Boyfriend’s birthday was a couple of weeks ago, so we spent an evening going through my many cupcake-related cookbooks to pick his celebratory treat. It took a while, and there are now several pages in each book marked with post-it notes for future baking events (including the kids’ birthdays).
He kept saying, “this one or that one” and I kept saying, “JUST PICK ONE! I DON’T CARE WHICH ONE! IT IS FOR YOU SO YOU PICK IT!” Only nicely. He settled on cookies ‘n’ cream.
It had been a while since I’d baked – except for a spontaneous and slightly tipsy batch of chocolate chip cookies a few weeks ago when some friends were over for dinner – so I was super excited. Have you seen The LEGO Movie? Think Benny when he finally gets to build a spaceship. BAAAKIIIIING! *zoom*
The batter was good, even without the crumbled Oreos added in, so I felt like it had promise. Oddly, the cupcakes baked more like muffins – expanding out instead of up in the pans. I suppose the batter was fairly dense, and the cookies made it more so. Someone better at SCIENCE! could probably explain why that happened.
As usual, I ignored the frosting part of the recipe in the book and used my own. I added white coloring so it would really look like cookies ‘n’ cream ice cream, and I wandered off to take a shower while the frosting floofed (that’s a word) with the whisk attachment on my mixer. I had a job interview the same day, so I was multi-tasking!
I managed to decorate a little over a dozen of the cupcakes before I had to leave, so I could deliver them to my former co-workers. I wasn’t sure what to do with 2 dozen cupcakes and while I knew we and the kids would do our best eating them all, we’d also probably all make ourselves sick in the process. Solution: old office delivery!
After the birthday dinner with the kids, I let them smash up more Oreos so we could decorate the remaining cupcakes. Let me tell you, those kids were fierce! The cookies never stood a chance.
And neither did the cupcakes: they were delicious!