Coconut Cheesecake

I’m back with some deliciousness! Today, I will share the cheesecake that my sister and I made for our mom’s birthday. We made her a coconut cheesecake!

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It was Mother’s day this past weekend, as well as, my mom’s birthday. I spent the weekend with my sister and my son while mom had a mini getaway. We had such a wonderful weekend with my two favorite kiddos.

On Sunday, my baby sister and I made a birthday cheesecake for mom. Our mom loves cheesecake, so every year we make it for her birthday. This year, she left the flavor up to us.

We brainstormed for a little while and baby girl came up with coconut. Coconut cheesecake was a perfect decision because mom loves piña coladas, coconut and I noticed a lot of coconut scents around the house.

Truth be told, we all love coconut in the family. If you’re a fan of coconut, this is a perfect cheesecake for you too!

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To add some extra coconut flavors, I wanted to use coconut flakes. Flakes are great but not the best for the texture of the cheesecake. Best solution is to mince it very finely. If you have a food processor, go ahead and pulse it a few times. If you don’t, just use a knife to mince the coconut flakes. That way, you can add it to the crust and the cheesecake.

Coconut Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • For Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 5 tbs butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tbs finely minced coconut flakes
  • For Cheesecake:
  • 3 8-oz cream cheese packs
  • 3/4 cup of Cream of Coconut
  • 2 tbs sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tbs corn starch
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3 tbs finely minced coconut flakes
  • For Topping:
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
  • 3 tbs of Cream of Coconut

Instructions

  1. ~ Grease a 9-inch spring form, set aside. Preheat the oven to 325.
  2. For crust: Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, melted butter, minced coconut and vanilla. Stir very well, until all incorporated. Press graham cracker mixture into the pan, evenly, all over the bottom and about half way up the side.
  3. Cheesecake:
  4. Start beating the cream cheese and sugar with a mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add the vanilla extract, sour cream, and cream of coconut. Mix until combined.
  6. Add the eggs, one at the time, beating after each addition.
  7. Add the corn starch and coconut flakes. Make sure that all ingredients are well combined.
  8. For topping, combine the coconut flakes (not minced) and cream of coconut, mix well and set aside.
  9. Pour the cheesecake batter into the pan with crust. Bake for 40 minutes.
  10. Take the cheesecake out and spread the topping evenly over the top. Bake for another 5-7 minutes.

Notes

Recipe from Lyuba @ willcookforsmiles.com

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Comments

  1. These all look incredible.

  2. You are the cheesecake queen! What a delicious looking dessert!

  3. I know your mom is enjoying this!

  4. oh this looks to die for! :)

  5. I adore all things coconut! What a great looking cheesecake!!!

  6. This is absolutely fabulous!!! OMG I want a slice NOW. I hope you had a great Mother’s Day Lyuba!

  7. It’s a showstopper! So beautiful.

    Popping in from Oh, Mrs. Tucker!

  8. Looks like Cheesecake Heaven to Me and I love Cheesecake:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  9. Oh, this sure looks delish! My daughter is the wonderful Cheesecake maker around our home, I’ll have to make sure she stops by your post to see this. Visiting you from Full Plate Thursday.

  10. This looks like a perfect place for coconut. Delish.

  11. This looks amazing! I want to make it asap!

  12. This looks amazing!
    We would love it if you would link up at our linky party: Two Girls and a Party Live every Wednesday to Sunday. Hosted by:
    Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    We hope to see you there!

  13. I’ve never had coconut cheesecake, but I absolutely love the idea! This looks so delicious!

  14. So beautiful! It just looks heavenly!

  15. Does it need to be dark brown sugar?? Looks amazing!

    • I’m so sorry for a late response! No, the dark brown sugar is not a necessity. Use light brown or white :)

  16. Hi Lyuba!

    What a treat to come by and meet you! You have a delightful place here and I can’t wait to peruse more of your posts! Everything looks so good!!!

    Kindly, Lorraine

  17. Oh wow!! I want to eat that right now. Yum! Thanks for sharing!

  18. wow looks amazing! my dad loves coconut and cheesecake, so must make for him for fathers day!!

  19. This looks so good! I would love for you to link to http://hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/assets-and-efforts-linky-party-2.html

    Thanks,
    Angela

  20. I thought the coconut cheesecake looked delicious and then i scroll down the page and find more, which do i choose?

  21. What a beautiful pie; perfect flavor for this time of year!

  22. MMMMMM this looks HEAVENLY! My guys LOVE cheesecake and I bet they would LOVE this!

  23. love them all!!!

  24. Wow! Two of my favorite things together! LOVE this Lyuba!

  25. YUM! Love this!! There’s a new LINK-UP Party going on at thet2women.com and we would love to feature your post!! Here’s the link: http://thet2women.com/welcome-to-one-sharendipity-place-link-up-2/

  26. Oh my goodness, I’m in cheesecake heaven! I would love it if you would share this at my Saturday Spotlight link party.

    http://angelshomestead.com/saturday-spotlight-17/

    Hope to see you there!

    April
    Angels Homestead

  27. Love the picture… looks so delicious! My husband LOVES coconut, I am definitely going to make this and surprise him. :) Great recipe. Thanks girl!

  28. Wow! i think this is on my list of things i must make!

  29. Oh WOWZERS!! That cheesecake looks divine. Love the cream of coconut added too – brilliant! Pinning! Thanks soooo much for sharing at Weekend Potluck. Please come again soon.

  30. Hello Lyuba,

    Does this have a real cheesy taste? The reason that I ask is that my husband doesn’t like cheesecake. With the cococut, I’m hoping it tastes more like coconut cream. Want to make for this Saturday at friend’s BBQ, so would be great to hear back from you. This looks awesome, so I may have to make this and something else to bring.
    Thank you,

    Carmel

    • Hi, Carmel!
      It does taste like cheesecake. What I can recommend for your husband is to top it off with coconut syrup for a stronger coconut taste and less cream cheese taste. (I will also email you)

      • Hello Lyuba,

        Thank you so much for getting back so quickly. I think I’ll make it anyway and not tell him. If he likes it, great…otherwise, I’ll make something else too that I know he likes. All our friends will definitely love this cheesecake, as will I.

        Warmest regards and have a great Memorial Day weekend!

        Carmel

  31. This looks great!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight.

    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/05/tgif-link-party-3.html

    Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  32. OMG this cheesecake looks absolutely amazing!

  33. yum! I love coconut. Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays and for the link back :o) Can’t wait to see what you bring next week. Emily @ Nap-Time Creations
    oh, and I just posted looking for some help with my blog… maybe you can offer some advice?

  34. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great day and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  35. It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party.

  36. Bella005 says:

    Looking forward to making your coconut cheesecake tomorrow for my father-in-laws Birthday. Just curious, you didn’t mention cooling it overnight or anything. Does it need to set up for a certain period of time or is it served a little warm??? Thanks for your help!

    • Hi Bella,
      From personal experience, we found that cheesecake tastes better when it stays in the fridge overnight. But you can refrigerate it for a couple of hours (after it’s been cooled to room temperature) if making it the same day! I’ve even tried cheesecake a little warm and it was great :)
      Hope you guys enjoy it!

      • Bella005 says:

        Made the cheesecake this morning. I did bake the crust for about 10 min. before I put in the cream cheese mixture. Then followed your baking directions exactly. Was able to let it cool in the fridge for about 6 hrs then brought it out about 40 min. before we were ready to eat it. Was absolutely amazing!!! Thanks for sharing and so glad I tried it!!!!

    • Bella005 says:

      Thanks for getting back to me so fast!!! Will try getting up early to get it done and cool it a little. Although slightly warm with coffee sounds good too!:)

  37. Woot! You have been featured this week at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I’d love to see you back. Have a great week. :)

  38. I am SO excited to see all of the coconut recipes you’ve put up. I have Pinterest boards for cakes, cheesecakes and one for coconut alone, so I’ll have a heyday with all of these. Glad to finally find someone who is a crazy about coconut as me!

  39. Scarlett In Florida says:

    Love your webpage….you outdid yourself on the Coconut Cheesecake!!!! Wow, won’t my company light up when they see this one!!! Thanks so much! Scarlett in FL

  40. This cheesecake looks delicious and omg…so do all your other ones!!!

  41. I made the coconut cheesecake this past weekend for guests who love coconut cream pie and it turned out great. I don’t even like CCP and loved this cheesecake. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  42. Question, I am going to make this for my husband this weekend for his birthday, so excited! Do you need to refridgerate at all before serving, I know a lot of cheesecakes require that.

    Or is it bad to refrigerate?

    • Also do you bake the crust first, i assume no?

      • Hi Sara! Actually, it will taste better after your refrigerate it! You can eat it at room temperature, right after baking of course, but it is so much better after setting in the fridge. Also, since it is dairy based, you should definitely refrigerate leftovers or if not eating right away.
        No need to pre-bake the crust first. Bake it all together :)
        Happy birthday to your hubby!

  43. I made this cheesecake for my family and it will remains among favorites.
    Thank you very much for the recipe. Have a nice day.

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