An easy-to-make, creamy no-bake Oreo cheesecake filling sandwiched between rich, moist chocolate cake dripping with a milk chocolate ganache.
I first made this cake when my twins turned 18 years old and it’s become a favorite for family parties. It’s similar to the popular Ding Dong Cake only made from scratch and with an Oreo twist.
When I asked my son what kind of birthday cake he wanted for his birthday, 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 into a triple layer cake with a luscious no-bake Oreo Cheesecake layer in the middle.
I also changed up the cake recipe and used my Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake recipe that is eggless and bakes up beautifully flat, even, layers.
The cake looks impressive, but it 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.
Cake layers freeze very well and the layers are easier to handle when they’re frozen. Put the cooled layers on a baking sheet in the freezer and then when they’re frozen, wrap them well in plastic wrap.
You can find more tips on baking layer cakes in my Baking Tips For Layer Cakes post.
The cake was a big hit at the party. Everyone loved it and I’ve made it many times since that party. I’m sure it would be a bit hit at your house too.
Update: It’s been 6 years since I first posted this cake and the twins are turning 24 this year and we still love this cake. I’m sharing it again with updated photos and a video showing how easy it is to make.
Chocolate Cake with an Oreo Cheesecake Filling
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar*
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder I used KA Double-Dutch Dark Cocoa
- 2 teaspoons baking soda*
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups hot water*
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
No-Baked Oreo Cheesecake Filling:
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 package 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 12 Oreo Cookies coarsely crushed
- 16 oz. milk chocolate finely chopped
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 350°. Spray two 9×2 inch round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray with flour.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
- In a large measuring cup, whisk together water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and whisk just until combine.
- 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.
- No-Baked Oreo Cheesecake Filling
- 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.
- Chocolate Ganache
- 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 remaining 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.)
- Assembling cake
- 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.
- Spoon chocolate ganache on top of the cake, spreading to edges and letting the ganache drip down the sides. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
More Decadent Layer Cakes You Might Like:
- Triple Layer Chocolate Cake with a Coconut Cream Cheese Filling, Barbara Bakes
- M&M Cookie Dough Brownie Bomb Cake, Barbara Bakes
- Slutty Brownie Cookie Dough Cake, The Domestic Rebel
- Ding Dong Cake, That Skinny Chick Can Bake