Strawberry cheese cake cupcakes... wouldn't you know

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My husband loves strawberry anything. If we go for a milkshake he wants strawberry. I made fun of him endlessly for this for years.

I wanted to try something new for the 4th of July (my absolute favorite holiday) so I decided to marry all of Beardface's favorite things- strawberries, cupcakes and cheese cake. 

I took them to my parent's house where my Daddy said they were "just as good as" anything he had ever eaten. That's a big complement. Huge. 

The recipe has a lot of steps, there is crust, cake and frosting. 

I found a recipe on The Girl Who Ate Everything- but then I modified it slightly. 

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What you'll need: 

Graham cracker crust:

2 sleeves graham crackers, crushed 

1 stick melted butter

2 tablespoons sugar - note - if you are using the cinnamon flavored graham crackers you do not need to add sugar. You won't miss it. Trust me. 

Cake-

Two cups chopped strawberries plus more for garnish

1 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour

1 1/2 sticks butter

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla flavoring

1/2 cup sour cream

4 egg whites

1/2 cup Jet Puffed Marshmallow Creme

Frosting:

2 - 8 ounce packages cream cheese - I used low fat. Which is hilarious considering all the butter in this recipe

2 sticks butter - softened but NOT melted

4 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla flavoring. 

Preheat your oven to 350 and prepare your muffin pans.

In a bowl (or food processor) combine your graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar. Mix. Then press the crust into your lined muffin pans. 

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In a big mixing bowl combine your flour, sugar, vanilla, and mix. Then add your sour cream, eggs and butter. Fold in marshmallow creme. 

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Add in your strawberries and mix your heart out. 

Pour the mix over your crust. 

Bake at 350 for about 15 - 20 minutes. 

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Get your mixer out and prepare to make your frosting. In your mixing bowl cream your butter, which has been softened to room temp. 

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When the butter is creamed add your cream cheese. Then slowly add your powdered sugar one cup at a time. 

Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost them. I put my frosting in a plastic bag, cut off the tip and piped them onto the cake. 

Then garnish with a strawberry. 

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