Chocolate & Pumpkin Oreo Cake

Pumpkin and Chocolate Oreo Cake


About this time last year I was in my kitchen whipping up a spectacular dinner for the Mr. when I suddenly heard a loud rumble approach & fly over our house.  Since we were living in a home overlooking the sea, it was not uncommon to have small tourist planes fly by & my first reaction was to dismiss this incident as an over ambitious pilot.  But when I heard the whirs & rumbles again & again, I knew that something was amiss.

As the next set of thunderous calls pierced the air, I ran out onto the deck to investigate.  What I saw was something straight out of a horror film – a seemingly giant mutant hornet angrily approaching me head on.  Just as I thought this beast would surely slam into our house & blow me away in its path, it made a quick, steep assent barely missing the peak of our roof.

The adrenaline was now pulsating through my veins, as this enraged beast circled around & once again grazed past me.  Each assault left my home’s windows  rattling & the roof trembling in it’s wake.  Panic ensued as I wondered if Boston was under attack.

Then I noticed something peculiar. . .this beast was in fact a helicopter with a camera tightly strapped around it.

“Ah. . .that’s right” , I thought.   “Warner Brothers is still in town filming Black Mass & they must be capturing aerial footage for the movie.”   


Pumpkin & Chocolate Oreo Cake


As exciting as this was, this wasn’t my only rendez-vous with the Black Mass production. Warner Brothers filmed some of the most gory scenes inside my neighbor’s vintage triple decker & they needed to use my driveway for lighting & other equipment, to pump “atmosphere” (aka smoke) into the house during filming, & to sub a vintage Mercedes for my current car (Fun fact:  My driveway is starring in several scenes, including a scene where Johnny Depp drives up to the triple decker.  You can also see my house on the far left in the aerial shot flying up & over the ocean).

Days leading up to filming the neighborhood was teeming with excitement as movie lights were trucked in.  Wires were strewn about on side walks, in yards & on driveways & a full security team invaded every nook & cranny.  The neighborhood looked like it had stepped into a time machine as vintage automobiles & police cars slowly cruised up & down the streets.

Johhny Depp, Juno Temple and Rory Cochrane were set to film in the neighbor’s house & Benedict Cumberbatch would be filming across the street at the high school.

On the day of filming, there was no doubt that Hollywood had invaded.  Production crew, extras & security guards were EVERYWHERE.  There was a car with a windshield riddled with bullet holes parked across the street.  Johnny Depp’s trailer was right in front of my neighbor’s house which meant I had a bird’s eye view of anyone who ventured in or out.


Pumpkin Chocolate Oreo Cake

Pumpkin and Chocolate Oreo Cake


Never one to miss an opportunity to practice photographing new environments, I decided to whip out my camera & take a few shots of the scene.  As I was slowly clicking away I heard someone come up the stairs & call the Mr’s name.  It was the neighbor.  He was with the production manager.  Apparently security had reported that paparazzi was on our deck taking pictures.

Er. . .sorry. . .that was just me.   Now to be fair I did have my 100-400 mm lens out & I have found that this lens always manages to attract a lot of attention.  But how else was I going to get a close up of Johnny’s smiling face?  Anyhow, I decided it was best to tuck the camera back into its case.


Pumpkin & Chocolate Oreo Cake

Pumpkin and Chocolate Oreo Cake

Pumpkin & Chocolate Oreo Cake


In case you are wondering, I did in fact see Johnny Depp – dressed in full character no less  (You can see a video HERE).

And guess who was waiting for him in the trailer?  His now wife Amber Heard.  I thought it was interesting that Johnny left the set every evening dressed as Whitey Bulger, complete with fake blood on his knuckles.  And you should know that he really is a nice guy. . . going out of his way to wave to fans & say goodbye to the production crew before he left each evening.

I also saw Benedict Cumberbatch filming a scene that never actually made it into the movie (but did make it in the previews).  You can see that HERE.

If you have seen the movie you know that Johnny Depp looked very scary.  So scary that I think it would make an excellent Halloween costume.


Pumpkin & Chocolate Oreo Cake


But I will be forgoing the costume & instead be cuddled up with a slice of this Chocolate & Pumpkin Oreo Cake.  This cake is perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or any fall day when you are craving something sweet.

This cake was inspired by Linda Lomelino’s Cookies & Cream Cake but instead of enveloping the cake with traditional Oreos I opted for the Pumpkin Spice flavor since it more appropriately pays homage to fall & all the comforting flavors that go along with it.

To make this cake, I sprinkled Pumpkin Spice Oreos into the chocolate layer & sandwiched it between the most divine brown butter pumpkin cake.  I then enveloped each layer with the most heavenly Cinnamon & Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting that will ever hit your tastes buds.  And if that weren’t tantalizing enough, I sprinkled more Pumpkin Spice Oreos between each layer & then coated the whole cake with Pumpkin Spice Oreo crumbs.

But if you decide to make this cake you must be warned that it is so wickedly delicious that all your little ghost and goblins will be begging for a second slice.



Chocolate & Pumpkin Oreo Cake

  • Difficulty: moderate
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For the Buerre Noisette Pumpkin Layers:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk

For the Chocolate Layer:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 Oreo cookies*, cut into pieces

For the Buerre Noisette Cinnamon Spice Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 16 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 24-26 Oreo cookies*


T H E – C O U R S E:

For the Buerre Noisette Pumpkin Layers:

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  • Line two 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper & butter & flour them.
  • To make the brown butter:  Melt the butter in a heavy bottomed sauce pan on medium heat.  Continue to cook, swirling the pan occasionally to ensure the butter browns evenly.  You will cook until the butter takes on a nutty aroma & turns a toasty brown color.  Remove the butter from the heat & transfer it & the milk solids (brown bits that settled on the bottom during cooking) to a heat-proof bowl.  Set aside & let cool for 15 minutes (the butter still should be melted).  If this is your first time browning butter, you can read more about it HERE.
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour through cloves) in a medium sized bowl.
  • Whisk together the remaining ingredients (pumpkin puree through buttermilk) until they are well blended.
  • Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients & stir until just combined.
  • Gently whisk the brown butter into the batter until just combined.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans.
  • Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool the cakes in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove & cool completely on a wire rack.

For the Chocolate Layer:

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  • Line one 9-inch round cake pan with parchment paper & butter & flour it.
  • Combine first 7 ingredients (sugar through salt) in a large bowl.  Mix well.
  • Combine the wet ingredients (buttermilk through vanilla extract) in a medium sized bowl.  Mix well.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients & mix until just combined.  Don’t overmix.
  • Add the Oreo pieces & stir until combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan & bake for 30 – 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove & completely cool on a wire rack.

For the Buerre Noisette Cinnamon Spice Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • To make the brown butter:  Melt the butter in a heavy bottomed sauce pan on medium heat. Continue to cook, swirling the pan occasionally to ensure the butter browns evenly. You will cook until the butter takes on a nutty aroma & turns a toasty brown color. Remove the butter from the heat & transfer it & the milk solids (brown bits that settled on the bottom during cooking) to a heat-proof bowl.  Allow the browned milk solids to settle to the bottom of the bowl, then place the bowl in the freezer.  Chill until just firm (15 – 20 minutes).   Carefully scrape the butter from the bowl, taking care to leave the browned milk solids in the bowl.  Discard these solids.
  • Meanwhile, sift the confectioner’s sugar into a medium sized bowl.
  • In a large bowl, combine the brown butter, cream cheese, & brown sugar.
  • Beat on medium high with an electric mixer until the brown sugar has dissolved & the frosting takes on a light color (about 2 minutes).
  • Gradually beat in the confectioners sugar & continue to beat until the frosting becomes light & fluffy.
  • Spread the frosting between each cake layer.
  • Chop up 6-8 Oreos & sprinkle them on each layer.  Press the Oreos into the frosting.
  • Frost the rest of the cake.
  • In a food processor pulse 18 Oreos.  Continue pulsing until they form a small crumb.
  • Press the crumbs into the top & sides of the cake.  To make this easier, use a butter knife to scoop up the crumbs & press them into the cake.

*I used Pumpkin Spice Oreos . . .but you could use the traditional Oreo if you prefer.

The recipe for the pumpkin layers was tweaked every so slightly from a recipe on Epicurious.

57 thoughts on “Chocolate & Pumpkin Oreo Cake

  • October 26, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Wooww, I discover your blog through your comment on mine and I stumble upon this AMAZING recipe. Looks absolutely fabulous and your pictures are gorgeous! I need to give it a try!!

    • October 26, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Why thank you. I have made a lot of cakes in my time and this one definitely falls to the top of the list. While all three layers were super moist. . .the chocolate layer was over the top moist. I hope you find the opportunity to give it a try yourself.

  • October 26, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Not only is this cake pretty as a picture, tall as the Empire state, and beautifully photographed, but good-golly does it look TASTY. I want to dive into a slice!

    • October 26, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Ha! Ha! Thanks Jessie. The triple threat. . .wishing I could hand you a slice through the computer screen. 😉

    • October 26, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      Thanks Jen. It was pretty darn amazing and I am still dreaming up all the ways I can use the brown butter cream cheese frosting.

    • October 28, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks Geraldine. I was pretty pleased with the way it came out. When you spend so much time sticking crumbs to the side of the cake you have no choice to pray that the cake came out as you intended.

  • October 27, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I don’t think they had the right to tell you what to do in your own property, but you were so sweet to comply. I love your oh-so-appropriate-for-the-occasion cake; I would have devoured half of it if I were there. This is just a FANTASTIC CAKE, Lynn.

  • October 27, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    So unbelievably cool that they filmed a movie right next door, and Johnny Depp movie at that! So jealous! And this cake is amazing, girlfriend! So gorgeous and the flavors sound falbulous! Pumpkin, chocolate and a cinnamon cream cheese frosting?! Yea. Sign me up! Cheers, chicka! 😉

    • October 28, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      I know right? And I had a plain view of Johnny as he walked from the house to his trailer.

      BTW. . .there must be something about our house. . .because a few months ago we were contacted by a movie scout who was interested in potentially using our house for another big budget movie. We had way too much going on. . .and had no interest in moving around and finding housing that would work for our menagerie of animals. . .so we ignored the request.

  • October 28, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    That’s such a cool story! We have alot of films produced here in Winnipeg but I’ve never actually ventured out to the set. It must have been so cool to see all those actors there, and see how movies are made. Love this cake too, especially all the different layers!

    • October 30, 2015 at 10:57 am

      Oh…you should most def venture out to the set next time they are filming in your area. It truly is a cool experience and you could never imagine the amount of thought and preparation that goes into even the smallest of things.

      BTW. . .glad you loved the cake.

  • October 28, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    wow that’s one amazing story! How cool to have a movie filmed right next door! The cake is absolutely stunning, gorgeous pictures and this is pinned!

    • October 30, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Isn’t it? I mean I never in a million years thought I would hear “they’re strangling a woman in your neighbor’s house today” and be cool with it?

  • October 29, 2015 at 6:35 am

    So cool that they filmed the movie next door and that you got Johnny Depp on film! This cake is stunning! Love the different layers and the Pumpkin Spice Oreos are just perfect!

    • October 30, 2015 at 10:53 am

      It is really cool seeing movies being filmed. Funny story. . .my neighbor was out standing in the driveway and the crew had to come out and ask him to move because they could see his feet in the shot (a murder scene was being filmed -Eeeeks!).

  • October 29, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    What an Absolutely Stunning Cake! I’m definitely drooling over here – love anything that’s made with Buerre Noisette. And Totally envious that you got to see Jonny Depp so close.

    • October 30, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Buerre Noisette is pretty amazing and I can say with certainty that the smell was driving me absolutely bonkers while I was cooking it.

      As for Mr. Depp. . .yessssssss…I am one lucky lady to see such a handsome hunk of a man so close. . .even it he was still wearing the scary Whitey Bulger makeup.

  • October 30, 2015 at 6:15 am

    Lynn, this is the most perfect slice of layered deliciousness! Such a creative and crunchy exterior. Fabulous job!

    • October 30, 2015 at 10:49 am

      You make me blush Di. Your creations are always of the highest of standard so I will not take your compliments lightly.

  • October 30, 2015 at 6:20 am

    I love everything about this recipe. The colors are stunning. Love your photography by the way.

    • October 30, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Why thank you Melissa. This means a lot especially considering I am currently working under less than ideal conditions – I call my temporary housing “the cave” which prompted the Mr. to send me an article on cave photography. . .yes he is a stinker.

  • October 30, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Oh my gosh – this cake is EXQUISITE!!! I love the crushed pumpkin spice oreos enveloping the frosting – don’t think I’ve ever had anything quite like this – it’s stunning to look at and such a drool-fest! Even Johnny Depp wouldn’t distract me from devouring a slice of this! And congrats on having a celebrity driveway 🙂

    • October 30, 2015 at 10:48 am

      I will take that as the highest of compliments Shashi as Johnny Depp is pretty darn irresistible (ask Amber Heard 🙂 ). The Oreo crumbs added a special touch to the cake and had the Mr. raving over and over about how good they were. As for the driveway. . .it will be signing autographs this week if you are interested. 😉

    • November 1, 2015 at 8:31 am

      Thank you so much for the compliments. Believe it or not the “cake platter” is from Michaels. It’s actually intended for wood burning but I thought a fall cake would look cute perched on top.

  • October 30, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Love your story. Oh my hubs would die wanting to live in your house. :p We have had our share of filming here on our street too. Matthew McConaughey and his Ford ad and another film which stars the awesome JK Simmons. My hubs did some stalking until 2 am just to take a picture with him. I too took my camera to shoot some pictures. They allowed it till they started filming. Oh well. And yes, the cake looks amazing. A slices please. 🙂

    • November 1, 2015 at 8:33 am

      Your hubby would have loved stalking the Black Mass set. They spent weeks in Boston. . .many of which were in our neighborhood. Saving a slice of cake just for you Ai. 😉

  • October 30, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    OMG?!?! Oreos and pumpkin? Hello, my name is michele and I have an addiction…. Wow the pumpkin spice coating is a beautiful and a nice addition!

    • November 1, 2015 at 8:34 am

      The coating is pretty spectacular, isn’t it? The actually cookie part of the Oreos is white. . .but when you crumb them up in the food processor the cream turns them this bright vibrant orange. It’s like magic. 😉

  • October 30, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Too cool! The cake is spectacular, I really love the colour contrast you’ve created and the beurre noisette – yes please. Thankyou for sharing.

    • November 1, 2015 at 8:36 am

      Buerre noisette always seems to make everything a little bit better, doesn’t it Jane? I think it is my new addiction.

  • October 30, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    I really wish I had a piece of this scrumptiousness right now! This, along with pizza delivery, carving pumpkins and watching kids Halloween movies with my little one would make for a perfect Friday night!

    • October 30, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      Awe thanks Rachel. I wish I can pass a piece to you through the screen.

  • October 30, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    I want this cake for Halloween dinner tomorrow!! Haha! This looks crazy good! How exciting was that to have a movie being film in front of/ over/around your house?! I’m slightly green with envy. 🙂

    • November 1, 2015 at 8:38 am

      Saving a slice just for you Thao. 😉

      It was quite exciting to see the filming. I even managed to work from home a couple of days so that I could get glimpses of the filming.

  • October 31, 2015 at 5:07 am

    What fun to have all that Hollywood buzz around your house! And it would be even MORE fun if I had a slice of your spectacular cake for my dessert tonight! What a showstopper.

    • November 1, 2015 at 8:38 am

      Even better. . .watch all the Hollywood buzz while eating the cake.

  • October 31, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    This cake is SO cute! And a fun flavor combo for a Halloween cake! I’m right there with you about staying in tonight; getting comfy and eating some serious sweets instead of throwing on a costume sounds like a good time to me! Thanks for sharing this post!

    • November 1, 2015 at 8:39 am

      My kind of night. Snuggling up under a warm, fuzzy blanket with a cup of walnut tea and a slice of cake.

    • November 1, 2015 at 8:41 am

      It was quite decadent Sarah. The brown butter just took it over the top for me.

  • November 2, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    How fun to have Hollywood stars around your home! And this three-layers cake is my favorite. Chocolate + pumpkin + oreo, how can you say no to this? Even when you’re on a diet 🙂

    • November 3, 2015 at 8:10 am

      It’s always a lot of fun to be around movie sets Linda (even better when you see a handsome fellow such as Johnny Depp). Totally agree that it would be challenging to be true to a diet when this cake is around. 😉

  • November 2, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Such a cool story! And omg this cake……!!!!

    • November 3, 2015 at 8:12 am

      He! He! Cake for days in this house Gina. It helps build up the willpower to resist sweet temptations.;-)

  • November 4, 2015 at 11:46 am

    That’s awesome! I just saw the movie a few weeks ago. I’ll have to re-watch it now and see if I can scope you out (not in a creepy stalker way, though). Thanks for sharing your paparazzi tale and this beautiful cake!!!!

  • November 8, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    This is a beautiful cake! I love that there is a hidden layer in the middle different from the others, and the pumpkin oreos covering the cake. Yum! Also – I did not know there were pumpkin oreos – I’ve got to try. When they had red velvet ones for Valentine’s day I loved them.

  • November 17, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    This cake is gorgeous! What? No pictures of Johhny, haha! I would have still tried to sneak some, lol! That’s pretty cool! I lived on Rose st. in Venice, where they shot over 5 films in the 2 years I lived there. But, that’s normal there. I’m going to have to watch this movie!

  • September 30, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    This sounds delicious Lynn! Never seen anything quite like it.

    • October 4, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Why thank you. It was incredibly tasty. Sadly, I have not been able to find the pumpkin spice Oreos this year but I think it would also be terrific with regular Oreos. I would add them to the pumpkin layers so that you still get the specks of color in the cake layers.

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