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Our Media Supporters Kids Kitchen are bringing you the ultimate birthday cake! Two massive chocolate sponge layers sandwiched with loads of delicious cream and crushed Oreos. This really is the ultimate cake for an Oreo or chocolate lover, as it's super indulgent and looks stunning. If you bring this cake out at a birthday party on a lovely cake stand, it'll be the ultimate surprise that will get cheers all round (and everyone will be asking for the recipe!).

Serves: 12-14
Prep time: 1 hr 30 mins
Cooking time: 55 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort

Ingredients
225g plain flour
35g cocoa powder, plus extra to dust
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1tsp baking powder
100g dark chocolate, finely chopped
185ml hot strong coffee
200g unsalted butter, softened
225g caster sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

To decorate:
225ml whipping cream
150g Philadelphia cream cheese
¾tsp vanilla extract
4tbsp icing sugar, sifted
8 Oreo biscuits, roughly crushed
Oreo and mini Oreos (8-10 of each), to decorate
Coloured sprinkles
You will need:
Lollipop sticks

Method
1. Heat the oven to 170C, gas mark 3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a bowl. Put the chocolate in a bowl and pour the hot coffee over. Once the chocolate has melted, mix until smooth, then leave to cool.
2. Cream the butter and caster sugar until pale and creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs, adding a little of the flour mix each time. Fold in the rest of the flour mix, followed by the melted chocolate mixture. Divide the mixture between 2x18cm round cake tins, greased and lined with baking paper, and cook for 50-55 mins, then allow to cool.
3. Neatly trim both cakes so that the tops are flat. Whisk the cream, Philadelphia, vanilla and icing sugar until thick enough to spread, then lightly fold in the crushed Oreos. Put a sponge on a serving plate, spread over the cream, keeping a little aside. Flip the other sponge, so the trimmed side is underneath, dust with cocoa powder and set on top.
4. Fill the gap between the sandwiched biscuits with the leftover cream, so it comes to the edge. Roll the creamy edge in the sprinkles. Just before serving, push a lollipop stick through the middle of a few of the biscuits, then use to decorate the top of the cake along with the remaining Oreos.

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