Birthday Oreo Layer Cake

A fanciful cake made up of both chocolate and confetti cake layers, whipped buttercream and Oreo frosting.  To top it off? A drippy chocolate glaze and sprinkles, of course!

Birthday Oreo Cake with confetti cake, chocolate cake, and oreo frosting.

I recently read a piece about how to be a better recipe writer.  In the piece was a quote from Ina Garten.  I can’t remember what it said exactly, but it basically stated that Ina tries to make the star ingredient of each of her dishes shine by adding the least amount of supporting flavours in order to make it taste amazing.  For example, if she were to make a plum tart, it better taste like plums - with maybe only a few spices and citrus to help bring out the natural flavours of the plums.  Nothing overly complex or unnecessarily complicated.

This cake it not that.

Birthday Oreo Cake with confetti cake, chocolate cake, and oreo frosting.
Birthday Oreo Cake with confetti cake, chocolate cake, and oreo frosting.

This cake takes all of our childhood dreams and crams them into one unapologetic layer cake.  This cake combines Oreos and confetti cake to make one epic birthday cake.  No, this cake is not for a child.  It is for my husband.  The man with a bigger sweet tooth than me.  And while he turned 33 years old this morning, you would never guess it if you could hear him giggling as he chases our screaming (with delight) toddler around the living room as I type this up.  May you always stay young at heart, Brett!  Happy Birthday - we love you!

Birthday Oreo Cake with confetti cake, chocolate cake, and oreo frosting.
Birthday Oreo Cake with confetti cake, chocolate cake, and oreo frosting.

Birthday Oreo Cake

Confetti Cake
from Layered

1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 egg yolks
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup sprinkles

Pre-heat the oven to 350-degrees F.  Grease and flour two 6-inch round cake pans and set aside.

Sift together the flour and baking powder. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix the butter on medium until smooth.  Add in the sugar and mix on medium-high until fluffy and pale in colour.  Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl.  

With the mixer on low, add in the vanilla and egg yolks, one at a time.  Mix until incorporated.

With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients and milk in alternating batches.  Mix just until the batter is incorporated.  Do not over-mix.  Fold in the sprinkles until combined.

Evenly distribute the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 24 to 28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.  Let cool on a wire rack from 10 minutes before removing the cakes from their pans.

 

Chocolate Cake
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup grapeseed or canola oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup hot coffee or hot water

Pre-heat the oven to 350-degrees F.  Grease and flour two 6-inch round cake pans and set aside.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix together the oil and sugar until combined.  With the mixer on low, add in the vanilla and egg, and egg yolk. 

With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients and milk in alternating batches.  Mix just until the batter is incorporated. Stream in the hot coffee and mix until combined.

Evenly distribute the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 24 to 28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.  Let cool on a wire rack from 10 minutes before removing the cakes from their pans.

Birthday Oreo Cake with confetti cake, chocolate cake, and oreo frosting.
Birthday Oreo Cake with confetti cake, chocolate cake, and oreo frosting.

Whipped Vanilla Buttercream
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
5 1/2 to 6 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 to 6 tablespoons cream or milk

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese together on medium until smooth.  With the mixer on low, gradually add in the remaining ingredients.  Once the sugar begins to incorporate, turn the mixer up to medium-high and mix until light and fluffy (3 to 5 minutes).  Adjust the sugar and cream quantities until desired consistency is achieved.

Oreo Frosting
1/4 cup crushed Oreo cookies (about 6 cookies, filling removed) or plain chocolate wafer cookies
remaining vanilla buttercream

Fold in the crushed cookies into the remaining buttercream after the cake has been filled and the crumb coat has been applied.  If you wish to have colored Oreo frosting, be sure to add in the food coloring before the cookies to keep from over-mixing and the frosting from turning grey.

Chocolate Glaze
2 ounces chopped chocolate
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoons light corn syrup
pinch salt

Place the chocolate in a heat-safe bowl and set aside.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt down the butter and corn syrup.  Once hot, pour over the chocolate and let stand 30 seconds.  Add a pinch of salt and whisk until smooth.  Allow glaze to cool (but still runny) before dripping on the cake (about 10 minutes in the refrigerator).

Assembly

Once the cakes have cooled, trim them so that all of the layers are the same height.  Place one of the chocolate cake layers on a cake board or serving dish.  Spread on about 1/2 to 3/4 cups whipped vanilla buttercream.  Top with one of the confetti cake layers and repeat.  

Crumb coat the cake with the whipped vanilla frosting.  Reserve some plain vanilla frosting for piping details (if desired) before tinting the frosting.

Tint the frosting the colour of your choice then fold in the oreo crumbs.  Frost the cake with the Oreo frosting then chill until firm.  

Once the cake has chilled and the glaze has cooled, use a spoon to apply drips around the edges of the cake.  Fill in the center and spread with an offset spatula.  Add sprinkles before the glaze sets.  Use any remaining frosting to pipe swirly peak with a star tip in the center of the cake.  Top with more sprinkles, if desired.

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A Birthday Cake

BFFF-BDay5 Did you hear?  Best Friends for Frosting just turned 3 years old!  The site has come along way over the past few years, from desserts to design, but still loves a big slice of celebratory cake.  I was thrilled to make their official birthday cake a few weeks ago.

I've been friends with founder Melissa Johnson for about 7 years now, after working in the back of a local bakery together.  Somehow, we have both gone from bakeries to blogs, our own paths crossing a time or two over the years.  I've been a contributor for BFFF for a couple years, and Melissa and I have collaborated on several projects.  This just might be one of my favorite collaborations yet!

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Melissa was inspired by flowing frosting, shades of pink, and a sprinkle of confetti.  I pulled together her ideas into this 3-tiered cake.  I threw on rainbow sprinkles straight on the smooth buttercream for the top tier.  For the middle, a soft shade of pink buttercream was spiraled onto the cake.  For the bottom, a simple, rustic stripe was used when applying the darker pink buttercream.

Happy Birthday!!

{NEWS} Etsy Shop Launch

Good morning everyone!  As of last night, the Style Sweet CA Shop is now live.  For the time being, the shop will be hosted over on Etsy.  Head on over here to see some of the latest designs! Style Sweet CA

 

Still wondering what this is all about?  Well here  are the details behind the idea:

As most of you know, I used to own and operate The Frosted Cake Shop when I lived in California.  TFCS was my first love.  In my midtown studio I was able to create custom cakes for my loyal clients and community.  I enjoyed getting to know my brides to design one-of-a-kind cakes for those big, special days and making a replica of a child's favorite toy out of sugar for an unforgettable birthday.  Although I do not regret making the decision to move away from my hometown, I will always have a special spot in my heart for the first business I ever launched.

While I am not able to create cakes for all you lovely readers, I wanted to figure out a way to really connect and be a part of your celebrations.  So here's the gist:

YOU: an amazing home baker, hostess with the mostess, and/or mom of the year You volunteered to throw a bridal shower, got assigned desserts for a baptism, or are making a special birthday cake for one of your beloved children.  You are talented, creative, and can do it all - well, almost.  You want to create a day that everyone remembers, with personal touches and custom decorations.  You want to make show-stopping desserts.  And while you are known for fantastic cakes and mouth-watering treats, you are not a pastry chef and/or are busy juggling multiple to-do lists.  While I know whatever you are cooking up in the kitchen (literally) will be fabulous, let's step it up a notch.  Turn those bridal cupcakes into pieces of art with elegant sugar flowers and that birthday cake into an unforgettable moment by capturing your child's favorite things.

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YOU: event stylist extraordinaire, DIY wedding planner, and/or super-savvy bride You are planning the party of the year or your own BIG day.  You've spent hours on Pinterest and Etsy, gathering ideas to make sure your event is unique and perfectly tailored to your or your client's taste.  You've curated your favorite prints and  paper goods, and started souring starred vendors and caterers.  You want every corner of the venue to sparkle with style and personality.  While you are crafty, you are busy.  You want to make sure the desserts are not left behind.  Your local bakery does not carry exactly what you are looking for or your super-talented aunt/cousin/bff is baking the wedding cake themselves.  Whether you are on a budget or can't seem to source the right local talent, let us come together to design the perfect cake topper, bride/groom figures, or delicate, eternal flowers- all made from sugar.

Style Sweet CA Shop will carry popular flowers and trendy toppers for purchase.  However, I'd love to get to know your and your event.  Let's design something custom together!  Most items will be made to order.  As always, please contact me sooner than later.  Creativity is not instantaneous- and you know, there's shipping too.  Local Vancouverites?  Let's meet for easy delivery!

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To be honest, I have been wanting to launch this shop for a while now.  Even when TFCS was still in existence, I always thought this would be a great way to reach all of my friends, readers, and clients around the country.  Now that I am in a new stage of life, I think this is the perfect opportunity to make this dream happen.