Cheesecakes in a Blanket: Prosciutto & Cheese Cupcakes

Four Cheesecakes on Blanket on a Tray Drizzled with Grana Padano Cheese on Top

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Based on the popular snacks Pigs in a Blanket, Cheesecakes in a Blanket are savoury cheese cupcakes (the cheesecake) wrapped in prosciutto (the blanket) then topped with prosciutto buttercream.

Top-down of three Prosciutto and Cheese Cupcakes sprinkled with cheese on tray

Did you know? Italy is home to the world’s best known and finest air-cured prosciutto.

For this savoury cupcake recipe, I’m happy to be using the most popular Italian prosciutti and cheese, which I all love: Prosciutto di San Daniele PDO, Grana Padano PDO and Prosciutto di Parma PDO.

Whole Prosciutto di Parma on shaving machine

All three products are PDO (Protected Designation of Origin)-certified by the EU, which means they are classified as an authentic, high-quality European food, made according to traditional methods in a specific geographic region in Europe.

Block of Grana Padano Cheese on top of grated cheese

Prosciutto is most often eaten as-is, and I totally agree it is delicious as-is! I remember when I visited Rome and would just go to random delis to stuff my face with freshly shaved Parma Ham with a glass of red wine.

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Travelling Foodie Tip: When buying prosciutto, be sure to specifically ask for prosciutto by production area (e.g. San Daniele or Parma) to guarantee it is 100% authentic as shown by the designation symbol branded into the ham.

Two packs of Prosciutto di San Daniele

At events, you’ll usually find me near the charcuterie board looking for prosciutto and cheese. But that’s probably the most common way to eat prosciutto.

What’s awesome about this Prosciutto & Cheese Cupcakes recipe is it uses prosciutto in such a unique way. Best of all, it’s so easy to make!


Baking Recipe for Cheesecakes in a Blanket: Prosciutto & Cheese Cupcakes

Grana Padano in the Cheese Cupcakes

For the cupcake, we use Grana Padano PDO, Italy’s most popular hard grating cheese, made with partially skimmed raw cow’s milk.

Did you know? “Grana” means hard grating cheese and “Padano” is the Northern Italy region where the cheese must be produced.

Grating Grana Padano Cheese on Medium Mixer Bowl

Grana Padano works very well in the cupcake because of its fine, grainy texture giving a dry yet flaky bite than a typical cupcake which is denser.

Because of its mellow and less salty taste, Grana Padano is perfect where it doesn’t make the cupcake too salty unlike cheddar or parmesan and the taste lingers. I actually got addicted even of just the Grana Padano cupcake itself.

Holding a Cheesecake in a Blanket with Eiffel Tower backdrop

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Prosciutto di San Daniele as the Blanket

Grown in North-Eastern Italy in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, Prosciutto di San Daniele uses selected thighs from Italian pigs which are dry-cured with sea salt in natural air for at least 13 months.

Opened and Unopened packs of Prosciutto di San Daniele

Did you know? Prosciutto di San Daniele is traditionally pressed into a guitar shape to give it a distinctive appearance.

Because it is sweeter and fattier, Prosciutto di San Daniele is used as the blanket, which acts as the cupcake liner due to its fattiness.

Putting Cheese Cupcake Batter on Cupcake Mold with Prosciutto

Its inherent sweetness complements the cheese cupcake and doesn’t make the cupcake saltier.

Prosciutto and Cheese Cupcakes on Cupcake Tray with a pack of Prosciutto di San Daniele

Prosciutto di Parma in the Buttercream

Also called Parma Ham, Prosciutto di Parma is made from specially bred Italian pig that only eats a mixture of cereals, grains and the same whey from Parmigiano-Reggiano production.

It is then air-cured for at least 400 days with sea salt in the rolling countryside of Parma in the foothills of the Apennines.

Did you know? The Parma designation, symbolized by a crown, is governed by the Consorzio. The designation is so hard to get that there is a black market for selling fake Prosciutto di Parma.

Prosciutto di Parma for Prosciutto Buttercream

When cooked to a crisp, the parma ham becomes quite salty, which makes it a perfect addition to the sweet buttercream. The Prosciutto Buttercream ends up having both creamy and crispy textures as well as sweet and salty flavours!

Three Savoury Prosciutto and Cheese Cupcakes with Buttercream

Putting it on the Cheesecake in a Blanket, the Prosciutto Buttercream brings moistness. The cupcake dilutes the sweetness of the buttercream, giving a perfect combination of sweet and savoury in one delicious cupcake!

Flatlay four Cheese Cupcakes wrapped in Prosciutto topped with Prosciutto Buttercream and cheese sprinkles

Cheesecakes in a Blanket Recipe

Prosciutto and Cheese Cupcakes

A play on pigs in a blanket, these Cheesecakes in a Blanket are easy to make prosciutto and cheese cupcakes giving the perfect sweet and salty combination! These are now my favourite savoury cupcakes.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cheesecakes in a Blanket

  • 250 g unsalted butter room temperature
  • 250 g self-rising flour
  • 100 g Grana Padano cheese grated
  • 250 g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 6-8 slices Prosciutto di San Daniele 1 slice per cupcake

Prosciutto Butter Cream

  • 200 g confectionary sugar
  • 200 g butter
  • 6-8 slices Prosciutto di Parma 1 slice per cupcake

Instructions

Prosciutto & Cheese Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 360F (170C).
  • Add the sugar and butter to a large mixer bowl, then beat until whipped cream texture
    Whipped Butter and Sugar for Cupcakes
  • Add the eggs one at a time into the large mixer bowl. Mix well before adding the next egg.
    Beating Butter and Sugar for Cheesecake
  • Fold in self-rising flour to the batter.
  • Add grated Grana Padano cheese to the large mixer bowl then combine.
    Adding Grana Padano Cheese for Cheesecake in a Blanket cupcake mix
  • On the cupcake tray, surround the base and sides of each mold with one Prosciutto di San Daniele
    Cupcake mold lined with Prosciutto di San Daniele
  • Fill the cupcake mold 2/3 deep with cupcake batter as flat as possible.
    Cheesecakes in a Blanket on Cupcake Molds
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
    Holding Prosciutto and Cheese Cupcake to apply Prosciutto Buttercream

Crispy Prosciutto

  • Air Fryer: Lay the Prosciutto di Parma in the Air Fryer tray in a single layer. Air Fry for 3 minutes at 400F (204C).
    Five Air Fried Prosciutto di Parma
  • Oven-Baked: Lay the Prosciutto di Parma in a baking tray in a single layer. Bake together with cupcakes on the lower level. Check every 5 minutes if the prosciutto is crisp.

Prosciutto Buttercream

  • Add butter on medium mixer bowl then whip until pale color.
  • Slowly add confectionary sugar, 1/3 at a time. Completely blend it in before adding the next round of sugar.
  • Cut the slices of the crispy prosciutto in half, lengthwise.
  • Crush half of the crispy prosciutto and combine with the buttercream.
  • Apply (or pipe) the prosciutto buttercream onto the cupcakes.
    Applying Prosciutto Buttercream to Cheesecake in a Blanket
  • Take the remaining halves of crispy prosciutto and stick one on top of each cupcake.
    Close-up of Prosciutto Buttercream of a Cheesecake in a Prosciutto Blanket
  • (Optional) Sprinkle grated Grana Padano cheese on top of each cupcake.
    Sprinkling Grana Padano Cheese on Cheesecakes on Blanket

Hope you enjoy this delicious and easy-to-make Prosciutto & Cheese Cupcakes recipe!

Now you can surprise your family and friends with these Cheesecakes in a Blanket on your next meal or party!

Cheesecake wrapped in Prosciutto di San Daniele with Grana Padano cheese sprinkles

This recipe was done in partnership with Icons of European Taste to raise awareness of the uniqueness, quality and authenticity of Prosciutto di San Daniele PDO, Grana Padano PDO and Prosciutto di Parma PDO among American and Canadian retailers and consumers.

You can learn more about Icons of European Taste from their website.

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