March 17, 2011

Two Times the Flavor = Two Times the Fun

For K1's birthday I had plans to make Oreo Cupcakes. I was going to make them Sunday evening then take them to work on Monday. As I was reading over the recipe I realized that while I had whipping cream (shelf stable) it was not in the refrigerator--warm whipping cream does NOT whip. So, then my dilemma was. . . should I make the Oreo Cupcakes on Monday evening or should I change recipes and make Cookies and Cream Cupcakes. Hmmm. Decisions. Decisions. I opted for making them Monday evening.

Then Monday morning happened. On our way to work the water pump went out on our vehicle. The same vehicle we just got out of the shop last week. The same vehicle we were planning on taking back to the shop after we recovered from paying the bill from the shop visit last week. I guess that is what we get for trying to be fiscally sound.

Anyway. . . .I am not a mechanic by any means and PE hates playing one especially on that vehicle but he was going to make a go of it after going to work for a couple hours. So I decided to take an annual leave day and stay home. I figured once he arrived home I could be of some assistance even if it was only to hold the flashlight. I did end up towing the vehicle with his truck while he white-knuckled it all the way to the shop. The white-knuckling was due to the situation in general not my towing abilities. I guess being towed in a vehicle with no power steering and a shorter than desired tow rope can really make a person anxious. I know for sure towing a vehicle in general can make a person anxious.

While I was home waiting for PE to return I decided to make the cupcakes. Since I was at it, I made both flavors of cupcakes. It worked out quite well as I was just finishing up the frosting when PE returned home.

The Oreo Cupcakes are chocolate cake and whipped cream with Oreo crumb filling and frosting.

The Cookies and Cream Cupcakes are a white cake with an Oreo half in the bottom, Oreo chunks in the cake, and a whipped cream cheese frosting.

I didn't have a problem with either one sinking in the middle which made my day. The chocolate cupcakes spread a bit which created wide tops but I just used a knife and cut the edges off. They were then topped with frosting so you couldn't really tell. Besides, how big of a jerk would someone be to tell me the cupcakes I made looked like ass around the edges? I have to tell myself stuff like that when I don't like how the food cook/bake looks. It IS the taste that matters after all, right?

It seems as though the Cookies and Cream Cupcakes were enjoyed a bit more than the other. I was told they were both delicious but the Cookies and Cream Cupcake compliments were more enthusiastic. I enjoyed them both. The Cookies and Cream gives you more of an Oreo punch if that is what you enjoy and the Oreo Cupcakes help satisfy those chocolate cravings.

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Click the links below for printable recipes:
Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
Oreo Cupcakes

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