SAM 1974 Edited Cheatcakes! Cheesecake Cupcakes with Homemade Vanilla Wafers

Happy National Cheesecake Day! Cheesecake is one of those desserts that makes people swoon, though personally, I am not overwhelmed by it. I usually think of cheesecake as a triangular slice of  springy, white, baked cheesy-ness resting on a graham cracker crust and topped with cherries or blueberries, though my Auntie Kathy is famous for her turtle cheesecake. I have not had one of her infamous cheesecakes in many years, but I can still picture the mountains mini chocolate chips and rivers of caramel sauce sitting atop her rich cheesecakes.

I initially thought I would bake up some cheesecake batter in mini filo shells to celebrate National Cheesecake Day. But as I was reading “I Love Cheesecake Cheatcakes! Cheesecake Cupcakes with Homemade Vanilla Wafers” by Mary Crownover, I found a recipe for individual cheesecakes, i.e) cheesecake cupcakes.

I like to refer to these cheesecake cupcakes as cheatcakes since the process of baking an entire cheesecake is not involved.  The recipe called for a vanilla wafer for each individual cake’s crust, so I figured this would also be a great opportunity to make homemade vanilla wafers.

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Nearly every flavor of cheesecake, from Almond Coffee Swirl to White Chocolate Orange, is covered in “I Love Cheesecake.” Nearly every flavor uses a base recipe of cream cheese, sugar, cornstarch, and egg for the filling. From there, a baker can have fun with the flavor.  I opted to use the Honey Vanilla Almond recipe for my cheesecake cupcakes.

I was really impressed with how the almond flavor permeated the cake, and it was quite light and flavorful.  Today’s Taste Tester also confirmed my findings that the filling was “lighter than I expected” and noted the crust (the vanilla wafer) was “more cakey than crusty.”

I wasn’t all that sure how to best top the cheesecakes, and I found I liked spreading the whipped cream over the tops of the cupcakes as much as I liked using a decorating bag to pipe the whipped cream on the tops.  If desired, toasted whole or sliced almonds can be used as a garnish.  Enjoy!

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Honey Vanilla Almond Cheesecake Cupcakes with Vanilla Wafers Crust
 
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 11
Ingredients
  • Vanilla Wafers Crust
  • 1⅓ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Cheesecake
  • 8 ounces (1 package) cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2¼ teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • Topping
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons confectioners' sugar
Instructions
  1. Vanilla Wafers
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and sugars together in a large bowl.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well incorporated.
  5. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until well combined.
  6. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto a greased baking sheet.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for 8-10 minutes until light golden brown.
  8. Line a cupcake pan with paper cupcake liners. Place one vanilla wafer in each liner. Set aside.
  9. Cheescake
  10. Beat cream cheese, sugar, cornstarch, heavy cream, and honey until smooth.
  11. Add the egg, vanilla and almond extracts and beat until well incorporated.
  12. When well mixed, pour approximately ¼ cup of filling over the vanilla wafer in each paper liner.
  13. Bake at 200 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. When done, the center of the cupcakes will spring back when touched.
  14. Topping
  15. Beat the heavy cream, vanilla, and confectioners' sugar together at high speed until the cream thickens to stiff speaks.
  16. Spread or pipe over the cupcakes when they have cooled.
Notes
Vanilla Wafers recipe adapted from Baking Bites Cheesecake recipe adapted from I Love Cheesecake, by Mary Crownover
 

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