I have the worst guilt when it comes to being mean to people… even if I don’t like them.
Don’t get me wrong: if someone’s a total jerkface, my inner beyatch will come out like a rabid hyena ready to strike. But if someone’s just slightly annoying or neutral, I feel like the biggest asshat in the world when I feel like I have to be ‘mean’…even though most people wouldn’t even call what I’m doing ‘mean.’
For instance, unfriending people on Facebook. Whyyyyy is it so hard to do? I look through my hundreds of Facebook friends with a twinge of resentment, almost like why did I ever friend you in the first place? I either, A) don’t personally know you and never cared to personally know you; B) don’t remember you because we maybe had math class in the seventh grade; or C) liked you at one point but that point has sailed far away on a ship that will never really return.
Yet when it comes to hitting that ‘Unfriend’ button? I am skeeeeered, people. What if they wake up the next morning, eager to share something with me after years of us not communicating and they find I’m no longer their social media friend? Wouldn’t that be like, cataclysmic to their universe? Would they start wracking their brains with possible things they could have said or done to cause me to go haywire and delete them from my online life? (Am I possibly overestimating my power on random people I barely know? Don’t answer that).
I mean, worst case scenario is they try and add me back and I can explain that someone hacked into my account and randomly deleted people I haven’t talked to in the last five years and isn’t that SO weird?! and we can laugh about how that imaginary hacker was so hellbent on destroying our meaningful internet relationship that will outlast time itself.
Orrrr I can just ignore their friend request and upon hitting the ‘Ignore’ button, whisper ‘I’m sorry’ to myself because my guilty conscience is astronomical in size.
Or there’s this guy I’m texting from OkCupid. He’s super nice and cute and outgoing and we usually text every other day or so about superficial things (“how was work?” etc.). I asked him once a week or so ago if he wanted to hang out and he said, “sure, if you want to.” Ummmmmm… isn’t that the point of joining an online dating site? To hang out? Or did you think we were going to have a forever platonic texting relationship? Because if we’re being honest here, I really don’t care to ask you every other day how work was, hear that you’re tired, and not talk to you for another 48 hours without having never seen your face in real life.
But when it comes to telling him either sh*t or get off the pot? Yeaaaaah, not so ballsy anymore. I feel like I’m ripping his heart out, pouring bleach on it and setting it on fire while I dance a satanic ritual dance. I am an awful human being. And I am awful at this whole ‘feelings’ business.
Sooooo instead of telling people how I really feel (or silently deleting them, whatever) I eat my weight in cake because it consoles me when times are tough (like all the time). A week ago I made you my Oreo Overload Cake which is exactly what the name implies: a rich chocolate cake filled with a decadent Oreo cream filling, then topped with fudge and chopped Oreo cookies. While my family loved it, I knew there was something missing, and that something was a Golden Oreo version. Truth be told, this household prefers the golden counterpart to the classic chocolate cookie, and I knew that making a vanilla version of this indulgent cake would be an amazing move on my part.
And helllllo, it totally was. I can see this cake and I being friends fo lyfffeee.
*recipe adapted from my Oreo Overload Cake recipe
- 1 box Golden Vanilla cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
- 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
- About 20 Golden Oreo cookies, divided
- 1 can vanilla frosting
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease two 9″ cake pans with cooking spray and set aside.
- Prepare the cake batter according to package directions. Pour the cake batter evenly among both baking pans and bake for approx. 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out mostly clean. Allow the cakes to cool in the pan for about 20 minutes before gently inverting them onto wire racks to cool completely.
- In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Gently fold in the Cool Whip to combine. Lastly, gently fold in TEN finely chopped Golden Oreo cookies — you want smaller chunks for this.
- On a cake plate or serving platter, place one cake flat-side facing up. Spread the Golden Oreo filling mixture generously on top of the cake, extending the filling toward the edges of the cake. There will be a lot of filling, but that’s what you want!
- Take the remaining cake half and place it, flat-side down, on top of the filling to make the “sandwich.” Allow the cake to sit for about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, chop up the remaining 10 Golden Oreo cookies into coarse chunks; set aside. Microwave the unwrapped (remove the lid AND foil!) can of frosting for about 20 seconds or until thick but pourable.
- Pour the frosting over the top and center of the cake. Then, using a rubber spatula, gently edge the frosting toward the edges of the cake so it drips down all pretty-like. Immediately top with the crushed cookies and serve!!
This cake was INHALED within moments of my blessing that it was okay to eat (my family knows better than to grab desserts willy-nilly!) As I said, my family prefers Golden Oreos to regular Oreos and I knew this cake would be an instant hit. There’s something so light and perfect about the golden vanilla cake mixed with that fluffy cloud of cream cheesy, whipped vanilla goodness. And I love the added texture from the chopped cookies on top and the finely ground crumbs in the luscious whipped center. If you loved the Oreo Overload Cake, you’ll quickly fall hard for this one, too!
Have a fantastical day!!
Vicki Bensinger says
I don’t think I knew golden Oreos even existed. It’s such a pretty cake although did you forget the pudding in this version or just decide not to use it?
I loved your first version so much I made my version of it, with just a few Tweens with the icing an filling and posted it on my site. I hope you’ll check it out. Just like yours, it was inhaled by everyone. It was sooooooo good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Hey Vicki! I didn’t use pudding in this version (they have yet to come out with a Golden Oreo pudding — I must tell Nabisco to get on that STAT!!) but you could certainly use a vanilla pudding instead and grind up some extra Golden Oreos inside the cake! Glad to know you loved the original version — yours looked incredible!
Feelings are too confusing….stuffing them down with cake it is so much easier!
Great job, I think I like the golden version better as well;)
Thanks, Morgan! That’s totally my philosophy: less feelings, more cake 🙂
Melissa H says
Every Friday since school started this school year, I’ve made goodies and taken them to my son’s elementary school for the teachers. I used to be a preschool teacher back in the ice age and I remember how I was treated as a babysitter and someone to just keep their child busy while the parents do the important stuff….I never want our teachers here (or any teacher) to ever feel like they are fill ins or glorified babysitters. So I felt it was my mission and my ministry to try and lift at least a few spirits on Fridays. I say all that to say this…..your recipes make me feel like I’m wearing an invisible cape and tights! They are always such a hit and I’ve started having teachers look for me on Fridays because they know something amazing is coming. I’ve repeated the words Domestic Rebel more in the last few months than I ever thought I would in my life 🙂 You are amazing. Thank you for all that you do and for going the extra mile to share it with us so that we can in turn share it with others. You don’t know it, but you sure do touch a lot of lives here in Alabama!
On the feelings front….at the end of the day, you are you. There is no other you but you…(I know, I sound like Seuss here, but there’s truth to it). At the end of the day, you have to do what you know will lead to your happiness in life. You have to feel you have the right to make those tough decisions to walk away or stick around or speak your mind and you’re ok for it. No one is going to be looking out for your happiness to the degree that you are….make it count! No more guilt..no more feeling bad for it. Walking away from someone dragging their feet is ok! You do what you need to do! The way I always saw it was if I know I’m ok with walking away from someone who may be wasting my time, that could mean that around the corner is the guy I’m supposed to find and why would I want to waste time finding him??
Anyway, enough lectures. Thank you for the awesome recipes! Hope you have a great day!
Melissa, thank you for writing me such a sweet comment! It absolutely brightened my day up and I am so glad to hear that my recipes are making people smile all the way in Alabama! Thanks for making my treats for teachers — they are absolutely underrated yet so deserving of a little extra pep (I would know, my dad’s a high school teacher and I hear horror stories all the time!). Have a beautiful day, Melissa! <3 xo.
I am an Oreo junkie and though I haven’t seen your original Oreo cake, this one looks completely irresistible! Can’t wait to get busy making it!
Thank you, Risa! Or, Lisar 😉 haha.
Hahaha, darn you – you just made me blow my cover (trying to read on the down-low at work, shhh)!! <> On another note, I sent hubby to the store for whipped topping and Golden Oreos last night and he came back with lemon Oreos and Reddi-wip…men
Sophia @ NY Foodgasm says
UmmmmI think I can eat half that cake- EASY! Looks so gooey and delish!
Thanks, Sophia!! 🙂
[email protected] says
Wow! This looks AMAZING! I love golden oreos (recently became addicted to the birthday cake golden oreos) so I definitely want to try this recipe!
Gayle, let me know what you think!! Thanks 🙂
Sarah @ Sarah Cooks the Books says
This cake right here might be the actual thing that kills me.
Personally, I kind of revel in unfriending people from facebook. About a year ago, I realized that about half the people on my feed, I couldn’t stand, or I was only friends with them because I liked to read their drama. No more!
[Also, if you’re super squeamish about unfriending people, you can always stay friends with them and just stop following their posts. It’s like the nicotine patch of facebook. :0) }
Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says
Giiirrrl. It’s hard. I get it. I also sorta feel like “Um…if you aren’t interested enough to be like YEAH let’s go out, maybe you’re not worth my time.” ya know? I dunno. lol
I loved that other cake. And this one…it’s like it’s inverted counterpart. Love that idea. It’s perfect for all you crazy not that into chocolate people 😛 (and ok…even I want a slice of this vanilla-y goodness)
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
Yeah, I’m not good at any of that either. It’s so annoying. I wish I was more ballsy! 🙂
This cake. FABULOUS. Best Oreo ever!
Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking says
Hayley, you are NOT an awful person!! Or mean, or rude, or santanic, or any of those other things. You are incredibly sweet and thoughtful (uhmmm, remember that mixer??) and that’s 100% the truth.
I’m scared to unfriend people too, but honestly, if they never like or comment on any photos or status updates I post, I suppose we really aren’t “real” friends (as opposed to the superficial “Facebook” friends) and they probably won’t mind. Maybe we should petition to have Facebook create an acquaintances request and a friend request. But that could get messy fast. Geez I overthink things!
But this cake. This gorgeous cake. It’s enough to make me, the die-hard chocoholic, swoon! I can totally understand why your family was waiting to pounce as you finished your photo shoot. YUM!
Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says
I feel bad sometimes but other times when it comes to my employees anyways I get joy like yes I am writing you up you bad bad employee!! But they deserve it! You know what I deserve this freaking cake– you know I loooove layer cake and this one looks right up my alley I LOVE golden oreos!!! and you 😉
Zainab @ Blahnik Baker says
I’m still getting over the first Oreo overload cake and now THIS!! Amazing!! The golden Oreos are my favorites and I just loaded them in ice cream. I think your cake and my ice cream belong together.
Shut the freaking front door, this looks beyond amazing. Yeah, I tend to just eat my feelings of guilt, and this cake looks mighty fine for that. Wow. I mean WOW.
Sarah @ MIss CandiQuik says
oh my gosh!!! This looks so amazing…you and your cakes and cupcakes are killin’ me!
Very similar to my version.
Sorry, hit send before finishing my comment.
Very similar to my version. I haven’t bake this in awhile but it’s certainly a delicious treat. I think Golden Oreos are the best thing ever invented. The endless possibilities!! I would like to try a different filling since my hubby is not a fan of cream cheese. Maybe a whipped vanilla and adding Golden Oreos would be a good modification. Well done. It looks delicious and certainly well presented!
Leslie arnold says
Is the golden overload oreo cookie cake supposed to be refrigerated?
You may refrigerate it, but the cookies on top will become softer. I refrigerated mine, but it should be okay at room temperature as well.
I can’t find the cake listed can I use yellow cake
Hi Major, yes!
Mandi Phillips says
My daughter wants this for her birthday (today) but I can’t find that cake. I got white and golden butter, which would you think it would be better?