The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge

      Aruba, Jamaica,
      Ooo I wanna take you
      Bermuda, Bahama come on pretty mama
      KeyLargo, Montego baby why dont we go
      Jamaica…
      Off the Florida Keys

And tropical is what I was thinking about when I read about the cheese cake challenge. The end of the Winter, Summer is on the horizon, and Beaches are calling. We were given a basic cheese cake recipe and free reign to do whatever we wanted with it. Our only instructions were to “Make it unique. Make a showstopper of a dessert. Add flavor, sauces, decorations – dress it up and show it off!” EXCITEMENT in the KITCHEN!!!!

Several Years ago I was at a Tropical Party and tasted a great tropical cheese cake. It actually took first prize for desserts that evening. I had the recipe, but have since lost it. Now I am going to try and replicate it.

    And I am going to call it:

      **Pina Colada Cheese Cake**

    I subbed a Teaspoon of Rum extract instead of the vanilla to the graham cracker crust and added a layer of chopped pecans on top of the crust. dsc03526 I didn’t want to add the nuts to the crust as I was afraid it might change the crust’s texture too much.
    Used
    1/2 Tablespoon of Rum Extract
    instead of Vanilla
    added: 1/2 cup coconut
    1/2 cup pineapple (and left out the Lemon juice)
    12 chopped cherries
    1/2 cup mandarin orange slices.

    cake

    cake2

    I barely had didn’t have time to even decorate it before it was attacked by a wicked sharp knife. Must have been the Cheese Cake elves!!! And I don’t blame them. THIS. WAS. GOOD. How good was it?? This was win the lottery good!!This was promotion with a raise good!! This was I’m gonna be a grandmother good!! (And no, I’m not, anytime soon.) This was good, good. This is now my go to cheese cake recipe from now on Good!!!

    The rum was just a hint, but enough to really bring out the flavor of the whole cheese cake.

    Now, go, and see what the other Daring Bakers did with their cheese cakes.