ICU Cookies and Cream Cake

I was lucky to have my grandchildren for weekend in October. I knew we would have to make something for Halloween. We actually made 2 small cakes, one for us that weekend and one to take home to Mommy. They had so much fun helping me bake the cake and even more fun decorating it. ICU does not stand for Intensive Care Unit, it’s an abbreviation for “I SEE YOU”!

Cake Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk (please use the real stuff, don’t sour milk with vinegar)
15 Oreo cookies, cut into fourths (buy 2 packages for cake and decorations)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 2 8″ cake pans* with grease and flour, tap out excess flour. In a bowl, whisk together flour, soda and salt and put aside. In a mixing bowl, blend oil and sugar together. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Alternate buttermilk and flour mixture adding it to the oil, sugar, egg, and vanilla mixture. End with flour. After its blended, mix in 15 Oreos that have been cut into fourths. Divide into pans and bake for 30 – 35 minutes. Cool cake completely before adding filling or frosting.

*I made 2-8 inch cakes with this recipe

Cookies and Cream Filling:
1 8 ounce block of cream cheese
8 ounces of heavy whipping cream
1 cup of powdered sugar
1 box of Cookies and Cream Instant Pudding mix, I used Jello

In a mixing bowl that has been chilled for a minimum of 30 minutes, beat cold cream cheese until smooth. Add whipping cream and beat until stiff peaks form. Add pudding mix and powdered sugar. Blend well and refrigerate until you are ready to fill your cake.

Whip Cream Frosting:
1 quart of heavy whipping cream
2 8 ounce block of chilled cream cheese
2 teaspoons of vanilla
3 – 4 cups of powdered sugar (I typically use 3, taste it to see if it’s sweet enough for you)

In a chilled mixing bowl (minimum of 30 minutes) beat cream cheese until smooth. Add vanilla. Pour in whipping cream and beat until stiff peaks form. Add powdered sugar and frost cooled cake.

To make the eyes:
Oreo cookies
Junior Mints
Whip cream to stick Junior Mints on Oreos

Gently TWIST Oreos apart. Place filling side on cake. Adhere Junior Mints onto Oreos with whip cream frosting. Store in refrigerator.
This recipe makes 24-28 cupcakes. 

My grandchildren had a blast decorating this cake. It’s not perfect but it was perfect and fun for them. Memories in the kitchen are ones I hope they always remember. Happy Halloween! I see you! Enjoy!

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