Frozen Oreo Peanut Butter Cake

Oh gosh! What is this thing?!

It’s a cake!! And it was made in my kitchen!

Last week I talked about how I use to have a fear of piping frosting on cupcakes. It seems so silly now, but at the time, I really thought piping frosting would be hard.

I overcame my cupcake fear with the help of Nike’s slogan.. “just do it!” Cheesy. I know. But I just did it. I watched videos online of how to pipe frosting and then I just tried. And now the technique seems like the easiest thing I have in my tool box. I would much rather pipe frosting onto cupcakes than make donuts (shocking, I know!) and I would certainly rather pipe frosting than make dinner.

Sorry, Ryan.. we’re having cupcakes for dinner. Again :)

I’ve always wanted to make a tiered cake. But I thought I didn’t have enough talent or the right skills to do it. After I realized I could pipe frosting onto cupcakes, I thought it was time to knock another thing off the baking bucket list.

So I picked something incredibly easy. No baking involved. No crumb coat needed. Just wait, we’ll get into that in a future recipe.

This frozen oreo peanut butter cake is a thing of beauty. And while it looks pretty and it’s also pretty delicious.. it’s a testament to my growth. Fear can be so paralyzing. And I’m not just taking about my fear of making layered cakes, but this season in my relationship with Jesus I’ve been learning that God doesn’t want me to be paralyzed by fear. God wants me to grow, that’s his plan, and if I am fearful of moving forward, I won’t be able to experience his blessing and trials as he intended.

I am trying my best to choose to walk forward.. through the fear. As silly as a fear for layered cakes may seem, actually making one, even if it isn’t perfect, is a reminder that fear doesn’t need to control me. It’s a choice. And I’m choosing to not be afraid of the nudgings from God that make me nervous and I’m choosing to not be afraid of layered cakes. I’m not sure if that was entirely a part of his plan, but I would like to think that God wouldn’t object to a slice of cake :)

Frozen Oreo Peanut Butter Cake

Yield: one 8 inch cake

Total Time:24 hours

Ingredients:

Oreo Crust

  • 1 package oreos
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Peanut Butter Layer

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 container cool whip

Oreo Layer

  • 10 oreos, pulsed but not into fine crumbs
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups cool whip

Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 & 1/2 cups chocolate chips, chopped finely
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • Powdered sugar, optional

Oreo Buttercream

  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2-2.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp oreo crumbs, reserve from the oreo crust

Directions:

Oreo Crust

  1. In a food processor, pulse 1 package of oreos into crumbs. Reserve 2 tbsp of oreo crumbs to make the oreo buttercream. Combine the rest of the oreo crumbs in a bowl with the melted butter. Mix until the oreo crumbs are thick. Press the oreo crumbs into the bottom of an 9 inch round springform pan, making the oreo crust as even as possible. Place the pan in the freezer.

Peanut Butter Layer

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter and cream cheese, beat using an electric mixer until smooth. Add in the cool whip and mix by hand until incorporated. Spread the peanut butter layer on top of the oreo crust, making it as even and smooth as possible. Place the pan in the freezer.

Oreo Layer

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the roughly pulsed oreos (not crumbs) and cream cheese, beat using an electric mixer until smooth. Add in the cool whip and mix by hand until incorporated. Spread the oreo layer on top of the peanut butter layer, making it as even and smooth as possible. Cover the pan in plastic wrap and return to the freezer for at least 3-4 hours, or overnight.

Chocolate Ganache

  1. Chop the chocolate chips into fine pieces. Place them in a heat proof bowl. In a small saucepan, bring the heavy cream to a boil over medium-high heat. Pour the heavy cream over the chopped chocolate. Allow it to set for a few minutes. Then gently stir until smooth. If the chocolate seems too runny, allow it to sit at room temperature for a few minutes, this will help it thicken up. If it continues to be too runny, whisk in 1 tbsp of powdered sugar at a time until you have the right consistency.

Oreo Buttercream

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and vegetable shortening, beat using an electric mixer until fluffy. Add in the 2 tbsp of reserved oreo crumbs.
  2. Begin to add in the powdered sugar, about 1 cup at a time. Slowly beat the mixture until the powered sugar is incorporated. Continue this process, adding enough powdered sugar to make sure the frosting isn't too wet.
  3. Transfer a portion of the frosting to a large ziploc bag or piping bag. Push or squeeze the frosting down, getting rid of any air pockets. If using a ziploc bag, cut half one corner, making a hole between the size of a dime and a penny. I used a piping bag fit with a wilton 2D tip.

To assemble

  1. Remove the cake from the freezer. As this time, remove the sides of the springform pan. Place the cake on a cake stand. Allow the cake to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  2. Pour the chocolate ganache on top of the cake, spreading it evenly around the top of the cake with a spatula and allow it to drizzle down the sides.
  3. Pipe dollops of oreo buttercream around the edges of the cake.
  4. Place oreos in some of the dollops of buttercream if you desire.
  5. Leftover cake should be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in the freezer for up to 2 days.
What seemingly silly thing are you afraid of but want to overcome?