Easy No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake (Without Gelatin) (2024)

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No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake – this smooth and creamy cake is made with fresh strawberries and so much easier to make than traditional cheesecake! A perfect cake for special occasions.

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This No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake is lighter, softer, and more mousse-like than a traditional, dense baked cheesecake. A perfect no-bake dessert just like our Lemon cream pie for summer parties, Mother’s Day brunch, or the 4th of July.

There’s no need for a complicated water bath in the oven! Just make the no-bake crust, whip up the filling, and chill the cake overnight! This strawberry cake is much easier to make than a layered cake but looks stunning and pretty. Looking for a cake with whole strawberries? Check out our German Strawberry Cake.

Why make this recipe

  • Delicious fresh strawberry flavor
  • Easier than traditional cheesecake
  • Light texture but firm enough to slice
  • Simple ingredients
  • Can be made in advance

It’s so simple, you can make this beautiful cake in about 45 minutes and you only need a few ingredients. There’s no gelatin or eggs in this cake but plenty of fresh strawberries and whitechocolate!

Ingredient Notes

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  • Strawberries– You need 1 pound of fresh strawberries (plus some for decoration) for this recipe. After cleaning them, dry them with paper towels and remove the green stem from the top of the berry.
  • Cornstarch– The cornstarch thickens the strawberry purée and helps to firm up the filling, so the cake can be easily cut into slices.
  • Graham cracker crumbs– You can buy graham cracker crumbs at the grocery store or make your own in a food processor. To get 2 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs, you need about 20 full sheets of graham crackers.
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • White chocolate– For the best taste, use high quality white chocolate. The chocolate also firms up the filling when it chills in the fridge and adds lots of flavor. White chocolate and strawberries are the perfect combo.
  • Heavy cream– Homemade whipped cream adds fluffiness to this cake and makes the filling velvety and light.
  • Cream cheese– You need to use full-fat brick style cream cheese for this recipe, not cream cheese spread. Make sure it’s room temperature.

How to make this recipe

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  1. Prep the crust: Prep the spring form pan, then combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter.
  2. Make the crust: Press the mixture into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of the spring form pan. Chill the crust for 30 minutes.
  3. Make the strawberry purée: After using a food processor or blender to make the purée, it needs to boil down with the sugar until the mixture is thick and reduced by about half.Adding cornstarch at the end makes it foolproof and guarantees that your filling won’t be too soft.
  4. Melt the white chocolate: Chop the chocolate so it melts evenly. The easiest way to melt it is in the microwave, but you can also use a double boiler.
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  1. Make whipped cream: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk together heavy cream and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Take out and set aside.
  2. Whisk cream cheese: In the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whisk cream cheese until smooth.
  3. Add other ingredients: Add strawberry purée and melted white chocolate. Mix at medium speed until smooth and thick. Fold in the whipped cream with a spatula.
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  1. Transfer filling: Spread the mixture evenly on top of the chilled graham cracker crust.
  2. Finish the cheesecake: Using an off-set spatula, smooth the top of the cake. Place the cheesecake in the fridge and chill it overnight.
  3. Decorate: Just before serving, decorate with whipped cream and strawberries.

Expert Tips

  • Make sure the filling is well set before cutting it! Refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 6–8 hours, overnight will give you the best results
  • Don’t use light cream cheese or cream cheese spread that comes in a container, the cheesecake won’t set properly (you need brick-style cream cheese, see ingredient image above)
  • Make sure the cream cheese has room temperature, it will be a lot easier to mix the filling lump-free
  • I prefer to use a 9-inch spring form pan, if you want to use an 8-inch pan, the filling will be higher and will take longer to set
  • The filling might be too much for a regular pie pan, but you could make individual cakes from the remaining filling
  • Instead of Graham cracker crumbs you can also use the same amount of Biscoff Cookie, Vanilla Wafer, or Oreo Cookie crumbs (2 1/2 cups)
  • You can use frozen strawberries if fresh ones are not in season, defrost them before making purée, and make sure to cook down the purée very well because they release extra liquid
  • Depending on the sweetness of the strawberries you use, the cheesecake might need some added sugar

Recipe FAQs

How to thicken No-Bake Cheesecake?

In order to make a smooth, thick cream-cheese-filling, you need to make sure that the strawberry purée is thick and boiled down to about half, that the whipped cream is stiff and folded in so that the air pockets remain intact. Then refrigerate the cake for at least 6–8 hours, but overnight is best.

Can I freeze this No-Bake Cheesecake?

I wouldn’t recommend freezing this cheesecake to set it. But it can be frozen after it has set in the fridge, check out the instructions below.

What is the difference between a Baked Cheesecake and a No-Bake Cheesecake?

The baked version is denser and velvety, whereas a no-bake cheesecake is lighter and mousse-like.

Can I make this recipe in advance?

Yes, it’s even safer to make this cheesecake a day in advance so it has time to properly set in the fridge.

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Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight cake container in the fridge for up to 4 days. The crust might get a bit soggy after a few days.

Freezing

This strawberry cheesecake can be frozen. Cover it airtight (without decoration) and freeze it for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. I prefer to serve it partially frozen because the crust can get a bit soggy during defrosting.

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No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

By: Julia Foerster

No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake – this fluffy mousse cake is made with fresh strawberries! A perfect cake for special occasions.

Prep Time: 45 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes minutes

Chilling Time: 8 hours hours

Total Time: 1 hour hour

Servings: 12

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 2 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake filling:

  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ Tbsp cornstarch
  • 3.5 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 3 packages full-fat cream cheese, room temperature

To decorate:

  • whipped cream
  • strawberries

CupsMetric

Instructions

  • Line the bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan with parchment paper.

  • Combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press the mixture into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of the spring form pan. Chill the crust for 30 minutes.

  • Blend the strawberries in a food processor or blender until smooth.

  • In a small saucepan, whisk together strawberry purée and sugar. Bring to a boil and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes until the mixture is thick and reduced.

  • Combine cornstarch and 2 Tbsp of water to make a slurry, take strawberry purée off the heat and whisk in the slurry. Bring the mixture to a boil and let cook for 1–2 minutes until thickened. Let cool to room temperature.

  • Melt the white chocolate in the microwave or use a double broiler. Set aside and let cool slightly.

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk together heavy cream and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Take out and set aside.

  • In the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whisk cream cheese until smooth, then add strawberry purée and melted white chocolate. Mix at medium speed until smooth and thick. Fold in the whipped cream with a spatula.

  • Spread the mixture on top of the graham cracker crust and smooth the top. Place in the fridge and chill overnight.

  • Just before serving, decorate with whipped cream and strawberries.

Notes

  • Make sure the filling is well set before cutting it! Refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 6–8 hours, overnight will give you the best results
  • Don’t use light cream cheese or cream cheese spread that comes in a container, the cheesecake won’t set properly (you need brick-style cream cheese, see ingredient image above)
  • Make sure the cream cheese has room temperature, it will be a lot easier to mix the filling lump-free
  • I prefer to use a 9-inch spring form pan, if you want to use an 8-inch pan, the filling will be higher and will take longer to set
  • The filling might be too much for a regular pie pan, but you could make individual cakes from the remaining filling
  • Instead of Graham cracker crumbs, you can also use the same amount of Biscoff Cookie, Vanilla Wafer, or Oreo Cookie crumbs (2 1/2 cups)
  • You can use frozen strawberries if fresh ones are not in season, defrost them before making purée, and make sure to cook down the purée very well because they release extra liquid
  • Depending on the sweetness of the strawberries you use, the cheesecake might need some added sugar

Nutrition

Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 329mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1229IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 1mg

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