Gluten-Free New York Cheesecake Cupcakes

  • Preparation Time35 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves24
  • DifficultyEasy
1 1/2 cups gluten-free ginger spice cookie crumbs, such as Pamela's Gluten-Free Spicy Ginger Snaps
4 eggs
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla bean paste
2 2/3 cups gluten-free all-purpose baking mix
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups raspberry preserves

For the Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting

1 pound cream cheese , softened
4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) butter, at room temperature
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
Special equipment: Piping bag fitted with an 847 star tip

For the Raspberry Coulis

12 ounces fresh or frozen raspberries
1/2 cup sugar

Cook's Note: Use a good-quality, tart raspberry preserve to offset the sweetness of the cream cheese frosting.

Preheat the oven to 190°C. Line two standard 12-cavity muffin pans with cupcake liners. Evenly distribute the gluten-free cookie crumbs into the liners, about a tablespoon in each cup.

Crack the eggs into a small container and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until it is light in color and fluffy. Add the sugar to the butter and continue beating until the sugar is uniformly incorporated into the butter. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl, and then restart the mixer on low speed. Add 1 egg at a time, waiting until it is fully incorporated in the butter mixture before adding the next egg.

Once all the eggs have been added, stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure that all the butter is incorporated with the eggs. Add the vanilla bean paste and blend uniformly.

Add the gluten-free baking mix in three additions, alternating with the milk, in two additions, fully incorporating each addition into the batter before moving to the next step. If needed, stop the mixer after each addition and scrape down the sides of the bowl and then resume mixing on low.

Once all the dry ingredients and the milk have been combined with the butter mixture, evenly fill the cupcake pan cavities two-thirds of the way full. Bake the cupcakes until the top of each cupcake is slightly springy to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 14 to 16 minutes.

Remove from the oven and immediately turn the cupcakes out of the pan onto a cooling rack. Let the cupcakes cool completely.

Using an apple corer or knife, core out the center of each cooled cupcake. Then fill with 1 tablespoon raspberry preserves and top with the Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting. Drizzle a small amount of the Raspberry Coulis over the top.

This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. The Food Network Kitchens have not tested it for home use, therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

For the vanilla bean cream cheese frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cream cheese and butter and beat until soft and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla bean paste. Whisk on low speed to combine so there is no loose powdered sugar on the bottom of the bowl and then turn the mixer onto medium-high. Whip until very light and fluffy.

Fit an 18-inch plastic piping bag with an 847 star tip and twist the bag right by the tip to prevent the buttercream from leaking out. While you grasp the piping bag right above the star tip with your hand, fold the top of the piping bag over your hand and spoon the cream cheese frosting into the piping bag. Set aside.

Raspberry Coulis:

For the raspberry coulis: Put the raspberries in a heavy saucepot and heat until warm. Mix together the sugar and 3 tablespoons water and add to the raspberries. Bring just to a boil, until all the sugar dissolves. Let cool and pour the raspberry mix into a blender or food processor and puree. Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove all or part of the seeds.

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