Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Oreo Surprise Cupcakes!

Yummmmm! Give me all the Oreos!
This weekend I tested a recipe that I had seen Tanya Burr (www.tanyaburr.co.uk) make on her YouTube channel. I altered the recipe slightly and they came out amazing! The only thing was, mine weren't quite done in the middle (even though they looked done) so my recommendation would be to bake at 325 instead of 350 as my edges we done but the center was not. I would also then adjust the time to about 20-25 minutes and check for doneness with a toothpick. The original recipe said 350 for 15 minutes. I did about 17 minutes but they still weren't done so I think lowering the temp and cooking a little longer will get them perfect. The chocolate cupcake recipe was delicious! Of course, I sampled the batter, I mean, who doesn't eat the batter? Nobody, that's who. 

Anyway they were really easy and everybody loved them! It yielded about 14 cupcakes that I had filled to nearly the top of the cupcake cases.
Fill with batter nearly to the top!


 
Odd kitchen equipment that you will need:
  • Stand mixer or handheld electric mixer
  • Scale (I didn't convert to cups as it just not as accurate)
  • Food Processor or Ziploc bag and a rolling pin or something heavy to smash Oreos with. 
  • Cupcake tins fitted with your favorite cupcake cases (don't try to make these without cupcake cases). 

Below is my altered recipe, let me know how they turn out! 

 
Cake Ingredients:
  • 175g softened butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 165g caster sugar (extra superfine sugar)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 125g self raising flour (not all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pack of Oreo's (1 Oreo per cupcake)
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cupcake Dry Ingredients



Frosting Ingredients:

  • 6 Oreos
  • 100g softened butter (1 stick)
  • 200g icing sugar (confectioners/powdered sugar)
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Making some Oreo Frosting!!



Decoration:

  • You will need half an Oreo per cupcake.  If you end up with 14 cupcakes as I did, then you will need 7 Oreo's (chopped in half).
Now you are ready to start to make your delicious Oreo Surprise Cupcakes!  Here are the instructions:

Starting with the cupcake batter (obviously)....
  • Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 
  • Add eggs, one at a time, combining completely in between and scraping bowl when necessary.
  • If your Self Raising Flour is a bit lumpy (mine was) you will want to sift it.
  • Sift together cocoa powder, flour and baking powder.
  • Add this gradually into your wet mixture, little by little, scraping the bowl in between.
  • Lastly, add your milk and vanilla and stir again just until combined.
  • Place your cupcake cases into your cupcake trays.
  • In each cupcake case, drop an Oreo into the case.

Place Oreo's in the bottom of the cupcake cases.




  • Once each case has an Oreo in the bottom of it then you can spoon your mixture into the cases. Filling nearly to the top of the case.  (You can see how full I filled mine in the picture above.

Not great picture of filled cupcake cases. Meh! You get the idea!

  • Bake at 325F degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cupcakes are done!



For the frosting you will essentially be making an Oreo Buttercream Icing - Here's how:

  • Add your butter to your stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy.  The butter should have turned a lighter color than you started with and should also have gotten slightly bigger in volume.  This will take about 5 minutes.
  • Add your icing sugar a little at a time (or you will have a sugar cloud) and fully combine until smooth.
  • Crush your Oreo's in a food processor or by placing them in a Ziploc bag and whacking them with a rolling pin or on the counter. You want these to become very fine granules.

    Smashed Oreos! I used a food processor as Hulk was busy.



  • Add your Hulk smashed Oreo's to your mixture and combine.
  • Add your milk and vanilla and stir just to combine.

    Mmmmmm Oreo Icing!

     
  • With a knife (you could pipe it if you want but you will need a wide tip) frost your cupcakes (you will want a decent amount on each cupcake so that you have a good mountain to place your Oreo decoration on).
  •  Lastly, chop each Oreo in half and place one half onto the top of each cupcake.

Yes, Please!!



Now you are ready to enjoy and share! I mean, you don't HAVE to share but you will have a lot more friends if you do!! These are amazing with a good cup of coffee.  Let me know if you make them and how they turn out.

-Heather