Caramel Pecan Turtle Cheesecake Recipe (The Cheesecake Factory Copycat)

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Rommel Published: October 19, 2020 Modified: April 8, 2021

The Cheesecake Factory is popular for its wide range of mouth-watering cheesecake selections. One of our favorites is their Caramel Pecan Turtle Cheesecake. It is called such because of the appearance that makes it look like the cake is covered with a hard shell. This turtle cheesecake recipe is made with pecan brownies, cheesecake, and luscious caramel-fudge swirls, topped with caramel turtle pecans and chocolate. This perfectly layered turtle cheesecake will always have room on our plates.

How to Make A Turtle Cheesecake Like The Cheesecake Factory

To be able to make a perfect layered turtle cheesecake like the Cheesecake Factory’s, each layer should be baked separately to ensure its quality.

  1. Bake and prepare its iconic brownie crust. You can also try to make the famous Dr. Pepper brownies for your cake base.
  2. Next, make the cheesecake filling using cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  3. Once done, make your homemade caramel sauce using sugar, butter, and salt. Remember to cook the caramel under low heat while stirring consistently to avoid ending up with a grainy caramel sauce.
  4. Make generous amounts of luscious chocolate and delectable caramel swirls on top of the cheesecake.
  5. Refrigerate. 
  6. Sprinkle the pecans on top and it’s ready to serve. Enjoy!
Tip: Toast the pecans before making the cheesecake. Toasted pecans add extra flavor and depth to the cheesecake.

How to Make Caramel Pecan Turtle Cheesecake (The Cheesecake Factory Copycat)

This satisfying yet simple dessert takes no pastry chef to be able to make it. It has variations of layers that range from its brownie crust to toasted pecans and caramel swirls! Enjoy The Cheesecake Factory’s Caramel Pecan Turtle Cheesecake anytime by remaking it at the comfort of your home.

Prep: 40 mins
Cook: 55 mins
Total: 1 hr 35 mins
Serves:
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Ingredients

For Crust:

  • 10 tbsp butter
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For Filling:

  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • cup sugar
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For Topping:

  • 1 ¼ cups caramel sauce
  • ½ cup chocolate sauce
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped

Instructions

Crust:

  1. Preheat your oven at 325 degrees F.

  2. Beat eggs with vanilla.

  3. Melt the butter in the microwave.

  4. In a bowl, mix the melted butter, cocoa, and sugar.

  5. Whisk in the eggs.

  6. Add the flour and pecans and mix carefully.

  7. Pour the crust mixture in a 9-inch round pan.

  8. Bake for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool

Filling:

  1. Cover the outsides of the 9-inch round pan with aluminum foil, then set the pan aside.

  2. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees F.

  3. Beat cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar until well incorporated.

  4. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and continue mixing.

  5. Pour the filling into the brownie base.

  6. In a separate bowl, mix ¼ cup of the caramel sauce with ¼ cup of the chocolate sauce.

  7. Pour the caramel and chocolate mixture on top of the cheesecake filling.

  8. Place the 9-inch pan inside a bigger pan. Fill the external pan with warm water up to about halfway up the sides of the 9-inch pan.

  9. Bake the cheesecake for 30 to 40 minutes.

Toppings:

  1. Once your cheesecake is baked, drizzle the remaining sauces and pecans on top. Then refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

You can toast the pecans in your oven for 7 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, at 350 degrees F. Another way to toast pecans is by doing it on the stove. Simply place the nuts in a skillet and toast them over medium heat until they are browned and fragrant.

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Commonly Asked Questions

Can I use salted caramel?

Yes. Caramel can be saccharine, especially when paired with chocolate. Adding salted caramel to chocolate will give you the right balance of flavors between sweet, salty, and tart in your turtle cheesecake.

Why should I bake a cheesecake in a water bath?

Baking your cheesecake in a water bath helps in making sure the cheesecake bakes evenly. Also, it prevents your cheesecake from too much browning, cracking, and sinking. This process may sound intimidating, but it’s easy to do. Simply place your cake pan inside a bigger pan filled with hot water. Then wrap aluminum foil around the spring-form pan to ensure two things: the filling doesn’t leak and the water doesn’t enter the cheesecake.

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Conclusion

The Caramel Pecan Turtle Cheesecake of The Cheesecake Factory is an absolute crowd-pleaser. Its layers of flavors and textures from caramel, chocolate, pecans, brownies, and cream cheese is irresistible. There is no need to drive to the local Cheesecake Factory for a slice of this dessert because you can now make a whole cake at home.

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