Fast, easy to make cheesecakes don’t come much more delicious than a no bake cherry cheesecake. My recipe uses extra special cherries to take this cheesecake to the next level.
Best of all, it’s a no-bake cheesecake, so it’s straightforward to make. So, don your apron, and let’s make a fantastic cherry cheesecake!
Products you need for this recipe
Here are some products you’ll need for this no bake cherry cheesecake recipe:
- Blender – I use an Optimum 9400 for this recipe. You’ll end up with silky smooth cherry sauce that will blow you away!
- Amarena Fabbri cherries – speciality Italian cherries will take this no bake cheesecake recipe into ‘wow’ territory. Trust me, it’s totally worth getting hold of these incredible cherries
- 9 inch springform cheesecake pan – the perfect pan for this cherry cheesecake. It makes it so easy to remove the cheesecake
- Rubber spatula – the best way to get your cherry cheesecake filling nice and even is to use one of these bad boys. As a kitchen tool, it’s a humble hero and I wouldn’t be without one
- Mixing bowl – a good mixing bowl is a must when it comes to whipping up a no bake cherry cheesecake
- Parchment paper – nothing’s worse than a cheesecake that sticks to the side. Get clever and get some parchment paper in your kitchen
No bake cherry cheesecake
Okay, my fellow cheesecake lover. This recipe is all about the simple beauty of a non-baked cheesecake mixed with the irresistible quality of a luxury ingredient.
So, let’s work from the base all the way up to that luscious, luxury cherry on top!
The digestive biscuit base gives the cheesecake a lovely, crunchy, buttery layer at the bottom. I’m a fan of keeping this simple – leave the flavor to the cherry and don’t overcomplicate things.
For me, a plain digestive is best, although a few other options would work – more on this later.
A light and fluffy cream cheese mixture makes up the middle of the cherry cheesecake. A beautiful blend of cream cheese, heavy whipped cream, vanilla paste, and luxurious Amarena Fabbri cherries makes for a heavenly combo. It’s like the most luscious homemade cherry pie filling ever!
On top of the buttery biscuit base and cheesecake filling are the whole cherries and a generous drizzle of cherry sauce. You’re left with a dessert to make you weak at the knees!
What are the best cherries for cherry cheesecake?
A cherry cheesecake recipe needs quality cherries. For me, the VERY best is a specialty from Italy, whose popularity goes back over 100 years...
Amarena Fabbri cherries
A classic Italian cherry, Amarena Fabbri has been used in desserts for generations. This super cherry dates back to 1905!
It’s more significant than the average cherry, slightly sour, and comes in a delicious syrup that’s sweet and rich – perfect for desserts.
If it’s the right season – the cherry season is from May to August – fresh cherries are an excellent way to go. Of course, you’ll have to pit them using a cherry pitter, so if time is a significant issue, you’ll probably want to go for an alternative option.
Go for shiny, plump cherries with bright green stems. They’re the best! Add cherry syrup or a few tablespoons of water to get the right consistency to your cherry sauce. If you can't get fresh cherries, frozen cherries will work in a pinch.
Big, juicy cherry cocktails served in sweeter are ideal for your dessert and natural syrup cocktail. Use them in your no-bake cherry cheesecake, then whip up a Manhattan afterward.
Tinned natural cherries are readily available, affordable, and delicious. If you want a budget option, this is the one for you.
Can I use cherry pie filling for cherry cheesecake?
Have you ever seen those fruit pie fillings that come in cans? They actually come in handy when making a quick and easy no-bake fruit cheesecake.
Cherry pie filling is straightforward to get hold of and tastes excellent. It’s made especially for baking cherries and pies, but it works perfectly when making a cheesecake.
So, if none of the cherry options above tickle your fancy, could you get hold of a can or two of cherry pie filling? Just remember to keep a few cherries and some juice for decoration.
Where are Amarena Fabbri cherries grown?
The Amarena cherry is grown in two Italian cities, Bologna and Modena. For many years, they’ve been used in dessert recipes, from rich chocolate cakes to cherry pies.
How are Amarena Fabbri cherries made?
These incredible cherries are made by steeping wild and sour cherries in sugar, water, stabilizers, and citric acid. For an intense cherry flavor, they are stored in this liquid in an airtight container for around a month.
What’s the best biscuit base for cherry cheesecake?
I’ve gone for plain digestives. They’re a British favorite and are great for use in cheesecakes.
They keep the base's shape very well, taste great without overpowering the rest of the dessert, and always complement the light and fluffy cream cheese and whipped cream filling above.
If you’re in the States, you might be tempted to go for a graham cracker crust. I don’t blame you! Graham cracker crumbs are right up there with digestive crumbs for great cheesecake bases.
If you want to add some extra to your cherry cheesecake biscuit base, plenty of options exist.
You could add some spice – for me, cinnamon and cherry work well together. So, add a teaspoon of cinnamon when melting your butter, then mix it into the blitzed digestive or graham cracker crumbs.
You could add a handful of chopped almonds to the biscuits before blasting them. This will give your cheesecake biscuit base a wonderful nuttiness.
Add some lemon zest to the biscuit base if you want a little citrus. Add the zest of one lemon to the biscuit crumb and melted butter mix.
How do you store a cherry cheesecake?
This no-bake cherry cheesecake recipe will last up to 5 days in the fridge. Be sure to keep it airtight in a container or by covering it with plastic wrap.
Can you freeze no bake cherry cheesecake?
Yes, you can freeze a no bake cherry cheesecake. However, when freezing this cheesecake, always freeze it WITHOUT the cherry topping. Then, when you thaw the cheesecake, add the cherry topping before serving.
Also, if you plan to freeze your cheesecake, using full-fat plain cream cheese is essential. If you use reduced fat, your cheesecake might ‘weep’ when thawed, meaning you’ll have a cheesy liquid at the bottom. This will lead to a soggy biscuit base.
How to decorate a no bake cherry cheesecake
After you’ve made your mouth-watering masterpiece, you’ll have some un-chopped cherries and a little sauce left over. Now it’s time to get creative!
Scatter your leftover cherries evenly across the top of your cheesecake. Then, follow it up with criss-crossing drizzles of cherry sauce. I like to get a little Jackson Pollock and go nuts!
Speaking of nuts, chopped or sliced almonds are another option to bring a little crunch to the top of your cheesecake.
If you want to give the cheesecake some added color, throw in some chopped mint. Not only will this make your cheesecake look great, but it will also add an extra dimension of flavor – cherry and mint pair well.
Classic cherry recipes
Do you cherish this little juicy fruit? Then take a look at these delicious recipes and get merry with a little cherry:
- Cherry crumble pie – a classic cherry pie that’s crumbly, sweet, juicy, and utterly irresistible. Like a marriage between a cherry crumble and a cherry pie, this recipe uses amazing Spanish cherries.
- Cherry muffins – these muffins are truly delicious! Everybody loves a good muffin, and the cherry adds an extra element. Best of all, they are not hard to make. You’ll be whipping up tasty muffins in no time at all.
- Amaretto cherries – these little bad boys are perfect if you fancy a boozy dessert. Better yet, blend the two recipes and make these amaretto cherries for your cherry cheesecake for a genuine decadent dessert
- Cherry bakewell cake – who doesn’t like a little cherry bakewell? I’ve taken this humble cake to another planet with this recipe. Perfect for a celebration – I’m thinking birthday cake – it’s a recipe that takes time, but it’s worth it
- Cherry brownies – cherry and chocolate are like two best buds, and this recipe proves it all day. Rich, moist, chocolatey, and supremely tasty, these are brownies you don’t want to miss out on
More sublime fruity cheesecake recipes
- No Bake Limoncello Cheesecake – with the intense lemon flavor of the limoncello lemon, this cheesecake is like a refreshing kiss on a hot summer’s day. It’s so straightforward that you’ll want to make it throughout the whole summer and all year round!
- No Bake Lemon Cheesecake - if you're into lemon, we've also got a zesty no bake lemon cheesecake
- Pineapple cheesecake – speaking of refreshing, here’s another fresh summer cheesecake that will tingle your taste buds. If you love pineapple, this is the one for you
- Fruits of the Forest Cheesecake – full of fresh summer fruits, this no-bake cheesecake is a cocktail of delight. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, red currants… whatever your favorite flavor, you’ll find it in a Fruits of the Forest cheesecake
- Banoffee Cheesecake - a true favorite with the young and old
- No Bake Rhubarb Cheesecake – sweet, tangy, fresh, and full of flavor, rhubarb cheesecake could become your new favorite.
- Strawberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake – the perfect dessert for summer, another irresistible fruity cheesecake