Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Oreo Cupcakes - Third time is a charm!

First things first. Cupcake Camp Boston is tomorrow night. If you're in the Boston area, be sure to stop by. We're expecting about 2000 cupcakes and who knows how many people...


Now on to the cupcakes. This is by far Hubby's favorite cupcake and my #1 requested cupcake to make. They're pretty freaking amazing.


You might remember that I've actually made Cookies N Cream cupcakes twice before. Both recipes were a bit different but still delicious. I took my favorite parts of each on and combined them into an awesome Oreo Cupcake recipe.


Since developing this recipe last summer, I've probably made these five times. I never repeat recipes, so that's definitely saying something. I just never got around to photographing the cupcakes to post on here. Until this spring. I'm going to be an aunt in a couple weeks and my sister-in-law requested these cupcakes. I happily obliged and made a point to take the pictures.


As I mentioned, this recipe combines our favorite aspects of the two recipes tried previously. You start with half of an Oreo at the bottom of the cupcake. I always twist the Oreo gently so that all the cream filling sticks to one cookie so you get that layer of cream in the bottom of your cupcake.


I take the tops of the Oreos that have no cream on them and cut some in half for garnishing. The rest get crushed, also for garnishing.


The part I love about the first recipe that I've tried is the made from scratch batter. This batter is amazing even before you pour in the Oreo pieces. And while we're on the topic of those Oreo pieces... I cut mine fairly large. Actually, Hubby likes to do the cutting for me. He stacks them really tall and uses a super sharp knife to cut through the whole stack at once. He cuts them into quarters for me. I toss the quarters Oreos in a bit of flour so they don't all sink to the bottom. I like having the big chunks as opposed to crushing them. It really enhances the Oreo flavor and adds some texture to the cupcakes.


For the frosting, I have tried out a variety of flavors. The one that I like best is just a simple cream cheese frosting. With the garnish of the crushed Oreo and the half Oreo, you still have plenty of Oreo flavor in every bite



Oreo Cupcakes

Ingredients (24 cupcakes)

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups flour, plus 2 Tbsp for the Oreo chunks
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 pkg Oreo Cookies (~45 cookies)
  • double batch of cream cheese frosting

Instructions

For the Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350F. Insert liners into a medium cupcake pan.

Twist apart 24 Oreos. Place the wafer with filling on it, filling side up, in the bottom of each paper liner. Cut other wafers in half. Save 24 halves to place in the frosting. Crush the other wafer halves, also for garnishing.

Cut the remaining Oreo cookies into quarters with a sharp knife. Toss with 2 Tbsp flour and set aside.

In a large bowl cream the butter until fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the milk and vanilla and mix to combine.

In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to butter mixture. Mix until integrated. Stir in sugar. With an electric mixer on low speed, beat for 30 seconds. Turn the mixer up to medium speed and beat for 2 minutes. Add the egg whites. Beat for 2 more minutes. Stir in the quartered cookies.

Fill the cupcake lines three-quarters full. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cupcakes comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in the pan.

Assemble the cupcakes

Once cupcakes have cooled completely, frost with cream cheese frosting. Sprinkle with crushed Oreos and place 1/2 of an Oreo on the frosting of each cupcake.

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75 comments:

Ange said...

I love that these are made with vanilla cake instead of chocolate. I need to try these soon!

oneordinaryday said...

Oooh. They look awesome. I'd so be using Double Stuf oreos for this! The more cream the better.

Mrs D said...

These look amazing! I have an unhealthy addiction to Oreos, so I will be making these soon!

Cara said...

Hope you have so much fun at cupcake camp! I wish I could make it. And nice work developing this recipe into your own perfect creation. I love doing that sometimes - such a personal satisfaction! They sound amazing - I officially put in my request, you must bring these to a gtg sometime :)

yumventures said...

These do look amazing! What wonderful pictures too! I wish I could come to the cupcake camp -- being gluten free it would be total torture! Good luck, I hope it goes well =)

Sarah said...

There's a small part of me that needs to stop reading this blog, because every time you post there is another recipe that I add to the to-bake list! :-) I love that you used the colored cupcake liners here; they're a fabulous accent to the black-and-white coloring of the cupcakes. A perfect pop of color for spring! Thanks for another great recipe.

Smitten Sugar said...

Wow these look amazing! I love the oreo on the bottom. I did that with oreo cheesecakes but never thought about doing that with oreo cupcakes! cant wait to try!

Carly said...

OMG these look amazing

jaimecooks said...

Where do you get your liners from? I love how vibrant the colors are, even after baking.

Jen said...

Jaime - I get the liners from confectionery House. I also get my brown liners from them as well. They are a bit expensive but well worth it.

mrs. c said...

I am not a big oreo fan but these do look tasty! I might just have to tr them at our next big family function! Thanks for sharing!

mamakrystal said...

YUM!!!!!!!!! They look delicous! I have some leftover Oreos from my Elmo cupcakes...I might have to whip some of these up, too! Great post darling!

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said...

Yum! I am a fan of the big chunks of oreo too, I will be making these soon!

Sarah said...

I bet they'd be really pretty if you used the spring Oreos on the bottom, with the different colors!

Memória said...

I've made Oreo cupcakes with Hershey's chocolate cake recipe and white buttercream with crushed Oreos in it. They were fabulous that way, but i still want to try out your method. Maybe I could make a hybrid of what I did with your recipe. Your cupcakes look absolutely perfect. I love how luscious the frosting is and the bottom part of the cupcake.

Brisbane Baker said...

A 3rd type!?

I've tried to make your other two and LOVED them and this one seems to be the hybrid version so I may try to make this with some strawberry oreos I picked up on sale the other day.

Thanks so much!

www.brisbanebaker.blogspot.com

BeeKayRoot said...

These look absolutely amazing! I

Sheena and Seanna said...

These look so good!

Miss Yunks said...

These look SOOOO good!! I will look for tonight at Cupcake Camp!

laurasrecipecollection.com said...

Wow! Suddenly I'm very hungry :)

Elina said...

These look absolutely incredible. I'm sorry I'm going to miss today's cupcake event... hopefully there will be another one in the future. :)

Katrina said...

What a great idea and they do look awesome, especially the chot open one. I've seen Oreos in cookies and brownies, but not in cupcakes. Love it!

kaldonia said...

I have been following your blog for a few months now and I love it!!
I made these awesome cuppies for my husband's birthday yesterday and they were a massive hit. Will definitely be making them again.
Thank you for another great recipe.

Erin :)

Momma Bean said...

I made these last night and they turned out just perfect! This is definitely a keeper.

I do have one question...I was having a difficult time blending the butter and milk/vanilla. For some reason, they remained separate no matter how long I blended. I ended up straining the butter, then blending the sugar and butter and gradually adding the milk. Did I miss a step or should I have kept on mixing until the desired consistency? Thanks!

I think I'm trying the cookie dough cupcakes next. Can't wait!

comfycook said...

These are amazing and are on my list to make, really soon. You are very clever to put this all together and to end up with a delicious and attractive cupcake.

Suzi said...

Hi Jen, I was at Cupcake Camp and was so excited to snag one of these babies! I actually was standing right near you while you were setting these up and thought "WOW that must be Beantown Baker!" And then suddenly I was very shy and feeling like I was in the presence of a celebrity and I of course chickened out and didn't say hello. And then of course it got crazy crowded and I didn't get a second chance to introduce myself. I'm kicking myself now! Anyway I want you to know that it was a thrill to try one of your cupcakes after who knows how long of following your blog, and they were SO GOOD. Dense and delicious - definitely one of the best cupcakes we tried, including the ones from the bakeries.

Genevieve said...

I was recently checking out my 'abandoned' food blog, Rubber Pants, and I came across a comment from you, so obviously wanted to check out your blog..again! Love these cupcakes! I really like how you use vanilla cake instead of chocolate. Delicious!

Jen said...

Momma Bean - Yes, the butter and milk don't really mix together that well. I will have to rewrite the instructions to reflect that. When I made them, I just beat the butter until light and fluffy, then add milk and vanilla. Sorry for the confusion.

Suzi - you def should have introduced yourself! I love meeting people who read my blog. Glad you enjoyed the cupcakes!

rachellehcar said...

Hi! I saved the little tag on the oreo cupcakes at Cupcake Camp so that could remember to visit the blog. I've been making oreo cake/cupcakes for years- I found the recipe in a Pillsbury cookbook which calls for using the white cake mix and dump about a cup crushed oreos into the mix. I usually use a buttercream frosting. It's a simple recipe that has always been a hit, so I was a bit skeptical about trying yours. After I tried your version, I was definitely impressed. I would have never thought to put half an oreo on the bottom- genius! I will have to make your recipe some day because making the cake from scratch certainly improves upon an already great flavor, as well as the oreo bottom. It goes to show "there's more than one way to skin a cat."

Jen said...

rachellehcar - glad you were able to find my blog. Sounds like the little tags were helpful. I have tried a similar recipe that uses white cake mix, but I def agree that making it from scratch is the way to go!

rookie baker said...

hi, i use the same resipe only i found it from crazy about cupcakes book and when i make the batter, i dont follow the recipe as beating butter and milk is very annoying because they wont mix well.
so i just cream the butter and sugar together, add white eggs and vanilla then flour alternating with milk then the crushed oreo.. always works amazing for me :)

me said...

Hi Jen, I have never made my own batter before and I decided to try this wonderful recipe of yours as my first.. Im having some problems with it though, it comes out like dough and I cant do anything with it after that. I believe my problem is with the creaming of the butter which I am completely unfamiliar with. I gooled it and it said you cream butter by using sugar, is this true? Can you please explain this process please, I would really appreciate it. Thanks so much.

Jen said...

me - sorry to confuse you. When I say cream the butter, I just mean to beat it on Medium until it's light and fluffy. You would normally do this with the sugars at the beginning of the recipe.

I like the recommendation that rookie baker provided about the instructions. I will update the instructions to be more clear.

me said...

thank you so much Jen. You didnt confuse me though, I confused myself : ) I will try what you said right now, since I still have everything else prepared and hopefully it will work this time. thank you for the fast response and by the way, any thoughts on why it turned out like dough instead of batter? I put the right measurements of milk and so forth, but I hadnt added the eggs. My batter was so thick that It stopped my mixer.

Jen said...

Hm I don't remember the batter being that thick before the egg whites go in... The only thing I could think of is if you measured the flower wrong or something. Hope they turn out for you this time!

me said...

Well I had 2 and 1/4 cups of flour. I believe thats whats on the directions.. I will double check. Thanks again for your fast response, I didnt think I would hear from you. Thanks so much : )

me said...

ok, this is the last post. Im sorry to keep bothering you. I was just thinking when you say 2 and 1/4 cups of flour plus 2 tbsp for oreos. Would I be taking 2 tblsp from the 2 and 1/4 cups or would the 2+ cups be specifically for the batter and I need another 2 tbsp for the oreos, maybe thats where I went wrong. I will leave you alone after this : ) thanx.

Jen said...

It means 2 1/4 cups for the batter and then another 2 Tbsp for the Oreos.

me said...

Thank you so much! Enjoy the rest of your night..

Tracy said...

i made these last week for my birthday. they were AMAZING. literally oreo-tastic. and the oreo at the bottom? genius! they were a big hit. thanks!

Miss Yunks said...

You inspired me to make oreo cupcakes! Check them out here: http://foodiesatworkdotcom.blogspot.com/2010/05/cookies-cream-cupcakes.html

Lisa said...
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Lisa said...

These were awesome! I made three kinds of cupcakes for my BIL's 40th birthday and they were all a hit but people ooooooohed and awwwwed over these!

I linked to your recipe and used my own pictures here:

http://recipeladrona.blogspot.com/2010/05/oreo-cupcakes.html

Brave New Baker said...

i tried making these before but the oreo piece stuck to the wrapper at the bottom and they were all ruined. did i do something wrong? should i have done something to the bottom of the liner first?

Jen said...

Brave New Baker - Sorry to hear that. I don't do anything to the bottom of the cupcake liner. I just throw the half Oreo in there cookie side down. I haven't ever had that issue before...

Lindsay said...

Love your blog :) I made these today and they look perfect. I haven't frosted them yet, do you refrigerate after frosting since it is cream cheese? I'm not sure what to do about frosting since they won't be eaten until the next day.

Jen said...

Lindsay - I do refrigerate these since they have cream cheese frosting on them.

Lindsay said...

Thank you, they were a hit!

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

I will be collecting all Oreo Cupcakes I can find and experiment to see which I like best. I look forward to making your version.

How cool that you created the recipe!

Carmen

Jackellyn said...

I tried these out but the Oreos at the bottom stuck to the paper. Any way I can avoid that?

Jen said...

Jackellyn - I haven't ever had that problem myself. Were you sure to put them so the cookie side is down on the bottom of the cupcake liner. I'm not sure what else would cause that issue. Sorry they didn't turn out for you...

Jen said...

Awesome recipe Jen! I made these for a party and they were a big hit. http://homeiswheretheholmansare.blogspot.com/2010/07/oreo-cupcakes.html

Suki Desu said...

wow. It didn't come out as I'd expected. Of course not as perfec as yours. But truly They tasted amazing and I was so lucky to find your recipe =].

Jordan Johanna said...

These are amazing I am sharing the recipe with all my friends!!

bearybear said...

What's cream cheese?

Jen said...

bearybear - It's a common ingredient here in the US. Here's the wiki page for it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cream_cheese

mom said...

I'd love to try this but only want to make 12. Would you recommend 1 or 2 egg whites?

DizzyC said...

New follower here after seeing your Oreo Cupcakes mentioned on another blog.

These cupcakes look so delicious and naughty.Mmmmmmmm!

enjoy ur weekend

carol

Jen said...

mom - I'd probably just use 1

lauren said...

Just wanted to say that I love your blog...I have the most fun reading your entries and looking through your recipes...thanks for offering so much and for being so considerate in your posts.I recently made these cupcakes based on your rave reviews and everyone I made them for absolutely loved them....I had bought oreos when they were on sale and I came across this recipe and saved it...I will be using this again and again...thanks!

Waqarun said...

Thank you Beantown Baker! I am a Boston gal stuck in Upstate NY for med school, these recipes keep me excited to cook in the kitchen and avoid my med textbooks! Thank you for your recipes and I am definitely excited to try this recipe this weekend! :)

Rhian said...

Hi,
I am from the Wales in the UK and allthough I have bought some cups I havent really got used to using them and dont know how much a stick of butter is? I would love to try your recipe, would you be able to re-post the recipe using gram's or even pounds and Oz's so I may try it? Many Thanks
Rhian x

neustp said...

Hi! I'm from Barcelona, and I had a bit problem converting the units!
Here's what I used: 113gr. butter, 245 ml milk, 10 ml vanilla extract, 282gr. flour, 10gr.baking powder, a bit of salt, 332gr. sugar, 3 egg whites, 45 cookies.
For the frosting: 226gr. cream cheese, 113gr. butter, 5 ml vanilla extract, 330gr. powdered sugar (though I finally used a bit less of sugar).

They turned out great, although something didn't work quite right. The bottom Oreo stuck to the liner. And some of them were a bit raw on the inside (the ones that had too much cookies inside).

Anyway, next time I'm sure they will turn out better!

Samantha Grzegorzewski said...

Do you sift the dry ingredients together or just mix as is? I want to make these cupcakes tomorrow, they look delicious!

beantownbaker said...

I just mixed them in a small bowl with a whisk. I never sift dry ingredients...

loz said...

113g of butter :)

Steph said...

Here is a slight variation: http://adventuresofthehungrypanda.blogspot.com/2011/03/oreo-cupcakes-with-oreo-cream-cheese.html

Thanks so much for your recipe, Beantown Baker!

beantownbaker said...

Glad you liked them! Yours look great as well.

Candiapple3355 said...

what kind of flour do you use?

beantownbaker said...

For all my recipes, if I don't specify, then I used all-purpose flour.

ariana said...

how do you seperate the oreos so the filling is always on one side

Fiqa Syera said...

Can i use salted butter instead of unsalted one?

Andrea said...

I just made these and had a piece of the cupcake! Yum! I can't wait to try them with the icing!

Tanya Dewalt said...

I made these last night and they are DELICIOUS! Very easy and fun to make and very moist. Tastes like your eating a huge oreo! Thanks so much for sharing! I am starting a cupcake business and would like to add this to my list of recipes if you don't mind?

gabby said...

Made them once and everyone loved them and no problems! Second time I made them the cookies stuck to liners for some reason. Still delicious, just might put some cooking spray on the bottom next time.

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