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Herewith, the cake.

Cake Party 002

Apocalypse Chocolate Cake with Oreo Buttercream Frosting, as prepared for the Cake Party portion of the Holly Jolly Fair at First Parish Church.

(It's all gone now.)

And because dparkram asked so nicely, herewith the recipe, long ago published on my old blog, with a hat tip to Camera Obscura, who gave it to me in the first place.

Chocolate Cake for the Apocalypse (or any day your mood could use some elevating)

One Chocolate Fudge box cake mix
One 4-serving instant chocolate fudge pudding
8 oz sour cream
4 eggs
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. water
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Grease and flour a Bundt or tube pan. (I use the spray with flour and it works very well.)

Mix everything but the chocolate chips on low for one minute or until completely mixed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix on medium for 2 to 3 minutes until very smooth, scraping as necessary. Batter will be very thick. Fold in chocolate chips by hand.

Pour into the pan and bake for 45 – 50 minutes, or until top springs back when touched lightly and sides are starting to pull away from the pan. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes.

Run a sharp knife around the edges of the pan and either turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely, or turn out onto a cake plate and slice yourself a warm piece. Add a glass of milk and you’re all set!

Now, it's a plain-looking, though rich-tasting cake, so for a fancy occasion, such as a Fancy Cake Party, consider adding a glaze of some sort, or try this:

Oreo Buttercream Frosting


  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream (I substituted half-and-half.)
  • 3 Oreos, coarsely crushed


In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter.
Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium
and beat for another 3 minutes.

Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for
1 minute more, adding more cream if needed for spreading consistency.

Fold in the crushed Oreos and frost the cake.

(Though you may be tempted to sit down with the bowl and a spoon.)

11 thoughts on “Herewith, the cake.”

  1. Believe me, there were temptations aplenty. Pumpkin yule log cake, hazelnut cake with coffee frosting, pecan turtle cheesecake…and the list goes on…

  2. yum….I’ll have to go buy a bundt pan, which since I’ve always wanted one, now this recipe gives me a good reason….

  3. That looks good!
    But then you said “hazelnut cake with coffee frosting” and I went all “ghlahglahglahg.”

  4. Oh, my word. I’ll make that when I’m home in MO to see my family, so there is someone besides Taciturn and me to eat it!

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