Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cookies 'n' Cream Cupcakes


I have a little confession to make...

I used a boxed cake mix for this recipe.  (Gasp!)  I know, I know.  It's a shortcut, it's taking the easy way out, it's full of preservatives and hydrogenated oils...  Boxed mixes aren't something I use all that often - I like to bake from scratch - but it's a weeknight, I didn't have a lot of time, and I wanted to get these made to take to work tomorrow...  And let's face it.  Boxed cake mixes do taste pretty good.  Especially when you add a little of this and a little of that to make them even better.

I'm not even sure if I need to feel that guilty over it.  One of my favorite baking blogs almost always starts with a box mix and then "doctors it up" with other ingredients and flavors.  And her cupcakes are always decorated so beautifully, something I'm always trying to improve with my own baking.

However, once my mom shares her chocolate cake recipe with me, I will be baking that, and I'm sure it is as moist and dark and chocolatey as I remember.  In the meantime, though, I'm a busy working girl who just didn't have all night tonight.  So I hope my coworkers will forgive me.  

Hey, if someone handed me a pretty cupcake that's moist and chocolatey, covered in cream cheese butter cream, and with a little hidden cookie surprise in the bottom of the cupcake, I wouldn't complain.

As tempting as these were, I'm happy to say that I just ate one (to make sure it was safe for other people, of course).  The truth is, I love to bake, but I just can't have this many sweets sitting around the house.  And so I have to tempt my coworkers instead.  :)

Cookies 'n' Cream Cupcakes (yields 30 cupcakes)

for the cake:
  • 1 dark chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 30 Oreo cookies
 for the frosting:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 - 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • remaining Oreos left from the package

Preheat the oven to 350.  In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, milk, sour cream, oil and vanilla.  Beat on low for 30 seconds until moistened, then on medium for 2 minutes.

Place 30 paper liners in your baking pans.  Place an Oreo cookie in the bottom of each cup, reserving the remainder of the Oreos for the frosting.

Spoon the cake batter on top of the Oreos, filling the cups 3/4 full.  Drop the pans on the counter a few times to settle the batter around the cookies.

Bake for 16-18 minutes.  Cool cupcakes completely on a wire rack.

Place the remaining Oreos in a food processor and crush until they are fine crumbs (if you leave the crumbs too big, they will clog the tip of your piping bag when you pipe the frosting on).

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth.  Gradually add the powdered sugar, adjusting until you have the desired consistency.  Stir the crushed Oreos (reserving 2 tablespoons) into the frosting.  Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes and sprinkle the tops with the remainder of the Oreo crumbs.


  1. These look delicious! I like to bake from scratch as well, but sometimes nothing will beat a boxed mix!

    ...and in my humble opinion - OREOS are a near perfect food!

  2. Dark chocolate and oreos-yum! I really do like that cookie surprise in the bottom too. Stunning cupcakes-well done.

  3. Oreos are one of my store bought cookie weaknesses! These are SO amazing! Love the idea, thank you so much for posting it. Totally buzzed

  4. These look great! I love that you stuck an oreo in the bottom of it!

  5. Holy moly! These are so pretty! And I am obsessed with cookies 'n' cream anything, especially cupcakes!!

  6. SOmetimes you just gotta use boxed cake mix it's a time saver for sure. I don't think anyone was complaining about these cupcakes they look amazing.

  7. I agree- nothing is wrong with using boxed cake mix. Sometimes it just makes more sense. Especially during the week!! THese look great i love the idea of putting an oreo at the base.

  8. These look amazing! I use boxed mix often; they have come so far form back in the day when they were..well... pretty nasty. Now they are akin to what one can make at home so why not use them? :-) I have GOT to try these cupcakes..... *drools*

  9. Wowza these look so good! I have no doubt that these disappeared quickly amongst your co-workers =)

  10. these cupcakes are gorgeous. i definitely would not mind a coworker tempting me with an amazing cupcake that has an oreo cookie surprise! delish!

  11. Boxed mix or no, these are lovely cupcakes!

  12. YOU are a genius.
    I rarely use boxed mixes except when I need to get things done QUICK, but I'll definitely try these. Yum!! Love the cookie in the bottom idea...too delicious.

  13. Box, Smox, these look amazing!

  14. Vicki's Vittles & ValuesOctober 6, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    I made these last night. Beautiful to look at and the icing is amazing. Love the addition of the crushed Oreos in the icing, yum!

  15. OMG...I am SO making these. Thanks for sharing! I will post pic and thoughts.

  16. Just saw this while researching breakfast "boats" of dough. Never apologize for using ingredients and tools to get the job done - real chefs use anything that helps- from microwave to mincing choppers! Fact is, many packaged foods make great ingredients and save time: cherry jam melted with a little butter makes an incredible sauce for rock cornish game hens over rice, for example.

  17. Eric,
    Good point, and it's something we should all remind ourselves of, I think! The buttered jam sauce actually sounds amazing, I think I'll have try that. I love sweet jammy reduction sauces on meat.


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