I took a few days off from baking, cooking and blogging to do some major cleaning. I am not sure if it is a cultural thing or a tradition that I grew up with but every year before the New Year, you do a major cleaning of your home. Not just dust and vacuum but go through every nook, cranny, box, etc. and see what you need and what you do not. It is a daunting task but it feels so good when you are done. Plus, this prevents from developing unwanted clutter because each year you took the time to "cleanse" your home :)
13-15 crushed Oreo
FOR THE FROSTING
2 (8oz) package of cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 stick of butter, room temperature
2-4 c. of powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
10 finely crushed Oreo*
FOR THE TOPPING
8-10 crushed Oreos
15 Oreos cut in half
For the Cupcakes:
In a medium bowl, whisk together egg whites, whole egg, 1/4 c. of milk, and vanilla. Set aside. Then in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, combine flour, sugar, and baking powder on low speed for 30 seconds. Add the butter and shortening to the dry ingredients, and blend for an additional 30 seconds. Next, add the remaining milk and continue blending on low speed until mixture appears moistened. Then increase to medium speed for 1-1/2 minutes.
Scrape the sides of the bowl and begin to add the wet ingredients in 3 separate batches-- each time mixing for 20 seconds. Lastly, fold in crushed Oreo (do not finely crush to Oreo- you want chunks of Oreo in the cupcakes) in the batter. Do not mix the Oreo in-as the vanilla cupcakes will discolor. Prepare two cupcakes pans with liners. Place an Oreo at the bottom of each liner. Using an ice cream scoop- fill liners no more than 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cupcakes cool before frosting.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, combine cream cheese,butter, 1 c. of powdered sugar, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed and then medium-high speed for 6-8 minutes until creamy, light, and fluffy. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1/2 c. at a time-- beating for 1 minute after each addition. Continue adding in ingredients until desired consistency and sweetness is reached (i.e, you may not use all 3 c. of powdered sugar, if you want more sweetness but need a softer consistency add some heavy cream). Finally add in 3/4 of the crushed Oreos. The frosting should be stiff enough to hold shape once piped. Garnish with remaining crushed Oreos and top with half of an Oreo.