Well, well, well... another post that has something sweet in it. :) I've got to get all my sweets out of the way because tomorrow, I am starting a Biggest Loser competition. So, I've been getting my sugar fix in preparation for this little competition. (It's been said that I have a little sweet tooth...) I'm even giving up Diet Coke, which is saying A LOT! I am serious about losing this baby weight (and it's baby weight from my 1st and 2nd and 3rd babies that I need to lose!) and about creating healthier lifestyles for my family...
But I thought I would share one last little sweet thing with you... I've posted about these before, but these cupcakes are so yummy that I think they deserve a second post. That, and I really like these pictures a whole lot better than my old pictures. It's amazing how much I've learned about taking photos this past year. I'm not saying that my photography skills are extremely stellar, by any means! But I am saying that I've improved. Just a little bit. :)
So, if you need a good laugh and want to see the old photos, you can see them here.
But, if you want to get straight to baking these divine little things, then by all means, keep reading!!
First: start off with your favorite box of chocolate cake mix.
I used Duncan Hine's Devil's Food Cake because that's what I had on hand. But don't stress too much about what kind of cake mix it is. As long as it turns out somewhat chocolate-y, you are in good shape.
Mix the cake mix according to package directions.
Second: Pour a little batter into your cupcake liners. You don't want to fill the liners up the whole way because you don't want them to overflow once you've put the Oreo cookie in the middle.
Third: place a whole Oreo on top of the batter in each cupcake liner. Yes, a whole Oreo! Yum!
I used Double Stuff Oreo's because that's the only Oreo I will eat. On a little side note... One time my husband came home with a package of just regular Oreo's. I was just heartbroken. I mean, I don't eat them for the cookie part... it's all about the cream! I asked him what in the world prompted him to do such a thing, and his reasoning was you get more Oreo's in the package if they are single stuffed. Pfft. Whatever.
Fourth: Top each liner off with batter until the liner is 2/3 full.
Bake according to the cake mix package directions.
Once the cupcakes have completely cooled,
frost them with your favorite buttercream icing.
I used the Vanilla Buttercream Icing recipe from Brown Eyed Baker.
After I piped the frosting onto the cupcakes, I cut an Oreo in 1/4ths using my butcher knife,
and placed a quarter Oreo on each cupcake.
And when you are finished, you have a masterpiece of a cupcake! What a simple and fun way to present a cupcake, and you'll have everyone fooled into thinking you spent hours just making these!
I had a little batter left over, so I made some mini cupcakes for my girls. I tried practicing my piping skills, and tried to pipe a little rosette onto the cupcake. It's a little harder than it looks... Ok, it's a lot harder than it looks! I think I'll just stick with the swirly things.
Oh, and by the way... Happy Valentine's Day. All you need is love. And a little Oreo cupcake. :)