Chocolate Cake with an Oreo Cheesecake Filling

An easy-to-make, creamy no-bake Oreo cheesecake filling sandwiched between rich, moist chocolate cake dripping with a milk chocolate ganache.

An easy-to-make, creamy no-bake Oreo cheesecake filling sandwiched between rich, moist chocolate cake dripping with a milk chocolate ganache.

My twins turned 18 years old recently. They’re my youngest and I have mixed emotions about this birthday. Part of me can’t believe how fast 18 years flew by; and I miss all the sweet moments you only experience when your kids are little. Of course, the other part of me looks forward to all the adventures yet to come in my and their lives.

Chocolate Cake with an Oreo Cheesecake Filling Recipe from Barbara Bakes

When I asked Cole what kind of birthday cake he wanted this year, he said he really like the Chocolate Oreo Construction Cake I baked for my grandson’s birthday last year.

Since he’s a little too old for a construction cake, I change it in to a triple layer cake with a luscious no-bake Oreo Cheesecake layer in the middle. I also changed up the cake recipe and used an Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake recipe that is eggless and bakes up beautifully flat, even, layers.

Chocolate Cake with an Oreo Cheesecake Filling Recipe from Barbara Bakes

The cake looks impressive, but it really is easy-to-make. I baked the cake layers about a week ahead of time and put them in the freezer until the morning of the party. The cake was a big hit at the party. I’m sure it would be a bit hit at your house too.

Chocolate Cake with an Oreo Cheesecake Filling

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar*
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used KA Double-Dutch Dark Cocoa)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda*
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups hot water*
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • No-Baked Oreo Cheesecake Filling:
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 package (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 12 Oreo Cookies, coarsely crushed
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • 8 oz. milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray two 9x2 inch round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray with flour.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large measuring cup, whisk together water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and whisk just until combine.
  4. Divide batter between pans. Bake 35-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cakes in the pans on a rack for 15 minutes, then invert them onto the rack. Leave cakes upside down (this flattens domed cakes) to cool completely.
  5. No-Baked Oreo Cheesecake Filling:
  6. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream until it forms soft peaks. In another large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until blended and smooth. Gently stir in whipped cream and crushed cookies.
  7. Chocolate Ganache:
  8. Place half of the chocolate in a mixing bowl. Heat heavy cream on medium high heat until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and immediately pour cream over chocolate and stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add remain chocolate and stir until chocolate is completely melted. Cool until ganache is thickened but still thin enough to drip down the sides of the cake. (I cooled mine in the fridge for over an hour.)
  9. Assembling cake
  10. When the cake layers are cool and ganache has thickened, evenly spread filling on bottom layer, carefully stack the second layer on top of filling.
  11. Spoon chocolate ganache on top of the cake, spreading to edges and letting the ganache drip down the sides. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

*I made the following high altitude adjustments: Decreased the sugar by 2 tablespoons, used 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda and 2 1/4 cup hot water.

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  1. Jenny says

    I just wanted to thank you for sharing this recipe. I made it for my husbands birthday yesterday and he loved it! He kept saying wow babe between almost every bite. It makes an amazing cake. I also wanted to share with you what my 14 year old daughter said since it is really a compliment to you as well. As she takes her first bite her eyes get big and a huge serene smile comes over her face she looks over at her dad and says “You are so lucky, you really married well you know that.” Coming from her it is a huge compliment she is a picky eater even when it comes to sweets and desserts. Again thanks so much I really look forward to making this decadent cake again in the future.

  2. Lori Perry says

    Barbara, I have made this decadent cake FOUR times now, and each time my cake ( top layer ) cracks. I can’t figure out why it is doing this, as I am following your directions to the letter. Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Lori

        • says

          It’s hard to say for sure without seeing the cake. Are you dooming the filling up a bit so the cake has to stretch. Maybe try having the filling a little sunken in in the middle so there’s less tension. You could also try reducing you bake time a bit so the cake is a little more moist. I love that you baked it four times :)

          • Lori says

            Okay, I’ll try dooming the filling, that is most likely the cause, now that you mention it. Going on bake #5, and BTW if that doesn’t work, no worries, EVERYONE is more then happy to devour it, no matter if the cake is cracked or not ;-)

  3. Stephanie says

    When I saw this I knew I just had to make it one day! So I’m going to do so for my niece’s birthday coming up in a week. It looks so good! Chocolate, Oreo, cheesecake, what more could one ask for in a cake! I just hope mine will turn out the same! Thanks for sharing this! :)

      • Stephanie says

        Made it! Everyone who tried it loved it! It’s not as rich as I thought it was going to be. The cake is lovely and dense but not overpowering or heavy, and the cheesecake is light and fluffy. I didn’t have to my ganache cool (in the fridge) for a long time before it began to thicken. And it draped over the cake really nicely, though I think it was a bit of a thicker consistency than your photo, so I could’ve maybe taken it out slightly earlier. Either way it all worked out really well. Had some people going for seconds and some kids requesting it for their birthdays. Will definitely make again! Thanks!

        • says

          Thanks for letting me know. I’m so glad everyone loved it and want you to make it again. I love you description. The ganache will set up slower or faster depending on how hot the cream was, the bowl was, and the room temperature, so I’m not surprised it didn’t take quite as long.

          • Stephanie says

            Hi again! I’m planning to make these into cupcake sizes for an afternoon tea this Sunday. Have you tried making them as cupcakes? I’m just wondering how many little ones they make. :)

  4. Ari says

    I saw this recipe on Foodiecrush and made it for my hubby for Father’s Day! He’s a huge Oreo fan. This was simple and absolutely delicious! I had a lot of filling left so I spread it on top of that cake, crushed up some more Oreos and drizzled the ganache over that. It was a big hit!! Thank you for the awesome recipe!

  5. says

    Don’t mind me, I’m just snooping around your site. And now I’m about to go to bed thinking about Chocolate Cake … and Oreos … and Cheesecake!

  6. Dora says

    Hi Barbara…Will the texture of the Oreo’s hold up in the filling over night without getting too soft and mushy? Your cake is beautiful!

  7. Deanna says

    Thank you for this recipe! My daughter wants an Oreo cake for her birthday. Can’t wait to make.

  8. JessM says

    My oh my! I am looking at what you’ve posted recently, a skillet cookie, this cake, carrot cake… Such yummy things! Do you have help eating this stuff? I can’t imagine not! :)

  9. says

    I want my next birthday cake to be made by you. This one does sound very do-able to make, but makes a stunning presentation. My son, who adores oreos, would love this cake.

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