This Creamy Spiced Orange Cheesecake is the perfect Fall-inspired dessert. Is there anything more beautiful than a slice of creamy, delicious cheesecake? Okay, we'll just wait here. See? A cheesecake, especially one baked from scratch, is a thing of beauty.
This cheesecake comes completely with a thick, tasty Pecan + Graham Cracker crust, followed by a velvety orange-infused cheesecake filling and a scrumptious caramelized spiced orange spice topping. You can't have a family gathering or special occasion during this season without this dessert recipe. It's guaranteed to go down an absolute treat!
Creamy Spiced Orange Cheesecake. All I can say is YUM. If you know me then you know that I absolutely LOVE cheesecake! I mean, I'm so obsessed if you search 'cheesecake' on Orchards + Sweet Tea you will find some of my all-time favs like this Mango Cheesecake with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust or this Spiced Chai Cheesecake + Gingersnap Crust recipe!
Cheesecake was actually one of the first desserts I ever mastered. Crazy, right? I know. Interestingly enough, it became easier and easier to master with time, although I often used a store-bought crust and canned toppings. Haha. Don’t judge I am only human!
I don’t know about you, but oranges have been such an under-utilized ingredient for me. Granted, I tend to use oranges in a smoothie, as juice, or something of that realm. However, I haven’t experimented much with them until the last year or so! It's such a tasty tangy flavor that I can't get enough of, hence all the orange-infused recipes!
Baked Sticky Orange Cauliflower + Quinoa - This recipe is a deliciously healthy option for the entire family. At first glance, these beauties truly remind you of classic orange chicken (and trust me, they taste just as good, if not better!). However, they aren’t! Just know that your taste buds won’t be able to tell the difference either!
Fluffy Homemade Orange Cinnamon Rolls - These are almost better than their Classic counterparts–--seriously! Each roll boasts of its bigness, fluffiness, tenderness, and they come smothered in a rich, but light orange-flavored cream cheese frosting. These cinnamon rolls are sure to be your newest favorite sweet treat
Spicy Orange Chicken Wings - These spicy and wings are the perfect handheld food for any occasion! Made extra-crispy, just-spicy-enough with a homemade orange sauce that has a delicious hot sauce-honey flavor and a nicely juicy center. The perfect appetizer or main meat that can be served with your favorite sides.
Citrus Olive Oil Bundt Cake - This citrusy cake has a zippy flavor and a moist, dense texture. This recipe makes a deliciously airy cake with a rich, moist texture and an amazing and bold orange flavor. Perfect for a bake sale or brunch or just a good dessert.
Crispy Baked Orange Cauliflower Bites - These are a delicious, healthier version of orange chicken. They're ultra crispy and smothered in a sticky sweet orange sauce and topped with sesame seeds. Super easy to make in under 45 minutes. All vegan ingredients and an easy gluten-free option.
Now that I enjoy making my cheesecakes from scratch, I must say that every bite means something!
Not only does it mean that it’s so much more delicious, BUT it means that you truly are able to evolve into something that you never thought you could, once you keep trying and cultivating your skills.
If you’ve been an avid reader of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you’re probably already aware of how this love even began.
Moving to NYC at the age of 13 was such a huge transition (in more ways than one), but more importantly, the food was a major transition.
Fast forward to a year or two later, when I first introduced to my first real slice of Cheesecake and never putting down a fork whenever I see one close enough to grab a bite. Haha. Yup. My obsession is that real!
Don’t believe me? Scroll down for a few delicious cheesecake recipes!
These Delicious Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bites are one of my faves! They are an awesome rendition of traditional Southern pecan pie except for the velvety texture of cheesecake.
Oh and then there are these Southerner’s Banana Pudding Cheesecake Bites, which of course pays a great homage to the ultimate dessert that I grew up eating ALL the time—- Banana pudding!
These Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites + Pecan Crust are the ultimate dessert recipe. Not only are these little bites the perfect size, but they come fully packed with a beautifully tasty Pecans + Graham Cracker crust, velvety pumpkin + spice flavored filling, and topped with light whipped cream + toasted pecans. Perfect for any day, family gathering, special occasion, or season.
If you like citrus fruits, then you've undoubtedly had your fill of oranges. Whether that's in a juice or just a little in baking! Either way, there are some amazing benefits that come from our zippy zesty friend, the lovable orange!
Always, ALWAYS soften your cream cheese at room temperature for a minimum of 30 minutes to ensure that it can be fully smooth when you beat it in an electric mixer.
Be sure to add in the eggs ONE AT A TIME and always keep the mixer’s speed on low to avoid over-mixing. A light mix always does the trick!
I find that using the correct baking pan helps to make a great cheesecake as well. I like using the traditional cheesecake pans that pop out at the bottom for whole cheesecakes. When making cheesecake bites, I prefer lining the pan with cupcake liners for ease.
I like to add a small pot of water on the lower rack of the oven while I bake my cheesecakes, cakes, cupcakes, etc. However, you can always add your cheesecake pan within another pan that has a small amount of water as your bath. Either way, it keeps in the proper moisture and helps everything to bake nicely.
Yup, that’s right. No quick peeking every few minutes. Every time that the oven door is open, it causes your cheesecakes to inflate from the sudden shift in temperature. That’s why it’s imperative to end the baking of your cheesecakes by turning off the oven and cracking open the oven door slightly for a few minutes before removing them out of it entirely.
When checking to see if your cheesecake is done, always do the jiggle test to ensure that it only jiggles slightly in the middle. Don’t worry—while it cools, the trapped heat will continue to cook the center nicely.
Lastly, be sure that your cheesecake is FULLY cooled before covered. This avoids condensation form forming and that not so great wetness that happens on the tops when covered before cooled.
Once fully cooled at room temperature, you’re free to refrigerate it for an hour (uncovered) and then you can place foil or plastic wrap over it after that.
Store the leftover cheesecake in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze the cheesecake for up to three months. Defrost the cake overnight in the fridge before serving.
You can turn this cheesecake into cute bite-sized mini cakes. Simply use a muffin tin to assemble and bake the cake. It will make about 2 dozen cheesecake bites. You will need to reduce the baking time because the cakes are smaller, so check on things after about 20 minutes.
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