Thursday, April 16, 2015

Candy Covered Triple Chocolate Cake with Oreo Icing

Candy Covered Triple Chocolate Cake with Oreo Icing || ashleylovestocook.com

And sometimes, I make things that are ridiculously unhealthy. Sorry; not sorry. 

My husband and I celebrated our 12th Wedding Anniversary last weekend so I surprised him with this. Triple chocolate cake with Oreo cream cheese icing then covered in Kit Kat bars and 5 different kinds of M&M's. I promise I wasn't trying to bring on a sugar-induced coma; I made it out of love.

If you could have only seen the expressions on my husband and little boy when I brought it out! After they stared in pure amazement for a few seconds they didn't hesitate to start sampling M&M's. 

Candy Covered Triple Chocolate Cake with Oreo Icing || ashleylovestocook.com


This cake is a lot easier to make than you might think. Although it's a true indulgence, if you have lots of people to share with it's definitely worth making - at least once.

I'm not the kind of person to go for the corner piece of a sheet cake with all the icing. But this icing. I could straight up eat it with a spoon until I was sick. So this recipe if perfectly satisfying without all the candy and you could garnish it with some extra Oreos.

Candy Covered Triple Chocolate Cake with Oreo Icing || ashleylovestocook.com

If you're going all the way with this dessert, once you bake the cake and ice it the next step is to place the Kit Kat bars all around. I broke and placed them one at a time so the breaks would line up. If they are leaning or start to slide don't worry, that's where the ribbon comes in. It's a must. Secure a piece of ribbon snugly around the Kit Kats and add toppings as desired.

Use just one kind of candy or even more than I did. Once the cake has been refrigerated for several hours the Kit Kat bars will stay in place when you remove the ribbon to cut the cake. Just watch for falling candy once you cut!

Candy Covered Triple Chocolate Cake with Oreo Icing || ashleylovestocook.com

I've included nutrition info for just the cake with icing - if you care to look. I didn't measure how much candy I used, you might use a different kind, or if you're like me you might just pick the candy off and eat the cake. Of course I ate M&M's later, what kind of question is that? Like I've said, this is an occasional indulgence but with planning you can probably make this fit into your meal plan.



Candy Covered Triple Chocolate Cake with Oreo Icing
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Makes 16 servings

Candy Covered Triple Chocolate Cake with Oreo Icing || ashleylovestocook.com

Ingredients:

Cake
  • 1 - 15.25 oz. Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 1 c. water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 c. vegetable oil
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 c. Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips
Icing
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 10 reduced-fat Oreo cookies, cream removed
Additional Items
  • 11 packages Kit Kat bars (regular size, not snack size)
  • Ribbon
  • Candy for toppping
  • Chocolate cream filled wafer rolls for dividers (optional)

Directions


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease (2) 9" cake pans with nonstick spray. (If you only have 8" pans you may have to cut some cake off each layer in order for the Kit Kat bars to be tall enough to hold the candy.)

In a large bowl, beat cake mix, water, eggs, cocoa powder, oil, and applesauce on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour evenly among 2 prepared pans.

Bake approximately 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely.

To make icing, place Oreos in a ziplock bag and use a rolling pin to finely crush them (or use a food processor). In a large bowl beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar. Once incorporated, beat on high speed until fluffy. Then fold in crushed Oreos.

Place one cake layer, rounded side down, on cake board or cake stand. Add a layer of icing. Place remaining cake layer, rounded side up, on top. Spread remaining icing evenly over top and sides of cake. Break Kit Kat bars one at a time and place all around cake until covered. Tie a piece of ribbon snugly around cake middle of cake. Fill in the top with candy of choice. Use chocolate wafers to create dividers if using more than one type of candy. I had to trim about 1" off each wafer. Refrigerate cake.


Nutrition Facts:
Makes  16 servings  • 1 slice Cake with Icing ONLY =  11 Weight Watchers points+
Calories: 399  • Fat: 16 g • Carbs: 61 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 4 g • Sugar: 46 g • Sodium: 317 mg • Cholesterol: 47 mg 

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