Tuesday, August 13, 2013

REVISED: Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

When the lovely folks over at Effie's Homemade in Hyde Park contacted me about trying out some of their products, I was absolutely thrilled. Not only are they a local company started by two best friends (which I love!), but their crackers and cakes are truly delicious.

I knew I wanted to try baking with one of their biscuits, so I chose their pecan nutcakes and decided to remake one of the first recipes I ever posted on my blog - strawberry cheesecake cupcakes! I made them using the nutcakes instead of graham cracker crumbs and they turned out fabulous.

If you want to try out Effie's Homemade products, click here for store locations. In addition to loving their biscuits, their lavender sea salt crackers are amazing with goat cheese and are my new favorite snack!

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes
adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything
makes 20 cupcakes

For the graham cracker crust...
  • 1 package Effie's Homemade nutcakes
  • 1/2 stick of butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons of sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 20 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. Mix broken up nutcakes, butter and sugar together using a food processor.
  3. Press about 1 tablespoon of the crushed graham cracker into the bottom of each prepared muffin tin. 
  4. Bake for 3-5 minutes or until slightly browned.  Remove immediately from oven and set aside to cool.
For the 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, tops cut off and coarsely chopped (and more for garnish)
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff, glossy peaks appear, about 3-4 minutes. Be careful not to overbeat. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy and then add the vanilla.
  4. Add half the flour mixture until incorporated then mix in the sour cream. 
  5. Add remaining flour and mix until just blended.
  6. Gently fold the egg into the batter until combined with a wooden spoon. Do not over mix the egg whites or the cake will fall flat.
  7. Fold in the chopped strawberries.
  8. Fill each muffin tin about 3/4 of the way and bake for about 18-20 minutes. 
For the frosting...
  • 2 8oz packets of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth.
  2. Add the sugar slowly, one cup at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  3. When cupcakes are cool, pipe frosting onto cupcakes.
  4. Garnish with freshly cut strawberries 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. 


  1. OMG! You do such a great job.


  2. These would be perfect for the baby shower I'm throwing my cousin next month. Yumm!

  3. Oh my goodness, these look DELICIOUS!! xo, Julie

  4. Yum, yum and more yum...those look delish :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  5. These look so delicious and I love the cute plates as well!
    xo Dina

    Sweetest Somethings 

  6. those look soooo yummy! I love strawberry & I love cupcakes!!


  7. These look SO delicious–and anything with strawberries is pretty much an instant favorite of mine!

  8. what a fun way to make dessert with biscuits - my husband would love it :) thanks for the inspiration, and congrats on the collaboration :)


  9. ohmygoodness these look so delish! I want to make ASAP!

  10. YUM these look so delicious!!!!


  11. I am so glad I read this ~after~ my huge salad/lunch! But they look amazingg!!!!

  12. As with all your recipes, my mouth is watering! So delicious!

    xo jen
    Pearls & Lace

  13. I've been craving cupcakes lately! These will be perfect. YUM!!

  14. HI how many days in advance can I make the frosting for a cupcake decorating party?

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