Thursday, March 3, 2011

Chocolate Cupcakes with Oreo Buttercream


These were so delicious. I used the "Buttercream Dream" recipe from My Baking Addiction, since I only had two sticks of butter and was NOT going back to the store. It was a little creamier than my usual buttercream, but it was delicious.

These are also healthy because I used fat free milk and reduced fat Oreos (we're ignoring those two sticks of butter).

Chocolate Cupcakes
(Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart)

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners; set aside. Sift together cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Add eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, and mix until smooth, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl to assure batter is well mixed.
  2. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes, rotating pan once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

Oreo Buttercream Dream Frosting
(Recipe from My Baking Addiction)
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter; room temperature
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla extract
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar sugar
  • 4-6 tablespoons cold milk
  • 8 crushed Oreo cookies without the creams

  1. Cream the butter and shortening in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer. 
  2. Add the vanilla extract and combine well. Add in the sugar and mix thoroughly after each addition. 
  3. After all of the sugar has been added and mixed thoroughly, begin adding the very cold milk… one tablespoon at a time, combining very well after each addition until you reach the desired consistency. 
  4. Fold in the Oreo cookie crumbs (I crushed mine in the food processor).
  5. Top cooled cupcakes with the buttercream frosting and garnish with 1/2 an Oreo.

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