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Monday, November 7, 2011

HCB: Pumpkin Cheesecake

I am slacking. Slacking.

Sorry about missing the LC NC last week. Every time I started writing, something come up and by the weekend I threw in the towel. So there.

I will be more in line in the future. Promise.

This Pumpkin Cheesecake is one of those desserts that surprised me. I was dreading making it. Not a big fan of pumpkin and cheesecake. The combo just sounds ugh!

But it's the last cake I have from the cheesecake chapter, so I was a little excited to make it because of that.
As with all the other cheesecakes, it is an easy one to put together.

The crust was easy to put together. And given I made 1/4 of this recipe it's even easier.

The filling was easy too, though it does require dirtying up several things in the kitchen.

First cook the pumpkin puree with turbinado sugar until the sugar is all melted and the mixture thickened. Pour it into the food processor and blend to incorporate. Then add in the heavy cream, cream cheese, eggs, and egg yolks.

I am not used to baking cheesecake in such mini form so I think I over-baked these like I did with the Ginger Cheesecake. The top of the cheesecake looks a bit wrinkly and not smooth like in the book.

Enter whipped cream! I love how I can use whipped cream to cover imperfection. Topped with the toasted pecan. It looks cute.

Speaking of over-doing something. I don't know what happened with the caramel sauce because they turned into caramel candy. I followed the recipe exactly and measured the temperature and all that. But when I poured it out of the saucepan, it turned hard. Definitely not drizzle-able. I tried a little piece and it tasted good. Kinda like toffee! So I wrapped them up with little pieces of wax paper and they became candy for me, for the next several days.

No caramel drizzle. I served the cupcakes with sprinkles of cinnamon.

Tasting impressions:
I tried a piece and it is pretty good actually. I don't hate it. I brought the rest to work. The comments were "It was amazing. So good. You make the best dessert." I'd say it's mission accomplished! :).


  1. What beautiful presentation; I love the piped whipped cream.

    I had trouble with the caramel too. I don't have a candy thermometer, and mine was very thick. It was all I could do to pipe it out, but the flavor was great!

  2. Cute little mini cupcakes!

    I remember my caramel was thick, too. I had to keep the measuring cup in a pan of hot water to keep it smooth enough to drizzle.

  3. Ooooh the whipped cream swirl on top looks luscious and perfect! I’m glad you liked it, given that it’s *cheesecake* and it has *pumpkin*. I vividly remember this cake; one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever had. So I decided to make the German Chocolate Cake that everyone has been raving about (with a different “goop”, as ECL calls it). I’m hoping to have the post up tonight.

  4. I had such bad luck with Rose's caramel.. I think every time there was caramel involved I said a little prayer.. because I know there was going to be a lot of cursing in my kitchen, since it never came out the way it was suppose to.

    Like Hanaa, I also love the swirl on top. And like you this one did not grab me at all, since I don't like pumpkin and not a big fan of cheesecake... but maybe I will have to rethink it and make it as the Thanksgiving dessert.

  5. Jen - I just got a copy of Rose's Heavenly Cakes and found your website after doing a google search for the beautiful Pumpkin cake with burnt orange meringue buttercream. I found what I'm guessing is the origional website "Heveanly Cake Baker" and found this current site.

    It's just charming and I love that there is a community here baking together. I have my own blog called A Curry of a Life, which focus on Indian food and travel. My second passion besides Indian cooking is American baking, and especially beautiful cakes.

    Does this current site still include a group of bakers? I saw there was talk of wanting to limit the membership, but if you are still taking new bakers, I would love to join.

    Wonderful blog and fantastic pictures. Let me know about joining :)

  6. Jenn, I really shouldn't look at your blog when I am the slightest bit hungry(and trying to cut down on sweets;).... oh do those look good!

  7. Colleen, I just left you a message on your blog.

    Erin, NO!!! You should still come visit please :).


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