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Okay, brace yourselves! Once you make these decadent, chewy, and fudgy Crio Bru chocolate cupcakes with cookies ‘n cream buttercream frosting you’re not going to want to try any other chocolate cupcake recipe EVER! I really don’t think I’m being dramatic because this literally gave me life. LOL I’m not the only person that felt this way. Everyone that tried these cupcakes felt the same life-giving experience! One person used their teeth to scrape the cupcake liner, didn’t want to miss a single crumb. The other taste testers ate two cupcakes per person and didn’t want to share with others. So I’m feeling pretty confident about sharing this recipe with y’all! 🙂
Background on Crio Bru Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookies ‘n Cream Buttercream Frosting
If you don’t know a single thing about Crio Bru I suggest clicking here and reading my review, but basically it’s roasted and ground cocoa beans that are then brewed like coffee by the customer. The reason I decided to use Crio Bru is because 1. I have formed an addiction to the stuff and 2. In a lot of chocolate cake/cupcake recipes, coffee or espresso are generally used. So I find Crio Bru to be a great substitute for coffee and it will also provide an extra depth of chocolate flavor to these cupcakes! If you want, you can just use hot water in place of the Crio Bru, but I STRONGLY suggest keeping Crio Bru in your home.
Did I mention that these cupcakes have some organic whole grains in it? Yes, these cupcakes aren’t completely terrible for your health. LOL As some of you may know I own an online organic whole grains dessert shop named Piece of Paradise. I wanted to make desserts healthier for my customers so I researched how white, bleached flour and sugar affects our bodies and what could be used as better alternatives. In short, I decided to use organic white whole wheat flour, organic evaporated cane juice (raw sugar), raw honey, etc. The fiber in white whole wheat flour will lower the glycemic index of the sugar that your body is absorbing so your blood sugar will not rise as high. And you guys already know how I feel about using organic ingredients. Buy organic ingredients as often as you can. Your body will thank you! Anyway, I didn’t want to make these chocolate cupcakes completely out of whole grains because I want you to slowly introduce whole grains desserts into your family’s diet. Because slow and steady wins the race! Whole grains baking isn’t easy and there is somewhat of a science behind it…if you don’t bake whole grain baked goods properly the end result will be dry, dense and will probably have a strong taste of tannins (the aspect that causes bitterness in whole grains and tea).
I’ve learned from years of baking that brown sugar lends a slightly chewy texture to desserts and that’s due to the molasses content in brown sugar. (Cool fact: Organic brown sugar doesn’t have the molasses removed during production and then later added back like regular brown sugar does, so organic brown sugar retains moisture longer.) I wanted to find a chocolate cupcake recipe that I could adapt to my specifications. I stumbled upon a chocolate cupcake recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch by Lauren Allen and knew I’d have to give it a try!
Now for the frosting, I didn’t want a normal chocolate buttercream frosting. I was craving Oreos so I decided to use Whole Foods Market’s brand that are made with unbleached flour and other more natural ingredients. When I tell you guys that the cookies ‘n cream frosting PERFECTLY complimented the dark chocolaty flavor in these cupcakes! OH. MY. GOODNESS. Y’all, I can’t even type up this post without salivating because I want one of these cupcakes RIGHT NOW! Ugh!
Tips for These Cupcakes
I wanted to make this as simple as I could for you guys so I used a large round tip (Ateco 807) to frost my cupcakes. If you don’t own a large icing tip you can fill a freezer bag with the frosting and then cut the tip of the bag to pipe your cupcakes. You just want to place the tip or bag on the center of the cupcake and apply pressure while slowly lifting your hand up and you’re done!
Oh, and another thing! My cupcakes may appear a little larger than you are used to seeing because I used to sell cupcakes locally and wanted to provide my customers with bakery sized cupcakes. My liners are slightly bigger than the standard size. Here’s a link to the cupcake liners I use. My bake time is a little longer because of this so I’d suggest that with your standard sized cupcake liners you should bake your cupcakes at least 3-4 minutes less than my time.
I’m really tempted to get in the kitchen right now and make some more of these cupcakes and I know you guys are going to want to go make these too so I’m going to shut up now. Let me know how much you love these cupcakes by commenting or sending me a message on social media.Here are the links to my social media accounts: Bloglovin’, Facebook , Instagram , Twitter and Snapchat (@merci_britte) to stay up-to-date. Also please subscribe to my YouTube channel because I will be adding more recipe and chat videos soon! And don’t forget to pin and share this recipe with your friends if you liked it!