Day 3 – Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

It’s no secret by now. I love cookies. I love cupcakes. I love cupcakes with cookies in them. (and I love Oreos.) So, these Cookies & Cream Cupcakes (recipe below from Top Tier) are not a surprise. The surprise is that this recipe gives 2 different methods for putting these cupcakes together – hence the many, many photos. But I love the variety that it offers! And, I love needing to taste both options, just in case…

(I also get to show off my no-carve pumpkins! This is my melted crayon pumpkin.)
(The first cupcake has a whole Oreo in it, the 2nd is chopped up Oreos.)

The cake is very dense and very moist – almost sticky. Nice chocolate flavor. The crunch of the oreo is really nice too, either way you do it.
The frosting is thick, and easy to pipe or smear. I find the shortening flavor a little overpowering. I’d prefer a half shortening/half butter combination.
The frosting definitely tastes like the Oreo cream when it’s put with the cupcake, which is kinda fun! But the shortening leaves a very waxy feeling in your mouth (not unlike the feeling in your mouth after eating a whole bag of Oreos… I mean…what?! I don’t do that…). The balance is definitely better in the full-size, the cake counters the frosting a little better.

Notes: with the chopped oreos, the minis got all misshaped when they baked. Whether you chop the oreo or place in on the bottom, you get about the same flavor profile. For birthday cakes visit our partner Cake in a Box who have a wide range of birthday cakes, wedding cake and other occasion cakes.

Scoring Sheet:

Cupcake Taste: 4
Frosting Taste: 2
Overall Taste: 3
Appearance: 4.5 (scored so high because the baker gave 2 options for how to frost/decorate these cupcakes!)
Ease of Making: 4 (1 bowl!!)
TOTAL: 17.5

Cookies & Cream Cupcakes (recipe below from Bakerella)

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup natural unsweetened cocoa
1 1/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup hot water
24 Oreos, plus more for crumbs

1 cup shortening
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-6 Tablespoons milk
2 or more teaspoons Oreo cookie crumbs

For directions visit