Since I love all things cookies 'n cream, including cupcakes, I decided to try a twist on the classic and bake some mini cupcakes with golden oreos and nilla wafers mixed in. I've been searching for a new vanilla cake recipe that I could doctor up and make my own, and figured I'd test a new one out and add in some vanilla flavored cookies. I can't say that I'm in love with this new vanilla cake base, I think it was a bit too dense for my liking, (I normally like cakes that are super light) but my family loved it, so that counts for something, right?
On a side note, I am in love with the leopard print cupcake papers that I used. If you know me at all, you know that I have a slight obsession with all things animal print, and am especially partial to all things leopard print...so, naturally I was drawn to these amazing cupcake papers!
I ended up making half of the recipe with the golden oreos and nilla wafers mixed in, and the other half with regular oreos mixed in. I then made up a vanilla bean buttercream frosting and mixed in crushed golden oreos and nilla wafers in half, and crushed oreos in the other half.
To make these cupcakes (or a cake, if you prefer) all you need to do is make up your favorite vanilla/white cake batter, crush up some cookies (I don't crush them up super fine because I like to have chunks of cookies inside the cake) and stir them into the batter before baking. When I crush up the cookies to mix into the frosting, I do crush them up super fine because it's too hard to pipe on frosting that has big chunks of cookies in in!
Vanilla Bean Frosting:
(this is the site where I got the frosting recipe from- http://www.evilshenanigans.com/)
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temp.
2 tsp. vanilla bean paste
6 cups powdered sugar
1/2 milk or cream
Combine butter and vanilla paste. Add in powdered sugar and most of the milk. Mix to combine. If the frosting seems too stiff, add in the rest of the milk. If it seems too soft, add in some extra powdered sugar.