If you're craving cake fresh out of the oven but don't want to start from scratch, then a boxed cake mix can certainly come in handy. While it may not be quite as good as it would be if it were entirely made from scratch, there are plenty of ways to elevate it — one of which requires an ingredient that you may already have in your pantry: Oreos.
To take your boxed cake mix to the next level, crush up a good amount of Oreos, then add the pieces directly into the cake batter. The Oreo pieces will add a satisfying crunch to the moist and soft cake as well as an extra burst of creaminess and chocolatey goodness. You can also crush up extra Oreos to use as a topping over the cake's frosting to really make sure that the Oreo flavor becomes a prominent part of the cake. And, if you feel like decorating, you can add a few whole Oreos along the perimeter of the top of the cake — none will be able to tell it started out as a boxed mix.
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What Cake Flavors To Pair With Crushed Oreos
The two most common cake flavors — vanilla and chocolate — are both great options for the crushed Oreo addition. With vanilla cake, the crushed Oreos will provide a nice burst of chocolate for those who want the best of both worlds. Meanwhile, chocolate lovers will enjoy the extra chocolate that the crushed Oreos add. You could even use the Oreos to take something like Death by Chocolate Cake — which is already extra rich and extra fudgy — to the next chocolate level.
But, let's not forget about some of the less common cake flavors. For example, chocolate makes for a delicious pairing with fruit, so you may want to try adding those crushed Oreos to a strawberry cake or an orange cake. Even a lemon poppyseed cake could make for a tasty pairing with the Oreo pieces. Another option is to take a simple cake, such as a light and fluffy angel cake, and give it some extra flavor for a unique spin on a classic.
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