Cookies and Cream Crumb Cake

Cookies and Cream Crumb CakeCookies and Cream Crumb Cake

“The darkness in me is subsided, you take its place.” – VaZaki Nada

Somethings are plain and simple, better together than apart. Chocolate and Peanut Butter. Apple and Cinnamon. Rum and Raisin. Raspberry and Vanilla. Dark Chocolate and Peppermint. Nutella and…oh anything. Cookies and Cream…the list could go on. Though, it’s the latter that’s my favourite flavour combination.

I’ve always had a deep love for anything cookies and cream. Oreo’s in particular are my guilty pleasure. They will forever be known as my favourite cookie and the after school treat of my childhood. Twist, lick, dunk and repeat…is the motto of my youth.

Cookies and Cream Crumb Cake

As an adult, you quickly learn to avoid the things that make you lose all self-control… and Oreo’s are “it” for me. Usually, I am able to resist their sweet temptation and allure but I saw them in the store the other day and they nostalgically reminded me of my ever-present (but sometimes forgotten) love for the infamous cookie.

I became reduced back into my old sweet temptation. The cookies practically begged to be taken home… and made into something extra special. So, I baked them into a cake – worthy of celebration. Because it’s now winter-mid break! Plenty of reason to celebrate with a decadent cake.

Cookies and Cream Crumb Cake

This Cookies and Cream Crumb Cake is where the classic Oreo Sandwich Cookie meets Cake. The cake is comprised of three layers- two fluffy vanilla bean layers and one dark chocolate layer. Small pieces of Oreo cookies are mixed into the vanilla cake batters and also folded into the fluffy cream cheese frosting – giving the cake both a unique texture and decadent flavour. The cake is then finally smothered in a thick layer of frosting and heavily studded with a thick layer of Oreo crumbs.

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This is a celebratory cake to be shared. And it is rich enough that a small slice will suffice any sweet craving. I loved watching the facial expressions of my friends and family when they took their first bites of this cake. In every case, there was a resounding pause then moment for reflection. The chewing stopped. Eyes widened then brightened. No words were uttered; none were needed…the euphoric expressions conveyed all.

Cookies and Cream Crumb Cake

This is the type of post that makes it incredibly hard to edit, as I begin to crave a slice of this decadent cake all over again.  Cookies and Cream Crumb Cake is incredibly moist, fluffy and rich. It perfectly balances the Cookies and Cream combination and tastes just as good as it looks. Believe me. It’s a fun, sweet cake that begs to be accompanied by a glass of milk and shared amongst loved ones. Heaven.

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Cookies and Cream Crumb Cake
For the vanilla layers:
  • 4 ½ oz. / 125 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 9 oz. / 250 g caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1 egg and 3 egg whites, lightly beaten together
  • 8 oz. / 225 g plain flour
  • 2 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 6 fl. oz. / 180 ml whole milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 15 Oreo cookies, lightly crushed
For the chocolate layer:
  • 1.1 oz. / 30 g unsalted butter
  • 3 oz. / 85 g plain flour
  • 1.1 oz. / 30 g dutch processed cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 3.6 oz. / 100 g caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 fl. oz. / 90 ml whole milk
  • 2 fl. oz. / 60 ml boiling water
For the cookies and cream cheese frosting:
  • 10 ½ oz. / 300 g cream cheese
  • 3.5 oz. / 100 g icing (confectioners’) sugar, sifted
  • 10.1 fl. oz. / 300 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 10 Oreo cookies, lightly crushed
For assembly:
  • 18 Oreo cookies, blitzed together in a blender or food processor to form a fine crumb
For the vanilla layers:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 330 F / 170 C. Grease and line 2 x 6 inch / 15 cm cake tins then set them aside.
  2. Using a stand mixer or electric hand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until very light and fluffy, roughly 5 minutes. Add the eggs to the mixture a little at a time until they are well incorporated.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add a third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until just combined. Add in half of the milk and the vanilla extract, followed by a third of the flour mixture. Continue to beat until combined. Add in the last of the milk followed by the remaining flour, beating until just combined then gently fold in the crushed Oreo cookies.
  4. Divide the mixture evenly between the prepared cake tins. Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes in their tins, before turning them out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool, level any domed tops.
For the chocolate layer:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F / 180 C. Grease and line a 6 inch / 15 cm cake tin and set it aside.
  2. In a small saucepan set over medium to low heat melt down the butter. Once melted, set it aside to let cool.
  3. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda and salt. Add the sugar, egg, vanilla, milk, melted butter and boiling water and beat with a wooden spoon to combine until uniformly smooth.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake for 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs. Allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes in its tin, before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool, level any domed tops.
For the cookies and cream cheese frosting:
  1. Mix the cream cheese and icing sugar together in a medium sized bowl. In a separate bowl, whip the cream until it reaches firm peaks. Gently, fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until smooth and combined. Divide the frosting into two separate bowls, one with one third the other with two thirds. Gently fold in the crushed Oreo cookies to the bowl with one third of the frosting; this will be used to fill the cake. You can chill the frosting bowls while you continue to work.
For assembly:
  1. Place a cookies-and-cream vanilla cake layer on a cake plate or stand, bottom side facing up. Spread half of the cookie frosting over its top. Sandwich with the chocolate cake layer, and spread the rest of the cookie frosting over its top. Add the final cookies-and-cream vanilla cake layer, bottom side facing up.
  2. Evenly spread the remaining two-thirds of the frosting (the bowl without the cookies) over the entire cake. Gently using your palms cover the top and the sides of the cake with the cookie crumbs. When you are satisfied with the finish, carefully press all around the cake for a smooth finish. Chill the cake for 30 minutes before setting out to serve.

Cookies and Cream Crumb Cake


  • Reply Karen July 10, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Beautiful cake as always. I cannot wait to make this for my family. Your pictures are spot on. They make you want to bake!

  • Reply Ben Maclain | Havocinthekitchen July 9, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Oh, I’m afraid I’m too late, and there’s no any morsel of this beautiful cake left for me, right? That’s lovely work, Thalia!

  • Reply Jackie @ supermancooks July 8, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Thalia, this is stunning! I may have to attempt this for the next family birthday….
    Photos are stunning as always!!

  • Reply Eva@thehungryplum July 7, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Gah! If only someone had pointed me in the direction of this gluttonous specimen yesterday on my birthday! That frosting layer is like pew pew pew pew *kills all the other cakes dead* x|

  • Reply Megan July 4, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Wow this looks amazing! Such a gorgeous cake!

  • Reply Krystle July 2, 2015 at 3:48 am

    This looks so tasty! Love the crumbs on the outside too. My icing skills are terrible but now I can cover them with cookie crumbs! 😀

  • Reply Jillian July 1, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Girl, your cakes ALWAYS look phenomenal, I don’t know how you do it! I love love love cookies and cream desserts–I may just have to make this…for myself 😉

  • Reply Emily July 1, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    so over the top and amazing, Thalia! this is my kids dream cake 🙂

  • Reply Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes June 28, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Wow, you’ve outdone yourself Thalia! I am majorly loving this. Yum!

  • Reply Kelley @ Chef Savvy June 28, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    This cake is stunning! I love oreos so this cookies and cream cake is perfect for me! Will be making this asap!

  • Reply Kennedy Cole| KCole's Creative Corner June 28, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    This is my dream cake. I love Oreos! I really love how detailed this is. It makes it so easy to make! Great recipe!

  • Reply Claudia | Breakfast Drama Queen June 28, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Oh wow! Oreos are one of my (many) guilty pleasures too 😀

  • Reply amanda June 28, 2015 at 3:47 am

    This is stunning!

  • Reply Adri June 27, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    What an absolutely delightful cake, and as always your photographs are glorious.

  • Reply Nagi@RecipeTinEats June 27, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Can’t even tell you how many oreos I can consume in one sitting, too ashamed 🙂

    Ridiculously stunning and sexy as always Thalia. You continue to amaze me with your talent!

  • Reply Jasmin June 26, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    This cake is visually striking – I wish I could have one good piece of it right now… 😉

  • Reply Julie @ Cooks with Cocktails June 26, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Oreos are my most favorite cookie. Ever. This cake is definitely a show stopper. Gorgeous and Im sure it tastes a wonderful as it looks. Thank you for the recipe. I will be able to get my daughter to cook with me if I say were going to make this one!

  • Reply Lokness @ The Missing Lokness June 26, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Cookie and cream combo is one of the best! Absolutely LOVE this cake! Everyone would be happy to have a slice of this!

  • Reply sue|theviewfromgreatisland June 26, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    omg this is the mac daddy of all cookies and cream desserts!!

  • Reply jessica knott (Swanky Recipes) June 26, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Such a beautiful cake, my family would really love if I made this!

  • Reply Sippitysup June 26, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    This shows so much creativity and I love it for that. But really, in the end it’s the cookies and cream combo that makes it so beguiling. GREG

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen June 26, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    What a gorgeous cake Thalia! My husband would love this cake, because he totally digs Oreos. Bravo!

  • Reply Bec {Daisy and the Fox} June 26, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Thalia this cake is so gorgeous!!!
    it hits every sweet spot, and i’m so craving this right now 😛
    beautiful pictures as always!
    Enjoy the holidays 🙂

    Bec {Daisy and the Fox}

  • Reply Liz June 26, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Oh, my gosh, this is a beauty!! My family adores Oreos—but I think they’d love this cake even more!

  • Reply Meagan @ The F&B Department June 26, 2015 at 5:17 am

    Thalia, you’ve outdone yourself this time. Cookies and Cream is impossible to resist. If your going to create a masterpiece such as this every time you give in to a craving, I’m all for it.

  • Reply Gourmet Getaways June 26, 2015 at 4:30 am

    Not saying no to this! This is a perfect tea or coffee partner. Thanks for sharing, Thalia!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  • Reply Tonya June 26, 2015 at 2:09 am

    Absolutely stunning, Thalia!

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice June 25, 2015 at 10:54 am

    What a gorgeous cake, Thalia! I love the cookies and cream combo. Sounds perfect!

  • Reply Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps June 25, 2015 at 12:55 am

    I just downed four oreos approximately three hours ago. And I could STILL inhale this cake. Stunning!

  • Reply Faith (An Edible Mosaic) June 24, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    What a stunning cake! It definitely looks celebratory – my niece’s birthday is coming up and this would be the perfect cake…Oreos are her favorite. 🙂

  • Reply Manali @ CookWithManali June 24, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    gorgeous cake! my hubby will go crazy for this, he loves Oreos!!

  • Reply Katalina @ Peas and Ponies June 24, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Those are fabulous layers of pure deliciousness and decadence. This is one cake that I would gladly have all to myself. I also love your styling, this cake is so good that its beautiful by itself.

  • Reply Linda June 23, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    This looks like a recipe I need to bake up ASAP. Beautiful pictures showcase your stunning cake.

  • Reply Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat June 23, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    This cake looks amazing! It is actually making my mouth water. And you are totally right, nutella goes with everything!

  • Reply marcie June 23, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    I’ve always had a big thing for cookies ‘n cream, too, and this cake…WOW. This is just incredible, Thalia — one of the best cookies ‘n cream cakes I’ve ever seen!

  • Reply Ashley June 23, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I’ve alwayssss had a huge love for anything cookies and cream! This cake sounds so so good! Oreos are definitely a favorite of mine … which is why I can’t keep them in the house 🙂

  • Reply karrie @ Tasty Ever After June 23, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Oreos and cake together = THE perfect combo. Wish I had the whole cake sitting in front of me and a big fork 🙂

  • Reply June 23, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I don’t think this cake could possibly get better! I adore it!

  • Reply Katie @ 24 Carrot Life June 23, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Hot damn this looks amazing! And I have a secret love of oreos. I would have some stocked in my kitchen at all times if I could keep from eating the whole package at once. I’m pinning this cake for the next big celebration I can make it for.

  • Reply Sarah | Drool-Worthy June 23, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Yes! Oreos are my “it” too – I crash and burn every time they’re put in front of me. This cake looks SO worth it though – and your photos are gorgeous as usual 🙂

  • Reply Sarah June 22, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    oh my word, this is one gorgeous cake! Love the cookies and cream theme.. Never seen a cake recipe like this before- definitely pinning 😉

  • Reply Katie @ Butterlust June 22, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    I’ve never been a huge Oreo fan when they’re on their own but put them into just about ANYTHING (ice cream, cake, peanut butter…) and I turn into a complete cookie monster. This cake is no exception, LOVE LOVE LOVE.

  • Reply Michaell | Foodscape June 22, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Reading your post makes me picture my husband and his favorite hobby of dunking oreos in milk. This just might be his next birthday cake. Simply gorgeous!

  • Reply Traci | Vanilla And Bean June 22, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Oreos tug at the childhood memories string just as mac & cheese, ice cream, and cookies. I can see why your family was without words. I love the creativity behind this cake, from the messy ‘crumb’ coat to the Oreo studded layers. The process from thought to post must have been exhilarating! What a delight to create this and bring fourth what’s in your mind’s eye to your adoring readers. Thank you for this! Delicious work Thalia!

  • Reply Erin @ Simple, Sweet & Savory June 22, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Holy moly! This cake looks insane. I am such a fan of anything cookies and cream and this looks like a cake I would see in my dreams. YUM!!

  • Reply Sam @ SugarSpunRun June 22, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Wow, Thalia! Once again you have somehow managed to outdo yourself. This cake looks absolutely incredible, I love this classy, unique twist on Oreos!

  • Reply Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) June 22, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    This cake is perfection! I will never be over it!

  • Reply Sarah | Broma Bakery June 22, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Giiiirl. You and your cakes. You need to open up a shop, and I hope it’s near me.

  • Reply Ana | Espresso My Kitchen June 22, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Wow Thalia what a gorgeous cake! I want a slice of this cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner, YUM!

  • Reply All that's Jas June 22, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Omg, Thalia, that looks incredible! Save me a piece I’m coming over 🙂

  • Reply Mike@TheIronYou June 22, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Thalia you outdid yourself once again. The cake is stunning, to say the least. Great job my friend!

  • Reply Kelly June 22, 2015 at 8:55 am

    This cake is stunning, Thalia! Oreos are one of my favorite store-bought cookies too and I love that you coated the cake with the Oreo crumbs! It looks perfect!

  • Reply June 22, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Drooling here at breakfast time in Scotland Thalia. lovely recipe and great read as usual Thanks. 🙂

  • Reply Rachel | A Sweet Muddle June 22, 2015 at 5:52 am

    I can imagine this tastes as good as it looks Thalia. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire June 21, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    What a delicious cake! Oreos are such a wonderfully nostalgic treat, I don’t blame you for having to keep away from them. I am the same way! This cake is definitely worth digging back into those childhood cookies – and having it in cake just makes it even better!!

  • Reply Abby June 21, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    This cake is STUNNING, Thalia! Oh my goodness, it’s literally perfect. <3

  • Reply mjskitchen June 21, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Darlin, you are one heck of a baker!!! Your cakes are so creative and absolutely scrumptious looking!!! I could eat this whole cake!

  • Reply Nguyet @ Taming of the Spoon June 21, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Cookies and cream is my favorite ice-cream flavor. So, I’m totally excited about trying out this cake. This looks so decadent!

  • Reply Chaya June 21, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    cookies and cream is my favorite, too! i just made a cookies and cream ice cream and it’s already finished, but i’m craving more. also: oreo cookie crumbs are the best, aren’t they?! my favorite ice cream topping.
    this cake is beautiful! so trying this.

  • Reply Christina @ Bake with Christina June 21, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    That cake looks amazing! All those beautiful layers are making my mouth drool – yummy!! Pinned 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca@Figs and Pigs June 21, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    What an epic cake just stunning Thalia.

  • Reply Medha @ Whisk & Shout June 21, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Oh my god. This is absolutely STUNNING! Pinning of course, and totally in awe of this cake and all it’s lovely layers.

  • Reply Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary June 21, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Just- WOW! Many many MANY Wow’s… acompannied by tummy rumbles. I’m speachless. And hungry for a slice (or the entirety) of this cake! Always beautiful. Always delicious. Thanks for sharing the love! Cheers, Thalia!

  • Reply Lauren @ Lauren Caris Cooks June 21, 2015 at 9:27 am

    I’m not sure any words are needed to convey how good this evidently is!! Oh my goodness. It looks so decadent and rich and yet light! I absolutely love when there are crunchy things inside a cake. Can you please post me some of this to Switzerland?! Gorgeous as always Thalia.

  • Reply Bonnie Eng June 21, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Thalia, this is one gorgeous cake! Love that black color…would be perfect for a black and white themed party!

  • Reply Beeta @ Mon Petit Four June 21, 2015 at 6:17 am

    Thalia, I always feel like your posts resonate with me, but this one was especially nostalgic as I felt you were writing straight from my thoughts. Oreos are pretty much the only store-bought “junk food” item that I loveddd (as in I ate them everyday after school) as a kid and STILL love to this day. Like you, I enjoy cooking and baking on the more natural side, but Oreos are always the exception. I also avoid them at the store because they are too addictive to have at home, but this cake….THIS deserves purchasing a box of Oreos and risking the overindulgence that comes with it. The cake is absolutely stunning, Thalia. And so very unique. I’ve seen so many Oreo cheesecakes or no-bake Oreo desserts, which are all tasty in their own right, but I love that you mixed the Oreos into a fluffy cake batter like this. And the crumb coating is sensational! I wish I was a part of your family and friends when they got to taste this! I can’t wait to try this recipe for my own loved ones <3 Gorgeous, gorgeous job, love! XO

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef June 21, 2015 at 6:09 am

    This might not be politically correct but back when I was a teenager, my mother knew that when I had my period it would take a packet of oreos and a quart of milk to get me through. Thankfully I was so skinny she didn’t mind. She’d mind now!

    I could eat this whole cake — maybe not in one sitting but I’d get there without sharing. 🙂

  • Reply Courtney | Fork to Belly June 21, 2015 at 6:00 am

    A million thousand YES’s!!!! Can you please ship this cake over to California??? Oreos are my kryptonite too… one bag does not last long in my kitchen.

  • Reply mira June 21, 2015 at 4:47 am

    Gorgeous cake Thalia! Looks delicious! Love the pictures!

  • Reply Margaret@KitchenFrau June 21, 2015 at 4:14 am

    Stunnnnnnning! I love the beautiful contrast of dark and light.

  • Reply Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 21, 2015 at 2:40 am

    I love that crumb coating, what a gorgeous cake!

  • Reply Maggie J June 21, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Thalia, your pictures are always so stunning! This looks almost too beautiful to eat but I think I’d manage… 😉 Wow!

  • Reply Mary Ann | the beach house kitchen June 20, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Thalia I will gladly join this celebration! Oreos are also a favorite of mine too! Beautiful cake! So decadent looking!

  • Reply Kristen @ The Endless Meal June 20, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    I love that you admit that Oreos are your guilty pleasure … they’re mine too! (I don’t normally say that out loud lol.) I so wish I had a big slice of this cake and a cup of coffee in front of me right now. 🙂

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