A couple weeks ago a co-worker approached me about cupcakes. Last time I brought red velvet cupcakes to work, my co-worker, being a good hubby, took one home to his wife. So she wanted some more. And she was having a potluck at her place of business, so it seemed like a good time.
So anyway, he asked for 2 dozen red velvet cupcakes and I happily agreed. Then he asked what other flavors I could make. I said, "Probably whatever you want." So he described to me a cupcake that he used to get at a bakery long ago. It was marble with cream cheese icing with Oreos in it. (Can I say "Oreo"? Or is that some kind of copyright infringement? How about "chocolate sandwich cookie?" Will that work?) Only the marble was black and white, making it even more
I used my go-to chocolate cake recipe and just added a goodly squirt of Americolor Super Black. Voila, black cake! For the white I just used a white doctored cake mix (shhh...don't tell). Since I was already making cream cheese icing, I just made a little extra and crushed up some
I love it when they've got just a little dome.
Co-worker requested white sugar pearls on the red velvet. Yum.
Anyhoo, back to business...black and white marble cupcakes cooling peacefully on the rack...
After agonizing needlessly over the state of the swirls, I decided I had to eat one, diet or not.
Poor little cupcake...
It doesn't stand a chance...
I'm not a very good marbler, apparently.
Ok, I'm not going to show you a photo of me scarfing down the cupcake. But, seriously, I don't know why, but this was the best cupcake ever. The girl was amazed. The hubby was delighted. The boy was knocked speechless, which is quite an accomplishment.
I think I'll make this in cake form next. We've got some birthdays coming up. And while I don't know that I can decorate
Oh, here's how I made the icing, in case anyone is curious:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup cream cheese (8 ounces), softened
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbs vanilla extract
2 pounds powdered sugar
1 snack pack mini Oreos, crushed (about six full-sized cookies)
2-4 ounces heavy cream
Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in vanilla and salt until incorporated. Add powdered sugar and stir until well-mixed. Slowly add heavy cream until you reach the desired consistency. Stir in crushed Oreos. Beat on medium-high for 3-5 minutes or until fluffy.
That's all for now.