I’m a fan of food mashups. Inspired by my love for brownie cheesecake (and cheesecake in general), I sought a recipe that swapped the brownies for blondies, particularly of the funfetti birthday cake variety. I didn’t find anything specific, so I took a stab at it by combining a couple recipes. The results: dangerously tasty.

Birthday Cake Cheesecake Recipe

Blondies

(one could make the cake batter from scratch, but for experimenting purposes I went ahead and used a good ol’ box mix)

  • 1 box funfetti cake mix
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup milk

Cheesecake Filling

  • 4 blocks cream cheese (32 oz.) at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • rainbow sprinkles
Directions

Mix together the blondie ingredients in a large bowl using a fork. The batter will be very dense, and that’s good. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners and drop a good heaping tablespoon of the blondie batter into each cup. Spread the batter as evenly as you can across the bottom.

Bake the blondies in an oven at 350˚F for 10 minutes. Let them cool down a little bit and move onto preparing the cheesecake filling.

Cream together the cream cheese and sugar with a hand mixer until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla. For extra flare, I threw in a little handful of sprinkles (about a tablespoon).

Birthday Cake Blondie Cheesecakes

Drop spoonfulls of cheesecake filling on top of the blondies until the filling almost reaches the top. Once they’re baked and cooled, the cheesecakes will reduce in size, so I want to maximize my potential cheesecake area. Pop these bad boys back in the oven (still at 350˚) for another 15-20 minutes, until the cheesecake is just about set but still has a little jiggle. This recipe yields about 30 mini cheesecakes.

I have only recently discovered the pleasure of warm, fresh cheesecake…so I couldn’t help but break into these as soon as I could!

Birthday Cake Blondie Cheesecakes

I wanted my cheesecake-to-blondie ratio to be almost equal, but you can reduce the amount of blondie batter for a thinner crust.

Birthday Cake Blondie Cheesecake Crust

Warm Birthday Cake Blondie Cheesecake

What kiddie dreams are made of.