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The Best OREO Cupcakes

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Looking for the best Oreo cupcake recipe? Look no further! This decadent cupcake is filled with creamy Oreo cheesecake filling and topped with fluffy Oreo Buttercream frosting. It’s the perfect dessert for any occasion!

Recipe updated August 2022

Oreo Cupcake with OREO Buttercream

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Below you will find tips, tricks and helpful hints for making this recipe including step by step instructions with pictures. If you would like to go directly to the recipe, scroll down to the recipe card.

Why I Love this Recipe

Before I started this website, I used to run a little home-based cupcake business. It was so much fun and I had a blast coming up with different flavor combinations.

This is how my business worked. First, I would announce the cupcake flavor of the week to my neighborhood Facebook group.

Second, I would take orders for that particular cupcake. Third, I would make and deliver the cupcakes to my customers

The first week I did this, I sold about 4 dozen cupcakes! I was so excited! The second week, I made these Death by OREO cupcakes. They were definitely a game changer. I more than TRIPLED my orders.

Apparently, people like OREOs. Who knew? I was definitely overwhelmed, but with the help of my husband, I was able to fill all of the orders.

Of all of the cupcake flavors I made for my neighbors, Death by OREO cookie cupcakes was always a favorite and a top seller.

I knew that when I made them, it would be a good week for cupcake sales. I am so excited to get to share this recipe for the best Oreo cupcakes with you, so you can amaze your friends as well!

How to Improve a Cake Mix

This recipe starts with a chocolate fudge cake mix. I like to use a store-bought cake mixes when I bake cupcakes because they are always consistent.

But I like to make a couple of improvements though. Instead of using water that is called for on the back of the box, I use the same amount of milk or buttermilk.

I add one more extra egg than is called for, and I used melted butter in place of oil.

Believe me, these little additions will do wonders for your cake mix! You can use any cake mix you want, but I alway use Betty Crocker Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix. I get great results, every time!

The filling for these chocolate OREO cupcakes is a creamy, OREO cheesecake filling. Pipe that into the center of the cupcake and then add the frosting.

The frosting is like a little piece of heaven! It is so fluffy and delicious and is packed with OREO flavor! You will definitely fill your cookies and cream craving with these little beauties.

When To Serve These Cupcakes

These cupcakes are great for birthday parties, family get togethers, picnics, holiday parties, or any special occasion! 

Chocolate cupcakes with Oreo frosting and small Oreos to make Mickey Mouse Ears.

Ingredients to make OREO Cupcakes

*Ingredient amounts are located in the recipe card at the end of this post.

Cupcakes

Chocolate Boxed Cake Mix: My favorite cake mix to use for these cupcakes is Betty Crocker’s Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix. Any chocolate flavor or Devil’s Food cake mix from your local grocery store will work.

Milk: Milk is used with the cake mix instead of water. This adds richness and creates a moist cupcake.

Eggs: I always add one more egg than what is called for on the back of the box. This makes for a moister, denser cupcake.

Butter: Melted butter is used in this recipe instead of vegetable oil. Oil can make cupcakes greasy, but butter adds richness and flavor.

OREO Cheesecake Filling

Cream Cheese: I use a block of full-fat cream cheese for the cheesecake filling. Do not use reduced-fat or fat-free cream cheese, it will not work as well.

OREO Cookies: I use regular OREO cookies for this recipe, not double stuffed. You can use any type of OREO cookie you want, but I prefer the original.

Powdered Sugar: This is used to sweeten the cheesecake filling.

OREO Buttercream Frosting

Butter: I use unsalted butter for all of my frostings. If you only have salted butter, that is fine, just omit the salt in the recipe.

Vanilla Extract: Pure vanilla extract is always best, but you can use imitation vanilla if that is what you have.

Powdered Sugar: The powdered sugar is what makes the frosting sweet and fluffy.

Heavy Cream: Heavy cream adds richness and creaminess to the frosting.

OREO Cookies: I use OREO cookies for both the filling AND the frosting. You can use any type of OREO cookie you want, but I prefer the original. 

Mini OREO Cookie: These can be used as Mickey Ears on the cupcakes, if desired.

Helpful Kitchen Tools:

How to Make OREO Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes on a cooing rack

Cupcakes

[1] The first thing you’ll need to do is prepare the cupcake batter. Add the eggs to the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl.

[2] Beat the eggs lightly. Then add the cake mix, melted butter, and milk.

[3] Beat the batter on low for about 30 seconds until moistened, then on medium speed for about 2 minutes.

[4] Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place cupcake liners in each of the cups of a muffin or cupcake pan

[5] Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, place three scoops (3 tablespoons) of batter in each cup.

[6] Bake the cupcakes for 13-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Baking time may vary by oven, so watch your cupcakes carefully.

A knife cutting the center out of a chocolate cupcake.

[7] Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow them to cool for 2-3 minutes.

[8] Take the cupcakes from the pan and place them on a cooling rack to completely cool.

[9] Once the cupcakes have cooled, use a knife or a cupcake corer to remove the center of each cupcake.

Oreo cheesecake filling being piped into the center of chocolate cupcakes.

OREO Cheesecake Filling

[1] While the cupcakes are cooling, begin to prepare the filling. Add the softened cream cheese to a mixing bowl. Beat the cream cheese until smooth.

[2] Crush the OREO cookies in a food processor or blender and add the fine crumbs to the cream cheese and mix.

[3] Slowly add the powdered sugar, a little at a time and beat until incorporated.

[4] Add the OREO cheesecake filling to a disposable piping bag or a large ziplock bag and cut off the end.

[5] Pipe the filling into the holes in the center of the cupcakes.

Oreo buttercream frosting being piped on to chocolate cupcakes. Step 4.

Creamy OREO Frosting

[1] After filling the cupcakes, prepare the frosting. Crush the OREO cookies in a food processor or blender to create OREO cookie crumbs.

[2] Beat the softened butter in a stand mixer until light and fluffy.

[3] Add the vanilla and crushed cookies. Mix together.

[4] Place the powdered sugar in the mixing bowl, one cup at a time, mixing in between.

[5] Add the milk one tablespoon at a time, until your desired consistency is reached.

[6] Beat the frosting for 1-2 minutes.

Oreo cookie crumbs being sprinkled on an Oreo cupcake. Step 5.

How to Assemble the Cupcakes

[1] Add the OREO Buttercream to a piping bag with a Wilton 1M star tip.

[2] Pipe the frosting on top of the cupcakes in a circular motion.

[3] Sprinkle extra OREO crumbs on top or add mini-OREOs to make Mickey Mouse ears!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different flavor of cake mix for these cupcakes?

Yes, you can use any flavor of cake mix that you like. We recommend trying a chocolate or vanilla cake mix for the best results.

Do I have to use an OREO Cheesecake Filling?

No, you can use any type of cheesecake filling that you like. We recommend using a chocolate or vanilla flavored cheesecake filling for the best results.

Can I use a different flavor of OREOs for the cheesecake filling and frosting?

Yes, you can use any flavor of OREOs that you prefer. However, it is recommended that you use the same flavor of OREOs for both the filling and frosting so that they pair together well.

Can I make these cupcakes ahead of time?

Yes, you can make these cupcakes ahead of time. The cupcakes can be baked and stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

The cheesecake filling can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The frosting can also be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Let the cupcakes and frosting come to room temperature before serving.

What is the best way to store these cupcakes?

These cupcakes are best stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

How many cupcakes does this recipe make?

This recipe makes 24 cupcakes.

Can I freeze these cupcakes?

Yes, you can freeze these cupcakes. The cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. Let the cupcakes thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Final Thoughts 

I hope you enjoy these cupcakes as much as I do! Don’t forget to pin this recipe! Make sure you tag @mommymouseclubhouse on Instagram if you make these delicious cupcakes. I want to see your creation!

If you like Death by OREO cupcakes, you might also like my Triple Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes recipe as well!

Oreo Cupcake with OREO frosting

Death by OREO Cupcakes

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

The BEST OREO Cupcakes with Oreo Cheesecake filling and topped with fluffy OREO Buttercream Frosting! An easy and quick recipe using a doctored up cake mix!

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1 Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix, I use Betty Crocker
  • 1 1/4 Cups Milk
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, melted

OREO Cheesecake Filling

  • 1 (8 ounce)Cream Cheese Block, softened
  • 12 OREO Cookies, crushed
  • 3-4 Cups Powdered Sugar

OREO Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 12 OREO Cookies, crushed
  • 3-4 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Milk

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place cupcake liners in each of the cups of a cupcake/muffin pan.
  2. Add the eggs to the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl. Beat the eggs lightly.
  3. Add the cake mix, melted butter, and milk. Beat the batter on low for about 30 seconds until moistened, then on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
  4. Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, place three scoops (3 tablespoons) of batter in each cup.
  5. Bake the cupcakes for 13-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Baking times may vary by oven, so watch your cupcakes carefully.
  6. Allow them to cool for 2-3 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pan and place them on a cooling rack to completely cool.
  7. Once the cupcakes have cooled, use a knife or a cupcake corer to remove the center of each cupcake.

OREO Cheesecake Filling

  1. Add the softened cream cheese to a mixing bowl. Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar, a little at a time and beat until incorporated.
  2. Crush the OREO cookies in a food processor or blender. Add the cookie crumbs to the cream cheese and mix.
  3. Slowly add the powdered sugar, a little at a time and beat until incorporated.
  4. Add the OREO cheesecake filling to a disposable piping bag or a large Ziploc bag and cut off the end. Pipe the filling into the holes in the center of the cupcakes.

OREO Buttercream Frosting

  1. Crush the OREO cookies in a food processor or blender.
  2. Beat the softened butter in a stand mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the vanilla and crushed cookie crumbs. Mix together.
  4. Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing in between.
  5. Add the milk one tablespoon at a time, until your desired consistency is reached. Beat the frosting for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add the OREO Buttercream to a piping bag with a Wilton 1M star tip.
  7. Pipe the frosting on top of the cupcakes in a circular motion.
  8. Sprinkle extra OREO crumbs on top or add mini-OREOs to make Mickey Mouse ears!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 625Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 181mgCarbohydrates: 121gFiber: 0gSugar: 114gProtein: 2g

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Odessa Hargrave

Monday 29th of June 2020

These sound so awesome I am making them for a wedding Doing the trial now. The filling though...am I missing something? Cream cheese, oreos and powdered sugar has become super thick. Not filling like at all?

Any advice/thoughts? Thanks in advance.

Mindy

Monday 6th of July 2020

That has happened to me before. Just add a little milk until it reaches the consistency you want. Hope that helps!

Ashley

Sunday 20th of October 2019

Do these need to be refrigerated since it has a cream cheese filling?

Mindy

Saturday 9th of November 2019

Yes, I recommend placing them in an airtight container before refrigerating.

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