Mini Oreo Sprinkle Cakes

If these little party cakes look familiar, it’s because they were inspired by this sprinkle cake I made a few years ago. The minute I spotted Birthday Cake Oreos (!) at the grocery store, I knew they were destined to crown little chocolate sprinkle cakes. I baked one inside each cake, too!

A few people have asked how/where the pugs are lately, so I decided to include them in this post! They make regular appearances on my Instagram feed if you’d like to keep up with their curly tails (and antics) there.

To answer the question – they are well. Sweet and spoiled and all-around stinkers!

Oreo surprise inside!

I baked these in straight-sided paper muffin cups (found here) then unwrapped the cakes and leveled the tops before frosting. These could certainly be made in a jumbo muffin tin, but I think they’re pretty cute as mini cakes.

For the sprinkling of these cakes, I mixed together equal parts multicolored jimmies, jumbo nonpareils and regular nonpareils. You’ll need about 2 cups of sprinkles for coating, so be sure to have plenty on hand before you begin. Getting the sprinkles on evenly can be tricky, but I found that frosting and coating the sides of the cake first works best. Then you can frost the top of the cake and sprinkle on more nonpareils with a spoon (see above).

This recipe uses Swiss buttercream, and if you’ve never made this icing before you can check out my how-to video in this post. It’s not as sweet as a quick confectioners’ icing, and it doesn’t crust so you can take your time applying the sprinkles after frosting.

The Oreos inside are a nice surprise when you cut into the cake, and if you can find the Birthday Cake variety, the middles are dotted with sprinkles, too. A perfect match!

Mini Oreo Sprinkle Cakes

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Source: Basic recipes from the SprinkleBakes book

Yield: 10 mini cakes 

Prep: 2 hours



Cakes

10
Oreo cookies (Birthday Cake Oreos, if you can find them!)

3/4
cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. salt

2 eggs

3/4 cup hot water

3/4 cup heavy cream

3 tbsp. canola or other vegetable oil

2 tsp. vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350
    degrees.
  2. Place 10 straight-sided muffin cups on a large baking sheet, or line a large
    capacity muffin tin (often called “Texas” tin) with paper liners.  Place an oreo in the bottom of each cup.
  3. Sift together cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a
    large bowl.  Add eggs, water, heavy cream, oil and vanilla.  Mix with
    a hand held mixer until smooth.  
  4. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each three-quarters full.  Bake for 20
    minutes.  Let cool before frosting.

Swiss buttercream/sprinkle decor

5 egg
whites

1 cup sugar

Pinch of salt

1 pound unsalted butter, cubed, softened (room temperature works too, but takes
longer to come together)

3 teaspoons clear vanilla extract

2 cups various multicolor nonpareils

10 Oreo cookies

Allsorts

  1. Set a
    saucepan filled one-third full of water over medium-high heat and bring to a
    simmer.
  2. Whisk
    together the egg whites, sugar, and salt in a large heatproof bowl ( I suggest
    a stainless bowl). Set over the simmering water and whisk until the mixture is
    hot to the touch and the sugar has dissolved (120-140 degrees on a candy
    thermometer, to be sure).
  3. Transfer
    the mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
  4. Beat
    on low speed for 2 minutes. Increase to medium-high until stiff peaks are
    formed.
  5. Continue
    beating at medium-high speed until the mixture is fluffy and has cooled (the
    mixing bowl should feel cool to the touch).
  6. Turn
    the mixer off and switch from the whisk attachment to the paddle. Turn the
    mixer on medium-low and add the butter, a few cubes at a time, beating until
    well incorporated before the next addition.
  7. Add
    the vanilla extract.  Divide batter and
    tint with food coloring, if desired.
  8. Beat
    until the frosting is thick and completely smooth.
  9. Place the mix of nonpareils in a shallow dish. Frost the sides of a cake and roll in the sprinkles until completely coated. Place the cake on the shallow dish and frost the top of the cake; cover top of cake with nonpariels using a spoon to sprinkle them over. Lift cake with a spatula onto desired serving plate. Repeat with remaining cakes.
  10. Transfer remaining icing to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe a mound of frosting on top of each cake. Place an Oreo standing upright into each icing mound. Garnish further with Allsorts candies, if desired.
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Gerry @Foodness Gracious
Gerry @Foodness Gracious
8 years ago

Hey, these candies are called Dolly Mixtures back in the U.K.! I grew up with them, lot's of them. Love these mini cakes, awesome and cute!

Ashley
Ashley
8 years ago

LOVE THIS!!!!

Ashley
Ashley
8 years ago

Where do you draw your inspiration from? I wish I were this creative!

Rosa's Yummy Yums
Rosa's Yummy Yums
8 years ago

So pretty and dainty! Your dog is really photogenic.

Chers,

Rosa

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

Lovely <3

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

these are so adorable! I love the use of licorice all sorts, who would of though oreos and these could work?

Genius!

miss messy
miss messy
8 years ago

Oh how cute! I LOVE sprinkles and these are just adorable!! πŸ™‚ Those photos really pop i just wish i had enough light to take photos like that!

Pane e Pomodoro
Pane e Pomodoro
8 years ago

I love your works, you're so good! Well done!
Sara

Rosie
Rosie
8 years ago

These look darling! I'm always so inspired by your photographs, they're always so crisp and clean. Gorgeous! And the pugs are too cute! πŸ™‚

http://www.ciderwithrosiebee.blogspot.com

Patricia @ ButterYum
Patricia @ ButterYum
8 years ago

I love seeing all the cute things you come up with. Once again – adorable (the pugs too)!!

Maxi
Maxi
8 years ago

These look absolutely delicious! I love anything rainbow sprinkles and yours look so beautiful… Almost too pretty to taste… ALMOST. Thanks for all of your recipes and fun decorations!

Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
8 years ago

I didn't realize you had pugs!! We just got one two days ago πŸ˜€

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
Lauren at Keep It Sweet
8 years ago

These are so adorable! I need to find one of those muffin pans!

Wenderly
Wenderly
8 years ago

Those just make me happy. *sigh*

ashley - baker by nature
ashley - baker by nature
8 years ago

The dog… the cakes… so much amazing, adorableness happening in this post!!!

Heather @ Snookie's Cakes
Heather @ Snookie's Cakes
8 years ago

That is the sweetest little cake I've ever seen! Well done.

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
8 years ago

Super cute and I love how moist the cakes are!

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

LOL, made mine & Hubby's day seeing the Pugs, so sweet, thank you πŸ™‚

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

Love the recipe but it's all about the pugs ; )

Monica
Monica
8 years ago

This is giving me great inspiration for my little one"s&b upcoming birthday! Thank you! Your mini Oreo cakes are so cute and look very tasty!

KWahlman
KWahlman
8 years ago

these are adorable! question, have you ever tried reusing the straight-sided muffin cups? baker on a budget over here…

katie @ butterlustblog.com

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
8 years ago

Bah!! so cute!! Love this idea!

PR
PR
8 years ago

These are gorgeous!!

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
8 years ago

Very cute! I don't think the stores near me sell the bday oreos anymore, but definitely can still use regular ones!

Courtney @ Pizzazzerie
Courtney @ Pizzazzerie
8 years ago

These are totally fabulous. Heather, you're a dessert wonderwoman!

Joaquina
Joaquina
8 years ago

Irresistibles!!! ademΓ‘s de muy bonitos.. para una fiesta infantil me encantan. Besosss,

vanillasugarblog
vanillasugarblog
8 years ago

one can never have enough Oreo's or sprinkles–especially during the summer.

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

These cakes are absolutely precious! I love how little and colorful they are. Plus birthday cake oreos are like 10x better than regular oreos! πŸ™‚

Vicki Wilde
Vicki Wilde
8 years ago

I said it earlier today. Never enough sprinkles!!! Love these cakes, I want to make them now.

Fashion-isha
Fashion-isha
8 years ago

These are so pretty..and hard to look at when you're on a diet!
xo
Sharon

girlsgonescrappin
girlsgonescrappin
8 years ago

Love these, but do you think this pan would work? http://www.amazon.com/Lodge-L5P3-Seasoned-Cookware-Cornbread/dp/B00063RX60/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1368099817&sr=1-1&keywords=straight+side+cupcake+pan
The paper ones are just too expensive to just throw away.

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
8 years ago

I think that pan would work, but since it's cast iron the edges of the cake might get a little crispy.
I think this one may work a little better, but the cakes might not be as tall

http://www.amazon.com/USA-Pans-Round-Panel-Wells/dp/B001QXW3Q4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368104968&sr=8-1&keywords=mini+cake+pan

A few of these would be ideal, but a little pricey. But you could use them again so…

http://www.amazon.com/Parrish-Magic-Line-Round-Aluminum/dp/B000E48IJC/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1368104969&sr=8-16&keywords=mini+cake+pan

Sue
Sue
8 years ago

I adore these mini cakes, and it looks like your little buddies do too! πŸ™‚

marcie@flavorthemoments
marcie@flavorthemoments
8 years ago

These are adorable little cakes, and your pug photos are just priceless!

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

These are so cute, I like how's you've added liquorice allsorts on the top too, I love them.

Thanks for sharing the tip of how to coat the sides with sprinkles, It seems easy enough to do with small cakes, but how do you go about doing so with a large cake?

shaz
shaz
8 years ago

What a happy cake! and your blog exudes happiness! My dreary Friday has just been brightened up considerably. πŸ™‚ Happy weekend!

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

I so admire your endless creativity. These cakes are so fun and adorable. It's a smile on a plate.

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

Kim –
I love these! Where did you get the little plates? I think I've seen them before with domes.

Laura (TLN)
Laura (TLN)
8 years ago

Love it! Makes me want to plan a party ASAP! πŸ™‚

Lora
Lora
8 years ago

Don't know which are cuter, the cakes or those pugs. Love!

Jen @ Jens Favorite Cookies
Jen @ Jens Favorite Cookies
8 years ago

I love that little Oreo cookie surprise inside! What a fun little cake!

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

So you know I adore these cakes. But I adore your pup too πŸ™‚ xoxox- K

Lynna
Lynna
8 years ago

These are TOO adorable! I`m loving the sprinkles as the decorations for the cake!

Kate
Kate
8 years ago

I really appreciate your linking back to your swiss buttercream how-to. Sometimes when deciding whether or not a recipe can be tried, that's the deciding factor (whether or not I think I can do it).

All in all, I agree with Lynna – these look way too cute not to at least try for my next party.

Thanks so much!

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

Hi, where do you purchase the multicolored jimmies and nonpareils? I found several brands on amazon.com but worry they may not be a quality brand.

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
8 years ago

I usually pick up the jimmies in the ice cream aisle at the grocery store. They don't dissolve or bleed on the frosting like others.

Sara
Sara
8 years ago

I tried these today… no luck! The middles did sunk in more than I could fix with the filling. Bummer!

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
8 years ago

Oh no! I'm sorry to hear that. Hard to say what happened.

Erin @ Brownie Bites
Erin @ Brownie Bites
8 years ago

Such a cute idea, re-purposing cupcakes as proper full on mini cakes – these would be awesome for a colorful birthday party!

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 years ago

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