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Spiced Apple Crumble Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Sauce

We’ve spoken about dessert mash-ups before (in my Lemon Meringue Fudge recipe). Only good things can happen when you merge the best elements of two desserts into one sensational combo. Take the spiced apples and crunchy crumble topping of an apple crumble. Now add in the rich creaminess of a vanilla cheesecake. The result is a spectacular showstopper of a dessert. Crunchy, creamy, fruity and cinnamony.

As if eating two desserts in one go wasn’t decadent enough, the addition of a salted caramel sauce takes this Apple Crumble Cheesecake to the next level of indulgence.
This dessert requires a little effort, but your hard work will be rewarded by the wave of compliments you receive!


Biscuit Base:
200g packet of Tennis Biscuits
30ml brown sugar
2,5ml cinnamon
100g butter, melted

Cheesecake Layer:
500g full fat cream cheese, softened
125ml white sugar
45ml sour cream
5ml vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 large Granny Smith apples
2ml mixed spice
5ml cinnamon

Crumble topping:
250ml flour
125ml instant oats
125ml brown sugar
115g butter, melted

Salted Caramel Sauce:
1 quantity of Salted Caramel Sauce


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Start with the crumble topping. Combine the flour, oats and brown sugar in a bowl. Add the melted butter and mix well. Refrigerate until needed.
  • To make the base, place the biscuits into a food processor with the sugar and cinnamon and process until you have fine crumbs. Add the melted butter and process until combined.
  • Press the mixture into the base of a greased 23cm springform tin and refrigerate until needed.
  • For the cheesecake layer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar, sour cream and vanilla extract and beat well.
  • Add in the eggs, one at a time and mix until smooth. Pour this mixture over the base.
  • Peel the apples and slice into thin slices. Arrange the slices over the cheesecake layer so that it is completely covered. Work quickly as the apples will start to go brown. Sprinkle the apples with the mixed spice and cinnamon.
  • Take the crumble topping out of the fridge and sprinkle evenly over the top of the apples. You may not need all of it.
  • Bake for 50 minutes, then allow to cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
  • Make the salted caramel sauce.  The sauce can be refrigerated in a jar and gently warmed in a bowl of warm water before serving with a generous slice of cheesecake.

PS. If you like salted caramel, you’ll love this Chocolate Salted Caramel tart , Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream Sundaes and Apple and Cinnamon Buns with Salted Caramel.
Apple Crumble lovers will enjoy this Apple Crumble Granola. Cheesecake fans, take a look at this Lemon and Ginger Cheesecake and these Mini Berry Swirl Cheesecakes.


  • Deepika|TheLoveOfCakes
    Posted at 12:17h, 30 June Reply

    Thats a dessert of my dreams! I just love apple pie and cheesecakes too! It’s genius too combine the too 🙂 Looks so yumm

    • Astrid
      Posted at 11:49h, 04 July Reply

      Thank you Deepika! It’s 2 of my faves as well 🙂

  • Neha
    Posted at 22:44h, 25 February Reply

    What a decadent combination. Would the cheesecake would work well with a dollop of cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream instead of the caramel sauce?

    • Astrid
      Posted at 09:46h, 27 February Reply

      Hi there. The cheesecake is already quite creamy so I prefer not to add ice cream or cream. Perhaps try some custard instead of the salted caramel sauce?

  • Neha
    Posted at 14:29h, 04 March Reply

    Made the caramel sauce at the end. It was amazing. Wonderful recipe!!

    • Astrid
      Posted at 10:13h, 05 March Reply

      Thank you so much for the feedback Neha!That sauce is the best 🙂

  • Adele van der Walt
    Posted at 18:29h, 16 March Reply

    Hi Astrid – could you make this with a fridge cheesecake base?

    • Astrid
      Posted at 13:59h, 17 March Reply

      Hi Adele
      I’m not too sure that would work, as you need to cook the apples and the crumble on top. You could pre-bake those and add them to the top of the set cheesecake, however the crumble will go soft fairly quickly…

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