Father’s Day is this Sunday, so in honor of my Dad, I made some cheesecake cupcakes. He’s a fan of cheesecake, although to be fair, he is a fan of most desserts, except those with hidden veggies. Those he finds slightly suspect because my Mom regularly tries to trick him. 🙂 No veggies in these bad boys, Dad — I promise!
Before I jump to the delicious recipe, I have to share a Dad story with you. Growing up, we always had cats. They were outdoors cats who lived in our barn and I adored them, especially the good-for-nothing tom cat named Tubbs. He was exceptionally lazy, often dirty and I loved him. My Dad did not. He mainly tolerated him because anything less would have led to Tanya Drama, which he was smart enough to avoid.
Tubbs’ reputation for being a lazy, worthless cat was well earned. He would watch mice run by him and let the other female cats catch them. After all, he had a bowl full of kibble and a nap to take in a bale of hay. No time for chasing mice!
Tubbs was great, but I always thought we needed more cats, so I would circle any ads listing free cats and leave them on my “Dad’s” chair. To be even more helpful, I would write Kitty Wanted Ads, specifically seeking lazy, fat cats and leave those on his chair too. He ignored my desperate hints (and now you also understand my love for oversized, lazy cats is deeply ingrained in me too).
Emeril and My Dad
When I adopted Emeril, he immediately converted my Mom into a fan. She was essentially a Mini-Me (except for actually being taller), which meant he had her wrapped around his big white mitts. My Dad was the holdout. Oh, he tolerated Emeril and would acknowledge him when I shoved Emeril in his face to avoid any potential Tanya Drama, but he never catered to him.
This made Emeril a little obsessed with my Dad, and it’s only now that I realize why. He needed to get my Dad under his paw so he could be the alpha. One afternoon, Emeril was napping in the living room when he heard my Dad come inside. He immediately got up and commandeered my Dad’s chair.
He stared at my Dad while I hovered nearby, ready to bring on the Tanya Drama, if necessary. Emeril had claimed the seat first! My Dad ignored him and went into the kitchen. Emeril never really out alpha-ed my Dad, but he did win a small victory that day.
A Father’s Day Worthy Treat
My Dad doesn’t really cook, but he does like being my sous-chef. Or more like the person who gets to lick clean the frosting bowl. He would definitely like these mini-cheesecakes. I like them because you can personalize them by changing the toppings without having to make a variety of cheesecakes. They were easy to make and delicious. Your Dad (like mine) would certainly welcome one (or three) of these on Father’s Day or any day.
This is a dessert that will WOW everyone, whether it’s your dad on Father’s Day, guests at a bridal or baby shower or just a special treat for loved ones.
Happy Father’s Day, Dad! I love you!