Monday, May 28, 2012

Sopapilla Cheesecake Cupcakes and Pie

I found this great recipe on I changed it just a bit to fit my pie pan instead of a 9x13 pan. But everything else is the same. The pie was so delicious that I turned it into a cupcake. Yum Yum!!

Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup honey


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a pie plate with cooking spray.
  2. Beat the cream cheese with 1 cup of sugar and the vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth.
  3. Unroll one can of crescent dough and use a rolling pin to flatten it out so it fits into the pie pan.
  4. Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture onto the dough.
  5. Unroll the second can of dough and shape it using the rolling pin. 
  6. Place the dough on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  7. Stir together 3/4 cup of sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Spread the mixture over the dough.
Bake in the preheated oven until the crescent dough has puffed and turned golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and drizzle with honey. Cool completely in the pan before cutting it.

 Sopapilla Cheesecake Cupcakes

Servings: Makes 1 dozen cupcakes
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup whole milk , room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter , room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg , room temperature
  • 2 large egg whites , room temperature


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners; set aside.
 2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

3. In a small bowl, mix together milk and extracts; set aside.

4. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar and continue to beat until well combined and fluffy. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and slowly add egg and egg whites until just blended.

5. With the mixer on low, slowly add half the flour mixture; mix until just blended. Add the milk mixture; mix until just blended. Slowly add remaining flour mixture, scraping down sides of the bowl with a spatula, as necessary, until just blended.

6. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Transfer muffin tin to oven and bake until tops are just dry to the touch, 22 to 25 minutes. Transfer muffin tin to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool completely in tin before icing.
Cheesecake Filling
  • 8 oz. package cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Combine cream cheese sugar and vanilla until well mixed.
  2. Place in a small baking dish and back at 350° for 20 minutes.

  •  1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 10 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  1. Combine sugar, 1/4 cup butter, and 1/2 tsp. vanilla in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Combine confectioner's sugar and butter in a mixer until crumbly.
  3. Slowly add heavy whipping cream, extract, and salt until it is creamy.
  4. Mix in the sugar mixture.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

11 Months!

So I'm a little late in getting this update done but better late than never. Blakely will be one year old in two weeks and I cannot believe how fast this year has flown! She has truly made this one of the best years of my life. Here are some highlights and new things she is doing now.

  • She is walking really well as long as she's holding on to something. I don't think it will be too much longer before she takes off on her own.
  • She is standing by herself now for a few seconds at a time. However, when she realizes she's not holding on to anything, she quickly sits down for fear of falling.
  • She's eating a lot of solid foods now. I still give her some food from a baby jar since she only has two bottom teeth, but I'm trying to introduce her to new foods every day. 
  • Speaking of teeth, Blakely has had the same two teeth for about 5 months now and I've been wondering when she'll get more. Just yesterday, I noticed a new little tooth poking through on the top. I'm hoping some more are just around the corner.

  • Sleeping is still not great but we're working on it. She goes down in her crib every night, but about an hour later wakes up and wants to get in bed with me and Kevin. Once she's with us, she sleeps pretty well through the night. My goal is to use this summer while I'm not working and get her used to sleeping through the night in her crib. I know it may mean lots of getting up and rocking her at first, but since I'm off work it won't be as difficult to give up my nights. Hopefully it won't take long to get her adjusted.
  • She is into absolutely everything!! Her favorite "toys" are my 10 seasons of Friends. She loves to pull them off the DVD shelf and scoot them around the floor as she crawls. Her favorite room in the house is the bathroom. When I walk away from her and come back to find she's gone, I know she's in the bathroom playing. She loves to stand up against the tub and put her hands in whatever water has been left there from the shower. However, I try to keep the bathroom door closed as much as possible because I have found her digging through the trash and sticking her hands in the toilet.
  • She is wearing 9-12 month clothing (but mostly 9 month) and is petite for her age. Her last couple of visits, she has been in the 25 percentile for weight and height so I'm curious to see if that's changed at her next visit.
  • She is talking so much now, although only she can understand what she is saying. She is definitely saying "mama" and "dada" but everything else is her own language. However, she is using a lot of voice inflection now as if she's trying to really have a conversation when she talks.
To my sweet Blakely, you are the joy of mommy and daddy's life. Thank you God for this amazing little miracle!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012