Recipe courtesy of Angel Ramos, Jorge Pineda, and Joy Pierson

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting and Apple Cider Reduction

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 40 min
  • Prep: 40 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 2 hr
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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Ingredients

Cheesecake: 

4 cups vegan cream cheese

2 cups agave nectar or maple syrup

2 cups plain unsweetened soy milk

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) silken tofu

1 cup arrowroot powder

1 tablespoon agar powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Apple Cider Reduction:

4 cups apple cider

1 cup unrefined sugar

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:

2 cups confectioners' sugar

1 cup Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread, softened

1/2 cup baby Thai coconut meat or creamed coconut

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup vegan cream cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Wrap aluminum foil around the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan to prevent any leaking. 
  2. Combine the cream cheese, agave, soy milk, pumpkin, tofu, arrowroot, agar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl and stir together. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth and ingredients are fully integrated. This may have to be done in batches. Pour the mixture into the prepared springform pan. 
  3. Put the cheesecake in a large baking pan and fill the pan halfway with hot water. Bake for about 2 hours, until lightly browned. Remove, let cool, cover, and refrigerate. The cheesecake can be made up to 2 days ahead of time. 
  4. To make the cider reduction, combine the cider, sugar, and nutmeg in a pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is reduced by half and is syrupy, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. The reduction can be made and refrigerated up to 2 hours ahead of time. Bring to room temperature before serving. 
  5. To make the frosting, mix together the confectioners' sugar and buttery spread in a large bowl. Set aside. Combine the coconut meat and vanilla extract in a blender and blend for 2 minutes. Transfer to a stand mixer or to a bowl and use a hand mixer. Add the confectioners' sugar mixture and cream cheese and mix thoroughly until a smooth frosting is formed. 
  6. To serve, remove the foil from the pan. Run a knife around the outer edge of the cheesecake and release the springform pan clamp. Put the cake on a plate or cake stand. Pipe frosting on the pie as desired. Drizzle the reduction over the cheesecake. Cut into wedges and serve.

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