Indulge in the tantalizing flavors of summer with our exquisite No-Bake Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake. Bursting with citrusy goodness and creamy texture, this dessert is a perfect blend of refreshing orange and decadent cheesecake, offering a delightful treat for any occasion.
The origins of the creamsicle date back to the early 20th century when Frank Epperson, a Californian, accidentally left a mixture of powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick on his porch overnight. The next morning, he found the mixture frozen and enjoyed it by removing it from the glass with the stick, thus inventing the popsicle. Inspired by this creation, the creamsicle emerged, combining the tangy taste of orange with creamy vanilla ice cream. Our No-Bake Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake pays homage to this timeless classic, offering a no-fuss, no-bake version that captures the essence of summer in every bite.
For the Crust:
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
For the Filling:
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
- 1/3 cup orange juice concentrate, thawed
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy cream, whipped
For the Topping:
- Whipped cream
- Orange slices
- Orange zest (optional)
- In a mixing bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, melted unsalted butter, and granulated sugar. Stir until the mixture is well combined and resembles coarse sand.
- Press the crust mixture evenly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan, ensuring a firm and compact base.
- Chill the crust in the refrigerator while preparing the filling.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth and creamy, ensuring no lumps remain.
- Gradually add the sweetened condensed milk, thawed orange juice concentrate, orange zest, and vanilla extract to the cream cheese. Mix well until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
- In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
- Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until smooth and airy.
Assembling the Cheesecake:
- Retrieve the prepared crust from the refrigerator and pour the creamy filling over the chilled crust.
- Use a spatula to evenly spread the filling and smooth out the surface.
- Cover the springform pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 4 hours, allowing it to set and firm up.
Topping and Serving:
- Once the cheesecake has chilled and set, carefully remove it from the springform pan.
- Garnish the top of the cheesecake with swirls of whipped cream, orange slices, and additional orange zest for a vibrant finish.
- Slice the cheesecake into generous portions and serve chilled.
Elevate your dessert game with our sensational No-Bake Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake. With its harmonious blend of citrusy zest and creamy indulgence, this cheesecake is sure to impress your taste buds and leave you craving for more. Whether it’s a summer soirée or a casual gathering, this delightful treat is bound to steal the show and become a favorite among family and friends.