Easy No-Bake Cheesecake

July 31, 2022

No baking, no water bath, no eggs. This easy no-bake cheesecake is light and airy, smooth and creamy. It sets up beautifully in the fridge and only requires 6 ingredients (already including the crust).

Slice of cheesecake with light filling

In summer, I love desserts that don’t require baking. This cheesecake is a fantastic dessert when the weather is warm or when you just don’t feel like baking.

Easier than classic cheesecake

No-bake cheesecake is a lot easier than baked cheesecake. Without eggs, fussy water bath, and without baking (no over- or underbaking, no cracking), there is almost zero room for error.

You just make a quick crust by combining graham crumbs and melted butter, add the simple filling, chill it for several hours until firm, and serve!

Texture and taste

This version is just as good as the original baked cheesecake. And you might actually end up preferring it if you are a fan of creamy and light cheesecake versus the rich, dense, and rather heavy regular cheesecake.

This no-bake cheesecake is lightly sweet and the lemon zest adds a hint of lemon flavor, which makes it perfectly refreshing!

Slice of airy cheescake
This no-bake cheesecake taste best with fresh berries.

Step-by-step recipe

Crackers in food processor
Blitz crackers until fine crumbs.

For the crust, blitz graham crackers in a food processor until fine crumbs or crush using a rolling pin or glass bottle.

graham cracker crust in bowl
Mix crumbs and butter until they resemble wet sand.

Mix crumbs and melted butter in a bowl until evenly moistened.

Crust in pan
Make the crust by pressing the crumbs into the pan.

Press the crumbs firmly into bottom and up on the sides of the pan to create a thick crust, using a measuring cup or glass with flat bottom and straight sides. If you don’t care for the crust reaching up the sides, only cover the bottom (this is also way easier!). Put in the fridge while you make the filling.

whipped cream in bowl
Whip heavy cream until soft peaks.

For the filling, beat the heavy cream to soft peaks with a mixer (no need to clean beaters, use them for the cream cheese later).

Bowl with filling
Combine softened cream cheese, sugar, and lemon.

In a bowl, add softened cream cheese and powdered sugar (sifted). Then grate the zest of ½ lemon directly into the bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

Beat cream cheese mixture with the mixer for about 1 minute until combined. Do not beat for too long as the filling might get more liquid.

bowl with batter
Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture.

Use a rubber spatula to gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.

cheesecake filling on crust
Scrape the filling on top of the crust.

Scrape the cheesecake batter into the prepared crust in 2 or 3 batches to avoid creating large air pockets.

No-bake Cheesecake in pan
Smooth the top and chill.

Smooth the top using a rubber spatula. Do not worry if the filling comes up higher than the crust. Cover the pan and chill for 4 hours.

cheescake in pan
Remove the ring and then the parchment paper.

Remove the ring of the pan and the parchment paper strips.

Slice of no-bake Cheescake
No-bake cheesecake with light and airy filling.

Top with fresh fruit before serving. Enjoy!

Oh, and if you are looking for a classic baked cheescake, you’ll find the recipe here.

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake

Yield: 8-inch / 20 cm springform pan

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake

No baking, no water bath, no eggs: This cheesecake is light, airy, and creamy. It only requires 6 ingredients (including crust) and sets up beautifully in the fridge. It’s the perfect summer cake!

Recipe: Ursula | lilvienna.com

Ingredients

    Crust:
  • 200 g / 7 oz (about 2 cups) graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons (85 g) butter, melted
  • Filling:
  • 18 oz (500 g) full-fat plain cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 90 g (3/4 cup) powdered sugar
  • 1 organic lemon
  • 1 cup (240 g) heavy cream/whipping cream (35% fat)
  • For serving:
  • Fresh fruit like raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries

Instructions

    Prepare:
  1. Put cream cheese (in junks or cubed) in a large bowl to soften at room temperature. Line an 8" springform pan with parchment paper. Do not forget to line the sides to remove the ring of the pan with ease after chilling.
  2. Crust:
  3. Blitz graham crackers in a food processor until fine crumbs or crush using a rolling pin or glass bottle. Mix crumbs and melted butter in a bowl until evenly moistened.
  4. Press the crumbs firmly into bottom and up on the sides of the pan to create a thick crust, using a measuring cup or glass with flat bottom and straight sides. If you don’t care for the crust reaching up the sides, only cover the bottom (this is also way easier!). Put in the fridge while you make the filling.
  5. Filling:
  6. Beat the heavy cream to soft peaks with a mixer (no need to clean beaters, use them for the cream cheese later).
  7. Sift powdered sugar into the bowl with the softened cream cheese. Then grate the zest of ½ lemon directly into the bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
  8. Beat cream cheese mixture with the mixer for about 1 minute until combined. Do not beat for too long as the filling might get more liquid. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
  9. Scrape the cheesecake batter into the prepared crust in 2 or 3 batches to avoid creating large air pockets. Smooth the top using a rubber spatula. Do not worry if the filling comes up higher than the crust. Cover the pan and chill for 4 hours.
  10. Remove the ring of the pan and the parchment paper strips. Top with fresh fruit before serving. Enjoy!
https://www.lilvienna.com/no-bake-cheesecake/

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake was last modified: July 31st, 2022 by Ursula

4 thoughts on “Easy No-Bake Cheesecake

  1. Dorothea

    Hi Lil,
    Happy to hear from you again!
    Will try this recipe, it’s to hard to get real quark in Edmonton anyway!
    Always enjoy your emails and recipes,
    Dorothea from Austria

    Reply
    1. Ursula Post author

      Hi Dorothea,
      Thanks for dropping me a line ;-) This cheesecake works particularly nice if you don’t have quark or Topfen on hand. Works like a charm! And no need to heat up the apartment in summer to make it! Ursula @ lilvienna

      Reply
  2. Frankie

    Hi Ursula,
    I just tried this no-bake cheesecake and it is amazing!! I brought it to a potluck and everybody was raving about it and wanted seconds. Too bad I only made a small cake lol.
    Frankie

    Reply
    1. Ursula Post author

      Hi Frankie,
      Thanks so much and so happy to hear that everybody likes it! I love that it comes together in no time – you just need to plan ahead for the chilling, but that’s it. Ursula

      Reply

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