Lemon Meringue Cheesecake Cupcakes, for #SummerDessertWeek

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week!

Today marks my last recipe for #SummerDessertWeek, and I am wrapping it up with a delicious Lemon Meringue Cheesecake Cupcake recipe. I don’t know if you are a fan of The Cheesecake Factory, but I am. However, the menu always overwhelms me. Have you seen it? It’s a full on binder, full of so many great options. And the cheesecake flavors? Gah. Soooo many to choose from. I have the toughest time, but one of my favorites is always the Lemon Meringue Cheesecake. Cheesecake, topped with lemon meringue pie?

Yes, please.

So, that cheesecake was the inspiration for my final dessert week recipe. Miniature, 3 bite versions, still full of flavor, still topped with piles of fluffy meringue. Don’t like crust? (I don’t!) Then don’t add it. Although I am not a fan, I did add a crust to each of mine, because I wanted the true cheesecake taste and appearance. Don’t care for meringue? Again, don’t add it. Not a lemon lover? Add raspberry jelly, or cherry, or chocolate chips. This recipe is very adaptable, so I think you can get a lot of use out of it!

Give it a try!

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake Cupcakes

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake Cupcakes

The perfect combination of lemon meringue pie and cheesecake! Easy to make, and very adaptable!

Ingredients

  • For the crust:
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • For the cheesecakes:
  • 2- 8 oz bricks of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 12 teaspoons lemon curd
  • For the Meringue
  • 3 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Place 12 cupcake liners into cupcake pan.
  2. Pour melted butter over graham cracker crumbs and sugar, mixing well. Press crumb mixture into bottoms of all 12 cupcake liners. Bake for 8 minutes, then remove from oven.
  3. Place one 8-ounce package of the cream cheese, 1/2 cup of the sugar, and the cornstarch in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until creamy, about 3 minutes, then beat in the remaining package of cream cheese.
  4. Increase the mixer speed to high and beat in the remaining sugar, then beat in the salt and vanilla. Blend in the eggs one at a time, beating only until completely blended. Mix in the sour cream,heavy cream and extracts. Be careful not to overmix the batter.
  5. Pour the batter into the cupcake liners. Add a teaspoon of lemon curd to each, and swirl to combine. Bake the cheesecakes until the tops are lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool in the oven with the door propped open. Chill until ready to serve.
  6. When ready to serve, prepare meringue. Whip egg whites with a pinch of salt until medium peaks appear. Add sugar and vanilla, and whip until stiff peaks. Dollop or pipe onto chilled cheesecakes, then bake in a preheated oven until meringue browns, or, use a kitchen torch. Serve immediately.

As I mentioned in my previous two posts, several sponsors sent our Dessert Week Group some items to work with if we wanted. No one paid us, but we did receive products. All thoughts and opinions about them are my own. In this recipe I used sugar from Dixie Crystals (as I always do, it’s the best), cupcake liners (aren’t they adorable?) from Sweets & Treats Boutique, and extracts from Adam’s Extract.  Thank you, sponsors!

 
Check out the amazing #SummerDessertWeek recipes from our bloggers today!

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Welcome to the 3rd Annual #SummerDessertWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife. This week-long summer time event is filled with some down right amazing sweet recipes from fantastic bloggers and we’ve got some great giveaways from our generous sponsors for y’all too!! We can’t wait to share all of these summer-themed desserts with you and celebrate sweet, sweet summertime all week long!

 

There are 45 incredible bloggers participating in this year’s #SummerDessertWeek event! Thanks to those bloggers, we have over 168 summer time sweet treat recipes being shared this week! Grab a few recipes to try out and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!

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PRIZE #1

Dixie Crystals is giving away one (1)Keurig® K-Select® Coffee Maker

 

 

PRIZE #2

 

Prize #2 — Adam’s Extract is giving away – 1 Gift Pack – including Adams Poundcake Kit, Adams Best, Adams Lemon Extract, Adams Natural Food Color, and Adams Cinnamon Sugar

 

PRIZE #3

Prize #3 —Wiltonis giving away a Wilton Gift Pack – including – Bake and Bring Geometric Print Non-Stick 13 x 9 -inch Oblong Pan, Bake and Bring Geometric Print Non-Stick 8-inch Square Cake Pan, Bake and Bring Geometric Print Non-Stick 8-inch Round Cake Pan, Peach Cobbler Candy Melts Candy, Blueberry Lemonade Candy Melts Candy, Orange Crème Candy Melts Candy, Key Lime Pie Decorating Icing Pouch with Tips, Orange Crème Decorating Icing Pouch with Tips, Pop Art Triangle and Solid Cupcake Liners, Geometric Print and Solid Green Cupcake Liners, Balloon Dog Icing Decorations, Assorted Brights and Pastels Sprinkles, Blue Sprinkles Tackle Box, Coral Sprinkles Tackle Box, DIY-Lish Mermaid Kit, DIY-Lish Candy Lollipop Kit and Disposable Decorating Bags with 1M Tips

 

PRIZE #4

Prize #4 — Sweets & Treats Boutiqueis giving away 1 (one) baking supply box including an assortment of sprinkles and cupcake liners as well as one of Love From The Oven’s recent cookbooks!

PRIZE #5

Prize #5 — Anolon is giving one (1) winner an Anolon Advanced Graphite 9″ Round Springform Pan & an Anolon Advanced Graphite 9″ Square Springform Pan

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Giveaway open to US Residents 18 years or older. All entries will be verified. No PO Boxes Please. Prizes will be sent directly from sponsors to winners, bloggers are not responsible for prizes. This giveaway runs from July 7th – July 14th at 12AMEST. Winners will be selected soon afterward and contacted by e-mail. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. There are a total of 5 (five) prizes and therefore we will have a total of 5 (five) winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

 

Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #SummerDessertWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like to Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Adam’s Extract, Wilton, Sweets and Treats Shop and Anolon! These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #SummerDessertWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.

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