Day 299 – Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

26 May

Today is Memorial Day (here in the US).  Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the US for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.  Below are a few pictures we got the last time we were in Washington, DC (with cupcakes, of course), that I thought reflected Memorial Day.

The Washington Monument

Washington-Monument

The World War II Memorial

WW2-memorial

And the Freedom Plaza

Freedom-plaza

For today’s cupcakes, I chose something somewhat “All American”.  Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.  It’s a classic, let’s face it.  Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes (recipe below from Passion for Baking).  (The recipe is in Norwegian.  You’ll need to use Google Translate to translate it to English.  I’ve translated the ingredients below, but not the directions.)

Cheesecake-Cupcake     Mini-Cheesecake-Cupcake

The cupcakes are crumbly and quite crunchy. Almost like eating a cookie instead of a cupcake. Even more so in flavor. They taste like a sugar cookie. Sweet and vanilla. I don’t get a lot of the cheesecake or strawberry flavors. But it’s sweet and tasty.

Note: The recipe called for 4.3 ml of ice cream. Which comes out to a little less than a teaspoon. I went ahead and assumed (based on the pictures on the blog) that it wasn’t an accurate number. If it was 4.3 dl that comes out to a little less than 2 cups, which seems more likely. So that’s what I did.

Cheesecake-Frosting

The frosting is thick and smooth. It’s extremely sweet and sugary. With just a hint or aftertaste of the white chocolate.

Note: The original blog gave 2 different ways to frost. One was a rose (which I’ve tried before….somewhat successfully). The other was this ruffle look. Mine didn’t come out quite as pretty as the original baker, so please check them out!

Strawberry-Cheesecake     Mini-Strawberry-Cheesecake

The frosting brings a welcome creaminess to the dryness of the cupcake. Together it tastes almost like a sugar cookie with a white chocolate frosting on it. Very similar. Just in cupcake form. Sugary and sweet. Good flavors. Just a little odd in the texture department.

Cheesecake-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 18

Mini-Cheesecake-top

RECIPE

Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes (recipe from Passion for Baking)

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes:

  • 200 g butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 4.3 ml Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream (see tasting notes above)
  • 6.5 dl flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups sugar

White Chocolate Frosting: (recipe can be found here)

  • 4 dl powdered sugar
  • 230 g butter
  • 200 g white chocolate
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

For directions visit Passion for Baking.

*Tomorrow: Kumquat Cupcakes with Citrus Cream Cheese Frosting*

One Response to “Day 299 – Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes”

  1. CakePants May 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    These sound mighty tasty! I love the pictures of cupcakes traveling around DC – how fun!

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