Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

It was a good day that then turned into me being super sad so I made cupcakes to try and lift my mood! Side story...Someone had given me a calendar that was a cupcake a day and I used to have it on my desk at work. Terrence, who worked next to me, had an island a day calendar. Needless to say, we dedicated 5 minutes (or more) every morning to the cupcake and island of the day and our thoughts. Some islands/cupcakes were better than others. We NEVER looked ahead, NEVER. When I left, we decided to just go through the cupcake calendar (it was good, but some recipes were just bad and boring) so that I could take the ones that I wanted. I left with a nice little stack. With the used island pictures, I framed them and have them by my desk at home. It relaxes me. Terrence also sent me the 2011 Islands calendar for my birthday and I had to hide it in my closet so that I wouldn't be tempted to open it.

Stavo avendo una giornata buona e' dopo sono diventata molto triste allora ho deciso di fare delle cupcake! La storia laterale...Qualcuno mi aveva dato un calendario che era una cupcake al giorno e l'avevo sulla mia scrivania al lavoro. Terrence, che ha lavorava vicino a me, aveva un calendario che era un'isola al giorno. Inutile a dirsi, abbiamo passato 5 minuti (o più) ogni mattina alla cupcake e l'isola del giorno. Alcune isole/cupcake erano migliori degli altri. Non abbiamo mai guardato avanti, MAI. Quando sono andata via, ho deciso di guardare tutte le cupcake e poi tenere le ricette che sembravano buone. Con le foto delle isole, le ho messe in cornicia e adesso stanno sopra la mia scrivania a casa. Mi rilassano. Poi, Terrence, per il mio compleanno, mi ha regalato il calendario delle isole. Io l'ho dovuto nascondere nel mio armadio perche' avevo paura di aprire e guardare prima!

Hidden in my closet! 


      SO peaceful!!


Back to today, I looked through my pile of cupcakes from that calendar and found this recipe. I love Oreo's so it seemed natural to me to make these. I definitely modified the recipe (I mean, frosting with no vanilla, um no thanks!), and I think they are maybe a tad sweeter than expected, but definitely delicious!

Di nuovo a oggi, ho scorso il mio mucchio di ricette da quel calendario e ho trovato questa ricetta. Amo Oreo allora sembrava naturale a me fare questi. Ho fatto un po' di modifiche e penso che sono forse più dolce, pero' va be! Sono sicuramente buonissime!

Recipe (from the book 500 Cupcakes)

The Cake
1 cup butter, softened (burro)
1 cup white sugar (zucchero)
2 cups flour (farina)
1 tsp. baking powder
4 eggs (uova)
1 tsp. vanilla (vaniglia)
10 crushed Oreo's

Preheat oven to 350 F/175 C. Line muffin pan. Combine all cake ingredients (except cookies) with beater until smooth. Stir in cookies. (Mettere tutto nel frullatore, tranne i Oreo's, facendo andare fino che non e' tutto liscio. Aggiungere i biscotti e mescolare).
Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool on counter for 5 minutes, then completely cool on wire rack. (Fare cuocere per 20 minuti. Lasciare refreddare sul counter per 5 minuti, e poi completamente).



The Frosting
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted (zucchero a velo)
1 cup butter at room temperature (burro) {don't pull a typical Giulia and melt the butter, makes a WORLD of difference having softened butter and melted butter, so much creamier just softened!}
Pinch of salt (sale)
10 crushed Oreo's
Vanilla (vaniglia) {This was not in the recipe, I added it because it makes me happy}


Who DOESN'T want this in their desserts?

Beat the sugar, butter, salt, and vanilla (optional) until creamy. Spread onto cooled cupcakes and top with chopped cookies. I tried to beat the system and stirred in some cookies into the frosting. BIG MISTAKE, haha. Thought I was cool, but no. Oh well, lesson learned: cookies will stop the pipe thing you use. (Fare andare il burro, zucchero a velo, e sale fino che non e' tutto liscio. Mettere sulle cupcake e mettere i biscotti sopra. Io ho cercato di fare la furba e mescolare dentro al frosting dei biscotti. Diciamo che non e' andato molto bene! Sono comunque venuti buoni!)


Sifting the powdered sugar. I couldn't find an actual sifter, but a fine colander works just perfectly!


Never again will I add cookie chunks to frosting to then pipette. 


I even tried to be all Martha Stewart-y using her technique for getting frosting into a bag. 


But they look so good regardless!

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