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Lilikoi Cheesecake

A wonderful Lilikoi Cheesecake made with a macadamia nut shortbread crust, a smooth cheesecake filling, and a passion fruit topping.

Lead in image showing the creamy cheesecake and lilikoi topping.

Lilikoi Cheesecake

Currently, I am on vacation in Hawaii on the Big Island and I have fallen back in love with Lilikoi (Passion Fruit) and now I want to make everything with lilikoi and I have three cups to bring home with me. I am so excited.

I ended up making it twice. Once, in exchange for my cheesecake baking skills for some lilikoi lessons. The second cheesecake was for my family to enjoy. My Mom’s friend wanted to learn how to make cheesecake and in return, she taught me all about picking and processing the lilikoi.

This was a very soft cheesecake. I’m not sure if it was because of the sour cream or the cooking time. It’s a Tyler Florance recipe and I thought it would be easy enough and pretty fool-proof for a first-time cheesecake lesson. Everyone loved it!!

For this cheesecake, I added 3/4 of the batter to the shell and then added about a cup of lilikoi to the center before topping it off with the remaining cheesecake filling. For the second one, we filled the shell and then added dots of the lilikoi and swirled it into the top.

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This recipe is part three of a three-part series including Lilikoi Curd and Macadamia Nut Shortbread Cookies.

A wonderful Lilikoi Cheesecake made with a macadamia nut shortbread crust, a smooth cheesecake filling, and a passion fruit topping.
Yield: 1 cheesecake

Lilikoi Cheesecake

Lilikoi Cheesecake

A wonderful Lilikoi Cheesecake made with a macadamia nut shortbread crust, a smooth cheesecake filling, and a passion fruit topping.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 9 hours 20 minutes


For the Crust

For the Filling

  • 2 (8-ounce) blocks, cream cheese softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • Lilikoi Curd


For the Crust

  1. Ground-up the Macadamia Nut Shortbread Cookies, about 12 - 15 cookies depending on the size. Mix the cookie crumbs with the melted butter and press it down and up the sides of a springform pan. Refrigerate the pan.

For the Filling

  1. Preheat the oven to 300.
  2. Cream the cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add in the eggs, sugar and sour cream. The mixture should be smooth and have no lumps.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust, adding 1/2 cup of lilikoi curd if desired. Wrap the springform pan with foil to create a watertight seal. Place it into a larger pan and fill ⅔ up the side with water to make a waterbath.
  4. Bake for 45 - 50 minutes in the waterbath to prevent cracking.
  5. Cool in the pan for 1 hour then cover it and place it into the fridge for eight hours. Overnight is best.
  6. Remove from the springform pan and top with the lilikoi curd before serving.


Recipe from Food Network

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 302Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 144mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 5g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.


Sunday 8th of January 2023

I can't wait to try this cheesecake. I had a lilikoi cheesecake at the Lava Rock Cafe on the the big island, and it was amazing. Thanks for the recipe.

Karyn Granrud

Sunday 8th of January 2023

Thanks so much! Once you try Hawaiian Passion Fruit, you never go back! It's so delicious!

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