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Ube Cheesecake with Coconut Cookie Crust and Coconut Whipped Cream (Video)

This ube cheesecake is everything you ever wanted in an ube dessert. Luxurious ube cheesecake filling on a bed of crunchy coconut cookie crust then topped with creamy coconut whipped cream.

(Love ube? Try Ube Cake (Filipino Purple Yam Cake) – it’s one of the most popular recipes on TUB. Ube Cupcakes and Ube Chiffon Cake are also fast becoming everyone’s favourite. You’ll also love these Ube Bread Rolls with Toasted Coconut. Craving for ice cream? I have Homemade Ube Ice Cream for you too!)

Ube Cheesecake with Coconut Cookie Crust and Coconut Whipped Cream (Video)

Can you tell I just love ube? I don’t make ube halaya or jam myself (update: I finally learned! Check out my recipe for homemade ube halaya – it’s delicious) but when I get my hands on the real good ones like the Good Shepherd brand, I’m known to do 1 of 2 things.

I either eat it straight out of the jar and don’t stop, or just lovingly stare at it and ration it so it lasts for months because I’m afraid it would be years before I can get a jar again.

Other times, extra special times, when someone from home is nice to me and gifts me with more jars of ube jam than I can handle, I bake with it. And it’s really become one of my favourite ingredients to work with (a very close second to lemon).

And of all the ube recipes I’ve shared, this is by far my favourite. It’s just so dang good. Dangerously good. You won’t be able to stop eating it good.

And with that gorgeous purple colour, it has that wow factor too that’s sure to impress your family and friends.

Ube cheesecake

Ube Cheesecake with Coconut Cookie Crust and Coconut Whipped Cream (Video)

I know ube sounds foreign and unfamiliar to a lot of you. The simple explanation is it’s Filipino purple yam (my post on Ube Waffles has more information about it). Filipinos use it mostly for desserts, the most common of which is ube halaya or jam.

Filipino food hasn’t gone quite mainstream yet (unlike Chinese or Korean cuisine) which is a shame because it is so unique and delicious. Ube has been slowly making headway though and it’s popping up in more and more menus and restaurants worldwide.

And rightfully so. The lowly ube is delicious! Like this ube cheesecake.

It has the same basic ingredients as your classic New York cheesecake – cream cheese, eggs, sour cream – but the addition of ube jam and ube extract makes it that much more scrumptious.

Related: The Best No Bake Mini Cheesecakes

Tips for making the best cheesecake

Ube Cheesecake with Coconut Cookie Crust and Coconut Whipped Cream (Video)

Don’t be intimidated because it’s a cheesecake.

While cheesecakes are admittedly more finicky to bake than a regular cake, here are little things you can do for a perfectly smooth, creamy, crack-free cheesecake every time:

  • Start with room temperature ingredients. This ensures a smooth cheesecake batter and helps prevent the cheesecake from cracking later.
  • Add your eggs 1 at a time and beat for about 15 seconds or just until blended. Avoid over beating the batter because you don’t want to incorporate too much air into it.
  • Before putting your cheesecake in the oven, gently tap your pan on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles hiding in the batter.
  • Patience is key! Don’t be tempted to open the oven door to check on your cheesecake.
  • You want your cheesecake to cool gradually too. Once it’s done, turn the oven off but keep the cheesecake in the oven for about an hour with the oven door slightly open.
  • And remember to chill the cheesecake completely too. Wait until it’s completely set before cutting into it.

Related: Japanese Cheesecake

What about the water bath (or bain marie)?

Ube Cheesecake with Coconut Cookie Crust and Coconut Whipped Cream (Video)

Traditionally, cheesecakes are baked in a water bath – you wrap your springform pan with aluminum foil and place it on a roasting pan halfway filled with water. The idea is to create a gentle and even heat around the cheesecake.

My problem with this method has always been seeping – water would always get into my cheesecake no matter how well I wrapped it. Happily, I discovered a new way to bake cheesecakes without all this mess and fuss.

I simply place a roasting pan with hot water on the lower rack of the oven with my cheesecake baking on the middle rack. No cracks, no seeping, just perfect creamy cheesecakes every time!

Of course you can continue baking cheesecakes using a water bath if you like but I hope you try this new method too. It’s a game changer.

Related: Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake with Pecan Crisp Topping

How to know when the cheesecake is done baking

Another question I get a lot is how to tell if the cheesecake is done baking.

You can’t really test a cheesecake for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the centre because it would cause the cheesecake to crack for sure.

Signs to look for:

  • The edges of the cheesecake should be slightly puffy and the centre should be almost set but still slightly wobbly (not soupy though).
  • To be sure, gently shake the pan, the centre should jiggle ever so slightly. This centre part will set as the cheesecake cools.

Not quite there yet? Continue baking but watch your cheesecake like a hawk.

Coconut cookie crust

Ube Cheesecake with Coconut Cookie Crust and Coconut Whipped Cream (Video)

Going back to this mouth-watering ube cheesecake. You might have noticed I used a coconut cookie crust again. This really is my favourite crust to make!

And for good reason. It’s so simple but so good.

It’s the same crust I used for this Dreamy Creamy Meyer Lemon Pie, these Creamy Lime Bars and The Best Lemon Cheesecake Ever – one of the the most popular recipes on TUB!

How to make coconut whipped cream

The coconut whipped cream is to-die for too. I used it as topping for my No Bake Pineapple Coconut Cream Pie and it takes both desserts over the top.

It cannot get any easier to make:

Take a can of coconut cream (cream not milk) and chill it overnight. The next day, open the can and scoop out the solid parts (don’t throw away the liquid parts though, they’re great for smoothies).

Add sugar and vanilla extract and beat until stiff. It’s delicious.

Related: 32 Stunning Holiday Cakes

Stunning desserts for the holidays

Already planning for all the holiday parties coming our way? Add this ube cheesecake to your menu for a truly memorable end to a fabulous meal.

Here are other desserts you can try. Impressive, but secretly very easy to make (aren’t those the best?):

  • Irish Cream Creme Brûlée. Luxuriously smooth and creamy custard, perfectly crunchy caramelized sugar on top, slightly delightfully boozy. 
  • No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake. From the sweet and zesty gingersnap crust to the creamy pumpkin filling, this cheesecake bursts with the flavours of fall.
Ube Cheesecake with Coconut Cookie Crust and Coconut Whipped Cream (Video)

Ube Cheesecake with Coconut Cookie Crust and Coconut Whipped Cream

Author: Jolina
This ube cheesecake is everything you ever wanted in an ube dessert. Luxurious ube cheesecake on a bed of crunchy coconut cookie crust topped with creamy coconut whipped cream.
5 from 33 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Chill Time 8 hrs
Total Time 9 hrs 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 8 people
Calories 277 kcal


Coconut Cookie Crust

Ube Cheesecake Filling

  • 2 8-oz block cream cheese room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar may need more (see notes)
  • 5 oz ube jam room temperature
  • ¾ cup sour cream room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp ube extract
  • 3 pcs large eggs room temperature

Coconut Whipped Cream


  • Preheat oven to 325F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine all crust ingredients and stir until evenly moist.
  • Transfer to your prepared pan and use the back of a spoon or measuring cup to pack it tightly to the bottom. Set aside.
  • Using a handheld electric mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese on med/high speed until fluffy (2-3 mins).
  • Add ½ cup sugar and continue beating for another 2 minutes.
  • Add 5 oz ube jam and ¾ cup sour cream. Beat until smooth and incorporated. Make sure to break apart any chunks of ube jam (some brands are chunkier than others).
  • Add 1 tsp vanilla extract and 3 tsp ube extract and stir until combined. Taste your batter and decide if you’re OK with the sweetness. Add sugar 1 tbsp at a time, if necessary.
  • Add eggs one a time, beating each one just until combined. Remember to scrape the bottom and sides of your bowl to make sure you’re getting to every last inch of batter.
  • Pour the batter into your pan and tap gently on your counter. Place the pan on your oven's middle rack. Place a roasting pan filled with hot water on the bottom rack.
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 325F then lower the oven temperature to 300F and bake for 30 minutes more or until set (see blog post for tips on how you can tell if your cheesecake is done).
  • Turn the oven off, open the oven door slightly but keep the cheesecake inside for another hour so it can gradually cool.
  • Take the cheesecake out of the oven, run a thin, sharp knife around the edges to separate the cake from the pan. Don't take the cake out of the pan though. You can place it straight into the fridge to chill 6-8 hours, preferably overnight.
  • When you’re ready to serve, prepare your coconut whipped cream by taking the chilled can out of the fridge and scooping out the solid parts into a small bowl (see notes). Add 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract and beat until stiff.
  • To serve the cheesecake, top with a dollop of coconut whipped cream and sprinkle with shredded coconut.



  1. I use prepared graham cracker crumbs which are very finely crushed.
  2. Every ube jam is different so depending on the kind/brand of jam you use, your cheesecake may need more sugar. Taste your batter before adding the eggs so you can adjust accordingly. 
  3. For the coconut whipped cream, make sure to only use the solidified parts of the coconut cream otherwise, your cream will be too soupy. It won’t come together. You can use the liquid parts for smoothies and other recipes.


Calories: 277kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 1gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 138mgPotassium: 77mgSugar: 22gVitamin A: 400IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 0.8mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword Christmas, Coconut Cookie Crust, Coconut Whipped Cream, Thanksgiving
Tried this recipe?Tag @iamtheunlikelybaker I’d love to see your creations!

Happy baking!

Did you make ube cheesecake? I’d love to hear from your in the comments section below.

Click here if you’re looking for ube cheesecake bars – a fantastic 2-in-1 ube dessert.

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Wednesday 15th of December 2021

Hi, the recipe says to make the whipped cream right before serving but if I’m giving it away can I just put the cream on top and refrigerate the whole cake? Just want to maker the whipped cream won’t turn runny overnight.

Also, has anyone ever frozen this cheesecake?



Sunday 2nd of January 2022

@Jolina, I made this over Christmas for work and everyone loved it. I used a different brand of coconut cream and it never solidified so it became a sauce instead. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.


Thursday 16th of December 2021

Hi LizzyD, if you put the whipped cream on top then chill it, it will most likely seep through the cheesecake. The better option would be to store the whipped cream in a separate container. Note there's still a chance liquid would accumulate at the bottom. I personally haven't tried freezing this cheesecake but this is a great resource - Guide To Freezing Cheesecakes Hope it helps!

Antonette San jose

Tuesday 14th of December 2021

has anyone made this in indiviual mini pans? what is the cooking temp and time?


Saturday 27th of November 2021

I make this every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Everyone absolutely loves them! No left overs at all.


Sunday 28th of November 2021

Glad to hear that Pati! Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving :)


Saturday 15th of May 2021

Super love this recipe. I make them in mini cupcake size bites…. I was wondering have you tried using / substitute for Ube condensed milk with this recipe?


Tuesday 18th of May 2021

Hi Maria, thanks! I've heard of ube condensed milk but have not seen it in our supermarkets yet. Maybe others readers have and can hopefully chime in.


Wednesday 31st of March 2021

I made this for fun and brought some to work and gave some to my family. My husband and sister both said that it is literally the best cheesecake they have ever had! Everyone at work LOVED it and asked for the recipe. Thank you for this amazing recipe! I whipped up the coconut whipped cream and topped the whole cheesecake with a layer of it, instead of using a dollop. I used the Island Pacific brand of ube jam (sweet purple yam spread) and the sweetness level is perfect, no added sugar needed.


Thursday 1st of April 2021

Hi Karen! So happy to hear you guys liked it :) I haven't seen Island Pacific here, will watch out for it.