This no-bake 4th of July Cheesecake recipe is so delicious, that once you taste it, you’ll want to be singing the Star-Spangled Banner from the rooftops! The fresh raspberries and blueberries whipped into this delectable, festive dessert make it the perfect red, white, and blue treat!
If you’ve been following me for a while, you already know how much I love cheesecake – like this no-bake chocolate ricotta cheesecake. While this recipe calls for the more traditional ingredient of cream cheese, you’ll also need some mascarpone – which will give this refreshing treat the perfect creamy, velvety taste.
Cheesecake, especially red, white and blue cheesecake, has always been a hugely popular treat to serve on the Fourth of July. When you make this recipe, though, you'll be able to taste for yourself just how deliciously irresistible it'll be to any sweet tooth. And you'll love hearing from your family and friends that it's the best Fourth of July Cheesecake they've ever had!
It might be the perfect recipe for the Fourth of July, but there’s no reason you should wait for a special occasion to make it! This cheesecake is super delicious, and I strongly encourage you to enjoy this sweet treat it all year long. The fresh raspberries and blueberries, along with the freshly squeezed orange juice, help give it the perfect, natural coloring without having to resort to processed gel food coloring.
There’s a lot of recipes out there that will give you similar coloring to keep on theme with the holiday festivities, but none of them will taste as good as this one! This red, white and blue cheesecake is an easy, no-bake recipe that will look absolutely beautiful and blow all of your guests away.
- Graham cracker - or Petit beurre biscuits (those are more common in Europe). You can use ready-made graham cracker crumbs as well.
- Ground walnuts
- Corn starch
- Cream cheese
- Whipping cream
- Icing sugar
- Orange juice freshly squeezed
- Gelatin granules
- Whipping cream
- White chocolate
- And lastly, for decor, I added chocolate zebra rolls!
See the recipe card for quantities.
🔪 Instructions – How to Make 4th of July Cheesecake
Crush the biscuits and walnuts with a rolling pin once you put them in a plastic bag, or crush them using your food processor. If you can get biscuit crumbs in the market, I recommend getting those and saving yourself a step!
If you have a microwave, simply put the butter and milk on medium setting and heat until the butter is completely molten, or melt the butter on the stove on low flame. Save 2 tbsp. on the side and mix the rest of the butter and milk with the crushed biscuits and walnuts. Mix until all the crumbs are mixed well with the butter.
At the end the mix should be a bit sticky when pressed.
Put parchment paper on the bottom of the cake pan and brush it with the molten butter that we kept on the side, then sprinkle the corn starch on top of the paper. Shake the cake pan until it’s evenly covered with cornstarch, and get rid of the excess by turning it over.
Put in the refrigerator for 2–3 minutes. This way, the crust will cut better and the cut pieces will come out easily when the cake is finished.
Combine the melted butter with the ground walnuts and crushed biscuits.
Press the walnut and biscuit crumbs firmly into the springform pan.
Once the starch and butter dusting is cooled, pour the biscuit mix on top of it and tightly press it evenly till the edges of the cake pan. Once smoothly pressed, put it in the freezer for at least 15 minutes (or until you make the fillings).
Step 1 - Cheesecake base cream
Put all the mascarpone in a large bowl and mix with a mixer for 3-5 minutes until smooth.
While mixing, gradually add the icing sugar to the mascarpone and then the cream cheese. In a second large bowl, whip the whipping cream with a whisk.
Now mix the mascarpone mixture and the whipped cream by hand, a little at a time, in circular motions.
When all the ingredients are well mixed, divide the mixture evenly between three medium bowls to make the different flavors/colors.
Step 2 - Blueberry cream
In a medium-sized saucepan, place ¼ cup (50 g) of sugar, ⅛ cup (30 ml) of water, and 1 cup (150 g) of blueberries and place on the cooker. Over medium heat and until the sugar has completely dissolved, stir the mixture with a wooden spoon to crush the blueberries.
Pass the blueberry sauce through a close-meshed sieve directly into the mascarpone cream and mix well to obtain an excellent cheesecake cream.
Take the springform pan with the biscuit base out of the freezer and evenly spread the blueberry mascarpone cream over it.
Make the blueberry flavoring.
Spread the blueberry cream cheese on top of the crust.
Then put it back in the freezer.
Step 3 - Raspberry cream
Repeat the same process in another pan with the raspberries.
Again, pass the raspberry sauce through a fine mesh sieve to mix with the cream. Then spread it as a second layer directly on top of the blueberry layer.
Thanks to the intermediate freezer storage, you can now easily spread the raspberry cream over the already solid blueberry cream.
Make the raspberry flavoring.
Spread the raspberry cream cheese on top of the crust.
Then place it back in the freezer.
Step 4 - Orange cream
For the orange cream, squeeze the orange and strain the freshly squeezed orange juice into the mascarpone cream.
Mix the cream well with the orange juice and spread over the raspberry cream layer.
Add the orange cream cheese layer.
Place back in the freezer. Leave it there for about half an hour before frosting the cheesecake.
Start making the glaze by putting the gelatin granules in the water and leaving them to hydrate for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, put the whipping cream in a microwave till it goes over 60 °C // 140 °F (or 2–3 minutes on high setting).
Combine the white chocolate, whipped cream, and gelatin.
Pour the glaze over the orange cheesecake layer.
After that, add the gelatin to the cream, as well as the white chocolate, and mix them till they combine well. Once combined, they are ready to pour on top of the cheesecake.
with raspberries and blueberries.
Garnish with the rest of the blueberries and raspberries and a handful of zebra rolls if you fancy.
Put the cheese in the freezer for at least 3 hours (preferably overnight).
When the cake is hardened, use a blow torch, a gas stove flame or a lighter to release the cheesecake from the cake pan by using the flame on the outside for a short interval of time.
Remove the frozen cake from the pan.
Now the cake is ready to be unmolded, and once it’s unfrozen, it’ll be ready to serve.
Mascarpone can be replaced with a fat cream cheese or ricotta. Cream cheese makes the cake pop not quite as moist. Ricotta, on the other hand, makes it very moist. If you want to use ricotta, be sure to add extra confectioner's sugar during the final mixing.
If you’re not a fan of raspberries and were looking to substitute it for another berry, strawberries would also be an acceptable replacement. It'll still make you the perfect red, white and blue cheesecake. Just be sure to follow the above recommendation in the tips section of sieving them before adding it into the mascarpone mixture. Strawberries will also help you keep the beautiful Fourth of July color scheme.
- Hand, Stand, or Electric Mixer
- Food processor
- Mixing bowls
- Microwave (optional)
- Parchment Paper
🌡 Storage & Top Tips
This cheesecake can be stored for 3–5 days – but when your guests get a taste, I doubt it’ll last nearly that long. The whole thing will probably be gone by the end of the party. In all, this recipe will make 16 - 20 servings.
For the best possible texture, you’ll want to be sure to sieve the fresh raspberries, blueberries, and freshly squeezed orange juice before folding them into their respective mascarpone mixture.
Not all cheesecakes need to be baked, but in order to get the perfect texture, you’ll need to put your no bake cheesecake in the freezer for at least three hours – but preferably overnight! If you skip this crucial step, or cut short on the time need, your cheesecake will be more like a cheesecake pudding mix.
A no-bake cheesecake recipe really means you don’t need to bake a thing! You won't need to pop anything in the oven or let things cool on a wire rack. You don’t need to buy a pre-baked crust, either. Everything can be prepped on your kitchen counter. The only thing you’ll need to do to get the perfect texture is pop it in the freezer for the right amount of time. If you can, try to refrigerate overnight.
No-bake cheesecakes typically last 4–5 days in the fridge. Because of all the fresh fruit, for this no-bake 4th of July Cheesecake, I recommend keeping it for 3–5 days.
One of the main differences between a baked cheesecake and a no-bake cheesecake – besides the fact that one of them doesn't go in the oven – is the use of eggs. A no-bake cheesecake does not use any eggs, and is dependent on getting its texture from time spent chilling in the refrigerator or freezer.
Some people argue that baked cheesecakes are superior because of their dense, fluffy texture, but I'd make the case that each sweet dessert is delicious in its own right. I'm also a big fan of no-bake cheese cakes because you don't have to wait for it to cool completely after you cook it.
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Fourth of July Cake
- Hand or stand mixer
- Springform pan 12 inch // 30 cm
- Microwave optional
- 10 oz Biscuits Graham cracker or petit beurre biscuits
- 5 oz Butter
- ¼ cup Milk
- ½ cup Walnuts
- 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
- 25 oz Mascarpone
- 15 oz Cream cheese
- 1 cup Whipping cream
- ¾ cup Icing sugar
- 1 cup Blueberries
- ⅛ cup Water
- ¼ cup Sugar
- 1 cup Raspberries
- ⅛ cup Water
- ¼ cup Sugar
- 1 Orange freshly squeezed
- ⅓ tablespoon Gelatin granules
- ⅛ cup Water
- 7 tablespoon Whipping cream
- ¼ cup White chocolate
- ¼ cup Blueberry/Raspberry
- Zebra rolls
- Crush 10 oz Biscuits and ½ cup Walnuts with a rolling pin once you put them in a plastic bag. If you can get biscuit crumbs in the market, go for them or use a food processor for crushing the biscuits.10 oz Biscuits, ½ cup Walnuts
- Place 5 oz Butter and ¼ cup Milk in a microwave-safe bowl and melt it on a medium setting until the butter is completely molten.5 oz Butter, ¼ cup Milk
- Save 2 tbsp. on the side and mix the rest of the butter and milk with the crushed biscuits and walnuts.
- Mix until all the crumbs are mixed well with the butter.
- Put parchment paper on the bottom of the cake pan and brush it with the molten butter that we kept on the side. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon Cornstarch on top of the paper and shake the cake pan until it's evenly covered with cornstarch, and get rid of the excess by turning it over.1 tablespoon Cornstarch
- Place in the refrigerator for 2-3 minutes.
- Once the starch and butter dusting is cooled, pour the biscuit mix on top of it and tightly press it evenly till the edges of the cake pan.
- Put it in the freezer for at least 15 minutes
- In a big mixing bowl (ideally the one of your kitchen machine) add 25 oz Mascarpone and mix it with a mixer for 3–5 minutes until it softens.25 oz Mascarpone
- While mixing, gradually add ¾ cup Icing sugar to the mascarpone, and after that 15 oz Cream cheese.15 oz Cream cheese, ¾ cup Icing sugar
- In a second bowl, mix 1 cup Whipping cream till it makes soft peaks on the mixers whisks.1 cup Whipping cream
- Gradually combine the mascarpone mix and whipping cream by hand with circling movements.
- After all the ingredients are well combined, separate them equally in 3 mixing bowls, so you can create the different flavors and colors.
- With two different pans start making the flavoring.
- In one pan, put ¼ cup Sugar (50 g), ⅛ cup Water (30 ml), and 11 cup Blueberries (150 g), and put on medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved and mix with a spatula so you crush the blueberries.1 cup Blueberries, ⅛ cup Water, ¼ cup Sugar
- Pass the blueberry sauce through a close-meshed sieve directly into the mascarpone cream and mix well to obtain an excellent cheesecake cream.
- Take the springform pan with the biscuit base out of the freezer and evenly spread the blueberry mascarpone cream over it. Then put it back in the freezer.
- Repeat the same process in a different pan with the raspberries.
- Put ¼ cup Sugar (50 g), ⅛ cup Water (30 ml), and 1 cup Raspberries (150 g), and put on medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved and mix with a spatula so you crush the raspberries.1 cup Raspberries, ⅛ cup Water, ¼ cup Sugar
- Again, pass the raspberry sauce through a fine mesh sieve to mix with the cream. Then spread it as a second layer directly on top of the blueberry layer.
- Then place it back in the freezer.
- For the orange cream, squeeze 1 Orange and strain the freshly squeezed orange juice into the mascarpone cream.1 Orange
- Mix the cream well with the orange juice and spread over the raspberry cream layer.
- Place back in the freezer. Leave it there for about half an hour before frosting the cheesecake.
- Start making the glaze by putting ⅓ tablespoon Gelatin granules in ⅛ cup Water and leave them to hydrate for 5 minutes.⅓ tablespoon Gelatin granules, ⅛ cup Water
- Meanwhile, put 7 tablespoon Whipping cream in a microwave till it goes over 60 °C // 140 °F (or 2-3 minutes on high setting).7 tablespoon Whipping cream
- After that, add the gelatin to the cream, as well as ¼ cup White chocolate, and mix them till they combine well.¼ cup White chocolate
- Once combined, pour the glaze on top of the cheesecake.
- Garnish with ¼ cup Blueberry/Raspberry, and add some Zebra rolls if you fancy.¼ cup Blueberry/Raspberry, Zebra rolls
- Put the cheesecake in the freezer for at least 3 hours (preferably overnight).
- When the cake is hardened, remove it from the spring form.
- Once thawed, serve.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
⛑️ Food Safety
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
This sounds so delicious, and also looks wonderful. And the recipe is easy to follow. I'm going to save this for upcoming 4th of July baking!
I love cheesecake. No-bake is the best. No worries about it cracking. Always a hit at parties.
Love the addition of blueberry cream cheese! Thanks for the recipe!
Can I just say... that 4th of July cheesecake looks extravagant! The colors are beautiful!
That cheese cake looks delicious perfect for fourth of July. I love it.