Thursday, June 30, 2011

I didn't reinvent the wheel or anything... but these cupcakes rock.

You guys... Once again, overwhelmed and truly blessed by your words of encouragement on my previous post, and all of your private emails as well.  Those of you who have dealt with Aspergers syndrome have been a massive love bucket just pouring over my head with thoughts, love and words of experience.  We are still in the beginning stages of determining if that is the "label" that fits- man I hate to say label, but I know you guys know... 
 Okay so here's the thing.  One of my BFF's, Alli, is having a birthday.  And my bookclub girls decided that we needed to celebrate her tonight, so I baked her some special cupcakes and my man took one bite and said, "Babe, you must blog on this."  And I put my hand on my hip, rolled my eyes and said, "It's not like I reinvented the wheel or anything,"  To which he took another mouthful and said, "I don't care.... blog it.  They rock."  So... here they are.  You can thank my man for this one.  And no... they are not P90X approved, but I'm cheating tonight and I'll be eating a whole one while I celebrate one of the sweetest women I've ever known.  Besides my obnoxious personal trainer husband woke me up at 6:00 am today to get my work out in.  (In his defense, I told him too... but still.  A girl needs a cupcake every now and again.)
 I can not live in a world where cupcakes and cheese are banned.  I just can't.

So you begin with a yellow box cake mix. Line a cupcake tin with paper liners, and place one Oreo cookie into the bottom of each liner.  Then, place all the remaining Oreos into a ziplock  bag, and let the nearest hoodlums beat it to death with a rolling pin. While they are doing that, prepare the batter according to directions on the box.  Set aside half of the crushed Oreos.  Stir the other half of crushed Oreo cookies right into your batter.  Spoon Oreo cake batter right into your liners, and bake according to instructions.  (You may have to decrease your baking time by a few minutes due to the Oreo at the bottom.)
Okay, now the fun part!  Make the frosting.  And don't just make frosting... make some frosting!!  I took mine from Martha Stewart and added Oreos.  Heaven...

Oreo Frosting
*Beat 4 1/2 sticks room-temperature butter and 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar until pale and fluffy.  Gradually add an additional 5 1/4 cups powdered sugar.  Add 1 1/2 tbsp milk and 1 tsp vanilla extract.  Beat until pale and fluffy.  Now stir in remaining crushed Oreo cookies.  Store at room temperature until ready to use. 

I thought the finishing touch (because all cupcakes need a finishing touch, right?) would be a tiny Oreo cookie perched right on top of that fluffy Oreo frosting. 

Mmmmm... cupcakes.
 And these are a few of my recent Etsy additions- (I'm donating 30% of my July profits to my blog friend Kearsie and her sweet family, while she battles breast cancer.  Thank you guys for being such a huge part of that!) I made a camera strap for myself, and it was so cute, I made one extra.  (I'm aware that everyone out there is making camera straps, so I'm not making these for my store anymore, but I couldn't resist adding this one.) FYI, I also reduced the prices of a few things in my store so I could begin thinking about a Fall collection.
  I added a few more Chicken Wire Memo boards, and might have a couple more on the way as well. 
And of course I restocked my favorite items too, like Mr and Mrs pillow slips and "eat" napkins.  Man, I love those things!
Thanks again for every comment, email, and kind word, not to mention orders and love sent Kearsie's way.  I just love you guys!


Layne said...

I make an oreo pie that is an all time favorite but may surpass girls are at camp and I am going to make these for their welcome home treat! You should sell those cute cupcake liners in your store..I would buy them. Your photos are amazing - would you share the settings? I know you use the 50mm lens...

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Layne, I was actually using my kit lens for these shots, and I had it at: 1/50 f5.0 ISO800. I know your kids are going to love these, MINE did!!

carissa said...

delicious. and not only does a girl deserve a cupcake every now and again, she especially deserves one after the crazy days you've had of late. : ) so enjoy it tonight!

Sheri said...

Wow, those look yummy. I'm going to try them this weekend. Thanks for sharing. I agree, your photos rock. Now to look at your Etsy store.

Deborah said...

Those cupcakes look great. I'll have to come up with a reason to make them. Thanks for sharing your camera settings. I'm just learning how to use my Nikon and it's very helpful.

Kelli said...

So first I LOVE how your husband told you to blog about this...classic. He gets a high five from me for that. These are delicious...I can taste them through the screen. I'll make sure to bookmark this. Your friend is going to appreciate you SO are a sweet friend.

LeAnna said...

Oh, those cupcakes look sooooo good. I'm going to pretend you did not say the frosting has FOUR sticks of butta. *keels over* I bet it's so good.

Christy said...

Oh my! I don't know what else to say! ;) YUM-O

Little For A Little While said...

Delish! How did you get your frosting all swirly and pretty looking? That's a goal of mine this learn how to make pretty cupcake frosting! Ha! I need to perfect it in time for my daughter's 3rd bday in August!

Stephanie said...

I must make that frosting!!

chris said...

i love that adrain said you must blog these! so adorable.
i wonder if you could put a little batter in the paper and then place the cookie? does the whole thing stay intact or fall apart at the cookie?
uhg.. im slooow.
dont even get me started on the settings of a camera! ive had mine for a couple years and still shoot in auto!

MrsJenB said...

Oh my god. Oh. My. God. That absolutely has to be the greatest looking cupcake I've ever seen in my entire life. Whoa. I can see why there was a demand for them to be blogged and, frankly, I thank your man for telling you to do it! :)

Kendra said...

I totally made these cupcakes last night for a youth group pool party! They were a hit! Thank ya thank ya!

Danielle said...

Hello- I need to verify the frosting recipe please. Does it actually call for 4.5 sticks of butter or is it it two sticks cut in half? Also, does it call for 1.5 cups of powdered sugar and then an additional 5.25 cups? That seems like a lot of frosting! Thanks for your help!

Danielle said...

Hello- I need to verify the frosting recipe please. Does it actually call for 4.5 sticks of butter or is it it two sticks cut in half? Also, does it call for 1.5 cups of powdered sugar and then an additional 5.25 cups? That seems like a lot of frosting! Thanks for your help!

Danielle said...

Hello- I need to verify the frosting recipe please. Does it actually call for 4.5 sticks of butter or is it it two sticks cut in half? Also, does it call for 1.5 cups of powdered sugar and then an additional 5.25 cups? That seems like a lot of frosting! Thanks for your help!

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