Five Layer Brownie Oreo Cake

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My brother -in-law, Isaac, is currently training for an ironman, and requested a cake with brownie layers and oreo buttercream. His lucky number is 5, and he jokingly said he’d like a five layer cake. Little did he know, his comment would result in a 25 lb, monstrosity of a cake ūüôā

I baked the brownie layers first, the cake layers second, and while they cooled, I whipped up the Oreo buttercream. The recipe can be found below:

Double Chocolate Brownies

  • 1.5 cups melted butter (3 sticks butter)
  • 4.5 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup semi chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

White Cake Base

  • 1.5 cup (3 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. espresso powder, dissolved in 1 tbsp hot water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Oreo Buttercream:
  • 4 sticks butter
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 20 oreos, chopped finely (reserve the rest of the pack for decorations)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
Chocolate Ganache:
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350¬ļ F. Prepare five 8-inch round cake pans, and one 9 inch square baking dish with a lining of parchment paper, and nonstick baking spray.
Combine the melted butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each, until thoroughly blended. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, and salt in a bowl. Gradually stir flour mixture into the egg mixture until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips. Spread the 1/3 of the batter evenly into 2 of the 8 inch baking pans, and pour the rest into the 9 inch square baking pan. Bake in preheated oven until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Remove, and cool pan on wire rack before cutting.
While the brownies bake, prepare the white cake batter. Cream the butter until light and fluffy with an electric mixer. Slowly add sugar one cup at a time, making sure to fully incorporate each cup before adding another. Add eggs one at a time, making sure to fully incorporate each egg before adding another. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Pour the buttermilk and vanilla into measuring cup and whisk together with a fork. Add to butter mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Gently stir all ingredients until well combined. Stop mixer and scrape down sides of bowl, making sure that all ingredients have fully mixed. Pour equal amounts of cake batter into the remaining 3 cake pans, and place in the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove and allow to cool slightly in cake pans for about 5 minutes, then cool completely on a wire rack.
While the cakes bake and cool, prepare the frosting. Whip the butter until it is light and fluffy, then slowly add the powdered sugar. Alternate installments of powdered sugar with heavy cream, and continue mixing until the frosting has reached desired consistency. Add salt and vanilla, and continue mixing until fully incorporated. Then stir in the crushed Oreos. Continue to mix at a high speed until the Oreos are fully incorporated throughout the frosting.
Once the cakes and brownies are fully cooled, assemble the cake. To make the cake, alternate vanilla cake layers with brownie layers, slathering an even layer of frosting between the cake and brownie levels. I also chose to sprinkle chopped up oreos between the the layers. Once all the cake and brownie layers are stacked, coat the exterior of the cake with a thin crumb coat. Place in the freezer for about 15 minutes, until the crumb coat is firm.
While waiting, prepare the ganache. Heat the cream in a microwave-safe bowl for about 45 seconds, until it is just beginning to bubble. Pour in the chocolate chips, and wiggle the bowl until the chips are completed covered. Let sit for two minutes. Stir gentle, until the chocolate in fully melted and incorporated in the cream. Place in the fridge to  allow the ganache to cool too room temperature.
Remove the cake from the freezer, and apply another layer of buttercream. Frost until smooth using an offset spatula or cake bench. Push some additional crushed around the base of the cake. Place in the freezer again to allow the frosting to set.
Pour the cooled ganache into a plastic squirt bottle or a Ziploc bag (snip the corner of the bag when ready to drizzle). Drizzle the the chocolate ganache over the edges of the cake, and completely cover the top of the cake. Slice square pan of brownies into squares, and assemble an Oreo and Brownie pyramid on top of the cake. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the brownies and Oreos, to fill in any open spaces between the brownies. And five hours later…..the cake is complete!!!! ūüėõ

 

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