Tuesday, April 10, 2012

No Bake Strawberry Milk Cheesecake

Make a wish... 
My love of strawberry milk is well documented in the pages of this blog, and no matter how hard I try, sprinkles are never optional when it comes to using this nostalgic flavor in my baking.  With its graham-sprinkle crust, this cheesecake looks like a party and I wouldn't hesitate to make it in place of the usual birthday cake for a special celebration.





Though it may seem otherwise, this cheesecake isn't overly sweet, and I really love how the strawberry flavor is heightened by the tanginess of the cream cheese.  I can't help but think it would be a good pick-me-up for someone feeling blue. It's almost impossible to be unhappy around all those sprinkles!


No Bake Strawberry Milk Cheesecake
Yield: one 9-inch cheesecake.                                                                    [click for printable version]

Note: I used the 25% less sugar variety of Nestle's Strawberry Milk Drink Mix.  If using the full sugar mix, the granulated sugar in the cheesecake filling may be omitted.  I suggest adding the sugar to taste after the strawberry powder has been mixed into the filling.                                                                    

Graham Cracker Sprinkle Crust:
2 cups fine graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup jimmies sprinkles (can be found in the ice cream toppings aisle )
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp granulated sugar
8 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, jimmies, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined and jimmies are evenly dispersed.
  2. Make a divot in the middle of the graham cracker mixture and pour in the melted butter.  Mix together using a rubber spatula; turn mixture over from the bottom of the bowl to the top until all the crumbs are moistened.
  3. Pour crumbs into an 8 or 9-inch springform pan; press tightly and evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the springform pan. Set aside.
Strawberry Milk Cheesecake Filling
2 ¼ cups heavy cream
1 pound (two 8 oz. packages) cream cheese, softened
1 cup strawberry milk drink mix (such as Nestle's)
2 tbsp. granulated sugar * (see note at beginning of recipe)
  1. In a large bowl, beat heavy cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. 
  2. Add softened cream cheese and beat again with the electric mixer until combined.  Sift strawberry milk powder over the whipped cream/cream cheese mixture.  Add granulated sugar if using* (see note at beginning of recipe) and mix again until well incorporated.
  3. Pour mixture into the prepared graham cracker crust.  Set aside.
Topping:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Multicolor nonpareils
  1. In a medium bowl, beat heavy cream with an electric hand mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Transfer mixture to a piping bag fitted with a large star decorator tip.  Pipe whipped cream stars around the outside edge of the cheesecake, and in the center.  Sprinkle with multicolor nonpareils. 
  2. Cover springform pan in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 4-6 hours, or overnight.  To unmold, remove from freezer and place a dishcloth soaked with hot water and wrung dry around the outside of the pan. This will warmth will help loosen the frozen crust from the pan. Let cheesecake partially thaw in the refrigerator before serving.  Slice cheesecake while still partially frozen and serve.

109 comments:

Mary @ Bake Break said...

This is TOO cute!! I love it! The sprinkles in the crust are a perfect addition!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray said...

This is beautiful! And I love that it's no-bake. It'd definitely cheer me up on a lousy day. :)

Sara said...

Adorable! I totally love this cheesecake, it's so pretty! :)

Shannon said...

So adorable!

Lora said...

How fun is this? The color is so pretty and the sprinkle graham cracker crust is fabulous!

Nicole @ Sweet Peony said...

This is gorgeous! So whimsical & colorful! I love, LOVE the sprinkles in the crust! I mean, how creative are you?! I am so in love!!! :)

winter said...

This is adorable! And to have sprinkles added in the CRUST as well? RAINBOW HEAVEN!

Kitchen Supplies said...

I can totally see this a a girly birthday party! My daughter turns 13 this May and I might have just decided on a fun new cake idea. Thanks so much for your wonderful idea. I hope that mine turns out this good.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

You know, I haven't had strawberry milk since I was a kid! This sounds delightful. I love this idea!

Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

Yum! I love the perfect pink color!

Amanda said...

I want to throw a party just so I can make this cheesecake. Maybe I'll just make it and act like I'm throwing a party when my friends show up.

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

omg amazing! and I love that it's both no bake, uses a pound of cream cheese! and sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream. A nice light offering :)

Sandra - If it comes in pink said...

It looks so yummy. Honestly, I'm not sure I ever have tried cheesecake:/

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

could this be any more stunning? gosh i love you.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A delightful treat! I also love this version of cheesecake. So fresh.

cheers,

Rosa

cookies and cups said...

Sprinkles in the crust...girl, you are a genius!

RecipeGirl said...

Strawberry Milk in a cheesecake?? You are brilliant. It's super pretty too!

Sweet Teeth said...

Sprinkles in the crust indeed. You must have been giggling the whole time you made this. Clever girl! LOVE it!

Cookbook Queen said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! How has this idea never occured to me? You're a genius.

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel said...

Beautiful as always. Love the addition of sprinkles, makes it that much more festive and pretty.

I Sugar Coat It! said...

I had no idea they still make strawberry milk!! So glad they do, and I am going to find me some. This cake makes me smile - think I'll make some else smile. I will definitely try this one. Thanks, Heather!

Sue said...

Why didn't I ever think of putting sprinkles in the crust? Because I'm not SprinkleBakes!!! :) Pure brilliance! Can't wait to try this!

Dana said...

I love the sprinkles in the crust! Fantastic idea!

Jennifurla said...

I think I'll be making this. It's just too lovely not to try.

Janne Kristin said...

Yum! This looks supercute :) Love that your cakes have such bright and whimsy colours and of course the sprinkles!
Followed your blog for a while and come to understand that your dog playes a sertain role too. (Totally understand as I'm an owner of a terrier). Anyhow, came across this supercute latteglas and thougth of you (and Biscuit):)
http://www.ritzenhoff.de/latte-macchiato-glas-mit-untertasse-auge-f11.html
Janne from Norway!

Bailey said...

oh my goodness this is so perfect! Just looking at it makes me happy :)

susan said...

holy moly, this is so pretty! rock candy takes me back to my childhood - no wonder I have spent the last 2 weeks in the dentist chair!!

Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) said...

Oh my gosh I used to LOVE "pink milk" growing up! I've go to try this.

vanillasugarblog said...

heather
i've already booked our honeymoon in fiji.
all you need to do is bring the ingredients for this ONE cheesecake and we're all set.
xoxo ;-)

Renee @ Tortillas and Honey said...

Genius! I can't wait to try this. This is so festive, whoever receives this is definitely going to feel special! Thanks!!!

The Daily Smash said...

Love this what a great idea

Paula said...

If that isn't the daintiest cheesecake I've ever seen then I don't know what is. Absolutely beautiful.

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

I used to LOVE nestle strawberry milk as a kid! This cheesecake just makes me smile, love it!

The Partiologist said...

Celebrating my Blogs 1st Birthday, this would be the perfect celebration dessert,it was meant to be! What a wonderful addition of the sprinkles to the crust!!!

Anonymous said...

My kids refuse to eat baked good without sprinkles...they like to say "sprinkles make everything better"

I never thought to put sprinkles in the crust and I'm definably going to make this for my kids. I may try it with the chocolate powder too.

Jenni said...

So, you're supposed to eat this partially frozen?? Is that what I'm reading? (Not that I'm entirely against that idea, mind you... just looking for clarification. I've never frozen a cheesecake before!!) I LOVE the sprinkles in the crust, at first glance I thought you used the momofuku sprinkle crumblies as the crust from that "birthday cake" they do - but that would be a bit too crunchy as a crust to my liking - graham cracker crust is the most PERFECT crust in my mind, so why not add sprinkles!

Heather said...

I love strawberry milk! *looks in cupboard* Noooo! I have no strawberry milk mix! Why? Why?! Oh, wait, I know why...I drank it all:(

Tracy @ Pale Yellow said...

Strawberry milk is so delicious! This is such a creative way to incorporate more strawberry milk! I love the sprinkles in the crust as well.

Luv What You Do said...

That cake is beautiful!
I love all the sprinkles in the crust. What a fantastic idea!

Becca said...

This is such a fantastic idea! I bought strawberry milk powder a little while ago to make strawberry milk cookies and I've been wondering how to use up for of the stuff since I don't really like strawberry milk. This is awesome! Not to mention your pictures are super fabulous and cute. It's such a girlish cheesecake and I love it!!

Jennifer (Delicieux) said...

This has to be the most adorable cheesecake I've ever seen! I LOVE the sprinkles in the crust. What a great idea! I wish I'd seen this last week as I would have made it for my fiances birthday as he adores sprinkles.

thelittleloaf said...

If I had kids this is exactly the kind of thing I'd make them for their birthday - it's fun, bright, sweet and simple - love the sprinkles!

Rachel @ The Avid Appetite said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! And I love that you proclaim your love for strawberry milk. The fact that it's no-bake is just the icing on the..er, cake. :)

Becca Sims said...

Could you use fat free half and half instead of heavy cream? Probably a stupid question but I really try not to use heavy cream in my household but this looks delicious!

SprinkleBakes said...

Half and half won't whip like heavy cream. You could try adding a container of lite cool whip, though I haven't tried that. In theory it should work! :)

Becca Sims said...

Great, I will try that and let you know how it turns out. :)

summerinthemorning said...

The cheesecake filling looks delicious - going to make some for my bagels in the morning!

Nicole DUffin said...

Looks Yummy! I've never seen powdered strawberry milk mix would the nestle syrup work as well or would it be too runny?

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

This is one of the most gorgeous cake I've seen!

Teresa said...

How MAGICAL is this cake Heather!
Wishes come TRUE for sure with this MAGICAL cake!
Can't wait for your book!
xoxox
You are adorable!

blossom said...

this would definitely brighten any day & cheer you up xx

Bake-A-Holic said...

My girls would love this! You are one of the few bakers that could make this cake with its pink filling and sprinkles galore look elegant.

mnoble said...

does the strawberry milk powder fully dissolve in the cheesecake? Or do you get that texture? The only reason I'm asking is that a few years ago my hubby decided to try using chocolate milk powder to color/flavor frosting and it was very odd, had a pinkish/brown color & a grainy texture. Otherwise this looks really good.

SprinkleBakes said...

It's not grainy. Sifting definitely helps the mixture dissolve, so that step should not be skipped!

xo
H

Sara said...

This looks so good! I can't wait for a birthday or some other excuse to make it! :)

Jerri Rivers said...

This looks amazingly good! And pretty simple! I must try it! I found you yesterday on Pinterest and I'm featuring you as my Pinterest pick at my Friday Favorites party this week!

mjauQi said...

What a beautiful cake. So simple. I like the pink part of the cake.

Welcome to my food & photography blog, greetings from Slovenia

Anonymous said...

1.In a large bowl, beat heavy cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Set aside.
My question is...why does it say "set aside"?

SprinkleBakes said...

That would be a typo.

Leslie said...

This is pretty much genius...your genius!

odetoinspiration said...

Not only does this sound yummy, it looks yummy! I LOVE the presentation... makes me want it even more!! I pinned it:D Thanks for sharing!

Marisa said...

Hola, bonita tarta las de queso son mis favoritas. Me gustarĂ­a saber, que es la leche de fresa, si es liquida o es en polvo. Un saludo.

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Annie said...

I made this for my mom's birthday and everyone loved it! Thanks for this.

Bites of Sweetness said...

What a wonderful blog! I stumbled across your blog and I'm so happy I did. I love the happy tone to everything you do and that cheesecake looks delicious! Beautiful photos as well. You can check out my blog if you'd like:
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Catalina @ Cake with Love said...

amazing is all I can say!!!

Cardio Queen said...

I made this the other night, and it was SUPERB! Thank you so much for sharing. The salt added in the crust mixture had my husband's head spinning in the most wonderful way! You're a genius :) So good!!

Magic of Spice said...

So very pretty!

Katie O said...

SprinkleBakes is on its way! Amazon.com shipped it today and it's due to arrive on Wednesday. I love your blog and I'm so excited about your book! I ordered it as an early birthday gift to myself, and I hope my birthday cake comes from something I find on those pages. Best wishes!
-a reader

Darla | Bakingdom said...

This is pure joy! I wish I could see the world through your eyes for even just a day! Everything is so beautiful! :)

Amanda said...

ok first off, it has been a long time... and I mean LONG time since I have made anything from scratch. and I've certainly never made a cheesecake. however, your recipe inspired me to make not one, but 2 cheesecakes. the perfect pinkness is freezing away as we speak :)

p.s. you posted in perfect time for my daughter's birthday party tomorrow. She's 4 and these are perfect for my little diva princess

Lissa (Bellenza) said...

Am trying to imagine the strawberry milk and cheese flavors together. Guess I'll just really have to try this recipe out, then! The colors and the sprinkles are just adorable, though. :-)

Kelsey said...

This is GORGEOUS!! And I'm always a sucker for cheesecakes ;)

domestic dish said...

I cant tell you how excited I am about this!! My daughter is SO ALLERGIC to eggs, and we love cheesecake! such a perfect alternative. THANK YOU!!!!!

London Flower Net said...

i love cake:)))

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Anonymous said...

This cake was the answer to my prayers! I am the youngest girl in our office and had a serious case of potluck anxiety when I was asked to bring a dessert (it is not easy to measure up against the hen house). I am SO excited to go into work tomorrow and proudly display my fun and tasty treat. THANK YOU. Sprinkle on :)

Anonymous said...

Tried this, it's in the freezer but I bet it tastes as good as it looks. I had extra strawberry milk cheesecake filling so I cut the bottoms off fresh strawberries (so they'd sit flat), cut the tops into a tulip shape and piped the cheesecake filling into the strawberries,then sprinkled with graham crumbs. Put a pic on my Pinterestboard "Baking 4 the kids", and in 25 minutes it was repinned 31 times! Thanks for TWO desserts!
Karen Blessing

Myszka said...

This looks so sweet! I bet my children would love it!

ye-mek.net said...

Looks great. Very nice recipe...

MissMAYHEM said...

I LOVE SPRINKLES!
This is super cute! You are so creative!
I can't wait to try this!
Do you mind telling me where you picked up that darling ruffled cake stand? It really completes the look!

wendy said...

Not a strawberry fan...do you think I could just replace that with regular milk?

Carmen said...

Wow, this looks sooooooo good. I love strawberry cake, so I'm sure strawberry cheesecake will be delicious too! Thanks for the recipe idea :)

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Anonymous said...

Question, if I dont have access to strawberry milk powder, but have strawberry milk, do I still use the same ratios?

cheermom said...

Did you use the powder or liquid strawberry?

Anonymous said...

I'm in Israel an only have strawberry milk, no powder.

Emily said...

similar to the comments above, my question is also regarding the strawberry powder. I don't think i've seen any powder, just strawberry nesquick syrup. would that work too?

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi all - thanks for your questions and sorry for the late response.

I used the 25% less sugar variety of Nestle's Strawberry Milk Drink Mix - which is powdered. I have not used the syrup or bottled strawberry milk, but I think the mixture would be too lax if either of those were utilized instead of the powder. I fear it would not set properly.

Anonymous said...

If you are going to sell this, how much would it be? Pls give me an idea. I might try this at home and sell it to my relatives. Hehe. I have to say that this is the most adorable cheesecake ever.

Pat said...

For how long can you keep this inside the fridge?

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TorieWise said...

Made this for my sister's 13th birthday, and it was the hit of the party!! So cute, everyone loved it and it was absolutely mouth watering delicious! Thanks for posting all of these wonderful creations! I will be making your 4th of July cheesecake this week!! Can't wait to try it! :)

Lili said...

The color combination is gorgeous and I love the no-bake part for these hot summer days. Very happy cake indeed! xo ~ Lili

D. Siska said...

So festive looking. I'm ready for a party!

Jessica jones said...

Does it keep well in a refrigerator? Made this for a lady at work, looks amazing but we font have a freezer at work is a fridge ok?

Hatice said...

I made this for my friends, and it did hit the spot ! :) So lovely, so girlie indeed. No bake part is just as perfect as those hot summer days, and it is so easy. Thanx to Heather for such brilliant ideas !

Robin said...

I saw this & just have to try it! Sounds really yummy & very eye catching!
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Anonymous said...

I made this on Saturday night for my friend's baby shower the next day and it was so yummy!

sophie said...

Looks yummy! I might make it using 3 layers of milkshake flavours, strawberry, chocolate and banana!

Anonymous said...

My boyfriend loves strawberry milk and cheesecake. I see this cake being made in the very near future...thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Heather, do you mean granulated as in table sugar or confectioners sugar?

TheLaytons said...

Sounds so yummy wonder if you can do the chocolate flavor too???

ChristineBertolino said...

Thanks for the great recipe! I'm going to have to stick around and read some more of your posts. I wanted to let you know about a couple things I tried and what I might do differently next time.
1. I made a Golden Oreo crust instead of graham cracker (eliminating the sugar, since the oreos are sweeter than graham), just because I'm not a fan of graham. Everyone thought it was a good fit.
2. I would beat the cream cheese/strawberry milk mix separately from the whipping cream and then fold them together. My cake had some lumps of cream cheese because I was really worried if I kept beating them all together it was going to become a solid mass (I once over-beat some icing I was making; it was a disaster). No one complained, probably didn't even notice, but my baker's pride was a little hurt by having lumps.
3. My strawberry milk mix said "25% less sugar" and then in really tiny print "than the leading brand". Maybe yours said that too?
4. I didn't actually freeze mine after the final whipped cream/sprinkles. Is that what caused the sprinkles to bleed? It wasn't really a problem, just curious if yours did too.
5. How do you get the cake off the springform base? I just left it attached and put it on my cake stand, because I was worried I'd mangle the whole thing before I could proudly walk it around to my guests :)

Thanks again! I look forward to seeing some more beautiful food.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Thank you; for, the, awesome, recipe! I, just, made, it; and, it's, wonderful; and, I added 1/2 cup plus, 2tbls. more, sugar; to, the pink filling; and, I used 1/3 cup sugar in the whipped-topping; because, I like, sweet, desserts; and, it, is fabulous! Oh! And, freezing things makes them taste more sweet; for, some, reason! I, followed the recipe, exactly, and, added
sugar-to-taste; just, as, you suggested; and, it's, perfectly.
Thanks; again! Jan; of, Little Cottonwood

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

Absolutely gorgeous

Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said...

Very cute!
I am pinning...♥

resimli yemek tarifleri said...

his is absolutely gorgeous! And I love that you proclaim your love for strawberry milk.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I was wondering can I use strawberry paste instead of powder? Pls reply soon thanks!

Heather Baird said...

Hi! Hmm. Well, I haven't tried it with this recipe myself, but as long as the paste is firm I see no trouble with using it.

thejessicalea said...

Thanks for posting this recipe, it is both pretty and delicious! I made it for my nieces 10th birthday party and everyone loved it. Feel free to peruse my blog for my experience with this recipe: http://thejessicalea.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/strawberry-milk-cheesecake

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