Mystery Solved – What Cheesecake is it?

Hello Everyone :) Please don’t hate me because I’ve kept you in suspense for the past couple of days :) For those lovely Readers who are a little confused about what I’m talking about lol let me quickly explain it hehe ~

Just the base :)

It all started with the mysterious cheesecake I made on Saturday and I posted it on Instagram (daisy_nevertoosweet) ~ I was quite nervous because it’s the first time I’ve made this type of cheesecake and it includes ‘folding’! Gosh I’m so scared of this ‘folding’ process >_<  but anyhow, it was a success YAY :) Many people commented on it and have been asking me what cheesecake it was :) Cuz i was very secretive about it hehe I even gave some to fellow bloggers Lianne (Food Made With Love) and Julie (I Dream In Chocolate), but even they didn’t know what it was hahhaa

Finished Product YAY!

Now it’s finally time to reveal the mysterious cheesecake *DRUM ROLLS PLEASE* it is a ‘Vanilla Honey Cheesecake’ :D

And I actually made it for the Alphabakes challenge this month ~ hosted by my dear blogger friend Ros (The More Than Occasional Baker) and the letter this month was “V”. As soon as I saw it…I freaked out…OMG what the heck am I going to bake for the letter “V”. Then Mr Bao rolled his eyes and said ‘Vanilla duh’… so that immediately comforted me hehe so then with the Queen’s Jubilee I wanted to make a ‘Victorian’ Sponge, but so many people were making it…so I was once again lost…was so close to just making simple Vanilla cupcakes…but what fun would that be >_<

Then I jumped on one of my favourite websites taste.com and typed vanilla and that’s when I found this recipe ‘Vanilla Honey Cheesecake’ that first appeared in the ‘delicious’ magazine a few years ago. Right then and there I knew I was going to make it because last year when I went to Beechworth I bought Honey Vanilla and had never used it like a lot of things I buy :P This was the PERFECT time to use it!

Honey and Vanilla Bean from Beechworth Honey

I’m sorry I don’t remember how much it was but unde $10AUD and not sure where else you can get it, because I bought it from the Beechworth Honey retail store in Beechworth, but you can buy it online through their website or find similar vanilla honey in specialty stores like ‘The Essential Ingredient’ or simply use normal honey :)

Essentially this is a baked cheesecake, but with the vanilla extract and vanilla honey it gives it another dimension of flavour ~ I hope you like it! Sorry I didn’t have my camera when I was making the actual cake, so I can’t show you the step-by-step, but I did take photos of making the biscuit crust ~ hope this will help you Winston (The Hungry Excavator) next time you make a cheesecake ~

Recipe – Vanilla Honey Cheesecake adapted from Delicious Magazine 

Ingredients (Makes 20cm cake)
75grams unsalted butter
150 grams caster sugar
350 cream cheese (Philadelphia)
4 tablespoon (20ml) Vanilla Honey
75ml thickened cream
3 eggs, separated
25 grams plain flour
1 vanilla bean, split or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract/paste
50grams brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
50g flaked almonds

Biscuit Base
250 grams digestive/plain sweet biscuits
125 grams unsalted butter, melted

Method
1) To make the biscuit base, release the base of a 20cm spring form cake pan and invert it. Spray with oil and line base with baking parchment, place it back into the pan and secure it.

My fave digestive biscuits :)

2) You can either use a food processor to blitz the biscuits until it resembles sand and add 125grams melted butter and blitz again until it resembles wet sand.

OR

3) You can place the biscuits into a Zip Lock bag and use a rolling pin and ‘crush’ or ‘bash’ them :)

Love doing this bit!

I love doing this by hand, even though I have a food processor, because it gives me so much joy being able to ‘hit’ something lol but the key here is not to do it ‘too hard’ because the bag will just pop and you’ll get biscuits everywhere and lol this may sound really silly but you kind of need to hit with a bit of a rhythm :) Hope this tip with help anyone who has trouble with this ~

All crushed!

5) When the biscuits is evenly crushed and looks like sand, you can mix the melted butter and combine until it resembles wet sand.

6) Slowly placed spoonfuls of the ‘biscuit mixture’ into the cake tin and pack it into the base firmly and the side of the pan using the back of the spoon. You may want to use a glass to help with the edges and keep an even thickness of crust around the sides.  Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill, it’s now ready to be used :)

To make the filling
7) Preheat oven to 180°C/ 160°C fan-forced
8) Cream butter and sugar in stand mixer or electric mixer until pale.
9) Add cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of vanilla honey, cream egg yolks and flour when incorporated add vanilla seeds/extract and mix well.
10) In a clean bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form, then gently fold into cheese mixture. Pour into prepared biscuit base.
11) Combine brown sugar, cinnamon and almonds and sprinkle over cheesecake then bake for 1 hour. Turn the oven off and allow cake to cool inside the oven.
12) To serve, drizzle with extra honey.

Drizzle drizzle ;)

I obviously drizzled my slice with lots and lots of honey lol my Dad had a slice and said it was ‘really’ sweet so for those who don’t really have a ‘huge’ sweet tooth maybe just drizzle a tiny bit ~

I am SO SO SO happy with this cake :) It definitely turned out better than I expected and lol the photos turned out better than I expected too and I tried to do a little food styling ~ I’m still a noob so please excuse the ‘amateur’ efforts ~

I hope I didn’t disappoint anyone with this cheesecake :) and thank you for all the support and lovely comments I received on Instagram and Twitter ~

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50 thoughts on “Mystery Solved – What Cheesecake is it?

  1. Norma Chang June 20, 2012 at 9:43 pm Reply

    Gllad your cheesecake turned out really good looks good too. Like your cakestand.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 21, 2012 at 11:30 am Reply

      Thank you Norma :) I’m so glad it turned out so well ~ hehe i really like my cake stand too but now I need to get a dome to go with it hehe

  2. Choc Chip Uru June 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm Reply

    I think I had a heart attack looking at the photos – then my I broke my teeth trying to bite through the screen ;)
    Are you for real my friend, this looks incredible!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 21, 2012 at 11:30 am Reply

      Hahaha you’re too sweet Uru :) Thanks and glad you liked the recipe! hope you try it soon!

  3. liannelow June 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm Reply

    yay! the suspense was killing me! I have been thinking what flavour it is! hehe it’s SUPER YUMMY! hehe thank you for sharing with us! (: Absolutely loving it! hehe Gonna bookmark the recipe! hehe The hubs is a big fan of cheesecake!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 21, 2012 at 11:33 am Reply

      LOL I know it was killing you LIanne hehe but sorry couldn’t help it :P I needed to take some decent photos before I could blog about it hehe ~ Ohhh nice you’ve definitely gotta then your Mr will love it :D

  4. hotlyspiced June 20, 2012 at 10:11 pm Reply

    That’s a great looking cheesecake! Congratulations. I think you underestimate what a great cook you are. I love the drizzle photo. And vanilla is one of my most favourite flavours and Taste.com – another favourite of mine too xx

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 21, 2012 at 11:34 am Reply

      Oh you’re so sweet Charlie :) I don’t underestimate myself! I’m really such an amateur and still trying to learn…I still make so many mistakes and when recipes don’t work hehe I get really upset :P You’ve gotta try this recipe if you like vanilla :D
      Taste.com is the best! they have so many recipes and so easy to find the recipes you want!

  5. kellysiew June 21, 2012 at 1:11 am Reply

    Oh wow!! Vanilla and honey!! Sounds really yummy! :D And looks absolutely incredible!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 21, 2012 at 11:35 am Reply

      Thanks Kelly :) it turned out much better than I expected yay! give it a go when you have the time if you like vanilla and honey!

      • kellysiew June 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm Reply

        I’m scared of baking a whole cake because I usually only have one or two slices. Then Frank would have the rest (which is what I’m worried about haha). Maybe I’ll scale it down to ramekin or jar versions.

  6. bakingaddict June 21, 2012 at 8:04 am Reply

    Thanks for entering this to AlphaBakes. I love cheesecake and honey and vanilla… just love the whole dessert :) Really like the sound of vanilla bean honey – yum! I’ll have mine with lots of honey please :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 21, 2012 at 11:36 am Reply

      You’re welcome Ros :) I love participating every month in the Alphabakes it really gets me thinking of what I should make and it’s so much fun!!! I You’ve gotta try this recipe if you like it and yup lots and lots of honey!

  7. Michelle June 21, 2012 at 8:40 am Reply

    Ah, this is quite different from the other cheesecake recipes I’ve seen because the crust covers the whole thing. :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 21, 2012 at 11:37 am Reply

      Yeah I was a bit worried at first with the brown sugar topping but it turned out really yummy :D

  8. Ozmomo June 21, 2012 at 10:08 am Reply

    lucky me got to taste it!! :)

  9. Nic@diningwithastud June 21, 2012 at 11:36 am Reply

    I love the topping! Adds a great texture to the smooth mixture. Looks grreat :D

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 21, 2012 at 11:37 am Reply

      Thank you Nic :) I was so worried when I was sprinkling over the cake…i was like ‘oh gosh what if it turns really ugly’ lol having said that i think it’s because of the sugar topping that’s why my dad said it was quite sweet :D

  10. Iron Chef Shellie June 21, 2012 at 11:59 am Reply

    Oh my! What an amazing flavour combination! Oh folding, it’s easy!! :P x

  11. Hannah June 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm Reply

    Oooooh! Cheesecake is the only kind of cake I truly love (probably because it’s more cheese than cake :P ) and this looks wonderful! Well done :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm Reply

      Oh you don’t really like cake Hannah? :) I dunno why but i pictured you as a chocolate cake kinda girl hehe :P glad you liked this recipe hehe ~

  12. Julie June 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm Reply

    it was deEEEEEEElicious!!!!!!! me and mr finished it all.. haha you did give us a giant slice.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 22, 2012 at 11:15 am Reply

      You’re very welcome Julie :) I’m so glad you and Mr liked it! I was worried that it might be too rich and sweet for you hehe I always give people huge slices hehe

  13. Nami | Just One Cookbook June 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh, your cheesecake looks phenomenal Daisy! I love the cheesecake crust. Honey and almonds… totally irresistible!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 22, 2012 at 11:16 am Reply

      Thank you Nami :) I’m so glad it turned out so well I was really worried at first hehe I really like the topping too might use that more often now that I’ve tried it hehe

  14. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm Reply

    I’m so into cheesecake at the moment! And what a great entry to Ros’s event, she’s fantastic as is this cheesecake! :D

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 22, 2012 at 11:18 am Reply

      I agree :) it’s a great event and I love joining every month ~ thanks Lorraine for liking my cheesecake ~

  15. gourmetgetaway June 21, 2012 at 7:17 pm Reply

    That looks so delicious!!! I would love to try a slice or two ;)

    The topping looks amazing and the food style is great too ;)
    10/10

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 22, 2012 at 11:19 am Reply

      You’re too sweet! I’d love to share with you if you were in melbourne :) I’m still trying to learn how to style my food and take better pictures of it :D

  16. Amy June 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm Reply

    Hey! I nominated you for a very well deserved Versatile Blogger award!

    Check it out here: http://snazzybiscuits.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/raspberry-lemonade/

    Well done!

    Amy x

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 22, 2012 at 11:22 am Reply

      Thank you Amy :) that’s so sweet of you to nominate me! I’m totally flattered!

  17. penny aka jeroxie June 21, 2012 at 10:15 pm Reply

    Nice looking cheesecake! Well done girl

  18. Tina @ bitemeshowme June 22, 2012 at 8:16 am Reply

    Oh man.. your cheesecake looks absolutely devine! Love the crusty looking outside. Texture.. mmmmm!

  19. Ames June 22, 2012 at 10:45 pm Reply

    LOVE cheesecake, no matter what kind so this is my kind of cake ;) The colour you got on the top looks great!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm Reply

      Cheesecake is one of my favourites too :) LOVE IT! So glad you liked mine hehe ~ so glad it turned out better than i expected :)

  20. libishski June 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm Reply

    Damn girl, this looks impressive! Certainly looks a LOT better than the crappy cheesecakes we get from The Cheesecake Shop whenever someone at work has a birthday! :D

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm Reply

      Thanks Libby :) I was freaking out when it was really ‘wobbly’ when it first come out of the oven lol I haven’t gone to The Cheesecake Shop for a while is it really that bad? LOL not gonna go then :P

      • libishski June 24, 2012 at 6:32 pm Reply

        It used to be alright but the one on Queen Street (where we get our cakes from) has gone to shite lately. Dunno why. I usually just get the caramel mudcake when it’s my birthday to be on the safe side :D

        • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 25, 2012 at 11:36 pm Reply

          Ohhh I’ve gotta try :) Cuz i’d love to have some caramel mudcake hehe ~ i remember last time I went to The Cheesecake Factory, the cheesecake was really ‘rubbery’ if you know what i mean lol

  21. It looks so good! I like all kind och cheese cakes, and one with honey and almonds would be one of my favorites.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm Reply

      Hello Marta :) Thank you for dropping by my blog! I just dropped by yours! OMG i love all the food and recipe you share :) Breakfast is one of my favourite meals of the day! Glad you liked my cheesecake too ~

  22. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake June 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm Reply

    That looks SO indulgent and rich! Perfect with a cup of tea. :D The suspense was killing me, thanks for finally putting it up. ;)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 24, 2012 at 5:39 pm Reply

      Hahha sorry Jenny to keep you hanging :P but I didn’t want to reveal it so soon! LOL do give this recipe a try when you have the time :) it’s actually not as rich as it looks because of the egg white makes it really fluffy hehe

  23. April June 25, 2012 at 5:18 pm Reply

    Yum!! Mystery solved! I saw you tease everyone on Instagram :) Regardless of what flavour it was, it looks so good.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 25, 2012 at 11:50 pm Reply

      Hahhaha I couldn’t help it :P Because I wanted to blog about it and reveal it then…but then couldn’t help share the photos while I was making it hehe ~

  24. cakeboule June 29, 2012 at 6:02 am Reply

    This look great and I bet it is tasty and far better than shop brought ones!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 29, 2012 at 11:59 am Reply

      Thank you :) I was really glad it turned out better than i expected ~

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