Brownie Cheesecake Insanity

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Let’s talk about this dessert.

Let’s talk about how many emails my mom and I exchanged regarding the details of this dessert.

Ok, let’s not, because it is a little embarrassing.  Let’s just say I started craving cheesecake around 7am every day over the course of a week or so.  No big deal.

We can’t help ourselves.  What is more fun to talk about than how you are about to gain 10 pounds your next dessert creation?

Cheesecake. Caramel. Brownie. Ganache.  Cashews. This is my life.  Sorry I’m not sorry.

After salivating over seeing this masterpiece on Sprinkle Bakes, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  So many delicious components in one place, her recipe is genius!

But I do want my pants to fit, and trust me that isn’t easy these days.  So we brainstormed and we emailed and we emailed some more until we found our perfect balance of insane decadence and self-control.  I’m talking self-control with ingredients, not eating.  One step at a time.

What my mom ended up creating was almost perfection.  I may have to recreate it soon because I don’t have step-by-step photos or even a full photo for you.  Ok, or I just want to eat it again.

[print_this]Brownie Cheesecake Insanity

Inspired by Sprinkle Bakes


1 batch of brownies baked in an 9-inch cake pan (we used No Pudge)

½ batch of Low Fat Banana Cheesecake without the crust prepared in an 9-inch cake pan

1/3 cup caramel sauce of choice

½ cup chopped cashews or cashew clusters

1 batch Chocolate Ganache & Gananche Frosting


Remove cooled cheesecake from pan and freeze for 1-2 hours

When cheesecake is ready, remove cooled prepared brownie from pan and place on a serving plate

Drizzle caramel sauce over brownie and top with chopped cashews

Top that layer with cheesecake and put dessert in freezer

While dessert is freezing, prepare Ganache as directed.

Remove dessert from freezer and top the cheesecake with ganache; ice entire dessert with the Ganache Frosting

Store dessert in refrigerator before serving


The Cheesecake Brownie may be easier to slice if frozen

I recommend lining your cake tins with wax paper for easy removal of brownie and cheesecake[/print_this]

Is there a dessert that you can’t stop thinking about?

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29 Responses to “Brownie Cheesecake Insanity”

  1. Christy May 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    Although I am not a fan of chocolates (crazy I know), but I am surrounded by people who are, and I am always amazed by the versatility of chocolate and brownies as they can be taken either hot or cold and still loved by everyone :D

    • KeepItSweet May 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

      Not a fan of chocolate?! Haha I can’t relate.

  2. Esi May 10, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    Um yeah, this sounds pretty insane. In a very good way.

  3. Baking Serendipity May 10, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    This is insanity! It looks so, so good! You and your mom rock for your adaptation :)

  4. briarrose May 10, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

    Wonderful version….lighter means you can have an extra slice right? ;) Looks delicious.

    • KeepItSweet May 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

      Um, definitely! That is what I did:-)

  5. Veronica May 11, 2011 at 2:27 am #

    Insanity for sure! That is so decadent, but you lightened it up a lot I see. Love that line about self-control with ingredients, not eating. Bwah! I totally get that. This would be a dangerous cheesecake to have in the house b/c although the calories have been reduced somewhat, I would probably use that as justification for eating half of it in one sitting. Yum!

  6. Veronica May 11, 2011 at 2:28 am #

    A dessert I can’t stop thinking about…well, I’ve been reaaally wanting to make this cappucino blossoms (like pb blossoms but with coffee flavor instead) ever since I cut the recipe out of a mag in December. Still haven’t made it! Cookies are my biggest weakness, therefore I rarely make them.

  7. Annie May 11, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    OMG that looks insanely delicious!

  8. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods May 11, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    My fiance would go crazy for this! Yum!

  9. Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviews May 11, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    Oh my gosh! Insane is right! This looks delicious!

  10. Alexis @ There She Goes May 11, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    chocolate haunts me :)

  11. megan @ whatmegansmaking May 11, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    wow!! This sounds amazing!

  12. Madison M May 11, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    The way your mind works when it comes to desserts is impressive, my dear. This looks to die for!

  13. debbie c. May 11, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    I LOVE the name!!!!! More than that though, this recipe was nothing if not the thrill of constant exchanges with one of the two most perfect daughters in the world! It takes a daughter to bring out the very best in everything created. xo

  14. Maria May 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    My kind of cheesecake!

  15. Jesse May 11, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    wow, looks amazing — some of my favorite flavors in one dessert! and seriously pretty healthy considering it’s called brownie cheesecake insanity. not insane at all, a perfectly sane food:)

  16. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen May 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    Any dessert with INSANITY in the title is on my must-make list. Just sayin.

  17. Cookin' Canuck May 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    This looks insanely delicious. What a fantastic combination of flavors and textures in this cheesecake.

  18. Michelle @ A Voracious Appetite May 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    Oh. My. Goodness. This sounds so decadent. I appreciate that you lightened it up a bit because I like to fit into my jeans too :-)

  19. Happy When Not Hungry May 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Wow this looks fantastic! Beautiful cheesecake!

  20. Lori @ RecipeGirl May 12, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    So seriously, thank you for sending me over to that Sprinkle Bakes dessert post- OMG! That girl is just crazy-talented. That being said, this one looks good too :)

  21. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite May 12, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    This looks so decadent but fantastic! Though I’m not necessarily a chocolate-dessert person, I love all of these components put together in a lightened up way :)

  22. Andie @ May 12, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    Lauren, I would like to cordially invite myself into your life. We would be decadent and sweet and happy :)
    This looks unbelievable!!

    • KeepItSweet May 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

      You are welcome any time!

  23. Kali @ everyordinaryday May 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    That looks absolutely unbelievable! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I’m definitely going to have to try that as soon as I get the chance!

  24. The Blue-Eyed Bakers May 13, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    OH. GOODNESS. Can we have some?! This is insanely delicious looking. We want a slice now. Yes at 9am.

    • KeepItSweet May 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

      Glad I’m not the only one who craves dessert at breakfast time:-)

  25. marla July 11, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    Lauren, it is your week to shine at Get Grillin’. Please submit up to 3 of your gorgeous desserts to our round-up. They do not need to be grilled. This cheesecake would be perfect.

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