I just can’t get enough caramel in my life!
Especially now that I came up with the secret trick for how to get super thick vegan caramel!
Not to mention my vegan cheesecake recipe is unmatched
So let’s put these two awesome recipes together for the best spinoff cheesecake recipe ever!
With a special bonus for all the gluten free peeps!
It’s just so easy to convert my best cheesecake recipe to gluten free simply by swapping gluten free cookies for the crust
Leaving out the flour in the cheesecake recipe will not break this recipe
In fact it makes it super creamy!
The only reason I add the flour in my base recipe for The Best Vegan Cheesecake Ever
Is to give it that slightly more dense “dry” effect that authentic New York Style Cheesecake is known for!
But today it is super creamy to the max with caramel dripping from every bite
And of course chocoalte ganache icing!
My vegan cheesecakes are so easy to make since I simply throw everything into the food processor and whiz it up smooth
The new vegan caramel trick for super thick caramel is two fold
#1 Using creamed coconut in place of the coconut cream or plant milk we typically use in caramel recipes
This made the caramel so thick that when I cut the cheesecake the caramel stayed in place!
Which is exactly what we want when serving caramel desserts!
However the taste was extremely coconut from that super concentrated creamed coconut!
#2 Whipping the freshly made caramel with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes as it cools will get it even thicker still!
Fear not, as I have several options for vegan caramel so I know you will find one recipe that suits you best!
Now I have to give a quick mention about my hideous (but delicious) homemade Twix bars!
With a small amount of that vegan caramel and some excess cookie crust from the cheesecake
I pressed it into a Twinkie Mold which turned out to be just too big for making Twix Bars
These ginormous gobs of Twix didn’t make the cut to the final cheesecake,
But you can bet they made the cut right into my mouth!
There is no video for how to make this Twix Cheesecake, but you can watch the making of the regular Vanilla Cheesecake base recipe
Then just spread the caramel layer on top when it’s cooled
And another slathering of vegan ganache!
Notes for Success:
Cornstarch is a very difficult ingredient to measure consistently with a volume spoons measure
So while I list both measures below I cannot stress enough how the grams measure with a scale is going to give you the best results.
Many times people have complained that their cheesecake is like rubber and they don’t know why!
This is from a heavy measure of cornstarch when using volume measuring spoon vs the 100% accurate scale measure in grams.
You may notice that my base recipes for cheesecake are always the same with some slight variations to the sugar or an added spice depending on what flavor I am making.
At times I add a small addition of firm tofu in place of some of the cream cheese for a lightened up version and to cut some of the fat calories. (usually just replacing about 4 ounces)
By using all vegan cream cheese you will have a slightly creamier final cheesecake
Additionally I only use Tofutti Cream Cheese for my BAKED recipes *not sponsored
I have not had success with any other brand in BAKED recipes; for some reason the other more expensive brands I’ve tried have broken down into an oily mess when baked.
For more of the best cheesecake recipes, click the links below!
The prep time below does not reflect the chilling time that is required for the cheesecake to set
- For the Crust:
- Your favorite cookie *I use golden oreos 280g for approx 2½ cups crushed
- Vegan Butter 6 Tablespoons (85g)
- For the Cheesecake:
- Vegan Cream Cheese *see notes 16ounce (454g)
- Vegan Butter melted 2 tablespoons (28g)
- Granulated Sugar 1 cup (200g)
- Cornstarch 4 Tablespoons (32g) *see notes
- Plant Milk *I use soy milk 6fl oz (177ml)
- Vegan Lactic Acid or apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon
- Salt ¼ teaspoon
- Vanilla Extract 3 teaspoons (15ml)
- For the Caramel:
- Granulated Sugar 2 cups (400g)
- Water 6 Tablespoons (90ml)
- White Vinegar 2 teaspoons (10ml)
- Salt 1 teaspoon
- Creamed Coconut 6oz package *see notes above in article
- OR Full Fat Canned Coconut Milk 1 cup (240ml)
- Vegan Butter 2 Tablespoons (28g)
- 1 Recipe Ganache
- First prepare the cookie crust by crushing them in a food processor (or in a bag with a rolling pin by hand) to fine crumbs.
- Add the melted vegan butter and pulse until it resembles wet sand
- Press the crumbs into the prepared greased & parchment lined cake pan evenly on the bottom and up the sides.
- Freeze while you prepare the cheesecake batter
- Placing all of the cheesecake ingredients into the work bowl of your food processor and pulse to blend
- Scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure an even mix then blend again to a smooth mixture
- Pour the batter into the crust and bake in a water bath in a preheated 350°F and bake for 60 minutes
- After 60 minutes turn the oven off but leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door cracked open to cool slowly for another 60 minutes
- Remove the cheesecake & cool completely at room temperature and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set or overnight before unmolding.
- Next make the caramel by combing the sugar, vinegar & water together in a heavy bottom sauce pot, stirring to dissolve the sugar before it comes to a boil
- Once the sugar mixture is boiling DO NOT STIR
- Bring to 300° or 320°F or once the color of the syrup turns from pale yellow to medium amber then remove it from the heat
- Let the pot stand for about an minute then add the creamed coconut OR the coconut milk and the vegan butter ~gently~ while stirring BE VERY CAREFUL AS THE HOT SUGAR SYRUP WILL BUBBLE UP & SPATTER!
- Add the salt & vanilla extract then pour into a heat proof container to cool slightly
- Pour the caramel into the work bowl of your stand mixer with the balloon attachment and whip on low speed first to be sure there is so spattering, then slowly increase the speed to medium and whip for about 8-10 minutes.
- The caramel will cool as you whip while incorporating air, turning it lighter and thicker.
- Prepare the vegan ganache recipe as per the instructions on that recipe post and reserve until needed
- Once the cheesecake is baked and fully cooled you can un mold it simply by submerging the pan into a bowl of hot water to release the fats, run a spatula along the sides then flip it out onto a plate & then re-flip it right side up onto your serving platter.
- Spread the cold, thick caramel over top then spread the cooled ganache
I do not like to freeze vegan cheesecake as I feel that the texture changes drastically when thawed, this is your option