Panda Oreo Cake: #151 of 1000 Sustainable Food Experiments

Plant-based desserts are very fun to make and can be even more delicious than ones made with butter – but no judgment at all if you’re a dairy fan. This was a kid-crafted creation at our house, including homemade chocolate sandwich cookies and marshmallowy frosting. We also had to play the song “Panda” from the movie Secret Life of Pets 2 while decorating it. πŸ™‚

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($9 total for the whole cake)

Oreos:
3/4 cup flour – $0.12
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa – $0.33
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp sugar – $0.25
1/4 tsp salt – $0.02
1/4 tsp baking soda – $0.01
1 tsp vanilla – $0.20
1/4 cup coconut oil – $2.20
3 tbsp soy milk – $0.07
2 tbsp honey – $0.28
1/2 cup powdered sugar – $0.44
1/2 tsp vanilla – $0.10
1/4 cup margarine – $0.62

Cake:
1 cup flour – $0.16
1 cup sugar – $0.88
6 tbsp cocoa – $0.41
1 tsp baking powder – $0.02
3/4 tsp baking soda – $0.01
1/2 tsp salt – $0.03
1/2 cup soy milk – $0.18
1/4 cup canola oil – $0.18
1 egg – $0.29
1 tsp vanilla – $0.20
1/2 cup boiling water – free

Frosting:
1 1/2 cups brown sugar – $0.78
2 egg whites – $0.58
6 tbsp water – free
Dash salt – $0.01
2 tsp vanilla – $0.40

Directions

1. Make the oreos: we followed this excellent recipe for healthy vegan oreos from Chocolate Covered Katie.

2. Make the cake: in a medium bowl, stir the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Mix well. Add the soy milk, canola oil, egg, and vanilla and beat with an electric mixer until well combined. Turn the speed down and carefully add in the boiling water, then mix for 1 minute.

Pour the cake batter into two parchment-lined 9β€³ cake pans (the batter will be very thin but don’t worry). Bake at 350F for 30 minutes. Best chocolate cake ever!

3. Make the frosting and decorate: we followed this yummy fluffy marshmallowy frosting recipe from The Spruce Eats.

Remove the cooled cakes from the pans and slice any bumpy tops off to make flat surfaces. Put some frosting on one cake, then some optional walnuts, then lay the other cake on top. Cover the whole thing with frosting, in any pattern you like, then make a panda face out of the oreos and add any sprinkles or marshmallows or other bits you might have in your kitchen.

Kids or adults can get creative and have fun here, there’s no wrong way to decorate it. πŸ™‚

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 1 = >3 hours
  • Servings: 3 = lots of leftovers
  • Cost per serving: 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness:  3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 1 = eat rarely
  • TOTAL: 14/18

If you tried it, please let me know how it came out for you. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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