Along with the very joyous launch of Oreo’s in the Indian markets this week, I launch my food blog.
Applause? No? Okay.
The last benchers of various engineering colleges are absolutely thrilled with this new addition to biscuit choices. The mid lecture snack will now vary from McVities Digestive, to Bourbon biscuits; Britannia’s Good day and the new, Oreo biscuits.
Though many are absolutely delighted about this launch, Baskin Robbins might be in for a bit of shock. They will soon realize their sales are dipping, as most of their revenue would be derived for my monthly craving of their Oreo Cookie Milkshake (Which if you know me, you would’ve heard me gloating about at various occasions). Now that Oreo’s are a very economical option, and a weekly Oreo Cookie Milkshake seems very achievable in my kitchen, my chances of slimming down seem bleaker than ever.
But this weekend, I decided to go out on a limb, and try my hand at something downright sinful. This was a recipe I’d come across a few months back, and added to my “Oh my. I wish, but resources stifle me of this opportunity” folder. But I’m happy to announce, that I now pull this out of my “Easy Peasy. Let’s go!” folder.
So here you have it, the Oreo Cookie Cupcake.
For the Cupcakes
(Yields 15 cupcakes)
1 cup/125 gms sugar
Just less than a cup/ 90 gms of flour
1/2 cup/50 gms of rich cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
A pinch of salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup boiling water
First, dump the heap of flour in a large bowl.
Throw in the cocoa, baking powder and baking soda in the same bowl. Till it resembles your school’s playing crowd. That misplaced chalk powder on the pile of dirt.
Now, just mix up this dry mixture lightly with a spoon.
Set this bowl aside.
At this point, go preheat your oven at 180 C for 10 minutes.
In another larger bowl, break an egg.
Don’t you just love it when your egg breaks perfect? And the yolk is round and intact in all it’s glory?
Ah, Small joys.
Now, measure the milk required. And pour it in the bowl with the egg.
The yolk is one stubborn kid. Rises up, amidst all the milk even.
Don’t forget to add in the vanilla extract.
But, please. Don’t EVER skip the vanilla extract. It cancels out the eggy flavour and lets the cocoa do it’s magic.
Throw in the sugar, and watch it sink sink sink.
Stir all the wet ingredients, till they are well blended and familiar with each other.
Now, Wet ingredients, do you take dry ingredients as your lawfully wedded spouse?
Dry ingredients, do you take wet ingredients as your lawfully wedded spouse?
*Add the dry ingreditents into the larger bowl of wet ingredients, and beat this mixture for 2 minutes*
I now pronounce you husband and wife.
Don’t they look so pretty together?
(On a serious note, do beat this for 2 minutes or longer. Else the batter won’t gain that rich texture we want)
Now, take your muffin tray and line the liners. Liners with pink hearts are preferred.
I like the peace oreo cookie on the bottom right liner, the best. Such a thoughtful cookie, he is.
Pour in the batter in the tray. And bake at 180 C for 25 minutes.
At the end of which, they will look as delectable as this.
In the misconstrued words of Erasure’s hit single “A little respect”, “Oh baby Refrain! From nibbling on the cupcakes”
While we let this cool completely, we get on to the sinful stuff.
300 gms icing sugar
50 gms butter
1/4 cup warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract
4-5 oreo cookies + the remaining halves from the previously used oreo’s.
Throw in all the cookies into the food processor.
And blitz, blitz, blitz till the crumbs look freakishly same as dirt.
In a bowl, add the butter, warm water and sugar, and beat for a good 2-3 minutes. It is only then that it’ll reach a very thick and creamy consistency. Like this.
Drop in the vanilla, just for kicks.
And give it a quick beat for the final time.
Now, for the second wedding of the day.
Butter frosting, do you take oreo cookie crumbs to be your lawfully wedded spouse?
Phew. Conducting weddings is hard work. But it’s all worth it when they result in something as delicious as this.
You can just smell the goodness of oreo’s from this frosting.
And because, piping bags still don’t really like me too much, I just lathered the frosting on the cupcakes with a good ol’ knife. Garnished the top with remains of the cookie crumbs, and there you have it!
Oreo cookie cupcakes 🙂
And that bite, with the smoothness of the frosting, and the moist cupcake and of course, the biscuit at the bottom. Heavenly!
Yup, I’m definitely glad that Oreo launched in India.