Friday, 13 December 2013

Oreo Cupcakes

Oreo is one of my favourite flavours for Ice Creams, Milkshakes, Cheesecakes or Cupcakes.  So in celebration of my friend's 22nd Birthday, I decided to seize the opportunity to try to make these amazing Oreo Cupcakes.
Preparation Time: 30 Minutes, plus cooling
Cooking Time: 25 Minutes
Makes: 12 Large Cupcakes
Here's what you'll need for the cupcakes:

1. Method:
1. Preheat Oven to 180C/160 fan/gas4. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin cases.
oreo recipe 12. Separate the Oreos, and place half into the bottom of each case, with any cream filling placing upwards. This is quite difficult if it is warm, and the Oreos have melted and stuck together. Avoid the cream separating by turning the Oreo quickly and lifting off its partner.
Oreo Recipe 2
3. Cream/whisk together the softened butter, caster sugar and vanilla extract until the mixture is soft and fluffy.
Oreo Recipe 3

4. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder. Add the two beaten eggs and mix well. Add the milk and mix/whisk until the mixture is like a mousse.
  Oreo Recipe 4

5. Divide the mixture evenly between each cupcake, filling about 3/4 of the cupcake as each will rise in the oven. Leave the muffins to bake for 20-25 minutes.

Icing the Cupcakes

I have to admit, I had quite a bit of difficult with this part. The recipe I used, recommended making your own with crushed oreos, cream cheese and icing sugar. I will show you this method and suggest my alternative which saved me at the last minute!

1. Place 6 large Oreos into a food processor and whizz into crumbs. If you want to use an icing bag with nozzles, make sure the crumbs are practically dust because any hard pieces of Oreo will block the icing tube and it won't work.
Oreos in Blender
2. Set aside the crushed Oreos and add the Icing Sugar, Cream Cheese and Butter into a bowl.
3. Whisk well until a smooth, light mixture forms.
DSC_04114. Add the Oreo crumbs into the mixture and gently fold so that the icing and crumbs are only slightly mixed together.

DSC_04275. Either you can lay the icing on with a spoon, more decoratively with an icing bag and nozzles if you have one... OR
if you can't be bothered to make the icing yourself, purchase Dr. Oetker's pre-made icing cans which come with 4 different nozzles each can. You can find these in most supermarket stores, and luckily they're not very expensive and also last quite a few go's.
Nevertheless, here are my results!