Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

by doughmesstic on January 21, 2011

in 1Featured Cupcakes, cheesecake, cupcakes, desserts, fruit, vanilla


When I was in California for the Rose Bowl, we were bumped from our return flight home.

Bummer, I know.  Trapped on the Left Coast an entire extra day, in a room at the Westin with a Heavenly Bed.  The horror.

So, to liven up our depression, we hopped on a shuttle that took us to Manhattan Beach, the cutest little town I’ve seen yet in California.  So sweet.  And speaking of sweet, I happened upon a Cupcake Shop – Cupcake Couture.

It was tough deciding on their flavors, but eventually, I locked on to a Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcake.  Delicious!  I knew right away it was something I wanted to recreate once I got home, and a few days ago I did just that.

Good thing.

At $4 a pop, I’d be broke if I didn’t figure out how to make ‘em myself.  And so would you.  So make them!




Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

makes 20

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

  • 3 c. cake flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 Vanilla Bean, scraped
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1¼ c. buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons bourbon

Preheat the oven to 340 degrees (I like a lower temp than 350, I get better results!). Line cupcake pans with paper liners.  Set aside.

In a bowl, combine the cake flour, baking powder and salt.  Whisk together and set aside.  Add the butter to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Add the vanilla bean seeds into the bowl with the butter.  Beat on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes, until light and creamy.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for 2 more minutes.

Add the sugar to the butter mixture, a few tablespoons at a time, beating 1 minute after each addition.  Mix in the eggs one at a time until incorporated.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl after each addition.  Add the vanilla and bourbon and beat for 1 additional minute.  With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients and mixing just until incorporated.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix for another minute.

Divide the batter between the prepared paper liners, filling around half to 2/3 full.  Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool in the pans.

Cream Cheese Frosting

I have a special recipe I like to use, but honestly, it’s really long and quite complicated.  Plus – it’s how I make a living, so I have to keep SOME things a secret, right?  But – this recipe from the Food Network will more than suffice!



In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract.

How to assemble:

Using a piping tip designed for filling, or, using the cone removal method, add a bit of strawberry jam to the inside of the cooled cupcakes.  Top with a healthy amount of the cream cheese frosting.

Melt a tablespoon of butter in a small bowl in the microwave.  Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and 1/4 cup of graham cracker crumbs and stir well,  Sprinkle the mixture on the frosting.

Halve some fresh strawberries and add one half to each cupcake.

Serve and enjoy!

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Angela @RecipesFromMyMom January 21, 2011 at 8:52 am

I’ll be printing this one off to try. Daughter & I both love strawberry cheesecake and all those addictive expensive cupcakes. Retweeted for you!


Dana January 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Lord, these look beyond yummy!


Aggie January 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Oh my heaven…those look amazing!!!


Beth January 22, 2011 at 12:54 am

OMG I want these….now!


Miss in the Kitchen January 22, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Delicious! Fab pictures!


Sharlene January 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Must. Have. Now!


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction January 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm

These look fabulous!


Kagi January 31, 2011 at 11:45 am

This looks amazing! Thank you for posting this- I can’t wait to try it :)


Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) February 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Oh yumm!! That clooks truly amazing. You can’t post such gorgeousness and keep it a secret! Would truly love to have the recipe, I’m craving this bad already :)


E.Sue March 1, 2011 at 1:05 pm

These look so yummy! Can’t wait to try them. Love vanilla cupcakes, and love cheesecake. Can’t go wrong with these!


Heather Hughes December 13, 2011 at 6:37 am

Yum! I made these this past Saturday & they were a hit! I found this on Pinterest & knew that they had to be made soon. The birthday girl loves strawberries so I figured this would be a great recipe to try. Thank you so much! I can’t wait to make them again. :)


doughmesstic December 15, 2011 at 12:47 am

Fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing that with me – I rarely get to hear if someone made something of mine – I appreciate that!


Betsy February 6, 2012 at 8:34 pm

So delicious! I made it into a cake for my mom’s birthday, using my favorite cream cheese frosting recipe, & everyone loved it. Thanks for the great recipe. It made a perfect 2 layer, 6″ cake plus 6 cupcakes.


Barb March 20, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I’ve never used a vanilla bean. How do you scrape it and what’s with the “beans” in with the butter? How many beans – how big?



Dreama May 30, 2012 at 12:56 am

Just e mail me All your recipes u rock girl!


Ashley August 8, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Is your super secret frosting an IMBC? I’m trying to figure out how I can make a cheesecake flavored IMBC by Friday… maybe mix a cream cheese frosting and a basic IMBC together? Any ideas?


Bliss February 7, 2013 at 9:06 pm

I added chocolate to top it off


Kayla November 21, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Amazing Recipe!

I thought I would let you know so you can contact the website to have the photo taken down. This girl cropped and then put her own name on the photo for this recipe.


Melissa @ Stitches In Flight December 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm

HI! These cupcakes are so cute!
I am featuring them in a cupcake roundup on my blog tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!


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