Strawberry Gin Cocktail and Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

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The adventures of a Cocktail and a Cupcake continue and this time it’s all things Strawberry!! We picked an entire flat of Hood Strawberries and I couldn’t wait to make anything and everything with them! Here is the recipe for a Strawberry Gin Cocktail and a Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcake.

A perfect Hood Strawberry!
strawberry gin cocktail and strawberry cheesecake cupcake
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Strawberry Gin Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Elderflower Liqueur (I used St. Germain)
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • cup fresh strawberries, rinsed and stems removed
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 strawberry for garnish

Instructions

  • Place strawberries, lime juice and the half lime that was juiced in the bottom of the shaker and muddle together for about 20-30 seconds.
  • Add gin, elderflower liqueur and egg white. Place on lid and dry shake (no ice) for about 20 seconds.
  • Remove lid, add ice and continue to shake for another 20-30 seconds.
  • Double strain into your favorite glass. This takes a little patience because the strawberries can create a little clog once in a while. Just use a spoon to move them aside on your strainer.
  • Garnish with a strawberry and enjoy!
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Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Course Dessert
Keyword cupcake recipe, strawberry cheesecake, strawberry cupcakes
Servings 24 mini cupcakes

Ingredients

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • tbsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, room temp
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • cup fresh strawberries, chopped into small pieces

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 3-3½ cups powdered confectioner sugar
  • 3 tbsp vegetable shortening (or unsalted butter)
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • red gel food coloring
  • graham cracker crumbles for topping (optional)

Instructions

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 32°5 and prepare a cupcake pan with paper liners.
  • Place flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in mixer and beat on low speed until combined.
  • Pour in milk and vanilla and turn up speed to medium.
  • Add egg and continue mixing until the batter is smooth.
  • Make a thin layer of strawberries at the bottom of each cupcake liner.
    strawberries in cupcake liners for strawberry cheesecake cupcakes
  • Fill each cup with batter and bake for 18-20 minutes for mini cupcakes.
    cupcake batter in pan for strawberry cheesecake cupcakes
  • Remove from over when toothpick comes out clean, let them sit in pan for a few minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Start with shortening and cream cheese in mixer and beat until smooth.
  • Add confectioners sugar ½ cup at a time until desired sweetness is achieved. Add gel food coloring and mix until combined.
  • Frost cooled cupcakes, garnish with graham cracker crumbles if desired and enjoy!
    strawberry cheesecake cupcake

Notes

  • If you don’t want mini cupcakes, this recipe will make 12 regular sized cupcakes.
  • Cupcake recipe inspired by Hummingbird Bakery cookbook.

I wasn’t happy about the color of the frosting (electric pink was not what I was going for), but they tasted so good I just went with it. Next time, I think I will leave it white or try a different pink. These cupcakes have cut up fresh strawberries at the bottom and homemade cheesecake frosting on top sprinkled with crunched up graham crackers. Since they are mini, you can eat them in 1 or 2 bites and they seriously taste just like Strawberry Cheesecake!

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