My Birthday Cake

filed under: Chocolate Cakes on January 30, 2014

Every year I make myself a birthday cake.  I have absolutely no problem with this as I enjoy making cake, but I do hope that as my kids get older and more confident in the kitchen that they will consider surprising dear-old-mom.

This years cake is nothing like I have ever done before.  I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed and sassy lately and this cake is a pretty good reflection of those emotions!

Oreo Ice Cream Cake covered in Whipped Cream

Its based the design for this cake on one I have been thinking a lot about lately.  My mom made it when we were little in a metal 9×13 cake pan.  She called it Better-Than-Sex-Cake.

I asked her, “What’s sex?”

She paused.  Squinted her eyes, smirked a little and said, “Eat your cake dear.”

I was eight so that was just fine by me.

Oreo Ice Cream Cake covered in Whipped Cream

Her cake had Oreo’s and ice cream and hot fudge and peanuts and a little caramel and whipped cream.

My cake is Oreo, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, Oreo, cream cheese frosting, and brownie/Oreo crumbles topped in whipped cream.

To decorate I put Cool Whip into a pastry bag with an 8B tip and piped out dollops.

Whipped Cream Dollops using a 8B tip


I gotta tell you, if you are using this type of decorating start by making them with whipped cream.  Its SUCH an easy medium to work with and is so forgiving.  It took maybe four minutes to frost my entire cake.

Oreo Ice Cream Cake covered in Whipped Cream

This cake is far from pretty to look at inside.  Its a massive jumbled mess of the richest ingredients known to man.

And that is exactly what I was going for.

Let me break down the layers a bit more.

I used a 9×9 pan and laid a piece of parchment in the bottom.  The parchment was longer on the ends so that it stuck out the sides of the pan.  I then placed 2 packages of Oreo pie crust, which is 12 ounces of Oreo crumbs, into a bowl.  To that bowl, I added 2 tablespoons of melted butter and combined with the Oreo.  Take a 1/4 cup of crumbs out of the bowl and set aside.  I then pressed the remaining mixture into the bottom of my pan.

For the ice cream layer, I bought a rectangle box of ice cream.  I removed the entire ice cream from the box and cut 1/2 sections lengthwise.  I used about six, and then strategically placed them into the pan right over the Oreo crumbs.  They laid completely flat.

I then poured about 1/4 cup of hot fudge over the ice cream and smoothed it with an offset spatula.  Pour the 1/4 cup of Oreo’s that was set aside over hot fudge.

Put the pan in the freezer for at least two hours.

Next, I prepared the cream cheese layer.  This was one 8oz. block of cream cheese at room temperature combined with 1 cup of powdered sugar.

I removed the pan from the freezer and smoothed the cream cheese over the top of the Oreo Layer.

Now this is the crazy part.


Oreo Brownie in a Skillet


Remember this thing?  (Oreo Skillet Brownies) I made one, let it cool, then put the entire thing (no ice cream) into my KitchenAid food processor.  And reduced it to crumbs.  Awesomely awesome brownie-Oreo crumbs.

To that I added 4 tablespoons of melted butter (right into the food processor) and pulsed for about a minute.

That brownie mixture was then pressed into my pan, right on top of the cream cheese layer.

Oreo Cream Cheese Brownie Ice Cream Cake

This is the cake removed from the pan, flipped out onto a serving plate.  The brownie is on the bottom now and the Oreo layer on top.

Are you still with me?  Cause I am pretty sure this cake is certifiable.

Oreo Ice Cream Cake covered in Whipped Cream

I couldn’t get a perfect looking piece, and to be honest, I didn’t really try that hard.

This stupid little birthday cake is my greatest creation OF ALL TIME.

Well, that may be an overstatement.  But it is pretty darn delicious.  Just please, do not ever, for all that is holy in this world, try to figure out how many calories are in one piece.

Better Than Sex Cake

We are better off not knowing.


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  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    Aww happy birthday! I make my own cake every year too – it’s the best!

  • Ryan says:

    Now the question is how do I convince my girlfriend to make a cake like that for my birthday?

  • Diane {Created by Diane} says:

    wishing you a WONDERFUL Birthday, I love everything about this cake…enjoy 🙂

  • Karen @ Lemon Grove Cake Diaries says:

    Every year I hope that someone will make me a cake but every year I end up making my own 🙂 Never mind as you say you can create exactly what you want and this is one amazing cake creation …. Happy Birthday!!

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    That cake looks so innocent on the outside! 😉

    Happy birthday!!!!!!

  • Stephanie says:

    Happy birthday! Looks like you’re celebrating the right way! ^_^

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    OH. THIS. CAKE. It’s the dreamiest.

    Happy birthday!

  • Chrissy says:

    Every year I try to explain to my niece how to make the kind of pineapple upside down cake I like for my birthday, using the pineapple juice instead of water and baked in a skillet to caramelly goodness and each time it’s very good, but just not what I had in mind. Thank you for empowering me to make my own.

  • Amy @Very Culinary says:

    HA! So much for me thinking someone else might bake for you. I get it though… you’d be an impossible act to follow. Happy birthday, friend. LOVE this. Because…Oreos. Duh.

  • Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon says:

    Someday they will make you a cake, but until then-this looks absolutely AMAZING! Hope your birthday was fantastic!

  • Pat says:

    Absolutely incredible….sinful….decadent…delish! You make the most beautiful cakes! I have no clue how you manage to have the time but so glad you do and share with us.

    Happy, Happy Birthday!


  • Erin Williams says:

    Oh my goodness…this cake looks AMAZING!!!! I want it!

  • Mo says:

    I often make my own birthday cake as it is miles better than anything my family can buy! Unless, of course they get one from my friend, Patti’s Designer Cakes. ;-). This concoction looks exactly like what I need right now, however I am not at home so phooey! Next week for sure!

  • Tracie says:

    I make a different version of better than sex cake, but we have always called it Holy Cow Cake. Kid friendly name that wouldn’t embarrass me if they talked about it to friends.

  • Virginia G says:

    This cake would give me a stomach ache for days. Since that’s going to happen anyway, I would have to stuff as much of it as humanly possible IN MY MOUTH. Might as well make the pain worthwhile! Looks amazing.

  • Rosie says:

    Happy Birthday! This cake looks amazing and I was going to try and make it
    for my dad, but I have a few questions since you don’t really have a recipe

    1. you said you used a 9×9 pan, but the picture of the cake looks
    rectangular. did you use 9×9 or 9×13?

    2. “I removed the entire ice cream from the box and cut 1/2 sections
    length wise. I used about six, and then strategically placed them into the
    pan right over the Oreo crumbs.” ~ does this mean you used 3 gallons of ice
    cream since you had 6 halfs? that seems like a lot.

    3. your directions stop after removing the cake from the pan yet your
    picture shows it covered in cool whip? or maybe homemade whipped cream? it
    looks very smooth for either, can you explain how you did this or how you
    made the whipped cream? did you freeze the cake before frosting it so you
    don’t get crumbs in it? the beginning of the post you mention you used
    whipped cream, then you mention cool whip, then you say whipped cream again.

    I can’t wait to make it, just a printable recipe would be a lot easier to
    follow. Thanks for the help

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Rosie! I did use a 9×9 pan. I used about half of ONE quart container of ice cream total. I used cool whip. Basically just covered the cake in a rough coat then smoothed it out. This is easiest if your cake is very chilled. (less crumbs) Hope that helps!

  • Tracy | Pale Yellow says:

    Happy belated birthday! What a wonderful way to celebrate!

  • Marie M.C. says:

    Belated Birthday Greetings to my ALL TIME FAVORITE BAKER! You are so creative and I love reading and looking at your creations, even if I’ll never make them. When I was first married I would take Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking to bed with me. It was 1964 and the book and her first black and white TV shows were just starting. My husband couldn’t understand why I’d want to read a cookbook in bed. Silly man. Why to get ideas, learn new technics, inspiration. My mom was a word champion bad, horrid, terrible, awful cook so I didn’t learn a thing from her. Julia taught me to cook. Thanks, Julia!

    There, I’ve managed to write a book about ME! Sorry. Point of my story is I love reading your blog because everything is so beautiful and I get ideas and inspiration from you. So, again THANK YOU!.

    • Amanda says:

      THANK YOU sweety!!! I LOVE getting to know you better!!! Write away! 🙂

  • Terrie says:

    Is there a printer friendly version of this somewhere?

    • Amanda says:

      There are SO many things going on in this recipe; your best bet is to copy and paste into word. 🙂

  • Christina Main says:

    Yum! This looks like a diabetic coma dream! I WANT IT ALL.

  • Kate says:

    I am in the middle of making this for my husband for his birthday and he is loving seeing all the layers going in. I am so excited to see how it is going to turn out! Fingers crossed it looks as amazing as yours! Thank you for even thinking of dreaming up delicious things like this!

  • Honey says:

    For the cheese cake layer you said “This was 1 8oz. block of cream cheese at room temperature combined with 1 cup of powdered sugar.” Is that one 8oz block or an 18 oz block of cream cheese?
    Thanks so much!

    • Amanda says:

      1 8-ounce package. 🙂

  • Deb says:

    I saw a video of your brownie bottom peanut butter cheese cake and can’t find the recipe. The one above is not the same but has the same name. The one I saw is not an ice cream cake. Can you please direct me to that recipe?