When I first started thinking about making some oreo cupcakes, I wasn’t sure how exactly one would do this.
Would you put oreo pieces into your cake batter? Would it just be a case of propping an oreo on top of a cupcake that would mean you could call it an oreo cupcake? Or mixing oreo crumbs into the frosting?
And so I went browsing recipes and pictures of oreo cupcakes and saw that yes, all of these, or one of these or some of these.
I didn’t want to put oreo pieces into the actual cake batter because I thought that might be a bit wasted, OR, worse, it might affect the texture of the cupcake itself, which you just don’t want.
So I decided to bake the entire oreo cookie into the base of the cupcake, frost them with a simple vanilla frosting and top them with oreo crumbles and prop an oreo cookie half on top!
And this was just perfect!
I did try mixing oreo crumbles into the frosting directly, but I didn’t like how it came out. It turned the frosting a weird sort of gray color. It tasted good but the look was bad.
Whereas oreo crumbles sprinkled on top of a vanilla frosting was super pretty.
The oreo cookie at the base of the cupcake bakes perfectly into the cupcake, so you have a deliciously crunchy cookie base, with moist and spongey cake in the middle and smooth, velvety frosting on top.
An extra half oreo cookie propped on top at a jaunty angle (or just straight up) gives these gorgeous cupcakes some flair!
They’re pretty, they’re tasty, they’re super chocolatey, they’re for oreo lovers everywhere!
And if you worried that baking a whole cookie into the base of the cupcake might make the cookie seem a little overbaked (after all – it’s already cooked when it goes in), then never fear! The oreo cookie withstands the extra baking wonderfully, and comes out pretty much the same way as it goes in, except for the fact that it is now part and parcel of the cupcake!
You will love these oreo cupcakes! They are:
- Baked with an entire oreo cookie at the base
- Topped with a velvety vanilla frosting and oreo sprinkles!
You will love the contrasts of texture between the crunchy cookie base, the moist and spongey cake and the velvety smooth frosting topped with cookie crumbles!
So whaddaya think of these oreo cupcakes then? Let me know in the comments! And if you make them, pop back and rate the recipe and let me know how they turned out.
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- For the Oreo Cupcakes:
- 1.5 cups (190g) All Purpose Flour
- ½ cup (42g) Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
- 1 cup (200g) Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1 cup (240ml) Soy Milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- ½ cup (80ml) Olive Oil (or other vegetable oil)
- 1 Tbsp White Vinegar (or Apple Cider Vinegar)
- 1 Flax Egg
- 12 Oreo Cookies
- For the Frosting:
- 3 cups (375g) Powdered (Confectioners) Sugar
- 3 Tbsp (45g) Vegan Butter
- 2.5 Tbsp Soy Milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- For Decorating:
- 10 Oreos
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Sift the flour and cocoa powder into a mixing bowl and then add the sugar, baking soda and salt.
- Prepare your flax egg by mixing 1 Tbsp Flaxseed meal with 3 Tbsp Hot Water and allowing to sit for a minute to become gloopy.
- Add the soy milk, vanilla extract, oil, and vinegar to the mixing bowl and mix in.
- Add the flax egg.
- Line a cupcake tray with cupcake liners and place a whole oreo cookie into each liner.
- Then divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners, pouring the batter directly on top of the oreo cookie.
- Place into the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- When the cupcakes are baked, transfer them to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.
- Prepare your frosting by adding the powdered sugar, vegan butter, soy milk and vanilla extract to an electric mixing bowl and starting at slow speed gradually increase the speed until the frosting is thick and smooth. If your frosting is too thick, add a tiny bit more soy milk. If it's too thin, add some more powdered sugar.
- When the cupcakes are cool, pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes.
- Crush 4 oreos and spoon the crumbs over the top of the frosting. Then break another 6 oreos into halves and prop them on top of your cupcakes to serve.
**Nutritional information is based on 1 cupcake of 12 including frosting, sprinkles and oreo cookie topping.