Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

I understand that not everyone likes the usual cakes or cookies or frosting goodness like me. As I mentioned in my Blueberry-Lemon pound cake post, my husband enjoys other pastries like pies, muffins, and cheesecakes. So when my friend Renita gave me the idea of making cheesecake cupcakes, I jumped on it! I like cheesecake, and I LOVE cupcakes, so blending the two wasn’t a problem.Then the brainstorming began! What tastes/flavors would make a cupcake taste like a cheesecake? What elements are necessary to have in a cheesecake? Of course there’s the graham cracker crust, the use of cream cheese, the incorporation of some kind of fruit or confection like chocolate. Finally I decided to make strawberry cheesecake cupcakes. Before I started baking I did some research to see if anyone else has done it before, and of course it’s been done. But I ran across one recipe from Joylicious that I couldn’t resist trying.

Graham crack crust being mixed to add to the bottom of the cupcake cups.
Packed in graham cracker crust.
Strawberries were diced to include in the cupcake batter.
Egg whites had to be beaten to fold into the batter. Don’t overbeat, otherwise the batter won’t rise!
Batter poured into the cups and ready to bake!
You can see the strawberries that were baked in with the batter.
I, um, had to taste test. Nomnomnom.