I was scratching my head over what kind of dessert to make for my son’s birthday party. He is picky when it comes to desserts (and many other things). He does not complain or nag much.., he just would not eat it. Neither would he overwhelm you with compliments when you make something and he likes it. You know he enjoyed it by looking at his dinner plate…, It will be licked clean.
I didn’t want to make a standard chocolate cake. I wanted to bake something that can be enjoyed by the kids (mostly him) as well as by others. I bounced ideas with a few friends. My friend Sonal from http://simplyvegetarian777.com gave me the right perspective. While talking to her, I told her that, I like to mix homemade chhena (cottage cheese) with coconut and sugar and eat as a dessert, then why wouldn’t the Coconut Cheesecake with White Chocolate Drizzle wouldn’t be a hit with kids as well as with the adults. She suggested to buy a slice and get a taste of it before making it. I couldn’t do that because I didn’t really find time.., instead what I did was, I asked another friend who was coming to the party to make a backup Tres Leches Cake (things we do for our kids!) 🙂
The party was a blast. The Coconut Cream Cheesecake with White Chocolate Drizzle was an instantaneous hit amongst the kids as well as the adults. The backup Tres Leches Cake was there (In fact, that’s the cake my son blew the candles on and cut it.., since he had cut the Coconut Cream Cheesecake with White Chocolate Drizzle in the morning itself).
For me (strictly speaking for myself here) when there is no left-over left.., I know that my guests ate well and for me that’s happiness. Here is my recipe for the Coconut Cream Cheesecake with White Chocolate Drizzle.
For the Crust:
- 20 Graham Crackers and a few coconut cookies (I used coconut thins from Trader joes)
- 5 TBSP Melted Butter
For the Filling:
- 3 8oz packages cream cheese
- 2/3 cup full-fat coconut cream
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes and 1/2 cup more for decoration
- 1 TBSP coconut rum (optional)
For the Topping:
- 6 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped, use best-quality
- 1⁄4 cup heavy cream
- Crush the crackers in food processor and add melted butter and pulse to incorporate.
- Press mixture into the bottom of springform pan and refrigerate at least 30 minutes to firm.
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add coconut cream, eggs, vanilla extract, and cornstarch. Mix just until smooth.
- Fold coconuts flakes and coconut rum (if using) into mixture until fully blended.
- Spread evenly into the crust.
- Place a bowl of water below the pan in the oven. If your cheesecake will go on the second rack of the oven, then keep this water-filled bowl on the third rack of the over. This will help the cheesecake moistened while baking and prevent cracks.
- Bake in an 180C / 350F preheated oven for 15 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to 120C / 250F and bake for another 60-90 minutes.
- Let cool overnight in the refrigerator.
For the white chocolate drizzle:
- Place finely chopped chocolate and cream in a bowl
- Set over warm water on low heat (water should not touch the bottom of the bowl).
- Stir very frequently until almost melted.
- Spread over the cooled coconut cream cheesecake. sprinkle coconuts and refrigerate for at least an hour.
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This looks gorgeous and a fab alternative to cake!
I am such a lover of coconut cheesecake and this one looks so yummy!
This cheesecake looks gorgeous! love the coconut addition and love the photography (:
never wouldve thought to do a coconut flavored cheesecake! this looks delish!
This cheesecake looks killer! Such a perfect treat for entertaining
This looks so, so good! I saw this earlier when pinning and I’m glad I have the recipe now. Thanks.
Wow! This combines 2 of my favorite desserts…coconut cream pie and cheesecake. I’ll probably dream about it tonight. YUM!
This looks absolutely delicious. I can’t believe I have never thought of coconut cheesecake before. Glad to hear it was a hit and your son enjoyed his birthday.
So good this looks!!!
WOW! This look amazing! I’m printing it out to make this weekend for sure!!!
Can you just come to my house and bring all your treats! This looks amazing. I enjoy all of your recipes so much and this looks to be one of my new favorites.
I love Cheesecake and coconut on top of it sounds so much delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!
I absolutely love cheesecake. Im not much of a coconut person but I’m down to try it. It looks delicious!
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my two loves – cheesecake and coconut. OMG this is one I definitely want to try!
This looks delicious! I love anything with coconut in it, yum!
Omg just the name alone had my mouth watering! This looks delicious and seems so easy to make…thanks
I love cheesecake so I know I’d love this. I also love coconut. This looks so amazing!
Love cheescake so love to try new rrecipes. I will pin this for later! Cold weather is coming so I will be baking more. Thanks for sharing.
Coconut cream cakes are everything for me too. It looks too amazing.
Thanks for sharing!
This cake looks such a killer! The ingredients and flavors sound so delicious and favorfu like. I have to try this cake myself, now that I have a fool proof recipe here!!
Thank you so much for the shout out dear girl! 😍💕💕
This looks so yummy! I want some!
Oh wow this sounds AMAZING! cant wait to try it
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Um WOW…I love coconut and white chocolate and both in a cheesecake?! Again..WOW this looks so good I wish you lived next door to me!
This looks so absolutely delicious!
This looks absolutely delicious! I love coconut and cheesecake, so this is right up my alley. It’s no secret why it was such a hit 🙂
This looks delicious! I love white chocolate and coconut!
Oh my! This looks absolutely delicious. I’ve never tried coconut cream cheesecake before, but heard lots of good things about it.
Rum and cheesecake, with coconut no less! Sounds like a must try.
This looks incredible! I love coconut, and my birthday is coming up – I think I just found my cake…
This looks amazing! I cannot wait to try it out! I have a dinner get together this weekend and I really think everyone will enjoy this! Thank you!
Wow this looks so good! I’ll save this for later 🙂
Oh that looks delicious – sadly I love coconut but no one else I know does to I would be forced (forced I tell you) to eat the lot myself 😉
This looks delish. I would love to try this one day soon!
This looks simply decadent! So light and creamy. I’m going to save this to make for Easter. I love the pretty coconut! Thank you for sharing
This looks like a delicious piece of cake (get it?! hwhahah). Love the pictures and i’m gonna save the recipe 🙂
Love coconut!!! Thanks for sharing!
This would be a new variant for my cheesecake dessert 🙂 thx for sharing
This looks amazing! And that white chocolate topping!!! Love it.
You caught my attention with this awesome and delectable cake. Wow. Thanks for sharing and you now have a new follower
Yum! What a great new way to make cheesecake! I bet this is great in the summer for a tropical feel!
Wow! Fist off your photography is amazing! And that looks so good!
This looks incredible! And now I’m hungry!
I adore coconut, this looks amazing, would be fabulous as a Christmas dessert
Mmm. Coconut makes me happy as does cheesecake, so I’d love this!
Pardon me for drooling….. DELICIOUSSSS
You have the BEST recipes!!
oh YUM! This cheesecake looks creamy and dreamy and I love the coconut. Love using coconut around the holidays as it makes everything look so pretty and festive!
Another great recipe. TFS!
This looks good. I pinned it too!
My heavens! This looks so delicious and with coconut – my favourite nut!
Oh my goodness this recipe has all of my favorite things! And it looks so beautiful!
white chocolate and coconut oh my! this looks delicious! I can’t wait to try this recipe sometime!
I love these combinations with chocolate and coconut! It looks so delicious! I will make these one! Thanks for sharing recipes.
I’ve tried a lot of cheesecakes before but I don’t think I’ve tried anything with coconut as the main ingredient! This sounds and looks lovely! I like that there’s a white chocolate drizzle on top! YUM!
Oh yesss please…. looks soooooo tasty
I can imagine serving this for Christmas! It looks so festive and it’s something that people will go crazy for! It looks so good!
Lovely recipe. I definitely want to try it for myself.
I love anything with coconut in it and this absolutely looks divine. And so decadent! Perfect as a holiday dessert,
Looks delicious. I haven’t eaten cheesecake in forever. Time to change that.
I love cheesecakes! and yours looks so yummy! I wan to to try it
I’m not really a lover of cheesecake, however this does look delicious.
Looks like a yummy cake. I want to try this now
Se manifique! Loved the photo journal and descriptions.
Everything looks so mouth wateringly good!
I love coconut. I love cheesecake. This sounds amazing!