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. 

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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.

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drgnlvr861 year ago
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.
splazem3 years ago
bkr19693 years ago
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.
bkr19693 years ago
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)  bkr19693 years ago
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.
farzadbayan3 years ago
VinceJDJ3 years ago
Awesome cupcakes! I'm craving these now.
angelabchua (author)  VinceJDJ3 years ago
Your welcome. Where did you get the idea to do something this creative?
angelabchua (author)  VinceJDJ3 years ago
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.
That sounds like a genius. These as well look to be the delicious, delicious creation of a genius.
bwheelerlcc3 years ago
Awesome! I made these for my wife's Birthday, and they taste as good as they look.
rottenroses3 years ago
Amazing recipe!
angelabchua (author)  rottenroses3 years ago
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.
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 icabear33 years ago
Saffron's pretty expensive.
cconnor1 Kaki3 years ago
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)  cconnor13 years ago
Actually, a lot of people use saffron (maybe not for cupcakes).

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.
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.
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 Kaki3 years ago
Yep, once for ounce, saffron is the most expensive item in any grocery store.
Take a look at cardamom...
angelabchua (author)  icabear33 years ago
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.
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angelabchua (author)  elecproducts3 years ago
Thanks! Did you actually make a batch?!
robsimons3 years ago
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)  robsimons3 years ago
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!
Edgar19873 years ago
hi, thank you for the recipe.. . ill try it.. thanks
angelabchua (author)  Edgar19873 years ago
Yes! And if you feel adventurous enough, get creative and post some pics!
zazenergy3 years ago
I'm drooling right now. AMAZING!
angelabchua (author)  zazenergy3 years ago
you would be drooling more if it were maybe a vanilla cupcake?
imbyteme3 years ago
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)  imbyteme3 years ago
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!
angelabchua (author)  RocketManDave3 years ago
HAHAHAH! it totally is. you just blew my mind with this comment.
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I can't get enough of those 4pane comics :) Or Inception for that matter.
These would be really appropriate for dessert after a turducken dinner for thanksgiving or xmas!
angelabchua (author)  Mark Rehorst3 years ago
im sensing my next "themed dinner" hahaha
msburny3 years ago
OMG I must make these, they look so yummy!!!
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