Blackberry Cheesecake Swirled Brownies

I’m not sure how many of you were around back in September of 2009 when I posted these Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Brownies, but let me tell you, those brownies are amazing. I have been wanting to use them as inspiration for another recipe for a long time now.

When I decided to host a party with all purple food, my mind wondered back to these brownies. I decided to try mixing blackberry with chocolate to make these Blackberry Cheesecake Swirled Brownies. These were a HUGE hit to say the least.

I’m only sad that I served them at the same party as the Purple Ombre Cake because they really didn’t stand a chance compared to that cake. At any other party, they would have been the star of the show.

This recipe could be adapted to almost any flavor of cheesecake that you’d like. The blackberry pairs really well with chocolate, which I was pleased to learn. I preferred these served at room temperature, even though they should be stored in the fridge.

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Blackberry Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies

Ingredients:

For the Blackberry Sauce
6 oz fresh blackberries
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp water
For the Brownie Batter
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp espresso powder, optional
1/2 Tbsp vanilla
2 eggs
3/4 cups flour
For the Cheesecake
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp + 2 tsp flour
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

For the Blackberry Sauce
Place blackberries and sugar in a pan and heat until the blackberries release their juices.

Combine cornstarch, juice, and water in a small bowl. Stir together until smooth.

Add slurry to pan and stir to mix completely. Bring mixture to boil for a few minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature.

For the Brownie Batter
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8x8" square metal baking pan.

In a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Return the mixture to the heat briefly, just until it's hot, but not bubbling; it'll become shiny looking as you stir it. Heating this mixture a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies.

Transfer the sugar mixture to a medium-sized mixing bowl, if you've heated it in a saucepan. Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla.

Whisk in the eggs, stirring until smooth. Add the flour, again stirring until smooth.

For the Cheesecake
Beat the cream cheese in the bowl of a mixer until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and beat until well combined.

Add the blackberry sauce and stir until distributed.

To Assemble the Brownies
Spread about 2/3 of chocolate batter into prepared pan, and spoon cheesecake batter over. Dollop remaining brownie batter over cheesecake batter. Swirl the batters together by running a butter knife back and forth through the pan.

Bake for 40 minutes, or until center is set. Cool completely on wire rack and chill before cutting and serving.

Brownie batter recipe adapted from My Go-To Brownie Recipe, originally from King Arthur Flour. Blackberry sauce recipe from me. Cheesecake recipe adapted from Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Brownies

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22 Responses to “Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes”

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — May 6, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Jen – these look phenomenal! I am pretty sure I could eat the entire batch of your cupcakes in one sitting. Thank you so much for helping Krystal and Eric celebrate Cupcake’s arrival!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

      These were definitely dangerous. People were fighting over the last one at the party I took them too.

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    Megan — May 6, 2013 at 11:13 am

    They look delicious! Love that little cupcake stand.

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

      I got it at Home Goods. Isn’t it super cute?

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    Erica @ In and Around Town — May 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Nutella frosting?! Yes please!

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    Krystal R. — May 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Awww Jen, these are so gorgeous and a great way for you to get back in your baking habit!! Did you know that I had a big nutella phase during cupcake’s pregnancy…I need this frosting in my life!! Thank you for participating in my virtual baby shower. XXOO

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

      You definitely need this frosting in your life. Even if you just make it to eat with a spoon. It’s SO good. Good luck with the upcoming arrival of your cupcake! (my sister is pregnant and refers to her little one as her nugget!)

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    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — May 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    These look wonderful and that nutella cloud frosting sounds phenomenal!!

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    Jessica @ Sunny Side Up — May 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I used the nutella cloud frosting on my birthday cake last year and I was blown away at how perfectly the name matched the texture! I love how perfectly smooth and fluffy it is. And yours looks absolutely perfect on top of that cupcake!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

      I know – isn’t it the perfect name for this frosting. It’s amazing.

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — May 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I’d also fill these with Nutella, and use a chocolate stout cake… mmmm…

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

      YUM! That’s a great idea.

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    tracy {pale yellow} — May 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Gorgeous cupcakes! It’s hard not to want a nutella cloud frosting! I just made cupcakes for the first time in awhile too, I forget how relaxing and fun cupcakes can be!

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    Jessica of My Baking Heart — May 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    You had me at ‘Nutella’, Jen! Beautiful cuppies!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 6, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    So cute and absolutely perfect!

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — May 6, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Oh man…nutella frosting? These sound so good!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

      It tastes much better than it sounds. Trust me. I’m debating going to get the leftovers out of the fridge to snack on some…

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 8, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Oh goodness, these look dangerous 😉 loving the nutella frosting!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

      They’re definitely dangerous. I was glad I took them to a friend’s house.

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    Becky — May 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Those cupcakes are perfect!!!

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    Rachel — November 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Do i have to have a paddle and stand mixer? I only have a regular hand mixer at the moment.

    • beantownbaker — November 24th, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

      A hand mixer probably would work just fine.

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