No-Bake Salted Caramel Cheesecake!

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A delicious No-Bake Cheesecake packed full of a Salted Caramel Cheesecake filling with Pretzels & Popcorn! – A delicious dessert perfect for every occasion!

YES – That’s right… SALTED CARAMEL CHEESECAKE! Hello my actual heaven. After the undoubted & continued success of my No-Bake Caramel Rolo Cheesecake I decided that it was time to share this beauty – which in my opinion is utterly scrumptious. How can it not be? Its no-bake, its creamy, its delicious, and its heavenly salted caramelly – with popcorn & pretzels involved!

The recipe is very similar to my No-Bake Caramel Rolo Cheesecake as its the same sort of base recipe, with a couple of alterations to fit the delicious salty sweet flavouring. This Cheesecake is so incredibly easy to make – simply crush the biscuits & pretzels, mix with the butter, and press to make the base. Cream together the cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar in an electric mixer, add the caramel and mix again, and the cream & salt and mix again and its all done! Decorate how you please!

I have had several comments over my year of blogging about how amazing my cheesecakes are (thank you!) and that I am indeed the Cheesecake Queen (I’m blushing) but I have had many many many questions about how they set so well without any additions to help it – if you use FULL FAT ingredients, you follow my method, and you’re brave – there is no reason why it won’t work!

You have to stick at it – you have to make sure the mixture is thick and delicious, but not be impatient and make it too quickly – because the mixture might fail! I have personally never ever had a problem – but I do make them pretty damn often as you can tell!

The Pretzels in the base of the cheesecake give it the slightly salty edge that the base desires, with even more pretzels and TOFFEE POPCORN on top, and of course – oodles and oodles of caramel sauce! Seriously though – I adore this recipe, its is delicious, and I know you will all love it too!

 

4.8 from 5 votes
No-Bake Salted Caramel Cheesecake!
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

A delicious No-Bake Cheesecake packed full of a Salted Caramel Cheesecake filling with Pretzels & Popcorn! – A delicious dessert perfect for every occasion!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cheesecake
Servings: 12 Slices
Calories: 422 kcal
Author: Jane's Patisserie
Ingredients
Biscuit Base
  • 250 g Digestives/Shortbread Biscuits
  • 75 g Salted Pretzels
  • 135 g Unsalted Butter (or Stork, melted)
Cheesecake Filling
  • 500 g Full Fat Cream Cheese
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 100 g Icing Sugar
  • 150 g Caramel (I used Carnations)
  • 1-2 tsp Maldon Sea Salt Flakes
  • 300 ml Double Cream
Decorations
  • 100 g Caramel
  • Toffee Popcorn
  • Pretzels
Instructions
For the Biscuit Base
  1. Blitz the Biscuits and the Pretzels in a food processor and mix the biscuits with the melted Butter. 

  2. Spread on the bottom of an 8"/20cm Deep Springform Tin and press down firmly. Leave to set in the fridge whilst you make the rest!

For the Cheesecake Filling
  1. Using an electric mixer, I use my KitchenAid with the whisk attachment, whisk together the Cream Cheese, Vanilla, and Icing Sugar until smooth.

  2. Add the Caramel and whisk again until smooth and lump free - this could take a little while, I whisk it at half speed so not too quick or slow!

  3. Pour in the Double Cream & Salt flakes and continue to whisk for a couple of minutes until its very thick and mousse like.

  4. I mix it on a medium speed, level 6/10 - Now this could take up to 5 minutes, or 30 seconds depending on your mixer, but you seriously have to stick at it. It will hold itself completely when finished mixing (like a meringue does!)

  5. If you don't mix it enough it will not set well enough, but don't get impatient and whisk it really quick because that'll make it split. Once mixed, spread over the biscuit base and leave to set in the fridge overnight.

For the Decoration
  1. Remove the Cheesecake from the tin carefully and decorate the cheesecake - I drizzled over some of the spare caramel, and then some Toffee Popcorn and more Pretzels!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes
  • If it looks like your cheesecake isn't setting, or its a but sloppy, or you're even not sure.. try it anyway. Try to set the mix anyway! If it still doesn't set, freeze it and have an Ice Cream Cheesecake!

  • I recommend using an 8"/20cm Deep Springform Tin in this recipe!

  • It is very important to use salt flakes, not finely ground salt - but if you have to, then use 1/4tsp and taste test it till you reach your desired taste, it is a lot more concentrated when finely ground!

  • You have to make sure that it is Full-Fat cream cheese that you use so you know its going to set

  • I also always set my cheesecakes in the fridge overnight otherwise they risk being a little runny still and slipping off the biscuit base but if you want to risk it then go for it! If you think its not setting, 99% of the time its because you didnt whip it enough!

Nutrition Facts
No-Bake Salted Caramel Cheesecake!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 422 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 195mg8%
Potassium 120mg3%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1215IU24%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

ENJOY!

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110 comments

  1. How can you tell if you’ve under mixed or over mixed? I am a complete amateur and this is my first time.. Followed the ingredients and method as posted and the product tastes amazing! however it is too soft and a bit melty! I am not sure if I am under or over on my mixing and how can you tell?!

    1. Okay so, if it’s too soft, but it’s still smooth and lovely, it’s under whisked. If it’s runnier, and potentially gone a little lumpy, it’s over whisked and starting to split! Have a look at some of my other videos and they may help! If in doubt, shove it in the freezer for a little bit!

  2. Hiiii Jane !!!! Thanks for the recipe I made it this yesterday and it come out great I think … still haven’t eaten it yet but it looks good just wanted to ask . My base has come out much thicker than yours and I used a 8” spring form cake tin and I followed the recipe to a t ? Do you have any idea why this could have happened ?

    Thanks

  3. I made this recipe for an afternoon tea I hosted to celebrate my in-laws’ 50th wedding anniversary. Oh my goodness, it was amazing! I’ve got a real thing for salted caramel anyway, but this cheesecake went down a storm! I’ll definitely be trying out some of your other recipes!

  4. 4 stars
    i cant comment on how the recipe has turned out as two hours later the mixture is still runny so ive given up
    and put it in the fridge hoping for the best. i have never had any problems making cheesecake but this just doesnt seem to thicken? ive followed the exact recipe ensuring everythkng is full fat, the only thing i can think of is that its because the temperature was 28degrees today. i did freeze the mixing bowl first though! i guess ill just have to freeze it if no luck?

    1. The cheesecake takes longer than two hours to set – I personally never have a problem whisking the mixture up in the heat, and I don’t freeze the bowl before, but if the ingredients had been out for a while or your kitchen was particularly hot then maybe! The mixture does take a while to get to the thickness depending on the caramel you are using, and how you are whisking, but it does come together if you stick with it as shown in the video. But yeah, freeze it if it’s still soft for you!

  5. I want to make this, but converting to cups? Im in the USA… does it really take 31.25 cups for the crust?? that has to be a typo opf some sort, I was thinking closer to three cups? Any help is appreciated It looks wonderful I cant wait to try it~

  6. 5 stars
    Hi sorry to be a pain but I’m in the process of making this cake and just wondering if you use the same carnation caramel for the decoration? If so how do you make it runny enough to drizzle on?

    Thank yo

  7. Hi, I am thinking of doing a layered chocolate caramel version. Can i half the mix for caramel layer and use the technique from your triple chocolate for the other layer, maybe with a runny caramel layer between

  8. 5 stars
    Made this cheesecake yesterday, it was delicious and super easy to make. Used shortbread biscuits for the base as suggested in your recipe, and they were a real hit. This is your 5th cheesecake recipe I have used, all have been great. Which one to make next!

  9. Is it okay to use fresh cream instead of double cream? Would it make a big difference? Will it affect the thickness, texture and how fast it sets?

    1. I’m not sure on the fat content of ‘fresh cream’ in comparison to double cream? In the UK our double cream has a fat content of about 47%, so it needs to be as close to that. If its less, it can affect how well it sets. x

  10. Hi, will this recipe set in mini moulds, such as a muffin tin with removable bases? I can’t use gelatine and I don’t like baked cheesecakes. I’m ridiculously picky!

  11. So looking forward to eating this! I’m using gluten free pretzels, so fingers crossed they taste as good (we have a coeliac person AND a chocolate free person, so desserts can be tricky!)
    Just a tip… I printed out your recipe using the print button at the bottom (in the share section) and then walked away while it was printing. I came back to 31 pages of blog, recipe, ads and comments! Eeek! Is there a way you can adjust it to only print the recipe?
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Ok… so I made it and then it was gone! Nothing but crumbs left on the tray. Everyone loved it. Definitely a keeper! Thanks

  12. I made this cheesecake when I was in a bit of a hurry and didn’t have the time to let it set overnight. I followed all the steps but instead of letting it sit in the fridge I put it in the freezer for about 6 hours and then decorated and served, it turned out great!

  13. Hi Jane,

    Amazing recipe! I have been tasked with making my friends wedding cake….but instead of cake she wants cheesecakes!
    There will be 100 people at the wedding and i want to make this recipe in different sizes so i can place them on different height cake stands. How many would you say this 8″ serves? I was thinking of making a 12″, 10″, 8″ and 6″

    Please can you also advise on how to best adapt your recipe for the different size cake tins above?
    Also another cheeky request…..any help on how best to transfer cheesecake from cake tin to cake board would be really appreciated 🙂

    Thanks

    1. Hiya! Thats amazing, I want a cheesecake wedding cake haha! And I would say probably 15 easily? Wedding cake sizes are cut differently to normal cakes though so its hard to say. And the best website I can recommend is this one (http://www.cakebaker.co.uk/baking-tin-size-conversion-calculator.html) you input the recipe size so 8″, and the tin you then want, and input the ingredients and it’ll tell you how much to use instead for the larger size. Also, its a matter of sliding them on for me, I just hope for the best! And I tend to stick them down with a bit of melted chocolate so they don’t slide about! x

  14. Hi Jane,
    I’m planning on making this cheesecake for someone who loves salted caramel, and no bake cheesecake. He prefers these things to be as thick, creamy, and rich as possible, so I wanted to make all of the elements myself. – I noticed that recipe simply used digestives/shortbread biscuits for the base and then a store bought caramel. I would prefer to make the base and salted caramel myself and noticed your recipe for salted caramel millionaires shortbread. I have couple questions: I had planned on making the salted caramel using granulated sugar, butter, heavy cream and salt – Can you tell me why you use caster sugar, golden syrup (is this dark corn syrup??) and Condensed Milk? and do you think I would run into problems making my own salted caramel sauce using sugar, butter and cream? also, what do you think about using this recipe for the shortbread base, and then making my own caramel? Do you see any potential problems consistency wise? Especially considering that I would like the final product to be as thick and rich as possible?

    1. The caramel in the millionaires shortbread is a completely different type of caramel to the one you should use in a cheesecake. The one in the shortbread is designed to set for a layer, whereas one that uses cream for example is more of a sauce so is for cheesecakes. You can use your own caramel as long as its a thick one that will mix into the rest of the ingredients. If you’re worried, use a gelatine.
      And shortbread will work on the base, but if its a homemade piece of shortbread it can be harder to cut compared to a standard cheesecake base of blitzed biscuits and butter.

  15. I made this cheesecake last night to take to a friend’s cheese and wine night. I stumbled across your page whilst looking for a caramel cheesecake recipe… thank god!
    It has turned out brilliantly, and I will be very proud to take it with me!
    Your tips at the end have helped me with a life-long/23 year issue of cheese cake not setting. Turns out I was too eager with the mixture, and putting the whisk on too high. Thank you!

  16. Hi Jane, just made your cheesecake – looks gorgeous! There was lots left over as I only had a small tin to do. I’ve made some individual cheesecakes in ramekins, can I freeze them? Gemma

  17. Thank you, recipe worked a treat and was a hit at my mum’s birthday lunch. Will be trying the rolo cheesecake next!

  18. Hi,

    I’m looking to make this for my daughter’s birthday (she loves cheesecake) but was wondering where you get the caramel drizzle from. Is it shop bought or do you make it yourself, and if shop bought can you recommend a brand/shop to get it from?

    Thanks.

    1. The caramel I use for the cheesecake filling and the drizzle is the same – its the carnations caramel which will be found next to the condensed milks in nearly all supermarkets. ?

  19. I’ve just made this cheesecake for fathers day this weekend…I’m so excited 😀 it is now in the fridge setting, whipped up perfectly and a quick lick of the bowl says this is the perfect recipe for a caramel lover.
    Tip for anyone struggling to get the base flat – I used a potato masher to squish it down!
    Jane, you’re a genius 😀

  20. I love cheesecake and have made a few, I’m always nervous trying out a new recipe but made this at the weekend for a family gathering-Went down a treat! Trying the malteaser cheesecake for Easter weekend- will be trying many more of your delicious looking recipes (my waist will not be thanking me lol!)

  21. This is amazing Jane! Just made this for Christmas Day tomorrow – fingers crossed it all sets!

    Any chance next time you make this (or other recipes) you can upload pictures of what the texture should look like to be able to tell if it has been whipped enough? It would be super helpful! I whipped to the point where the ripples in the cream mixture remained solid, however the mixture still pours rather than staying solid and needing to be spooned out (hope that makes sense), was fearful the mixture was about to split at any second!

    1. Hiya! Yeah if its pourable it sounds a bit too sloppy, chances are you were very very close to splitting so it was getting looser again. A couple of my cheesecake posts to have photos of what it should look like though like the Toblerone one I think?

  22. Hi Jane, thank you so much for this recipe! I made it a few weeks ago and it was so delicious! Have just made it again for Christmas Day lunch (in about 48 hours) My question is – is it ok to put the decorations on now or should I wait until Christmas morning. It will be stored in an airtight container in the fridge until then.

  23. I went a little off piste & made a milk chocolate & salted caramel cheesecake (combining 2 of your yummy recipes) TOTALLY scrummy!!! It’s now on my Christmas dinner menu, thank you!

  24. Hi – recently tried this recipe but found the biscuit base mix far too much for a 20cm tin and had to discard a third as would have been way too thick ! Also whipped the cream separately and folded into cream cheese mix just in case it might split, a method which I’ve used previously. Thanks for sharing this recipe –

  25. Hi Jane, I love to bake and give some goodies to a few of my friends for Christmas. This looks absolutely yummy and I was just wondering if I could make it in advance and slice up, then freeze before gifting?

  26. Hai Jane, i’ve tried some of yr recipes and love the result. My question is, is it ok if I use salted caramel rather than unsalted caramel and I dont put salt flakes. is it ok?..

  27. Great recipe Jane! Love your website – it inspired me to do more baking!
    Loved the salted caramel cheesecake recipe and so easy to follow! Also received very positive comments for my cheesecake!! I’ve already recommended your site to friends!! Hmm what to make next!!?!! ?

  28. Hi Jane,

    A great recipie I keep coming back to. Like others though I’ve struggled to get the mixture to set enough at times. Especially if transporting / leaving at room temperature.

    Any idea how many sheets of gelatin / water ratio I’d need to use if I wanted to add it to the mixture.

    Thanks,

    Paul

    1. Hiya – The cheesecake needs to be kept in the fridge, it’s not designed to be kept at room temperature, so it wouldn’t set very well at all if kept at room temp.
      Chances are that those times it hasn’t set very well then it needed to be whipped up a bit more!
      I wouldn’t know about the gelatin I’m afraid as I’m not a fan of using it – but usually packets of gelatin will explain how much you will need for what level you want.

  29. This cheesecake sounds amazing!!!! I am hoping to make this on friday. I just wanted to see if I want to make it in individual serving glasses will I need to do anything different to the recipe?

    cheers
    amira

  30. Hello I have just made this for 2 days time as only chance I had to do is it ok in fridge or should I fr eye it do you know? Obviously I have not done decoration yet! Thanks D

    1. Thank you for your reply. When it looks this delicious I have no doubt it will all be consumed on day!! Xx

  31. Tried and tested and loving it. Made it for a family gathering. Got good reviews from the family and extended clan. Gonna try the other recipes.

  32. Ooh this cheesecake sounds delicious and looks amazing. Just a quick note about people’s cheesecake mixture splitting – this could also be if ingredients are at different temperatures the mixture is more likely to split. I so have to make this, the toffee popcorn and salted pretzels are my kind of tastes. Brilliant and thanks for sharing. Sammie x

  33. This looks heavenly as always! I am an absolute sucker for popcorn ? also just spotted your Malteser cheesecake from last May, now I don’t know which to make first!

  34. Positively drooling over this cake… It’s not good for me to be reading blog posts before dinner…where can I get a slice?!

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