3-Layer Cookies ‘n Cream Cake

Posted on October 20, 2014  |  Print Recipe

Chocolate and vanilla bean cake layers slathered in cookies ‘n cream frosting

3-Layer Cookies ‘n Cream Cake- chocolate and vanilla bean cake with cookies n cream buttercream!

Year after year there seems to be more pressure when it comes to birthday cakes.  I always want to outdo the previous year’s dessert but at the same time, I need to bake something true to what the birthday girl or boy loves.  In the case of Matt’s birthday I’ve previously made Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies (those photos, OUCH) and this M&M Kit Kat Cake (I know there are others but somehow they aren’t on the blog??).  This year I wanted to do a real cake again, but I went with his love of Oreos and vanilla bean and let those two things shine.

Cookies ‘n Cream Cake- 3 amazing layers of deliciousness

This sweet treat is built with two layers of fluffy vanilla bean cake (Matt LOVED it), one layer of dark chocolate cake, and lots and lots of cookies ‘n cream buttercream.  The extra Oreos used for decorating were great for an eye appeal but also added a nice textural component to a few bites of each slice.  Since it was a birthday cake I didn’t get any glamour slice photos, but you can see another picture of the inside here.

Matt Bday Cake


3-Layer Cookies 'n Cream Cake
Chocolate and vanilla bean cake layers slathered in cookies ‘n cream frosting
Recipe type: Dessert
Makes: 12 servings


  1. Prepare vanilla bean cake and dark chocolate cake as directed and set aside layers to cool
  2. Once cake layers are cooled, prepare buttercream
  3. Place one layer of vanilla cake down on desired cake plate and top with about [ ] cup buttercream and spread evenly
  4. Place chocolate cake layer down carefully and repeat layer of frosting
  5. Top that layer with second vanilla cake layer and cover cake with remaining buttercream; decorate with additional Oreos as desired

Store cake in refrigerator and serve at room temperature; best eaten within one day of frosting (will be good up to three days)


3-Layer Cookies 'n Cream Cake
Recipe type: Dessert

  • 340 grams / 12 ounces (1½ cups / 3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 227 grams / 8 ounces regular or light cream cheese
  • 160 grams / 1 pound 7 ounces (~5 cups) powdered sugar
  • 15 milliliters / 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 50 grams / 1¾ ounces (~1/2 cup) finely ground Oreo crumbs (~6 cookies) PLUS additional cookies for decorating

  1. Beat butter and cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment on high speed for several minutes until butter is light and creamy
  2. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and mix on low speed until combined; add remaining powdered sugar and vanilla and increase speed of mixer to high and beat until frosting is light and fluffy
  3. Stir in Oreo crumbs until evenly distributed

Cookies ‘n Cream Cake- 3 amazing layers (chocolate, vanilla bean and cookies n cream buttercream!)

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Amazing Cookies n Cream Layer Cake


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