Cheesecake is the favorite dessert of many, and with good reason. The rich creamy cake is sweet and decadent without being overpowering and the texture is a treat. Add fruit topping, like strawberries or blueberries, and you’ve added more amazing flavor layers, knocking up the deliciousness of cheesecake another few points. This dessert even pairs well with ice cream toppings and comes in a variety of flavors all on its own. If you don’t want to top your cake with fruit, you can mix the fruit right into the cake. Ultimately, cheesecake is as versatile as it is delicious.
The only problem with cheesecake is it is pretty tricky to get right. Overcooked cheesecake is a dry, over-hard disappointment. The creamy, melt-in-your-mouth texture that makes cheesecake so appealing is completely ruined if the cake is overcooked. Likewise, if you undercook the cake, you’re in just as bad shape. Instead of a hard, dry lump of cake, you get a mushy mass that doesn’t so much melt in your mouth as squish. Unappealing either way. What makes this dessert extra tricky is the margin for error in cooking times is slim. Even a couple minutes can make a potentially perfect cheesecake end up an overcooked or undercooked disappointment.
It usually takes several tries, at least, before you get the timing down and bake a good cheesecake, but what if you could just take out that baking step altogether? Then, the hardest part about making a perfect cheesecake would disappear! That’s exactly what the video below will let you do. Check it out.
Using cheese spread instead of cream cheese is what allows this dessert to be no bake. However, the combination of ingredients mimics the cream cheese texture and taste, so you will hardly know the difference. Be aware though, that even with this no bake method you will still need a spring form pan. If you aren’t familiar with these pans, they have two pieces: A bottom and a circular side that attaches to the bottom with a side spring, allowing you to remove the side to serve the cheesecake. If you need one, you can find them in most grocery stores or order online.
If you aren’t sold on this no bake recipe and want to opt for a more traditional cheesecake recipe, check here. You should also check out these tips to make a great cheesecake if you are trying for the baked version. Above all remember, baking in general and baking cheesecake in particular takes practice, so if you don’t get it right the first time, all you need is a little more practice, and eventually you’ll get it. Also, definitely try the delicious alternative to baked cheesecake shown in the video. It involves about the same amount of prep work, but at least you can avoid that pesky baking step!