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This cake? Yeah, I know. It’s kind of ridiculous.Gooey Chocolate Oreo Crunch Butter Cake-1

But it also just kind of happened.

Like I have no  idea how I came up with this.

Ok, well I do. I was brainstorming and brainstorming some more (I brainstorm A LOT! Actually, I brainstorm so much that by the end of the day my brain normally hurts) when I came across a picture of a traditional vanilla Gooey Butter Cake. See, before I saw this picture I had no idea what gooey butter cake was. Obviously, the name intrigued me.

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Really, who does not love the words gooey, butter and cake?

All in the same sentence too. That should probably be illegal.

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Sometimes my brainstorming can get me into trouble.

Example? You’re looking at it.

For some reason I had Oreos floating around in my brain. Seriously, all I wanted to do was make something containing Oreos. I think it was because I have yet to post an Oreo recipe on this blog.Gooey Chocolate Oreo Crunch Butter Cake-10

Wait! What am I saying! Umm, I made the most delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Oreos. They were incredible! Shoot, I totally should have made those and stuffed them into this cake!

Next time. For sure.

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So here was my thought process:

Gooey Butter Cake + Oreos = Good

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake + Oreos = Better

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake + Oreos + Extra Chopped Oreos and a semi-hard Chocolate Peanut Butter top layer = Ridiculous

Really guys, the picture say it all. These are fudgey on the bottom, gooey in the middle and crunchy on top. It is a whole lot of awesomeness!

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Gooey Chocolate Oreo Crunch Butter Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Refrigerat 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Servings: 20 bars
Calories Per Serving: 449 kcal

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Cake Crust

Gooey Chocolate Filling

Oreo Layer


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13 by 9-inch baking pan.
  • In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, melted butter and egg. Stir until well blended and then mix in the milk. (This can also be done by hand). Pat the mixture into a prepared pan and set aside.
  • In a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the remaining 2 eggs, and the cocoa powder. Lower the speed of the mixer, and add the powdered sugar. Continue beating until ingredients are well mixed. Slowly add the remaining 1 stick of melted butter, and the vanilla, continuing to beat the mixture until smooth. Spread the filling over the cake mixture in the pan. Press 18 whole Oreos into the filling (the filling will begin to spill over the oreos, but it probably will not completely cover the oreos). Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the cake. The center should still be a little giggly when finished baking. Let sit five minutes.
  • While the cake is sitting chop the remaining Oreos into pieces and melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter together (I use the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted).
  • Once you melted the peanut butter and chocolate, evenly the distribute the chopped Oreos all over the top of the cake. Pour the melted chocolate mixture over top, spreading with a spatula. Make sure chocolate gets down into the Oreo crevices, as it is the “glue” that holds the top to the bottom (do the best you can, but the chocolate will probably not reach all the way to the very edge of the cake). Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
  • Let bars sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before cutting. Try and cut them carfully, but beware that the tops might crack a little.


Top chocolate layer inspired by How Sweet It Is.

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  1. The filling and topping were amazing but the crust was actually kind of bitter? I’m pretty sure I followed the recipe to the T, so I don’t know what happened. Could it be that the amounts for the sugar and cocoa powder are switched around? 3/4 cup cocoa powder seems like a lot…not that I thought about that while I was making it! It still got mostly eaten at the potluck I took it to but I do wonder!

    1. I would think so, but I have never tried it. Really there is no reason why they would not work as cupcake though!

      Let me know how it goes!

  2. This looks insane! Maybe scoring the top layer will help prevent cracks. This would be great with Halloween or the red Winter Oreos!

  3. My antique “Ooey-gooey Louie Cake” recipe (called for yellow cake mix, but works with any flavor) which can be the base for this wonderous Oreo topping. It is a little simpler:
    1 box 2-layer cake mix
    1 stick margarine
    4 eggs
    1 lb. confectioners sugar
    1 8-oz pkg. cream cheese.
    Preheat oven to 350˚. Grease 9-by-13 pan and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
    Mix cake mix, melted margarine, and 2 eggs. Spread in pan.
    Beat until smooth confectioners sugar, cream cheese, 2 eggs. (Could add the 3 Tblsp. cocoa powder here, too, for chocolate filling.) Pour over first layer.
    Bake 30 minutes.
    Then proceed with the wonderful chocolate goodness in the recipe above.
    This is good with lemon or strawberry cake mix and a little lemon extract and juice or pineapple in the filling layer.

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