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A creamy pumpkin cheesecake is topped with a caramel sauce for this decadent fall dessert.

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce

Originally posted September 22, 2008 – You would think that I’ve had enough with the sweets after last week’s Red Velvet Week, but I’ve got another one for you today!! Since we are knee deep in all things pumpkin season, I thought it would be fun to re-make this pumpkin cheesecake and bring it back to you all today. This pumpkin cheesecake is cheesecake perfection – rich and creamy with just the right amount of pumpkin and spice. And the caramel sauce totally takes it over the top and gives it something a little different. While this caramel recipe is pretty simple, do be careful not to overcook it as it will harden up when it cools if you cook it too long. But even then, you can heat it back up and it’s still delicious!!

Yesterday was my birthday. The big 3-1. And somehow, it feels much older than 30. Maybe it’s because I’m pregnant with my first child, and I somehow always thought I’d be done having kids by the time I was 30, not just starting. And being 30 and child-less feels younger than 31 with one on the way. And it could be that I’m finding gray hairs several times a week.

I always thought it was fun to have my birthday on September 21st – the last of summer. This year, it was the actual last day of summer, and today, I get to welcome in my favorite time of year. I’ve always loved the fall. The smells, the temperature, the looming of the holiday season – all my favorites.

My family got together last night, and I had originally volunteered to make dessert, but my mother thought that it wasn’t really right for the birthday girl to bring her own cake. But I had really been wanting to welcome in the new season with a taste of fall, so I brought my own birthday dessert to work last Friday!

Recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce

I don’t usually make cheesecakes for work, because even cut into small slices, it’s not enough to serve everyone. But since it was for my birthday, I figured I would get what I wanted! I had really been wanting to try out a pumpkin cheesecake, and when I ran across this one at Good Eats ‘n Sweet Treats, I knew I had to try it. I had never thought to pair pumpkin cheesecake and caramel before, but seeing that they are two things that I love separately, how could they be bad together?

It was a delicious combination of flavors. The cheesecake recipe comes from RecipeZaar, and the caramel sauce from Baking: From My Home to Yours. Both were so easy, even cheesecake and caramel newbies could pull this off. Caramel seems to be my nemesis – sometimes it works for me, and sometimes it doesn’t, but this recipe seems to be foolproof. I did cook mine a tad long, so it solidified before we ate the cheesecake, but a few seconds in the microwave, and it was good and runny again. And I was so grateful that there was quite a bit of the caramel sauce left over, because I’ve been eating it by the spoonful and loving every bite!

This was a great way to welcome in the Fall, and a new year with new adventures!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe with Caramel Sauce

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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce
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A creamy pumpkin cheesecake is topped with a caramel sauce for this decadent fall dessert.
Serves: 12-16 servings
  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
Caramel Sauce
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1-1/2 tbsp light corn syrup
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
For the Cheesecake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Wrap the outsides of an 8-inch springform pan* tightly with foil. (I usually triple wrap mine - you don’t want any water to be able to get to the cheesecake.)
  2. In a bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Press the crumbs into the bottom and about ⅔ of the way up the sides of the springform pan. Bake the crust for 5 minutes, then set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a mixer, combine the cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add in the pumpkin, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, and continue beating until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour the filling over the crust.
  4. Place the pan in a roasting pan or any larger pan. Place in the oven, then pour water into the larger pan. You want about an inch of water surrounding the springform pan.**
  5. Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until the cheesecake is firmer around the edges, but still a bit jiggly in the center. Keep the cheesecake in the oven, but turn it off and put a towel or wooden spoon in the door to prop it open. Let the cheesecake stay in the oven until it has come to room temperature, then remove, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold.
  6. When ready to serve, run a knife around the outside of the cake and then remove the sides of the springform pan.
For the Caramel Sauce:***
  1. Combine the sugar, water and corn syrup in a medium saucepan. Stir just to combine the ingredients, then place over medium-high heat. Cook, without stirring, until the caramel starts to turn an amber color, 5-10 minutes. Lower the heat and slowly add the cream and butter. Stand back, as it may start to spit and bubble up. Once the spatters calm down a bit, stir to combine and dissolve any lumps.
  2. Drizzle the caramel sauce over individual cheesecake slices.
This cheesecake calls for an 8-inch springform pan, while the standard size is usually a 9-inch pan. If you don’t have an 8-inch, you can substitute in a 9-inch, but the cheesecake won’t be as thick and you will need to adjust the baking time.

*I always bake my cheesecakes in a water bath to ensure that they cook evenly. The water bath also helps to avoid cracking on the top of the cheesecake as well. If you don’t have a pan large enough to fit your springform pan into, I have had readers say that they have just placed a dish of water on the rack underneath the cheesecake and that has helped. You can also eliminate the water bath completely, but my cheesecakes are never quite the same without it.

***If cooked too long, this caramel will start to harden as it cools. If this happens, just heat it to loosen it back up.

Cheesecake recipe adapted from food.com

Caramel sauce source Baking: From My Home to Yours

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91 Responses to Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce

  1. Erika says:

    Happy Birthday! 31 hasn’t been bad so far…although I’ve only been there for a month myself. 🙂

    That pumpkin cheesecake looks amazing! I’m going to have to make that for company sometime soon. (If I didn’t make it for company, I’d eat it all myself I suspect!)

  2. Maria says:

    Happy birthday! I hope it was a good one! It was my sister’s bday too:) Glad you celebrated with a yummy dessert! the cheesecake looks amazing!

  3. Katie says:

    Many happy returns!
    That cheesecake looks amazing and perfect for this time of year

  4. kat says:

    Happy Birthday! Isn’t pumpkin cheesecake divine!

  5. Mary says:

    Happy Birthday! The cheesecake really looks yummy. And if it makes you feel better, I found my first grey hair before I turned 21 and I’m 36 and childless. I kinda feel like I missed a turn somewhere! 😀

  6. Happy cook says:

    Happy Birthday .
    31 oh that is nothing at all.
    Trying adding on eight more then you will be like me 🙂
    Love the cake, have never done anything sweet with pumpkin. Always made soup or a curry

  7. Aimée says:

    Happy birthday! I agree that autumn is ideal for birthdays. 🙂
    Wish I could have shared a slice of this cheesecake with you, it looks fabulous.

  8. CECIL says:

    Happy 31st Birthday!!! Hmm…when I am ready for pregnancy, I may be well in my mid 30s (I am 29 now), so..31 is nothing!! 🙂

    Pumpkin cheesecake! That sounds delicious! What a perfect dessert for fall season.

  9. Patsyk says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday!!!!

    You are a girl after my own heart with that cheesecake! Yum!!!!

  10. Jaime says:

    happy birthday deborah! i’m so glad you enjoyed this cheesecake 🙂 it looks delicious and makes me want to make it again right away. i always love visiting your blog – i wish there weren’t so many out there to visit so i could stop by more often.

    oh and i hear ya on the feeling old thing. i also thought i’d be done having kids by 30 but i’m about to turn 29 and have yet to have my first kid (though we are trying now). don’t think of it as getting old, just that you’re about to start a new chapter of your life 🙂

  11. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Happy Birthday! Wishing all the best on this very special day!

    Your cheesecake looks fantastic! Really tempting with all those ooey gooey caramel sauce!



  12. Nicole says:

    Happy birthday!! Pumpkin cheesecake and caramel sauce…sounds like a match made in heaven! 🙂

  13. Tartelette says:

    Happy Birthday! 31 is still young..I am 33 and still feel like 25!!
    The pumpkin cheesecake would make me very very happy! Looks wonderful!

  14. LaDue & Crew says:

    Thanks for the cupcake comment! They are different, maybe not for everyone, but hey, I had to start the challenge somewhere! Now your dessert is making my mouth totally water! Geez, I don’t think I’ll ever lose this post baby weight if I keep reading this stuff, lol… btw, Happy Birthday!

  15. LaDue & Crew says:

    Thanks for the cupcake comment! They are different, maybe not for everyone, but hey, I had to start the challenge somewhere! Now your dessert is making my mouth totally water! Geez, I don’t think I’ll ever lose this post baby weight if I keep reading this stuff, lol… btw, Happy Birthday!

  16. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Happy birthday, dear Deb!
    That cheesecake looks delicious and the perfect way to celebrate!

  17. Maria says:

    Happy Birthday Deb!! Your 30’s are supposed to be when your at your prime, so enjoy!

    Your cheesecake looks really delish and the perfect recipe to welcome Fall.


  18. The Mediocre Cook says:

    Happy Birthday! I felt old when my first son was born 5 years ago and I’m only 31 now. At least your children will have tasty food to eat! Which is better than what my children get to suffer through 🙂

  19. Sarah says:

    Happy birthday! Your cheesecake sounds terrific. I bridge the gap to 30 this week…we will see how my 30s measure up!

  20. kimberleyblue says:

    Happy birthday, and thanks for giving us all such a great gift – that awesome recipe! Yum, sounds perfect for these fall days.

  21. Dawn says:

    Happy belated Birthday. You must be a Libra? I am.
    Don’t you just love how caramel sauce brings it all together?
    Such a gorgeous looking cheesecake.

  22. noble pig says:

    Happy Birthday, one day late! I was thirty and pregnant over the 1999-2000 New Year…I remember when I was 8 or 9 years old on New Years my brother and I fugured out how old we would be at the millenium New Year and I remember thinking WOW I would be thirty. We then proceeded to plan the biggest New Years party of all time. So when it was the millenium New Year I was 30 and pregnant and exhausted, I went to bed at 9 o’clock and miraculously all the computers still worked in the morning. I also have no idea why I just blabbed all that! Nice cake!

  23. Mrs. L says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! And yummy looking cheesecake.

  24. flower says:

    Happy Birthday, hope you had a great 1.
    Id love to make the cheesecake, but I dont think canned pumpkin exists in England 🙁

  25. Erin says:

    Hope you had a great birthday! This cheesecake looks so good! I’ll have to remember this when I want to make a pumpkin cheesecake later in the fall. It sounds like it would be great with the caramel sauce!

  26. Ben says:

    Happy birthday! I love cheesecake factory on my birthday and this pumpkin cake looks to die for. I love this time of the year and all the pumpkin recipes that start to pop up around. Great GREAT recipe 😀

  27. http://feedingjason.blogspot.com/ says:

    OMG! That sounds delicious!

    Thanks for sharing!

  28. Megan says:

    A great way to welcome Fall or any day of the week. Love pumpkin and caramel and cheesecake, wish I had just a sliver (or two!)

  29. Megan says:

    Oh, and Happy Birthday! Hope your day is filled with great things and great food!!!

  30. StickyGooeyCreamyChewy says:

    Happy Birthday! Thirty-one hurt me a lot more than thirty did too. Just wait! In a few years, you’ll be wishing for that thirty-one again!

    That cheesecake looks absolutely scrumptious! A perfect dish to welcome Fall!

  31. sunita says:

    Happy belated b’day, dear Deborah…hope you had agreat day. The cheesecake looks awesome…what a way to welcome fall 🙂

  32. Jenny says:

    Hi Deborah,
    I’ve got a couple more months of 31 and it’s been a great year! I hope yours is great, especially with your little one coming soon! This cheesecake looks absolutely incredible! Happy Birthday!!

  33. Mandy says:

    happy belated birthday Deborah. The pumpkin cheesecake looks delicious! What cake did you get on your actual day?

  34. Astra Libris says:

    Congratulations – on your birthday and the upcoming birth of your first child!! Such beautiful milestones! And a beautiful cheesecake! 🙂

  35. Lisa says:

    Looks good! Happy Birthday!

  36. Heather says:

    happy birthday! pumpkin and caramel may very well be the best flavor combination ever!!

  37. KJ says:

    wow, this looks sinfully delicious. a great birthday treat!!!

  38. Amber says:

    A very happy birthday to you. I loved my 30’s. I hated hated hated turning 50 last year, 51, not so bad.
    The cheesecake…oooohhhh!
    I love chocolate the best but right behind it is lemon and caramel.
    The frozen lemon mousse was actually for a family birthday party for 36 people in Napa and it was wonderful. I had been testing it beforehand and was gone for 5 days working on the party.

  39. glamah16 says:

    Happy Birthday.This is the most important year of your life with the baby coming. All the best. Great idea to use pumpkin in the cheesecake.

  40. PheMom says:

    Happy Birthday!!!! Give yourself a promise now to two full spa days – one toward the end of your pregnancy when you are starting to feel crazy, and one as soon as possible after baby is here – maybe about 2 months old so you can feel like you again. Also, read BabyWise – it is a great book that can help you figure out how to have baby sleeping a good stretch through the night around 8 weeks. You’ll start feeling more like yourself again.

    Anyway, that cheesecake and caramel sauce look amazing. I haven’t tried the caramel sauce out of Dorie’s book yet, but it looks fantastic!

  41. Elle says:

    Happy Birthday Deborah! Can’t hink of a nicer way to celebrate than this Fall themed cheesecake…and caramel sauce, too. Mmmmm.

  42. Prudy says:

    Happy Birthday! I had my first baby at age 30, much later than I ever though, but it all turned out for the best. What a great day to have a birthday and oh how I love pumpkin cheesecake.

  43. Brilynn says:

    Happy Birthday!

    Pumpkin cheesecake sounds like an excellent way to celebrate!

    I’ve made my own birthday cake for the past couple years now and everytime I tell someone I made my own cake they look at me like it’s so sad. But I WANT to make my own cake, I like to do it! They just don’t understand.

  44. Deb says:

    Belated birthday greetings :-). The cheesecake looks absolutely divine. Yummo!

  45. Paula says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday! Your cake of choice for your special celebration is glorious! I hope you made at least one yummy noise when you ate it! Just wait until you get to make cakes for your little one!

  46. Gigi says:

    Happy Birthday! And cheesecake sounds like a great alternative to birthday cake.

  47. Meeta says:

    Deborah – happy happy birthday! It’s been a huge pleasure getting to know you through your blog. I really wish you all the very best for the future and with the little one I know you will have a wonderful adventure coming into your life.

    the pumpkin pie looks simply awesome. hope you saved me a piece!

  48. My Sweet & Saucy says:

    I am loving that pumpkin is starting to show up…it is Fall time!!! This looks lovely!

  49. My Sweet & Saucy says:

    I am loving that pumpkin is starting to show up…it is Fall time!!! This looks lovely!

  50. Grace says:

    happy belated birthday to you, milady! here’s hoping it was the best one yet. 🙂
    meanwhile, your cheesecake looks perfect! quite honestly, it looks more appetizing than a lot of what they serve at the cheesecake factory. 🙂

  51. Dhanggit says:

    Happy Happy Birthday to you my dear Deb! Big kisses from me to you and to your little one! Btw that pumpkin looks amazing!

  52. Mary says:

    Happy Birthday! This looks sinfully delicious.

  53. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:


    I love pumpkin cheesecake and this looks fantastic!

    I know what you mean about 31 (I am 31 t00) and it was a lot more sobering than 30 – especially since I haven’t even started having kids yet! ack!

  54. Cakespy says:

    Welcome fall, indeed!!! I’m gladly bidding summer adieu for treats like this! 🙂

  55. lalaine says:

    Since I was never really fastidious about how I looked, I’ve always thought I will love growing old and will age gracefully. But now that I am 38 with gray hairs sneaking in and with things starting to hang, I am now always in the salon touching up my roots and I have, at one point, seriously considered surgery! Normal reactions, I guess, in the face of mortality.

    Hey! Congratulations on the pregnancy…and the cheesecake! Looks gooey good!

  56. Mel, A Dramatic Mommy says:

    Happy Birthday!

  57. ttfn300 says:

    Sounds like a slice of heaven!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🙂

  58. chou says:

    Congratulations on 31! I have to agree with your sentiments in the first paragraph. I never imagined myself at 30 and childless–maybe 31 will be my lucky year? 😉

  59. farida says:

    Happy B-day to you! We are teh same age:) I am turning 31 in december. Can’t believe it:) Should we say life begins at 31 or is it not true?:)

    Your cake looks great! Enjoy your birthday and remember, age doesn’t matter, what matters is how old you feel inside. Have fun:)

  60. Joe Horn says:

    I love caramel and I love cheesecake. This looks wonderful!

  61. Cynthia says:

    Happy belated birthday! Seems like ages since I’ve visited.

  62. maggie says:

    I have never made a cheesecake but this looks sooo delicious…

  63. kamailesfood says:

    Happy Birthday! 🙂

    I’m a huge fan of pumpkin, cheesecake and caramel! This looks like a real winner.

  64. Dana McCauley says:

    That looks like a very good cake – Happy Birthday!

    I don’t usually dig on cheese cake but tonight i could eat an entire full recipe by myself. I’m dying for something rich and sweet – that is the difference between 21 and 42: the cravings get crazy on this side of middle age!

  65. Kristen says:

    Happy birthday! You are a spring chicken 🙂
    What a great dessert for a great birthday year… lots of wonderful things happening to you this year.

    My b-day is on the 5th and I think I’ve just found my b-day cake too! I’ve been eyeing this recipe on Zaar now for quite some time.

  66. Shandy says:

    Happy Birthday!!! You are one of the most thoughtful and caring people I have had the pleasure of reading and blogging with. No matter what age, a baby is so precious and their love and cute little smiles makes being a Mom special.

    I absolutely LOVE pumpkin pie and cheesecake and this one looks so delicious. I am glad you caved and made it for your b-day.

  67. ~Holly says:

    Yum!! I am so excited for fall. I will be making this soon! 🙂 Happy Birthday and Congrats on the upcoming arrival! 🙂

  68. Emiline says:

    Happy Birthday Deborah! I think you’re waaay young. Age is nothing, I think. It doesn’t matter.

    Your cheesecake looks splendid! I can’t wait to bake with pumpkin.

    How’s your new camera working out? I’m shopping for a new one. So expensive though.

  69. Tasty Trends says:

    happy birthday!

    i am not a huge fan of cheesecake but i do like pumpkin cheesecake. i guess that would be since i love anything that has to do with pumpkin!

  70. Bellini Valli says:

    Your birthday is the very same day as my daughters!!! Someday we will both be in Mexico at Chitzen Itza to welcome the solstice. A great substitution would be to have a piece of pumpkin cheesecake:D

  71. April says:

    Happy Birthday!! I am loving all fo the pumpkin desserts popping up all over, and this one is at the top of the list!

  72. Christine says:

    Happy belated birthday on the last day of summer. Mine was the first day of fall. So Happy Birthday to us!

    This Cheescake looks DELICIOUS! Gonna have to try it! 🙂

  73. Ingrid says:

    This is my first time here. Haven’t looked past your cheesecake yet but will definitely look around.
    Your cheesecake looks DELISH! Love the caramel dripping down the sides!

  74. Mochachocolata Rita says:

    happy belated bday and congratsssss

    and this sounds soooo perfect for the looming halloween ahead 🙂

  75. Chocolate Shavings says:

    Your cheesecake looks amazing! Happy birthday and congratulations on the child to come, I wish you all the best!

  76. RecipeGirl says:

    Happy bday (belated)!

    Great treat to celebrate your bday, end of summer & beginning of fall. I love caramel sauce on top!

  77. Suzana says:

    Deborah, hope you had a great day. Happy Belated Birthday!! I’m at the moment with a pumpkin invasion in my kitchen, so this recipe sounds (and looks!) perfect.

  78. Megan. says:

    cheesecake is easily my favorite dessert. and this is the perfect version for fall!

  79. Peabody says:

    Happy Belated Birthday!
    I can’t believe I almost missed this post. Three of my loves in one, pumpkin, caramel and cheesecake. I am loving this.

  80. Elle says:

    What a gorgeous cheesecake! And happy belated birthday!

  81. Kevin says:

    That looks so good with the caramel sauce dripping all over it. I really like the pumpkin and cheese cake combo. I hope you had a great birthday!

  82. AmyWood12 says:

    Thanks for this awesome recipe! am in the middle of trying it out right now, and so far, so good!

  83. Maris says:

    This looks AMAZING! I love pumpkin and always look for new recipes. The cupcakes are SO cute too with the candy corn pumpkin on top 🙂

  84. jamie says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!……and Happy, belated, Birthday!
    Thank you for posting a REAL caramel sauce recipe ( as opossed to the many, many bloggers who used High Fructose Corn Syrup laced bottled caramel sauce! ) for the topping of this pumpkin cheesecake.

    It took me an hour of searching but I found the winning recipe thanks to your site…it is ‘favorited’. Anyone who uses bottled, canned or imitation ingredients as a substitute for REAL, Organic ( after all, we ARE organic in our biological make-up! ) ingredients will regret the shortcuts in the long run. I know. I now have Chronic Pancreatitis due to consuming copious amounts of HFCS laced products ubiquitous in almost all prepackaged foods on your grocers shelves today.
    It is a huge responsibility to the public to share healthy recipes and information. Thanks for sharing the former.

    I wish you a healthy baby and a loving environment tin which to nurture this beautiful new soul. Welcome to the new baby!

    Jamie in Michigan

  85. Catherine says:

    What a beautiful, indulgent dessert for the holiday season. Blessings, Catherine

  86. Love this!! And all that caramel omg yes please!

  87. this looks amazing! need to make this asap!

    ps: happy birthday! 🙂

  88. I really, really need to stop visiting your site when I’m hungry. This cheesecake and that caramel sauce are going to be lurking in my mind all day long.

  89. Such a gorgeous cheesecake, I love the caramel topping!

  90. Chels R. says:

    WOW! Does that look good. Better than anything I’ve seen advertised in the restaurants.

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