Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

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"The cheesecake frosting used here is light and fluffy, and not too sweet, so it is the perfect one to accompany the fresh sweet strawberry hiding inside each cupcake! The cupcakes are a perfect little house to hold that hidden strawberry and cheesecake goodness! Note: If you don't have marshmallow fluff in your area, simply melt down mini or regular sized marshmallows, let cool a little, then proceed. The cook time for the cupcakes is approximate. Make sure you follow the cook time on the back of the cake mix for cooking cupcakes, because it could be slightly different."

Original recipe yields 24 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (258.7 g)
  • Calories 258.2
  • Total Fat - 4.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 9.9 mg
  • Sodium - 244.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 52.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 5.6 g
  • Sugars - 33.9 g
  • Protein - 5.4 g
  • Calcium - 142.3 mg
  • Iron - 1.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 21.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

To make your cupcakes: Follow the directions on the cake mix box. Bake, and cool completely.

Step 2

While the cupcakes are baking, make the Cheesecake Frosting. Cheesecake Frosting:

Step 3

Beat the cream cheese and butter until blended and creamy.

Step 4

Add vanilla and confectionery sugar. Beat until well incorporated.

Step 5

Add marshmallow fluff, and fold in the mixture by hand. Set aside.

Step 6

Once the cupcakes are cool, size up a medium-sized strawberry and cut the top off, so it’s flat on top, for each cupcake.

Step 7

Using a small paring knife cut a hole out of the center of each cupcake to fit a strawberry, making sure you don't cut all the way through the cupcakes.

Step 8

Proceed, gently pressing one strawberry into all of your cupcakes.

Step 9

To frost the cupcakes:

Step 10

Using the largest star icing tip you have, pipe the icing in a giant swirl on top of the cupcake covering up the strawberry.

Step 11

You can of course, frost your cupcakes by hand instead, if you like. If using an icing tip and piping bag, it is helpful to chill the frosting before decorating. The icing will keep its form/shape better.

Step 12

To make cracker crumbs:

Step 13

Melt butter in a small bowl in the microwave. Add brown sugar and graham cracker crumbs, and stir well. Top each cupcake by sprinkling the mixture on the frosting.

Step 14


Step 15

Halve 12 fresh strawberries, and top each cupcake with one half, for decoration.

Tips & Variations

  • Cupcake pan
  • Cupcake liners


Seaside Helene

We loved these cupcakes so much that I made 2 batches in 3 weeks. They are too good to have around all the time since I don't know enough to have one a day hahaha! I guarantee you, I will make these a million more times!!

review by:
(28 Sep 2014)


Joni, these are quick, easy and look like you spent the day in the kitchen! I only made half a recipe as I wasn't sure if they would be freezer friendly, will check that out next time around around, and yes there will be a next time! I rarely use a cake mix but when I do really like the French Vanilla which is perfect for this recipe! See a rerun come July first long weekend! Thank you for sharing!

review by:
(27 May 2014)

Shar Pei

These cupcakes were the only dessert I made this year for Easter and besides being easy to make, they were so delicious and looked so pretty waiting for us to eat. We loved the filling with the strawberry flavors and enjoyed them so much! My family was very impressed to say the least!

review by:
(21 Apr 2014)


These are just the best cupcakes in the world! I can't wait to make them again and surprise my daughter with a few!

review by:
(5 Jan 2014)


These are the best cupcakes I have ever made. Special enough for company and great for the holidays too, which is why I made them!

review by:
(2 Dec 2013)


If there's anyone out there looking for an heavenly good cupcake recipe then try these, I loved every part of this recipe, from the cupcake, frosting and graham topping, I'm thinking raspberries next time? :) thank you Joni for your wonderful yummy cupcake recipe, I can't wait to make these again!

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(30 Nov 2013)