I made this cake awhile ago and just keep forgetting to post the recipe. The cake uses the “diet” recipe concept, and the “frosting” is actually vanilla pudding mixed with some peppermint extract that’s colored a bright green for a minty hue. Crush some Oreos, sprinkle on top, and you’re good to go! It’s incredibly simple to put together – perfect for a last-minute party or occasion you need to bring a dessert to.
I will be honest – I did not actually try the cake. I made it for Hubby to bring to work when they did a potluck lunch and I left it in the pan it was baked in, so I didn’t even get to sneak a piece before I sent it off. However, all his co-workers were raving about how good it was, and since there were no leftovers brought back home to me, I’m thinking that’s a good thing :)
Mint Chocolate Oreo Cake
- Box of Devil’s Food cake mix
- 1 can diet cola
- 2 egg whites
- 1 package Oreo cookies
- 1 package fat-free vanilla pudding mix (5 minute kind)
- 1 1/2 cups cold milk
- 1-2 teaspoons pure peppermint extract (adjust to how strong you want the minty flavor)
- 3-5 drops of green food coloring (adjust to how green you want the pudding to be)
- Non-stick cooking spray
Let’s Get Baking!
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray the bottom and sides of a 9x13 pan generously with the non-stick spray.
- In a large bowl, mix the cake mix, diet cola, and egg whites according to the cake box directions (usually on medium speed for 2 minutes). Pour mix evenly into the greased pan. Bake according to cake box directions (usually 25-30 minutes) or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- While the cake is baking, whisk the pudding mix and milk together in a medium bowl until blended (usually about 2 minutes). Put the pudding mix in the fridge to help it set.
- After the cake is finished baking, let it cool for at least 20 minutes. While waiting for the cake to cool, put about 2/3 of the package of Oreo cookies into a large ziplock bag. Crush with a potato smasher, rolling pin, or your hands :)
- Take the pudding out of the fridge, add the peppermint extract in and mix well. You may need to add more depending upon how minty you would like the flavor to be. Then add 3 drops of green food coloring to the pudding. Mix well. Again, you may need to add more drops if you would like the color a deeper green.
- The pudding will be thick at this point (it should have been setting in the fridge for at least 25 minutes). Using the back of a large spoon, spread the pudding over the top of the cake.
- Evenly sprinkle the crushed Oreos over the top of the cake. Enjoy!
A couple notes - I made this cake the night before and I’m assuming the Oreos got a little soggy while chilling in the fridge on top of the pudding cake. It may actually be better that they were softer, but that might be a change you would like to make. You would just need to crush the Oreos ahead of time and then add them to the top right before serving. Also, I left the cake in the pan after it cooled so it was easy for transportation and then the pudding could continue to set on the cake overnight. Not the prettiest presentation option, so I think I would try baking this in a glass pan next time.