brownie bottomed cheesecake

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking,BIRTHDAY,Dessert,Gluten Free,recipes,Vegan,Vegan MoFo

 

 

 

brownie bottomed cheesecake

For my birthday, Jason brought home tasty cupcakes from one of our favorite vegan/gluten free bakeries.

I also had an amazing dessert with my birthday dinner, which I still need to tell you all about. Soon.

Oh, and then I made cupcakes for my birthday party with the family.

Even with all the desserts, I still had to make my own birthday cake. This year I combined two of my all time favorite desserts – brownies and cheesecake – into one glorious and decadent treat.

Jason describes this as ‘tangy, not too sweet’ which is how we both love cheesecake. The brownie base makes up for the classic not too sweet cake, though. Perfect.

brownie bottomed cheesecake 

brownie bottomed cheesecake

dairy, egg, and gluten free, vegan

makes one 9 inch cheesecake

1 batch brownies (I used this recipe)
3 packages cream cheese (8 oz Tofutti), room temperature

2 tablespoons Ener-G egg powder
3 tablespoons NuNaturals More Fiber Baking Blend
1/3 cup coconut milk (carton)
1/4 cup agave
juice of 1/ lemon (2-3 tablespoons)

Prepare brownie batter and pour into prepared (greased, foil wrapped) 9 inch spring-form pan. Smooth into even layer, spreading up the sides for a higher crust edge if desired. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, remove to cool.

In food processor, pulse cream cheese. While blending, add the powders, milk, agave and lemon juice until just incorporated. Pour over cooled brownie crust, smooth into an even layer, bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes. Once firm and set, turn oven off, open door and leave cheesecake inside. Cool completely, cover and refrigerate preferably overnight.

vegan brownie cheesecake

[insert Homer Simpson drooling sound here]

Yep. This was just as good as I imagined.

 

{ 70 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mizzzzz October 11, 2012 at 3:17 am

YES
every time I read your blog I think MOVE IN WITH ME AND BRING YOUR FLUEVOGS :) and BE MY SISTERWIFE.

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2 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm

yes Yes YES! baking and fashion shows and running in MIZ running skirts!

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3 Averie @ Averie Cooks October 11, 2012 at 3:18 am

The layers are PERFECT and leave it to you to make a vegan/gf cheesecake that looks better and more amazing than any regular/gluten-filled version. Mmm, I want it!

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4 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 6:47 pm

thanks, Averie! with all of your bars, I know you can appreciate a good layer! :)

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5 lindsay October 11, 2012 at 4:06 am

alright, now i have a reason to by tofutti. Wasn’t holding out till now.

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6 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm

:D have you never tried it, Lindsay? it’s really good…

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7 Beth @ Tasty Yummies October 11, 2012 at 5:24 am

This looks incredible! Sounds like you had a very very tasty birthday :)
Mine is next week, hopefully someone will make me something just as tasty as this, or maybe I will just make it for myself!

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8 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm

ah, I wish I could send you one! XXO

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9 Heather (Where's the Beach) October 11, 2012 at 5:28 am

OMG my mom used to make cheesecake brownies when I was a kid! You just brought back so many memories!!

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10 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Mmm, like cheesecake swirled in, or layered like this? Mmm…

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11 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 11, 2012 at 6:26 am

I’m going to have to stop reading your blog for the next 3.5 weeks. Lol! This looks amazing. There’s nothing better than a chocolate bottomed cake.

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12 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm

noooooo! okay, I will understand ;) as long as you visit after, right? then you can enjoy! ;)

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13 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm

LOL! You know I can’t stay away from your food porn. #intervention

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14 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 7:22 pm

oh yay! :)

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15 Fannny October 11, 2012 at 6:29 am

Wow, this is stunning!

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16 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 6:43 pm

thank you Fanny!

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17 janetha {meals & moves} October 11, 2012 at 7:05 am

why didn’t i think of this? what a great idea!

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18 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

well, you can do it now! :D

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19 Chris October 11, 2012 at 7:55 am

This looks totally delicious! The last few days have been very dangerous as I keep looking at sweet and chocolaty blog posts. Only yesterday I tried a brownie recipe with apples and ricotta. Then I have already another plan. If I could, I would put this cake right away to the to do list … maybe for later.

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20 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

thank you, Chris! I know, there are so many fantastic sweets out there right now… and with the holidays coming, it’s only going to increase, right?

I hope you do make this sometime, it’s a good one!

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21 Allie October 11, 2012 at 8:23 am

I’m a tangy cheesecake fan, too. And heck, if that’s what it takes to get a cheesecake, I’d make my own cake too ;D

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22 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm

woo HOO, right? so worth it.

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23 Ashley F. October 11, 2012 at 8:25 am

Holy [expletive]! I normally don’t do sweets, but when I do I go all out and this looks like the most amazing way to go all out for dessert :)

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24 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm

“…but when I do I go all out” < -- I knew I liked you ;)

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25 jobo October 11, 2012 at 9:32 am

ummmm the best of both worlds, much?? holy (expletive) is right ;-) yummmmmmmmmm. #PMSattack

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26 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm

right? I know… I don’t even know what to do… it’s sitting in the fridge not. ten. feet. away…

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27 Baker Bettie October 11, 2012 at 10:09 am

OMG! This looks amazing. I think my husband would love me forever if I made him this. I would just have to keep it a secret that it is vegan. Otherwise he wouldn’t try it. So stubborn.

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28 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

ooooh, just do what I do, and tell them AFTER ;)

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29 Baker Bettie October 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I always try to, but he is ALWAYS onto me.

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30 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 7:22 pm

haaa!! I know how that is ;)

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31 Jess October 11, 2012 at 11:06 am

Brownie AND cheesecake mixed into one divine dessert? Will you marry me please? LOL. Seriously, I am about to hop on a plane to see you just so you can make these for me. Oh man, that would hit the spot right now!! (PS I can’t wait to hear more about your bday!) xo!

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32 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

I know, can you even comprehend? I may just make ALL the future cheesecakes like this…

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33 Julia October 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

I just went cross eyed. I need some, immediately!

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34 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm

hee hee! love it. wish I could send you some!

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35 Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack! October 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

Um.. Are you freakin’ kidding me? This looks so good!! What a fabulous idea, too. The first picture reminded me of an espresso cheesecake that I made pre-vegan days. I’ll have to try my hand at cheesecake once again! Great job, btw. :)

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36 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I have another cheesecake coming up before the end of MoFo… ;)

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37 Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack! October 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

O_O

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38 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm

hee hee!

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39 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Look at that piece of heaven! I’m totally moving in with you now. Forget about being neighbors…that would waste time walking back and forth from our houses!

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40 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

haa haa, yes! now I know how to lure you here, cheesecake;)

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41 vegantester October 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

daaaaaaaang!

if i was using sugar instead of the stevia, would it be the same amount?

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42 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm

yes, with this particular product, it is a straight one to one swap. I use this product for the “fiber” component in my cheesecakes, so perhaps adding a tablespoon or two of flour as well?

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43 vegantester October 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm

hmmm i might try a little cornstarch dissolved in apple cider instead of flour.

this looks so good!

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44 vegantester October 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm

hmmm i might try a little cornstarch dissolved in apple cider instead of flour.

this looks so good!

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45 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm

sounds perfect!

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46 Sarah (appifanie) October 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm

that is AMAZING.

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47 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm

thanks Sarah! :)

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48 purelytwins October 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm

girl you just out did yourself, seriously this look FANTASTIC!!! love the layers, it makes me want to grab it off the screen!!

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49 spabettie October 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm

thank you!! we loved this…

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50 Kelly Klepfer October 12, 2012 at 5:25 am

This looks Yumazing!!!!

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51 spabettie October 12, 2012 at 11:43 am

great word, Kelly!

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52 Alta October 12, 2012 at 6:38 am

OMG this is a vegan cheesecake? WOW. This might just go on the list of birthday cakes for me this year. :)

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53 spabettie October 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

yes!! I have another cheesecake coming later this month, a raw one! :)

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54 Heather @ Better With Veggies October 12, 2012 at 6:45 am

Do you know this was what Kirk’s groom’s cake was at our wedding (although a veryun-vegan version)!! Such a great combo!

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55 spabettie October 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

Kirk has good taste! :) this is my new favorite.

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56 Laurel October 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm

You are a very evil birthday girl. You are so evil you should be triplets. It’s just a good thing for me I have to make my own soy free cream cheese or I’d probably be on my broom, circling your house and cackling madly having been fueled by this incredible confection.
Hope you had a wonderful birthday. How long did it take to get off the sugar high?

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57 spabettie October 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm

hee, still on it, I think. but YES! soon I will have another cheesecake… I made one for an event and it was raw! it’s on the schedule for my MoFo Treats and Sweets, so it will be here soon. :D

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58 Lou October 14, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Oh my. Oh my. Homer has nothing on MY drooling sound right now.

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59 spabettie October 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm

hee hee, I know. I tried to spell out the Homer drool, but… couldn’t figure it out. ;)

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60 Lou October 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm

ooooorrrrraaaaaagggggggg? Yeah it’s actually really hard to figure it out, huh? Teehee.

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61 spabettie October 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm

haa HAA, awesome!

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62 Cara October 15, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Happy belated birthday! Love your choice of cake!

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63 spabettie October 15, 2012 at 4:57 pm

thanks, Cara! this is now my new favorite…

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64 Kristy October 16, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Birthdays exist purely for desserts, right? This looks like one dreamy birthday cake- It looks so decadent!

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65 spabettie October 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm

absolutely! three or four desserts, if you’re doing it right ;)

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66 Sherie Lynn June 11, 2013 at 11:41 am

Hi Kristina!
I want to make this awesome cheesecake for my husband, but have a couple of questions….
Is your egg powder the same as egg- replacer? and What can I use for NuNaturals More Fiber Baking Blend? He does not eat chocolate, any ideas for the crust?

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67 Kristina Sloggett June 16, 2013 at 9:39 pm

hi Sherie Lynn!

yes, the egg powder is Ener-G egg replacer. The More Fiber baking blend adds sweet flavor and helps thicken the cheesecake filling, but it should set just fine if you use your normal sweetener – if it is sugar, use the same measurement.

Here are two other ideas for cheesecake crusts:

New York Cheesecake

Salted Caramel Cheesecake

enjoy!

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68 Dustin November 8, 2013 at 7:05 am

Spaaaaaabettie! Adore you. Adore this blog. I’m vegan and my friend at work is, it’s her bday and she requested a “brownie cheescake cake” I was like…”thank you for being so simple”..

But thanks to you it was relatively painless! Haven’t been able to taste it yet cuz I have to wait to cut it at work tonight but it looks FANTASTIC! I’m going to actually write a Bday message on top with a chocolate ganache from Fran Costigan’s cookbook “Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy Free Desserts”. I took a class with her here in NYC last week.

Only quip, if I may, It is unclear in the brownie recipe if the coconut oil goes in while the paste is still on the heat or after. Also, in the instructions in the brownie recipe you say “sugar”…I assumed you meant agave, but I’m just trying to be helpful.

Also, to those who have never made a Brownie Cheesecake you might want to reassure them that putting the brownie in for 20 minutes and then the extra 45-55 with the cheesecake wont be harmful or present itself in burning the brownie. I was worried, but trusted my gut and it looks great!

Thank you Spabettie!

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69 Kristina Sloggett November 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm

hi Dustin!

thank you for writing, I am so happy you chose my cake to make for a special birthday – I hope it was enjoyed! great thinking to use Fran’s ganache as well – isn’t Fran fantastic?

thanks for the suggestions – oops! I updated the recipe instruction to include the coconut oil.

hope everyone loved the cake, CHEERS! Kristina

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70 Dustin November 10, 2013 at 5:14 pm

everyone LOVED it! You’re the best! THANK YOU!

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