I have a pretty big immediate family. I mean, I only have the two kiddos, but I also have two sisters and two brothers, plus everyone’s significant other. That makes for a LOT of birthdays every year. We have a span of months, February to August, that is loaded with all the birthday celebrating. We call it Birthday Season. Birthday Season!
During Birthday Season we have A TON of cake. Obviously.
And I almost always make the cake. So I thought it was pretty strange when I was surfing through my Recipe Index and realized that I really have zero recipes posted for layer cakes.
When my guys were smaller they used to try to stump me on birthday cakes with things like, ‘I want it to look like the Titanic!,’ or, ‘Can you make a train that drives up the cake?’ I pulled those off (barely) , but they were nothing to write home about. Or photograph.
In more recent years though, they have been satisfied with offering flavor suggestions and then letting me take the reins. No more construction projects with cake (thank goodness.)
That’s how this pretty little cake was born.
My youngest insisted on a cookies and cream cake. With chocolate frosting. He left it at that.
Cookies and Cream to me always equals Oreo cookies. I very happily bought all the Oreos at the store. Also – Birthday Cake Oreos. Let’s talk about it.
THEY TASTE JUST LIKE A FREAKING BIRTHDAY CAKE! It’s like cookie magic, I swear.
So I smashed up the regular classic Oreos and put them in some very perfect vanilla cake batter. I adapted these Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes from Crazy for Crust to yield 6 mini cakes (you can also two thin 9″ rounds, bake time adjusted, of course), and I am not joking when I say perfect. If you need vanilla cupcakes those are IT. Three mini cakes stacked and smothered in dark chocolate buttercream and then covered in sprinkles make for a pretty happy Birthday Season celebration. But then I added those Birthday Cake Oreos around the base of the cake(s) and it really felt like a party.
Helping us celebrate with this cake were the folks at minted.com.
Ever wonder where all the cutesy party favors and things in all the food photos come from? Minted is one of my favorite sources for pretty cake stands, signs, and paper straws. They also offer invitations, beautiful birth announcements, unique art prints — they even help you coordinate all of those things. For someone who is not really #1 at matchy things, I found their packages really simple and helpful. I was able to order all the fun props and even the cake stand in these photos, make all the colors, fonts, and themes match my recipe, and get everything here in a week! Par-teee.
Full disclosure: I was provided with a sampling of minted.com products to review, but all opinions are my own.
So with Birthday Season in full swing, I give you the ultimate birthday cake. Lovvveeeee. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
For the Cake:
For the Chocolate Buttercream:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 487 Total Fat: 22g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 78mg Sodium: 275mg Carbohydrates: 69g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 51g Protein: 4g
I would also like to apologize for my excessive use of italics and ALL CAPS in this post. I was just really excited about cake.
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(P.S. These are not affiliate links. I was just really pleased with all my fun party stuff.)
For the Wilton Mini Springform Pans I used click HERE (this is an affiliate link).