Monday, 27 May 2013

Cookies & Cream Cupcakes

This weekend, like most, was a busy one in our house. We were invited to a BBQ with friends from work on Saturday afternoon, and with Matthew's hockey team on Sunday. I decided to bake cupcakes for both of the parties. Five dozen in all.

Since these parties involved many small boys, and all small boys love Oreos and chocolate (Cal excepted), I decided that some Cookies & Cream cupcakes were in order.

Yes, that is an Oreo cookie baked inside the cupcake. Decadent

I used my go-to chocolate cake recipe and popped an Oreo into the bottom of each cupcake liner before filling each cup 2/3 full with batter. 

The Oreo stayed at the bottom of the cupcake, but I think that it might be better to have it in the middle. Next time I'll try filling the cups 1/3 of the way, drop in the Oreo, add more batter to the top, and hope that the cookies stay put while they're baking.

While the cupcakes themselves were delicious, the pi├Ęce de r├ęsistance was the Cookies & Cream buttercream icing. It was light and fluffy and delectable. Seriously, how can you make buttercream better? All you need to do is add Oreos.

Cookies & Cream Buttercream
1 pound of butter, softened
3 1/2  cups icing sugar
2-3 tablespoons whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
12 Oreos, chopped

     1. Whip butter in an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until pale and creamy. This takes about 5 minutes on medium speed in my KitchenAid.
     2. Add the icing sugar, cream and vanilla. Mix on low speed for a minute until icing sugar is incorporated, and then on medium speed for 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Add in chopped Oreos and mix for about 1 more minute.

Then all that's left to do is ice the cupcakes and top with a mini Oreo.

 Oh, and fight off the hungry beasts children until the five dozen cupcakes are packaged up and hidden away.

Well, since the evidence is smeared on Cal's face I might as well admit that we might have made that five dozen less two.

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