Saturday, July 18, 2015

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 24 cupcakes

For the cupcakes:
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ cups sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cocoa powder
1½ cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
2 tbsp. red food coloring 
1 tsp. distilled white vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
½ tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
12 Oreo's, coarsely crushed

Additional Oreo cookies, for garnish (if desired)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 regular-size muffin pans with cupcake papers.

In a medium bowl, combine all of the dry cupcake ingredients. Stir with a whisk to combine. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the wet cupcake ingredients with an electric mixer. Stop the mixer and add half of the dry ingredients into the wet. Mix to combine. Add the remaining dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.

Divide the batter evenly into the cupcake papers, filling each about two-thirds full. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until cupcakes test done when a toothpick inserted near the middle comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool in pan for about 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. 

To prepare the frosting: In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and beat until thoroughly combined. Add the Oreo's and mix well. The frosting should be light and fluffy. 

Top the cupcakes with the frosting. If desired, cut additional Oreo cookies in half and garnish cupcakes.

**Note: I found this to be enough frosting for my family and our tastes .... if you like a lot of frosting, you may want to double the frosting  

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