Oreo Cupcakes - The Final Battle

The Curse has been lifted! It had to have been the butter because my first frosting attempt with different butter was a success. But I am getting ahead of myself!

As I noted in my last post, I needed a heavier chocolate cake batter to hold the half an Oreo at the bottom of the liner. My third and final batch of these did the trick. The recipe was close to the last one I used but contained less liquid and therefore was thicker and heavier. The Oreos stayed perfectly in the bottom and sucked up some of the moisture from the batter, making them soft like the rest of the cake. Yum! These were as incredibly moist and delicious as the last batch.

The frosting is very, very sweet. It tastes strikingly like the center cream in the Oreo itself and makes a great compliment to the not-so-sweet chocolate cake. The crushed Oreos soften up in the frosting in the same way that the Oreo halves soften in the cake batter. Overall these are really fun and generally a crowd pleaser!

Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes
Makes 18

9 Oreos, twisted in half, 7-8 more crushed
1/2 cup (1 stick) room temperature butter
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs, room temp
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (the better the powder, the better the cakes!)
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Place liners in the pan and place one half of an Oreo on the bottom of each cup, outside of the cookie faced down
- Cream the butter till it is smooth. Add the sugar and beat about 3 minutes until it is mixed and fluffy
- Add eggs, one at a time, making sure they are well mixed
- Whisk together all dry ingredients in a bowl
- Mix the milk and vanilla
- Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk mixture. Dry, then half the milk, dry again, the other half of the milk, and then finishing with dry
- Mix in the crushed Oreos
- Fill the cupcake liners about 2/3 of the way full
- Immediately turn your over down to 350 degrees!
- Bake cupcakes for 20-25 minutes. Mine were done at 23 minutes.

Oreo Frosting

6 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
4 cups powdered sugar
5 1/2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 crushed Oreos

- Cream the butter
- Add 1 cup of the sugar until well mixed
- Add the milk and beat well
- Add the remaining sugar
- Add the vanilla
- Stir in the crushed Oreos and frost your cupcakes!

**note** You may want to add a tiny bit more milk or more powdered sugar to get to the consistency you prefer. I added a wee bit more milk because I used vanilla bean paste instead of liquid vanilla extract.


Cassandra said...

Wow, those look and sound delish!! I'm not much of a baker, but I might have to try these. Thanks for all the work you did in perfecting the recipe!

Laura Fiore said...

You need to start thinking of a way to package these and get them to CA in January without them getting all messy! They look lovely and my family likes this flavor of Ice Cream so I might have to give them a go!


Rachel said...

You are the cupcake queen!! These look amazing and I'm going to attempt to make them soon!!

Glenda said...

WOW...these cupcakes look awesome!! I'm so not a baker and these cakes are giving me cupcake envy!!!! May have to give it a try!

Em said...

Um...YUM!!! All hail the Cupcake Queen!!! I'm definitely gonna have to try these out, I love oreos!! Thank you for all the hard work in perfecting these!

wheeliegirl said...

Oh wow...those look and sound awesome. Thanks for the ecipe...if only I could bake!

Tristann said...

These look so yummy!! Wish I was there to try one ;) I might have to try to make some but I don't think they will ever be as good as yours. You're the cupcke queen!!

Anonymous said...

omg, Jess those look amazing. I am SOOO making those this weekend!

kimandasmom said...

these look totally amazing-- you are going to get me cooiking in the kitchen yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pokemyhontas said...

I want one. NOW.
And it's my 9th anniversary, so you should bring me one. ;o)

Mary said...

These were GREAT! The kids and hubby loved them!

Deanna said...

OMG! Those look so yummy! Awesome job and TFS :)

Renee said...

Those look delicious!! Yummy!!
Thanks for sharing the recipe. *Ü*

Allyson said...

JESS! Those look FANTASTIC. WOW. Come make me some and then we can scrapbook? :) lol. *hugs* You made me hungry for those shame on you. Just kidding!


baltoscrapper said...

I voted for the cookies and cream cupcakes but funny, I haven't gotten them in the mail yet. They ARE on their way, right?

t.cimorose said...

YUMM-O!!!! Those looks so good Jess. You are definitely the cupcake queen.