Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

I’ve been searching for a pink treat to share with you since we found out some big pink news last week. Yep! We are having a baby girl! After having three boys, I still can’t believe it. I always thought I was destined to a life of all boys. I know you’re not supposed to care what the sex is but when the ultrasound tech told me I just said, “REALLY?!” through tears of joy.

I feel like the girly side of me went into hiding over the years with all of the boys in my house. But now that we are having a girl, I suddenly feel the need to always have my toes painted and to up my girl factor.

Yesterday was National Cheesecake Day and although I’m a day late, (and these aren’t really pink) I thought these strawberry cheesecake cupcakes were worth sharing. I made these for my friend Jenni’s birthday. The cupcakes have a graham cracker crust, with a strawberry cupcake, and cream cheese frosting. I saw these over at Joylicious and she swears that this is 1 of 3 recipes you need to win a man’s heart. Her pictures are gorgeous so go check them out.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Ingredients

    Graham Cracker Crust:
  • 2 sleeves of graham cracker crumbs (about 18 whole crackers)
  • 1 stick of butter (8 Tablespoons), room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons of sugar
  • Cupcakes:
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped (and more for garnish)
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 2 (8 ounce) packets of cream cheese (16 ounces total)
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter (16 Tablespoons)
  • 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 16-18 muffin tins with cupcake liners. Mix graham cracker crumbs with butter and sugar using a food processor. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of the crushed graham cracker into the bottom of each prepared muffin tin. Press down using fingers and bake for 3-5 minutes or until slightly browned. Remove immediately from oven and set aside to cool.
  2. In a medium bowl beat the egg whites until stiff, glossy peaks appear, about 3-4 minutes, be careful not to overbeat. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy and then add the vanilla and beat on a low-speed. Then add half the flour mixture until incorporated then mix in the sour cream or yogurt. Add remaining flour and mix until just blended.
  4. Gently fold 1/3 of the egg into the batter until combined, do not over mix the egg whites or the cake will fall flat. Add remaining egg and fold in the chopped strawberries. Fill each muffin tin about 3/4 of the way and bake for about 20 minutes depending on your oven. You can test to see if they are done by sticking a toothpick through the center, if it comes out clean it is ready to take out!
  5. For the cream cheese frosting:In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar slowly in small batches, beating on low speed until incorporated. Once all sugar has been added, increase the speed to high and mix until light and fluffy. Refrigerate for 1 hour (I didn't do this). When ready to serve, spread icing on cupcakes or use a pastry bag with a star tip. Garnish with freshly cut strawberries and graham cracker crumbs and refrigerate until ready to serve. I definitely think these cupcakes are best when they have been chilled and then taken out of the fridge for a couple of minutes to soften.

Notes

Source: adapted from Joylicious

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  1. Congratulations! Little girls are such fun! :)

    These cupcakes look amazing!

  2. Haha! When I saw the title I go I BET she will mention about something reguarding National Cheesecake Day yesterday! Those look SO yummy! Cheesecake is my favorite!

    CONGRATS on the little girl! How far are you?

    Just because I tell EVERYONE who is pregnant, I would like to inform you. When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I was not educated. My dr did not tell me about it. Please check out preeclampsia.org and familarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of it. I promised in memory of my sweet baby girl Naomi, I will not let preeclampsia go unnoticed.

    I pray for a safe and healthy long and boring pregnancy for you! Congrats again!

  3. Congrats! Oh my goodness that is so exciting!!! And these look fantastic too!

  4. Congrats! Oh my goodness that is so exciting!!! And these look fantastic too!

  5. Congrats on the baby girl! (you’ll be sorry you asked for a girl – (ha ha ha ha ha). Totally kidding. Sort of. :o) I have one of each and another brewin’ in the oven. We didn’t find out the sex the first two times and won’t this time around either. I’m so excited to see what the little critter is. Have fun buying PINK! The clothes are definitely the best part of having a girl. Until they turn 3 and want to dress themselves. lol Best wishes for an easy, uneventful pregnancy!

  6. WooHoo!! Congratulations!! Wishing you much happiness! :-)

    These cupcakes look heavenly! We LOVE cupcakes in this house and these will definitely be added to my collection of cupcake recipes!

    Have an awesome weekend! :-)

  7. Congrats Christy!! Girls are just so much fun! I have two myself. Between hair doing, nail painting, dance lessons… and a few dramatic moments every now and then… I love it : ) Its a whole different world from raising boys!

  8. Congratulations! My cousin just had her second girl a couple of weeks ago. Us girls are awesome ;)

    Nice looking cupcakes by the way.

  9. oh wowww, these are stunning little cakes, that cross section picture just won me over entirely! What a gorgeous recipe and such stunning photos as always :)

  10. These cupcakes look awesome! I just bookmarked them to make at some point. Congrats on having a girl!

    - Maggie

  11. yummmm! looks delicious! i made cupcakes kind of similar to this today :)

  12. Baby news makes me giddy. Congratulations.

  13. Wow! Congratulations! I have 2 boys and am holding my breath that someday I’ll hear those words at an ultrasound!

  14. These look awesome! Yum!

  15. Congratulations on the news of your pink bundle of joy! That is so exciting. We had the opposite scenario with our 3rd child; I was shocked when he was born and we heard “it’s a boy”.
    Blessings as you prepare for her arrival.

  16. These look gorgeous and delicious!

    Congrats on the girl!

  17. These looks WONDERFUL! I’m gonna have to make them soon!

    Congrats on the news of having a girl…it truly is so much fun having a little girl after living with boys for so long!

    Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

  18. Congratulations! That’s such exciting news!

    And those cupcakes look fantastic!

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  19. Congrats!! These cupcakes are perfectly cute for a new baby girl on the way!

  20. Congratulations! The cupcakes look delicious.

  21. Hooray! I love girls! We do a load of whites, darks and pinks and our house!! The cupcakes look awesome maybe if I make them for my hubby he will let me have another baby and it will be a boy this time! 4 girls are great but the DRAMA is unreal!

  22. Holy Moly!! Congrats on the baby girl and thanks for the shoutout. I am so happy the cupcakes turned out, they look wonderful :) Pleasure to meet you Christy and look forward to following each other!

  23. You are making me crave everything from cupcakes to lil girls. I too have three boys and am not sure I want to tempt fate and go for another one. Very excited for you and your family. Congrats!

  24. Congrats on your news! How exciting it will be to have a little girl in addition to those boys!

    Oh and these cupcakes sound fantastic! I love cheesecake!

  25. congratulations! that is beautiful! love it

  26. ahh congrats! i’m so excited for you :) and she’ll have three older bros to protect her!!

    wish i would’ve seen these cupcakes before my cheesecake party this weekend. yum!

  27. MMMM! Looks delicious! Now, I respectfully request some boar recipes…what?!?! you don’t have any? AHHHHH! HEEHEE!

  28. That’s just wonderful. Congratulations- a girl that’s just awesome.

  29. i found your blog through a friend and come often (and try your recipes often) and i just wanted to add my congrats. i also have three boys and one girl and was happy with my boys, but oh how fun little girls are! i think you’ll appreciate her more (and have more fun with the girly stuff) after your boys – or at least i think i have. congrats again! … and thanks for all the great recipes!

  30. These look awesome. I’m going to actually try making them with blueberries instead of strawberries.

  31. These look amazing. I love the layers of the crust, the cheesecake and the frosting – yum!

    Girls are awesome. i have two and it is so much fun:-) Congrats!

  32. oh wow congratulations!!!! best wishes!
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  33. OH!! you know what I also got my share of baby girl after 3 boys! and the feeling was so overwhelming, I was crying all throughout the ultrasound :)

  34. Thanks for the recipe…I baked a batch for a 4th of July party I went to…and they were a hit! Everyone raved about them and asked for the recipe. I used blueberries in the cake as well as strawberries…the cake was moist, and the cream cheese frosting was AMAZING. Thanks again!

  35. what awesome looking cupcakes, I’d really like to try these…. Quick question.. I have a square spring form cheese cake pan… Instead of cupcakes would this recipe work in the pan?

    Just curious
    Thank You
    Stella

  36. Hello! Quick question…I am thinking about making these cupcakes today, but I don’t have graham crackers…I do have graham cracker crumbs, which I figure would work just fine, but how much do you think I need?

    Thanks so much!

  37. Hello! Quick question…I am thinking about making these cupcakes today, but I don’t have graham crackers…I do have graham cracker crumbs, which I figure would work just fine, but how much do you think I need?

    Thanks so much!