We had a porch sale this weekend with Ryan and Megan and needed some baked goods for weekend fuel. Meg and I wanted to do cupcakes and these seemed like a great idea! We sold a few at the porch sale, but kept most of them around for ourselves. Jesse likes his cold, but I like them warm! Also, these are really really easy. We cheated big time, but the results are impressive nonetheless.
Preheat oven to 350. To start, you’re going to want to make the secret filling, which is essentially a mini cheesecake inside the cupcake. Take a package of cream cheese at room temp and mix with an egg, a bit of vanilla, and a spoonful of brown sugar. If your cheese is cold and you don’t want to wait around, stick it in the microwave for 40 seconds on the low setting– check your microwave on how to change the power level to low. You can also do this to soften butter for recipes that call for room temp butter. You’ll need to mix the cheesecake filling in a blender/chopper/food processor as the eggs and cheese do not want to mix. Once it’s mixed, set in the fridge to chill.
Next, make the cupcake batter. You want a thick batter, not a thin one. Here is an ideal recipe if you’re going the handmade route, but I just use a box mix. To ‘dense up’ the box, add a bit less water and throw in one of those instant pudding packets in chocolate flavor. Sounds weird but it works. The batch that I made was with a really loose whole foods batter, so the surprise cheesecake middles floated to the top; if you use a thick batter, the cheesecakes stay together in the middle and will be impressive and everything will taste more cohesive.
Grab your cupcake pan, cupcake liners, batter, cheesecake, and get some of those mini oreos. Put a smear of batter, a mini oreo, a big blob of cheesecake, and then another smear of batter in each cupcake hole. Don’t fill them over the top of each little thing. Bake for 30 minutes and then cool completely before taking out.
To ice them, you can either make a cream cheese frosting (I’ll be posting the recipe for that later this week!) or buy one from a tub. Spoon it into a plastic bag (zip lock) and seal the bag. Cut the tip off one end and squeeze out.
We took a picture so you could see the gooey insides of these; this one is warm!