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Anjali Shah

Salted Caramel Cheesecake No Bake Recipe

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A delicious salted caramel sauce is the star of this thick and creamy no bake salted caramel cheesecake. This easy recipe can be whipped up in just 30 minutes and stored in the fridge until you’re ready to indulge.

slice of easy salted caramel cheesecake no bake recipe with a bite taken out of it

Who doesn’t just adore a good cheesecake? The combination of sweet sugar and salty cream cheese makes the perfect base for flavors like passionfruit, chocolate, and salted caramel.

This sweet and comforting no bake salted caramel cheesecake is the perfect way to finish just about any meal. Ribbons of homemade salted caramel sauce are suspended throughout a light and creamy cheesecake filling, all of which is resting on a homemade caramel biscuit crust. Trust me, this sweet and salty cake is sure to please even your pickiest eaters!

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👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • No need to turn on the oven
  • Decadent and delicious dessert
  • Perfect balance between sweet and salty
  • Easily refrigerated or frozen
  • Family friendly
  • Gluten-free option
  • Best salted caramel cheesecake no bake recipe ever!

🥘 Ingredients

This easy recipe calls for just a handful of ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store! See the recipe card below for a full ingredients list and detailed instructions.

ingredients for easy salted caramel cheesecake no bake recipe
  • Caramel Biscuits: When pounded into fine crumbs and mixed with melted butter will form the biscuit base of your cheesecake. Graham crackers or graham cracker crumbs would also work well. 
  • Cream Cheese: Tangy and creamy, this soft cheese forms the base for your caramel cheesecake filling. I recommend using room temperature cream cheese as it will be easier to mix!
  • Whipping Cream: Also called heavy cream or double cream. When whipped to stiff peaks will add a light airiness. 
  • Sour Cream: Helps to soften the texture of your caramel cheesecake and adds some moisture. 
  • Powdered Sugar: This light and airy sweetener dissolves easily into your cream cheese mixture. You can also use granulated sugar, but I like the texture of powdered sugar better – I think it gives the cheesecake mixture the perfect amount of sweetness. You can adjust the quantity of sugar up or down to suit your sweetness preferences!
  • Vanilla Extract: Rounds out the other tangy, salty, and sweet flavors in this salted caramel cheesecake recipe. You can also use vanilla bean paste.
  • Simple Homemade Caramel Sauce: A mixture of granulated sugar, water, butter, heavy cream, and sea salt.

🍽 Equipment

The most important piece of equipment you’ll need to make this no bake caramel cheesecake recipe is a springform pan. In addition to your springform tin, you’ll want to make sure you have a good mixing bowl, a nonstick saucepan, a food processor or rolling pin, an electric mixer, and a rubber spatula or offset spatula. 

📖 Variations

This no bake cheesecake base is one of those amazing recipes that can easily be tweaked to create any kind of cheesecake!

  • No Bake Apple Cheesecake: Simply replace the salted caramel sauce with apple pie filling to create this twist on an apple pie
  • No Bake Caramel Apple Cheesecake: Try topping your no bake caramel cheesecake with apples sautéed in brown sugar to create a perfect treat for apple season.
  • Gluten Free Cheesecake: Use gluten free graham crackers or biscuits for the crust.
  • No Bake Caramel Pecan Cheesecake: Chop up a few candied pecans and fold them into your caramel cheesecake batter to create this smooth and crunchy treat, or simply add them as a topping!
  • Baked Caramel Cheesecake: Swap out the heavy cream for 3 large eggs and a splash of lemon juice, place your cake tin in a water bath, and bake in a 350°F oven for about an hour or until the center is almost set. Allow to cool completely before serving. 
  • Crust Alternatives: Try oreos for an oreo no bake cheesecake (that you can also top with chocolate chips!), or you can use graham crackers, Nilla wafers, shortbread cookies, crisp chocolate chip cookies, ice cream cones, pretzels or even cold cereal!
  • Turn it into no-bake cheesecake bars! Instead of using a round springform pan, use a square springform pan, baking dish, or loaf pan, and cut your cheesecake into bars or squares before serving.
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🔪 Instructions

Begin making your salted caramel sauce by heating together your sugar and water in a nonstick saucepan over medium heat (or low heat, depending on how strong your stove is). Do not stir this mixture after the sugar has melted (should only take a couple of minutes at most).

boiling sugar in a pan

Add Cream: Once your sugar mixture turns a dark amber color, remove from the heat and immediately and carefully stir in your heavy cream. 

salted caramel sauce cooking in a pot

Finish The Caramel Mixture: Add your butter and sea salt and stir until homogenous. Pour your finished caramel sauce into a medium bowl or jar and allow to cool completely. Note: You will only need about 2 tablespoons of this caramel sauce to top your cheesecake, you can store the rest for use in other recipes!

butter added to sugar and water in a pot

Make The Crust: While your salted caramel spread is cooling, create your biscuit base by adding your caramel biscuits to a food processor and blitzing until fine. Press your biscuit crumbs into the bottom of your springform pan, place pan in the fridge, and allow the crust to set. If you’re making a graham cracker crust, you would follow these same instructions, but using graham crackers instead of the caramel biscuits.

cheesecake crust in a springform pan

Make The Filling: Create your no bake cheesecake filling by adding heavy cream to the large bowl of a stand mixer and use the whisk attachment to whip your cream to stiff peaks. Start on low speed, then increase to medium speed and finally medium-high speed as the cream thickens while you’re whipping it.

whipped cream topping in a bowl

Finish The Filling: In a separate bowl, use a hand mixer to combine your cream cheese, sour cream, powdered sugar, salted caramel, and vanilla. 

hand mixer mixing heavy whipping cream in a bowl

Add Filling To Crust: Gently fold your whipped cream into your cream cheese mixture and combine until there are no lumps, then spoon your finished filling into your springform pan. Spread in an even layer on top of the prepared crust.

topping added to cheesecake in a pan

Chill: Cover with plastic wrap and allow this salted caramel no bake cheesecake recipe to set in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours.

cheesecake topped with cream cheese filling

Serve: Right before serving, top the chilled cheesecake with swirls of salted caramel and sprinkle with sea salt. Serve cold.

finished easy salted caramel cheesecake no bake recipe with caramel sauce on top

❓Recipe FAQs

What to do with leftover caramel sauce?

Your leftover homemade caramel sauce will stay good in the fridge for up to 3 weeks and can be used in a variety of your favorite desserts. Add a drizzle to the top of brownies, cakes, cookies, sundaes, or try using your sauce to make caramel ice cream!

What is the difference between a baked and a no bake cheesecake?

Baked cheesecake recipes typically call for eggs to be added to the filling. These cakes are delicate and temperamental and must be baked in a water bath. No bake cheesecakes are far easier to make, set up in the fridge, and end up having a softer, more mousse-like texture. The other benefit of a no bake caramel cheesecake is that you won’t get any cracks in the topping!

Why is my no bake cheesecake not firm?

Most likely, you haven’t allowed your cheesecake to set up properly in the fridge. For the best results, I recommend allowing this no bake salted caramel cheesecake to set in the refrigerator overnight.

How do you remove a no bake cheesecake from the tin?

First, remove the band from the springform pan. Then, take a large knife and slowly run it under the bottom of the cheesecake to loosen it (you can also use a hard spatula). After that, you can gently push the cake with a spatula onto a serving platter, or you can just take the entire cake (including the bottom of the springform pan that it’s still attached to) and place that on your serving platter.

🧊 How To Store

To Refrigerate, place any leftover caramel cheesecake into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

To Freeze, I recommend slicing your cake before wrapping in plastic wrap and then placing in an airtight container. Store your slices of cheesecake in the freezer for up to 3 months.

👪 How To Serve

This no bake salted caramel cheesecake is a rather rich dessert, so I recommend serving it after a lighter entree such as my vegan enchilada casserole, Instant Pot broccoli cheddar soup, or vegan Thai green curry

💭 Expert Tips

  • If you don’t have a food processor, you can enclose your caramel biscuits in a ziplock bag and use a heavy rolling pin to smash them to bits. 
  • Use room temperature ingredients when making your cheesecake filling. This will ensure that you end up with a lump-free, creamy cheesecake. 
  • Be careful not to burn your sugar while making your salted caramel. Stay close while melting the sugar, once it starts to bubble it changes to amber color quickly. 
  • The best way to get a super firm cheesecake is to let the cheesecake set in the refrigerator overnight.
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Salted Caramel Cheesecake No Bake Recipe

A delicious salted caramel sauce is the star of this thick and creamy no bake salted caramel cheesecake. This easy recipe can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes and stored in the fridge until you’re ready to indulge.
Prep Time30 mins
Chill Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 16 slices
Calories: 370kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

Salted Caramel

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • cup butter (room temperature)
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Crust

  • 3 cups caramel biscuits (use gluten free if needed) (10 ounces / 300 grams)
  • ½ cup melted butter (7 tablespoons / 100 ml )

Filling

  • 3 cups full fat cream cheese (optionally use low fat or fat free for a lower calorie version) (675 grams)
  • cup whipping cream (350 ml)
  • ¼ cup sour cream (60 grams)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar (100 grams)
  • 1-2 tbsp prepared salted caramel (30 grams)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt (optional)

Instructions

Salted Caramel

  • Start by preparing the salted caramel. In a non-stick saucepan heat the sugar and water over medium heat. Stir until combined.
  • Let the sugar dissolve and start to bubble. There is no need to stir the sugar anymore as the sugar can start crystallizing.
  • Let the sugar change color to amber.
  • Once the sugar reaches the amber colour takes off the heat and immediately pour in the heavy cream and stir until combined. Be careful the mixture will start to bubble a lot.
  • Carefully add in the butter and stir until combined.
  • Stir in the sea salt and mix thoroughly to combine.
  • Pour into a jar or bowl and let it cool down completely. You will need about 2 tablespoons of this sauce for the cheesecake topping, store the rest in an airtight container in the fridge for use in other recipes!

Crust

  • Add the caramel biscuits into food processor and pulse until their reach fine crumb.
  • Transfer the crust into a 9 inch / 23 cm springform cake pan. Press into the bottom of the pan and let it set in the fridge while you are making the filling.

Filling

  • In a large mixing bowl whisk the whipping cream until thick and creamy. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl mix the cream cheese, sour cream, powder sugar, salted caramel and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  • Fold in the whipped cream and mix until just combined.
  • Pour prepared filling into a springform cake pan and spread evenly across the crust.
  • Place in the refrigerator overnight or at least 8 hours.

Serve

  • Before serving top the chilled cheesecake with swirls of salted caramel and sprinkle with sea salt flakes.

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Notes

  • For the best results let the cheesecake set in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Be careful not to burn the sugar while making the salted caramel. Stay close while melting the sugar, once it starts to bubble it changes to an amber color quickly. Also do not touch the caramel it will be really hot!
  • Use room temperature ingredients when making the filling. You will end up with a creamier consistency and a lump-free cheesecake.
  • If you don’t have a food processor, you can enclose your caramel biscuits in a ziplock bag and use a heavy rolling pin to smash them to bits. 
  • For a gluten free version use gluten free biscuits.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 460mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g

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10 responses to “Salted Caramel Cheesecake No Bake Recipe”

    • White chocolate is a pretty different consistency than powdered sugar so I’m not sure the texture of the cheesecake would be the same! But you could certainly try it – and if you do – let me know if it turns out well!

  1. This cheesecake’s pictures are so mouthwatering that I found I couldn’t resist not making it! It turned out perfect! And thank you very much for the tips on how to make caramel.5 stars

  2. You had me at salted caramel! It’s one of my favorite flavors. I’m for sure making this cheesecake since I dont have to bake it!5 stars

  3. This is such a great recipe and so so easy! I may be in the minority, but the crust is my absolute favorite part 🙂 SO GOOD.5 stars

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