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A decadent, moist, chocolate fudge cupcake filled with creamy OREO cheesecake filling and topped with fluffy OREO Buttercream frosting! The BEST OREO Cupcakes ever! An easy and quick recipe using a doctored up cake mix! 

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I’ve mentioned before on my blog, that 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. Orders would then be taken for that particular cupcake. Finally, 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 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 with you, so you can amaze your friends as well!

This recipe starts with a chocolate fudge cake mix. I like to use a store-bought cake mix when I bake cupcakes because they are always consistent. But I do make a couple of improvements though. I like to use milk, or buttermilk instead of water, I add an extra egg, 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!

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

The filling for these OREO cupcakes is a creamy, cream cheese 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.

Items Needed to make Death by OREO Cupcakes

Here is a list of ingredients you’ll need to make Death by OREO Cupcakes:

-Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix

-Melted Butter

-Milk

-Eggs

-Cream Cheese

-OREO sandwich cookies

-Powdered Sugar

-Softened Butter

-Vanilla Extract

-Snack Size (little OREOs)

Here are the kitchen gadgets you’ll need:

-Cupcake liners

-Muffin pan

-Cupcake/Cookie Scoop

-Piping Bags

-Wilton 1M Tip

-Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer

-Cooling Rack

Cupcake Corer

How to Make Death by OREO Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes on a cooing rack

Cupcakes

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. Beat the eggs lightly. Then 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.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place cupcake liners in each of the cups of a muffin pan. Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, place three scoops (3 tablespoons) of batter in each cup. 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.

A knife cutting the center out of a chocolate cupcake. Step 2.

Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow them to cool for 2-3 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pan and place them on a cooling rack to completely cool. 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. Step 3.

OREO Cheesecake Filling

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. Crush the OREO cookies in a food processor or blender. Add the cookie crumbs to the cream cheese and mix. Slowly add the powdered sugar, a little at a time and beat until incorporated.

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 being piped on to chocolate cupcakes. Step 4.

OREO Buttercream Frosting

After filling the cupcakes, prepare the frosting. Crush the OREO cookies in a food processor or blender. Beat the softened butter in a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and crushed cookie crumbs. Mix together. Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing in between. Add the milk one tablespoon at a time, until your desired consistency is reached. Beat the frosting for 1-2 minutes.

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

Add the OREO Buttercream to a piping bag with a Wilton 1M star tip. Pipe the frosting on top of the cupcakes in a circular motion. Sprinkle extra OREO crumbs on top or add mini-OREOs to make Mickey Mouse ears!

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!

A bite taken out of a Death by OREO cupcake. Step 6.

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Death by OREO Cupcakes
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!
Course Dessert
Keyword OREO
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Servings
Cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes
OREO Cheesecake Filling
OREO Buttercream Frosting
Course Dessert
Keyword OREO
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Servings
Cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes
OREO Cheesecake Filling
OREO Buttercream Frosting
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!
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