of it. I made the chocolate say "Lauren", "2017", and made a grad hat.
-Allow the chocolate to harden overnight before taking a spatula and lifting the chocolate off the mat. If a piece breaks, you can either reattach it with frosting, or just pretend it never happened and place it next to the other piece on top of frosting.
Tip: If you run out of frosting or the frosting dried before placing the chocolate pieces on top, you can buy store bought frosting, I bought Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge, and scoop out some out of the container and lay it across the cake where you want to place the chocolate letters or shapes.
That is it! You are done and the cake is ready to be eaten and served to guests! This cake is perfect for any occasion: birthdays, graduation, anniversary, Mother or Father's Day, Holidays, or even if you are like me and craving a sweet treat like cake right now!
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed! I'm off to go find some food because writing this is making me hungry!!!