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Candy Cane Oreo Cupcakes

Rich chocolate cake baked with chunks of holiday OREO cookies topped with whipped peppermint buttercream loaded with candy cane chunks makes my Dairy Queen Blizzard inspired Candy Cane Oreo Cupcakes the perfect holiday treat!

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No, I didn’t get paid to make these cupcakes.  Instead, inspiration hit me at a time in my life when I thought baking wasn’t a passion anymore… that I was burnt out on cupcakes.

Last week, my family and I were watching TV and a DQ commercial for candy cane oreo Blizzards came on and I said WOAH that sounds delish.  No naturally we went to DQ to try them and of course they were delicious.

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I had not felt inspiration to bake something new in 10 months.  This feeling was strangely familiar but it somehow felt different, but I knew I had to see it through to the end.

So, I went to the grocery store, bought all the supplies (can you believe that the candy canes were hard to find?!!) and scheduled a day to bake.

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The DQ Blizzard has big chunks of candy cane and OREO in it, so I knew I wanted my Candy Cane Oreo Cupcake to have the same.  I started with my dark chocolate cake recipe and filled it with pieces of OREO.

Next, my traditional whipped buttercream got kicked up a notch by adding peppermint extract and tons of crushed candy canes to it.

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I couldn’t decide how I wanted to garnish these cupcakes, so I did it a few different ways.  All of the sides were lined with crushed candy canes and some were topped with an OREO chunk, crumbles or a candy cane.

The peppermint chocolate combination is one of my favorites for the holiday season and these cupcakes do not disappoint!

Happy Holidays!

Candy Cane Oreo Cupcakes

Candy Cane Oreo Cupcakes

Yield: 16 cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

Ingredients

Chocolate OREO Cupcakes

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup brewed coffee
  • ½ Tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 12 OREO cookies, crushed into chunks

Candy Cane Buttercream

  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 3 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 18 mini candy canes
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes, for decorating
  • OREO cookie pieces, for decorating

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the coffee, espresso powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Add the chunked OREOS and toss to coat. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and the eggs. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream and eggs. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  6. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Buttercream

  1. Crush candy canes in a food processor until they are very fine, small pieces. Divide in half.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, mix the butter until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add half the sugar and mix until combined. Add the remaining sugar and mix until incorporated.
  4. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the peppermint extract and half the cream. Mix until combined.
  5. Add the remaining cream until you reach your desired consistency. Less cream for stiffer frosting, more cream for softer.
  6. Mix on high speed for 3-5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  7. Using a large round piping tip fitted on a piping bag, pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  8. Press crushed candy cane pieces onto the side of each cupcake.
  9. Top with an OREO or candy cane piece or however else you want to decorate it!
  10. Eat and enjoy!

 

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Red Velvet Oreo Cupcakes

Don’t be fooled, these aren’t your average red velvet cupcakes.  These Red Velvet Oreo Cupcakes are made with an entire pack of Red Velvet Oreo Cookies and topped with a decadent cream cheese frosting.   The ultimate in red velvet goodness!

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Earlier this week, I shared the recipe for the pipeable cream cheese frosting that top these cupcakes.   I knew that I had stumbled upon something amazing with that frosting so I wanted to share it separately from the cupcake recipe.

These Red Velvet Oreo Cupcakes begin with a traditional red velvet cake base but are brought to the next level with the addition of red velvet Oreo cookies!

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If you love Oreos and you love red velvet cake, then this cupcake is for you! Seriously… it’s so good.  I am not a red velvet fan or a cream cheese frosting fan.  However, these two together in one cupcake was something special.  Seriously special.

Emily asked if I’d make it for her birthday… in December!  Ha!

The cupcake liners are Gold Bake Bright liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique.  Don’t they look amazing on these cupcakes?  When I moved from Germany to Virginia, I reorganized my entire baking cabinet and tossed out all the liners that weren’t from STB!  I love them THAT much!

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Happy Baking!

Red Velvet Oreo Cupcakes

Yield: 16 cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

Red Velvet Oreo Cupcakes

  • 1 package of Red Velvet Oreo Cookies
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp red gel food coloring

Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Frosting Recipe & Instructions
  • Red Velvet Oreos
  • Gold sugar pears

Instructions

Red Velvet Oreo Cupcakes

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F degrees and line a cupcake pan with Bake Bright cupcake liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the egg, sugar, buttermilk, oil, yogurt and vanilla until smooth.
  3. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add it to the wet and mix only until just combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and fold 3-5 times to ensure everything is incorporated.
  4. Chop 2/3 of the Red Velvet Oreos (2 of the 3 rows) into small chunks (I quartered them). Fold the chunks and all the crumbs into the batter.
  5. Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 full with batter.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the tops of the cupcakes are firm and a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting & Assembly

  1. Prepare the frosting following these instructions.
  2. Using a Wilton 1M tip fitted on a piping bag, pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  3. Cut an Oreo in half and place on top of the frosting.
  4. Garnish with gold sugar pears.

 

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