Introduction: Cheesecake in a Cupcake (aka, Flavor Bomb)

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What is better than a cheesecake?  How about a mini cheesecake covered in strawberries?  How about a mini cheesecake covered in strawberries then baked into a chocolate cupcake?! Now we are talking!  This cupcake is the food equivalent to the Russian Doll, only this is way more awesomer.

Most of us have seen the famous "Pumpkin Pie in a Cupcake"  This cupcake was inspired from that and turns out, is pretty simple to make. Think of all the  fun combinations to make the ultimate pie in a cupcake combo. 

Step 1: Ingredients

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Use your favorite cake recipe, or hell, you can even use a box cake mix. 

I posted my Instructable for Mini Cheesecake Nibblers.  These too are really simple to make and taste fantastic!

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 8ox package of softened cream cheese
1 stick of softened butter
2-3 cups of sifted powdered sugar
splash of vanilla

Step 2: Cake Mix

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Make your favorite cupcake recipe, or boxed cake mix per the instructions.

Once mixed, pour mix into lined cupcake tins about 1/3 full.

Then place your mini cheesecake in the center. 

Take the remainder of your cake mix, and use just enough cake batter to cover your cheesecake.  Don't fill the mix to the top of the liner, otherwise your flavor bomb cupcake will turn into an explosive mess in your oven.  For an extra precise cake, I placed all the cake batter into a pastry bag (giant zip lock will do the same trick) and just cover your little nibblers.

Step 3: Bake!

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Bake as per your normal cake recipe instructions.  For these, I baked them for about 20 min at 350F using a skewer to check when they were ready.  Be sure to skewer the sides and not just the center of the cake.  The center is baked cheesecake, so it will already come out pretty clean.

Step 4: Cream Cheese Frosting

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The best part about a cupcake is the frosting.  Without frosting, its just a muffin.  Cream cheese is one of my all time favorites.  It is rich, velvety, sort of dense, and has just the right amount of sweetness.

To make the cream cheese frosting, place softened cream cheese and butter in a mixing bowl, and mix on med-high until combined, light, and fluffy.

Then incorporate the sifted powdered sugar in bouts of thirds.  Mix evenly, and add more sugar.  Do this until all the sugar is used, and evenly mixed.

Add vanilla and mix.  Some recipes ask for a tablespoon or two of heavy cream.  That is really up to you! 

Then either with a icing spatula, or pastry bag, put on a nice generous bit of cream cheese frosting.   and enjoy!


drgnlvr86 (author)2013-10-22

I'm spreading the word about these to all of my foody friends. I am gonna make for Halloween so I am make White chocolate pudding cake with green food coloring, expecting the red strawberries to give it a nice zombie effect :) I'm still a newbee in the baking world, finally stepping out of the strictly boxed and stacked items, so limiting the cake batter (Even with a batter bag) was very tricky. My cupcakes have been in 10 minutes, they aren't overflowing the pan but they are like flat wide mushrooms.

splazem (author)2011-08-20


bkr1969 (author)2011-08-07

Made these today. One box mix made enough for 2 doz cupcakes plus batter left for 1-2. The cheesecake filling was enough for the same 24 plus a mini cheesecake on the side. They turned out great. Great idea! Here are my pics.

bkr1969 (author)2011-08-07

Theses look great. How many does this recipe make? (i.e. if I bought a box cake mix that makes x cupcakes, would it make more?) My goal is ~ 2 doz.

angelabchua (author)bkr19692011-08-07

Hrm, I can't remember how many I made. I think one box of cake mix will yield about a dos and a half. you could buy two boxes, start with one and see how far it goes.

If you make these, post pics of your cupcakes in my comments! Id love to see.

farzadbayan (author)2011-07-09


VinceJDJ (author)2011-06-01

Awesome cupcakes! I'm craving these now.

angelabchua (author)VinceJDJ2011-06-02


VinceJDJ (author)angelabchua2011-06-02

Your welcome. Where did you get the idea to do something this creative?

angelabchua (author)VinceJDJ2011-06-02

It all started around Thanksgiving, when a GENIUS decided to make a pumpkin pie, baked into a cupcake. Since then, I have always wanted to make something similar. You could really make any combination of goodies.

orvis (author)angelabchua2011-06-19

That sounds like a genius. These as well look to be the delicious, delicious creation of a genius.

bwheelerlcc (author)2011-06-12

Awesome! I made these for my wife's Birthday, and they taste as good as they look.

rottenroses (author)2011-06-02

Amazing recipe!

angelabchua (author)rottenroses2011-06-02

Thanks! I love it because most of these ingredients people have at home already. And it doesnt require you to buy a $15 bottle of spice that you will only use once.

icabear3 (author)angelabchua2011-06-02

not to sound snark y, but most spices aren't more than 6 bucks for bigger size bottle. you can get a small bottle for about a $1.50. I think your idea is very interesting, and i might just try it out :) just out of curiosity, which spice is going for $15?

Kaki (author)icabear32011-06-02

Saffron's pretty expensive.

cconnor1 (author)Kaki2011-06-02

Who uses saffron on here though really? seems like an odd comment to have made...the "doesnt require you to buy a $15 bottle of spice" one I mean. Since as far as i know no one makes/has made saffron cupcakes.

angelabchua (author)cconnor12011-06-02

Actually, a lot of people use saffron (maybe not for cupcakes).;=none

But my original point was that this is not a recipe that calls for you to buy an ingredient that you will never use again... just trying to drive home the point of how easy and convenient it is.

peacenique (author)angelabchua2011-06-11

Oh dear... you have to watch every little word you type!
Your comment was just fine. Most (obviously not all) understood your point.

Some people just have nothing better to do with their time.

emilygraceking (author)cconnor12011-06-04

I love saffron and use it in rice, soups, and fish dishes a lot, although never in cupcakes! Last time I purchased it, it was $12 a spice jar and the grocery store only had one brand.

I definitely appreciate recipes that do not require purchasing a super-exotic spice, and this recipe sounds AMAZING! Thanks for posting this great idea.

icefloe01 (author)Kaki2011-06-02

Yep, once for ounce, saffron is the most expensive item in any grocery store.

peacenique (author)icabear32011-06-11

Take a look at cardamom...

angelabchua (author)icabear32011-06-02

So $15 was an exaggeration, although yes, Saffron is a great example. But I have spent a lot of money on spice jars, only to use a teaspoon, and then have it sit in my cupboard until it expires. This is not one of those recipes.

angelabchua (author)2011-06-10

Thanks! Did you actually make a batch?!

robsimons (author)2011-06-07

I am thinking of using those Sara Lee Cheesecake bites... do you think it would matter if they are frozen or thawed? What about the strawberries frozen or thawed? Thanks an GREAT IDEA!

angelabchua (author)robsimons2011-06-07

that would be an awesome shortcut. Not familiar with the cheesecake bites, but are they meant to be eaten frozen? Bc I think for the baking, it would be best to have them thawed rather than frozen.

I used canned strawberries, but thawed one should work perfect.

My only concern would be putting frozen centers into a room temp batter, and then baking. It may affect the baking times of the cake. Let me know how it turns out!

Edgar1987 (author)2011-06-03

hi, thank you for the recipe.. . ill try it.. thanks

angelabchua (author)Edgar19872011-06-03

Yes! And if you feel adventurous enough, get creative and post some pics!

zazenergy (author)2011-06-03

I'm drooling right now. AMAZING!

angelabchua (author)zazenergy2011-06-03

you would be drooling more if it were maybe a vanilla cupcake?

imbyteme (author)2011-06-02

I'm kinda lost here what is the mini cheesecake ? Its doesn't look like your nibbles which is what I was thinking as they look bigger . looks yummy and i don't want to mess it up

angelabchua (author)imbyteme2011-06-02

I made mini cheesecakes ( that get baked into the cupcake. I used a min cupcake tin, versus the standard, to make the cheesecakes.

Chupcakes? ...can I call them that? This is genius!

RocketManDave (author)2011-06-02


HAHAHAH! it totally is. you just blew my mind with this comment.

I can't get enough of those 4pane comics :) Or Inception for that matter.

Mark Rehorst (author)2011-06-02

These would be really appropriate for dessert after a turducken dinner for thanksgiving or xmas!

angelabchua (author)Mark Rehorst2011-06-02

im sensing my next "themed dinner" hahaha

msburny (author)2011-06-02

OMG I must make these, they look so yummy!!!

angelabchua (author)msburny2011-06-02

They are super easy. And trust me, everyone will love you for it. (especially your tummy)

msburny (author)angelabchua2011-06-02

HaHa, yes, everyone but my dear hubby. Bad week to start a diet. But why should the rest of us do without just because he thinks he nees to loose some weight. Maybe I can hide them and he won't know!!

mary candy (author)2011-06-01

oohhh god!
This must be delicious !

angelabchua (author)mary candy2011-06-02

can't go wrong with cheesecake and cupcake.

mary candy (author)angelabchua2011-06-02


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