Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes

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These Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes have a graham cracker base topped with a strawberry cake layer, cream cheese frosting and fresh strawberries. Perfect for any birthday, Easter dinner or Spring celebration! Sprinkles bakery recipe. Includes how to recipe video


strawberry cheesecake cupcakes on white cooling rack with graham crackers and fresh strawberries on the side

Happy March, friends!

We have a number of things to celebrate today:

  1. cupcakes
  2. the coming of Spring
  3. a THIRD year of The Recipe Rebel

Say whaaaat?!? Can it be?

Let me say first that it feels like forever. It’s like any long term relationship, I think. In one way, it’s hard to think back to your life without that person/animal/thing, and at the same time, life seems to be moving at warp speed.

Forgive me as a get a little weepy here. (Feel free to jump ahead to the cupcakes)

overhead image of a tray of strawberry cheesecake cupcakes with fresh chopped strawberries on top

My blog birthday (blogiversary if you prefer), is something that I usually kind of forget about until it’s right here, or last week. Mostly because a good chunk of my time is spent running around like a crazy person.

At the beginning of the year, my #1 goal or resolution was to just slow down and take a breath. I was going to work less, play with my kids more, make new friends and reconnect with old ones. I had big, wonderful plans.

strawberry cheesecake cupcakes up close unwrapped with cupcakes behind

And I’m still struggling to change. I’m struggling to make my kids a priority and not view them as an obstacle between me and my to-do list. I’m still struggling to close the computer and turn off my phone.

How is that for a depressing birthday speech? Let me change gears.

The reason it’s so hard for me to let go of things is because I feel so, so insanely lucky to be here. There are a lot of parts of this job that are not fun, but I get to cook, in my home, and it’s my day job. I can make my schedule however I want, and work whenever I want, and hug my kids and tuck them into bed.

The thought makes me so ridiculously happy. But my “don’t-ever-stop” nature turns it into something overwhelming and exhausting.

So what I’m trying to say, again, is thank you. Because it’s difficult to blog for a living without an audience, even if you’re here just for the cupcakes and you’re one of the ones who “just wants to get a recipe, not a sob story!!!!”, thank you even so.

strawberry cheesecake cupcake cut in half to reveal pink cupcake and graham cracker crust on bottom

And on a final note — this recipe is from the actual, real deal Sprinkles bakery cookbook. I was beyond thrilled when I found it, and I wasn’t going to leave it behind. To be honest, I’ve only had a Sprinkles cupcake once, but it was one of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had in my life, and I just had to recreate some! I highly recommend the book if you love baking and cake and sweet treats as much as I do.

Here’s to 3 years! (and yes, I’d rather toast with cupcakes than champagne)

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Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

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These Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes have a graham cracker base topped with a strawberry cake layer, cream cheese frosting and fresh strawberries. Perfect for any birthday, Easter dinner or Spring celebration! Sprinkles bakery recipe.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 381cal



  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 200g
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup fresh chopped strawberries (or frozen, thawed and drained), pureed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour about 188g
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream cheese frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered icing sugar
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries chopped
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar


  • CrustPreheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 12 cup muffin pan with liners.
  • Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter, divide between muffin cups and press down into the bottom.
  • Bake for 5 minutes or until just starting to dry but not crumbly. Set aside.
  • CupcakesIn a large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, strawberry puree, milk, and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  • Add flour, baking powder and salt and stir just until combined. Divide between muffin cups and bake for 19-21 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool completely before frosting.
  • Cream cheese frosting:Add cream cheese and butter to a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Add salt, vanilla and 1 cup of sugar. Beat until smooth.
  • Gradually add in remaining 1 cup sugar, beating until smooth, until desired consistency is reached.
  • Combine 1 cup strawberries and 1 teaspoon sugar in a small bowl and stir to coat. Let sit 5-10 minutes.
  • Spread or pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes, leaving an indentation in the center for strawberries. Spoon strawberries into the center of each cupcake. Serve or refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 2 days.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 381cal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 630IU | Vitamin C: 7.9mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. zoila says

    Hi there, super excited to make these cupcakes! Any tips for the stawberry puree? I know I can look up how to make that but, they add sugar. I wasn’t sure if that will make my cupcakes too sweet? Or, change the consistency of my batter. Might be a silly question lol I’m just a terrible baker lol

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Zoila, all you need to do is take the 3/4 cup strawberries and puree either in a blender, processor, or by hand. You won’t be adding anything to it, it actually gets added to the egg mixture. Hope you enjoy the cupcakes!

  2. Shay says

    Not sure what happened but mines came out out dense. I had a notion they would because the batter was somewhat thick like a pound cake batter. Mixed the flour in by folding to avoid over mixing. Not as strawberry as I thought they would be or lite/light; however, the grandkids loved them.

    Will try again to see how to lighten/fluff them up.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Shay! It’s hard to know what went wrong but typically when a cupcake/cake is dense it’s because the butter may not have been softened enough or the butter and sugar were creamed together too long. Other than that, it’s hard to know what went wrong without being in the kitchen with you.

  3. Alison says

    Bit late to the party.
    I’m in the uk and don’t know what graham crackers are? Can you enlighten me

  4. Vilte says

    Hey! How many cupcakes did you make from this amount? 6 like in the video? thanks!! it looks delicious, will try today 🙂

  5. Erin says

    For the purée, do I measure out 3/4 cup chopped berries and then use whatever amount of purée that makes? Or do I purée the berries and then measure out 3/4 cup of it?

  6. Julia Walters says

    Happy 3 years! That dessert looks great and yummy. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. I would love to make this real soon. My family would love this for snack. I love strawberries and this is perfect since I’m craving to eat something out of strawberries this past few days. By the way, can I use almond milk for this?

  7. Karly says

    SO LIGHT AND FLUFFAYYYY!! These look amazing. Love the lightness of the strawberries and frosting and the creaminess of the cheesecake together. Must try these soon!

  8. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says

    Haaaaaaaappy blog-iversary, Ashley!!!! Three years is something that totally NEEDS to be celebrated in a VERY BIG way, and these cupcakes are THE perfect way to do it! These look just magically delicious, girlfriend! I love everything about these beauties! The graham cracker base, the strawberry cake AND the cream cheese frosting! TRIPLE THREAT of deliciousness going on here! Pinned! Cheers girl and congrats on three years of blogging some of the most delicious recipes EVER! <3

  9. Amber Y says

    Happy “Birthday” and congrats on 3 years!! I’m happy you’ve made it this far and I always appreciate the delicious recipes!

  10. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    Happy bloggiversary, Ashley! 3 years is quite an accomplishment and you picked the perfect dessert to celebrate with! I can never resist strawberry cupcakes, especially when a cream cheese frosting is involved. Is is bad that I want these for breakfast?!

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