I recently got the opportunity to enter a baking competition. I have always baked for fun and my stuff has always been appreciated (Thankfully) by my family and friends. This was the first time I baked something that was going to be judged so the pressure was on.
The competition was arranged by City University and the rules were simple. You were required to bake something sweet or savoury and your entry had to include at least one sustainable ingredient (I used free range eggs). The winner was to receive a £50 voucher for The Gate restaurant in Islington.
OREO DRIP CAKE – aka – MAJOR FAIL
Like I said the pressure was on…and I totally crumbled 🙁 My original idea was to make a 3 layer 8 inch Oreo Drip Cake*. I had the perfect recipe for it from the lovely Jane and I had planned out the week so I could have it baked and decorated in time for the competition. Unfortunately it was just not meant to be.
I baked the cakes and had them cooling on the racks. Pretty pleased with myself at this point as they had risen well and the kitchen was smelling amazing. But it all went downhill once I tried to take them out the pan. I had misjudged the cooking time and took the cakes out the oven slightly earlier than I should have (Always follow instructions people..if it says 30 min then its 30 min) My cakes had failed to fully cook in the center 🙁
I managed to save the outer bits of the cake which had cooked through and well tasted great. Just disappointed that I didn’t get to create the amazing cake I had in mind. Oh well not giving up just yet, will attempt that again as a weekend project
OREO CUPCAKE ANATOMY
So cake failure aside I still had two days to come up with something for the competition. I decided to stick to the Oreo theme and went with Oreo Cupcakes*. Let me tell about these cupcakes. First you have an Oreo cookie at the bottom of your cupcake case, next a soft chocolate sponge, Oreo buttercream frosting topped with another whole Oreo cookie to finish. Omg! Oreo Cookie heaven 😀
The recipe says you can get 15 cupcakes out of this batter but I managed to make 18. I guess you could make 12-15 cupcakes if you left out the Oreo Cookie bottom as you will have more space to fill in the cupcake case. I forgot that I was using Oreos on the bottom and top of the cupcakes so once the first tray was filled (12 Cupcakes) I realised I had ran out of Oreos. Had to send Umar out on an emergency cookie run. This whole competition was doomed from the start, so many fails 🙁
OREO BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
The Oreo buttercream frosting is amazing! If this was available as a scented candle then I’d so buy it. The frosting is your basic butter and icing sugar mix but with the added amazingness of crushed Oreos. The quantity of this frosting is perfect for 15 cupcakes so 3 of my cupcakes went bare.
Buttercream frosting is a nightmare to make, try as much as I want I always seem to create an icing cloud storm in my kitchen. This time however I tried something new and was amazed at how well it worked. Once the butter was beaten to an inch of its life I added the icing sugar all in one go and covered my Kitchen aid with cling film. Yup, cling film. It’s that simple! How did I not think of this before?
Starting on low speed I waited till the icing sugar was mixed into the butter then cranked up the speed and left it for a good few min. The result – smooth creamy buttercream frosting 😀 Next I folded in the crushed Oreos and basically stood there inhaling the cookie goodness xD
To decorate I used a Wilton Number 6B Open Star Tip Nozzle which is my current favourite. I tried to do a donut swirl but haven’t mastered that just yet. Still I’m pretty happy with how they came out. Finally I topped the cupcakes with a whole Oreo Cookie…a DOUBLE STUFF OREO COOKIE 😀
So the important question on everyone’s mind….did I win….The answer to that would be no 🙁 There were some amazing Halloween themed cakes which totally overshadowed my poor little cupcakes. Oh well this was only my first competition, maybe next time eh 🙂
The good thing is I now have another cupcake to add to my list 😀 These cupcakes came out so well and were loved by everyone who tried.
Click HERE to view the Oreo Drip Cake Recipe
Click HERE for the Oreo Cupcake Recipe