Friday, September 9, 2011

Oreo Cupakes- bust or plus?

Did I ever tell you I am not a baker? If you have seen some of the cakes I have made you might be disagreeing- I can make an awesome cake.. but after that things don't always turn out quite right. Did you know that quick-rise flour is not just regular flour? Yea, I do-after I found it out the hard way with some very umm thick cupcakes.

But yesterday, I decided to get brave and go for it again. I have seen this recipe on pintrest for a while now-it has been taunting me. I got this recipe, listed at the end, from Annie's Eats. My notes are in blue.

I enlisted my helper.

I twisted apart the Oreos-which I was very impressed with my mad twisting skills- and my helper dropped one in each cupcake wrapper.We then followed the recipe- though I must admit I didn't use real butter-as I forgot to buy some. Alex cut up the Oreos for me. In the recipe she says she cut them into 1/4ths- we cut them more like 1/8's any bigger than that seemed way too big.

My other helper may have snuck a few Oreos.The directions said to cook for 18-20 minutes, I ended up cooking mine about 24- but definitely err on the safe side as all ovens are different.And the verdict. The half Oreos on the bottom completely stuck to the wrapper, so we ended up just breaking off that part and not eating it. They are very sweet and good- but my kids weren't the biggest fans of the cream cheese frosting- so I may just stick with regular frosting next time.

Have You made any good treats lately???

I am linking this up with 504 Main's Tickled Pink Friday's

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
24 Oreo halves, with cream filling attached (more than one bag)
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature (I used margarine-oops)
1 2/3 cup sugar
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup milk
20 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped (I quarter them) (I found a quarter to be too big)

For the frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 tbsp. heavy cream (forgot go buy so used whole milk)

For garnish:
Oreo cookie crumbs
24 Oreo cookie halves (didn't use)

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line the wells of two cupcake pans with 24 paper liners. Place an Oreo halve in the bottom of each liner, cream side up. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir together with a fork to blend and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar and beat together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Blend in the egg whites one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, beat in half of the dry ingredients just until incorporated. Add the milk and beat just until combined, then mix in the remaining dry ingredients. Gently fold in the chopped Oreos with a rubber spatula until evenly incorporated, being careful not to over-mix.

Evenly divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners. Bake for 18-20 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pans 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting, combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Blend in the vanilla extract. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar until incorporated and smooth, 1-2 minutes. Add the heavy cream to the bowl and beat on medium-low speed just until incorporated, then increase the speed to medium-high and whip for 4 minutes until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Frost the cooled cupcakes as desired. Sprinkle with Oreo crumbs and garnish with Oreo halves.


  1. Oh yum! I think I've seen those on Pinterest too. I'm glad you noted your challenges with it. I might try something similar, but with your advice and skip the cream cheese frosting. I don't think my kids would like it either.

    Just look at that crumbly cute face!

  2. They still look really good though, and for me the cream cheese would be a win!

  3. Oh my goodness. WHY do I have to have such a sweet tooth?!? I need these right now!!!

    My daughter doesn't like cream cheese icing as much either. Must be a kid thing b/c I love it!!

  4. Oh girl those look delish! I'm a sucker for cream cheese icing! I love that you had mad skills with the twisting! I probably wouldn't. I'm a much better baker than I am a cook. It's probably b/c I have a ginormous sweet tooth that gets me in trouble on most days.

    We're having company stay with us this weekend and I'm trying to NOT bake sweets but it's hard. The overwhelming pressure to make sure I have a dessert on hand is getting to me...

  5. Cream cheese all the way. More for me! hahaha. They look super nummy! Love your notes. Hehe. Now who snuck a cupcake. hahaha.

  6. Not a fan of crean cheese icing. But other than that, those look sooooo yummy!!! My mouth is watering! I might need to try making some. Soon!

  7. OK Emmy--they may have been a bust but dang, they look good. And the kids are stinking adorable!!!

  8. I know how wonderful it is to cook with Alex helping. I'm still smiling from the day she helped me make bread in July. And Ryder...well, he is just a beautiful little boy! Looks like you guys had some fun.

  9. Those look really really good!

  10. This look yummy!

    Anything with Oreos is delicious for sure!

    Cole and I made some cookies yesterday called Cowboy cookies, which I am not sure why they are called that, but they were pretty good too. The making of the cookies was the fun part though.

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. I've been tempted by these myself. I wonder if the oreo on the bottom wouldn't stick with real butter? I dunno. What I do know is, that most of my baking disasters are when I DO have a helper . . . haha

    I'm always so inspired by your ability to let your kids join you in the kitchen!

  12. Your kids are so cute! I may have to try these, they look soooo good!!

  13. These look great to me! Though I think I could just eat the oreos by themselves and be happy. Your cooking assistants are adorable!

  14. I won't lie - those sound delicious! I love to bake myself and do so often! I am currently on the look out for a recipe for tomorrow night!

  15. I'm sure my girls would LOVE those! They are all about chocolate and "Ariel" cookies.

  16. We have a cupcake recipe book. In August we made a different one each week to try to break some of the August monotony. Huge hit in our house - but it certainly contributed to my summer 10 pound weight gain!

    Ah, well - it was good family time, right?

  17. But they look so good!! I laughed over how Ryder helped ;)

  18. maybe spray the bottom of the wrapper with baking spray next time? They do look good, though! And cream cheese frosting is my favorite, so I may have to make these. Just for that. :) Love how the kids helped!

  19. I think the sweetest part of the whole recipe is your helpers :)

  20. Oh these look yummy. I don't really bake either. My daughter loves to.

  21. Before I even read the post I had to gawk at your daughter's picture... she looks like my own daughter, with more curl to the hair!!! :) So of COURSE I think your kids are beautiful. ;)

    And about those cupcakes... nom nom nom!

    Today I made some brownies, but from a box... haven't had anything really great in a while. I think it is time!

  22. Those look yummy! I may have to give that recipe a try. :) You have a beautiful family...I'm so glad I found your blog! Can't wait to read more.

  23. I have made Oreo cookies too and we loved them! I found the same recipe from Annie's Eats too. Was it the one she had adapted from the Beantown Baker? We didn't make the cream cheese frosting so I'm glad you said that it wasn't a hit with your kids!

    Best wishes and hope you have a great week.

  24. I just gained 7lbs reading this post!! HOLY COW!! YUM!!!! I look forward to testing this one out!!!

  25. your helpers are adorable. I think these look awesome. My husband LOVES oreo anything so I will have to try these. :)