Disney Cruise Line’s Pumpkin Cheesecake

by Jessica on November 27, 2012

Disney Cruise Line's Pumpkin Cheesecake | http://mybakingheart.com

We arrived home with many souvenirs from our honeymoon, but one of my favorites has to be this recipe from Disney. It’s served exclusively on their cruise ships, but thankfully, we’ll be able to enjoy it at home for many years to come.

I woke up early this past Thanksgiving morning to prepare it for dinner that evening and it’s some of the very best cheesecake I’ve ever tasted. The original recipe calls for praline paste, but if you’re having trouble finding it in stores, sub the same amount of Nutella. This takes the pumpkin layer to a whole new level and you’ll never want a plain pumpkin cheesecake ever again!

Disney Cruise Line's Pumpkin Cheesecake | http://mybakingheart.com

Disney Cruise Line’s Pumpkin Cheesecake

Yield: 8-12 servings


    Graham Cracker Crust:
  • 1-1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 c granulated sugar
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • Pumpkin Praline Base:
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 3 tbsp Nutella
  • 1/4 c + 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 lg eggs, beaten
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Kosher salt
  • Cheesecake:
  • 4 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/3 c granulated sugar
  • 4 lg eggs
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


For graham cracker crust:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter in a medium bowl; mix until crumbs are moist. Press crumbs into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan and bake for 8 minutes. Set aside to cool. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

For pumpkin praline base:

Combine pumpkin puree, Nutella and sugar and whisk to form a paste. Whisk in eggs, egg yolk, cream, cinnamon and salt until well combined. Pour mixture into prepared crust and bake for 25 minutes.

For cheesecake:

Combine cream cheese and sugar; beat on medium-high speed until well combined and smooth, about 4 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add eggs, one at a time, mixing until each is fully incorporated before adding the next. Add cream and vanilla, and beat until batter is smooth. Pour batter atop pumpkin layer. Bake for approximately 1-1/2 hours, or until cheesecake is set and no longer moves when the pan is gently shaken. Cool for at least 2 hours before serving.

Adapted from: Disney Cruise Line


Disney Cruise Line's Pumpkin Cheesecake | http://mybakingheart.com


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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cakelaw November 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm

OMG this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.


2 Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie November 28, 2012 at 10:02 am

I love that you were able to get the recipe for it!! Some of Disney’s recipes are so good – I actually bought a cookbook when I was at Disney World a couple weeks ago! I am excited to try a few things from it 🙂

This looks really yummy – and why have I never thought to put Nutella with pumpkin?? Such a genius idea! Nice work, Jessica! 😉


3 Jessica @ Sunny Side Up November 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm

This cheesecake sounds like perfection! It’s layer upon layer of deliciousness! Yum!


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