Cookies and Cream Cupcakes with Copy-Cat Sweet Tooth Fairy Frosting

As many of you read, I went to EVO a couple weeks ago and had the time of my life.

Upon arrival, the cute girls from eighteen25 surprised us with the most AMAZING cupcakes from Sweet Tooth Fairy.  There were many options to choose from, but I bet you all can guess by now, I am a die-hard chocolate lover.  The fruity stuff is great, but if there is ANYTHING involving chocolate, I’m in! These were, hands down, THE BEST CUPCAKES I HAVE EVER EATEN!  If you live in Utah or are planning to visit Utah, I encourage you to go to Sweet Tooth Fairy and try her incredible cupcakes!  You will be SO GLAD you did!

One bite of her Cookies and Cream cupcake, and I was hooked.  Only problem is, they don’t have a store one near where I live, so I did my best to recreate it!

One of the best things about a Sweet Tooth Fairy Cupcake is the frosting.  I typically am not a frosting lover, but I could eat that frosting by the spoonful!  I found this copy-cat recipe over at Creative Chaos, adapted it slightly to make a Cookies and Cream variation, and boy is it ever close to the real deal.  It is delicious and unlike any frosting I have ever made before!

I also sought out the best fudgey moist cake recipe I could find and this one from Good Food Gourmet did the trick!  Again, I adapted it slightly to create a perfect cookies and cream cake, and it turned out delish!

Combine these two recipes and you get the PERFECT Cookies and Cream cupcake! Don’t let the number of ingredients scare you… they really are SUPER EASY to make and most of these ingredients you will have on hand!  These cupcakes are seriously amazing and you will be SO GLAD you made them :)

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes with Copy-Cat Sweet Tooth Fairy Frosting
These cupcakes are AMAZING! The frosting is absolutely incredible!
Recipe type: Dessert
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa, sifted
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1½ tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 14 Double Stuffed Oreos, finely crushed
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 package Dream Whip, dry (you can omit if you want. Just helps with texture)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 Double Stuffed Oreos, finely crushed
  1. Add the sifted cocoa powder to a medium sized bowl and pour in the cup of hot liquid. Whisk until completely dissolved.
  2. Next add the buttermilk to cool down the mixture, then add the sugar and whisk until all is combined.
  3. Add the eggs, oil and vanilla and mix again.
  4. In a small bowl, stir flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk this into the wet mixture until you no longer see any lumps.
  5. Stir in heavy cream until evenly mixed in.
  6. Lastly, stir in finely crushed Oreos.
  7. Pour into cupcake tins and bake at 350 degrees F for 18-22 minutes or until done. Let cool and chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
For Frosting
  1. Beat softened cream cheese and butter until smooth and blended. Add vanilla and salt and beat until well incorporated. Add Dream Whip and mix well. Add the powdered sugar and beat well. Lastly, add in the crushed Oreos and beat until well incorporated.
  2. Let frosting chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Once both cupcakes and frosting has chilled in fridge for at least 30 minutes, pipe frosting on top of cupcakes and enjoy! Store any left over in fridge. I personally think its best to eat them when the frosted cupcakes have chilled in fridge overnight. The more chilled... the better!

Because I LOVE this frosting… I double the frosting recipe.

(Cupcake recipe adapted from: Good Food Gourmet)
(Frosting recipe adapted form: Creative Chaos)


Also… for those wondering what Dream Whip is, I took a picture of the box.  Serveral packets come in this box. You can find it in the grocery store in the baking aisle next to the pudding boxes, cake mixes, etc.



If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #chefintraining and/or #chefintrainingblog. I would love to see how these recipes take shape in your kitchens.

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  1. Caterina Borg

    Hi Nikki!

    Thanks so much for using one of our recipes, I am so pleased that it worked out for you! I have shared your blog info on my FB wall, so I hope that will help you! Let me know if there is ever anything else you need. Cat xo

  2. krysten @ Mrs. Schwartz's Kitchen

    Hi Nikki!

    These look SO good! I'm a sucker for chocolate as well--these look like they would satisfy any chocolate craving. But, I'm wondering (this may be a silly question) but what is "Dream Whip"?

    1. Chef in Training

      Not a silly question at all Krysten! I just posted a picture of the box. You can find it down the baking aisle in the grocery store next to all the pudding boxes, cake mixes, etc. Home this helps!

  3. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    I've never heard of Dream Whip before! Is it a powder or an actual whipped cream? Either way, that frosting looks incredibly fluffy and SO light--my fave kind!

    1. Chef in Training

      Hi Hayley! I just posted a picture of the box. You can find it down the baking aisle in the grocery store next to all the pudding boxes, cake mixes, etc. Home this helps!

  4. Melissa


  5. Bre

    Hi Nikki, Just wondering if I need to make the package of dream whip before adding to the frosting or if I should just add the package? I'm so excited to make these!!!

    1. Chef in Training

      nope. Just pour it in dry! Great question.

  6. Jenn@eatcakefordinner

    I just saw Sweet Tooth Fairy on an old episode of Cupcake Wars this morning! I have been meaning to go try out their cupcakes. Yours sure look amazing!

  7. Monica

    Hi! I would like to try the recipe, its just that in Venezuela we dont have dream whip. What is it exactly? that way I could find a substitute here!

    1. Heather McDonald

      Nevermind.. just made it and it turned out fine. I've just never made a frosting with so little butter before. :)

  8. Ashley

    Amazing!! I put a full oreo in the bottom of the cupcake liner before I put the batter in to give it a little extra oreo love. My only problem is I did not crush the oreos fine enough so they kept getting stuck in my piping bag.

  9. Linda H

    The cake is absolutely delicious and so moist. My favorite cupcake from my local cupcakery is a Cookies 'n Cream, so that's why I was so called to make this version. This cupcake is very simple to make and will definitely be a regular for me. Thanks for the yummy recipe creation!

  10. Layla

    Hi I was just wondering I bought the dream whip package and it comes with 2 envelopes do I use both of them it's total of 2.6 oz

  11. Kim

    Silly question. Maybe I missed it. How many cupcakes does the recipe make? They look divine! Can't wait to try them!

    1. Chef in Training

      It makes roughly 24 cupcakes.

  12. Kaitlyn

    Found this on Pinterest a while back and finally had a chance to make them. YUM! We just moved away from all of the Sweet Tooth Fairy locations so these are a fabulous substitution now that we can't get the real thing too! Thanks! My notes: I ended up forgetting the 1/2 C cream at the end for the cupcakes and they still turned out delicious. Also, for those wondering about the dream whip, I only added one envelope of the dream whip and it turned out what I think is correctly.

  13. Kerrie Edwards

    You are right, the best frosting ever! However, so thick I couldn't use frosting bags. Any hints what to do different?

    1. Tara

      In midst of baking these for my son's 3rd birthday next weekend! We're incorporating these into his Cookies & Milk party theme! Will be freezing till Friday and frosting Saturday. Gotta pick up Dream Whip first though!

    2. Tara

      Wondering if I can make the frosting a few days ahead of time and keep in the fridge. Will the quality suffer? Will I have to re-whip just before use? btw, the cupcakes we tasted were DELISH!!

  14. Adriana

    I want to know the size of "1 package Dream Whip" 5.2 oz or 2.6 oz.

  15. Melissa

    Wondering if anyone has made this into a cake? Also what could I add to frosting to make it chocolate? Using this to make a cake for my sons monster truck themed party!

  16. Elizabeth

    How many cupcakes will this make?

    1. Chef in Training

      about 24 cupcakes :)

  17. Emma

    Hi Nikki! I just tried these with the intention of making them for my nephews 21st next week. Great recipe! My boys loved them and my work team will appreciate the trial batch tomorrow too! I'm in Australia and substituted the whip dream with a white wings dream icing mix and it was all good. Thanks for sharing!


    Hi Nikki! I've been following your blog for some time now. I'm learning how to bake and your recipes looks so good and easy to follow. I was wondering how many cupcakes this recipe yield? This next question may be silly... Do I fill the cupcake tins halfway through or 3/4 or to the brim? Thanks in advance!

  19. Amanda

    I'm so sad! I just spent 2 hours working on these for a get-together tomorrow.. The cupcakes overflowed, and then when I tried to frost them, they just fell apart. What did I do wrong!? I may have overfilled the tins, but if that's the case I probably had enough batter to make at least another half dozen. The frosting does taste good though. I will try again tonight to see if I can get a better consistency. The batter was really liquidy. Is that normal?

  20. Jazmine

    Do you have to put the icing in the fridge. What is that suppost to do

  21. sierra

    How many cupcakes does this yield?? I couldn't find it anywhere!

  22. Stacy

    On no I'm getting ready to make these and am unsure if I use unsalted or salted butter for the frosting, help...........