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Cookies & Cream Cupcakes

I stress, therefore I bake. There's something very comforting to me about baking.  Maybe it's the fact that I can take a handful of ingredients, throw them into a bowl, and know that in about an hour I will end up with something that, at worst, tastes okay or, at best, is toe-curlingly orgasmic.  Maybe it's a control thing.  I don't know.  I just know that I'm fairly good at it and there is a group of people who have been known to enjoy the fruits of my panic attacks on a regular basis.  I like to think that I'm only doing it because I've been commissioned by the IT department at work to make birthday cupcakes each month, but I suppose when the sh*t hits the proverbial fan, you will be most likely to find me in the kitchen covered in flour and eggs. This month's birthday boy made a request for a white cake.  My immediate response was utter annoyance that I would be asked to make something so... simple.  Boring.  Blah.  Well, if he wanted simple, I was going to give him simple. I hit up my go-to source for simple, easy recipes - Cupcakes from the Cake Mix Doctor - and settled on Cookies & Cream Cupcakes.  It starts with a white cake mix base, and then crushed Oreos are folded in for that little bit of extra oomph.  A nice basic buttercream frosting tops it all off, along with a little bit more of the crushed Oreos. It ended up being anything but simple.  And yet, the simplicity of an Oreo cookie is something that any level of snack connoisseur can enjoy.  The cupcake is delightfully creamy and rich, which makes it the perfect companion to a tall glass of cold milk, much like the cookie that inspired it.