Oreo Cake

Over the weekend, we celebrated with a family birthday party. The birthday boy got to pick the dinner menu which consisted of grilled pork chops, mushroom risotto, and grilled asparagus. I got to pick the birthday cake and ending up choosing a decadent Oreo Cake.

Clearly I was not on top of my game, because when I preheated the oven to start the Oreo Cake recipe, I realized that I was out of cocoa powder, so I had to improvise because time did not permit a trip to the market for more cocoa powder. I did, however, have a box of Devil’s Food Cake in the pantry, so I went with it. After assessing my refrigerator, I decided to doctor up the cake mix to create a rich, moist and delicious Oreo Cake recipe.

Doctoring up cake mixes is not something that I do often, but it’s not something I’m totally against either. Personally I have had some pretty fabulous results from some boxed mixes and this Oreo Cake is no exception. It is truly one of the most moist, chocolaty cakes that I have ever made and the addition of the Oreo buttercream may seriously make you weak in the knees. I jazzed up the top of the cake with a little ganache which certainly added more chocolaty goodness to an already amazing cake. The scrumptious Oreo Cake is perfect for an upcoming holiday, yet simple enough for every day.

Oreo Cake

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes


For the Cake

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package devil's food cake mix {with or without pudding}
  • 1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

For the Oreo Buttercream

  • 1 stick salted butter – room temperature
  • 1 stick unsalted butter – room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 pounds confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar, 10x)
  • 3-4 tablespoons very cold milk
  • 25 Oreo cookies chopped


For the Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottoms of (2) 9 inch round cake pans with parchment and grease pans thoroughly.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mix, salt vanilla, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and divide batter into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes, rotating pans half way through baking the baking time. Bake until the top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cake for at least 30 minutes before inverting. Allow cake to cool completely on wire rack.

For the Oreo Buttercream

  1. Cream the butters in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer. Add the vanilla extract and combine well.
  2. Begin adding in the sugar and mixing thoroughly after each addition. After all of the sugar has been added and mixed thoroughly, begin adding the very cold milk… one tablespoon at a time, combining well after each addition until you reach the desired consistency.
  3. Fold in chopped Oreo Cookies and frost your cooled cake layers.

157 Responses to “Oreo Cake”

  1. brittany — January 17, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I made this for my sister in laws birthday and it was almost the perfect cake. The frosting was hard to spread, I wlll add more milk next time but the cake was so moist, so rich I was shocked that was from a doctored boxed cake. I will be making this again…hopefully not too soon as I’m trying to still lose baby weight! lol


  2. Christine — January 22, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I thought this cake was just OKAY. True, the cake was very moist (I did sub Greek yogurt for the sour cream) but I found the cake had a weird after taste.. but eating it with the butter cream it was fine. I rate 3 out of 5.


    • Noni G — September 5, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Just wanted to let Christine know that the Greek Yogurt may have given the aftertaste to the Cake.      
      The Greek Yogurt  has a  stronger tartness than the regular Yogurt sold.      
      Try the Recipe again without the Greek Yogurt & see if that was the cause.
      Happy Baking!   

  3. beastmode@awesomeness.com — January 24, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    thankyou for this website because i needed it for a project at school


  4. beastmode — January 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    BEST CAKE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<3<3<3<3


  5. Jill — March 21, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I made this and it was a huge hit however I’m picky myself and thought the cake was cloyingly dense. Is there any way to lighten up the texture? What if anything should I add or subtract from the recipe??


  6. Lisa — March 22, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I have made this cake for two birthdays and cupcakes for Halloween. Making it again for my friend Megan, by request! Everyone loves loves loves this cake! It’s a winner!


  7. Hope — March 29, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing! I’m thinking about making this for Easter :)
    How far in advance can I make the cake, would a day before be ok, just put it together the day of?

    Can’t wait to try this!


    • MBA — April 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      I am sorry I wasn’t able to get back to you before Easter. The recipe is always best the day of; however, if you need to bake the day before, you can store in an airtight container and it should taste delicious, as well. Have a great day!

  8. Monica — May 27, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Hi Jamie!

    I just want to say that I love your blog, and I was finally able to try out this Oreo Cake recipe…It was stunningly delicious! I made a couple adjustments to the cake decoration, but otherwise followed your recipe as written. It went splendidly, and I humbly invite you to visit the post on my blog — Pass the Cocoa. Thank you so much again for the wonderful recipe, and have a happy Memorial Day!




    • Jamie — August 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm


      Thank you so much for stopping back to let me know about your experience with the cake! Have a wonderful day and thanks for following MBA!


  9. Amy — May 30, 2013 at 5:49 am

    This looks amazing! :)
    Around how long does it take to make?


    • Jamie — September 13, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Hi Amy,
      I’d guess this takes about an hour from start to finish, including baking time.
      – Jamie

  10. Jennifer — July 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    How can i store this? Well it still be good next day if i put it in the fridge? Great recipe by the way!!


    • Jamie — September 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      Hi Jennifer,
      Thanks for your sweet comment! It should store okay in the refrigerator for a day or two, covered in plastic wrap or in a glass cake stand with lid.
      – Jamie

  11. Nicole — August 31, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    This cake was amazing!!!!! My husband said it blew his mind with how much it tasted like a giant Oreo and not just flavored with oreo!!! It was so moist and delicious!!


    • Jamie — September 2, 2013 at 3:52 pm


      That’s so nice to hear! I’m so happy to hear that you and your husband enjoyed the recipe! Have a fantastic day and thank you for following MBA!


  12. Janie — October 16, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    This is probably a stupid question, but should I keep this refrigerated? It looks great!


    • Jamie — January 10, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      Janie, you should definitely refrigerate this cake after a couple of hours, and keep it in the fridge between servings.
      – Jamie

  13. fira — November 11, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Hi Jamie,

    This recipe is a hit! I have to try it this weekend!
    By the way, I never use pudding mix for cake batter before.
    What’s the advantage using pudding mix?


    • Jamie — January 10, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Fira, the pudding mix makes the cake even more moist.
      – Jamie

  14. Ashley — December 6, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I made this cake for my boyfriends birthday on Dec 5 and he absolutely loved it!!!! The cake was so decadent and rich. The buttercream was delicious! However, this might have been a mistakeo n my part but after frosting my cake, I put it in the refrigerater and took it out in the morning to find that the buttercream was stiff. I dont know why that was. Did i do something wrong? Did i whip the buttercream to much? When I let the cake sit out on the table for a while it started to soften up a bit but its not as creamy as i thought it would be. Please let me know what i did wrong!

    All in all, I found this really easy to make and one of the best cakes that i have made so far! Thank you for this recipe! I will be making this again. maybe in cupcakes next time! YUM YUM!!


    • Jamie — December 9, 2013 at 5:52 pm


      That’s wonderful to hear! I’m so happy that it was a success. When you put the buttercream in the fridge, the butter just hardens up…you didn’t do anything wrong! Happy holidays and thanks for following MBA!


  15. Linda Smith — December 10, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    what is ganache and where do I find it in the grocery store? Can’t wait to make this cake for a holiday party I am having this Friday. I’ll let you know.


    • Jamie — January 10, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Linda, Ganache is a glaze made from chocolate and cream. You can’t typically buy ganache because of the heavy cream it calls for.
      – Jamie

  16. Jessica Summers — December 20, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Hi. I’m making your recipe right now. It says the box is 18.25 oz. But the boxes in the grocery story that I picked up which are pretty standard say 15.25 oz. Was this a mistake or should I measure out 3 more ounces? Thank you.


    • Jamie — January 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Hi Jessica,
      This recipe was written before cake mix makers started making their mixes smaller. The basics of the recipe (bar the chocolate chips) are pretty similar to my other “doctored up” cake mix posts, so check this one out – http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/cake-mix-recipe/. That should help you adjust this recipe to your needs. The frosting will stay the same.
      – Jamie

  17. Carrie — January 4, 2014 at 9:52 am

    This sounds heavenly! Question for you….
    You say to line pans with parchment paper and to grease.
    Do I line just the bottom of pan by cutting parchment paper to fit and grease sides? Or grease then put cut parchment paper on bottom?
    Sorry to ask such a silly question…


    • Jamie — January 7, 2014 at 10:52 am


      It’s not a silly question, no worries. Line the bottom of the pan with the paper and grease the sides. You won’t need to grease under the paper. Thanks so much!


  18. RPMutschler — January 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    If the cake mix already has pudding in it do I still need to add the additional instant pudding to the recipe?


    • Jamie — January 17, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Yes, you will still add the dry pudding mix. Thanks for stopping by!

  19. Gina — January 21, 2014 at 12:39 am

    The recipe calls for 1 1/2 pounds of confectioners sugar. How many cups does that come out to? Looks great can’t wait to make it. Just want to be sure it comes out right!


  20. Ashley — January 27, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    My boyfriend is still talking about this cake i made him for his birthday! He was in love with his cake (he’s obsessed with oreos, so this was perfect for him). I’ve decided to make this in capcakes this time for my superbowl party! Excited to see my friends reaction! im sure that they will be a hit! Thank you again!


    • Jen — February 25, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      How did the cupcakes turn out? I’m thinking of making it into cupcakes for my husband’ birthday as well. Did you adjust anything to make them?

  21. Surkhab — February 7, 2014 at 1:27 am

    This looks absolutely amazing! Can’t wait to try this!


  22. Rouline S — April 8, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Looks so relish can’t wait to try it at home!
    Just one quick question, for the Oreo Buttercream, it says 1 stick of Salted Butter and 1 stick of Unsalted Butter.
    How many Gram is 1 stick equals to? Sorry, it’s just that I live in Australia, all of our butters come in a block..

    Thank you in advance!


    • Jamie Lothridge — May 5, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      Hi Rouline,
      Google tells me a stick of butter is 113.4 grams. Hope that helps,
      – Jamie

  23. Kristi — April 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I have a 15.25 oz box of cake mix. Can I keep all of the other ingredients the same in this recipe using this cake mix?


  24. Shaann — September 25, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Hi, can Oreo buttercream use as cupcake frosting? :)


    • Jamie — September 25, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Hi Shaan, the Oreo buttercream would be wonderful on cupcakes. Thanks for stopping by.


  25. Sue — November 29, 2014 at 8:36 am

    how many cups of powder sugar does 1 1/2 pounds make. Thanks. I keep mine in a large canister.


    • Jamie — November 29, 2014 at 10:32 am

      I think it would be 6 1/8 cups. I hope this helps.


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