Strawberry Malt Cheesecakes ~ Cook for the Cure (GIVEAWAY)

Strawberry Malt Cheesecakes

It’s an honor to write this post today. I’m thrilled to share that two beloved companies have teamed up to assist the global leader in the fight against breast cancer, Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

KitchenAid is celebrating something really special this year with the 10th anniversary of the Cook for the Cure campaign. This is a multifaceted endeavor to present a grand donation of no less than $450,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 2011. In the last ten years, KitchenAid has raised over $8 million for the cause through the sale of pink cooking products, celebrity chef auctions and grass-roots initiatives.

Debbie O’Connor, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid brings it home saying, “Cook for the Cure was created to give those who love to cook and entertain a number of ways to support the cause by doing what they do best. It adds another layer of purpose to one of life’s great pleasures, cooking and enjoying food with family and friends.”

Here are three ways WE can partner with KitchenAid to help the cause:

Buy KitchenAid Products ~ the pink ones. A donation is made for each Cook for the Cure product sold.

Host a Party with a Purpose ~ Be a part of 1,000 Cooks for the Cure, July 15th – 24th

The idea is simplicity itself. Invite your family, friends or colleagues for a dinner party, barbecue, office party, dessert sampling or any kind of get-together from July 15-24, 2011. Instead of wine, flowers or some other token of appreciation, ask guests to bring a donation in any amount for Komen for the Cure. The funds can be designated for either the organization’s national efforts or local breast cancer initiatives.

Debbie O’Connor states, “It’s a simple add-on to entertaining that can raise hundreds or even thousands for the cause.”

Those interested in hosting a party are encouraged to visit to register and obtain a unique host identification number. Registered hosts will be given access to an information kit that includes party ideas, recipes and donation gathering information. To help hosts connect with guests and others planning parties, KitchenAid will feature 1,000 Cooks for the Cure as an event on its Facebook Page and provide updates through Twitter in the days leading up to the event.

You can turn any event you may already have planned into a Party with a Purpose. Simply register!

Cook For The Cure

Pass the Plate ~ Villeroy & Boch is offering a special “Plate with a Purpose” for Cook for the Cure.

Cooks can participate in the Pass the Plate Program by presenting a friend or family member with a homemade culinary creation on a serving plate that can be “re-gifted” to further support the cause.

The Pass the Plate component of Cook for the Cure generates a $5 donation every time an individually numbered Villeroy & Boch serving plate is passed on and registered at Using the unique registration code, participants can track the status and travels of their platters by visiting and clicking on the “Pass the Plate” tab on the right.

For the program’s 10th anniversary, a new plate featuring artwork created by PBS cooking show host Jacques Pépin has made its debut.  To purchase the plate and start passing, call 1-800-VILLEROY for a Villeroy & Boch store near you.

BONUS! As a thank you to those who host a 1,000 Cooks for the Cure Party this July, and raise a minimum of $50, you will receive a complimentary Pass the Plate serving platter upon receipt of the host’s minimum contribution to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Pass the Plate

So here’s the recap:

  1. Register your party.
  2. Have friends over and ask them to bring a Cook for the Cure donation instead of a host gift.
  3. Send in the donation and receive a gorgeous Villeroy & Boch plate to pass.
  4. Register your plate and start passing.

Your minimum donation to receive a platter is just $50, but think of the multitude of $5 donations that could be made as your plate makes its way across your city and state!

Strawberry Cheesecake

In honor of Cook for the Cure, I wanted to make some thing PINK that also had cherries on it, like the gorgeous new platter…

I present you with Strawberry MALT Cheesecakes! These little beauties are reminiscent of the good ol’ days when malt shops and juke boxes were part of daily life. Serve these up at YOUR Cook for the Cure Party and your friends will twist-n-shout all night long.


Yield: 36 mini cheesecakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35-45 minutes

Strawberry Malt Cheesecakes ~ Cook for the Cure


36 Vanilla Wafers
24 oz. cream cheese, softened (3 boxes)
1 cup malted milk powder
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup strawberry jam
2 drops red food coloring
Pinch of salt
3 eggs
¾ cup sour cream
sweet whipped cream (1 ½ cup heavy cream + ¼ cup powdered sugar, whipped)
36 maraschino cherries


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Place 36 vanilla wafers in lined muffin tins. Using a small glass, press the vanilla wafers until crushed to fill the bottom of each liner.

Using an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese, malted milk powder and sugar until fluffy—3 minutes.

Add the vanilla, jam, and food coloring. Beat until well combined. Scrap the bowl and add the salt, eggs and sour cream; beat until smooth.

Use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to scoop the cream cheese mixture into each muffin liner.

Bake for 30-45 minutes until the centers are just set. Check at 30 minutes with a toothpick. The center should be still a little loose, but mostly solid.

Cool in the fridge for 4 HOURS. Then top with whipped cream and a cherry. Decorate with half a straw for the “malt” look.

Finally, I have a Special Giveaway specifically design for a reader who plans to host a 1,000 Cooks for the Cure Party.This KitchenAid package includes Cook for the Cure: Aprons, Mixing Bowls, Whisk, Can Opener, Tongs, Knife, Ice cream Scoop, Cutting Board, Spatulas, Veggie Peeler and a bonus Cookbook! (Not all represented here.)

To Enter: ~CLOSED~

Visit and register to host a Party with a Purpose.

Then leave a comment here stating “Cook for the Cure”.

That’s it!

The Giveaway will close July 12th, in order to get the package to the winner by the 15th. Winner Sarah M.

For US residents only.

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40 Responses to “Strawberry Malt Cheesecakes ~ Cook for the Cure (GIVEAWAY)”

  1. #
    Amy | She Wears Many Hats — July 6, 2011 @ 6:57 am

    What a fun idea!


  2. #
    Eileen — July 6, 2011 @ 7:16 am

    Love the desserts! And what a great way to raise money for such a great cause…


  3. #
    Emily @Cleanliness — July 6, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    You are AMAZING. Seriously, you rock my world.


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    Parsley Sage — July 6, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    Great cause! I want all of those gorgeous pink cooking items :) And your little cheesecakes are adorable. Well done! Buzzed


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    Kelly — July 6, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    What gorgeous cheesecakes for such a great cause!! Those cooking items are SO cute, I love them all!! You are very talented! :)


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    Karriann Graf — July 6, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    What a great cause!


  7. #
    Mi Vida en un Dulce — July 6, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    This is a wonderful cause. Congratulations for this commitment.
    By the way, the cupcakes are amazing.


  8. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — July 6, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    What a unique way to spread the word about this important cause!


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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table — July 6, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    Their marketing people are so creative – Cook for the Cure is a fantastic idea!

    Speaking of creative… your malted cheesecakes look incredible. Such a neat idea to used malted milk. Can’t wait to try them!


  10. #
    claire gallam — July 6, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    Cook for the cure!

    What a great giveaway!! I’d love to win!


  11. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — July 6, 2011 @ 10:14 am

    These are the prettiest and most adorable cupcakes ever! I love the cook for the cure concept.


  12. #
    Liz — July 6, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    Such a fun way to raise money! And such beautiful cupcakes…love the idea of crushed vanilla wafers on the bottom…yummy!


  13. #
    Georgia Pellegrini — July 6, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    What a wonderful thing you are doing here! This cause has a special place in my heart.


  14. #
    Maris (In Good taste) — July 6, 2011 @ 10:47 am

    This is a wonderful thing you are doung. Your cupcakes are simply adorable!


  15. #
    Valerie — July 6, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    That sounds great, i am glad to read all this! And your cupcakes are soo pretty!


  16. # — July 6, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    This is a great way to get everyone involved!! I am inspired! Thank you for sharing this information, Sommer!


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    Prerna@IndianSimmer — July 6, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

    You are fabulous Sommer! Love the idea and also the gesture.


  18. #
    Linda — July 6, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

    Sommer, What a fun and great way to raise money for this worthwhile cause! And also your cupcakes are adorable and another way to use the malted milk powder I purchased to make your perfect diner pancakes!!


  19. #
    CLAIRE — July 6, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    so cute! i am so proud of you and love the cause. i just ran in race for the cure a month or so ago!


  20. #
    Sasha @ The Procrastobaker — July 6, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

    What a GORGEOUS and perfect little recipe for such a great cause. Those cupcakes look beyond cute (and go perfectly with the platter!)


  21. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — July 6, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

    Not only a great recipe, but such a great cause!


  22. #
    claudia lamascolo — July 6, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    Gorgeous cheesecake and the giveaway is very generous!


  23. #
    Dmarie — July 6, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

    malt in cheesecake no less…what an amazing creature you are, Spicy. Clearly, you will stop at nothing to tempt us with scrumptious food, and just as clearly, your heart is in the right place with this wonderful cause.


  24. #
    NISRINE — July 6, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

    I love the very girly cupcakes, the giveaway and the cause.


  25. #
    Angie's Recipes — July 6, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

    Your cupcakes look so pretty and the idea of adding malt to a cheesecake is just splendid.


  26. #
    Aldy — July 6, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

    Beautiful post, Sommer! Cute-Cute- Cute pink cupcakes and wonderful cause :) Bravo!

    Have a lovely day!!!


  27. #
    elle marie — July 6, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Everyone is wearing pink, the cupcake is tres cute! I hope you had a fun holiday weekend.


  28. #
    thatssoron — July 7, 2011 @ 5:34 am

    good on ya!


  29. #
    Skylar — July 7, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    Great food with a great cause :)


  30. #
    carolinaheartstrings — July 7, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    What a great post. I love all the pink and your recipe just looks fantastic.


  31. #
    Tiffany — July 8, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    Sommer, this is an amazing effort! And the cheesecakes are super cute!


  32. #
    Marly — July 8, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    Sommer – what a great cause. I’m so glad you’re writing about this today…and sharing such a tasty looking recipe as well. Cheers to you!


  33. #
    Mandy — July 8, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    Awesome cause and idea! Cook for the cure!


  34. #
    Carolyn — July 8, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    Wow, great cakes, great plate, great party, great cause!


  35. #
    Joy — July 9, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

    The cheesecake looks so good.


  36. #
    Sarah — July 11, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    Thanks Sommer for your amazing Blog and informing us of so many wonderful things…since you’ve introduced me to Cook for the Cure I’ve registere my Wine Tasting Party as a “Party with a Purpose”…I’m going to incorporate your cheesecakes into the mix…Thanks for all you do!


  37. #
    carrots — July 11, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

    What a beautiful post . . . and great looking recipe!


  38. #
    Devaki@weavethousandflavors — July 19, 2011 @ 6:59 am

    Love everything about this post and what a great way to support such an important cause! Way to go Sommer :)

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors


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    RisaG — September 27, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

    These look amazing. i bet they taste fabulous. Wish I had gotten here during the summer to be part of the giveaway. Oh well. Some other time, some other giveaway.


  40. #
    Clarissa Guilfoos — February 24, 2012 @ 2:23 am

    Today, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iPad and tested to see if it can survive a 30 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!


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