June 26, 2011

Chocolate Cupcakes with Oreo Frosting

For Day 4 of the Blogging marathon, I have these sweet little cupcakes that I made for our picnic last weekend. These are rich chocolaty cupcakes with some oreo cookie frosting. I know I had to make these cupcakes when I saw the drool-worthy pictures on Kirbie's cravings blog. I was very excited when my host told me later that the kids really enjoyed these cupcakes with the frosting ending up on all their faces. :-)

I wanted to pipe the frosting neatly on the cupcakes, but as luck has it, I didn't have any heavy cream in the fridge and by the time I ran to the store and bought, we were almost ready to go to the picnic. So I ended up smearing the frosting on the cupcakes. So make sure you have enough time to frost the cupcakes beautifully like Kirby did.

Oreo Cupcake

Here's how I made these:
Ingredients:
Bread flour - ¾cup
Unsweetened chocolate - 3 oz. chopped
Dutch processed cocoa - 1/3 cup
Hot, strong-brewed coffee - ¾cup (or use ¾cup of hot water instead, but using coffee is advisable since brings out the chocolate flavor better)
Sugar - ¾ cup
Salt - ½tsp
Baking Soda - ½tsp
Vegetable oil - 6tbsp
Eggs - 2 large
Vanilla extract - 1tsp
White Vinegar - 2tsp

For the Frosting:
Heavy cream - small ½ pint carton, about 250 ml
Confectioners sugar - 3-4tbsp
Oreo cookies - 6
Vanilla extract - 1tsp
Oreo Cookies - 12, for topping

Method:
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the muffin baking tin with paper liners.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add chopped chocolate and cocoa. Pour the hot coffee/ water and mix well until smooth. Set aside to cool completely or refrigerate to cool. I set it aside for about 15-20 minutes on the counter.
  • In the meantime get all the other ingredients together for the cake batter. Whisk bread flour, salt, sugar and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In a measuring cup, whisk together oil, eggs and vanilla. Pour this mixture on to the cooled chocolate and mix well.
  • Finally add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture and mix well until smooth.
  • Divide the batter evenly in the prepared muffin pan, pouring to about ¾ full.
  • Bake for 17 - 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out only with very few crumbs.
  • Remove from the muffin pan after 5 minutes and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
  • For the frosting: Blend the oreo cookies in a food processor into very fine powder, make sure that there are no pieces visible. Whip the heavy cream with confectioners sugar in a stand mixer with whip attachment or with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
  • Add vanilla and the oreo cookie powder, mix very gently to incorporate.
  • Put the frosting in a piping bag with a decorative tip and pipe on to the cupcakes (or if you are like me just smear using a spatula or bread knife).
  • Decorate with extra oreo cookies on top.
Oreo Cupcake1

Notes: Make sure that these cupcakes are kept as cold as possible in the picnic. Since the frosting is made of cream, under the sun frosting can easily melt.

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have been cooking up for Day 4 of our BM#6.

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23 comments:

  1. cup cakes with oreo cookies? thats new to me.

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  2. wow they r tempting me!!! looking awesome!!!

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  3. Wow .. what a treat for chocolate lovers .. my kids love oreo cookies .. bookmarked :)

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  4. Ahhh...dont they look delectably good...

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  5. Splendid cupcakes there..And with Oreo frosting..Simply awesome to have !

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  6. Those cupcakes looks damn pretty,elegant and addictive,love that oreo frosting..yumm!

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  7. lovely cup cakes...looks yumm..:)

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  8. Lil Angel and me love Oreo cookies. Bookmarking this recipe.This looks so delicious that if my Lil one sees this ,she's gona try to grab it off the screen.Tempting clicks.

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  9. Liked the idea of oreo cookies for the frosting. It sure looks delicious.

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  10. I love this and am making it as soon as I get some of these ingredients. Will mail you with questions.....

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  11. Yum ...this looks so delicious ....

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  12. ohhhh...my kids love oreo and this recipe seems to go very well at my home. Shall make these cupcakes for my little ones.
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  13. The cupcakes look amazing. And how can anyone go wrong with Oreos (do you know they're vegan?).

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  14. Whoo ~ that's simply sensational! I'm trying this out soon for sure :)
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  15. My kids love oreo cookies and probably I should give this a try. Your cupcakes look fabulous.

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  16. These are so cute. What a great idea to make Oreo powder for the icing!

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  17. Cute cupcakes! My son would go insane for it! He is a big oreo fan!

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  18. Pavani, this is too tempting!!!I am hungry for cupcakes now!!!

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  19. What a fabulous idea Pavani, love that frosting..I won't mind having it myself!

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  20. yum yum yummy!! Nice clicks.

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  21. Lovely dear must try frosting with oreo,happy to follow u

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