It’s not enough just to eat, sleep and dream about food.

The inexorable truth of the matter is that when you want to really show your love for something, you have to permanently imprint it on your body.

If it doesn’t take a laser or a plastic surgeon to remove it, then it’s not the real thing.



And so while I’ve long dabbled with the idea of getting a cupcake tattoo on my right hip as proof of my utter devotion to the foodie lifestyle (yes, I aspire to be a walking cliche, why do you ask?).

Fate intervened two nights ago.  And now there is no going back.


It all started with a ciabatta roll and a totally crappy knife.  The kind you find a set of in your med school apartment building’s hallway, totally free for the taking, that some smarter-than-you soul could obviously bear to part with.

This is not gold standard cutlery, folks.  You just don’t part with the good stuff and you certainly don’t leave it outside the garbage room for the vultures that roam these halls to snatch up.  That’s for damn sure.


So why exactly I decided to grab one of these subpar knives when my Wusthof was literally five inches away…

…that really is the question, now isn’t it?

I think we all know how this story ends.  Knife slipped.  Finger was sliced.  And instead of going to the ER like a normal person to have a real doctor stitch me up. I called in my med student colleagues and asked for their first, second, and third opinions.  (In my defense, it was 10pm and I still hadn’t eaten dinner yet.  Spending four hours in the hospital to have them possibly tell me I didn’t even need stitches was not how I wanted my night to go.)

The bleeding stopped pretty quickly so we decided that Steri-Strips were the way to go (after I vetoed the idea that we Krazy Glue my skin back together.  Which was apparently the more surgically appropriate thing to do.  At least that was what the surgery resident in my lab said after he got over being angry at me for (a) not texting him a photo of the wound when it happened and (b) despising any and all real medical intervention in my life.)

The good news is that I can stop internally debating whether I’ll still want a cupcake on my hip when I’m eighty because, uh, a serious scar is definitely in my future.  I just need to come up with a better story to go with it.

“I did it while cutting a ciabatta roll”…so not the stuff that battle scars are made of.


Speaking of cupcakes on our hips…I made these babies for my friend Adam’s birthday this past week and they were a surefire hit.  You can’t go wrong with cheesecake in general but when you add a raspberry swirl, it really just gets better.

They’re also pretty excellent at consoling you as you’re sitting on your kitchen table, bleeding out, and waiting for your medical “team” to arrive.  Just saying.

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Cupcakes
Makes 24, adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes

For the crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp sugar

For the raspberry swirl: 

  • 6 oz raspberries
  • 2 tbsp sugar

For the filling:

  • 2 lb reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 325.  Line two cupcake tins with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, 4 tbsp melted better and 3 tbsp sugar. Stir until well combined.  Press 2 tsp graham cracker filling into each cupcake liner (I used a small cookie scoop to scoop it in and a shot glass to press it down).  Bake until just set, about 5 minutes.  Set aside to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a food processor, puree the raspberries. Pass raspberries through a fine-mesh strainer into a small bowl tp re,pve tje seeds.  Stir 2 tbsp sugar into the raspberry puree.
  4. Using a stand mixer or handheld mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese until it is light and fluffy.  Blend in the sugar until smooth.  Add in the vanilla, stirring until combined.  Add in the eggs, one at a time, stirring after each addition.  Pour 3 tbsp cheesecake filling into each graham cracker-crust lined cupcake liner.
  5. Dot 1/2 tsp raspberry puree in a few dots on top of the cheesecake filling. Using a toothpick or chopsticks, lightly swirl the puree to create a marbled effect.
  6. Bake cupcakes until the filling is set, about 22 minutes.  Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool to room temperature, then transfer to the fridge for at least 4 hours.


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81 Responses to Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Cupcakes

  1. london bakes says:

    I don’t what what it is about you doctors but every one I know also refuses to get medical attention unless it’s an absolute emergency. Must be one of the admission questions 😉

    These cupcakes look like a great way to console yourself though – I do hope they helped you feel a bit better!

  2. Sorry about your knife accident…. because we both know the real culprit: DULL knives. I`ve been to emerg twice. Once it was cutting potatoes and the second time rhubarb. After that, I bought a knife sharpener. I really should go sharpen my knives, now that I think about it. 😉

  3. Sam says:

    D’s cousin (who is a med student) has a similar story–except it was her mom sending her pictures of an injury asking if she thought an emergency room was necessary.

    At least you have cupcakes…

  4. OohLookBel says:

    I hope you make up a better story for your scar than ‘ciabatta roll incident’. These little cheesecakes look adorable and amazing, by the way.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    This story was very amusing, I just had a conversation with my friend Chase who now is officially a doctor about he and his friends doing minor procedures on one another. Also, pretty cupcakes

  6. Ouch! Been there.
    Raspberry swirls make everything better, looks amazing. Bet if you brought those to Emergency they’d have taken you first?

  7. Shannon says:

    glad you’re finger’s ok! now i should go get some krazy glue to keep around in my kitchen 😉 fabulous cheesekcakes 🙂

  8. Cara says:

    Hey, you’re not a real cook till you’ve been to the ER for a cooking-related accident 😉 I didn’t need stitches – just crazy glue, or that liquid skin bandage stuff!

    BTW, I know it so cliche, but aren’t cupcakes just the BEST! I don’t mean regular ol’ cupcakes. I mean mini cheesecakes and ice cream cakes. yup, that’s been my “thing” lately. Gawd I love portion control!

  9. Lynn says:

    Yum yum. I’m making those for sure.

    I had a similar accident last weekend while slicing potatoes and talking on the phone at the same time. I sliced right into my thumb – oh the pain. But dinner seemed more important than the emergency room, so I opted for pressure, Neosporin and bandages. 🙂

  10. Danielle says:

    Krazy Glue huh? I need to keep that around for hubby – he slices his finger all the time.

  11. Katie says:

    The individual serving cupcakes seem like such a smart idea. Way easier party food than the massive cheesecakes that have to be hauled around and awkwardly sliced. Love this idea and the raspberry swirl sounds perfect!

  12. Helene says:

    Yum! This is a treat that I would enjoy.

  13. Sooo pretty! Almost too pretty to eat!

  14. I sliced my finger last week with a food processor attachment – totally hear ya! It wasn’t pretty.
    But what is pretty is these cheesecake cupcakes! Oh man.

  15. oh dull knives. thanks for the reminder to sharpen mine! glad your injury wasn’t too serious… i think that tattoo sounds like a great plan 🙂 and i think i’ve made the original recipe that these were made from before, my mom has that cookbook. delish!

  16. ahh battle wounds. yes, they bite.
    i have done that many a times
    I’ve thought of a cupcake tat too. but i don’t know.
    my theory is if I’m gun-ho for the first 5 then not sure for the next 2 hours, it’s a sign not to get one.

  17. These are so pretty!

    I havea snack for cutting myself way too often! Glad you had all that medical expertise around you!

  18. Marcia says:

    Oh yum, these look delicious!

    I cut my finger once trying to cut apart 2 frozen veggies burgers. I looked at it for a bit before deciding to take myself to the army base for stitches.

    Sadly, I also had to get a tetanus and it was the night before my 8 hour chemical engineering professional engineer’s exam. (I passed anyway.)

  19. Gloria says:

    Two days ago I cut my finger with a knife too and im notice when I saw blood Omy and I think I have to finish this meal! Ha! Sometimes I think we are crazy; hope you feel better.
    These cupcakes look awesome and delicious I love them!

  20. Mo 'Betta says:

    So, are you sure that is raspberry swirled in those cupcakes 😉 Just don’t get a tat around your belly button. I had a patient once with a sun around hers, but she was 9 months pregnant…so it was more of a life size replica. She wanted to know would it ever look like it did before….I laughed.

  21. Oh no, I hope you’re ok! I’ve definitely cut myself (on a zester) and steristrips are life-saving (or at least finger-saving)! Good think you’ve got some knowledgable friends, who aren’t scared of a little blood.

    These little cakes look so good. I love cheesecake, but I could easily eat half of it in one sitting so I like how these are portion control 🙂

  22. Ah yes, moving up in the ranks of kitchen tattoos (scars from burns, cuts, etc)! My hands and arms have many a story to tell. I look forward to recounting them (along with the ink tattoo) stories to my grandkids one day… LOL! Glad you’re okay (hubs would’ve used super glue for sure). And these little bites of cheesecake bliss are sure to cure anything, no? Yummy.

  23. RJ says:

    oh no! =( glad you’re ok. I’ve got some gnarly glassblowing burns…good battle scars 🙂

  24. Ackk I hope your finger heels soon!
    And yes, can’t go wrong with cheesecake…

  25. Geni says:

    How’s the finger healing? Sorry to hear about the ciabatta carnage. These cupcakes look bright, so head turning and absolutely yummy.

  26. Margarita says:

    Ouch! I would rather have a battle wound than a tattoo though, it’s way cooler. I fell off my bike and my blunt brake lever stabbed my tricep… as much as I hate medical intervention, there was no other choice but to seek medical help and I had to get some stitches. I am sure just the story of cutting a ciabatta roll with a knife and ending up cutting yourself seriously is a pretty great story.

    I love the cheesecake cupcakes and the raspberry swirl. I have never made cheesecake before and I think it’s high time I give it a try. This is making me want one so bad!

  27. These are beautiful! I love raspberry in cheesecakes and even more, I love mini cheesecakes. This is a winner!

  28. Camila Faria says:

    I don’t know about cupcakes in my hips, but I sure love them in my belly! 🙂

  29. I have a vaguely Harry Potter-esque scar on one of my fingers from a similar situation. Only I wasn’t cutting anything – the knife just fell off the counter and I stupidly tried to catch it. But I prefer to tell everyone I was carving a turkey and Lord Voldemort showed up unnanounced to dinner.

  30. Eileen says:

    Hey, we all have our cooking scars, right? Mine is from an incident ~6 years ago in which I sliced off the tip of my middle finger while blearily making my work lunch at 7 am. The good news is that the emergency room had ZERO people in it at 7:15 on a weekday. Cellulose mesh for the win! And then I had a gigantic gauze bandage covering the entire middle finger, and had to keep it elevated…and did I mention I worked with little kids at the time? It was SUPER appropriate.

  31. Amy says:

    Ugh. I’ve christened many a new knife with my skin. I have 2 not-so-pretty war wounds on my fingers. I think it proves I’m seasoned. Or maybe just stupid. I’ll let you be the judge.

  32. brandi says:

    knife scar stories are always good, no matter what you were cutting. ciabatta is a pretty good one.

    ps: i need these cupcakes!

  33. Catherine says:

    Dear Joanne, These are wonderful little sweet treats to sooth any “boo boo”.
    I have run into these kitchen mishaps many times myself. Trying to decide whether stitches are in order. I always decide they are not.
    I think these are beautiful sweet treats with a soothing cup of tea. Blessings my dear friend. Catherine xo

  34. Miriam says:

    Dang girl, you got it goin’ on with cupcakes, those are beautiful!!
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  35. Dude, so glad you’re okay! But have no fear, battle scars are awesome! And these cupcakes are to die! I’m a huge cheesecake lover so you know I’ll be making this very soon!

  36. I always love the combination of berries and cheesecake, and your raspberry version made these cupcakes so pretty! I won’t be able to stop from eating these. I love these mini desserts like this (pretend it’s okay to eat because it’s “small” size…).

  37. Joanne, you are on a roll. I am thinking no more cutting or chopping, only foods you can pull apart, tear or use chopsticks for the near future!

  38. Hotly Spiced says:

    What a bloody story! It’s always the crappy knives that have you ending up in the ER. What beautiful swirling cupcakes Joanne – I just love them xx

  39. Beth says:

    The cupcakes look awesome … sorry about your finger!

  40. Julie says:

    Toss those bad knives!! Those cupcakes look amazing, great swirls. Hope the finger is healing nicely. Happy Weekend.

  41. Reeni says:

    These would totally comfort me! Although I would probably need to eat half the batch! So delectable. Hope your finger is better!

  42. That Girl says:

    I made cupcakes last night- these look better.

  43. Hannah says:

    Now that they’re finally in season, let the raspberry overdose begin! I’ve waited patiently through the whole year, and now I can’t wait to get baking with berries in earnest again. The swirls on these are so beautiful, they look like a wonderful recipe to start with.

  44. Christine says:

    As one well-versed in accidents, I’m glad to hear you’re okay. Dull knives are so dangerous, it could have been worse. Very happy it wasn’t! I actually put one of my knives in a totally different drawer with a note attached “sharpen me” recently. Don’t need any more stitches this year. These delights certainly look very comforting…raspberries and cream cheese…mmmmm.

  45. Johanna GGG says:

    ouch – but I know how these things happen. I cut my finger while cutting up a christmas tree with a breadknife – it was one of those silly things that I still have a sign of. Love your cupcakes and am glad it is raspberry in it – hope your finger is feeling better

  46. Kari says:

    Oh dear – I hope your finger is recovering and the steri strips are doing their job. I’d be keen to avoid a lengthy hospital wait at any time and if you have a medical team all of your own to call on, well, why not?

    Also, these cupcakes look divine 🙂

  47. Guru Uru says:

    My dear friend I hope your finger is healing ok – that is horrible!
    My cure? Eat plenty of these delicious cupcakes/cheesecakes and rest all day long 😀
    And get handsome waiters to serve you too!

    Choc Chip Uru

  48. Foodycat says:

    I still think you should get a cupcake tattoo! But ouch, hope your finger heals quickly.

  49. Barbara says:

    What a gorgeous summer dessert, Joanne. And such a pretty presentation, too. Love raspberries anyway.
    Ouch on that finger slice…we all do it (I did it last month)! I avoid the long waits in ER too, whenever possible!

  50. Debbie says:

    Glad the finger is ok…..I think we have all had our turns at slicing our fingers. I have a habit of hitting my fingernails first! Love the cupcakes. Please pass one through my screen!

  51. Please get a cupcake tattoo! How fun is that? The word tattoo sounds weird to me right now. Tat-too…tat-too…hmmm…

  52. I recently had a dumb kitchen accident too! I just a steak knife to stab out an avocado pit (when my chef’s knife was right there). Stab, not whack. So I stabbed myself in the palm of my hand and needed stitches. But scars are fun!

  53. love2dine says:

    A delightful and refreshing

  54. Kerstin says:

    Mmm, I wish I was enjoying one of these right now 🙂

  55. Making these right now in the toaster oven, using mini silicone muffin molds 🙂 Crustless though, I’m so excited for these to cool for dessert tonight! YUM!

  56. Lori says:

    Oh no! Hope you are healing well. I hate knife incidents in the kitchen. I had one a few weeks ago, and I’m pretty sure it’s lsome kind of weird welcome gift when you buy new knives. New knife? Let’s celebrate the event with a cut to the finger. Bah! These look amazing and I love that silver plate!

  57. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Love the ides of making the cheesecakes in muffin mould..and the swirls are making them look!

  58. Blond Duck says:

    A muffin cheesecake! Precious!

  59. I’m in love with these cheesecake muffins. Pinned. I walked into my nail shop with a newly hurting paper cut and she promptly sealed it up with nail glue.

  60. These look like a work of art! So cute and delicious looking. 🙂 Hope your finger’s ok now!

  61. daphne says:

    Bring it on I say!! A cupcake or two never hurt as long as we totally enjoyed it right?

  62. Saguna says:

    I love the idea of a hip cupcake tattoo but it sounds like you’ve definitely been through enough pain for quite a long while. A few years ago I clean burned the inside of my hand after doing a pizza in oven and grabbing the hot handle- but I made damn sure I had a slice of that pizza to make all my pain worth it…Poor finger, poor you! These pretty cupcakes look like just the remedy.

  63. Chris says:

    Don’t you feel so mad/embarrassed rather than injured when you get cut? I finally did it this year after a years long streak of no knife cuts and it was one of those things were I knew better.

    Glad you’re okay. The cheesecakes look wonderful, especially knowing that it is raspberry making them red 😉

  64. Jenn Kendall says:

    i love the idea of a cupcake tattoo! so cute! i’m pretty sure i would eat the whole pan of these, they look soooo sooo good!

  65. beti says:

    perfect size, perfect dessert

  66. Kim says:

    Oh no, Joanne! Hopefully everything will heal up. I sliced off quite a bit of my finger on a mandoline (there was nothing to stitch together) and everything grew back fine (no scars). I think the neosporin helped a lot too:)

    I’ve been seeing these little precious raspberry cupcakes on pinterest and they look amazing! I’ll have two please!

  67. I’m always so scared of using the big sharp expensive knives for fear I’ll cut my fingers off, but I didn’t realize I had to be scared of the dull, cheaper knives too! A good reminder to always be careful .. hope you’re feeling better! The cupcakes look gorgeous by the way 🙂

  68. Tandy says:

    Dave believes in using super glue for his wounds where I prefer Steri Strips! And sharp knives don’t cut or so I am told 🙂

  69. grace says:

    so pretty. i’ve made these following martha’s recipe before and was quite pleased.

  70. Lora says:

    My Dr. husband got stung by three wasps his weekend and looked like the elephant Man. It’s took A LOT for me to get him to urgent care (we only had benedryl in the house). When he was there he tried to flee the waiting room 2x. What is it with you people?

    Moving on to your delicious looking cupcakes. what a gorgeous raspberry swirl!

  71. kankana says:

    I am saving this recipe to give a try. Love cheesecake and raspberries!

  72. Kevin says:

    Those cupcakes look so amazingly good! Raspberries and cheesecake…mmm…

  73. It sounds like the universe intervened and told you not to get that cupcake tattoo…maybe it wants you to get a ciabatta roll tattoo?? umm, that might be cute…

  74. sandra says:

    … and they illustrate your story beautifully.

  75. Deborah says:

    I’m sure you’ll come up with a great story. 🙂 I want one of these right now -they look amazing!

  76. So pretty 🙂 and perfect props haha

  77. These little babies caught my eye!! Glad those were raspberries in the cheesecakes and not blood – ouchy! Hope your finger is all better.

  78. Anonymous says:

    Made these and they were delicious and fool proof! Great recipe, will use this again 🙂

  79. Yummy and just the right size for holiday cookie trays. I used frozen raspberries which tasted fine but dried and cracked on the top. Mixing in the berry and reserving some white cheesecake for swirling also looks pretty and avoided the cracking.

  80. Dylan McCall says:

    I made these for a potluck lunch last weekend and they turned out beautifully! I think I was using smaller cupcake liners than you were, so with something like three quarters of the recipe I ended up with almost three dozen mini cupcakes. I still want more, of course.

    Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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