Donna Hay chocolate coconut mini cheesecake recipe

10 Jun


Oh Donna, you’ve done it again. I reckon that Ms Hay’s eponymous magazine is just getting better as time goes on. There’s a wider variety of recipes and they are all just so tempting that I every time a new edition appears in my letterbox I want to race to the kitchen and bake. That’s surely a sign of a fab mag.

The recent issue 68 had a cheesecake special, which totally had me drooling. The recipe that most caught my eye was dark chocolate coconut mini cheesecakes with pomegranate syrup. Not being a pomegranate fan I omitted this but don’t think mine were any the poorer for it.


In a rare critique of Donna Hay I will say that the quantities / servings for this recipe were all over the shop. The magazine stated it would serve 6 – I can’t tell you how many it made. Way, way more than 6. I made 6 in large size muffin tins [as per the recipe] and it didn’t make a dent in the mix. Then I made at least 8 in mini muffin tins and still I had ingredients left over. By then I was over lining muffing tins with crosses of paper so I made macaroons to use the leftover coconut mix, and little chocolate pots with the remaining choc cheesecake mix. The Hungry Dad made short work of those little choc pots, let me tell you.



3 ½ cups shredded coconut

2/3 cup caster sugar

2 eggwhites

50 gram butter, melted


150g cream cheese, softened

100g ricotta

½ cup caster sugar

150g dark chocolate, melted

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 150C.

Grease a mini muffin tin or standard size muffin tin with non-stick spray [depending on how many you want to make – the smaller ones would look tres chic at a tea party] and place strips of baking paper in a cross pattern to allow for easy removal of cakes.

Mix base ingredients together in a bowl then using a spoon gently press into base and sides of muffin tins.

Bake 15 mins for big size, 11 mins for small / until golden, then set aside to cool.

For filling: place all ingredients into food processor and process until smooth [you may need to scrape down sides a couple of times].

Pour into shells and bake 20-ish for big / 13-ish for small [you want them to be a little bit custard-like in centre].

Bring to room temperature then place in fridge for one hour.

Serve cold.


53 Responses to “Donna Hay chocolate coconut mini cheesecake recipe”

  1. Little Gumnut at 2:13 am #

    fwarrrrrrrr absolutely adore cheesecake!

    • thehungrymum at 2:18 am #

      hey Little Gumnut! Thanks, me too! I’m a bit picky and don’t like shop-bought cheescake, only homemade stuff!

  2. Oh. My.
    I think you have hit the jackpot with this recipe. That featured pic of yours is just calling my name. You are my go-to Ganache Girl.

    I’m a fan of cheesecakes; haven’t used ricotta (pretty exy here in KL) but I can imagine how feathery light and creamy it is compared with the usual clunky Philly cheese.

    PS: I really dig your cake stand ! 🙂

    • thehungrymum at 11:38 am #

      “Nat, Nat, bake me.’
      Hey, I hear it, too – get thee to the kitchen! Shame that ricotta is dear over there as it does add a lightness.
      ps – loooove the ‘go-to ganache girl’ tag! 🙂

  3. Phoebe at 4:27 am #


    I subscribe to Donna Hay too and have all her books.

    Also subscribe to delicious which is also great.

    • thehungrymum at 4:56 am #

      Isn’t Donna the best? I also really enjoy delicious mag.

  4. glamorous glutton at 11:36 am #

    These look wonderful, I bet the coconutty base is sweet and delicious. It’s strange that the quantities should be so off, but I come across that often in magazine recipes but I’m surprised that a Donna Hay recipe would be inaccurate. Thanks for visiting my blog. GG

    • thehungrymum at 11:37 am #

      I know – it is most unlike Donna and her team. I guess everyone is allowed one mistake 🙂

  5. ohlidia at 1:05 pm #

    I too love the Donna Hay. These little darlings look fabulous and yummilicious! I think I just made up a new word!

  6. Sophie33 at 2:29 pm #

    I also love Donna’s recipes a lot! These beauties look even spectacular & yummy too! 😉 I must make them soon! Really soon! x

    • thehungrymum at 10:19 am #

      Thanks. Even better – they are quick & easy [totally my style 🙂 ]

  7. tastytreats13 at 3:48 pm #

    Wow these sound really amazing!

  8. Not a fan of coconut. But I am intrigued by the chocolate pots with the filling. How long did you cook them? The filling looks luscious!

    • thehungrymum at 11:09 am #

      Do you know, the Hungry Dad *hates* coconut. He ate so many of these tartlets & I do believe I converted him 🙂
      I didn’t cook the choc pots – they were just like choc mousse.

  9. ChgoJohn at 9:20 pm #

    These sound delicious but I’d have to go out and buy more large muffin tins. Those really mini cheesecakes would just plain disappear. The bigger ones have a chance of making it to the next day, A chance, nothing more. 😉

    • thehungrymum at 11:18 am #

      Yes, I wholeheartedly agree. Except in my case, I take baked goods into work each week and ask for donations to MSF [Doctors Without Borders]. So more cakes = more donations = more better 🙂

      • ChgoJohn at 11:37 am #

        Heavens, yes! Wonderful that you do this for MSF. I wouldn’t eat a one if mine were, like yours, in support of this organization.

  10. Choc Chip Uru at 7:44 am #

    I would love a bite… or 10 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • thehungrymum at 11:31 am #

      That’s the great thing about mini bites – you can have more 🙂

  11. gottagetbaked at 4:29 am #

    I’ll gladly take the extras off your hand. Don’t you hate it when there’s too much of a good thing 😉 These look amazing!

    • thehungrymum at 12:50 am #

      hehehe! I often need someone to swoop over and take the excess – I’m not much a sweet eater and the Hungry Dad is on the paleo diet [eyeroll]. I take stuff to work but often I still have stuff sitting in Tupperware slowly going off…

  12. milkteaxx at 5:03 am #

    both donna hay and you do a great job styling the food. i havent had much luck with her recipes tho, never turn out how i expect it to….hrrm…

    • thehungrymum at 11:00 am #

      Why have I just seen this comment?! Thanks so much 🙂 Bummer that you & Donna have yet to ‘click’ 😦

  13. lemongrovecakediaries at 10:03 am #

    I love Donna Hay and your version of these cheesecakes look awesome!

    • thehungrymum at 12:38 am #

      Cheers! I can’t get enough of Donna – it seems an eternity between magazine editions 🙂

  14. ButterSugarFlowers at 2:04 pm #

    Coconut… Dark Chocolate… Cheesecake…
    All together? Now that’s heavenly! Thanks for sharing.

    • thehungrymum at 10:47 am #

      Oh, thank you! It is, as they say in the classics, a winning ocmbination 🙂

  15. Liz at 3:49 am #

    adorable! Gotta wonder about yields sometimes as they can be so off. I’ll take your word over Donna’s 🙂

    • thehungrymum at 8:11 am #

      Yeah, I just don’t understand how the yields scan be *so* wrong. Oh well, more yummy things for everyone to eat, I guess!

  16. jessiebearwhat at 1:27 pm #


  17. girlinafoodfrenzy at 3:22 am #

    A delicious use of chocolate. & coconut if ever there was one! Love the use of the coconut in the base, definitely moreish indeed.

    • thehungrymum at 9:56 am #

      why, thank you 🙂 I think choc coconut is a marriage made in dessert heaven x

  18. Madame Croquette at 5:55 pm #

    That looks delicious!

  19. These are sooo cute and sound so delicious! I bet they wouldn’t last long in my house!

  20. looking yummy

  21. I like that this makes a lot. More for the cook 🙂 They should be on my plate now. 🙂 You did a great job.

    • thehungrymum at 11:37 pm #

      yes, the more the merrier! Thanks for your sweet words.

  22. Oh yum! These look so amazing. Good ol’ Donna Hay…her recipes are so divine! By the way, I adore your cake stand 😀

    • thehungrymum at 9:09 am #

      Thanks. Guess where the cake stand is from? The Donna Hay General Store. Yes, I am a Donna Hay tragic 🙂

  23. Karen at 2:01 pm #

    I love mini desserts…you can have a few to eat and save the others for another day.

    • thehungrymum at 7:37 am #

      Or… you can have a whole heap at once coz they are so small! #greedy

  24. la Greg at 5:32 pm #

    I love coconut and chocolate….and cheesecakes of course1
    they look amazing…


    • thehungrymum at 10:41 am #

      Choc & coconut is sooo good! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  25. Jhuls at 5:16 am #

    Hmm, yummy!! ❤

  26. miss5ugarn5pice at 11:32 am #

    Omg..this is definitely on my “to do” list now 🙂

  27. Trent @ Food Assault at 12:25 am #

    Oh yes……these sound and look fantastic. I wonder if custard filling would substitute well 🙂

    • thehungrymum at 6:39 am #

      Oooh, custard! Yum! I’ve not tried it but I would suggest making a really thick custard otherwise it might ooze out. Let me know if you try it.

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