Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Cake

 The most beautiful, delicious layered cake! Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Cake! This is exactly what you were looking for, right?

Salted Caramel Cheesecake Cake: delicious chocolate layered cake with a cheesecake center! Frosted with creamy salted caramel buttercream and chocolate ganache!

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I’m a bit addicted to salted caramel right now. Remember these Salted Caramel Truffles? Yeah, they pretty much started this whole thing.

Not that I’m complaining, because it could be a worse addiction.

Last year I enjoyed making several cheesecake cake recipes. Remember the eggnog version? I die.

One of the most popular recipes on my blog right now is this Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake. It’s going crazy on pinterest right now (do you follow me yet??)

Salted Caramel Cheesecake Cake covered in chocolate ganache!

With all the varieties I’ve already made, my mind was stumbling on what version next? And then it occurred to me…salted caramel.

Let me tell you a few tricks to this recipe. It’s not easy and it’s not hard. It’s one of those, “read the directions before you begin” type of recipes. But I’m going to highlight a few things.

How to make a cheesecake cake:

  • Plan making this cake a day in advance. I made the cheesecake one night, then the next morning I baked the cake layers. In the afternoon I whipped up the frosting and assembled the cake. I then refrigerated the cake and made the ganache the following morning. We enjoyed the cake that afternoon.
  • You can make the cheesecake layer further in advance by wrapping tightly and storing in the freezer until ready to use.
  • I used my favorite dark chocolate cake recipe from scratch. But if you want, feel free to use a chocolate cake mix. I’ll never know!
  • Refrigerate the cake once it’s frosted. The cold frosting stands up to the warm ganache. Speaking of ganache, allow it too cool slightly. Otherwise it would be a disaster.
  • Drizzle with a homemade caramel sauce or use store bought. You decide!
  • Slice yourself the first piece, because this cake will go fast, and you earned it!

Chocolate Cake with cheesecake center and Salted Caramel frosting. Topped with Chocolate Ganache!

I hope the directions don’t scare you! This cake is worth every single second of preparation. If you’re going to enjoy something so sinfully delicious, you might as well work for it. And if you’re going to work for it, it better be sinfully delicious.

Am I right?

Some of my favorite “cheesecake cakes”:

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake from www.shugarysweets.com

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake: an impressive fall dessert recipe, topped with a cream cheese frosting!

Eggnog Cheesecake Cake- two layers of spice cake (from scratch!) with a creamy layer of cheesecake topped with eggnog frosting! #cheesecake #eggnog #christmas

Eggnog Cheesecake cake: a homemade spice cake with an eggnog cheesecake and eggnog flavored frosting!

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake- two layers of chocolate cake, a layer of #peppermint #cheesecake topped with creamy peppermint frosting! #christmas #dessert www.shugarysweets.com

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake: a holiday dessert that will make YOU the star!

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake recipe: two layers of moist carrot cake, a middle layer of creamy cheesecake, all covered in cream cheese frosting with pecans!

A couple more ‘cheesecake cake’ recipes for you to enjoy:

Salted Caramel Cheesecake Cake. Chocolate Ganache. Caramel Sauce.

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Cake recipe:

Yield: 12-15 servings

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Cake

Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 5 hours

Salted Caramel Cheesecake Cake: delicious chocolate layered cake with a cheesecake center! Frosted with creamy salted caramel buttercream and chocolate ganache!


For the cheesecake:

  • 2 pkg (8oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For the cake:

For the frosting:

For the ganache:

  • 4 oz dark chocolate
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp caramel sauce
  • pinch of kosher salt


For the cheesecake:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Using a large roasting pan on the lower 2/3 of the oven, preheat the pan too!
  2. Prepare springform pan by wrapping bottom of pan (outside) with double layer of foil. Spray pan with nonstick baking spray and line bottom (inside) with a circle of parchment paper. Meanwhile, boil a kettle of water to use later.
  3. Beat cream cheese with granulate sugar for 2-3 minutes until creamy. Add in salt and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Beat in sour cream, heavy cream and vanilla. Pour into prepared 9inch springform pan. Place pan in center of preheated roasting pan in the oven. Pour boiling water slowly into the roasting pan, until there is about an inch of water coming up the sides of the springform pan.
  5. Bake cheesecake for 45 minutes. Turn oven off and let cheesecake sit in oven for an additional 30 minutes. Remove and cool completely on counter.
  6. When cooled, transfer entire springform pan into the freezer for several hours or overnight. I put it in freezer for about 2 hours. **If using within 24 hours, feel free to just refrigerate cheesecake!

For the cake layer:

  1. Prepare chocolate cake according to package directions for 9 inch cake. Or, like me, prepare a homemade dark chocolate layer cake using THIS recipe

For the frosting:

  1. Beat butter in a large mixing bowl for 2-3 minutes, until fluffy. Add caramel sauce, powdered sugar, milk and kosher salt.
  2. Beat for 4-5 minutes until soft and creamy.

To assemble:

  1. On a cake platter, lay one layer of chocolate cake, top with the cheesecake. Then add the other layer of chocolate cake. Spread frosting over entire cake, sides and top.
  2. Refrigerate frosted cake while you prepare the chocolate ganache.

For the ganache:

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine dark chocolate with heavy cream. Heat 30 seconds. Stir and heat an additional 30 seconds. Whisk for several minutes until smooth. Allow to cool slightly.
  2. Once cooled. Spread over top of chilled cake. Drizzle with remaining 2 Tbsp of caramel sauce and sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt. Refrigerate cake until ready to serve!

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Salted Caramel Cheesecake Cake: delicious chocolate layered cake with a cheesecake center! Frosted with creamy salted caramel buttercream and chocolate ganache!

Today’s recipe for Salted Caramel Cheesecake Cake was first published on Shugary Sweets on September 21, 2014 and has been republished in August 2018.

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Comments & Reviews

  1. I made this cake exactly as you suggested, and it was unbelievable! I wish I had taken a picture. I made it for a joint family birthday party; I bake a lot and everyone said this was my best one yet. Thanks!

  2. when the cheesecake is done baking and you turn off the oven, do you keep the oven door open or closed for the additional 30 minutes?

  3. I’m making this for my almost 9 year olds birthday Friday. Do you frost between the cheesecake and cake layers?

  4. i love salted caramel chocolate cheesecake cup.i will try made it t is very tasty and sweety. thanks for sharing

  5. This salted caramel chocolate cheesecake cake just looks SO incredibly delicious and I am so craving a slice right now!

  6. Have you developed a recipe for a Strawberry Cheesecake Cake yet. I couldn’t find one on your site. My grand daughter wants one for her birthday towards the end of the month and all your cheesecake cakes are delicious. I hope to find a great one in time to make her cake. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes.

  7. This turned out amazing! Stacking the cheesecake was easier than I thought it would be. I used brownies instead of cake, but otherwise followed the recipe. Everyone loved it, with comments like “It was heavenly!” and “It was to die for!”. I definitely plan to make this again.

  8. I’m hoping to do this with brownie layers instead of cake. I’m a little nervous about the stacking step. Does the frozen cheesecake move well from one pan to the other? Or do I need to put the cake/brownie layer on top and flip?

    1. The cheesecake when frozen moves easily. Just make sure you line your springform pan with parchment paper so that you can lift it out of the pan easily. Let me know how it turns out!

  9. I’ve made this cake and the pumpkin as well. They are absolutely delicious and the cheese cake layers came out so perfect! 

    I have a question thatI was hoping you could help me with.  I am wanting to make a cheesecake for my daughter‘s birthday but I would like it to be full thickness.  Do you think I could  I double the cheesecake portion of this recipe? How long should I cook it for?

    Thank you for your amazing recipes!

  10. Tried this for my brother’s BDay, enjoyed by all. This is a dense, very sweet and filing dessert that is so delicious. For those that are new to cake making, follow the steps and make it over 2 days and it comes out perfect. Very Yummy!! thank you for the recipe.

  11. This is absolutely magnificent, scrumptious, delicious, super yummy salted caramel chocolate cheesecake cake. Can i post it on my blog?

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