I’m in the mood for some sort of fruity cupcakes. It’s summer which is the season of fresh fruit for most folks and this recipe from Adventures in Cooking uses fresh raspberries AND cream cheese. Yum!
When I was a kid, we leave near a wooded area with a lot of wild raspberry bushes. We used to spend hot July days tramping through the woods looking for raspberries which my mom would then freeze for pie filling. Ah…the good ole days. I can’t remember the last time I went tramping through the woods looking for fruit!
Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes
1. Start by making the raspberry jelly. Bring the raspberries, sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Mix well, breaking apart the raspberries with the end of your spoon. Allow to boil for 7 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to cool for 30 minutes. Then put it in the refrigerator to chill.
2. Next, make the graham cracker crust. In a small bowl, mix together the granulated sugar, brown sugar cinnamon, and graham cracker crumbs. Add the butter, and mix well. It should get kind of clumpy now, and should stick together if you press it between your fingers. Set it aside.
3. Now comes the cheesecake part. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and cream cheese until well blended. Add the heavy whipping cream and mix until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, blending well after each addition. Stir in the lemon juice and vanilla extract.
4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Get out your cupcake pan and put in cupcake liners. Place 1 tablespoon of the graham cracker mixture at the bottom of each cup, pressing it into the bottom of the cup gently with the backs of your curled fingers. Then, place 1 teaspoon of the raspberry jelly in the center of each of the graham cracker crusts. Next, fill each cup 3/4 full with the cheesecake mixture
5. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, then turn the heat down to 275 degrees Fahrenheit and continue to bake for another 12 to 16 minutes, or until the tops of the cheesecakes are golden. They will crack at the top, and that is okay, because we will be covering the cracks with whipped cream, which brings me to the next part.
6. While the cupcakes are baking, make the cheese whipped cream. Put the heavy whipping cream and cream cheese in a medium-sized bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat the mixture on high for about 2 minutes, or until a dense and thick whipped cream forms. This will be much thicker than store bought whipping cream, and it will pipe out of the frosting bag quite nicely! Cover and refrigerate.
7. Once the cupcakes are done, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool to room temperature. Then, place them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill. Now they are ready to be frosted.
Repeat this process with all of the cupcakes. Garnish the tops with a single raspberry. Serve immediately and refrigerate any leftovers.