Oreo Cupcakes

I don’t know about you, but Oreo cookies rank high on my list of fattening sweet treats. There is something about the crisp chocolate cookie sandwiched together with a yummy vanilla cream that makes me drool a little! In fact, I find it hard to even have them in the house. I truly love them, and the Golden variety too!

Back in November I made a chocolate bundt cake that was to die for (it is now my go to recipe for chocolate cake) – it is easy, moist and oh so chocolaty. I decided to pair this amazing cake with the Buttercream Dream frosting that I use on everything, except this time I would add in some crushed Oreo crumbs and top the cupcake with half an Oreo.

I figured this combination of sinful ingredients would make something yummy, but in my opinion these turned out amazing! Even though pictures are craptastic! If you have never tried this recipe for chocolate cake, please take my word for it or head over to allrecipes and peruse over a thousand positive reviews!

Oreo Cupcakes

Yield: about 24 cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 18-22 minutes


For the Cupcakes

  • 1 package devil's food cake mix
  • 1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I used miniature)

For the Buttercream

  • 1 stick salted butter - room temperature
  • 1 stick unsalted butter - room temperature
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 tablespoon Clear Vanilla extract
  • 2 pounds confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar, 10x)
  • 4-6 tablespoons very cold milk (I used 5 TBS)
  • 8 crushed Oreo cookies with the cream removed before crushing


For the Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray or line with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into prepared muffin wells.
  4. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Cool cupcakes thoroughly in pan at least an hour and a half before removing.

For the Buttercream

  1. Cream the butter and shortening in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer.
  2. Add the clear vanilla extract and combine well. Begin adding in the sugar and mixing thoroughly after each addition.
  3. After all of the sugar has been added and mixed thoroughly, begin adding the very cold milk, one tablespoon at a time, combining very well after each addition (mixer on medium-high to high speed) until you reach the desired consistency.
  4. Fold in the Oreo cookie crumbs.
  5. Top cooled cupcakes with the buttercream frosting and garnish with 1/2 an Oreo.

56 Responses to “Oreo Cupcakes”

  1. Elyse — February 19, 2009 at 1:02 am

    I’m right there with you: oreos are just awesome. There’s something magical about them! And looks like there’s something magical about these cupcakes as well. From the chocolate cake to the frosting, I’m hooked: I’ve got to make these ASAP!


  2. Danielle — February 19, 2009 at 4:10 am

    Those cupcakes look so good!
    I have seen that recipe on allrecipes a few times I just havent made it yet, now with Oreos I just might!


  3. repenikadita — February 19, 2009 at 5:12 am

    hi jamie! i really like your blog but latelly i´ve been kinda sad cause your recipies have been featuring box mixes…and we don´t really have those here :(


  4. Bridgett — February 19, 2009 at 7:15 am

    That is my go-to chocolate cake as well and it is fab! I will be trying your icing recipe along with for Fat Tuesday. Thanks for posting it :)


  5. Cathy — February 19, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Your creations always look amazing. My kids will go nuts over these (and so will I; who am I kidding?) We LOVE Oreos around here!


  6. Maria — February 19, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Love your cupcakes!! Who doesn’t like oreos???


  7. Debbie — February 19, 2009 at 11:42 am

    I’ve just printed the cake out from Allrecipes and will give it a try. I love chocolate cake and they are so easy to make using mixes. Thank you!!!


  8. Shortcake and Company — February 19, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Oh gracious…those look A-MAZing. I love Oreos too and being pregnant right now only adds to the cravings. I’m so going to try this recipe. Also, I LOVE your blog. I enjoy your humor, wittiness and of course, recipe.


  9. Ingrid — February 19, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I don’t think your photo is bad! I hate when people say that because it makes me wonder what awful things they’re saying about my photos which need a lot of work! LOL! Take a peak at mine they’ll make you feel better about yours.


  10. vibi — February 19, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Oooooh! Yeah! They do alright, rank very high on my list too!! LOL

    I love the looks of those, Jamie!

    You always know how to make the simplest things end up amazingly creative! …and yummy! lol


  11. The Italian Dish — February 20, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Yeah, my kids are getting these this weekend. Thanks!


  12. The Food Librarian — February 20, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    These look perfect! Love it!


  13. Leslie — February 21, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    WHATEVER!! your photos are not craptastic! I too have a hard time keeping Oroes in the house.


  14. VelezDelights — February 21, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    These look phenomenal!!! I have to try these out some day =)


  15. from my motorhome to yours — February 21, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    oh man these look wonderful I have to try them,pam


  16. Sara — February 22, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    These are just gorgeous! I love oreos, I’m sure they’re even better in cupcake form.


  17. n.o.e — February 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I’ve made a similar recipe for over 20 years; mine has brewed coffee in it. It’s our favorite easy crowd pleasing cake. Love your oreo cupcake version!


  18. Olivia — March 1, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Oh my goodness I’d eat just the frosting!


  19. The Cooking Photographer — March 28, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I respect your love or Oreos. These are beautiful!


  20. Carolin — February 11, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I am just making these for the first time right now and had to eat on to ‘test’ it, warm of course, and wow! Very moist, you can tell they have a pudding in them. Thanks for my new go to recipe. Tomorrow I will frost.


  21. Amy — March 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    I made these with green/cookie icing for a st.patty’s green desert. Also added mint chips instead of chocolate chips into the batter. Then used the mint oreos on top. Very good!


  22. Holly — August 3, 2010 at 8:21 am

    I made these for a bachelorette party and they were a big hit! Thanks :)


  23. Catie — August 5, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I just made these to take to work in the morning and they are GOOOOOD! Obviously I had to um… test them to make sure they were suitable to take ;)

    Also, I really love the Buttercream Dream frosting!! I’ve never been a big frosting fan, but this stuff is awesome. It was also awesome with the additions for the raspberry lemon cupcakes!


  24. Crystal — August 6, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I made the cake in this recipe for cupcakes. Everyone LOVED them. I added a half Oreo on the bottom as a surprise and made some cream cheese oreo frosting. and topped with a mini Oreo. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.
    You can see my bad pictures here: http://nowimhungry.blogspot.com/


  25. Tina Nyren — February 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I made this recipe into cupcakes tooo!!! They came out awesome!! The frosting is so good!! Thinking I definitely have to make the cake version next!!! Thanks for sharing! So glad I found this website!!


  26. Kessa — July 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Help!! Im making these now and the mixture is not pourable at all…it’s very thick and the consistency is not like a typical cake mix that’s sort of watery where u can pour it. It seems as if doesn’t have enough liquids. I followed the recipe exactly. I used the box jello instant pudding mix… It took 2 based on your ounces. 1 box didn’t yield enough. Please advise. Could I have possibly mixed it too much with my and mixer? I had to use 2spoons to get the mix into the cup cakes pan and it wasnr even at all. It almost looks lime its sup post to be chewy brownies n I double checked the box… It says Duncan Hines devils food cake


    • Jamie — July 2, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      The batter will be thick…just go with it. I promise they’ll be delicious.

    • Turkessa — July 3, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Hi Jamie
      My batch came out horrible… They didnt rise and they baked just like they looked…all chunky and lumpy. The chocolate chips didnt even melt. Was I suppose to make the pudding befoe I mixed it in? It seemed as if the Batter was too dry and not enough liquids, which maybe why it was so hard. I did everything else by the recipe.

    • Jamie — July 3, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      So bizarre, I have made this recipe literally over 50 times and have never had that problem. Are you sure you added the water, eggs and oil?

  27. andrea — July 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I made these cupcakes today and they were positively divine. I mean, from the super chocolately cupcakes to the unbelievably sweet and creamy buttercream. I loved them!!!


  28. cheyenne — November 24, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    it would really be awesome if you matched this frosting with a white cake with cookies and cream ice cream inside it


  29. JennD — December 5, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I made these for a party at work. The frosting really makes it. These cupcakes taste just like Oreos–only better!


  30. Ausra — December 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Hi, your all cupcakes are AMAZING!!! I just love them.
    I want to ask, in my country there is no shortening, what can I use instead of it? :)))


  31. Megg — January 16, 2012 at 10:11 am

    can’t wait to make these. they look absolutely delicious!!! plus oreos are my favorite cookie(:


  32. esha shrestha — January 20, 2012 at 7:50 am

    How did you pipe the frosting? It looks so pretty and i want to try doing it too.


    • Jamie — February 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Check out my Piping How-To Video in this post – hopefully it helps you! Thanks for stopping by.

  33. Julie H — February 1, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I just made these over the weekend for an office birthday party. They disappeared!! They are delicious!!!!


  34. Lizzie — February 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    thank you for 3 out of my 4 cupcakes(so far) i have used your recipes and every has loved them soo thank you for coming up these amazing recipes. im making these oreo cupcakes this weekend. thanks again


  35. Vy — May 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I think I just found my favorite baking blog!! All your recipes look amazingly delicious, I can’t wait to try them!! ;)


  36. Lindsey — May 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I’m trying to make a variation of this with the golden oreo cookies, which cake recipe would you recommend to go along with it? vanilla bean?


  37. shelly — June 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I just pulled the 1st pan of the cupcakes from the oven…making them for my hub’s work..let’s just say that I’ll have The Best Wife EVER award for quite awhile! Just plain and warm, they were so good that I almost cried ;) Thanks for sharing!


  38. alie — June 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    so i want to use the recipe you have for the cupcake base but i want to use a yellow cake box mix instead can i still use the same mesuerments you used with the devils food or will i have to adjust because its yellow?


    • Jamie — June 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      I have used a yellow cake mix with vanilla pudding and the recipe turned out just fine. Thanks.

  39. Sher — September 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    hi, we dont have instant pudding mix here in Trinidad… can I use chocolate pudding snack cups? or another substitute? or just leave it out?


  40. Courtney Morris — November 25, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    These were a huge hit at my get together! I was asked to make these again! I however folded approximately 12 crushed oreos into the buttercream.I also inserted melted marshmallow into the middle of the chocolate cupcake, sooooo delicious


  41. Elda Cataldo — May 16, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    I can’t wait to make these Oreos Cup Cakes for my Grandaughter’s party. The question I have is about the frosting. After putting in 2 sticks of the butter, it calls for 1 cup shortning. What other kind of shortning are you asking for, crisco, veg. oil? And in the recipe for the cup cakes, what size eggs do you use. I find older recipes that I have from 40 or 50 years ago, we used medium eggs.
    Thank you.


    • Jamie — June 19, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Elda, Crisco and Vegetable Oil Shortening are pretty much the same thing, so you could use either here. I normally use large eggs.
      – Jamie

  42. Jessica Cheng — May 7, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Hi I’m going to make these cupcakes tomorrow and I just wanted to know if there will be extra frosting after I pipe all 24 because if there is, i will just half the buttercream. Thanks! 


    • Jamie — May 9, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Hi, Jessica! I would make the full recipe for the buttercream just to be sure you have enough for the cupcakes. I hope you enjoy them!

  43. Jessica — May 7, 2016 at 1:19 am

    I’m making these tomorrow and I wanted to know if there will be extra buttercream after piping all 24 cupcakes. If there is, I will just half the buttercream. Please comment ASAP! Thanks!


    • Jamie — May 8, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      This recipe will generously frost 24 cupcakes, if you prefer less frosting, you could definitely half the frosting recipe.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  44. Mark — June 15, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    I read the comments and I would love to make these. I wanted to know what is meant by “instant chocolate pudding mix” (I am from the UK) is it like some sort of Angel Delight??


    • Jamie — June 16, 2016 at 11:22 am

      Hi, Mark! I’ve heard that Bird’s Custard powder is a good substitute. I hope this helps! Let me know if I can answer anything else!

  45. Mark — June 17, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Am I supposed to mix it with cocoa powder? Because, Bird’s don’t actually do Chocolate Custard…

    Thank you for help


  46. Mark — June 17, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Thank you for the recommendation. Am I supposed to mix it with cocoa powder to get chocolate? That’s what people are saying anyway…



    • Jamie — June 20, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      Hi, Mark! I think you probably would have to mix some cocoa powder in. I’m interested to know how this turns out!

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