Thank you to all of you who have read and supported my cooking journey this past year. I couldn't have done it without your love and encouragement.
I can't believe what a difference a year makes. I now feel like I can provide my family with healthy, home cooked meals, as well as some tasty treats too. With that in mind, let's get to a very tasty treat, shall we?
Over the past year, some very yummy meals have been enjoyed in my home, but if I had to pick a favorite recipe for the whole year...it would be chocolate. HAS to be, right? My absolute favorite recipe is for the Oreo cake. I make this cake whenever a cake is necessary. I'd love to branch out beyond it, but there's really no need. It's too amazing!
My 4 year old princess is rapidly heading towards being my 5 year old princess, and in talking about what she wants to have to celebrate, my sweet girl knew it had to be the Oreo cake. She said, "Momma, I just really want my friends to know how delicious that cake is." Is there any higher compliment? I was prepared to order a princess cake of some variety from the closest bakery, but that sweet girl wants me to make her cake, and I couldn't be more flattered. We're branching out though, and turning that amazing cake into cupcakes. That's where we are today my friends.
The same blog that gave me the Oreo cake recipe, also gives us the cupcake version (see below). While the cake is the same, the frosting isn't. I ended up going out on a limb and doing a combination of the two frostings, but as long as you get the cake right, you can use your own trusty buttercream if you like, as long as you remember to add some crushed Oreos, I believe you'll be fine. It's not that I don't trust this blogger. I whole-heartedly do. She's never steered me wrong. It's just that this recipe found me on a day where I just couldn't justify adding a cup of shortening to the already fat/calorie heavy ingredients already involved. Believe me though, you WANT to make this cake/cupcake. Worth. Every. Calorie. Every calorie I tell you!
This was no average baking day, this "no longer novice" cook was ready to experiment! I've got a birthday girl with high expectations to prepare a birthday treat for, so of course, I want to provide the BEST cupcake ever. So, I made the batter and tried these cupcakes 3 different ways.
As seen below, and going left to right:
Cupcake 1- I hid a mini Oreo in the middle of the batter. This largely went unnoticed upon baking. The cream filling disappeared, and the mini Oreo IF noticed, looked more like an accident than intentional.
Cupcake 2- Just straight batter, no secret treats hiding inside...a simple, baseline cupcake.
Cupcake 3- This little fella has a full sized Double Stuf Oreo at the bottom. I am partial to this cupcake. I love the thought of added Oreo fun in full scale. For some reason, the cream filling did not disappear at all, as opposed to the mini hidden in cupcake 1. Maybe it's because it's full size? Maybe it's the Double Stuffin'. Either way, it works for me.
|Before the batter is poured on top.|
|After baking, and half-eaten...|
Not only adorable, super dee duper delicious! What a difference a year makes. Thanks again for your love and support. Now get in your kitchen and bake these little guys up! You won't regret it!!
Link to My Baking Addiction's Oreo Cupcakes Recipe