Our older daughter recently turned 12. My wife has a tradition of baking birthday cakes for our daughters’ birthdays. She has made the chocolate cake in the shape of an Oreo (baking pans courtesy William Sonoma), another cake in the shape of a giant cupcake (baking pan, again, courtesy Williams Sonoma) among other things. This year our daughter threw a bit of a challenge to my wife by asking her to make a real Oreo cake. She was more than equal to it.
Following the recipe here, the cake turned out really well. More than the cake, the frosting was superb. So much so, that my sister-in-law wanted a similar cake for her husband’s birthday. My wife, of course, obliged. But having made this twice, the conclusion we came to is this. The idea of this cake is great. The frosting superb. The chocolate cake needs help. So the next time, my wife plans to use a different recipe for the chocolate cake, keeping everything else the same.
It is a great cake and a good alternative to a store-bought dessert. And you make it a family event by getting your kids involved in making it. Definitely something to think about when you have something to celebrate.