I am incredibly lucky to have found a husband who doubles as a chef. Gear loves to cook and I love to eat which makes for a very harmonious partnership in the kitchen. While I am not allowed to stray too far from my three go-to recipes (that I can cook without disaster) I somehow have a knack for baking.
I have heard that people either fall into one of these categories and am grateful to bring something sweet to the table. Gear is also appreciative of my skills and is more than happy to be my taste tester for new creations like last nights cookie & cream cupcakes with milk chocolate frosting.
I got the hankering to bake something in the evening and perused Pinterest until I happened upon this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
I had 80% of the ingredients listed so took a quick trip to the store and bought my remaining items. Gear was pleasantly surprised that I would be whipping up some cupcakes for his work (that is what I do to get them out of the house and away from my mouth) so set up on the couch and watched TV waiting for his role as taste tester.
I gathered my ingredients and gave the recipe a once over to make sure I didn’t miss anything like making sure the butter was set out to reach room temperature.
Handling the dry ingredients was quick and easy. The wet ingredients went easy enough but my end result didn’t match the description of “… until combined and uniform in texture”. I am not sure if I whisked a little too hard but my wet mixture was congealed and looked curdled. I combined it into the dry ingredients with fingers crossed and was delighted when it mixed beautifully and the lumps quickly dissolved.
Next I chopped my Oreos ( I splurged on double stuffed) and folded them into the batter.
This recipe made the perfect amount of batter for my standard sized muffin tin and after 22 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees I had them cooling on the counter while I got to work on the frosting.
Making the frosting was a piece of
cupcake! I was so excited to get these babies dressed that I didn’t take any prep pictures of my kitchen aid blending the sugar, cocoa, vanilla, and cream but I am sure you can imagine.
No matter the recipe I always find (after the fact) that I have way more frosting than necessary so these cupcakes got the full treatment and were piled high.
I veered a bit from Sally’s cookie crumbles as garnish and decided to plant a full Oreo on top of each cupcake. The word from Gear was very positive and he was sad that he had to share the rest with co-workers. Always a good sign!
While the cupcakes were wonderful the real star for me was the frosting (my new favorite) and has been pinned for future reference.
Maybe I’ll start moonlighting my baking talents… Student Affairs Professional by day, Dough Puncher by night. A girl can dream 🙂