No Bake Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
This delicious no bake Terry’s chocolate orange cheesecake is so easy to make at home. It uses fresh orange zest and chocolate in the cream cheese. Then is topped with delicious Terry’s chocolate Orange pieces. It is an easy no bake cheesecake recipe and a perfect dinner party dessert. The mix of chocolate and orange is incredible. An easy to make ahead pudding too!
It was my boyfriends birthday recently and I asked what he would like as a birthday cake. I’ve made some gorgeous giant cakes for him and his parties before but year he wanted cheesecake. Before I met him he didn’t really like cheesecakes but since he tried mine he has turned into a bit of an addict. For this birthday he asked for a chocolate orange cheesecake. I haven’t made one of these in so long it was great to flex my cheesecake muscles again.
How to add orange to a cheesecake?
You can see in the cheesecake itself there are fleck of orange zest and chocolate to really give that chocolate orange cheesecake flavour. I used the orange zest, orange juice (or orange extract if you have it) plus I took a chocolate orange and coarsely chopped it up to make chocolate chips. Adding the Terry’s chocolate orange into the cheesecake, not just having it on top, really made explode with that iconic flavour. I think it makes the finished cheesecake look very tempting indeed.
How to add chocolate to a cheesecake
To add chocolate to a cheesecake I would recommend taking a bar of chocolate and chopping it up. Grating chocolate although works can be hard, some of the chocolate will melt when you hold it and it’s easy to accidentally grate your fingers.
Take your chocolate bar and a big sharp chopping knife (not a butter knife) and cut the chocolate on the diagonal. This will create beautiful shards of chocolate which you can then chop up into smaller nice pieces. The shards are lovely and look great as a decoration on top of the cheesecake. Check out my black forest cheesecake for an example of just how amazing it looks.
For the joy of this chocolate orange cheesecake I would recommend taking the chocolate orange segments and carefully chopping them up using the same way. Sort of on the diagonal as you can. They will start to splinter slightly and make it easier to chop up into nice pieces what will mix in easily and be evenly distributed throughout.
Cream swirls on top of the cheesecake
On top of the cheesecake I whipped up more double cream until thick and pipped it on the top in swirls. It is a beautiful quick way to decorate a cheesecake that everyone loves. I also think it looks super stylish. On top of the the double cream swirls I had to add more Terry’s chocolate orange segments. More is always better right?! Always right!
Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
In this cheesecake I used a normal Terry’s chocolate orange in the cream cheese cheesecake layer and topped it with the mini Terry’s chocolate segments. As this is a six inch cheesecake it was a little small to use the big segments so the minis worked a treat. I also they look softer and more enticing to eat. If I made this as an 8 inch size or above cheesecake I think the normal segments would have worked so well. I was tempted to add more grated chocolate to the top as I wanted to add more. I do love the flavour.
Ready to serve and it went down so well! There wasn’t a crumb left on the plate. It’s a great pleasure to feed people and see how much everyone loved it. I think this will be made time and time again. I’m craving it right now. I wonder if I can whip up one this weekend. It is definitely a lot of calories but if they are tasty they don’t count right? (joking of course)
What is a no-bake cheesecake?
A no-bake cheesecake is a cheesecake made with fresh cream cheese which is placed in the fridge to set, rather than baked in an oven. It is an English classic dish and is constantly being updated with new flavour ideas.
Adding extra chocolate and orange flavours to the cheesecake
I couldn’t just have the Terry’s chocolate orange on top. So I chopped up half a chocolate orange and zested an orange and mixed it into the cream cheese. The smell of this orange mix was absolutely insane. My mouth was watering and I couldn’t wait to dig in. Sadly I had to wait for a few hours. I did keep checking on it in the fridge. Having that extra beautiful chocolate and orange flavours made this dish so special.
I think that little addition made this go from great to outstanding. It was a loved dish and brilliant for the boyfriends birthday. It was great how quiet everyone at the party went when they had a slice. I think if everyone goes quiet while they are enjoying it, its a good sign.
How to decorate a cheesecake
Decorating a cheesecake is really easy and I believe that it can be done in a simple way which looks beautiful. A look that will grab everyone’s attention. I love a swirl of whipped up double cream which has been piped on using a star nozzle. It stands out beautifully. The swirl looks elegant but so so so easy to do. On the swirls I like to add a slice something in this case it was a chocolate orange segment.
Pin the Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cheesecake for later
I absolutely loved creating this cheesecake! I rather enjoyed it eating too. As did my guests. We were a little greedy so instead of 12 portions it worked out to be about 8 as a few people wanted double sizes.
No Bake Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
- 50 g Unsalted butter
- 200 g shortbread biscuits
- 300 g Soft cream cheese
- 60 g Caster sugar
- 150 ml Double cream
- zest of half an orange
- half a teaspoon of orange natural flavouring or orange juice
- 1 Terry’s Chocolate Orange
- 150 ml double cream
- 125 g Terry’s Chocolate Orange Minis for Decoration
- Lightly grease an 6 inch loose base cake tin. (I also added a greaseproof paper circle at the bottom to help it off the base later).
- Melt the butter gently in the microwave in short bursts or in a pan and then take off the heat so it doesn't burn.
- Crush the shortbread biscuits in a food processor, or put it in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to break them up (my preferred method to leave them as a larger crumb).
- Put the biscuit crumbs in a bowl and add the melted butter. Stir until all the biscuits are coated in the butter.
- Scoop the crumbs into the tin and push down gently to make a hard layer. Place the cake tin in the fridge and leave to harden for 30 minutes while you make the cream layer.
- In a bowl cream together the cream cheese and caster sugar until the sugar has dissolved and is well distributed.
- Chop up half of the chocolate orange and add into the mix along with the orange zest.
- In a new bowl lightly whip the double cream until it starts to thicken.
- Stir in the double cream and cream cheese mixture together.
- Remove the cake tin from the fridge and add the cream cheese to the base and put back into the fridge to set for at least an hour. Longer is fine if you want to make it ahead of time for an event.
- Remove the cheesecake from the tin and place on a plate.
- Whisk the remaining double cream until it starts to thicken. Add a star nozzle to a pipping bag and add the cream. Pipe the cream into swirls on to the cheesecake.
- Top with the remaining pieces of the Terry's Chocolate Orange.(I like using the minis for the decoration).
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