Monday, January 21, 2013

Best. Cupcakes. Ever.

A couple weeks ago a co-worker approached me about cupcakes.  Last time I brought red velvet cupcakes to work, my co-worker, being a good hubby, took one home to his wife.  So she wanted some more.  And she was having a potluck at her place of business, so it seemed like a good time.

So anyway, he asked for 2 dozen red velvet cupcakes and I happily agreed.  Then he asked what other flavors I could make.  I said, "Probably whatever you want."  So he described to me a cupcake that he used to get at a bakery long ago.  It was marble with cream cheese icing with Oreos in it. (Can I say "Oreo"?  Or is that some kind of copyright infringement?  How about "chocolate sandwich cookie?"  Will that work?) Only the marble was black and white, making it even more Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie-esque.  I was intrigued, so I agreed to make a dozen of the Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie cupcakes as well.

I used my go-to chocolate cake recipe and just added a goodly squirt of Americolor Super Black.  Voila, black cake!  For the white I just used a white doctored cake mix (shhh...don't tell).  Since I was already making cream cheese icing, I just made a little extra and crushed up some Oreos chocolate sandwich cookies and stirred them into the icing that was left once I had iced the red velvet cupcakes.  Which came out beautifully,by the way:

I love it when they've got just a little dome.

Co-worker requested white sugar pearls on the red velvet.  Yum.

Anyhoo, back to and white marble cupcakes cooling peacefully on the rack...

I topped each cupcake with a mini Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie just for fun (and because I am psychologically unable to send a naked cupcake out of my house).

So, the Oreos chocolate sandwich cookies in the icing blocked my icing tip so I couldn't get a good swirl.  In fact, they even blocked the regular-sized coupler I tried to use.  So I had to use my giant coupler to put a blob of icing on.  It wasn't pretty.  Next time, I think I'll run the Oreos chocolate sandwich cookies through the food processor to get the pieces smaller, as opposed to crushing them with a rolling pin.  Although I don't believe the food processor will be nearly as much fun.

After agonizing needlessly over the state of the swirls, I decided I had to eat one, diet or not.

Poor little cupcake...

It doesn't stand a chance...

I'm not a very good marbler, apparently.

Ok, I'm not going to show you a photo of me scarfing down the cupcake.  But, seriously, I don't know why, but this was the best cupcake ever.  The girl was amazed.  The hubby was delighted.  The boy was knocked speechless, which is quite an accomplishment.

I think I'll make this in cake form next.  We've got some birthdays coming up.  And while I don't know that I can decorate Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie icing, I really don't think anyone will care.

Oh, here's how I made the icing, in case anyone is curious:

Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Cream Cheese Icing

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup cream cheese (8 ounces), softened
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbs vanilla extract
2 pounds powdered sugar
1 snack pack mini Oreos, crushed (about six full-sized cookies)
2-4 ounces heavy cream

Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth.  Beat in vanilla and salt until incorporated.  Add powdered sugar and stir until well-mixed.  Slowly add heavy cream until you reach the desired consistency.  Stir in crushed Oreos. Beat on medium-high for 3-5 minutes or until fluffy.

That's all for now.



  1. Yum!!! The marble cakes look amazing. And I love red velvet!

    1. Thanks! They were so much fun to make, too!

  2. Yum these sound delicious, love the combo of cream cheese icing with oreos!

  3. Those cupcakes sound delicious!!