Monday, May 7, 2012

Oreo Cupcakes

I love dinner parties. I love throwing them and I love attending them. Recently GB and I were invited to a dinner with friends and I was lucky enough to be asked to bring dessert. 

I decided to make Oreo Cupcakes I found on a cute blog, Lemon Drop. If you think baking these cupcakes were free of any Kiss My Smash mishaps - you are mistaken. Read on. 

Oreos (I bought 2 packages)
2 1/3 cups flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
12 tbsp unsalted butter, room temp.
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk, room temp

10.5 tbsp unsalted butter, room temp (the recipe called for 150 grams so I had to do some conversion)
2/3 cup of powdered sugar (the recipe called for 300 grams, again, more conversion)
2 tbsp heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
crushed Oreos (I used 6 Oreos)

The first step is to place Oreos in the cupcake liners. 

Next, I missed the dry ingredients - flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 

Next I beat the butter until fluffy, which was around 2 minutes. 

The next step was to mix the brown sugar with the butter. 

I added the eggs, one at a time, as instructed.  

I read the final instructions - add the buttermilk 1/2 cup at a time .

This was the first time I have used buttermilk. As a devout skim milk drinker, the thickness of buttermilk creeped me out a little. 

After the buttermilk was fully mixed in, and as I had read, it was the last step, I was so confused! 

I've never encountered cake batter with this type of consistency before. I called GB into the kitchen and told him my conundrum. He thought the milk had gone bad. I knew that couldn't be it. I checked all my ingredients and the amounts I added. I could not, for the life of me, figure out what I did wrong. 

Then it dawned on me. I did not add the dry ingredients! In fact, I had forgotten all about the bowl of dry ingredients I placed on the other side of the kitchen.

 I skipped over a paragraph in the recipe, like a fool, reminding me to add those ingredients. 

I'm pretty sure flour is an ingredient you don't want to figure 

That looks more like cake batter! 

This may be because I added the ingredients in the wrong order, but the batter was very thick and mousse-like. The Oreo I added at the beginning to the cupcake liners took up a lot of room. I had so much batter left over - I was able to make 36 cupcakes all together. 

Fresh out of the oven!

Time for the frosting, my favorite part. I first beat the butter, I'm getting really good at this. 

Next, I added the powdered sugar. 

 I added the vanilla and cream and beat the frosting until my arm was sore, which turned out to be about 5 minutes. 

I crushed 6 Oreos in our Ninja (a food processor-like contraption).

I mixed in the Oreos until it looked like 'Cookies and Cream.'

 After the cupcakes had cooled, I piped the frosting and placed an Oreo atop each cupcake. 

The Oreo crumbs clogged the piping tip so I had to scoop into a gallon sized plastic bag and cut the corner off. It is not my favorite method, but we had to leave to get to our friends house. 

These cupcakes were a huge hit! The hidden Oreo in the cupcake liner was an awesome surprise and the cookies and cream frosting was out of this world! My brother-in-law, MEW, especially loved the cupcakes; he's a serious Oreo lover! 

I would definitely recommend this recipe! 


  1. so glad you liked the recipe! here is a tip - you can actually omit the milk altogether and you will have less cupcakes but a more brownie like texture (and nope, won't be dry either!). So more cake like, add milk, more brownie like, remove milk. Milk or no milk , this recipe is wonderful and always a hit for us too :)

    1. Thank you so much for the tips! The trick with the milk vs less/no more milk is good to know! I can't wait to try out more of your recipes!

  2. I'm definitely going to try this mouth-watering cupcake recipe as soon as possible!

    I just wanted to know whether omitting the Oreo Base would make a huge difference. Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Oh, and is it okay if I don't add the 2 tablespoons of heavy cream?
    Thanks so so much! :D