Saturday, October 11, 2008

Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookies and Cream Frosting

Halloween themed Birthday Cupcakes




















This past weekend was one of my dearest friend, Lauren's birthday. I always like to bake something special for my friends when it is there birthday; some might even say I like to spoil them. I thought of the idea for these cupcakes a while back and thought this would be perfect for Lauren. I used a recipe that I found on All Recipes for the cupcake and made up the frosting recipe. I will definitely make these again. The cake was super moist and would work well with pretty much any frosting. For Lauren's birthday we ended up going to a karaoke bar we used to frequent in college, so that is where I brought the cupcakes. I brought more than enough for our group so a few of the people at the table next to us got a chance to enjoy some of my cupcakes. I promised Lauren I would post an action shot of her enjoying the cupcakes, and I kept my promise.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookies and Cream Frosting
cupcake recipe from All Recipes

Chocolate Cupcakes:

1 package chocolate cake mix (I used chocolate fudge cake mix)
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix (I also used chocolate fudge pudding mix)
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (dust these in flour to keep them from sinking to the bottom)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).


In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into 24 lined muffin cups.


Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cupcakes completely before frosting.

Frosting:

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
30 crushed Oreos

In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar. Gently stir in Oreo crumbs. The more you mix the more gray in color the frosting will appear so do not over-mix. (I over-mixed!) Store in the refrigerator after use.

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