Best No-Bake Cheesecake

 No-bake cheesecake is a real crowd-pleasing dessert and it’s exceptionally easy to make! 

I don’t think I need to tell you how much I adore no-bake cheesecake, that’s pretty clear with the sheer number of cheesecake recipes already on my blog.

With the summer and warmer weather on the way, I figured a no-bake recipe would be greatly appreciated. In the kitchen during the summer it can get unbearably hot and when it’s sweltering outside the last thing you want to do is stand over a hot stove. That’s when no-bake recipes come to the rescue.

My cheesecake recipe repertoire is forever growing and I’m always happy to share my latest cheesecake creation. The cheesecake recipe I’m sharing with you today is inspired by my No-Bake White Chocolate Cheesecake, which went down a treat with readers of my blog.

This is the first recipe I’ve named as the “best”. I don’t normally throw that word around a lot, but I do believe this cheesecake truly deserves its title.

For all the no-bake cheesecakes I have made for my blog so far, they all have incorporated candy/sweets or chocolate into the mix. I was looking through my cheesecake recipes and realised I am yet to share a simple and plain no-bake cheesecake. As much as I enjoy cheesecake with different flavours added to it, I still do just prefer a basic and plain cheesecake.

I’ve made this no-bake cheesecake a handful of times already testing it out for family members or friends coming over for dinner. The feedback I have received has been really positive and after being asked for my recipe on many occasions, I knew it was about time to document the recipe.

Once your cheesecake is completely set, slice it up and serve it on its own or decorate with homemade raspberry sauce (recipe included below). If you’re not a fan of raspberries, you can swap them for blueberries and make a delicious blueberry sauce instead.

Here it is, my perfect no-bake cheesecake. It’s the best no-bake cheesecake recipe in my opinion, but I’ll let you be the judge of that!

(Serves 10-12)

Ingredients:

Biscuit Base:

300g digestive biscuits

140g unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

Cheesecake Filling:

500g full-fat cream cheese, softened – I leave mine out at room temperature for 30 minutes until soft

150g icing sugar, sifted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon lemon juice

300ml double cream, chilled

Raspberry Coulis:

300g fresh or frozen raspberries

2 tablespoons icing sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Method:

  1. To make the biscuit base: Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Blitz the biscuits in a food processor or in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin to a fine crumb. Add the melted butter and mix until moistened. Tip the biscuit crumbs into a 23cm springform cake tin and press down until compact. Use the back of a spoon or a glass to smooth over, place in the fridge to chill whilst you make the cheesecake filling.
  2. To make the cheesecake filling: In a large mixing bowl beat together the cream cheese with the icing sugar, vanilla extract and lemon juice until smooth and thoroughly combined. In another mixing bowl whisk together the cream until soft peaks form. Fold the cream into the cream cheese mixture and incorporate fully. Then whisk until the mixture holds soft peaks, be careful not to over mix otherwise the cheesecake mixture will curdle. Spread over the biscuit base and smooth over with a spatula or palette knife.
  3. Now cover the cheesecake and leave to set for at least 8 hours or preferably overnight.
  4. To make the raspberry coulis: Place the raspberries, icing sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Heat gently and continue to cook until the raspberries break down and you’re left with a thick and glossy sauce. Take off the heat and pass the coulis through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl. Discard the seeds. Leave the sauce to cool before refrigerating.
  5. To serve slice up, top with raspberry coulis, fresh fruit or simply enjoy as it is.

Enjoy!

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Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cheesecake. An impressive and delicious no-bake dessert. 

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Christmas is fast approaching – in a month’s time we will be just a couple of days away from the big day! Christmas is my favourite time of year for several reasons. I love putting the decorations up, listening to festive music, baking and cooking lots of delicious food, but most of all I enjoy having break from college and seeing all my family and friends.

So I told you in an earlier post that I’d already been planning all my seasonal recipes. For this year’s first festive recipe I’m sharing this amazing Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cheesecake. All you chocolate orange lovers out there NEED to give this cheesecake a try!

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Terry’s chocolate orange. It’s one of mine and my sister’s favourite chocolates, I just love the rich chocolate mixed with the aromatic orange. My obsession with chocolate orange is proven with these cupcakes and these cookies.

This cheesecake is based on my popular No-Bake Ferrero Rocher Cheesecake. The base is made up of crushed chocolate orange digestive biscuits and is simply mixed together with melted butter and pressed into a cheesecake tin until compact. The cheesecake filling is made using the same method I use for all my no-bake cheesecakes. Beat together softened cream cheese with a touch of icing sugar and vanilla until smooth, then the fold through melted chocolate orange. I used two whole chocolate oranges in this cheesecake, so it is guaranteed to have a gorgeous flavour! Then the final step is to fold through some very lightly whipped cream and then spread the mixture over the prepared biscuit base. I told you it was unbelievably easy!

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For decoration I like to keep it simple with nothing too elaborate. My sister gave me the idea to fan the chocolate orange segments in the centre of the cheesecake. So we went for that easy design, finishing with swirls of piped whipped cream. This cheesecake is a gorgeous dessert that’s an absolute breeze to make and a treat to eat!

(Serves 10-12)

Ingredients:

Biscuit Base:

300g chocolate or plain digestive biscuits (or graham crackers)

140g butter (salted or unsalted), melted and cooled slightly

Cheesecake Filling:

500g full-fat cream cheese or mascarpone, softened at room temperature

2 x 157g Terry’s chocolate orange (or other orange flavoured chocolate)

300ml double cream (heavy cream), chilled

85g icing sugar, sifted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Decoration:

Terry’s chocolate orange segments – I also grated some over to decorate

Whipped cream – approx. 150ml double or whipping cream

Method:

  1. To prepare the base: Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Blitz the biscuits in a food processor to a fine crumb. Add the melted butter and mix until well combined. Tip the biscuit crumbs into a 23cm springform cake tin and press down until firm. Use the back of a spoon of glass to smooth over, place in the refrigerator to chill whilst you make the filling.
  2. To make the cheesecake filling: Melt the chocolate over a bain-marie or in the microwave in 20 second intervals. Leave to cool only for a few minutes – chocolate stills needs to be slightly warm before adding the remaining cheesecake ingredients later to avoid lumps forming. In a medium mixing bowl beat together the cream cheese with the icing sugar and vanilla until softened. In another mixing bowl whisk the cream until soft peaks form.
  3. Fold the cream into the cream cheese mix. Finally, fold through the melted chocolate.
  4. Spoon the cheesecake mixture over the biscuit base and smooth over with a spatula or palette knife. Cover and leave to chill for at least 6 hours, or preferably overnight.
  5. When ready to serve, remove the cheesecake from the tin and decorate. Best serve chilled. The cheesecake can be made ahead of time, leave it in the tin, covered with cling film for up to 3 days. Leftover slices (if any!) can be stored in an airtight container in a refrigerator.

Cheesecake lovers you’re going to adore this! The cheesecake will make an amazing centrepiece on the dinner table on Christmas day!

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No-Bake Snickers Cheesecake

Chocolate biscuit base topped with a creamy caramel cheesecake and decorated with whipped cream, drizzles of caramel and chopped Snickers. A decadent and delicious no-bake cheesecake!

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Today I’m sharing a new favourite cheesecake recipe. You might have already guessed by now that I really love cheesecake? For dessert ideas my blog is majority cheesecake recipes, but there is always room for more.

So when I don’t have much time on hand to cook or don’t feel like baking I always stick to my trusty no-bake recipes. No-bake cheesecake is always at the top of my list and seeing as Snickers are one of my favourite chocolate bars I thought I would experiment by adding them to my next cheesecake. I mean what’s not to like about chewy caramel, nougat and peanuts all encased in chocolate?

This scrumptious dessert starts with a buttery chocolate sandwich biscuit base. Once you’ve crushed the biscuits/cookies to a fine crumb, you’ll mix with melted butter until the crumbs are moistened. Press this mixture into a springform cheesecake tin until it’s nice and compact, then pop that into the fridge and leave it be whilst you get on with preparing the next layer of the cheesecake.

The caramel cheesecake is really simple to prepare and as we’re not adding any gelatine it’s really important you follow the recipe method closely to make sure the filling sets correctly. Please note this is a no-bake cheesecake and the texture will be closer to a mousse compared to a baked cheesecake, which sets as its bakes and as it cools it sets for even longer in the fridge. No-bake cheesecake sets only the fridge, so it is preferable to allow it to set for at a full 24 hours before serving. It will become firmer the longer it’s chilled.

Once the caramel cheesecake filling is ready, spread it out onto the biscuit/cookie base you made earlier on. For the “Snickers” part of this recipe, there are two options: you can add the chopped Snickers to the cheesecake filling or you can reserve them to decorate the cheesecake with.

Once your patience has been well and truly tested you can unravel this cheesecake delight. If I’m serving this for a dinner party I like to decorate with whipped cream, some of the leftover caramel from the tin and chopped Snickers.

If you love caramel/dulce de leche, but aren’t a fan of Snickers then you might like to try out a twist on this original recipe. I recently made this cheesecake recipe again and left out the Snickers and I also swapped the chocolate sandwich biscuit/cookie base for shortbread biscuits and upped the quantity of butter in the cheesecake base to 140g. I then garnished each slice with extra caramel and decorated with Cake Angels Zillionaire sprinkles. Delicious and fun!

(Serves 10-12)

Ingredients:

Cookie Base:

300g chocolate sandwich biscuits/cookies

75g / 5 tablespoons salted or unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

Caramel Cheesecake:

500g full-fat cream cheese, softened – I leave mine out at room temperature for an hour to soften

200g caramel or dulce de leche

Pinch of salt, add more or less to taste

300ml / ½ pint double cream, chilled

45g / 3 tablespoons icing sugar, sifted

4-5 Snickers bars, chopped (approx. 1 cup chopped)

Decoration:

Whipped cream, caramel, chopped Snickers

Method:

  1. To make the biscuit base: Crush the biscuits in a food processor or in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin until they’re fine crumbs. Add the melted butter and mix until all the biscuit crumbs are moistened.
  2. Press the biscuit crumb mixture into a 23cm/9-inch springform tin until compact and firm. Chill in the fridge whilst you make the cheesecake filling.
  3. To make the cheesecake filling: Beat the softened cream cheese with the caramel until smooth. Add a pinch of salt, taste and add more if you want.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk the chilled cream with the sifted icing sugar until stiff peaks form. Add the sweetened whipped cream to the caramel cream cheese mixture and continue to whisk for about 30 seconds until the mixture is stiff, don’t over beat the mixture otherwise it might split. Note: The mixture will be ready when it holds stiff peaks. At this point add the chopped Snickers if you want the chocolate to be in the cheesecake filling, otherwise reserve the Snickers for later when you’re ready to decorate the cheesecake.
  5. Evenly spread the cheesecake filling over the biscuit base. Smooth the top with a back of a spoon or a palette knife. Cover and leave to set in the fridge for 24 hours. Once set, remove from the tin and decorate as desired.

Enjoy!

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Tim Tam Cheesecake

Creamy, chocolatey Tim Tam cheesecake. The ultimate treat for any cheesecake lover. It’s easy to make and the best part is it’s completely no-bake! 

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The greatest thing about blogging is interacting with other bloggers and creating friendships with people who share the same passion as me. I started talking with my friend Lilly who writes the blog lillybites.com a while back. We have a lot in common and we both love food! When Lilly asked if I wanted to tart part in an ingredient swap and I was so excited because I’ve not had the chance to visit Australia yet and try Australian candy. We arranged to send each other a parcel containing favourite foods (like biscuits, chocolate bars etc…) from our countries.

Lilly is a big fan of my recipes, and she especially likes my Terry’s chocolate orange cookies even reviewing the recipe on her blog. If you’re from, live or are visiting Australia, Lilly reviews cafés, restaurants and bakeries mainly focussing around Sydney. Her blog is definitely worth taking a look at.

I cheekily mentioned to Lilly that I would love to try Tim Tams. We don’t get Tim Tams here in the UK and I’ve always been so eager to try them because everyone always says how tasty they are. When I received my parcel in the mail all the way from Sydney I was beyond excited to open it and see what was inside. Along with the Tim Tams I received vegemite chocolate. Yes you read it right, I said VEGEMITE. This was definitely the weirdest chocolate I’ve ever tasted. I also got to try traditional Aussie treats like Cherry Ripe (a coconut and cherry dark chocolate bar) and Milo which is a malt flavoured cocoa drink.

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As soon as I received the Tim Tams I knew exactly what I wanted to make. It had to be a cheesecake!

This cheesecake starts like all my other cheesecake recipes, with a buttery biscuit base. This time I went for Bourbon biscuits, these are chocolate sandwich biscuits with chocolate buttercream filling. If you want you could substitute with chocolate Oreos or another of your favourite biscuit/cookie.

The cheesecake filling is made by folding white chocolate and a mix of chopped/crumbled Tim Tams into a simple no-bake vanilla white chocolate cheesecake.

Digging into each slice, the cheesecake is decadent and creamy smooth. You get a taste of Tim Tams in each bite! It’s quite a sweet and rich cheesecake so I recommend starting with a small slice and then going back for your next slice! 😉

(Serves 10-12)

Ingredients:

Biscuit Base –

140g (5 ounces) unsalted butter, melted

300g (11 ounces) Bourbon biscuits (you can use Oreos)

Cheesecake Filling –

500g (18 ounces) full-fat cream cheese

300ml/1/2 pint (1 and 1/4 cups) double/heavy cream

85g (3/4 cup) icing sugar, sifted

1 tsp vanilla extract

200g (7 ounces) white chocolate, melted and cooled slightly

Half a pack of TimTams (approx. 5-6) – chopped or crumbled

Method:

  1. To prepare the base: Place the biscuits in food processor and blitz until fine crumbs. Or place the biscuits in a ziplock bag and crush with a rolling pin. Mix the biscuit crumbs with melted butter until combined. Press into the cheesecake tin until firm. Chill in the refrigerator.
  2. To make the filling: Gently melt the white chocolate over a bain-marie or in the microwave in 20 second intervals. Once completely melted, leave to cool slightly. Whisk the cream with the vanilla and icing sugar until soft peaks form. In another mixing bowl, gently beat the softened cream cheese until smooth. Fold through the cream and white chocolate. Then finish by folding in the chopped Tim Tams.
  3. Spread the cheesecake filling over the biscuit base. Smooth over and level with a spatula or palette knife. Cover and leave in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight – I recommend overnight chilling.
  4. Once set decorate in any way you like. I topped the cheesecake with chopped Tim Tams, but it would be great as it is!
  5. Slice up and enjoy! The cheesecake will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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Read Lilly’s review of my cookie recipe here

Enjoy!

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No-Bake Ferrero Rocher Cheesecake

This cheesecake is so easy to make and it tastes heavenly! It has a gorgeous buttery biscuit base, with a creamy mousse filling which is speckled with chopped Ferrero Rocher and is topped with a layer of Nutella and decorated with roasted hazelnuts. A very decadent dessert that’s perfect for simply any occasion. The only difficult part of this recipe is waiting for the cheesecake to set, but once you’ve had a slice of it you’ll find it really hard to stop eating it!

 

(Serves 10-12)

Ingredients:

Biscuit Base:

300g digestive biscuits

140g butter

Cheesecake Filling:

500g full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature – leave it out at room temperature for an hour to soften

85g icing sugar, sifted

300ml double cream, chilled

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

5 Ferrero Rocher chocolates, roughly chopped

Decoration:

4-6 (heaped) tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread (such as Nutella), for spreading or drizzling

25g chopped roasted hazelnuts

Ferrero Rocher chocolates – how many you want, I decorated with another 5

Method:

  1. To make the cheesecake base: Melt the butter in a small saucepan or in a microwave. Blitz the biscuits in a food processor to a fine crumb. Add the melted butter and mix until well combined. Tip the biscuit crumbs into a 23cm springform cake tin and press down until compact and firm. Use the back of a spoon or glass to smooth over, place in the fridge to chill whilst you make the filling.
  2. To make the cheesecake filling: In a medium mixing bowl beat together the cream cheese with the icing sugar until smooth. In another mixing bowl whisk together the cream and vanilla until soft peaks form. Fold the cream into the cream cheese mix. Finally, fold through the chopped chocolates.
  3. Spoon over the biscuit base and smooth over with a spatula or palette knife. Cover and leave the cheesecake to chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  4. Once the cheesecake has set, place the chocolate hazelnut spread in a small saucepan and melt over a low heat for 3-4 minutes until runny – be careful not to boil the Nutella or get it too hot.
  5. Allow the Nutella to cool slightly before spreading or drizzling over the top of the cheesecake. Finish by decorating with the remaining chocolates and some chopped roasted hazelnuts. Serve chilled. Cheesecake will store covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes:

  • You can add more chopped Ferrero Rocher to the cheesecake filling.
  • If you like your cheesecake sweeter, feel free to add more icing sugar to the cheesecake filling. I recommend adding around 150g instead of 85g. Check by tasting and adding more until it reaches your desired sweetness.
  • For the Nutella topping, I typically use 4-6 heaped tablespoons of Nutella. I find using 6 heaped tablespoons makes the topping easier to spread and makes sure there’s enough to completely cover the top.

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This recipe of mine was proudly featured in BBC Good Food magazine May 2014 and also available on BBC Good Food website.

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No-Bake Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake 

Enjoy!

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