Saturday, August 27, 2011

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

For Emilie's birthday I tried to re-create one of her favorite desserts- Trophy's Strawberry cream cheese cupcakes.  Although, they will never be quite good as trophy's, I think these were delightful!

1 box (3 packages of 9 crackers each) graham cracker crumbs
1 1/2 sticks of butter (12 Tbs), room temperature
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
12 Tbs unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup + 2 Tbs sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt (I used sour cream)
4 large egg whites
2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled & coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 F and line 16-18 muffin tins with cupcake liners.  Mix one box of graham cracker crumbs with butter using a food processor.  The mixture should hold together when pressed with fingers, add more butter if needed.  Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of the crushed graham cracker into the bottom of each prepared muffin tin.  Press down using fingers and bake for 3-5 minutes or until slightly browned.  Remove immediately from oven and set aside to cool.

In a medium bowl beat the egg whites until stiff, glossy peaks appear, about 3-4 minutes, be careful not to overbeat.  Set aside.

In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder & salt. In a large bowl, cream together butter & sugar until light & fluffy and then add the vanilla & beat on a low-speed.  Then add half the flour mixture until incorporated then mix in the sour cream or yogurt.  Add remaining flour & mix until just blended.

Gently fold 1/3 of the egg into the batter until combined, do not over mix the egg whites or the cake will fall flat. Add remaining egg and fold in the chopped strawberries.  Fill each muffin tin about 3/4 of the way and bake for about 20 minutes depending on your oven.   You can test the doneness by sticking a toothpick through the center, if it comes out clean it is ready to take out!


Frosting:
1/4 C butter (room temperature)
1 8 oz package cream cheese (room temperature)
1/2 C strawberries, mashed up in a food processor
3 to 4 C powdered sugar
Cream butter and cream cheese.
Mix in the strawberries.
Add the powdered sugar to the taste and consistency you prefer.
Add to your favorite cupcakes!

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