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homemade pumpkin cheesecake on a plate

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 hours
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


The ultimate fall dessert, this Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce is a smooth and silky pumpkin cheesecake topped with a homemade caramel sauce. Delectable!




  • 11/2 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
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice

Caramel Sauce

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 11/2 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 2/3 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 2/3 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.

Recipe Notes:

*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

Caramel sauce source Baking: From My Home to Yours

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 414
  • Sugar: 41 g
  • Sodium: 175 mg
  • Fat: 24 g
  • Saturated Fat: 14 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 46 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 105 mg

Keywords: pumpkin cheesecake, caramel sauce