Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Something {Baby} Blue Cupcakes!

It's a BOY!!!


Only not mine, my friends!  :)

I mentioned yesterday that I attended a baby shower over the weekend...but what I didn't tell you is that I made 48 cupcakes for the special event!  You should have seen me Saturday morning...elbow deep in powdered sugar and cream cheese frosting...desperately trying to frost those babies and get to the shower on time.  Clearly, my time management skills were lacking that morning.

Anyway...I digress!  The point is that this cupcakes turned out to be a huge hit!  The secret is the OREO!!!

Yes, these cupcakes feature half an oreo {cream side up!} on the bottom of each of them...the other half gets crushed up into the batter...and let me tell you...they are HEAVEN!

 The best part is that the oreos are soft and literally become part of the cupcake...genius!

Recipe adapted from Homemade by Holman:

{Cake}
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 36 Oreo cookies 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 cupcake cups with liners. Separate 24 Oreos, leaving cream filling on one half. Place cream side up in the bottom of each liner. Add the other halves and remaining cookies to food processor and pulse a couple times to create large chunks. Set aside Oreo chunks.

Combine butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add egg whites, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Add milk and vanilla to a large measuring cup and stir together. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix on low speed just until incorporated. Follow with 1/2 the milk mixture, mix on low and continue alternating additions, ending with flour mixture. Stir in Oreo chunks.

Scoop batter into prepared liners, filling 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 18-20 minutes until tops are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan about five minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

{Frosting}

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 2 T heavy cream
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 24 Oreos for garnish {I chose sprinkles instead}
Beat butter and cream cheese on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and cream and beat until incorporated. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating on low speed until incorporated. Increase speed to medium high and whip for 30 seconds to a minute. Fill a piping bag and pipe onto cupcakes as desired.

Garnish with an additional Oreo or Oreo halve.

If baking from scratch scares you or you just don't have time, simply buy a white cake mix and stir in the oreos...no one has to know and it's an easy shortcut.  In my opinion, the homemade frosting is what makes the difference...there is no substitute for that, my friends.

Ok, what are you waiting for?  Time to make these cupcakes and blow your families and friends away!
 
xo natasha

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33 comments:

  1. ok... YUM! What a great idea with the Oreo! You cannot go wrong.
    The cupcakes look amazing!

    http://jennaleelac.blogspot.com/

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  2. I am dying over these... probably partly because I took candy and baked goods off my list of possibilities starting yesterday.... bleh!

    Oh but I mostly was drooling over them because of the oreo! that's such a fantastic idea... lucky ladies who attended that baby shower.

    CarissaExplainsItAll

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  3. You made 48 cupcakes??? Brave. Very brave. Baking scares me but this recipe looks so good, I am tempted to give it a go! I love the blue sprinkles over the top! So cute!

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  4. That's a lot of cupcakes to make and frost but you pulled it off beautifully with such a fun recipe!

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  5. Wow, those cupcakes just look so yummy!!!

    www.ilovecafemoka.blogspot.com

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  6. yummy! & how cute is that oreo on the bottom!

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  7. You are completely sabotaging my efforts to look good in a bathing suit! (c: and I'm loving every minute of it! These look "dewishious" as my 2 year old says...

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  8. Holy moly!! Ok I had Cassie's strawberry cupcakes up next on my list to make, but these might have to come first! Looks incredible!

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  9. My mouth is watering! Those look amazing! An oreo can really make everything better!

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  10. OMG get out! These sound amazing! Right up my alley. You always have the best recipes!

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  11. I would give anything to eat one of these for lunch =)

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  12. o wow!! those look SO tasty!! i want one now :) xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  13. what a great recipe. it looks divine and for sure made me water my mouth. ;)

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  14. I wish I had one of these so badly! I can not wait to make them soon!

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  15. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!! What a lovely surprise to end an already delicious dessert with :) Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Oh my goodness those look delish! My husband's birthday is this Friday and I was thinking of doing a cake, but I might have to try these out instead!

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  17. i literally had a mini heart palpitation b/c i was like - How in the heck did i miss that you were pregnant?! these look SO yum!

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  18. These look great! I'm a frosting snob and nothing beats homemade!

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  19. They look awesome!!! I wish I could have one right now! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Oh wow!!! I'm out of town for work all week (i.e. I'm sitting in a hotel right now) and I am hungry now!!! Might have to call room service after seeing those photos!!

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  21. Was Mackenzie at that shower? I'll bet she was all over those cupcakes!!!

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  22. my brother is a HUGE fan of oreos! I am definitely going to have to make these for him :)

    ps. now following!

    xo
    http://littlelivingthings.blogspot.com/

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  23. Your recipe couldn't have come at a more perfect time. I am hosting a bridal shower for my niece in a couple weeks and these will be perfect! They sound yummy and I love the fact that they are a little different than the traditional cupcake. How fun!

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  24. OMG these look delicious - what a fun surprise on the bottom! I need to trythese out sometime, myself. Just found your blog and followed you! :)

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  25. Man, you always make the best stuff! An oreo on the bottom? Genius!

    I saw a recipe on my friend's blog, Gimme Some Oven, for margarita cupcakes. I seriously think she might have nailed it - I want to try to make them for Cinco de Mayo but I don't think I'll have anyone besides my husband to share them with!

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  26. Shut up. These are incredible. I love cupcakes and Oreo's. How perfect!!! (:

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  27. Those cupcakes look great!! I will definitely have to try these. Yum!!!

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  28. Yum! My husband had something like these at an office party and he keep begging me to make them. I guess it's about time!

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  29. These look FANTASTIC! I'm salivating...seriously.

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