Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake

This is as sinful and indulgent as you think. Highly reminiscent of Good Humor’s classic treat. My first attempt was “liked” by Good Humor on Twitter (yes, that is a humble brag). This is my second attempt. I tinkered with my notes and I am quite pleased with how this turned out.

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JUST LOOK AT HER!

This recipe is not for the faint of heart. You need to allocate at least two days for this project. You can make the crumble way ahead of time and stick it in the freezer. You can also make the puree ahead of time. You need to make your cheesecake the day/night before you assemble and decorate.

 

If I haven’t scared you off yet check out the ingredients and steps after the jump!

 

Ingredients:

 

Crumb:

1 pack of Golden Oreos

1 pack of strawberry gelatin

1 pack of vanilla pudding

Half stick of softened butter

(Gloves, if you’re weird like me.)

 

Cheesecake:

2-8oz cream cheese, room temp

1 C sugar

3 tbsp sour cream, room temp

½ tbsp. vanilla extract

2 eggs

½ tbsp. corn starch

 

Strawberry Cake:

2 ½ C flour

1 ½ C sugar

2 ½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

¾ C strawberry puree, reduced*

Optional: 1 tsp strawberry gelatin for a slightly pinker cake

 

Vanilla Buttercream:

2 sticks softened butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

Roughly 5 cups of powdered sugar

 

Strawberry Puree:

As a rule, a pint of fresh strawberries generally yields roughly 1 ¼ cup of pureed strawberry

I used just over a half a pint of strawberries.

 

 

  1. ss19ss20Puree strawberries
  2. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer.
  3. Stirring occasionally, allow the puree to reduce (it will thicken and sometimes the color will darken)
  4. Allow the puree to cool completely
    1. This can be refrigerated in an air tight container until you’re ready to use it.

 

Crumble:

  1. In a food processor, pulse the cookies until they resemble sand
  2. Using your hand, “squish” the softened butter throughout the cookies, it will now be more like wet sand.
  3. Separate the crumbs into two bowls
  4. Sprinkle in strawberry gelatin ½ tbsp at a time until you get your desired color
  5. Add 1 tbsp of vanilla pudding to the other batch
  6. Combine the two batches
  7. This can be stored in a ziplock bag in the freezer

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Cheesecake:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, whip the softened cream cheese.
  3. Add the sour cream
  4. Add the sugar and vanilla
  5. Add the corn starch
  6. Add the eggs one at a time
  7. Scrape down the sides, mix until combined
    1. You don’t want to see any large flecks of cream cheese, small specks are okay.
  8. Cut a circle large enough to fit into the bottom of a 9” cake pan
  9. Spray with cooking spray, place parchment
  10. Pour cheesecake mixture into the pan, gently tap the pan on your counter to release any bubbles
  11. Bake for roughly an hour
    1. The cheesecake will be slightly jiggly in the center, a tad firmer towards the edges
    2. This cheesecake is a filling so some browning and cracks are fine. No one is going to see this. This is basically sacrilegious for traditional cheesecake, I know, but trust me.
  12. Allow the cheesecake to cool
  13. Cover with plastic wrap and allow cheesecake to set in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or overnight preferably

 

Strawberry Cake:

 

  1. In the bowl of your mixer, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and gelatin using the paddle attachment
  2. Add the softened butter
  3. Add the vanilla
  4. Add the egg whites, beat to combine.
  5. Scrape down edges
  6. Add cooled strawberry pureess
  7. Repeat above parchment*
  8. Divide the batter in two 9” cake pans
  9. Bake at 350 until the cake passes the toothpick test, about 20 minutes
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Vanilla Buttercream:

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, whip the butter on medium until the butter looks white and fluffy
  2. Add vanilla
  3. On low speed, slowly and carefully add the powdered sugar about a cup at a time
  4. Slowly increase the speed and whip until well incorporated
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all of your sugar is used

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Assembly:

  1. Lay down some parchment paper
  2. Place on layer of cake, place cheesecake and top with second layer of cake
  3. If you need to, trim the cake to make it a uniform sizess3
  4. Using a spatula, create a crumb coat on your cake
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  5. Sprinkle your crumble on top of the cakess7
  6. Carefully apply the crumble to the side of the cake

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Store cake in an airtight container in the fridge! Enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© 2017 by Alexa Mason. All Rights Reserved

 

#TT: Maple Bourbon Bacon Cupcakes

Thrifty or Throwback Thursday? It’s the inaugural post, we’ll figure that out as we grow. For the #TT posts I intend to revisit dishes that I’ve previously posted to IG (but did not include recipes)*

I know that there are certain posts that some of you have messaged me about. So, this #TT series will be your opportunity to get your hands on those recipes!

This #TT will be in honor of our housewarming. My family and I recently moved to Washington, DC. We warmed our home with old friends, new friends and family. It was a blast! And there was so. much. food. I barely ate but, as most cooks do, I tasted along the way so I was full before I could put my feet up.

There were jerk chicken sliders. There was a spicy pineapple slaw. Turkey burger sliders. Veggie packed lasagna. And the star of the show- Maple Bourbon Bacon Cupcakes. That’s a mouthful and they were a mouthful.

NOM!

 

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These are a basic vanilla cupcake that are topped with a simple maple buttercream.

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Where’s the booze!? I know that’s why you’re here. Booze and bacon, I’m getting to it. So, instead of incorporating the booze into the batter, I chose to make a simple syrup with the bourbon. That beautiful twankle and glisten on the cupcakes? Bourbon simple syrup. But Alexa, is that all the booze in these cupcakes!? Oh. Oh, absolutely not. That very same boozy simple syrup was poured onto each and every single cupcake before the buttercream topping. Yes. You’re welcome.

 

And obviously. The bacons.

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Maple Bourbon Bacon Cupcakes 

Yields 12-18 cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the cupcakes:

1 stick of unsalted butter

1 cup of sugar

2 large eggs

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour

2 tsp baking powder

½ cup of milk

 

For the buttercream:

2 sticks of unsalted butter (room temperature)

3 ½ cups powdered sugar

6 tbsp pure maple syrup

pinch of sea salt

 

For the simple syrup:

½ cup of water

½ cup of sugar

½ cup of bourbon

 

For THE (candied) BACONS:

¼- ½ lb bacon

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp maple syrup

2 tsp bourbon

 

For the simple vanilla cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your cupcake tin
  2. In a large bowl or your stand mixer (you should totally invest in a stand mixer) place the butter and sugar; beat until light and fluffy on med-high speed
  3. Add in the eggs one at a time until well combined; add the vanilla and scrape the sides. Mix until smooth, about one minute on med-high speed.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together baking powder and flour
  5. Pour in some of the flour mixture, some of the milk and alternate until incorporated fully
  6. Fill the cupcake liners about ¾ full
  7. Place them in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes, you want a golden top.
  8. Do the handy dandy toothpick test
  9. Place tin on a cooling rack; after a few minutes remove the cupcakes from the tin
  10. Once fully cooled use a tooth pick to poke a half dozen holes in the cupcakes; carefully spoon the syrup over the cupcakes. The cake will absorb the flavorful liquid.
  11. After, you can go on and frost them bad boys!

For the buttercream:

  1. In a large bowl or a stand mixer that is fitted with the whisk attachment (I told you a stand mixer is a good investment), whip the butter for about 30 seconds
  2. Add the powdered sugar very carefully, one cup at a time. You do not want to inhale a sugar cloud. Trust me.
  3. Scrape the sides; alternate the speed from slow (as you pour) and then med-high to incorporate well for each addition
  4. Scrape down the sides and slowly add the maple syrup
  5. Mix on med-high for about four minutes until the buttercream comes together and is nice and fluffy.
  6. Chill in the fridge for a few minutes prior to icing the cupcakes

For the boozy simple syrup:

  1. Pour ½ cup of water and ½ cup of sugar into a sauce pan
  2. Heat the ingredients until fully dissolved, whisk constantly
  3. Add ½ cup of booze and stir to incorporate
  4. Taste, taste, taste! Adjust accordingly, if needed. I vaguely remember adding more booze. Don’t be like me (be like me, they were amazing!)
  5. Let simmer until it thickens up like a syrup

For THE (candied) BACONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cut the bacon in half so that they’re easier to manage
  3. In a small mixing bowl combine the brown sugar, maple syrup and bourbon
  4. Place the bacon in the bowl and toss to coat evenly
  5. While the bacon rests in the boozy mixture, line a baking sheet with foil and top with a baking rack
  6. Lay the bacon on the rack in a single layer
  7. Back 20-30 minutes, or until just crispy. Because there is sugar, this bacon can and will burn very quickly so pay close attention as it nears the 20 minute mark.
  8. Let cool and then chop up
  9. Sprinkle the chopped bacon on top of the frosted cupcakes

 

 

 

 

 

(*Due to the nature of these posts, images and recipes may not be as thorough as newly posted content. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.)

 

 

 

 

© 2016 by Alexa Mason. All Rights Reserved