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Easy Black-Bottom Cheesecake Cupcakes

These Easy Black-Bottom Cheesecake Cupcakes are creamy bites of creamy cheesy fruity delight.Easy Blackbottom Cheesecake Cupcakes

Twenty-one years ago today I gave birth to my first son.

It is amazing how you become a parent one day and you have no idea what the future will hold.  You are optimistic about the new life you just brought into the world and you recognize how fragile and precious the little person is, and you just want to be the best parent possible.

As I raised my sons, I remember when other parents of older children and grandparents would tell me “enjoy them while they are young, they will be grown before you know it.” 

I would think oh-yea sure, I just want to sleep through the night or I can’t wait until they are potty trained.   

Then later I just wanted Geometry and Middle School to be over. There are several things that challenge a parent while bringing up a child, but then one day your child graduates High-School and leaves the house, either for college or for life on their own. 

I ran up against the same old sayings from those older parents and grandparents, “you will be so sad when your child leaves the nest.”  Nah I thought, “I would be excited about my child’s new chapter in his life, not sad”

Boy-oh-boy was I wrong.  

Of course I was excited for him, but when it was time to climb in the car and make the 10 hour drive home, knowing I was going to be leaving him behind and wouldn’t see him for several months, I gulped back an avalanche of emotions.  

I climbed into the car made it about a block before the flood-gates opened and I knew a little piece of my heart was left behind.

Now it’s been three years and my son is turning twenty-one today and he has grown into a man. 

The rewards of watching your child grow, stumble, overcome and achieve their dreams, vanquish every difficult or sad moment as a parent.

 Including watching them leave the nest.  Which leaves you to become the parent that gives the advice “enjoy them while they are young, they will be grown before you know it.”

So this Easy Black-bottom Cheesecake Cupcake recipe is for the man who I raised that I am proud to call my son.  Happy Birthday, love you Mom

Easy Blackbottom Cheesecake Cupcakes

Easy Blackbottom Cheesecake Cupcakes

Easy Black-bottom Cheesecake Cupcakes

Four Black-Bottom Cheesecake Cupcakes on cake stand.

Easy Black-bottom Easy Cheesecake Cupcakes

These Easy Black-Bottom Cheesecake Cupcakes are creamy bites of creamy cheesy fruity delight.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 9 ounce Chocolate Wafers I used Nabisco Famous
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • 2- 8 ounce containers of Cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup raspberry jam warmed up
  • 36 fresh raspberries
  • powdered sugar for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line 12 muffin cups with liner and spray with baking spray
  • Take 24 wafer crackers and place in food processor until crumbled.
  • Add melted butter until completely blended.
  • Evenly add crumb mix into the bottom of each muffin tin. Use 1/4 cup round measuring cup to press down crumb mixture.
  • Bake in oven for 5 minutes.
  • In mixer, add cream cheese and sugar and whip on high until fluffy.
  • Lower to low speed and add vanilla, and each egg one at a time, until completely blended.
  • Pour even amount of cream cheese mix on top of crumb mix till full to top.
  • Place a wafer on top of each cup and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and spread a tablespoon of jam on top of each cupcake.
  • Stick in freezer for 15 minutes to cool or refrigerator until time to serve. (you can freeze them for up to two weeks at this point)
  • A few hours before serving sprinkle with powdered sugar and top each with 3 raspberries.
  • Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.



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14 comments on “Easy Black-Bottom Cheesecake Cupcakes”

  1. Amy, you’ve got 1 cup of granulated sugar listed in the ingredients but it’s completely missing from the Instructions. I even did a word search on “sugar” just to be safe and I’m coming up nil. Can you help us out?

  2. Hi, those looks perfect and I would love to give them a try but do you use 2 containers of cream cheese? I couldnt be sure since other recipes say one. Can someone please light me up I don’t want to ruin such a perfect recipe.

  3. I made the raspberry cheesecake recipe and it was a big hit! I couldn’t find the chocolate wafers so used chocolate animal crackers (72) for bottom layer of each cupcake. I topped each with 4 chocolate Teddy Grahams from Keebler (48 total). then placed the raspberries like the picture.
    Even the adults enjoyed the playful presentation!

    1. Judy,
      Thanks for the tips, and I am so glad everyone enjoyed! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. xo amy

  4. Amy, thanks for the lovely recipe and your honest and open feelings about having your son leave the nest. I have three daughters of my own, and with one in high school, I am finding the years flying by much more quickly than they did when I was running around chasing little ones. I’m not looking forward to that day when I’ll have to leave a piece of my heart behind…though on the other hand I really don’t want them to live at home forever either!

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    Dionne Baldwin

    Now I am teary eyed! You are so sweet and such a thoughtful mom. It’s easy to get caught up in our immediate needs when we have kiddos just like you mentioned. Occasionally I will give my other half a hard time when he expresses how he cannot wait for a phase to be over with the kids and I jokingly tell him he will miss it when they are gone. It really is true. We might even miss those muddy floors, stressful homework nights or that one difficult obstacle that every parent has with their child. It goes by so quickly.

    By the way these cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous! WOW! You have a great eye for photography.

    1. Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me
      Amy Stafford

      Hi Dionne, You are so right, and you just want the phase to pass (especially homework!) but then you are flipping through the T.V channels and there is Barney and you remember all the times you had to sit through that purple dinosaur with a smile on your face! 😉 Thanks for commenting- love to hear from you. The cupcakes are delicious and the pictures have gotten so much better since I broke down and bought a macro 60mm lens, I highly recommend the investment!
      xo Amy

  6. Beautiful post, I never had kids myself, but have three stepsons and witnessed the “leaving the nest” time. Indeed, seeing them become adults and have their own road to travel is incredibly wonderful…

    the cheesecake cupcakes are a work of art (and love!)

    Happy Birthday to your son!

    1. Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me
      Amy Stafford

      Thanks for the birthday wish Sally, I will pass them on. It is wonderful when your children or stepchildren find their own path and success. The cupcakes are little cups of sinful deliciousness!

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