Sunday, May 2, 2010

Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes


Awww...cheesecake. I feel that nothing can make a busy week of homework, presentations and papers better than cheesecake. I also continue to build my love for cupcakes. There are so many varieties that I have barely touched the surface but boy, am I excited to explore!
These were very tasty and I loved the cherry topping! They start off with such a simple elements but combined it's incredible! Plus...aren't they cute as sin! They just scream summer to me.

Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes
Ingredients
Filling:
1 package (8oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 c sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Cupcakes:
1 package plain yellow cake mix
1 package (3.4 oz) vanilla instant pudding mix
1 c whole milk
2/3 c vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
24 vanilla wafers
Topping:
1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line 24 cupcake cups with paper liners
Prepare the filling: Place cream cheese in a small mixing bowl and blend with an electric mixer on a low speed until the cream cheese has softened. Add the sugar, egg, and vanilla and continue to beat on low until the ingredients comes together. Set the filling aside.
Prepare the cupcake batter: Place the cake mix, pudding mix, milk, oil, eggs, and almond extract in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more, scraping down the sides.
Place 1 vanilla wafer in the bottom of each cupcake liner. Spoon cupcake batter on top of each vanilla wafer until about 2/3 full. Gently dollop a heaping teaspoon of filling on top of each cupcake. The cup will be very full. Do not shake the pans. Place in oven.
Bake cupcakes until they are golden and spring back when touched, 18-20 minutes. Remove pans from oven and cool on a wire rack. Lift cupcakes from pans and place on wire rack to cool.
Dollop a generous amount of cherry filling on top of each cupcake when ready to be served.
Enjoy!

19 comments:

  1. It looks lovely, good job. Manu

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  2. Excited for the 1st birthday of my son. I want to baked cupcakes for the children's party. Thank you for sharing. I love the cherry topping!Children will love it too.

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  3. Cheesecake is my fav, and your pics are awesome i must try this.

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  4. Well, I want to baked cupcakes for the children's party. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. The only thing I would change is less cake mix and more cheese filling. I think next time I'll use something like a large thimble to make a good place to put the cherry filling. But the recipe is really quite delicious.

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  6. I cooked these for my son's first birthday. They were quite good but I think I made them too large so I didn't get the yield I needed. It worked out great though. They were raved about.

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  7. This looks so good i have to try this i've never seen the ready made cheesecake filling in the tub i'll have to look for it

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  8. I think next time I'll use something like a large thimble to make a good place to put the cherry filling. But the recipe is really quite delicious. keep it up.

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  9. I really enjoy making cheesecakes for my family and I'm searching more recipes, I'm glad i found you site. Thank you for sharing and posting this.

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  10. The only thing I would change is less cake mix and more cheese filling. I think next time I'll use something like a large thimble to make a good place to put the cherry filling. But the recipe is really quite delicious.

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  11. I didn't get the yield I needed. It worked out great though. They were raved about. thanx for sharing.

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  12. Hello, I am glad I came here, I am really searching for a unique toppings for my home made cupcakes. I think this recipe will be perfect for my birthday :). Thanks a lot.

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  13. I made these for dinner guests and a church picnic and they turned out pretty well. I frosted them with vanilla frosting from the vanilla chocolate powdered sugar frosting recipe from this website.

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  14. I'm torn between having cheesecake cupcakes or the regular cake cupcakes for my wedding. The problem is that I will have to get gluten free cupcakes from a bakery and they have to be toasted and iced before the wedding and they might dry out or when they get cooler they might harden and get crusty. Gluten free bakery items always taste chalky after a few hours. I love cheesecake, but I love the way regular cupcakes look with the swirly icing. I think icing on cheesecake would be too much. With cheesecake cupcakes I could also offer different toppings to the guests (strawberry, cherry, chocolate, etc.). Either way I'll have to do some work whether it's toasting them and icing them (gluten free ones) or actually baking them myself (cheesecake). I don't know what to do......

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  15. I just made these for a party I am having tomorrow night. I tried one and it was good.

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  16. I love cheesecake, but I love the way regular cupcakes look with the swirly icing. I think icing on cheesecake would be too much. With cheesecake cupcakes I could also offer different toppings to the guests (strawberry, cherry, chocolate, etc.).

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  17. Excellent easy recipe! So good and moist! I combined this with the self filled cupcakes and they were to die for! I was very proud of myself for the taste and the presentation - thank you!

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  18. These were fantastic, and a big hit at my party. I went with the advice of 3 eggs for the 3 packages of cream cheese.

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  19. These cupcakes look awesome, can't wait to try.

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