Each year – for maybe five years now – my only non-negotiable birthday
demand request I have for my husband is for him to make his Caramelized Orange Cheesecake. I don’t need a card (although always appreciated) and I certainly don’t need presents to open. Just gimme that rich cream cheese and citrus goodness and I will happily turn a year older (not really, but it seems to happen with or without cheesecake so… cheesecake).
The cheesecake alone is heaven itself (if heaven includes a splash of Grand Mariner, and why wouldn’t it?) but the pièce de résistance – and what really makes it special – are the rings of thinly-sliced caramelized oranges placed on top. This isn’t a quick, simple cheesecake to make – although it’s also not overly complicated, either – but the results are worth the time and effort… believe me. (Of course, you might point out that it’s easy for me to say that since, as the birthday girl, I’m not putting in either the time or the effort, but that wouldn’t be nice.)
Wednesday, he caramelized, baked, and assembled…
Last night, we enjoyed the delicious results.
Are you interested in giving the recipe a try (or better yet, convincing someone else to make it for you)? The recipe with step-by-step instructions and notes is too long to include in this post but if you’d like it, contact me and I will be happy to send it to you. It’s worth every calorie… trust me.
So, What’s on your plate? Share your delectable deliciousnesses (or kitchen disasters – we all have been there) via Deb‘s and Donna’s monthly challenge. Just click on the blue Inlinkz button at the end of their posts to add your link and/or to see what others have shared.
123 thoughts on “What’s On Your Plate? Caramelized Orange Cheesecake”
I’m vouching for Janis – this is the best cheese cake recipe ever. Even better, her husband makes it. I made it for my husband’s birthday and he loved it. It’s a little extra work over my usual cheese cake recipe, but well worth it. That’s an awfully small slice you have there Janis!
Haha! Thanks for the endorsement! Have you made it again after your first time? I try to eat just a bit at a time because it’s pretty rich, plus it lasts longer that way 🙂
No, but he’s got another birthday coming up. Once I’m reunited with my bigger cheesecake pan, I’ll make it again!
That looks fabulous. And happy birthday! I’ll send you a note so you can please email me the recipe. Yum.
I’m happy to share (the recipe… I’m very stingy with the actual cheesecake).
I like all things citrus. Please send me the recipe,, pretty please at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and Happy Birthday.
I love just about anything citrus too. I’ll send the recipe to you soon.
Happy birthday my long lost friend! And yes I want the recipe or Paul can just make me one.😊😎
Hi, friend! How are you? We need to have a meet-up.
This looks and sounds delicious. I’ve never been able to make a cheesecake, but I’m darned good at eating them.
I’m am an expert at eating them too!
That’s a good looking cheesecake.
Isn’t it, though? It’s even better tasting than it is looking 🙂
Yum! That cheesecake looks delicious. Happy Birthday, Janis!
Thank you, Peter!
Helloooooo, hand in the air for the recipe please…. That looks and sounds amazing!
I’m happy to share. Fair warning, though, my engineer husband typed it out on an excel spreadsheet 🙂 I’m going to try to make a PDF out of it.
Love it… that’s such an engineer thing to do. lol.
This is quite delectable, dear. I’ll speak to my wife to try this amazing recipe. Excellent!!
I hope she’ll make it for you!
We’ll do it both together. It certainly must be tasty
After irrevocably burning a pan in an attempt to create a caramelized dessert with a friend back in school, I have nothing but respect for people who can pull it off! Many wishes for a wonderful birthday 🥳
Thank you! I think low and slow is the key… but what do I know? Whatever the trick is, it’s yummy!
That looks delicious Janis and not an unreasonable birthday request. I’m sharing my Baked Ricotta Cheesecake with Festive Fruits and our NYE tradition for my What’s On Your Plate? contribution. My husband who is Italian, loves a baked cheesecake so I might try your husband’s recipe. Happy New Year to you both. https://www.womenlivingwellafter50.com.au/what-was-on-my-plate-for-christmas-new-years-eve-2021/
Your cheesecake looks wonderful! I love all the berries on top. I guess yours would be a summer cheesecake, and my husband’s a winter cheesecake. I’ve never made one with ricotta… perhaps we need to try it. 🙂
I’ve made two now using Ricotta – this one and previously a chocolate one and they both taste delicious. Perhaps not quite as heavy as the usual cream cheese one.
Im still not sure why Paul did not make this cheesecake for me when you visited this past summer. Okay, so perhaps it was not my birthday but I’m sure that there was a holiday or two in there somewhere! 🙂
Thank you so much for linking up with us.
And happy, happy birthday!
I think we’ll save the cheesecake for when you come here for a visit (hint, hint). Thanks to you and Deb for hosting the linkup… it’s fun!
Careful what you wish for!
It’s a deal!
That looks scrumptious!
Oh my, I’m positively drooling!
It’s the one thing that makes getting older something to look forward to 🙂
As soon as I saw the parchment paper and the clothes pins, I said to myself – oh yeah, I remember Janis mentioning Paul is an engineer 😁. This cheesecake has always looked amazing to me, and BTW it was JUST past my birthday when you guys came to the island. Just sayin’ 😉
Well, like I said to Donna, you can always come for a visit… I’ll have Paul make one for you 🙂
Oh, an Happy Birthday to you my friend 🥳🥂
This cheesecake looks truly amazing, and are you one lucky woman to have a hubby who bakes it for you. Happy Birthday. Maybe you need to celebrate your birthday and your half-birthday so you could enjoy it twice a year. 🙂
Oh, that’s a great idea! I’ll see if hubby will go for that. And, I am lucky to have him bake it for me 🙂
hm…. why doesn’t my engineer bake for me? Although I would want a chocolate raspberry cheesecake and I make a mean one! I have never used parchment paper in my springform pan — I’ve never had issues with it sticking. I am pretty sure this is as good as it looks. I mean Grand Marnier is a win. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY. January birthday’s give us something to look forward to. Bernie
He swears by the parchment paper so who am I to disagree? Your chocolate raspberry cheesecake sounds wonderful too. Thanks for the birthday wishes!
Happy Birthday, Janis!!! That cheesecake is a work of art and a labor of love. While I’m delighted that your special birthday request was granted, may I point out that a husband who bakes such an exquisite treat is the best gift EVER?!
That’s a very good point, Mary! I do feel very lucky to have a husband who grants this very specific request every year… and does so happily (although, the fact that he gets to share in the results may have something to do with that 🙂 ).
This looks amazing Janis and how lucky are you to have it made for you! Happy Birthday for whenever!
Thank you, Deb! I do feel very lucky 🙂
Happy Birthday, Janis! With a cheesecake like that to look forward to, what’s another year?! HA! Looks scrumptiously divine. Yum.
It does make getting a year older a bit more enjoyable 🙂
It’s so beautiful it could go in a gourmet magazine!
I agree, Kate! I think I have a picture of his creation every year he has made it. It’s always a little different (sometimes fewer slices, sometimes more) but it’s always beautiful… and yummy!
Happy Birthday, Janis! That looks yummy! I’ve never made a cheesecake, but would love one made for me. Those orange slices look delicious! Enjoy every bite!!
Thank you! There really is something special about having such deliciousness baked just for you.
Janis, this looks as good as it probably is, scrumptious. We love anything orange, so we will need to give this a try. Thanks, Keith
It is wonderful, Keith. I will be happy to share the recipe with you.
I have never seen such a beautiful thing and I am jealous that you get one every year! Yummy!
Happy belated Birthday 😀
Thank you, Joey! I’m one lucky gal!
Mmmm!😋 One of these days I might just have to buy a springform pan. That does look like the best way to celebrate (?) getting another year older.
The cheesecake does make the whole aging thing a bit easier to accept. 🙂
Hi – the cheesecake looks REALLY good.
When I was little, I got a cheesecake on my birthday every year for about five years – it started on accident because my mom was in a pinch and that was all the store had. And to all cheesecake is the same – I felt bad – but last month, my MIL had a small tray of cheesecakes and I took two bites and could not finish it – it was in a fancy package and came from a nice stores bakery – but it tasted like the box recipe – yuk. So it was easy to not eat. However, “good” cheesecake is a gift and it looks like your orange one here is a gem. mmmm
I’ve had bad cheesecake too and it’s… well… bad. I had a friend in college whose mother was writing a cheesecake cookbook. Every week or so she’d send him her newest creation. That was when I learned what a fabulous cheesecake tasted like.
omg – a cheesecake cookbook – and then to as maple some varieties is awesome – and also upped the situation for you because once you taste the higher end recipes (or well done) there is no going back.
and janis, the cheesecake at MIL’s I was so disappointing because I was really looking forward to indulging – it came from a nice store and that cool package was deceiving – there was fresh fruit out and so I took my slice and added fresh blueberries – and two strawberries – mmm – but nope- two bites and no mas. hahaha
oh and regarding the recipe – you should make a pdf of it and then upload that – because then that way people can see it without sign you to send it – and I was curious to skim it to see why ingredients he used – but no worries on sending it – I was just curious –
But I used pdf’s for short stories and it helps to share content without a long post
Hmmm, I’m sure I could have figured it out. I’m still waiting for hubby to forward me his recipe (in excel 🙂 ) so I can see if I can make it into a PDF.
wow – excel for recipes- guess that excel can do it all! ha
if you do get the pdf, I would love to see the ingredients list – last year we experimented with making keto friendly pies – and would love to develop a cheesecake.
In summer 2020 we had key lime cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory and it was one of the best pieces of cheesecake I have ever had. Something about the citrus – and so I can see why the oranges are a hit with your spouse’s recipe – mmmm
Oh, Key Lime… my other favorite!
it is so good – (and a bit expensive – $10 a slice and more than $60 for an entire pie) but with it once in a while.
Happy Birthday! The cake looks yummy.
Thank you! I’m enjoying it.
Oh that looks so good.
It’s why my New Years diet plans don’t start until a few weeks into January 🙂
That looks amazing! I hope the rest of your birthday was equally wonderful.
It was, Anabel. Thank you!
First of all, Happy Birthday, Janis! And wow, this orange cheesecake looks scrumptious! I love how you included photos on the structural baking process too! I hope you enjoyed every luscious bite. We are still eating dessert leftovers… diet? Schmiet. LOL! Have a great week!
Diets are completely overrated as far as I’m concerned 🙂
Looks yummy and beautiful, too. I’m not a cook, so I’ll pass on the recipe. But a very Happy Birthday to you!!
Happy Birthday to you!
Dang, that looks good! Personally, I’m proud that I managed to make myself a pumpkin pie last week….using the recipe on the Libby’s can of pumpkin. LOL!
I’m not much of a baker either. I’m so happy that hubby is willing to make this every year.
That cheesecake looks decadent Janis, but it’s healthy due to the Vitamin C from the oranges right?! Years ago, there was a baker who owned a cheesecake store … all she made was cheesecakes. Every time someone at work left, had a baby, got married, etc., it called for cheesecake. We’d collect enough $ to buy several cheesecakes. She had many flavors. I think that’s the last time I had cheesecake and it melted in your mouth!
I would have been one of her best customers! And, yes, the cheesecake is extremely healthy… and low calorie 🙂
This looks divine, Janis. As soon as I convince someone to bake it for me, I’ll get that recipe. 😁 Also, happy belated birthday!
Just tell them that they’ll get to eat it too 🙂
Happy Birthday Janis. Two presents wrapped in one – a husband who cooks and your favorite dessert!
Yes! That’s exactly right.
Oh, it is!
So, so yummy looking. I’ll have show this to my daughter. She loves doing this sort of thing. I love having someone else do this sort of thing for me. 😉
Perfect! Let me know if she needs the recipe (and how it turned out 🙂 ).
I emailed her the link to your post. She has yet to say anything. Something about finals…. I don’t know. Clearly she needs to prioritize feeding her mom over schoolwork.
What? Who raised that wild child?
I know, right? I’m so ashamed. But recently I found her staring at her laptop screen. “What are you doing?” I asked. “I’m looking at pictures of cake,” she said. Apparently there’s hope for her yet!
I want your husband’s skill with that cake – caramelized oranges. . . ?
My mouth is watering.
It really is good. I’m lucky that he is willing to take the time to make it for me (of course, he gets to eat it too 🙂 ).
What a birthday bake! It looks like a stunning birthday gift! Lucky you.
It’s the best kind of gift… so yummy and doesn’t need some place to store it (except my tummy 🙂 )!
Happy Birthday, Janis. That cheesecake looks delish! And what a special treat that your husband made it for you. I make a pretty fine no-sugar cheesecake, but have never tried a caramelized orange topping. Wow. The presentation is exquisite and I’ll bet it tastes like heaven. 🙂 🙂
A sugarless cheesecake sounds interesting… what do you use as a sweetener? I find that I can’t eat sweet and rich foods like I used to… and actually prefer a less sweet taste. Anyway, my birthday cake is pretty awesome and we are sad when we finally eat the last bite.
My husband is pre-diabetic so we’re very careful about sugary foods. I use a product called “Swerve.” The main ingredient is Erythritol, non-GMO made from plants. No artificial ingredients, preservatives, or flavors. And it’s a 1:1 with sugar so easy to use. (I sound like a commercial!) We did quite a bit of research before settling on it and are happy with it. But we also don’t eat it in huge quantites either… except those once a year cheesecakes!
Thank you! I’ll check it out. I think most of us would do better with less sugar.
My hubs was able to stop taking his medication, so for us its been well worth it. 🙂
Janis, this looks better than good. If I were eating sweets, I’d want to eat the whole thing! If you bring it over, I’d definitely try a bite. 🙂
Yes, it’s an annual indulgence. I don’t eat a lot of desserts but this one is worth the calories. Unfortunately for my hips, my husband’s birthday is next month so I’m sure something yummy will be on his wish list.
Ours are in November and then come Christmas and New Year’s. Then another year to work off those pounds.
I was just reading your short story and discovered that I missed this post! I don’t think I got a notification. But I had to go back and read this because I adore cheesecake—and because I don’t want to miss any of your posts! Homemade cheesecake with caramelized oranges sounds divine! How sweet that your husband makes it for you. Such a lovely birthday tradition. And by the way, happy belated birthday. I hope this will be a wonderful year for you.
Thank you! That cheesecake makes my (often) cold, early January birthday so much more enjoyable. We are always sad to eat the last pieces (yes, I’m nice enough to share it with him), but I think since it’s just once a year, it makes it more special.
Wow – that looks delicious and rich and absolutely forbidden. Except for once a year! Yum!!
I know… the guilt is real… but it is so good that I get over it quickly 🙂
As it should be! 😋🍰🥰
I love cheesecake and mine is non cook (apart from melting the butter for the biscuit crumb base). It’s on my blog if you’d like it.
I’d love to try a non-cooked one… I’ll check out your recipe!
I wasn’t able to leave a comment on your post, so I’ll do it here… your no-bake cheesecake sounds wonderful, and simple! I assume I can use graham crackers for “digestive biscuits” but I’m not sure how “double cream” translates to the U.S. (maybe sour cream?).
Hi Janis. I don’t know if it would be sour cream, but it might be whipping cream? You’d need cream that whips up really thick (and stays thick).
If you make it, I hope you enjoy it.
Yes, it sounds like whipping cream. Thank you!
Looks good! Wish it was on my plate 🙂
It was! And now I have to wait until next January to have it again.
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