Cheesecake Cupcakes

Jessie’s birthday is next Wednesday! (Yay Jessie!)

And when I asked what he wanted to do for his special day, he said “I dunno”, shrugged, and then changed the subject.

I was like… WTF.

Birthdays are BFD’s (big f’n deals) in my book.

Well, my birthday is a BFD. Hello, it should totally be a national holiday. Wait… if it means kids get the day out of school then no, but if it was a national holiday, I’d make sure kids were in school for it. And it was still widely recognized. And people would sing songs about me and it would pretty much be amazing.

(Mark your calendars for January 24…)

But alas, I promised Jessie his birthday would be a day to remember. I can’t not celebrate that–it’s too special. So I’m baking him some Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars (we seriously binged on those the last time I made them), I’m taking him out to lunch, and I totally spoiled the crap out of him with gifts. So it’ll be good for sure.

After all, he deserves it! Hellooo, this is the dude who puts up with my random mood swings, likes the EXACT SAME sushi roll I do, and makes goofy faces and noises with me whenever possible. And last I checked, he was damn cute, soooo nice and definitely in need of some serious birthday celebrations on the 30th.

He called, I am soo gonna answer!

But in the meantime, because he is very nice and went out with me to Black Friday so we could get free popcorn, I decided to make him an early birthday present. You know, because I am horrible at surprises and presents since I want to give them away the second I buy them/know about them.

And if I know Jessie well enough, I know he looooves cheesecake. Like, seriously loves cheesecake. Like I’m pretty sure if he could he’d dump my butt hella quick and marry cheesecake.

Why not make Cheesecake Cupcakes then? Sounds like a perfectly reasonable way to sabotage myself by giving my boyfriend another legitimate reason to think I’m crazy and dump me.

Just kidding. Maybe.. maybe not. Whatever.

Surprise, surprise, Jessie loved them. They taste just like cheesecake, except in adorable cupcake form. We even filmed a video about it!

Happy (early) Birthday, Jessie! I love you!


Cheesecake Cupcakes

1 box yellow cake mix + ingredients on back of box
1 small box sugar free/fat free cheesecake instant pudding
1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1 egg
2 cups powdered sugar
About 3 sheets honey graham crackers, crushed into fine crumb
Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe & ingredients follow)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with 24 paper liners. Set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, egg and powdered sugar until blended and thick, about 1 minute. This is your cheesecake filling. Set it aside.
3. In a large bowl, prepare cake mix according to package instructions. Stir in cheesecake pudding mix until blended. Portion batter evenly into muffin tins, about 2/3 full. Add one small teaspoon of cheesecake filling and spoon it on top of the batter. Bake cupcakes for about 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted around the edge of the cupcake comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Allow to cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
About 4 cups powdered sugar

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together cream cheese, butter and vanilla until blended and creamy, about 2 mins. Gradually add powdered sugar, about 1 cup at a time, until a stiff but spreadable frosting is achieved.
2. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes and top with crushed graham cracker sprinkles.

Even though it was early, I was going to stick a candle in one of these cupcakes for Jessie, but he’d already polished off two by the time I found a pack. I’m taking that as a sign they’re good.

Have a wonderful day!

xo, Hayley

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  1. Hmmmmmm my two favorite things!!!!! CUPCAKES AND CHEESECAKE!!!! This was def. made for me too 🙂

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