For the first recipe to share, I decided to start with the recipe that everyone keeps asking me for: oreo cupcakes. I found them on a blog called heatherdriveblog.com. I followed the recipe exactly, and I don’t think that any changes are necessary.
– 2 cups sugar
– 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
– 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
– 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
– 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 2 eggs
– 1 cup milk
– 1/2 cup vegetable oil
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– 1 cup boiling water
– 8-10 Oreo cookies, crushed or put through food processor (optional)
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans (For cupcakes or other pan sizes, see variations listed below.)
2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
ONE-PAN CAKE: Grease and flour 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350° F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely. Frost.
THREE LAYER CAKE: Grease and flour three 8-inch round baking pans. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost.
BUNDT CAKE: Grease and flour 12-cup Bundt pan. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 50 to 55 minutes. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Frost.
CUPCAKES: Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. Heat oven to 350°F. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost. About 30 cupcakes.
– 1 cup shortening or butter (I use shortening so it doesn’t have to be refrigerated)
– 1 tsp. vanilla extract
– 2 tbsp. water
– 1 lb. confectioner’s sugar (if you don’t have a scale, it’s approximately 4 cups)
– 1 tbsp. meringue powder
– 12-14 Oreos, finely crushed in food processor
1. In bowl of stand mixer, cream shortening, vanilla, and water.
2. Add confectioner’s sugar, meringue powder, and crushed Oreos. Mix until well combined.
3. At this point, your frosting will be very thick. To top cupcakes, it’s better to have medium to thin consistency icing, so you’ll have to add more water. I probably added another 2-3 tbsp. to get the desired consistency, but you’ll want to add the water little by little to make sure you don’t add too much. When it’s the right consistency, it should be pretty easy to stir by hand (think about whether you’d be able to easily squeeze it out of a piping bag). If you accidentally make it too thin (runny), add more confectioner’s sugar.