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Monday, September 5, 2011

Did A Bad, Bad Thing

I have always had bad cravings for chocolate. The thing about cravings is you never know when or where they are going to start welling up inside. I came across this recipe over a month ago and thought I would save it for just an occasion.

Today was one of those days where the craving met the occasion to bake this recipe. It was a bad bad thing. I decided to make cupcakes rather than the full on large, two layer, cake for the simple reason that I thought cupcakes would help with portion control. Yup it worked. Aren't they cute? One yummy cupcake per person. Pat had run errands and I had taken the puppy for a walk on this cool, damp rainy day. Good day to bake and cure that chocolate craving. Made the cupcakes and let them cool while I made the ganache and filling. We both sat down with a cup of coffee and a cupcake. They were quite yummy. We finished and went about our business. Portion controll worked for our afternoon snack. Wait a minute...while actually ten minutes later Pat says "Can I have another one"?. So we did a bad, bad thing, we both had another. I suggest you try this recipe and see if you can exercise your self control.

 Oreo Cake/Cupcakes








1 pkg. (2-layer size) devil's food chocolate cake mix (our your favorite chocolate cake mix)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
12 OREO Cookies, coarsely crushed


HEAT oven to 350ºF.

PREPARE cake batter and bake in 2 (9-inch) round pans as directed on package. Cool cakes in pans 10 min. Invert cakes onto wire racks; gently remove pans. Cool cakes completely.

MICROWAVE chocolate and butter in small microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Cool 5 min.

MEANWHILE, beat cream cheese in large bowl with mixer until soft and smooth. Gently stir in COOL WHIP and crushed cookies. Stack cake layers on plate, spreading cream cheese mixture between layers. Spread top with chocolate glaze; let stand until firm. Keep refrigerated.    

Rather than make a large a cake, I made cupcakes.   
When cupcakes were cool I spread the melted chocolate glaze onto the cupcake and then  topped that with the Cream Cheese Coolwhip mixture. 

I also added the mini Oreo cookies on the top but you could sprinkle with crushed cookies or chocolate jimmy's.

You could also place a large Oreo in the bottom of the cupcake liner before filling with cake batter.   

If you need something a little fancier you could layer them in a glass for individual servings for a parfait look or a clear colored bowl for a large trifle that serves many.   For another updated idea you could serve them as many restaurants do now days by serving them in a shot glass. 

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