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Cookies & Cream Cupcakes (Vegan)

With plenty of crushed Oreo biscuits going into both the cupcake batter and buttercream frosting, these vegan cookies and cream cupcakes are the perfect celebration of everyone’s favourite chocolate cookies, and a definite dessert crowd pleaser. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine Australian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Author Sally

Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 8 oreo biscuits

For the buttercream frosting

  • ½ cup (125 grams) dairy-free butter*
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 - 4 cups icing sugar
  • 6 oreo biscuits crushed

Instructions

  • Make the cupcakes. Add vinegar to almond milk and set aside. It will split the milk, but that is ok as it helps to create a soft cupcake texture.
  • Using a mortar and pestle crush up the oreo biscuits until they are a fine crumb. Set aside. In a large bowl, add sugar, oil and vanilla and beat with an electric mixer.
  • In another bowl, sift flour, baking powder, bicarb soda and salt and mix to combine. Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet, alternating with the milk mixture, making sure it is completely mixed through before adding more. Once batter has come together and smooth, mix through crushed oreos.
  • Spoon into a cupcake pan lined with cases filling them about ⅔ full. Bake in a 180C oven for 20 minutes or until cakes bounce back when lightly touched. Set aside to cool completely before frosting.
  • Make the buttercream frosting. Crush up oreos again using your mortar and pestle. Make sure there are no large bits and that it is a fine crumb as it will need to be piped onto the cakes and you don’t want any biscuit pieces getting stuck.
  • Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment fitted, beat dairy-free butter for 1-2 minutes until creamy.
  • Add 3 cups of icing sugar and beat on medium until combined. As mixture thickens, add in vanilla and almond milk. If frosting is too thin, add in an extra ½-1 cup of icing sugar until it reaches the desired consistency. Add crushed Oreos and mix until combined.
  • Spoon mixture into a piping bag and pipe onto cakes ensuring they are completely cool as any heat left in the cakes will melt the icing. Decorate with a mini Oreo cookie.

Notes

*I use Nuttelex Buttery to replace butter in most of my recipes as it is vegan and gives a 'buttery' flavour without being greasy. As this is an Australian product, the closest US alternative I believe is Earth Balance. Otherwise any dairy-free spread will work.
Not from Australia? Check out my US Conversion Guide