This post is soooo overdue! I actually made these and wrote this post at Christmas. I just never got around to putting the pictures with it. Hey, better late than never I guess.
Last week (which was actually over two months ago), I was looking for a tasty new cupcake recipe when I stumbled upon a great idea on Pinterest. It was a red velvet cupcake on top of an Oreo. Um, yes please! Anything that combines a cupcake with an Oreo has to be good.
After deciding on the cupcake, then I had to choose the frosting. Usually I will do a cream cheese frosting with red velvet cupcakes, but I was taking these to school for my fellow teachers and sometimes cream cheese frosting can get kind of runny.
I eventually chose to go with a recipe that I disastrously tried a few months ago. I found it online and it was horrible. However, the day before making the cupcakes, I saw it again on an episode of The Pioneer Woman and realized why it had been so awful before. I'll explain later in the post what I had done wrong and how to make it right.
Cupcakes (original recipe)1 1/2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
2 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of buttermilk
1 1/2 tablespoons of red food coloring
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of distilled white vinegar
1 package of Double Stuffed Oreos
2. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is fully incorporated. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure even mixing.
3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl whisk together the buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla extract, and red food coloring.
4. Add a fourth of the dry ingredients and mix, then add a third of the wet. Continue adding in a dry, wet, dry pattern, ending with the dry ingredients.
5. Place one Double Stuffed Oreo on the bottom of each cupcake liner.
6. Place a small scoop of batter on top of the Oreo. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Rotate the pan after the first 15 minutes of baking to ensure even baking.
7. Cool completely before frosting.
Best Frosting EverOk, so here's the deal with the frosting. I found it online a few months ago and the headline was "Best Frosting Ever." I was a bit skeptical at first because of the ingredients (flour and regular sugar) but who am I to argue with the best frosting ever. So I gave it a shot and it was awful. Because it uses regular sugar, it was very grainy and not good at all.
Then, as I said earlier, I saw The Pioneer Woman do this frosting on one of her episodes and she gave some tips as to what makes it so good. LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of whipping!
The problem the first time I made it was I didn't whip it enough. This time around I did, and it was AWESOME!!
(click here for picture instructions)
5 tablespoons of flour
1 cup of milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2. Take it off the heat and let it cool completely.
3. In a stand alone mixer, mix together butter and sugar. Set the mixer on high and then walk away. Seriously...do your laundry or wash some dishes or something but walk away and let it mix on high for a good 5 minutes.
4. When the flour and milk mixture has completely cooled, add the vanilla.
5. Add the flour and milk mixture to the butter and sugar. Once again, set the mixer on high and walk away. Just when you think it's mixed enough, mix it some more.
6. Once it looks like whipped cream (and is not grainy at all) you will have the perfect frosting!