Day 83 – Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

22 Oct

It’s no secret by now.  I love cookies.  I love cupcakes.  I love cupcakes with cookies in them.  (and I love Oreos.)  So, these Cookies & Cream Cupcakes (recipe below from Bakerella) are not a surprise.  The surprise is that this recipe gives 2 different methods for putting these cupcakes together – hence the many, many photos.  But I love the variety that it offers!  And, I love needing to taste both options, just in case…

(I also get to show off my no-carve pumpkins! This is my melted crayon pumpkin.)

Whole-Oreo-Cupcake     Oreo-Cupcake

Mini-Oreo-Cupcake

(The first cupcake has a whole Oreo in it, the 2nd is chopped up Oreos.)

The cake is very dense and very moist – almost sticky.  Nice chocolate flavor. The crunch of the oreo is really nice too, either way you do it.

C-and-C-frosting

The frosting is thick, and easy to pipe or smear.  I find the shortening flavor a little overpowering. I’d prefer a half shortening/half butter combination.

C-and-C-cupcake     Mini-C-and-C-cupcake

The frosting definitely tastes like the Oreo cream when it’s put with the cupcake, which is kinda fun! But the shortening leaves a very waxy feeling in your mouth (not unlike the feeling in your mouth after eating a whole bag of Oreos… I mean…what?! I don’t do that…). The balance is definitely better in the full-size, the cake counters the frosting a little better.

Dusted-cupcake     Mini-dusted-Cupcake

Notes: with the chopped oreos, the minis got all misshaped when they baked. Whether you chop the oreo or place in on the bottom, you get about the same flavor profile.

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 2
  • Overall Taste: 3
  • Appearance: 4.5 (scored so high because the baker gave 2 options for how to frost/decorate these cupcakes!)
  • Ease of Making: 4 (1 bowl!!)
  • TOTAL: 17.5

RECIPE

Cookies & Cream Cupcakes (recipe below from Bakerella)

Cupcakes:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup natural unsweetened cocoa
1 1/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup hot water
24 Oreos, plus more for crumbs

Frosting:
1 cup shortening
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-6 Tablespoons milk
2 or more teaspoons Oreo cookie crumbs

For directions visit Bakerella.

*Tomorrow: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes*

7 Responses to “Day 83 – Cookies and Cream Cupcakes”

  1. lauriepieper October 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    Love the festive Fall look! And LOVE Oreo’s!!

  2. Charisma October 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Mmm, these look yum!

  3. sweetygrane October 22, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    love Oreo’s ! and I gotta love ’em !

  4. tastytreats13 October 23, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    Sound great! 🙂

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