studio has taken over,
as it tends to do,

mining away at my soul,
yes, (lame) pun intended,
my studio project is Mining Lake Michigan.

this week will witness another series of all-nighters,
yes, my coffee addiction has re-surged,
because our site survey stuff is due

and our studio is off to Chicago.

so after this past week of schedule adherence,  
and before this week of charrettes begins,
it is time for a break and a SPLURGE.

(the shirt featured above, under the cupcake,
was a gift from my Aunt - she dubbed it my
"splurge shirt")

I imagined this dessert …
…hear me out …
oreos …
                  with peanut butter …
… inside a chocolate cupcake …
for the chocolate cupcakes…
12 oreos (preferably double stuffed)
peanut butter 
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoon Cornstarch
1 cup Sugar
½ teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Soda 
3 tablespoons Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
½ cup Coco Powder
1/3 cup Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Vanilla 
1 cup cold water
1 teaspoon white vinegar 

for the chocolate peanut butter frosting…  
1/3 cup milk
2 tbs butter
8 ounces semisweet chocolate
1/3 cup PB 

what TO DO

for the chocolate cupcakes...

in a medium bowl...
shift together flour and cornstarch 
(this makes a homemade cake flour) 
Add sugar, salt, baking soda, pudding & coco powder
(if you do not have pudding mix, that’s okay, 
but the pudding mix makes the cupcakes super moist)

in a large bowl...
whisk together olive oil, water, white vinegar & vanilla 
keep whisking & gradually add in the dry ingredients 

in a cupcake pan...
line with parchment paper 
(cut 5" squares and press into the pan)
twist apart each oreo
generously spread some peanut butter on the stuffed stuff
re-sandwich each oreo  
place an oreo at the bottom of each cupcake holder
fill each cupcake holder with chocolate batter

in the oven...
preheat to 350 F
bake 20 mins

for the chocolate peanut butter frosting…
in a saucepan heat milk and butter
bring to boil
pour over chocholate, whisk
(keep whisking … if the mix is thin, add more chocolate) 
stir in peanut butter
spread on top of cupcakes

take a break from working or studying or whatever bogs you down
and enjoy a few too many of these cupcakes

- Coco

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