Monday, December 03, 2012

You Will Die For These Cupcakes

No kidding. Maybe even kill for the last one.

What is impressive about this recipe is that it comes out great with quite few ingredients. And there are so many Oreo cookies in it that you'd feel quite full even with just a couple in your tummy.

Yesterday, I bought a single red velvet cupcake (tiny one) for 50 bucks, and I felt terrible! So I decided to make something on my own for lesser, and arrived at this.

The idea to bake them has been lingering in my head for quite some time now. More precisely since I laid my eyes on these Death By Oreo Cupcakes. Cream cheese was and is an issue I intend to solve. Hence, I used a buttercream frosting instead. It also just happened that my monthly supply of cocoa and flour was up, so I had to use instant cake mix. I do intend to try the same frosting with a basic vanilla cupcake next time. I'm guessing that will be less indulgence and more class.

But today's star dish is hardly classy. It is obscenely filled with Oreos and you have to eat it with all cares abandoned. Go right ahead! This guilty pleasure comes quite cheap.

For the cupcake base:

1 packet             Betty Crocker Chocolate cake mix. Or any cake mix you like.
1 packet             Oreo Cookies
also, make sure you bring to room temperature whatever the cake box says you need.

For the Oreo buttercream frosting:
 Recipe adapted from Holly of Life As A Lofthouse

1/3 cup               Butter, unsalted
1 tsp                   Vanilla essence, the dark coloured liquid tastes best.
1 tbsp                 Milk
1and 1/3 cups     Powdered Sugar
5 oreos               Crushed very well, put them in the mixer and pound.

Place your cupcake liners in a muffin pan. Preheat the oven to the temperature specified on the cake box.

Mix the contents of the instant cake mix thoroughly with whatever wet ingredients you add (usually butter and eggs). Even eggless cakes work beautifully. Just use chocolate cake mix though.

Fill 1/4th of the cupcake liners with this cake batter. Now, put one Oreo cookie horizontally on the batter such that it lies still. Do this slowly so that you don't disturb the bottom layer. Now fill the cupcakes to about 3/4 with the cake batter. I filled them to the top as my outer 'blue' mould had a lot of space leftover, and also to get that dome like appearance on the cupcakes.

Place the muffin tray in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Check if they are done, remove and cool.

Now for the buttercream. Blend together butter, milk and essence until you can't mix anymore. Take powdered sugar and add it in parts. After each addition, mix thoroughly to see if the desired consistency has been achieved. If not, add more. Buttercream must be thick, but not sickly sweet. So maintain that balance. Mix in the crushed Oreos thoroughly and frost.

You can spread it out like jam. Use a piping bag and make a swirl pattern, if you have it. Decorate with half of an Oreo. And eat so many that people wonder why you have such a sugar high!

A warning about the frosting- you may finish licking it clean even before your cupcakes are done. Exercise control.

No prize for guessing where the sixth one went ;)

Today's Dose Of Philosophy:

Once in a while, forget about diets and health. Forget what is right and what is not. Take a deep dive into pure excess. Want to read a book? Do it all day. Eat? Binge. Shop? Go out now. Cook? Go wild! And when you are done, step back and enjoy the time you spent doing it. When you do get back to your routine, you'll feel so much better. And you'll do the task at hand with twice the involvement!

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