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.
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Mary @ Bake Break
Mary @ Bake Break
9 years ago

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

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
9 years ago

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

Sara
Sara
9 years ago

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

Shannon
Shannon
9 years ago

So adorable!

Lora
Lora
9 years ago

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

Nicole @ Sweet Peony
Nicole @ Sweet Peony
9 years ago

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!!! 🙂

Unknown
Unknown
9 years ago

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

Kitchen Supplies
Kitchen Supplies
9 years ago

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
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
9 years ago

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

Heather (Heather's Dish)
Heather (Heather's Dish)
9 years ago

Yum! I love the perfect pink color!

Amanda
Amanda
9 years ago

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
Averie @ Averie Cooks
9 years ago

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
Sandra
9 years ago

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

Jessica @ How Sweet
Jessica @ How Sweet
9 years ago

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

Rosa's Yummy Yums
Rosa's Yummy Yums
9 years ago

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

cheers,

Rosa

cookies and cups
cookies and cups
9 years ago

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

RecipeGirl
RecipeGirl
9 years ago

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

Sweet Teeth
Sweet Teeth
9 years ago

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

Cookbook Queen
Cookbook Queen
9 years ago

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

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
9 years ago

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

Unknown
Unknown
9 years ago

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
Sue
9 years ago

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
Dana
9 years ago

I love the sprinkles in the crust! Fantastic idea!

Unknown
Unknown
9 years ago

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

Janne Kristin
Janne Kristin
9 years ago

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
Bailey
9 years ago

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

susan
susan
9 years ago

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)
Liz (Little Bitty Bakes)
9 years ago

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

vanillasugarblog
vanillasugarblog
9 years ago

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
Renee @ Tortillas and Honey
9 years ago

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
The Daily Smash
9 years ago

Love this what a great idea

Paula
Paula
9 years ago

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
Lauren at Keep It Sweet
9 years ago

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

The Partiologist
The Partiologist
9 years ago

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
Anonymous
9 years ago

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
Jenni
9 years ago

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 Hutchinson
Heather Hutchinson
9 years ago

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
Tracy @ Pale Yellow
9 years ago

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.

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

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

Unknown
Unknown
9 years ago

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)
Jennifer (Delicieux)
9 years ago

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
thelittleloaf
9 years ago

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
Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
9 years ago

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
Becca Sims
9 years ago

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!

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
9 years ago

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
Becca Sims
9 years ago

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

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

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

Nicole DUffin
Nicole DUffin
9 years ago

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
Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
9 years ago

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

Teresa
Teresa
9 years ago

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!