Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sassy Sweets: Oreo Cupcakes

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I hate gossip in the workplace.  Seems like an oxymoron right?  But really, it happens all too frequently and if you work outside your house you probably know exactly what I'm talking about, right?   One of my personality strengths is that I love people and I love to listen.  Oh, and I hate gossip (see above).  So, I know a lot of things about a lot of people in my office and other offices.
But this information is rarely leaked from me.  In fact, the only time it happens is when it will directly involve someone else and I think they have a right to know.  Call me the Robin Hood of the working world.  But I deal in secrets, or people.  Depends on the circumstance.  In fact, one of my colleagues hates coming to me and telling me gossip because most likely he says I “already know it and know how the information I am telling people is wrong”.  This is why you should never gossip.

One way I try to foster relationships in the small group I’ve assembled at this company is to share treats.  Treats are everyone’s friends and hardly anyone can say no to this face when I’m intent on feeding people (I get that from my mom…she’s a Jewish momma after all).  I celebrated my birthday by going old-school and bringing cupcakes in for my "class", or, well, work group I guess.  24 cupcakes gone within the span on an hour.  Pretty good in my humble opinion; one woman told me I should open a shop, a guy told me they were the best cupcakes he'd EVER had.
Oreo Cupcakes
Serves:  24
Oreo Truffle Filling:
12 oreos, crushed
1/2 cup cream cheese

Oreo Cupcakes:
24 oreos
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup skim milk*
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Oreo Frosting (adapted from All Recipes):
2/3 cup unsalted butter
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
¼ cup heavy cream
12 oreos, crushed

Oreo Truffle Filling:  Crush 24 oreo cookies in a food processor, until small crumbs (you will only need half for the filling but the other half will be needed for the icing).  Remove half the cookies.  Add the cream cheese, and process until the truffle is a big ball.  Form into 24 individual truffle balls.  Place on a cookie sheet and freeze for at least 10 minutes, until hardened (I make the cake during this step).

Oreo Cupcakes:  For ease of cleanup and serving, I suggest using a cupcake liner for each hole in the muffin tin.   

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Place the oreo in the bottom of each cupcake liner.  Set aside.  In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until the mixture is pale yellow in color.  Beat in butter until fluffy.  Then beat in vanilla extract and milk.    Fold in the flour and baking powder until fully combined, being sure not to overmix.  Pour half of the batter into the muffin tins.  Drop a frozen oreo truffle into each muffin tin and pour the remaining batter over them. 

Bake for 12-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into any of the edges.

Oreo Frosting:
Cream butter until fluffy.  Slowly beat in confectioner’s sugar.  Continue creaming until well-blended.  Add whipping cream on a low speed until the frosting is fluffy.  Then, stir in the remaining crushed Oreos from the truffles.  Frost the completely cooled cupcakes. 

*If you’re short on time, you can substitute the cake for a cake mix (of your choice) and the frosting for a frosting of your choice (just stir in oreo crumbs).  Being a “baker” is about enjoying delicious things – not killing yourself to make them!

Until the next time my oven is on…

 


7 comments:

  1. Oh these look so good! I love cupcakes and I agree - the simpler the better! Hope your week is great!

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    1. Thanks - yes you and I are definitely on the same cupcake wavelength ;) loved the peanut butter cup ones! They would be John's favorite!!

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  2. These look great! I wouldn't gossip about you if you brought a few to my workplace. Visiting from SITS.

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  3. You and I are kindred - I HATE gossip! This is a good way to quiet them - they can't gossip if their mouths are full of cake! These are stunners!

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  4. Wow! Those are awesome cupcakes!!!! I love chocolate anything!

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  5. Thank you so much for posting this! My husband LOVES Oreos and will love these cupcakes!

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  6. Fun for school vacation next week... thanks!

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