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May 17

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

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A lot of things go good in pairs:

Peanut butter and chocolate

Peanut butter and marshmallow fluff

Chocolate and coconut

Pie and ice cream

Clam chowder and sourdough

Margaritas and Mexican food

Coffee and Dorothy

The Real Housewives (of anywhere) and alcohol {for me, not for them}

A bath and a good book

The Soup and Friday night

Cupcakes and cheesecake

That last one; I’ve done it before. Remember those?

{Somehow, this week became “redo the recipe with new ingredients” week.}

But as soon as I realized that the ingredients for the Improv Challenge this month was to be Strawberries and Cream and that the “cream” could be cream cheese, I knew I had to make these. I’ve had so many Cheesecake Cupcakes in my head since January, one of them had to bust out before I burst.

I put out a call on Facebook for strawberry cupcake recipes. Ones with out chunks. (You know me. I don’t like chunks.) Kim responded with an awesome recipe that is even better because it’s a doctored cake mix.

I love those, especially when I’m making 8 dozen cupcakes.

Strawberry cupcakes. Cheesecake baked in. White chocolate frosting that is To. Die. For. (Seriously, it’s lucky it made it onto the cupcakes. Spoon-worthy frosting, yo.)



Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting


    For the Cupcakes
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Strawberry Cake Mix
  • 1 pound fresh (or frozen and thawed) strawberries, hulled and a little sugar or simple syrup, if needed to make ¾ cup of strawberry puree
  • For the Cheesecake
  • 2 packs cream cheese (16 ounces), room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • For the Frosting
  • 3 cups white chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line cupcake tins with paper liners. (The recipe will make about 30-36 cheesecake cupcakes.)
  2. In a blender, puree the strawberries. You can add a little sugar or simple syrup if they need sweetening or a little juice or water if you need liquid for the blender to work. (This will make about 1 cup of puree. You won’t need all of it.) Set aside.
  3. Blend eggs and sour cream with a mixer. Make sure they are room temperature first! Add in the butter and mix well. Alternately add cake mix with ¾ cup of strawberry puree until it’s all blended together well. Place about 2 tablespoons of batter in each cupcake liner (I used a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop for this.)
  4. Make the cheesecake: Mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and eggs with a hand mixer until smooth. Drop about 1-2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture on top of the cupcake batter.
  5. Bake about 15-18 minutes and let cool completely before frosting. (Note: the cupcakes can be frozen once cooled and frosted at a later date.)
  6. Make the frosting: place the chocolate chips in a large bowl (that will fit in your refrigerator). Bring heavy cream just to a boil in a small saucepan and pour over chocolate chips. Stir until they are melted. Stir in butter until it’s melted. Place the bowl in the fridge and cool for at least 30 minutes, (I left mine about an hour), stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and beat melted chips on high with a hand mixer until it becomes fluffy and ready to pipe or spread. Pipe onto cupcakes. Store cupcakes in refrigerator.

(Cupcake/Frosting recipe from Cups by Kim)
I link up to all of these fabulous parties each week!

Talent Show Tuesday at Chef in TrainingTrick or Treat Tuesday at Inside BruCrew Life, Cast Party Wednesday at Lady Behind the Curtain, Sweet Treats Thursday at Something Swanky, Chic-and-Crafty at the Frugal Girls, Tastetastic Thursday at A Little Nosh, Sweet Tooth Friday at Alli-n-sons, I’m Lovin’ it Fridays at TidyMom, Sweets for a Saturday at Sweet as Sugar Cookies, A Well-Seasoned LifeStrut your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters’ Stuff, and all of these too!

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91 Responses to “Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting”

  1. CookieCrazedMama posted on May 17, 2012 at 6:07 am (#)

    YUM! These sound delicious, and I just went strawberry picking too-perfect. Thanks for sharing!


  2. allisamazing posted on May 17, 2012 at 6:08 am (#)

    These look yummy!


  3. Winnie posted on May 17, 2012 at 6:39 am (#)

    These look GREAT
    The perfect combination for me – strawberry + cheesecake + white chcocolate


  4. Cookaholic Wife posted on May 17, 2012 at 6:50 am (#)

    They’re adorable and they sound amazing!


  5. Karen - Trilogy Edibles posted on May 17, 2012 at 7:05 am (#)

    well don’t these sound delish! and darling, wine goes with most things :)


  6. Melody ♪♫ posted on May 17, 2012 at 7:13 am (#)

    Only thing better than strawberries with chocolate would be strawberries & white chocolate! (I don’t like chunky strawberries in muffins/cupcakes, either…)


  7. Lesa @Edesias Notebook posted on May 17, 2012 at 7:30 am (#)

    What beautiful cupcakes! They sound amazing. Great choice.


  8. SusanoftheBox posted on May 17, 2012 at 7:37 am (#)

    These are so cute! And with a cake mix, how easy! I love it! Thanks!


  9. Kristen posted on May 17, 2012 at 7:52 am (#)

    That baked cheesecake portion with the thick frosting…I think I just went up a dress size drooling over these!!!


  10. Hayley posted on May 17, 2012 at 7:59 am (#)

    Alllllll over this right now. They look so refreshing! I know Jessie and I would tooootally flip for these considering I couldn’t be dating the World’s Biggest Cheesecake Lover if I weren’t one myself :)


  11. Jocelyn posted on May 17, 2012 at 8:05 am (#)

    And now all I can think about is strawberries and cheesecake:-) oh and white chocolate!!! I love your “pairs” cupcake idea! This is most definitely a perfect summer time treat!!!


  12. Kristin posted on May 17, 2012 at 8:10 am (#)

    I think strawberry cheesecake ANYthing would be amazing. I never thought about the chocolate/coconut combination. Maybe I should try one of those crazy coconut drinks at Starbucks??


  13. Melissa | Cajun Sugar Pie posted on May 17, 2012 at 8:48 am (#)

    Oh my goodness! Those cupcakes look yummy!


  14. Robyn posted on May 17, 2012 at 8:52 am (#)

    Love your list of Things that Go Together! Robyn and Coffee should be added too.

    Maybe you should add Dorothy and Robyn eating Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes on cool summer evening. We can dream … right?

    *ICC Banana Split Bunt Cake*


  15. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on May 17, 2012 at 9:08 am (#)

    strawberries + cream is one pair I coulodn’t live without! what adorable cheesecake cupcakes Dorothy :)


  16. Julie posted on May 17, 2012 at 9:10 am (#)

    Oh, man, this post makes me miss the days when I could eat strawberries without the need for an epi-pen. Enjoy, all you non-allergic people out there! Eat all these for me!


  17. Sara posted on May 17, 2012 at 9:15 am (#)

    perfect pair indeed!


  18. thecookssister posted on May 17, 2012 at 10:15 am (#)

    Your strawberry cheesecake cupcakes look delicious and are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your recipe!


  19. Maria posted on May 17, 2012 at 10:18 am (#)

    These look and sound delicious!


  20. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic posted on May 17, 2012 at 11:19 am (#)

    I had a cheery cheesecake cupcake last week and it was delicious, but I think I would prefer this strawberry version more! And I love that the pink stars you topped it with!


  21. SKR posted on May 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm (#)

    How cute :]


  22. Tanya Schroeder posted on May 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm (#)

    These are so sweet! My kids would like chunk-less strawberry cupcakes. I love the stars on top.


  23. SerenaB posted on May 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm (#)

    Ok now I’m drooling! I love cheesecakes and strawberries! The cupcakes are perfect for a picnic this summer! Have a great weeknd!


  24. Lisa @ Sweet 2 Eat Baking posted on May 17, 2012 at 4:12 pm (#)

    Oh my! These look so darn good that I almost squealed (it’s past midnight so I’d get weird looks, heh!) Strawberries and cheesecake does go together hand in hand. In fact, they should be going steady! The cheesecake baked in sounds heaven and so does the white chocolate frosting.

    I have the midnight munchies now!

    Sweet 2 Eat Baking


  25. bonniegetchell posted on May 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm (#)

    Thanks for making me incredibly hungry!! Found you over at The Grant Life linky party :)

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries


  26. Jill posted on May 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm (#)

    My mouth is watering! Those look delicious! Your blog is adorable! Following along! Would love for you to stop by and link up to the Pomp Party tomorrow!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.


  27. Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips posted on May 17, 2012 at 5:44 pm (#)

    Yum! Now I want to stuff some cheesecakes into a cupcake. Hmm, maybe my black bean chocolate ones. Now you have given me an idea…


  28. Karyn - Pint Sized Baker posted on May 17, 2012 at 6:59 pm (#)

    Those look scrumptious! I’ll trade ya some cake pops for these little babies!


  29. Teri@thefreshmancook posted on May 17, 2012 at 7:24 pm (#)

    Delicious and beautiful!


  30. KCoake posted on May 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm (#)

    Look delicious. I’m pinning these. My youngest daughter always wants the strawberry cake mix. I think it is too sweet and not that great. I want to try both these cupcakes and the way you doctored the mix…maybe I will enjoy the cakes I make for her! Thanks!


  31. Back for Seconds posted on May 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm (#)

    I love all your pairs and the one about the Housewives cracked me up!
    These look so so good, Dorothy. Any chance you want to send me a batch?? 😉


  32. Yoli N. posted on May 18, 2012 at 5:44 am (#)

    Wow, that sounds like a yummy recipes. Might have to bookmark this one! Lol


  33. Sue posted on May 18, 2012 at 5:49 am (#)

    These sound amazing, and that last photo really sealed the deal!


  34. Our Delightful Home posted on May 18, 2012 at 5:54 am (#)

    Oh Yummy!

    PS: I look forward to seeing you this week at Show Me What You Got Tuesday’s via:

    Mrs. Delightful


  35. Veronica @morningnoonight posted on May 18, 2012 at 9:58 am (#)

    Cheesecake is the ultimate for me!! And these… LOOK AMAZING!! yum


  36. Carrie Burrill posted on May 18, 2012 at 11:54 am (#)

    Oh these are pretty!! Love anything strawberry cheesecake~!


  37. Allison @ Alli 'n Son posted on May 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm (#)

    These sound heavenly! A lovely treat for summer.


  38. Tim, Allyson, and kids posted on May 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm (#)

    Wow, these sound AMAZING! Do you think I could bake it in a cake pan? If so what size for this recipe?

    Also, I’d love for you to link up to our Finished Friday blog party.


  39. Paula posted on May 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm (#)

    Oh those look so good! I am pinning this so I can remember to make this!


  40. Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice posted on May 18, 2012 at 4:15 pm (#)

    Looks delish – love your list of good pairs too :)


  41. Michelles Tasty Creations posted on May 18, 2012 at 10:52 pm (#)

    Dorothy, These look and sound delicious! I love strawberries and cheesecake. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. Have a wonderful weekend.



  42. Lizzy posted on May 19, 2012 at 6:17 pm (#)

    Yum, yum and more yum!!! These look incredible! What a wonderful Improv Challenge recipe…another must try from your blog :)


  43. Sophie posted on May 20, 2012 at 9:43 am (#)

    Yum! Those look so good and summery! Here in Namibia, I can hardly find strawberries and they’re really tiny. 😛 Thanks so much for linking up to Sweet Saturdays {#5}! Hope to see you again next week! Have an amazing day:) -Sophie


  44. Dip It In Chocolate posted on May 20, 2012 at 8:16 pm (#)

    Girl, we are sharing brainwaves! I made strawberry cheesecake cupcakes last week too. (Actually almost used those exact same liners.) At 11:00 at night I was debating whether those Sara Lee bites would be good baked into a cupcake and if I should go to the store to buy some. (Had to have them ready for my son’s teachers the next morning.) I fell asleep deciding and they had to settle for cheesecake frosting. 😉 I love the idea of cheesecake baked in.

    ps- Hate strawberry chunks in baked goods… (mushy & metallic the next day… ewww)


  45. Fashion Meets Food posted on May 21, 2012 at 8:21 am (#)

    Oh my goodness this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing. xo


  46. Alyssa posted on May 22, 2012 at 11:08 am (#)

    Cheesecake and cupcakes together, amazing! These look so delicious. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!


  47. Angie Ramirez posted on May 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm (#)

    Yummy!!!! Looks divine!

    Thanks for sharing at Create & Inspire, Dorothy! :)



  48. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats posted on February 18, 2013 at 6:52 am (#)

    Oh these look to die for! And I like the updated look of the website :)


  49. Amanda posted on February 18, 2013 at 7:03 am (#)

    They look nothing shot of amazing!! Well done!


  50. Tash @ The Velvet Moon Baker posted on February 18, 2013 at 7:12 am (#)

    Dorothy these look gorgeous and so summery – Mmmm cheesecake and sunshine 😀


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  55. Jessica posted on May 24, 2013 at 1:13 pm (#)

    I made these today with cherries instead of strawberries and I substituted the white chocolate (the person I am making them for doesn’t like white chocolate) and boy are they deeelicious!!! :) Very moist and flavorful! Definitely would make these again!! Thanks so much! :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 26th, 2013 at 8:34 am

      I’m so glad!! Thank you for telling me Jessica!


  56. Vera Lima posted on August 3, 2013 at 10:01 pm (#)

    So nice to do for a Birthday Party !
    I love strawberry . I will definitely try to do it .


  57. Chelsey posted on August 29, 2013 at 6:33 am (#)

    How do you make the strawberry cake mix from scratch ?


  58. Eric posted on September 1, 2013 at 5:56 pm (#)

    I made these today but think I may have messed up somewhere. They sank into the cups when coming out of the oven :/


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 1st, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      I’m so sorry Eric! Well, double the frosting recipe. No one will see the tops! And, frosting is good. :)


      • Eric replied on September 3rd, 2013 at 10:02 am

        Dorothy, do you know by chance what I did fr them to sink? Maybe I didn’t add enough cake mix? But they did come out delicious.

        • Dorothy Kern replied on September 3rd, 2013 at 7:37 pm

          I know that cheesecakes sometimes do sink a bit when they come out of the oven. Without seeing exactly what you did, in your environment (kitchens are notoriously fickle – every oven is different!) it could be a number of things. I’m sorry they weren’t pretty for you!

  59. Laura posted on November 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm (#)

    I want to make a dessert for thanksgiving dinner, and want them to be cheesecake with chocolate and strawberry sauce swirled through, and with either white chocolate icing or strawberries and whipped cream sauce icing. I’m not sure, can u help me? And since I’m only 12 and not a great baker, could u please help me with a recipe? Thanksgiving is only a little over a week away :S why did I wait til the last minute to find a recipe?!!!


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