Rainbow Cheesecake Recipe

This Rainbow Cheesecake Recipe is a gelatin free, no bake cheesecake, perfect for any rainbow themed party. It’s as much fun to make as it is to eat!

Rainbow Cheesecake on a cake stand

RAINBOW CHEESECAKE INSPIRATION

Last month I went to the Queen Mary Tea Room in Seattle with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law to celebrate our birthdays. The first thing you see when you walk in is their dessert case.

And there, shining like a beautiful multi-colored beacon, was a stunning rainbow cheesecake.

Rainbow Cheesecake Cut Close Up

I snapped a quick photo with my phone, determined to make my own rainbow cheesecake that was just as lovely. I decided to go the no bake cheesecake recipe route, and set each layer individually, so that I could really get those distinctive colors in every slice.

ICEBOX CHEESECAKE RECIPE

There are a few different ways to make no bake cheesecake. Most no bake cheesecake recipes use gelatin to set the filling. But I was planning to serve this cheesecake to a group that included vegetarians who eat dairy but would not eat gelatin.

After doing some research, I decided to adapt Martha Stewart’s cheesecake which did not use gelatin. A lot of the reviews said that their filling never set using that recipe. So I made this an icebox cheesecake.

Child laughing with rainbow cheesecake

That basically means it has a softer texture, so you keep it in the freezer. Keeping it in the freezer also helps the layers to stay very distinctive when you slice it.

Once you slice the cheesecake, it begins to soften as you eat it. And don’t worry, the high sugar content of the sweetened condensed milk keeps it from freezing completely solid.

HOW TO MAKE NO BAKE CHEESECAKE RECIPE

  • Crush up a box of graham crackers into crumbs. You can use a food processor or just crush them in a sealed bag.
  • Mix the crumbs with melted butter and press into the bottom and up the sides of a spring form pan, then place in the freezer to firm up.
  • Mix softened cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and lemon juice until completely smooth and creamy.
  • Divide the cheesecake filling between 7 bowls.
  • Mix one color into each bowl.

Rainbow Cheesecake Slice

  • Remove crust from freezer and spread the red filling into the bottom. Freeze for 15-30 minutes, until set.
  • Repeat with remaining colors, freezing each color until set. Your freeze time will shorten for each layer as you go since the cheesecake is getting colder and colder.
  • When purple layer on top is set, pipe swirls of whipped cream around the edge and sprinkle with funfetti.
  • Keep cheesecake in the freezer until ready to serve.

TIPS FOR NO BAKE RAINBOW CHEESECAKE RECIPE

Rainbow Cheesecake Recipe

  • I am a big fan of graham cracker crusts, so our crust is super thick. Feel free to use just 2/3 the amount of graham crackers and butter if you want less crust.
  • Make sure to use full fat cream cheese. The low fat kind has an even harder time without gelatin and will not set up.
  • Want to guarantee your cheesecake filling sets? If you don’t mind using gelatin, just mix one package with 1 cup boiling water. Stir that into your filling before dividing it between your bowls. Then make as directed.
  • To get those perfect rainbow layers, clean your knife between each slice, and slice the cheesecake fresh from the freezer.

child eating rainbow cheesecake

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5 from 4 votes
Rainbow Cheesecake on a cake stand
Rainbow Cheesecake Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Freezing
3 hrs 20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

This Rainbow Cheesecake Recipe is a gelatin free, no bake cheesecake, perfect for any rainbow themed party. It's as much fun to make as it is to eat! Make sure to allow a few hours of freezing time. You don't have to commit 3 hours straight, you can do the layers throughout the day before you plan to serve the cheesecake.

Course: Dessert
Servings: 16
Calories: 456 kcal
Author: Diana Johnson
Ingredients
  • 24 graham crackers
  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 4 packages cream cheese softened (32 ounces)
  • 2 14 ounce cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • food coloring red, orange, yellow, kelly green, light blue, royal blue, violet
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • confetti sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Crush up a box of graham crackers into crumbs. You can use a food processor or just crush them in a sealed bag.

  2. Mix the crumbs with melted butter and press into the bottom and up the sides of a springform pan, then place in the freezer to firm up.

  3. Mix softened cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and lemon juice until completely smooth and creamy.

  4. Divide the cheesecake filling between 7 bowls, then mix one color into each bowl.

  5. Remove crust from freezer and spread the red filling into the bottom. Freeze for 15-30 minutes, until set.

  6. Repeat with remaining colors, freezing each color until set. Your freeze time will shorten for each layer as you go since the cheesecake is getting colder and colder.

  7. When purple layer on top is set, pipe swirls of whipped cream around the edge and sprinkle with funfetti.

  8. Keep cheesecake in the freezer until ready to serve. To get those perfect rainbow layers slice the cheesecake fresh from the freezer, and clean your knife between each slice.

Recipe Notes

Want to guarantee your cheesecake filling sets? If you don't mind using gelatin, just mix one package with 1 cup boiling water. Stir that into your filling before dividing it between your bowls. Then make as directed.

Nutrition Facts
Rainbow Cheesecake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 456 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 314mg 13%
Potassium 246mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Sugars 32g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 18.6%
Vitamin C 2.7%
Calcium 18%
Iron 5.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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