Mini cheesecakes never get old, right? These are similar – well, basically identical – to a recipe I posted a few months ago. Those were swirled with raspberry; these are with strawberry. And both were made for baby showers : ) I said it last time as well – these are my favourite dessert to share with guests. They’re compact, require no fork, look pretty, and marbling a pretty-hued berry puree into cheesecake is just plain fun. (Weirdo).
Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Cupcakes
For the crust:
1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
3 tbsp. sugar
For the topping:
6 oz. fresh strawberries
2 tbsp. sugar
For the filling:
2 lbs. cream cheese, at room temperature
1½ cups sugar
Pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 large eggs, at room temperature
Preheat the oven to 325˚ F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar. Stir together with a fork until well blended and all the dry ingredients are moistened. Press 1 tablespoon of the mixture into the bottom of each cupcake liner. (I used a small drinking glass to easily and evenly press the crumbs down.) Bake until just set, 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.
To make the strawberry puree, combine the strawberries and sugar in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth, then pour through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds.
To make the cheesecake, beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer until fluffy. Blend in the sugar until smooth. Mix in the salt and vanilla. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
To assemble, spoon 3 tablespoons of the cheesecake batter over the crust in each cupcake liner. Dot a ½ teaspoon of the strawberry puree in a few dots over the cheesecake filling. Use a toothpick or a wooden skewer to lightly swirl and create a marbled effect.
Bake until the filling is set, rotating the pans halfway through baking, about 22 minutes. (They will look puffed initially but will return to normal quickly.) Transfer to a wire cooling rack and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to the refrigerator and let chill for at least 4 hours before serving.
Source: Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes, via Annie’s Eats