Back before my little dude turned two, we took a week long trip and visited my in-laws. Since it was so close to Little Dude’s Birthday, he got an extra pre-birthday party at their house. To celebrate, we made an Oreo Cake (the falling apart, doomed, but still delicious, precursor to the cake I made on his actual birthday). But since we were expecting about 35 guests, I decided to make cupcakes as well. And since my cake theme was Oreo, so were my cupcakes!
The cupcakes receive rave reviews and guests loved biting into the cupcakes to a cookie truffle surprise!
As a side note, it is crazy hard decorating and photographing food away from home! Kudos to those who do so on a regular basis!
Oreo Truffle Cupcakes
Adapted from Love from theOven
1 package of oreo cookies, finely crushed
1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 white cake, mixed according to packaging
1 ½ cups Crisco Vegetable Shortening
6 tbsp water
1 ½ tbsp meringue powder
1 ½ lb (about 6 cups) powdered sugar
1 package Oreo cookies, finely crushed
To begin, mix together the crushed Oreos and the cream cheese. It is easiest to work the cream cheese into the Oreos with the back of a spoon. Once the mixture is fully combined, divide into 24 large truffles, rolling them gently into a ball. Place all of the truffles onto a baking sheet and freeze for 20-30 minutes or until firm.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line two muffin tins with paper liners. Place a small amount of prepared cake batter into the bottom of each cupcake liner (enough to cover the bottom). Place 1 Oreo truffle into the center of each liner, on top of the cake batter. Then, divide the remaining batter evenly to cover each of the truffles completely.
Bake in the preheated oven 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Remove from the muffin tins and cool completely.
Meanwhile, make the Oreo buttercream by combining the Crisco, water, meringue powder and powdered sugar. Mix on low for 1 minute or until combined. Turn to medium and beat until smooth. Fold half of the crushed Oreos into the frosting, adding more as desired. Frost the cupcakes and garnish with additional Oreos.