We all scream for Cookies and Cream...am I right, or am I right? When I put a poll out on Instagram on which £10 Fake Bake cakes our followers would like me to attempt, one of THE MOST requested flavours was cookies and cream. Which isn't a particular surprise to me considering one of our most popular birthday cakes is our Doughnut Cookie Monster cake.
Personally, Oreos don't do much for me. But crush 'em up and whizz them in a milkshake, or ice cream, or any dessert and I'm all over it! Oreo cookies are omnipresent, but Oreo-based treats are also very easily found. For this week's challenge I went to Sainsbury's (where I last had brilliant luck with my Chocolate Orange Fake Bake) and saw ALL THE OREO THINGS!
After X-Ray and I loaded up the trolley with all things cookies and cream, including the Hershey's Cookies and Cream bars. sadly we went way over budget. I must've spent an agonising 30 minutes deliberating over what to put back on the shelves. It was a very tough elimination, and I had to cull the Hershey's bars.
I decided upon two chocolate layer cakes, a tub of Sainsbury's own vanilla frosting, two bars of Lovett's white chocolate (30p each!), a double pack of Oreo cookies, a bag of Cadbury's chocolate covered Oreo bites, and cookies and cream straws. It all came under the £10 Fake Bake budget at a grand total of £9.70.
And dare I say it...it may have beaten my personal favourite...the Aldi Mint Choc Chip cake in the looks department.
Fake Bake Recipe - Cookies and Cream Cake
2x Ready-made Round Chocolate Layer Cakes (5" or 6" size)
1 tub (400g) of ready-made Vanilla flavour frosting
2 packs of Oreo cookies
2 bars of white chocolate
Cadburys Oreo Bites
Cookies and Cream Straws
1. Prepare the cake decorating station with a cake turntable, angled palette knife, cake scraper, a cake board, a tablespoon, a piping bag fitted with a small star nozzle, a knife and a spatula.
2. Unbox the cakes. Smear a dollop of frosting in the middle of the cake board on the turntable, and then place one of the layer cakes on the board. Remove any paper wrapping along the edges.
3. Crush 7-8 Oreo cookies into fine powder, almost sand-like texture.
4. Smooth the top of the layer cake. Stack the second layer cake on top and remove any paper wrapping.
Pipe the frosting around the cake.
Run a cake scraper along the sides of the cake to smooth. Smooth the top of the cake.
5. Roughly chop 10 Oreos with a knife. Crust the base of the frosted cake with the chopped Oreo crumble until halfway up.
6. Make the cookies and cream white chocolate bars. Have a dry tea towel to hand. Pour boiling water into a mug. Dip a teaspoon or melon baller into the hot water and let it warm up for a few seconds. Pull the spoon out and dry it thoroughly on the tea towel. Using the back of the spoon/melon baller, melt the surface of a segment on the white chocolate bar. Press chopped Oreo pieces onto the melted surface.
7. Make the white chocolate water ganache drip. Melt half a white chocolate bar over a double boiler or in a microwave safe bowl at 30 seconds at a time, stirring between each blast. Heat 3 tablespoons of water until just simmering and pour gently into the melted chocolate and stir to combine until smooth.
8. Prepare the chocolate dipped Oreos. Melt half a bar of white chocolate over a bain marie or in the microwave in short 30 second bursts. Dip Oreo cookies halfway into the melted white chocolate and place on a plate/tray lined with parchment paper to set in the fridge.
Fill the muffin cores with the mint choc ganache and chill them in the fridge to set.
9. Pour a tablespoon of Oreo white ganache along the sides of the cake. Use the back of the spoon to push drips gently over the edge.
10. Fit a piping bag with a small star nozzle tip and fill with the remaining frosting. Pipe swirls over the top of the cake.
Decorate the cake using the Cadbury Oreo bites, Oreo white chocolate shards, chocolate dipped Oreos and cookies and cream straws.
I think you'll agree this is a mighty fine looking cake for under a tenner. I managed to get some real mileage out of the cheap white chocolate by using it to make the Oreo ganache drip, white chocolate dipped Oreos and also the Oreo chocolate shards. Totally worth the Hershey's sacrifice!
I might as well retire from this series now that I've peak-peaked. Hah, just kidding! I've still STILL got to try out Asda ;)
If this seems like a lot of work or if you want a sure-bet cake for a special occasion you can always order one of our luxury cakes delivered across London. Until next time!
Lots of love,