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These Blueberry Cheesecake-Stuffed Lemon Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting, you guys – YOU. GUYS. I don’t even have the words, really (you’re shocked, I know).
But if you give me a moment to think about it (whilst devouring one, or five), I will be able to tell you everything I think about them.
Like how the blueberry and lemon play off of each other in the most delightful way. Or how they’re sweet but not too sweet, even with the creamy vanilla frosting piped on top.
Or how cheesecake stuffed inside of a cupcake is darn near just about the best idea of all the ideas. Because how can you go wrong, really, with a blueberry-flavored cheesecake center of a fluffy, lemony cupcake? You just can’t. And on that note, let’s stop talking about them and bake them already! (Says my growling tummy that wants another cupcake.)
First, make the cake batter. I use Betty Crocker’s lusciously delicious lemon cake mix, which gives these cupcakes just the right amount of lemon flavor, moistness and fluffiness to pair with a blueberry cheesecake filling.
And that vanilla frosting, which I could (but TOTALLY DIDN’T, ahem) eat with a spoon.
In a separate bowl, beat some cream cheese (full fat is best, y’all!) with an egg, some sugar and salt. Fold in a couple tablespoons of blueberry jam or preserves – and hey, if blueberry jam isn’t your jam, feel free to swap it with your fave flavor. Raspberry or strawberry jam would be equally tasty!
Spoon a generous tablespoon or so of the cake batter into each paper baking cup, then top with a rounded tablespoonful of the cream cheese mixture.Top with another two tablespoons or so of the cake batter (so each baking cup is about 2/3 full and the cream cheese mixture is completely covered).
Bake 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
Cool the cupcakes completely, then pipe on that vanilla frosting. I used Betty Crocker’s Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting because I dearly love it so, but you can go the homemade route, too (and maybe even go crazy and make it blueberry-flavored, or lemon-flavored, or use cream cheese frosting, ahhh! So exciting).
Top each frosted cupcake with a fresh blueberry, for the health, obvi. And enjoy!
Cheesecake in a cupcake, you complete me.