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White Chocolate, Gin + Blueberry Cheesecake | My Sister’s 18th

Writing this post is absolutely killing me already, and all I’ve done so far is uploaded the featured image. Why, you ask? Because I miss this cake so god damn much. It was delicious. Insane. Out of this world.

I went all out this year, it’s not every year your baby sister becomes a real life adult, right? Last year I made her a pretty low key syrup cake that looked like a Simpson’s donut, but for this birthday all bases were covered.

My little sister likes three things a lot: white chocolate, blueberries and gin. This cheesecake was my attempt at the perfect birthday cake, and I feel like I nailed it.

White Chocolate Gin Blueberry Cheesecake Cate in the Kitchen

I worked pretty hard on it too, I’ve never been known to grease and line a cake tin as thoroughly as I did last week, I mean I measured the sides for christ’s sake. Who does that unless they’re on GBBO?

Speaking of GBBO, the original cheesecake recipe is a Mary Berry job, and it went swimmingly. I followed it to the letter for everything but the base, which I switched to shortbread cause I just think it’s more indulgent – like this cake needed more indulgence..

White Chocolate Gin Blueberry Cheesecake Cate in the Kitchen

If there’s one tip that I think is worth passing on, it’s the one Miss Pond gave me on Twitter when I was freaking out that the cake hadn’t set properly (this was the first time I’d attempted a baked cheesecake). She said to leave it in the oven for a few hours (oven off) after the cooking time until it’s cooled. It set perfectly, so I will now always follow this advice.

White Chocolate Gin Blueberry Cheesecake Cate in the Kitchen

Just look at that, so cute and rustic and just ugh! Loved it. So, the plan from here was to get my blueberry on. I had already been infusing some blueberries with gin (more on that here, if you’re interested) so it was time to get to work on making blueberry chocolate spoons. Yeah, you heard me..

White Chocolate Gin Blueberry Cheesecake Cate in the Kitchen

This stuff rocked my world. This whole range is so delicious it makes me want to just swear at you, so I won’t talk about it too much. But the blueberry chocolate really made this cake special, I incorporated it into the whole vibe by melting it into spoon moulds first..

White Chocolate Gin Blueberry Cheesecake Cate in the Kitchen

Which I then sprayed gold with my favourite, favourite, favourite ever piece of frivolous baking kit.

White Chocolate Gin Blueberry Cheesecake Cate in the Kitchen

It needed a few layers but the end result was impressive a/f.

White Chocolate Gin Blueberry Cheesecake Cate in the Kitchen

Whilst I waited for those to dry, I dipped a few fresh blueberries in the leftover melted chocolate. I’m not going to lie to you, this was never part of the plan, it just sort of occurred to me halfway through – all the best ideas do, right?

White Chocolate Gin Blueberry Cheesecake Cate in the Kitchen

And then, I got a text from my sister saying she was fifteen minute away – this is classic her – and I had to move like lightning to put the whole thing together. This is what I managed in the end..

White Chocolate Gin Blueberry Cheesecake Cate in the Kitchen

Not bad right? I’m pretty proud of it, I know I’ve been blowing my own trumpet a lot in this post but come on, you seen this cake?

Have you ever made an 18th birthday cake? Let me see it! share your links below or Tweet me a picture..

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15 Comments

  1. oh my goodness…it looks amazing cate! I’m sure your sister loved it. I mean, gin infused blueberries?! That’s just fabulous. ❤️

  2. Epic cheesecake… I’ve not heard of letting a cheesecake sit in the oven before though. Ideally, you want to bake it until there’s a gentle but firm wobble in the centre – one that obviously isn’t liquid. Then just trust that it’s fine! Cool spoons 🙂

  3. I don’t understand why I wasn’t following your blog already Cate!!! I’m very sorry about that!
    I seriously want to make this for my own birthday now, I also love the same three things as your sister 🙂 I’m so glad that it set too- that tip for leaving it in the oven was something my Mum told me years ago (although I think she got it from a Mary Berry book!)
    P.S. You are very talented x

  4. Honestly Cate, that is amazing! I’m not surprised you’re super chuffed with it! I LOVE cakes like this where the creativity is just out of this world! So many fab ideas all brought together, just brilliant!

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