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Death by Oreo Cupcakes

A trio of Oreo cupcakes with Oreo buttercream on a serving plate.

You know that phrase “everything in moderation”? I agree, mostly. But sometimes… you just LOVE something so much you HAVE to go a little bit overboard. That is the idea behind these Death by Oreo Cupcakes.

Oreo Cupcakes with oreo buttercream frosting. A complete recipe with directions on how to make oreo cupcakes

 

Listen, if you’re an Oreo fan, then you will ADORE these cupcakes. With an Oreo baked into the bottom of each cupcake, Oreo cookies folded into the cake batter as well as the buttercream, and an Oreo on top… this recipe is sure to satisfy any and all Oreo cravings for years to come!

If you’re wondering how I came up with this recipe, well… I used my favorite vanilla cake batter for the base of the cupcake then just added Oreos until I couldn’t see straight!

The result? An astounding and heavenly little set of Oreo cupcakes that will knock your family and friends out… and maybe remind you a bit of your favorite childhood snacks.

A trio of Oreo cupcakes with Oreo buttercream on a serving plate.

I know they’re delicious, too, because I brought about 50 of these Death by Oreo Cupcakes to my husband’s work softball game/BBQ and they were GONE within 10 minutes. Actually, I think it was closer to 5 minutes. People were taking them by the handfuls. Like, WOW. I’m pretty sure that when a soldier sees an Oreo, it’s like a switch in his head goes off and he becomes a glutton!

Time for YOU to indulge that gluttony, too… let’s make some Death by Oreo Cupcakes!

Death by Oreo Cupcakes – Ingredients And Utensils Required

Yield: 36+ cupcakes. Great for parties! You can halve the recipe for smaller yields.

Ingredients

A big (though not difficult!) part of this recipe is preparing the AMAZING vanilla cupcake batter. I didn’t want to make this post too long, though, or repeat myself… so I have the batter recipe on a separate post. Be sure to print out that page too!

Oreo Cupcakes

  • 2 packages of Oreo cookies
  • Vanilla cupcake batter using THIS recipe doubled

Oreo Buttercream

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 sleeve of Oreo cookies
  • 1 bag of Mini Oreo cookies, for garnish

 

Utensils & Other Necessities

  • All utensils needed to make the batter
  • A cupcake pan and liners
  • Toothpicks
  • An electric stand mixer
  • A food processor
  • (Optional) A frosting pipe with a “large round” tip to accommodate the cookie chunks

Instructions

Oreo Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners and place a whole Oreo at the bottom of each liner.
  2. Prepare the vanilla cupcake batter as described in the instructions.
  3. Crush about 25 Oreo cookies into chunks. Fold this into the batter.
  4. Scoop the batter into the cupcake pan cups. Make sure each cup is at least 3/4 full.
  5. Bake for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool in pan for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Oreo Buttercream

  1. Cream butter until smooth using an electric stand mixer.
  2. Add the sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating until smooth after each addition. If the buttercream becomes too difficult to make smooth, add a Tbsp of cream at a time to loosen it up.
  3. Mix in the vanilla and salt.
  4. Add more cream until you get a smooth or spreadable consistency. Beat on high for about 5 minutes.
  5. Using a food processor, blend the remaining whole Oreo cookies until no chunks remain. Add this to the buttercream and mix until combined.
  6. Top each cupcake with frosting and garnish with a Mini Oreo.

FAQs About These Death By Oreo Cupcakes

A lot of you have given me feedback on this awesome Oreo cupcake recipe, so I’ve decided to add a few tips to save you time in the future!

OMG, do I have to use all the fancy ingredients in the vanilla cake recipe?

Oh, no, not at all! Not for these Oreo cupcakes. You can use regular cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. You don’t have to use the Madagascar vanilla bean sugar or anything like that!

Can you use milk instead of heavy cream in the Oreo buttercream?

Yes, absolutely! It won’t whip up as light as using heavy cream, but it’ll still taste fabulous.

How many Oreos is a “sleeve”? Mine didn’t come in a sleeve!

Use 10-12 Oreos as the equivalent of a sleeve. Or just experiment! Really, you can use as much or as little Oreo as you want.

Can you use gluten-free Oreo and cake mix alternatives for this recipe?

I think so! It should still come out tasting wonderful, as far as I know. A reader of mine has tried out this exact recipe with gluten-free alternatives and it was apparently fab-u-lous. Of course, your mileage may vary!

Happy baking!

Be sure to leave a comment below with your results or your questions. I’d be happy to help you… or just to hear your stories with this Oreo cupcake recipe!

Death by Oreo Cupcakes

Death by Oreo Cupcakes

Yield: 3+ dozen cupcakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

If you love Oreos... you'll love these cupcakes!

Ingredients

Oreo Cupcakes

Oreo Buttercream

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 sleeve of Oreo cookies
  • 1 bag of Mini Oreo cookies - for garnish

Instructions

Oreo Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners and place a whole Oreo at the bottom of each liner.
  2. Prepare the vanilla cupcake batter as described in the directions above.
  3. Crush into chunks about 25 Oreo cookies. Fold this into the batter.
  4. Scoop batter into cups at least 3/4 full.
  5. Bake for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool in pan for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Oreo Buttercream

  1. Cream butter until smooth using an electric stand mixer.
  2. Add the sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating until smooth after each addition. If it becomes too difficult to make smooth, add a Tbsp of cream at a time to loosen it up.
  3. Mix in the vanilla and salt.
  4. Add more cream until you get a smooth or spreadable consistency. Beat on high for about 5 minutes.
  5. Using a food processor, blend the remaining whole Oreo cookies until no chunks remain. Add this to the buttercream and mix until combined.
  6. Top each cupcake with frosting and garnish with a Mini Oreo.

30 comments

  1. Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

    Death by Oreo’s….what a way to go 😀 These cupcakes look PERFECT!

    Reply

      1. Niki Lopez

        Hello, i am trying to pull up the recipe to bake these today and the site isnt not pulling up. Would you be able to email or provide an alternative option in retrieving the recipe? Thanks

        Death by Orep cupcakes

        Reply

  2. Anna

    Mmmm Those look amazing! gonna have to try ’em out tomorrow! 🙂

    Reply

    1. Betsy ~ @JavaCupcake

      Awesome! Let me know how they turn out for you! xoxo

      Reply

  3. Sandy

    They are in the oven now! I have a 9 year old daughter who LOVES anything Oreo. She was right there with me making them! Thank you for sharing ….

    Reply

    1. Betsy ~ @JavaCupcake

      Awesome, Sandy! I love it when our kids can bake with us!! Take some pictures and let me know how they turn out!! xoxo

      Reply

  4. Helen

    These look yummy. Trying them today. Don’t need 50 so I am making a single batch. Cain I cut the frosting recipe in half?

    Reply

    1. Betsy ~ @JavaCupcake

      Yup you sure can! Just add enough heavy cream until you get your desired consistency. 🙂 Enjoy!

      Reply

      1. Helen

        Thank you so much for your quick reply! Count on you now for my baking guidance!
        Have a great day!

        Reply

  5. Donna

    What size tip did you use to pip the frosting?

    Reply

  6. Sara

    How did they hold up at the game? I’m looking for a oreo frosting recipe that wont melt at my son’s beach birthday party. I’m worried about the cream & butter.

    Reply

  7. Kayla

    Can you use milk instead of heavy cream?

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      Kayla – You could… but it won’t whip up as creamy and light as heavy cream does. It’ll still be good though, so if it’s all you have on hand, use it!

      Reply

  8. Edah

    Hi Betsy. Going to try this recipe later but I only need a dozen cupcakes so how would the measurements be like? Thank you

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      The easiest way would to be half all the ingredients in the recipe and just have a few extra! Happy baking!

      Reply

  9. Brian Welch

    The Vanilla cupcake recipe says Serves: 18-20 cupcakes and the Oreo recipe says 3+ dozen when using the vanilla cupcake recipe – can you give me a better idea on yield? I want to make these for back to back birthday parties for my 14 year old son! Thanks!

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      Hi Brian – If you notice, the Oreo cupcake recipe says to double the vanilla cupcake recipe. 🙂 If you double it, you get at least 3 dozen. Happy Baking!

      Reply

      1. Brian Welch

        OMG I don’t know how I missed that. Thanks so much for your quick reply or I never would have seen it.

        Reply

          1. Brian Welch

            Well these came out incredible! Betsy – Iemailed you a photo but wanted to post here in case it goes to your spam folder. It’s from BrianM245@ymail.com. Thanks for the great recipe and the help! I love to cook and bake (even though I’m a dad LOL) and I like making things that are a little more involved than just cake mixes. This was great fun, and are a massive hit with my wife and son. I’ll update you later on the raves we get on them at the parties 🙂

            Brian

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            1. Betsy Eves

              This is so wonderful, Brian! I saw the pictures…. they’re awesome! I’m so thrilled I could help make your son’s parties a success! Happy Baking!

              Reply

  10. Sarah

    Hi. I’m using your Oreo buttercream frosting recipe. I however have individual packages of oreos, each pack has 2 cookies. How many oreos would make up a sleeve of oreos, basically how many oreos should I use?

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      I’d try using 10-12 Oreos at first, and then see how you like the frosting. Really, it’s up to you how much Oreo you want in it!

      Reply

  11. Brianna

    Hi, just a simple question…what number/size tip do you use for your frosting? Thanks!

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      I’m not sure what number it is… but it’s about a 1/2″ round tip.

      Reply

  12. Racha

    How Many cupcakes is this recipe and how many cupcakes is 3+ dozen?

    Reply

    1. Betsy Eves

      1 dozen = 12
      3 dozen = 12×3
      3+ dozen = 12×3 plus a few extra

      Happy baking!

      Reply

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