Oreo and Chocolate French Silk Pie Cake ~ It’s a cake, it’s a pie . . . it’s both. This is a low fat Chocolate French Silk Pie sculpted into a cake and layered with an Oreo whip cream layer.
If you are familiar with a traditional French Silk Pie, then I’m sure you are reading this with one eye brow raised. French Silk Pies are, well, pies, not cakes. But they are also usually made with 16 tablespoons of butter and this Oreo and Chocolate French Silk Cake is made with 4 tablespoons. How’s that for low fat?
I know I’m taking a lot of liberties here with a classic, but let’s call it a personal riff. I’ve replaced the chocolate and butter with chocolate and milk in a pudding form. Not necessarily for a lower calorie count, but hey, it can’t hurt with bikini season in a month or two.
Actually, I lightened up the whole pie turned cake for textural reasons, especially since the Oreo layer is Cool Whip. Yes, I could have made my own whipped cream and I do many times, but for this I wanted Cool Whip. There’s just something about Cool whip that reminds me of being a kid.
In fact I wanted the whole nostalgic feeling of having a kid dessert-chocolate pudding and Cool Whip, but dressed in adult sophistication. If you know me or if you’re a regular reader, you know I didn’t grow up with many desserts. A dessert like this one was something that was either a once-in-awhile treat or something I enjoyed at a friend’s home.
So of course now it seems that I’m trying to right that wrong my parents inflicted on my sweet tooth. And this cake did some serious make-up!
A few notes:
- If you prefer, this can just as easily be made in a 9inch pie pan. If you would like to make it as it appears in the picture, I used a 3×6 springform pan because I wanted a tall cake like appearance.
- This can be fully assembled the one day ahead of time.
- For a step-by-step picture tutorial to making the homemade chocolate pudding portion click here.
- I assembled mine and then actually froze it overnight and moved it to the refrigerator 2 hours prior to serving for a firmer texture. This gave the Oreo and Chocolate French Silk Pie Cake an almost ice cream cake like texture.
Oreo and Chocolate French Silk Pie Cake
Makes one 3×6 cake or 9in pie pan
- 24 Oreo cookies, crushed
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
*For a step-by-step picture tutorial click here.
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 3 cups cold whole milk
- 3/4 cups dark chocolate, chopped
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 ¼ cup Cool Whip
- 1/3 cup crushed Oreos
- Place Oreos in a food processor or blender and pulse until cookies are finely crumbed. Alternatively, place Oreos in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Set aside 1/3 cup for the Oreo Cool Whip layer. Mix remaining portion with the melted butter and then firmly press crumbs into place to create a crust. Bake crust at 350 degrees F for 7-10 minutes.
- Combine cornstarch, sugar, salt and milk in a blender or food processor and pulse until well blended. Alternatively, combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk vigorously. Transfer mixture to a heat proof bowl and place over (not on) simmering water for approximately 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pudding is ready when mixture coats the back of the spoon. Add chocolate stir to combine. Add vanilla and stir to combine.
- Place Cool Whip and crushed Oreos in a bowl and mix to combine.
- Pour chocolate pudding over the Oreo crust. Pour Oreo Cool Whip layer on top of the chocolate pudding. Finish cake to decorating preference. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.