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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*

Day 214 – Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

2 Mar

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes (recipe below from Dollhouse Bake Shoppe).  They just sound like they’re gonna be bright and sunny, don’t they?  And, isn’t that what every Sunday should be?  Bright and sunny, for the last day of the weekend!

Cheesecake-cupcake     Mini-Cheesecake

The cupcakes are very similar to shortcake, with that little crunch of graham cracker at the bottom.  They’re very sweet, which makes the graham cracker a little bitey.

Frosting

The frosting is smooth and soft and fluffy.  It has a strong cream cheese flavor.  Sweet cream cheese.

Halved-strawberry-cheesecake

There are several different options for making this filling.  I chose to use fresh strawberries.  It’s sweet and gooey, and I personally like the chopped strawberries.  It gives it a little more texture.

Strawberry-Cheesecake     Mini-Strawberry-Cheesecake

This is an eat-with-your-fork kinda cupcake!  Especially if you use chopped strawberries in your filling.  It just oozes everywhere.  And no, that’s not a bad thing!  And the parts together are a supremely tasty combo, graham cracker included.  It’s very sweet, much like strawberry shortcake, which I think might be a better name for them.  But it’s creamy and gooey, tart and sweet.  Yum!

Halved-shortcake2

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 4.5
  • Appearance: 4.5
  • Ease of Making: 3.5
  • TOTAL: 19.5

RECIPE

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes (recipe from Dollhouse Bake Shoppe)

Graham Cracker Crust:
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs, plus extra for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted  

Cupcakes:

  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon butter flavor extract (found in the baking aisle of the grocery store by the other flavor extracts)
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup (112g) cake flour*, sifted
  • 3/4 cup (144g) granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons (42.6g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 large egg white, room temperature (separate when cold)

Strawberry Filling:

  • 12 ounce bag of frozen (or fresh) strawberries
  • 3/4 cup water, more or less
  • 1/2 cup pure cane, granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Frosting:

  • 1 (8oz package) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 cups confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar), sifted
  • 6 strawberries, sliced in half for garnish

For directions visit Dollhouse Bake Shoppe.

*Tomorrow: Nuts About Chocolate Cupcakes*

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