Caramel Cheesecake Cupcakes and a Cookbook GIVEAWAY!!

Caramel Cheesecake Cupcakes and a Cookbook GIVEAWAY!! Do you love cheesecake? Do you love Caramel? Well you have come to the right place! These cupcakes are "healthier" than the average cupcakes. This recipe comes from The California Country Gal's Cookbook, "Sweet Secret's" written by Annabelle Lee. This cookbook caters to Paleo Friendly, Low Glycemic, and just delicious recipes! Annabelle has a wealth of information explaining how you can have whole foods cupcakes that are delicious and still good for you. Some of the ingredients I had never heard of before such as Erythritol, it's a sweetener that is low on the glycemic index, and great for diabetics. Since I am all about creating recipes with ingredients that I have on hand, I remembered that I had Xylitol, which is still lower  than cane sugar on the glycemic index. I replaced Xylitol for Erythritol. ( Another sweetener that is zero carbs and low on the glycemic index.) The cheesecakes came out delicious, they are lighter in texture than most dense cheesecakes. The caramel sauce is a perfect addition, drizzle it on the plate and then over the cheesecakes when serving, for a pretty presentation. Now on to the giveaway! You could win a SWEET SECRETS COOKBOOK just by entering my Rafflecopter!   CLICK HERE!!! a Rafflecopter giveaway Caramel Cheesecake Cupcakes Ingredients makes 12 cupcakes Crust: Dried Cupcake crumbs ( I used 4 Organic Graham Crackers) 1/3 cup Pecans 2 Tbsp butter Blend in Food Processor to a meal. If you don't have cupcake crumbs, you substitute them with another 1/3 cup pecans and 1 Tbsp coconut flour Press 1 rounded Tbsp into 12 buttered cupcake cups Cheesecake 2 cups cream cheese 1 cup yellow squash or peeled zucchini ( I used 1 whole banana) 1/2 cup Erythritol ( I used Xylitol) 1/4 cup Evaporated Cane Juice or 1/8 tsp Stevia ( I used Truvia) 2 large eggs 1 Tbsp egg white powder 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract or Paste 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice 1 tsp Almond Extract 1/8 tsp sea salt Directions Position oven rack to middle portion of oven. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In food processor fitted with S blade, add all of the ingredients and blend smooth. Divide batter on top of the crust. Bake for 12 minutes, then turn oven down to 325 degrees and bake another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and top with this mixture, if desired: 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup Mascarpone cheese 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract Return to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes. Turn off the oven and crack the oven door. Let rest about an hour before refrigerating. Top with: Dark Coconut Palm Caramel 1 1/2 cups Coconut Palm Sugar ( I used Xylitol) 6 Tbsp water 2 Tbsp butter Combine ingredients in a small saucepan and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Cover and allow to boil, without stirring, for about 3 minutes, the steam will wash down the sides of the pan. Uncover and let boil another few minutes. The caramel will thicken as it cools. If you wish to use a candy thermometer allow it to reach 238 degrees, the softball stage. My caramel isn't dark like Annabelle's, but it is still delicious! This cheesecake is delicious with fruit too!
  • http://gravatar.com/gloryj gloryj

    My favorite cuppycake is Boston Creme Pie Cupcakes. Yum!

  • Heather

    My favorite cupcake is pink champagne with custard filling and raspberry icing!

  • http://www.myturnforus.com/ Evelyn @ My Turn for us

    My favorite cupcake is anything and everything chocolate!

  • Brenda Lehman

    Chocolate with buttercream frosting

  • http://mooreorlesscooking.wordpress.com nettiemoore11

    Cheesecake cupcakes are my favorite!

  • MIchael Beckham

    That looks yummy!

    • http://mooreorlesscooking.wordpress.com nettiemoore11

      Thank you Michael!
      Nettie

  • Brenda Burgess

    I love red velvet cupcake

  • http://marlys-thisandthat.blogspot.com/ Marlys

    My favorite cupcake is chocolate… especially with some kind of filling.

  • needledd

    I love peanut butter chocolate cupcakes!

  • Kris Sticken

    I love ur page!

    • http://mooreorlesscooking.wordpress.com nettiemoore11

      Thank you so much Kris! Happy Thanksgiving! Nettie

  • Susan Skinner

    Pumpkin Cupcakes with a cinnamon, caramel frosting

  • Jennifer Hibdon

    Easily converted to gluten free and citris free, my two concerns. Thanx..

    • http://mooreorlesscooking.wordpress.com nettiemoore11

      Enjoy!! I hope you win the cookbook, you would love it!!

  • http://mscarolsue.blogspot.com/ Carolsue

    Red Velvet cupcakes are my favorite!

  • Cherylle Waters

    Salted caramel, Grand Marnier, or Meyer lemon. Well, really, ANY cupcake!

    • http://mooreorlesscooking.wordpress.com nettiemoore11

      Those all sound fabulous!

  • Fran Finkelstein

    Love caramel

    • http://mooreorlesscooking.wordpress.com nettiemoore11

      So do I, it is my weakness!

  • Debbie Gates

    My favorite is black forest cheesecake cupcake.

  • Gigi

    Love all kinds of cupcakes. Happy Thanksgiving Nettie!

  • Lisa Howell

    My favorite cupcake is a vanilla bean cake base made from scratch with a vivid purple buttercream that has pulverized, freeze dried blueberries. It’s gorgeous to look at, fun to make & the frosting color is super cool. My family loves them.

    • http://mooreorlesscooking.wordpress.com nettiemoore11

      Sounds wonderful! Nettie

  • susan

    Sounds like a great cookbook..I would love to win

    • http://mooreorlesscooking.wordpress.com nettiemoore11

      Good Luck!

      Nettie

  • http://mooreorlesscooking.wordpress.com nettiemoore11

    THE WINNER OF THE COOKBOOK IS Debra Lee!! Congratulations!! Nettie

  • http://Mooreorlesscoking Shannon Van Daalen

    My favorite cupcakes come from Kendra’s Crafty Cakes, any of her’s are amazing!