Cheesecake on a cake base?
Trying to do something different with a cheesecake for Christmas. I've been looking around online at recipes *and* retail cheesecakes. I've seen some with cake bases. My thought is to do something like an inch-high cake base, moistened with some kind of liqueur or syrup, then a light glaze (e.g., apricot preserves), over the cake before the cheesecake filling is added.
I'm thinking a no-bake cheesecake recipe would be best in this case. Do you agree?
And what kind of cake would be best for this? A sponge? A genoise? Something else?
Also, I saw an example of an apple crumb cheesecake that I think might go over well with my family and the guests we're having this year. Is there a liqueur that would go well with apple that I could use to moisten the cake base?
What you would need is a Flan Pan, and a (sponge-type) cake recipe (like genoise). When I visited in Germany, just about every grocery store carried an item "Kuchenboden" (literal translation = cake base) that was used along with your own homemade filling....usually a pudding topped with glazed fruits. It has sides to it to hold fillings.
Think that should work for you with the "no-bake" cheesecake filling.
Have not seen such an item in U.S., but only once. Check your local grocery stores or super-markets. Especially a store that might carry ethnic items.
I have a recipe for this type of cake, but you would need the afore mentioned flan pan. Chicago Metals makes it.
You can bake it (otherwise it seems more like a cream cheese frosting to me than cheese cake). I make this carrot cake cheesecake and have played around with different types. Last night I made a ricotta cheesecake with a pumpkin base and then sprinkled baked pumpkin bread in it.
If you're looking for liquer that goes well with apple, you could do applejack.
Sorry I can't be of much help but I remember the guys on the Test Kitchen show talking about the perfect cake to do layers and that keeps well in the refrigerator.. I think they were making a Restaurant Raspberry Chiffon something (cheesecake, or 3 layer cake) and it had 3 layers, the cake, the raspberry pie ir cheesecake (cant remember) and whipped cream on top...
Good luck and if I remember I will come back and answer that =) cheers.