Explore The Best No-Bake Cheesecake Recipes which are easy to make. Plus perfect for parties, events or for a special occasion and taste delicious too!
No bake cheesecake are, in my opinion of the best and easiest things you can make at home. They only need a cool fridge and a few hours from initial ingredients to start with to serving. The quickest you can go from making to serving is about one and a half hours.
Why make a no-bake cheesecake instead of baked cheesecake?
Simple – they’re really easy as well as being creamy and delicious.
A traditional baked cheesecake is a thing of beauty but simply by their nature, they do take longer to make. They can also be trickier to master and they can crack or curdle. So I am a huge fan of the no-bake version – in fact I have developed lots of delicious varieties.
Many no-bake cheesecakes use gelatin to help set the cheesecake but I do not find this necessary. This means that my cheesecake recipes are suitable for vegetarians.
Can I make no-bake cheesecake ahead of time?
You can make every single one of these cheesecakes ahead of time. You can keep them in the fridge until you need them. I often make these the day before I need them. To start I will do the base, cream cheese layer and any toppings which won’t change or move before serving. I keep fresh fruit or anything that might be juicy until just about to serve.
I would recommend removing the cheesecake from the cake tin after 1 hour of setting. If the cheesecake is left in the tin for too long it can be harder to get out. I remove it after an hour and place it on the plate it will be served on and pop it back in to the fridge until it is ready.
How do you thicken a no-bake cheesecake?
To make sure the cheesecake is going to set make sure you drain off any excess water from the cream cheese before mixing with the sugar.
Also make sure the double cream that you use is whipped up until thick. When it is mixed with the cream cheese it will lose some of it’s thickness so we need it to be thick to start with.
Make sure you don’t use anything runny in the cream cheese mixture that will be stop it setting.
If you do want to add something try adding it as a layer or add some extra icing sugar to thicken up the mixture.
What cream cheese is best for no-bake cheesecake?
Most cream cheeses are best for cheesecake. The full fat versions are great and do give a great taste. Unlike in baked cheesecakes, the reduced fat varieties can still work.
In both cases if there is any water on top remove it before adding the cheese to the mix. Water can make the final cheesecake not set as well.
Branded cream cheese vs own brands
There are so many different types of cream cheese available and having tried a few different ones I think they all work pretty well.
Philadelphia is probably the most well known brand in the UK and US and this is obviously great to use. But I mostly use supermarket own brand varieties and they are just as good.
I would however recommend that you avoid using super savers versions as sometimes they can be a bit bitty and not have the nicest flavour. I would also recommend that you avoid any flavoured varieties.
How do I store no-bake cheesecake?
You will need to store your cheesecake in the fridge. It is a good idea to cover it if you can to prevent it from absorbing other flavours from the fridge.
A well stored cheesecake will keep for up to 3 days. This means that you can make it up to several days in advance. I do recommend that you do not add the whipped cream and biscuit decoration until you are nearly ready to serve.
If needed you could add the whipped cream the day before but the biscuits should be added last minute or they will go soft and sad.
You can serve and eat the cheesecake chilled straight from the fridge.
Can I freeze no-bake cheesecake?
No bake cheesecakes are ideal to freeze. You should remove the cheesecake from the tin and wrap it in clingfilm (saran wrap) then freeze. Storing it in an airtight container will add an extra layer of protection if you have room in the freezer.
To thaw the cheesecake, take it out of the freezer the day before and leave it in the fridge overnight to defrost.
I would not recommend decorating the cheesecake before freezing so this should be done once the cheesecake has thawed. This includes any whipped cream, extra chocolate or biscuits and chocolate pieces.
Some chocolate and fruit layers can be frozen but you should check the individual recipe instructions to confirm.
This bright and colourful sprinkle packed Funfetti Cheesecake is a joy to make and eat. This easy cheesecake recipe is packed full of flavour and looks so beautiful. It's a great no-bake dessert and the colour of the sprinkles really allows you to taste the rainbow. It's a great birthday cheesecake and can be updated with your favourite sprinkles. I love rainbow sprinkles but if you can make it any colour you like! Enjoy making and eating this Easy no-bake sprinkle cheesecake with your family and friends.
This Strawberries and Cream Cheesecake with Baileys summer liqueur and Lindor truffles is just incredible! It's my go-to easy no-bake cheesecake for summer parties and of course celebrating Wimbledon fortnight. With a buttery shortbread biscuit base, a truffle studded cheesecake layer laced with Baileys Strawberry and Cream and a fresh strawberry topping, I have no doubt it'll become your favourite easy dessert too!
This Black Forest Cheesecake is inspired by the gorgeous chocolate cherry and cream flavours of a traditional Black Forest Cake. Juicy kirsch spiked cherries are piled onto a super creamy no-bake cheesecake layer and bourbon biscuit base then topped with lashings of dark chocolate shards. Small but perfectly formed, this is an ideal dessert at any time of year!
Lotus biscuits and the newer Biscoff spread are so delicious that I had to turn them into the ultimate no bake Biscoff Cheesecake. This delicious and creamy cheesecake is small but perfectly formed so it's perfect for entertaining or just as an everyday dessert. Plus it's made without gelatin and perfect to make ahead of time!
This rich, creamy and ever so slightly boozy Baileys and White Chocolate Cheesecake is the perfect treat for an event or party. Quick and easy to make in advance, the Bailey's spiked cheesecake layer also contains hidden white chocolate Lindor truffles. With a classic shortbread biscuit base, and white chocolate drip decoration, I know this no-bake cheesecake will become your new favourite dessert.
This delicious No Bake Terry's Chocolate Orange Cheesecake is the perfect dinner party or special occasion dessert. The creamy white cheesecake is flavoured with orange zest and studded with chocolate pieces. With a simple buttery biscuit shortbread biscuit base, fresh whipped cream topping and chocolate orange segments for decoration; it looks as good as it tastes. Chocolate oranges are available to buy year round so no need to save this recipe until Christmas!
Toblerone Cheesecake is delicious! If you love those milk chocolate prisms packed full of nougat, honey and almonds, you can give it no better treatment than to make this super easy no-bake cheesecake. With a buttery shortbread biscuit base, an extra drizzle of milk chocolate and fresh whipped cream, it's worth heading to duty free just to stock up and make this dessert!
In this easy to make no-bake Smarties cheesecake recipe, you can enjoy a smooth creamy vanilla cheesecake mixed in with plenty of multicoloured smarties. It is a perfect celebration cheesecake and is an easy to make ahead recipe too. You can easily make this recipe in a square cake tin and cut it up for Smarties cheesecake squares.
This no bake Toffee Popcorn Cheesecake is an easy recipe, the perfect party food and easy summer fridge bake. The added popcorn makes it even more delicious. A great treat for a classic movie night when you want to make the popcorn course even more special.
I love pumpkin spice! It's pumpkin spice season and that means it's time to enjoy this gorgeous no bake pumpkin spice cheesecake. It's a smooth fridge bake cheesecake made with all the iconic flavours of the classic pumpkin pie.
This delicious small batch Christmas Cheesecake with Orange & Cinnamon is filled with iconic flavours of the season and is the ideal make-ahead dessert for any festive occasion. With a no-bake creamy cheesecake layer spiked with orange and chocolate orange Lindor Truffles on a buttery shortbread base, it even makes a showstopping lighter alternative to Christmas pudding!
My delicious no-bake Cranberry Cheesecake is a beautifully fruity and creamy dessert, packed with iconic Christmas flavours of cranberry and orange. A Christmas cranberry cheesecake is a wonderful alternative (or addition) dessert to a Christmas fruit cake, while still having all the flavours of the festive season. This easy no-bake Christmas cheesecake can be made ahead of time to save time when preparing for a festive dinner, to bring to a family meal, or for a Christmas party dessert.To make this an 8inch cheesecake then add half again to the ingredients.
Now, this is an Easter recipe you will love! It uses up your large chocolate Easter eggs and creates a delicious no-bake cheesecake too which is a perfect Easter show stopper. An Easter egg cheesecake is made within the chocolate Easter egg shell and is jam-packed with your favourite no-bake cheesecake filling. The best part of the cheesecake filled Easter eggs is getting to decorate with them all your favourite Easter chocolates.
These Easy Mini Egg Individual Cheesecakes are a super easy and cute way to make an Easter desserts. These no bake Easter cheesecakes are made of a vanilla cream base with chopped in mini eggs stirred in. Mini cheesecakes are so easy to make perfect for a quick dessert but also great for summer picnic food too! I hope you enjoy these individual mini egg cheesecakes.
Are you looking for a delicious way to use up your Halloween candy? Then check out this delicious No Bake Halloween Cheesecake. This can be made ahead of your Halloween party and topped with your delicious Trick or Treat candy. A fantastic centre piece and show stopper for a Party food too! The best of Easy Halloween Desserts!