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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  • Mary Beth says:

    Oh wow, this looks super delicious! Happy Birthday! You are a beast for icing the cake in white. How did you keep the oreo top from not crumbling into the icing/whipped cream? Amazingly beautiful 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      It was actually pretty easy… must have been because it was so cold! 🙂

  • Mary@SiftingFocus says:

    Happy Birthday Amanda! Oh yes, I want this to be my birthday cake this year…and every year there after. As for getting a pretty picture of the inside, or the perfect slice to photograph – who the heck would care? – I mean, you’ve given us this amazing cake, and that should be quite enough for anyone. Yum EEE!

  • Tatjana says:

    That cake is real birthday treat 🙂 Happy birthday!

  • T3Treats says:

    OMG love how the entire cake is heavenly pristine white but when you take a slice out.. well the layers of decadent chocolate shows up.. Your mom was right.. this must be a Better-than-Sex-Cake

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says:

    Oreo skillet brownie inside cake…I..can’t…even.
    I’m dying.
    There is no way on planet earth that I could decorate this as pretty. But, my stomach doesn’t have eyes.
    Seriously, still have no words for this. Except “drooling x 10”

  • Jordan says:

    No need to worry about calories – we all know they don’t count on birthdays!

    But I am glad to hear that I’m not alone in baking my own birthday cake! I am the baker in my family, so last year I ended up making my own – I landed on a 12 layer red velvet/guinness chocolate cake that was insanely delicious.

    And definitely wait until your kids are confident enough to let them surprise you – my sister once made my mom a cake as a surprise but switched the sugar and salt amounts – they all had fun trying to eat it with a straight face so she wouldn’t be devastated!

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  • Maria says:

    LOVE it! Happy Birthday to you! I hope you have a wonderful birthday and year! Tomorrow is my dad’s birthday too:)

  • Lana @ Never Enough Thyme says:

    Oh. My. Word. Now that is a birthday cake!

  • Brenda Murphy says:

    I have been looking for a cake that will blow the minds of the people at work for my birthday, which is on 9 February, but I am taking cake on the 10 February…. this is it… thanks and hope you have a Blessed year ahead.

  • Lisa @ Wine & Glue says:

    This cake is like a pregnant woman’s dream. I would say that I want to face plant in it, but it is far too pretty for that! Happy Birthday! Pinning this beautiful delicious creation!

  • Cósima says:

    Amazing. Absolutly gorgeous. And I like the aparently simplicity. Congrats.

  • Mary says:

    Amanda!!! Happy Happy Happy Birthday to YOU!! That cake. Oh my heck. I need to taste that cake at least once in my life. It is spectacular, my friend!

  • Johlene says:

    Stunning cake!! Happy Birthday for yesterday, hope you enjoyed it as much as your cake 🙂 Xx

  • Cassie says:

    Hope you have a fabulous birthday, lovely!

  • Thomas Hanson says:

    Happy Birthday!!! Cake looks awesome, my b-day too… cheers

  • Theresa says:

    Happy Birthday Amanda! The best way to get exactly the birthday cake you want is to make it yourself! That’s what I do and when I have my extended family over I secretly hope they love it but don’t love it so there is more for me! Not that this has happened yet because my husband brothers sisters nieces nephews and assorted others generally salivate over all things cake! Yours looks DELISH!
    Anyway calories don’t count in a snowstorm or your birthday! I hear they are trying to pass that law in US – fingers crossed
    Have a great day

  • Amanda Paa says:

    Happy early birthday my friend. This year is going to be your best yet, I can feel it. Gosh, you are talented and beautiful! xo

  • Beth @ bethcakes says:

    I can’t even believe all they layers in this cake! Especially the brownie Oreo layer. This cake is a masterpiece. 🙂 Happy Early Birthday!!

  • Heather Christo says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMANDA!!!!!! i think that this cake looks like a little slice of Heaven and what I wouldn’t give to meet your mom 🙂

  • Becca from It's Yummi! says:

    for the love of all that is good and simple in this world, where the heck is my fork?!


  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    Happy Birthday!! Looks amazing. My kids would love it!

  • Dinaz says:

    Wowzers! That looks delicious. Could have some right now! Happy Birthday! Happy Chinese New Year too!

  • Courtney @ Neighborfood says:

    That is THEE prettiest Better Than Sex Cake I have ever seen. And the bottom layer is actually crumbled brownie?! I just died a little bit. I hope you have a wonderful birthday and don’t worry, I’m pretty sure calories don’t exist on birthdays. 🙂

  • Karen says:

    Happy Birthday! That looks like the most awesome birthday cake ever!