After going through an interview/screening process that has taken almost a year, I got a call a few days ago from NBC and was asked to be in their next group of Pages. I was shaking I was so excited. Sometimes getting what you want can be slightly overwhelming, I had previous engagements for the time period they asked me to start, so I didn't know what to do. At first I said that I wouldn't be able to join this group, and they said thank you and that they would keep me in mind for next time. Then, once I was off the phone, I sat and thought for a bit.
(3) 8 Ounce Packages Cream Cheese
1 Cup Sugar
1/3 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1 Tablespoon and 1 Teaspoon Flour
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Fresh Raspberries for Garnish
Cheese Whipped Cream
2 and 2/3 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream, liquid not already whipped
3 Tablespoons Cream Cheese, softened
1 and 1/3 Cups Raspberries, fresh or frozen
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Water
Graham Cracker Crust
1 Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
1/3 Cup Butter, melted
2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
1 Teaspoon Brown Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
Start by making the raspberry jelly. Bring the raspberries, sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Mix well, breaking apart the raspberries with the end of your spoon. Allow to boil for 7 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to cool for 30 minutes. Then put it in the refrigerator to chill.
Next, make the graham cracker crust. In a small bowl, mix together the granulated sugar, brown sugar cinnamon, and graham cracker crumbs. Add the butter, and mix well. It should get kind of clumpy now, and should stick together if you press it between your fingers. Set it aside.
Now comes the cheesecake part. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and cream cheese until well blended. Add the heavy whipping cream and mix until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, blending well after each addition. Stir in the lemon juice and vanilla extract.
Place the pan in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, then turn the heat down to 275 degrees Fahrenheit and continue to bake for another 12 to 16 minutes, or until the tops of the cheesecakes are golden. They will crack at the top, and that is okay, because we will be covering the cracks with whipped cream, which brings me to the next part.
While the cupcakes are baking, make the cheese whipped cream. Put the heavy whipping cream and cream cheese in a medium-sized bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat the mixture on high for about 2 minutes, or until a dense and thick whipped cream forms. This will be much thicker than store bought whipping cream, and it will pipe out of the frosting bag quite nicely! Cover and refrigerate.
Once the cupcakes are done, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool to room temperature. Then, place them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill. Now they are ready to be frosted.
Fit a frosting bag with a size 13 closed star frosting tip. Now fill the bag two-thirds full of the whipped cream and roll down the empty top of the bag until the whipped cream is nice and compacted inside, as air bubbles will cause the frosting to sputter out messily rather than in nice, clean strokes. Grab a cupcake and start icing it around the outside edge, continuing around the edge until you are about to meet the point where you started frosting. Curl the frosting into the center of the cupcake, and you are done! It is basically like making a single, large spiral.
Repeat this process with all of the cupcakes. Garnish the tops with a single raspberry. Serve immediately and refrigerate any leftovers.