Learn how to make the easiest cheesecake recipe with fresh berries that looks as beautiful as it tastes! This is the perfect easy dessert recipe for summer entertaining when it's too hot to cook because the only thing you need to bake is the crust and that only takes a few minutes. The filling is completely No-Bake.
I also love to make this in the springtime when berries are just coming into season here in California because it makes for such a beautiful Easter Dessert of Mother's Day cake too!
Why You'll Love This:
- The filling comes together so quickly and easily!
- The decoration of the berries on top takes hardly any skill but looks so beautiful and makes a big impression!
- The crust is super simple especially if you use the pre-ground graham cracker crumbs.
- You can make it a day ahead and then decorate with the berries just before serving!
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Recipe Pairing Ideas:
- This is a great dessert for a brunch party since it's not too sweet and incorporates so much fresh fruit. For your main course try my Easy Goat Cheese Egg Bake or my fantastic Breakfast Egg Souffle Casserole
- For starters try my Blueberry Lemon Scones (a fan favorite!) or my even easier Classic Blueberry Muffins
- Round out the brunch with my fantastic Smashed Potato recipe, a great potato side dish with the egg dishes
How do you make a graham cracker crust?
Here's the other plus with the store-bought crumbs, you don't have to drag out the food processor to make a quick cheesecake! Also, the fact that they are already ground makes them more uniform in size so they are also easier to fit into your tin.
The crust is this easy!
- Mix up the crumb mixture.
- Make a "fist-bump-type motion" to create a crumb wall up the side of the tin
- Assure your crumbs cover the bottom.
- Use a measuring cup to tighten up the edges so you get a nice tight crust.
- Bake et voila!
Making the No-Bake Filling
No-bake cheesecake is such an easy type of cheesecake to make! Because there's no oven time, water baths, tin foil wrapping etc, and it comes out just as delicious!
You'll start by whipping the cream cheese mixture in a stand mixer, or electric hand mixer. Then you'll create a separate mixture of homemade whipped cream and combine the two together. And seriously that's it!
Once it's placed overnight in the fridge it will set to a cheesecake-like consistency without any baking.
No-Bake Cheesecakes are a little misleading because most of them still require you to bake the crust, but really that's as hard as it gets!
Can You Put it In the Freezer to Set?
Well, if you're really in a rush you could give it a "head start" there. But I personally wouldn't finish it there because ice crystals will form and create an undesirable texture. If you want a nice smooth cheesecake, overnight in the refrigerator is the way to go.
Decorating the Cake is Also Easy!
No need to drag out the pastry bags and pastry tips, this easy cheesecake gets its decoration from a rustic piling of fresh fruit. To keep it simple I use blackberries and raspberries and a few blueberries because they don't need to be peeled or chopped. Just rinse them and pile them on!
The best part about this cake's decoration is it really takes hardly any skill if you can pile on berries that are as hard as it gets! Its rustic "free form" design alleviates any need for perfection. Mother Nature has done all the work for you.
A Garden-Fresh Decoration
Then for some added decoration, I place a few strawberries around the fruit pile. My other tip is to use small strawberries, slice them in half, and then leave the green tops on. They look so rustic and "garden fresh" that way. It just adds to the whole charming nature of this dessert. And hey if you grow your own strawberries you would then have little stems and blossoms to decorate with and that would be, well, just crazy cute.
- Make the crust and the filling the day before serving
- Then cover tightly with foil and refrigerate overnight
- It will set up best that way and allow you to slice it easily
- Moments before serving top with the fruit.
- Store the cheesecake in the refrigerator, covered.
- You could go as long as 4-5 days but I find it's best when served within a 3-day window.
- The longer it sits in the fridge the greater the chance your cheesecake will dry out and the soggier your crust will become.
- Just be sure to wrap your cheesecake tightly in foil or plastic wrap when refrigerating it.
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- Salted Caramel Ice Cream
- Easy Strawberry Muffins
- One-Pot Chicken and Potatoes
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- 2 Cups (475ml) Graham Cracker Crumbs
- 2 tsp (10 ml) sugar
- pinch of salt
- 6 tbsp (90 ml) melted butter
- 16 oz (460 g) cream cheese
- 1 cup (100g) powdered sugar
- 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla
- 1 ½ cups (350 ml) heavy cream
- ½ tsp (2.5ml) vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) powdered sugar
- 1 cup (150g) blackberries
- 1 cup (150g) raspberries
- 1 cup (150g) small strawberries cut in half (I like to keep the green tops on because I think it looks rustic and pretty that way)
- 1 cup (150g) blueberries (for a quadruple berry cheesecake!)
- In a large bowl combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, salt. Whisk to combine. Add melted butter and whisk until damp and clumps together. If you find it’s still too dry add more melted butter in 1 tbsp increments.
- Pour crumbs into a 9 inch (23cm) cheesecake pan, pressing crumbs into the pan and working up the sides, pressing until a 2 inch crust is formed.
- Bake at 375F/(190C) for 6-7 minutes until golden brown. Set aside to cool.
- Then beat together the cream cheese and sugar until combined. Add vanilla and beat until combined. Remove mixture in place in a large bowl.
- Then whip cream on high until stiff peaks form. Add cream cheese mixture, to whipped cream and whisk until combined.
- Pour mixture into cooled crust and smooth with an offset spatula. Cover with foil. Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to set up. But overnight will be even better! It will be firmer and more like a cheesecake consistency. At 2 hours it will be a bit more “mousse like”. But really either is great!
- Then decorate with fresh berries in the center of the cake just before serving. Slice into wedges and serve!
save yourself some time and search out the already crushed graham cracker crumbs! Such a game changer!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 331Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 459mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 13g