Oreo Penguin Cupcakes

    

IT WAS A MASSACRE.  THERE WERE PENGUIN PARTS EVERYWHERE.  I WAS SAWING THROUGH THEIR WINGS.  Oh the humanity.

Oreo Cookie Crust
12 oreo cookies
1/2 a stick of butter 
zip lock bag
rolling pin

 

Then add melted butter to the bowl and mash together until it’s workable.

Put a tablespoon into a lined muffin pan. Then smush it down with a spoon to make an even crust.

 Pop them in the oven for 7 minutes and then set aside to cool
Vanilla Cupcakes
(Makes 20 when you have a thick oreo crust at the bottom, if not probably around 16-18. Bake at 325*)
1 cup sugar
1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter at room temp
2 large eggs at room temp
1/3 cup full-fat sour cream
1/4 cup canola oil or vegetable oil
2.5 vanilla extract
2/3 cup buttermilk

Once your vanilla cupcakes are out of the oven and they have had time to cool it is time to core the suckers.    I love doing it.  Save the tops though!  You need to be able to cover the holes.

Oreo Filling
1 stick butter
1/2 stick cream cheese
1/8 cup heavy whipping cream
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
7 crushed oreos

Cream butter, cream cheese and whipping cream together.  Add the vanilla, and then the powdered sugar.  Beat until fluffy.  Then comes the fun part.  Throw in the crushed oreos.

Just fold them in carefully and evenly and you are good to go.  I threw them in a ziplock and snipped the edge so that i could pipe them in.  No tip required.

These cupcakes were just busting out with oreo goodness, weren’t they? And i might have spilled powdered sugar everywhere at one point.  Oops. (Don’t forget to cover them with the tops of the cored centers again!)

To frost the tops I used the recipe below.

Marshmallow Frosting
1 8 oz jar of Marshamallow fluff
1/2 stick of butter
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Beat butter and marshmallow fluff.  Add powdered sugar.  Add whipping cream IF necessary.  It’s SUPER effing cold in my house right now, so i had to use whipping cream in both my frostings to get them to do anything.  Even if i leave out the butter and eggs for hours, things are still not “room temp”.  They’re cold as penguins.  The whipping cream helped to make both fluffier.

Now there is an easy way to finish these cupcakes.  And that is to garnish them with an oreo on top.Cute huh?

Two seconds, easy peasy and call it a day. Looks adorable with my black and white spotted liners.

And that’s totally what i did with the last eight.  But first i had to struggle with making 12 penguins.  And by struggle i just mean it took me longer than i thought it would.  And i was late. And hadn’t showered, and i wasn’t dressed and i hadn’t worked out.  AND worst of all, i had forgotten to buy heart sprinkles like i had wanted to.   I had wanted to make some girls too  😦

Penguin Faces
Oreo cookies*
Any left over marshmallow fluff frosting
Wilton Brand Eyes
Orange Starbursts
Patience

* Normal people will need one oreo cookie per penguin they make.  People like me need a whole freaking package for this endeavor.  Okay fine, two packages total.  Actually i suggest you try and do this part first.  Because the things you mess up you can use for your crumbs.  I ended up throwing away a lot of Oreo parts instead because every time i touched an Oreo it would just CRUMBLE in my hands. I BROKE SO MANY WINGS.  Stupid cookies.

One of the hardest part was twisting that cookie and having the cream stay on only one side.  It took forever.  Most because it takes more thank skill. It takes coordination.  Finesse.  Steady hands.  I have none of those.  But i got it done.

But guess what?  The cookies aren’t that clean.  You still get left with some chocolate on the cream.  So i tried to fix that a little by putting a dollop of the marshmallow fluff frosting over the cream and spreading it out in order to hide as many imperfections as possible.

Then i added the eyes.  Not 100% white but it certainly helped i think.  The eyes (by Wilton) you can find at Target, Wal-Mart, Michaels, etc.  They’re a little pricey but i am glad i did not have to worry about making eyes from scratch.

As illustrated in the picture below,  you take an orange starburst (left) and put it in the microwave for 15 seconds.  Then when its warm with super clean hands and a rolling pin you flatten it out so you can cut it with a knife.  The middle picture is what a cut strip looks like. You cut a triangle (right) and use that as a beak.  And you do this SUPER fast before it gets too hard.

That ladies and gentleman, is why its a mother effing starburst of a nose.

Lastly, your penguin needs wings.  This is where most of the massacre happened i admit.  Okay maybe i broke a few faces.  But mostly it was their wings.  Have you ever TRIED to cut an oreo with a knife before?

They break in 45 ways.  About 45 times.  And then maybe you get ONE wing.   As you can see i have a large pile of broken cookies on my (side note: isnt it so CUTE?) apple cutting board.  Try to cut them in half, and then cut off about the top 1/3 of one half.  That’s a good size for wings.

It was an ordeal.  And then, THEN i was ready to make my penguins have a photoshoot.

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