Paradise Cheesecake

I'm sharing this recipe because it is so good everyone should have a chance to try it. I have not made another cheesecake that is put together quite like this one - it's a no bake version - but not a fast recipe to make. Paradise Cheesecake is a dessert that you probably will want to make for company or a special occasion because it takes two days to finish, but it is well worth the wait.

Paradise Cheesecake

Coconut Crust
1 1/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs (about 44 cookies)
1 cup flaked coconut
1/3 cup butter, melted

Process the vanilla wafers in a food processor until finely ground. Mix the vanilla wafer crumbs together with the coconut; stir in melted butter. Press mixture along the bottom and sides of an 8- or 9-inch springform pan. Chill until ready to use.

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup sugar, divided
1 (6 ounce) can pineapple juice
3 eggs, separated
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup dark Jamaican rum or 2 teaspoons rum extract (I used 1/4 cup pineapple rum)
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract

In a saucepan, mix gelatin and 1/2 cup sugar, add pineapple juice and let stand for 1 minute. Heat mixture over low heat until gelatin dissolves (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Allow to cool slightly.

Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the gelatin mixture, rum, and coconut extract; blend well. Chill quickly by setting mixture over a bowl of ice water. Stir until thickened slightly.

In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold into cream cheese mixture. Spoon into prepared crust, refrigerate overnight.

1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
In a saucepan, combine undrained pineapple, sugar and cornstarch. Cook, stirring continuously, until mixture boils and thickens. Cool; spoon over cheesecake.

My recipe has been adapted, but the original recipe came from The Everyday Chef Desserts cookbook.

The crust is made from crushed vanilla wafers, coconut and butter. It is absolutely perfect for this cheesecake.

Cool the cheesecake mixture quickly by stirring over a bowl of ice water.

Fold the stiffly beaten egg whites into the cream cheese mixture.

Refrigerate the cheesecake overnight. I also made the pineapple topping ahead and refrigerated it overnight as well.

When ready to serve, remove the springform pan,

then spoon on the pineapple topping.

This cheesecake is such a tropical tasting delight.


  1. This sounds great! I love a good cheesecake :)

  2. This would be a nice dessert for Easter!

  3. Wow! Very impressive, it looks delicious.

  4. Oh my goodness, does this ever look heavenly, Anita! Maybe if I make it, I feel like I've been to paradise!!

  5. Beautiful Cheesecake!!! Love the pineapple/cheesecake combination, and it's such a beautiful, impressive looking dessert! Cheesecake is my absolute favorite dessert but I've never tried making it myself, I'll have to give it a try sometime! Happy Easter!

  6. I have never had pineapple cheesecake but I sure want to now!

  7. this looks delicious! I love everything about it...cheesecake, pineapple and coconut! yum!

  8. Happy Easter from Australia♥
    ... Thank you for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment :)

  9. Love cheesecake. This looks so good!

  10. I found you through Country Momma Cooks Link Party! This looks amazing! Off to peek around your site I go! Have a fantastic Easter!

  11. Wow, this sounds spectacular! Beautiful cheesecake!!!

  12. Holy Canoli! This does sound like paradise in dessert land! I have to make this but I make have to figure out how to make a smaller version or I'll end up on Biggest Losers for sure! LOL! It does sound great for a celebration or a get together. I might have to arrange something just so I can make this. Thank you and Happy Easter to you and your family!

  13. Wow, this looks incredible!!! I love pineapple and cream cheese and I can't wait to make this, very soon! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  14. This cake definitely looks heavenly!

  15. Anita this looks marvelous! Found you from Jam Hands!

  16. Oh my goodness Anita! I would love to come over and sample this amazing recipe with you. ;-} I LOOOVE cheesecake - this topping is fabulous. My blog post tomorrow is sharing your lemon cookie recipe...and a link back to your blog. Thanks for all the wonderful dishes you share!

  17. Anita, this cheesecake not only looks scrumptious but is very pretty. It is a nice recipe to have for a refreshing summer dessert. Thanks for bringing it to Your Cozy Home Party. All of your recipes look delicious!--------- Shannon

  18. I'm not a huge pineapple fan, but the rum and coco nut all sound awesome. I'd love for you to come share your post at my link party.

  19. I would love for you to link up to myThis looks amazing! Thanks for stopping by and linking up to Show Me What You Got Tuesday's @ ODH http://ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com/2012/04/show-me-what-you-got-linky-party-9.html

    Mrs. Delightful

  20. Wait for me, I be right over..........its beautiful andi

  21. Looks and sounds amazing!

  22. Hi Anita,
    Hope you are having a wonderful Spring day. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  23. This looks delicious! I Would love to have y'all link up to my 2 carnivals today....http://www.aroundmyfamilytable.com/2012/04/feed-your-soul-5/ (anything food related) and http://everydaymomcakes.com/sugar-me-up-5/ (deserts only). Hope to see you around!

  24. OH. MY. Gosh.

    Does that ever look mouthwatering - I am copying this and am definately going to try it, WOW!

    Thank you!!

  25. Hi Anita! I know I stopped by before, but I couldn't stopp thinking about your cheesecake this week. You know what that means.....it was included in My Saturday Picks today. Thanks again for linking up each week. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

  26. Hi,

    Oh my this looks and sounds divine! I followed you over from Makin' you Crave Monday's and I would like to invite you to share this, and any other posts, on my link party at www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. Have a great weekend.


  27. This looks yummy! I love to cook and try new recipes. I'm your newest follower.,,,excited to find you. I hope you will come follow me too :)