Chocolate Oreo Cake (with Whole Wheat Flour!)

Okay, so we know most cake is not healthy for us.  BUT I do allow myself to splurge every now and then.  Yesterday was my birthday, so I had a great excuse to make this lovely gem.  I don’t feel too bad when I make cake, because at least I know what all the ingredients are, and there are no bizarre chemicals I can’t pronounce.  So yes, it’s a treat and it’s got sugar, but hey, it’s not from a box.

Before I get started on any yummy baked good, I grind some wheat (if I don’t have some left over in the pantry).  As it turns out, I was fresh out, so I dumped some hard red white in the grinder.


Start to finish, this process took 2 minutes, and I got about 8 cups of flour out of that (yes please!).

Chocolate Oreo Cake (original recipe adapted from Mommy I’m Hungry)

For cake:

  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1-3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c. Hershey’s Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 c. boiling water
  • 10-15 oreos twisted to separate cookies and reveal cream center
  • 15 oreos, chopped directly in half through cookie

For icing:

  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 2/3 c. Hershey’s Cocoa
  • 3 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/3 c. milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For filling:

  • 1/3 c. whipping cream
  • 2 tsp powdered sugar
  • small dash vanilla extract
  • 1/8 c. oreo cookie crumbs, made from reserved oreo sides


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare two 9-inch round baking pans, lining with parchment. -On one layer of cake, place cookie halves that have been separated into the bottom of one pan, cream side up.
  2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
  3. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).
  5. Pour batter very carefully into prepared pans.
  6. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans and place onto wire racks.
  8. Remove parchment and cool completely.

-Meanwhile, make frosting:

  1. Stir melted butter into cocoa.
  2. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
  3. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. -Stir in vanilla. (About 2 cups frosting.)

-Meanwhile, make filling:

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip the cream, sugar and vanilla until stiff.
  2. Gently fold in the cookie crumbs.
  3. Scoop the mixture into a piping bag (or gallon sized ziploc bag).
  4. When cake is completely cooled, make icing dam around the top edge of the layer of cake that has oreos baked into it.
  5. Fill icing dam with a layer of cream filling.
  6. Place other cake layer on top, and frost with chocolate frosting.
  7. Place oreo halves around bottom edge and top of cake.
  8. Serve or store in refrigerator.

It takes a bit longer than cake in a box, but it’s TOTALLY worth it and tastes SOOOO much better.

Here’s some pics of last nights festivities (excuse the iphotos!).

No one in their right mind would turn that baby away.  Enjoy!

About Project Granola Mom

I'm super passionate about all things health related and soaking up as much info as I can. I've traded in my personal training liscence for 2 sweet little boys, and am trying to provide the best lifestyle possible for our family. We eat mostly whole foods and I beam with pride that my 3 year old has no clue what an oreo is. Join me on the journey to optimum health for a lifetime!

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Grain Mill Wagon Challenge Experience:
I was surprised how much fun I had doing the Grain Mill Wagon Challenge! What I thought would be an interesting experience turned out to be almost an obsession. I ground up everything but the kitchen sink trying new recipes and seeing what the WonderMill could do. I love to cook and bake so it was very natural to be trying new recipes and experimenting. Participating in the challenge always kept grains at the front of my mind so I was always on the lookout for something new to do. This was my first time owning a mill and it made me feel healthier to know my grains were as fresh as they could get. Next I want to start trying sprouting grains and then drying and grinding them. There's really no limit to the new things I can try, and I look forward to continuing the journey!

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