Monday, November 3, 2014

White Chocolate Sangria Swirl Cheesecake


A few weeks ago, my husband and I decided to go out to dinner. As we love our waiter Rasheed, we decided to venture over to Bonefish Grill in Troy, MI to see what new amazing fall menu items they had.

Per usual, we asked Rasheed for his recommendations and we were left satisfied, more than normal - as the new dessert was a HIT. As one of their fall flavors, bonefish introduced this beauty:

It reminded me of a high-end pop tart. The bread was soft and faintly sweet. The berry sangria preserve was nice and tangy. The mascarpone had the perfect amount of "salty and sweet", as I often think cream cheese frosting should taste. And, the wine custard sauce was the perfect light and fluffy addition to this amazing dessert.

As I was tasting it, I began to taste Terri's Cakes Detroit's next creation! The mascarpone created dreams of a perfectly sweet white chocolate cheesecake. The berry sangria preserve presented a desire to add a swirl to the middle of the cheesecake. The flatbread reminded me of every childs favorite cereal... cinnamon toast crunch. The combination of flavors led us to create the newest addition to the family, the white chocolate sangria swirl cheesecake. In order for you to create your own at home, we have pulled together the easy version of this delicacy by combining a few of our favorite recipes from the interwebs. Check out the recipe below!

White Chocolate Sangria Swirl Cheesecake
** 21+ recipe **
For the crust:
Consider using Martha Stewarts Graham Cracker Crust Recipe with a few minor changes:


  • 6 1/2 ounces graham crackers (12 crackers), CINNAMON TOAST CRUNCH, finely ground (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 1/2 ounces (5 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar OPTIONAL: Note: adding sugar to the cinnamon toast crunch will make the crust a tad bit sweeter than we would suggest. But, let your sweet tooth decide!
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pulse graham cracker crumbs CINNAMON TOAST CRUNCH CRUMBS, butter, sugar, and salt in a food processor until combined.
  2. Firmly press crumb mixture into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie dish. Bake until crust is fragrant and edges are golden, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
For the Sangria:

Jug of burgundy wine - make sure you get the cheap stuff, its the best for sangria!
1 cup of orange juice
1 cup of sugar - OPTIONAL: Note: adding sugar will make the sangria sweet and we add sugar to the jam, so be mindful not to make it to sweet. But, let your sweet tooth decide!
1/2 bottle of apricot brandy
1L sparkling water - citrus flavor
a few shots of tequila - Patron is preferred, but, whatever you deem necessary
2 apples (peeled and diced)
2 peaches or nectarines (peeled and diced)
4 cups strawberries
4 cups blueberries
4 cups raspberries
4 cups blackberries

After you mix all of these ingredients, taste it! If it is too tart for your liking, consider adding more orange juice or brandy. Consider pouring yourself a glass before making the berry sangria preserve.

For the Berry Sangria Preserve:
Consider using the WIlliams-Sonoma Mixed Berry Jam Recipe of course, with a few changes.

Let the sangria set overnight. Have a sangria party with your friends, because, we don't think it is smart to waste any food products - wine included. After the wine has been depleted, drain the fruit and consume the last little bit of the wine.

In a large nonreactive saucepan, gently stir together the berries, sugar (3 cups if you deem necessary) and lemon juice (3/4 cup, freshly squeezed). Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce the heat to medium and cook, uncovered, stirring frequently, until the jam has thickened, about 15 minutes. It will continue to thicken as it cools.

Set the berries in an air tight glass container, mason jars work well for storing the jam that will not be used in the cheesecake - but, they are not necessary for the purposes of the cheesecake.

For the jam you plan to save - ladle the hot jam into the jars, leaving 1/4 inch of headspace. Remove any air bubbles and adjust the headspace, if necessary. Wipe the rims clean and seal tightly with the lids.

Process the jars in a boiling-water bath for 10 minutes. The sealed jars can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year. If a sealed has failed, store the jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Makes 6 half pint jars.

Upon completion, and after cooling, place the preserve into an icing tube (or ziploc bag) with a very fine hole at the tip. This will allow you to swirl the preserve throughout the sangria however you see fit! Just keep in mind, you want to SWIRL the preserve so that each slice will have some preserve mixed in with the cheesecake!

For the cheesecake:
Consider using Cooking Classy's Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes recipe with a few minor changes:


  • 28 oreo cookies divided
  • 2 (8oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups white chocolate chips (about 8 oz)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp 2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line 20 muffin cups with paper liners and place one Oreo in the bottom and center of each of the 20 cups, set aside. Chop remaining 8 Oreo cookies into small pieces, set aside. In a mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer, set on medium speed, whip together cream cheese and sugar until smooth, about 1 minute. Blend in eggs.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, combine white chocolate chips and cream and heat mixture on 50% power in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. Pour melted white chocolate chip mixture into cream cheese mixture, along with vanilla extract. Blend mixture until combined. Tap mixing bowl forcefully against counter top several times to release some of the larger air bubbles in the cheesecake mixture, then fold in remaining 8 chopped Oreos. Divide mixture among 20 muffin cups (right over the top of each Oreo), filling each cup about 3/4 full (about 1/4 cup in each). Bake in preheated oven about 20 minutes or until filling is set. Remove from oven and allow cupcakes cheesecake to cool on wire rest in muffin tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely on a wire rack, about 1 hour, then transfer to an airtight container, in a single layer, and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Store cupcakes in refrigerator and serve chilled.
**Recipe Source: Cooking Classy adapted from White Chocolate Cheesecake, inspired by Martha Stewart Cupcakes

The final product should look something like this. Pictured: white chocolate raspberry cheesecake by Paula Deen. Photo credit: Food Network

Enjoy your cheesecake. Share, or not. Save, if you must. Come back soon for another awesomely amazing recipe! Let us know how your cheesecake turns out. Visit the links provided - they all have some amazing recipes! And, don't forget to visit our menu and purchase some of our goodies!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Please support!

Terri's cakes Detroit is a dream manifesting into a self-sustaining business that prides itself on giving back to the inner city Detroit Community. With your help, Terri's cakes Detroit can move into a local commercial kitchen, extend employee hours and grow into phase II of their dream. Won't you help? Read our story. Donate. Share. Believe. Pray. Repeat x10.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Calm down.

Patience is your greatest tool toward success. Enjoy the journey and let the process work.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Video contest!

Have you had a Terris Cakes Detroit treat? Would you like to win a TCD gift certificate for $50? Send us your best customer testimonial video! You may email it or post it using #ILOVETCD. Videos will be accepted through Friday Oct. 3rd, and the winner will be announced on Saturday! Make sure to include what flavor you had and where the delicious encounter took place!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Oh my!

There are some big changes in store! Keep your eyes and ears open this Friday!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Who is Terri?

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

We're ready for our close-up.

Here's some sweet afterdark midnight snack temptation for you. You can order around the clock online. ;-)


Sunday, September 7, 2014

A little love can go a long way

As you enter this week, remember that love for fellow man and self will allow you the freedom to succeed. When you don't have hatred, jealousy, and pride, weighing you down, you will soar above life's issues and accomplish great things. Enter this week with the goal of losing self hate and hurt and channel God's love for all of creation. It's as simple as making the decision and sticking to it.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014


When was the last time you took a moment to reflect on how blessed you are? Do you often see the blessing in every circumstance, or the curse? The truth is, every happening in life has two images. There is the positive and the negative, and I'm believing more and more that the way you see a situation lies more in what's in your heart than what's in the situation. Let that sink in.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Go get it!

If at first you don't succeed, try again! Don't let the roadblocks stop you. Take good notes and keep moving. Trust me; the more obstacles you overcome, the sweeter your victory cupcake will be! ;-)


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cupcakes heal!

Actually, time heals, medicine heals, and God heals. Wouldn't it be awesome if cupcakes DID heal, though. Imagine getting a headache and knowing that the double chocolate cupcake waiting at home would ease the pain? What if you broke a your leg and your prescription was a cupcake 3 times daily (to be taken with a cold glass of milk)? That would be awesome! 

Well a girl can dream, right? ;-)


Friday, August 29, 2014


Enjoy the Holiday weekend with life and love in your heart! Maybe you'll even get a chance to enjoy a sweet treat! ;-)


Thursday, August 28, 2014


We can never say, enough, how grateful we are for all of the support that we've received since the start of Terri's Cakes Detroit. The exciting part is that this is just the beginning! So, stay tuned for great things.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

New day. New you?

Each new day is a new opportunity to change yourself for the better. You're not stuck being someone who is less than you desire. If there is something about your lifeself and your life that you want to change, today is the day. ;-)


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Product highlight: Cake Pops

Who doesn't like a bite sized delight every now and again? Well, you've come to the right place, if you're looking for a sweet treat. I present the cake pop! If you've never had a cake pop, you're missing out. See below for the yummy deets! ;-)

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Take a walk

Clearly, I'm a fan of sweets. That being the case, I have to stay active. Those sweet calories can add up, so I have to keep moving to subtract the effects of those extra calories. "But K", you say, " who has the time?"
I'm glad you asked! 

-Try taking a walk during one of your breaks or lunch, at work.
-Try taking the stairs, instead of the elevator.
-Try waking up 10 minutes early and doing a morning stretch/yoga routine.
-Try standing up and moving around. while working, at your desk.

Any one of these will start you on the right track! I would say that, once you make a step toward fitness, you can reward yourself with a cupcake. However , that might defeat the purpose. ;-)


Monday, August 18, 2014

Special delivery!

You know, sharing is caring. The way I see it, you have a golden opportunity! Terri's Cakes Detroit ships goodies all over. What better way to show you care, than by sharing (sending) sweet treats to you friends and family? Go on over and order up some thoughtful gifts. Order something for yourself, while you're at it; you deserve it! ;-)