When I was turning three years old, I somehow managed to get three different birthday parties.
Although I don’t remember the details, I do remember thinking that I was supposed to get however many parties for how old I was turning.
If that still stands to reason, I should be getting 20 birthday parties this year.
So, it’s a good thing that I go a head start on it all with a little week-early birthday celebration last night.
Plus, it was really a win-win situation for me, because not only did I get to spend time with friends, but I also had a good excuse to bake it up.
Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
- 1.5 C whole-wheat flour
- 1.5 C all-purpose flour
- 2 C sugar
- 2 t baking soda
- 1 t salt
- 1/3 C cocoa
- 3/4 C unsweetened applesauce
- 1 t vanilla
- 2 T vinegar
- 2 C water
- ~20 Oreo cookies
- 1.5 C powdered sugar
- 3 T vegan butter (alternatively, butter)
- 2 T soy milk, more as needed (alternatively, skim milk)
- 1 t vanilla
- 12 Oreo cookies
- In a large bowl, mix together flours, sugar, baking soda, salt and cocoa.
- Build a well in the middle and add in applesauce, vanilla, vinegar and water. Mix everything together.
- Put cookies in a large plastic bag and break up with the backside of a knife until there are small or medium-sized chunks. Stir everything together.
- Thoroughly grease muffin tins and spoon approximately 2-3 T batter into each cup (Should make 24 cupcakes). Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until firm to the touch.
- Remove and allow to fully cool on a cooling rack.
- Mix everything together in medium-sized bowl until fully combined and smooth.
- Once cupcakes are cooled, heat the frosting slightly. Spoon approximately 1 t frosting onto the center of each cupcake and allow it to drizzle down.
- Carefully chop the 12 Oreo cookies in half and garnish the top of each cupcake with half of a cookie.
As much as I love eating cupcakes, they weren’t the main focus of the night…
The best part of the night was simply having a good time with some great friends.
Happy early birthday to me, indeed.
Questions: What are some of your birthday traditions?
I’ve always been more of a cookie-person than cake person, so when I was growing up I always asked for cookie cakes. Now, I just get the best of both worlds with cookies and cream cupcakes!