I love cheesecake and I love piña coladas so I decided to combine the two and the result was this rich and creamy cake with a wonderful tropical flavor.. You can make this all year round.. Make it in the winter when you’re missing those lazy days on the beach or in the summer for a refreshing treat!
85 g (3 oz) butter
160 g (5.7 oz) digestive cookies (or graham crackers), crushed
1 tbsp granulated sugar
700 g (25 oz) cream cheese, softened
1.25 dl (½ c) granulated sugar
5 large eggs
1 can (425 g/ 15 oz) cream of coconut (such as Coco Lopez)
0.8 dl (⅓ c) coconut rum (such as Malibu)
4 tbsp pineapple juice
Topping and garnish:
5 dl (2 c) whipping cream
3-4 tsp sugar
225 g (8 oz) canned pineapple rings in own juice
shredded coconut (optional)
maraschino cherries (optional)
For the crust:
1. Preheat the oven to 175° C (350° F)
2. Line the base of a 23 cm (9 in) springform pan with parchment paper.
3. Melt butter in a small saucepan and stir in cookie crumbs and sugar, mixing well.
4. Press mixture into bottom of pan making sure it’s even and covers the entire base of the pan.
5. Bake in the middle of the oven for 10 minutes.
6. Set aside to cool while preparing the filling.
For the filling:
1. Combine cream cheese and sugar using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until creamy and well-blended. Do not whisk or beat the cream cheese and sugar as this will result in too much air in the batter and cheesecake should be rich and dense, not light and fluffy..
2. Add the eggs, one at a time, gently whisking or beating them into the mixture. Again, do not whisk or beat at high speed as this will result in an airy batter.
3. Add cream of coconut, rum, and pineapple juice.. Whisk or beat gently until well-blended.
4. Carefully grease the sides of the the springform pan and place the pan on a cookie sheet or roasting pan.
5. Pour the filling into the springform pan, covering the cooled cookie crust and bake in the middle of the oven for about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
6. The cake will be wobbly and jiggly when it comes out of the oven, but it will sink and set a few minutes later.
7. Cool for 1-2 hours on wire rack. (If the top of the cake is too brown [some ovens have “hot spots” and can brown or even burn cakes… ] then just “peel” off the brown part with a knife after it has cooled ..🙂 )
8. Remove the springform ring (run a knife around the sides between the cake and the ring first, to make sure that the cake isn’t stuck to the ring) , cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 8-10 hours.
For the topping and garnish:
1. Beat cream with sugar until soft peaks form and it’s thick and runny… Start off with a low setting on the beater and increase when the cream starts to thicken.. Do not overbeat or your whipped cream will turn into butter!
2. Spread the whipped cream frosting evenly on the cake and garnish with pineapples, shredded coconut, maraschino cherries and some more whipped cream.