Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cookies & Cream Cupcakes

Yes, I've been watching Cupcake Wars again. Why do you ask?

I have made Cookies and Cream Cupcakes before, but I didn't like how they turned out last time. I wanted to give it another try. Then, when I saw the You Capture theme was Circles, I had to make them again.

First, you need to stock up on Oreos - regular ol' fashioned ones and mini ones. (You may have to sample a few to make sure they are OK. After all, the children will be eating these.)



the long road

For the cupcake, I used the Joy of Cooking's recipe for Chocolate Cake:

Whisk together thoroughly:
1 1/4 c. sifted flour (*Be sure to sift and then measure as this does make a difference in volume.)
1 T. baking powder
1/4 t. salt

Melt over hot water:
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate (I used semi-sweet.)

1/3 c. boiling water

In a large bowl, beat at high speed until creamy:
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter

Add and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes:
1 1/2 c. sugar

Beat in, one at a time:
4 large egg yolks

Add the cooled chocolate mixture. Beating at low speed, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in 3 parts, alternating with:
1/2 c. milk
Beat the batter smooth after each addition.

1 t. vanilla

Beat 4 egg whites until stiff and fold into chocolate mixture.

I can't say I am all that impressed with this recipe. For one thing, the batter was so light there clearly was not enough chocolate in it. Next time I might double the chocolate and maybe add a little more flour. Too late this time, though, so I just dumped in a couple handfuls of mini chocolate chips. I'm glad I did because those chips are about the only chocolate I can taste.

I won't go into detail about my icing because mine got too soft. I should have added more powdered sugar, but frankly, I was too lazy. Just use any buttercream recipe for your icing. Here's the thing, though: When I made Cookies and Cream the first time, I put Oreos in my food processor and then mixed them in to the icing. My icing turned a sickly gray color. This time, I gently crushed the Oreos and then folded the crumbs into the icing. Much better this time.


Of course Cookies and Creme Cupcakes are enjoyed most by a circle of adorable, sweet children.


Don't forget to wash the dishes!




justine said...

LOVE your oreo tower, fantastic shot.

Buckeroomama said...

Great photos! I love the Oreo tower and the shot of the 4 kids. :)

misc.alaina said...

Great shots! Love the oreo tower and bubbles. Your children are precious!

Ashley Sisk said...

Yummy! I want some oreos.

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

great shots but my teeth hurt just thinking about eating an oreo cookie again. LOL!


Chic Homeschool Mama said...

Great shots- I love the tower of cookies. I have had "Make Cupcakes" in my blackberry calendar for a week now- every time it reminds me to do it I always put it off for a couple days. I think after seeing this I will be making it more of a priority :) Gotta have cupcakes!

dclouser said...

This is a great post! Love all the oreo and cupcake photos, but my favorite is the one of my adorable nieces and nephews! That is a great shot.

Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans said...

Great shots! You're making me hungry. I just ate lunch not too long ago, and now you are making me hungry.

It doesn't help that I really want to eat just about every cookie we have in the house.

I love your stack of Oreos! I love Oreos. Now I'm going to have to eat some store-brand Oreos...not the same, I know, but it's all we have. ;)

Anonymous said...

Great photos. Now I want oreos. Cupcakes look yummy!

tsinclair said...

Yes, your photography is great - but those cupcakes look delicious :-)

Carrie said...

Those cupcakes look OH SO YUMMY!! I'm even more in love because we're on day two of the 1st stage of the South Beach diet - no carbs for us. {sigh} LOVE the photo of the stack of Oreos!

Courtney said...

Very cool! Love the pics - and the recipe. Thanks!

Darcy said...

I LOVE this creative take on the circles You Capture for the week! And that circle of children? omg beautiful kids!!!!
ps i am NOT thanking you for my current craving for those cupcakes ;-)

CrossView said...

Great shots! But I LOVE LOVE LOVE those bubbles! :O)

I would be so loved if I made those cupcakes. But I probabaly won't....

Deb said...

Love your photos and that recipe looks yummy! Funny that we had the same idea for circles!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

LOVE Oreos! That recipe is awesome!

Beth said...

Great shots! The recipe sounds delicious & I just added Oreos to my shopping list. :)

T~T said...

I have no idea what cupcake wars are - but those cupcakes look delicious!

kbreints said...

mmm... love the cookie shots!! So much fun!

Jen said...

Great shots! I love the bubbles and the sweets make me hungry!

SarahinSC said...

Totally love the tower of oreos!

Ms. Pony said...

Great images and I love the use of mini oreos with your cupcakes!

Laura said...

Love the oreos - such a clever pic!

Jennifer said...

Great shots and the cupcakes look amazing! You did a beautiful job.