Friday, 27 November 2009

Janice Thompson ~ What's Cooking?

Most of my books are wedding themed and many people don't know this, but I make wedding cakes (and other types of celebration cakes) on the side. I don't do this for money. I started doing it when my four daughters all got married within four and a half years of each other! (We spent $500 on my oldest daughter's wedding cake and only half of it was eaten. After that day I vowed, "Never again!" and started making the cakes myself.) Readers will notice that Aunt Rosa (in the Weddings by Bella series) makes all of the cakes for the family's wedding facility. I got this idea from my own story!

One of my favorite cakes to make (recently) is called an oreo cake.
Here's how I make it.

Janice's Oreo Cake


A large round pan. I use an 11 inch pan.
Two boxes of devil's food cake mix
One box of white cake mix (I use Pillsbury, pudding in the mix)
Cream cheese frosting (homemade or from a can)
A full package of Oreos

Mix up the devil's food cake mix in one bowl and the white cake mix in another. You need to end up with a total of three cakes: two chocolate and one white. Depending on the size of your pan, you might have some left-over batter. You can always toss it or use it to bake a small cake for the kids.

When the three cakes are baked, get busy on your cream cheese frosting. Here's how I make mine from scratch: one rectangular block of Crisco shorting, one package of cream cheese, a couple of tablespoons of milk, clear vanilla flavoring. Blend these ingredients till creamy, then add powdered sugar until it is the right consistency. You don't want it too thick or too thin. When the frosting is done, crumble about 1/3 of the bag of Oreos into the frosting and mix well.

Now, to assemble the cakes. Start with a chocolate one on bottom. Add a layer of the cream cheese/oreo frosting. Now put the white cake on top of that and frost it. Then add a chocolate cake on top of that and frost the whole cake, top and sides. Apply the cream cheese frosting liberally! I usually finish the cake off by taking the remaining Oreos and pressing them all around the bottom of the cake, forming a ring around the bottom. People love the look of the cake and gobble it up at parties! Best of all, when you cut into it, it looks like an Oreo, with the white in the middle! Yum!

Sounds like a good one, Janice :) Love the story behind your wedding cakes!

Janice's Books

Love Finds You in Poetry, Texas ~ Fools Rush In ~ Swinging on a Star (2010)
Spring Creek Bride ~ Allegheny Hopes

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Janice Thompson said...

Thanks Rel. Remind me to tell you the story of the wedding cake I made recently that FELL before the reception. Yes, you read that right. It took a tumble. Only two of the four layers were usable. Ugh. Thank goodness I had a forgiving bride!

Laura Frantz said...

What a great cake! I like anything that has a cake mix involved so thanks for the recipe:) I'm so sorry about the deflated cake - how mortifying - but such good novel fodder:) Janice is certainly fulfilling the old adage of "write what you know." Her books look terrific. Bless you both!

nolene said...

That cake looks positively yummy!What I like is the fact that is sounds fairly simple to make and that's what i like even better. I also truly enjoyed her book Fools Rush In.
thanks Janice and Rel.

CherryBlossomMJ said...

Yum! I know what I'm making for DH's birthday next week!

Jenny said...

Sounds yummy! :p

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