Cheesecake Brownie Cupcakes

No-one wants to admit that they have an ugly baby. But this time I will. These aren’t the prettiest things ever to grace my table but they sure do taste good. The creamy cheesecake swirled with strawberry jam combined with a dense and squidgy chocolate brownie underneath is the perfect combination, although I did end up wanting to eat them all myself rather than give any of them away. It was like parting with a super cute puppy.

Cheesecake topping ingredients

Cheesecake brownie cupcakes combine three of my favourite things. I found the brownie cupcakes in my Leila Lindholm book I was given recently and wondered how I could add my own touch. I’ve been making these Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies by Baking Bites for a good long while and thought I could adapt the recipe. Here’s the resulting baby!

Brownie Cupcake Ingredients

You’re going to need to check these cupcakes regularly. My gas oven is wild and untamed – something that drives me mad because the temperature difference from top to bottom is mad and makes it impossible to cook two sandwich cake layer at once. The cupcakes sink a bit in the middle once they come of the oven, this is completely normal! You haven’t done anything wrong…

Cheesecake brownie cupcake

I popped some blueberries into the topping for a touch of healthy fruity flavour, but you can leave them out if you want! You could also try mixing up the jam flavours too.


For the brownie cupcakes (adapted from Leila Lindholm’s brownie cupcakes)

  • 2 large eggs
  • 180g caster sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 50g butter
  • 50ml olive oil
  • 80ml golden syrup
  • 120g plain flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), chopped into pieces

For the cheesecake topping (adapted from Baking Bites Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies)

  • 225g full fat cream cheese (like Philadelphia)
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½tsp vanilla essence
  • 3tbsp strawberry jam
  • 24 blueberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3. Line a muffin tin with paper/foil cupcake cakes. I used British style extra large muffin cases (they’s be smaller than American ones but bigger than your normal cupcake cases, but if you’re using smaller ones then you will make more than 12 so you’ll need an extra tin.
  2. Make the cheesecake by whisking the cream cheese, egg, sugar with the paddle in your stand mixer (or you can use a hand mixer or by hand too) on a medium speed until creamy and smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a seperate bowl beat the eggs and sugar until fluffy and pale.
  4. Melt the butter and mix with the oil and golden syrup in a large mixing bowl then stir into the egg mixture.
  5. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt, then fold into the butter mix.
  6. Melt the chocolate pieces in a bowl over bubbling water. Don’t let the bowl touch the water.
  7. Fold the chocolate into mixture.
  8. Spoon the mixture evenly into the muffin cases, and even the surfaces out with a spoon. Spoon a heaped tablespoon of the cheesecake mixture on the top.
  9. Using a kebab skewer, swirl jam through the cream cheese, then push two blueberries into the top.
  10. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, then check to see if they’re done by placing a skewer into the middle of one of the cupcakes. The skewer should come out clean. If not, check it every 5 minutes or so until done.
  11. Remove from the oven, leave in the muffin tray for 5 minutes then leave to cool on a cooling rack.


  1. Hollie says

    Made these yeaterday as I thought they looked nice on here.  I followed the recipe for the brownies and thought the mixture looked a little odd… checked over the recipe and the ingredients again and realised the method missed out the eggs and the sugar from the mixture, both of which are quite instrumental! In the end they turned out pretty strange and I was quite dissapointed.

    Also as a side note (and I don’t know whether this was something I did or whether it was meant to be like that) but the cheesecake mixture was really runny pre-baking and when baked seemed to make only a very thin layer on the top of the cakes and went wuite hard and crunchy.  I put on the specified amount and the brownies weren’t over baked.

    Over all not hugely impressed.  Nice idea though.

    • Anonymous says

      Hi Hollie, really sorry about forgetting to put the first bit in about the eggs – I’ve now corrected this.
      The cheesecake shouldn’t be like that at all – it shouldn’t be fluid but not runny. It sounds like you might have not mixed the sugar in properly so it caramelised, but that is just a guess as I haven’t had that happen before.

      Apologies again Hollie for the recipe mess up, I’m not perfect!

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