Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Cookies and Cream Cupcakes and an account of The Cupcake Tragedy of 2011
It's happened, friends. My precious baby girl is gone all the day long. I had a fairly major 36 hour breakdown, but I'm improving with each day. (Other than the times when I have such realizations that she will likely miss wedding dress shopping with my mom and sister and I, or if I happen to drive by the park. Or the library. Or McDonalds. Or if I walk by her empty bedroom.)
The first day of school I decided to make her (me) something special for an after-school snack. I had been thinking a great deal about some Cookies and Cream Cupcakes I had seen on a great food blog, annies-eats.com. Since Dylan and I are both quite fanatical about Oreos, I decided on those.
I spent the afternoon baking them up, and when she got home we tried them. The first bite was completely delicious...followed by a strange aftertaste. I wondered if maybe the Oreo didn't really go with cream cheese, until Dylan said, "Uh...these are gross. I think it's the frosting." I tried several tastes of the frosting alone, and realized it was indeed the source of the slight grossness. I couldn't come to terms with what I knew to be true, until Josh came home and sampled the frosting and declared, "Um, that's MOLD. IT'S MOLDY!" I have since come to the conclusion that the cream cheese I used was most likely leftover from a wedding cake I did several days ago, and I probably left it out too long while I was working. So I was left with 22 perfect-looking moldy frosting cupcakes. Perhaps the most sad part of the story is that I kept trying to eat them throughout the next day, hoping I might not notice the taste. I've never claimed to be normal.
I was desperate to make them again, but I kept telling myself I really had no business baking 2 dozen cupcakes in my state of pant size, but I was eventually able to compromise with myself on just 1 dozen-a half batch. After all, I've just lost my best girl to days full of school work and potentially mean children.
Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
24 Oreo halves, with cream filling attached (use a knife instead of twisting them)
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 2/3 cup sugar
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup milk
20 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped (I quarter them)