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Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake

Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake is a coffee lover’s dream. Creamy espresso cheesecake topped with whipped cream and Kahlua caramel sauce makes for a knock out dessert!

Tomorrow is our priest’s wedding anniversary. He and his family just got back from vacation so we’ve all been missing them. Time to make something special.

He’s a big coffee fan so it needed to be something coffee flavored. I found this recipe for Tia Maria cheesecake on the BBC but reviewers said it was bland and the topping was terrible.

What really intrigued me about the BBC recipe is that it’s a baked cheesecake that doesn’t require a water bath.

This is a view of the left side of the macchiato cheesecake without caramel sauce. The view is from about 45 degrees above. The bottom is a dark chocolate crust topped with a light brown espresso cheesecake. The cheesecake is topped with swirled whipped cream.

Water baths help cheesecakes bake more evenly so they don’t crack. I have limited pans here in Cambodia so I can only make an 8-inch cheesecake in a water bath. That’s not nearly big enough for a celebration.

The trick with this cheesecake is reducing the oven temperature as it cooks and cooling it in the oven. I love, love, love how simple that is. So much easier than a water bath.

True to the BBC promise, this cheesecake did not crack and it’s wonderfully creamy.

I used espresso powder to elevate the flavor and made a stabilized whipped cream topping that I spooned on to look like froth on a cup of coffee.

A caramel macchiato cheesecake needs a good caramel topping. The Kahlua caramel sauce on this one is amazing. One of the ladies at church grabbed the almost empty jar and started eating the left over sauce with a spoon. I’m not judging. I had a few spoonfuls myself when I made it.

The sweet caramel sauce pairs perfectly with the espresso cheesecake. I let my guests ladle on as much or as little as they wanted. Most really went for it.

Yield: 9-inch cheesecake

Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake

Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes



  • 3 cups chocolate cookie crumbs (I used chocolate wafer cookies)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter


  • 28 ounces cream cheese, softened (900 g)
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup espresso powder
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Stabilized whipped cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin powder
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Kahlua Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup Kahlua



  1. Line the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mix cookie crumbs and melted butter together and press evenly in the bottom of the pan. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 10 minutes. Let cool. Turn oven up to 450°F (230°C).
  3. Put cream cheese, brown sugar, sugar, espresso powder, flour and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat until well mixed. Beat in eggs and gradually beat in whipping cream.
  4. Pour batter onto prepared crust. Bake at 450°F for 10 minutes. Turn the oven temperature down to 250°F (130°C) for 30 minutes. Then turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake in the oven while it cools (at least 2 hours).

Kahlua Caramel Sauce

  1. Have all ingredients ready before you start. Put sugar and corn syrup in a large sauce pan. Heat over medium high heat, stirring, until the mixture boils. If your pan heats evenly, you can stop stirring. Watch the sugar closely. It will turn amber, and then start to darken. When it's a little darker brown than regular caramels, take it off the heat.
  2. Add the whipping cream all at once. It will bubble up to about twice the size of the liquid and give off a lot of steam so be careful. You will need to stir quickly to make sure the cream is mixed in.
  3. Add the butter and quickly stir into the sauce.
  4. If you want the alcohol to cook off, add the Kahlua while the sauce is still hot. If you want the alcohol to stay in, let the sauce cool for about 5 minutes and then add the kahlua.

Stabilized Whipped Cream

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a metal bowl. Place the bowl with the ingredients and the beaters in the freezer for 15 minutes. Work quickly to assemble your mixer and beat the whipped cream to stiff peaks.
  2. Spread the stabilized whipped cream on top of the cooled cheesecake. Just before serving, drizzle top with Kahlua caramel sauce.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 587Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 305mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 1gSugar: 41gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information is provided as a guide only. Please consult a dietician for specific dietary requirements

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