Cookies and Cream Cake

Ben’s birthday was this past weekend (happy birthday, sweetie!) so of course, I could not pass up the opportunity to make him a birthday cake.  I had approximately one million ideas about what type of cake to make and I was so overwhelmed by all the options, I could not make a decision!  I asked Ben for some guidance and his only request was that it incorporate Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Frosting.  Wise choice, the stuff is fabulous.  I brainstormed and finally came up with this cookies and cream cake.  The result was fantastic!!!  It really had that classic “cookies and cream” flavor that I was going for.  I have made the Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake before in the form of cupcakes and didn’t think they were that spectacular, but this time I loved it.  It was incredibly moist and chocolatey.  I must warn you though – you will want to eat (many, many) spoonfuls of the filling, so either have your willpower ready or maybe make a little extra 🙂

Cookies and Cream Cake


For the cake:

2 cups sugar

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

¾ cup cocoa powder

1 ½ tsp. baking powder

1 ½ tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

2 eggs

1 cup milk

½ cup vegetable oil

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup boiling water


For the filling:

1 ¼ cups heavy cream

1/8 cup confectioners’ sugar

¼ tsp. pure vanilla extract

10 chocolate sandwich cookies,  chopped


For the frosting:

½ cup unsalted butter

2/3 cup cocoa powder

3 cups confectioners’ sugar

1/3 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract



To make the cake, preheat the oven to 350°.  Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.


Stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.  Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.  Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).  Pour batter into prepared pans.


Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks.  Cool completely.


To make the filling, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla.  Beat on low speed until all sugar is incorporated; increase speed to high and whisk until stiff peaks form.  Gently fold in chopped cookie pieces with a rubber spatula.


To make the frosting, melt the butter in a medium bowl.  Stir in the cocoa.  Alternately add confectioners’ sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.  Add small amount additional milk, if needed.  Stir in vanilla.


To assemble the cake, place one cake layer on a cardboard cake circle.  Pipe a ring of the chocolate frosting around the outside edge of the cake.  Fill the area inside the ring of frosting with a thick layer of the cookies and cream mixture.  Place the second cake layer on top.  Frost the sides of the cake layers with chocolate frosting.  Pipe a decorative border of the chocolate frosting on top of the cake.  Fill the area inside this border with a thick layer of the cookies and cream mixture.  Garnish with extra chocolate sandwich cookies and whipped cream if desired.

Source: cake and frosting adapted from Hershey’s, filling adapted from Thyme for Food

33 Responses

  1. That frosting is the best! The cake looks so perfect!

  2. Holy cow, what an amazing looking cake! I love Hershey’s frosting too- it’s my favorite chocolate frosting. I’m definitely going to make this soon!

  3. All I can say is YUM!!! That looks amazing!

  4. That cake looks amazing! Gee, I wish someone had a birthday soon…:) Great recipe, as always!

  5. That looks so deadly and I mean that with affection – OMG… YUM

  6. Annie! Not only does it look absolutely delicious but it is SOOOO gorgeous! You have such a great eye for presentation! LOve it!

  7. Beautiful as always, and it sounds just as wonderful.

  8. That looks great! I will have to try this icing again because it was really thin when I made it and there was no way I could pipe with it.

  9. Wow, this looks SO good! Aaron’s favorite flavor is cookies and cream, so I have star this one for his birthday, too. That filling sounds dangerous 🙂

  10. What a gorgeous looking cake. looks so tempting that i’m drooling now. thanks for the recipe. will try it soon.

  11. This is absolutely gorgeous, and as an OREO fanatic, I am going to need to find an excuse to make this soon!

  12. Wow – Ben sure is lucky! Hope he had a fabulous birthday, but then again, who wouldn’t with a birthday cake like that! Looks awesome as usual Annie!

  13. I have to admit – that cake actually scares me – I don’t think I could resist and imagine the sugar high. It’s just gorgeous.

  14. This looks so good! I just spent about an hour looking through your blog and I think I starred about 30 recipes in my Google Reader that I want to try! It doesn’t help that I am starving right now and am not going home for another 30 minutes…. 🙂

  15. That cake looks absolutely decadent and amazing! Printing off this baby. Great blog. I just found it.

  16. The cake looks fantastic, it has a beautiful presentation. Happy Belated Birthday Ben.

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  20. i just made this over the weekend for my hubby’s birthday and everyone loved it! i just love your blog!

  21. Hey there!

    I want to make this for my husbands 30th bday party this weekend… how many people would you say this serves?

    Thanks so much! 🙂

    • Hi Mandy!
      It’s kind of hard to say how many people the cake serves, since that really depends on the size of your slices. My guess would be about 16, but I could be way off. Good luck!
      🙂 Annie

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  23. Hi Annie, I want to thank you for this recipe! It won “the finals” of my office bake-off!!!

  24. Annie!! This cake is so heavenly!! I baked it today and blogged…. Check it out at

    Thanks so much for sharing!!! So yummy!!!

  25. My brother made me this cake for my birthday party this weekend. Delicious!

  26. Best cake I have ever made.

  27. Do you think I can make this a day ahead of time & store it in the fridge or do you think I should make up the frosting & filling the day of & assemble it the day of? Didn’t know how well it would keep…

    • It’s probably best assembled the day of, but I’m sure it will still taste good the second day (the leftovers sure did!)

  28. The recipe looks yummy! I am “attempting” to make my daughter a 3D Hello Kitty cake, and she wants Cookies & Cream. The final product, can you tell me if the cake is firm enough to be carved, yet still moist? If it doesn’t work for this application I will certainly be trying it for “Happy anyday I want to make a cake day” .

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