OK, Eating Light month is safely over, so now we can get back to telling you about sugary desserts and chocolate decadence. All in moderation, of course. Take this Oreo Cake, for instance. You really don't want to have more than a little slice; it will spike your blood sugar so hard! But just a little slice is plenty, especially for those of you who love Oreos. Here's how to make it.
Simple! Of course, you can really put it over the top, as we did, by using crushed Trader Joe's Peppermint Joe-Joes, hoarded in the freezer since the holidays. These have a fresh, wintery peppermint taste, with crushed peppermint candies in the filling.
Here are the recipes:
• Dark Chocolate Cake - In order to get that black, Oreo-like chocolate flavor, use a dark cocoa like Hershey's Special Dark. Bake the cake in three thin layers.
• Classic Buttercream Frosting - You can leave out the egg yolks and just whip the confectioner's sugar with the butter. Whip until extremely fluffy, then add a tablespoon of boiling water and whip some more.
• Trader Joe's Peppermint Joe-Joes
We layered the chocolate cake with the buttercream, and we crushed some of these Joe-Joes to powder and sprinkled it between each layer. The top of the cake got bigger chunks.
This is a pure, decadent treat, of course -- but one that will send your dinner guests over the moon. Perhaps start with a plain, restrained vegetable soup and bread and broccoli, then serve this for dessert. Ta-da!