chocolate ganache swirl cheesecake with almond fig crust

by Kristina Sloggett

in Dessert, Gluten Free, recipes, Vegan

chocolate ganache cheesecake

I haven’t made you a cheesecake in a while. I’m making up for that now.

I think this is my best one yet.

Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts to make – so fun to get creative with the flavors. Especially when the flavors include a topping of buttery caramel sauce:

This cheesecake begins with a crunchy almond fig crust topped by a middle layer of cheesecake. Delicious as is, but I can never leave well enough alone. After the cheesecake layer set, I swirled a spoon through the surface (call it taste testing?), and poured a rich chocolate ganache over the top.

Oh my word, I wish I could invite you all over for a slice.

chocolate cheesecake with almond fig crust

The positive side? You can make one yourself – the most difficult aspect of the recipe is waiting for it to set.

Please visit Attune to say hello and see the recipe:

chocolate ganache swirl cheesecake with almond fig crust

vegan cheesecake

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perfect for … any day: salted caramel cheesecake

incredibly decadent: brownie bottomed cheesecake

a summer favorite: blackberry cheesecake ice cream

one of the most popular cookies on this site: raspberry lemon cheesecake cookies


{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Abby July 4, 2013 at 5:20 am

It’s so beautiful! I’m curious as to whether anyone has tried to make a cheesecake with the new Daiya cream cheese spreads. They have some recipes for it, but we don’t have the product around here yet. To be honest though, I would rather keep it more natural like this. So clever.

Happy Fourth of July!


2 Kristina Sloggett July 7, 2013 at 9:50 pm

you know I’ll be trying, as soon as I can find them (I keep looking…)

I do love a cashew based cheesecake too, though.

hope you had a great weekend, happy week to you, my friend!


3 Eileen July 4, 2013 at 9:23 am

Oh that cheesecake sounds amazing! The fig crust is especially intriguing. Who doesn’t want more figs in the mouth? :)


4 Kristina Sloggett July 7, 2013 at 9:49 pm

thanks Eileen! I especially loved the crust, I think – the figs gave an extra crunch, and great flavor! :)


5 Emma July 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Holy c***! I’m a sucker for cashew cheesecake and this one looks phenomenal.
That gif with the caramel sauce makes me want to dive in :)


6 Kristina Sloggett July 7, 2013 at 9:46 pm

thanks, Emma! I know, caramel makes everything better, yes?


7 Dreena Burton July 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm

This looks INSANE! Can I get you to just make it for me, like now?!!! woweee, sharing this up! xo


8 Kristina Sloggett July 7, 2013 at 9:46 pm

thank you, Dreena! and seriously, next time you’re in Portland… give me a day or two heads up, and you’ve got cake 😉

thanks SO MUCH for sharing! XO


9 Kath (My Funny Little Life) July 4, 2013 at 10:41 pm

My mom used to make (baked) cheesecake when I was a child – it was her “always works out” cake (not vegan of course). Your cheesecake looks wonderful! 😀


10 Kristina Sloggett July 7, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I always feel that way about cheesecakes, too – one thing I know will always turn out well! :)


11 Barbara | Creative Culinary July 5, 2013 at 8:19 am

Oh my…this looks and sounds absolutely stupendous!


12 Kristina Sloggett July 7, 2013 at 9:42 pm

thanks Barbara – great to hear from you! XO


13 Suzanne @RollWithIt July 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Oh wow – this looks AMAZING!!!! Perfect for a holiday weekend!


14 Kristina Sloggett July 7, 2013 at 9:41 pm

thank you Suzanne!


15 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies July 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Holy crap, this is gorgeous! You are so talented!


16 Kristina Sloggett July 7, 2013 at 9:41 pm

thanks Kiersten – wish I could share you a slice!


17 Liz July 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Whoa, this looks outrageously delicious!!! Love cheesecake, love chocolate and love your buttery caramel sauce!


18 Kristina Sloggett July 7, 2013 at 9:40 pm

thanks Liz! and I know – those are three of my favorites too!


19 The Peace Patch July 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Happy National Chocolate with Almonds Day!
Thank you so much for sharing this…so many of my favorite flavors in one swirly masterpiece! I’ve linked to it on my blog. Cheers!


20 Kristina Sloggett July 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm

thanks for including me in that delicious roundup!


21 Janet Rudolph July 8, 2013 at 5:33 pm

LOve this .. especially the crust. Can’t wait to make it. And, I like ‘your little dog’, too!


22 Kristina Sloggett July 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm

thanks Janet – Basil and Rosemary dachshunds send wags and barks!


23 Jay July 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm


Made or my husband’s birthday. It was just awesome. Thanks for your wonderful and easy recipe. The photos made me to take the plunge. Glad it worked :) Thanks again


24 Kristina Sloggett July 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I am so happy to hear this, thanks for letting me know! honored to have been a part of your husband’s birthday! cheers! Kristina


25 Shannon @ August 2, 2013 at 8:06 am

Wow. Just holy cow this looks amazing!


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