No-bake Berry Cheesecake

Updated: May 5

A light berry dessert - quick and easy dessert to make ahead! Perfect for warmer days!

No-bake, no fuss, easy cheesecake with lots of fresh and frozen berries! Perfect to make ahead and wonderful light taste and texture through the whipped cream folded into the cheesecake batter. It is a great dessert to serve to guests or to bring to a friend’s house.

What is better no-bake or baked cheesecake?

  • No bake cheesecake uses Gelatin or other stabilizer

  • No bake cheesecake is made more quickly

  • No bake and baked need to cool for at best over night

  • No bake cheesecake contains mainly cream cheese and whipped cream, baked cheesecake has less dominant cream cheese flavor

  • Baked cheesecake needs a water bath to bake the cheesecake with gentle heat and enough humidity to prevent cracking which is a difficult part (even with layers of aluminum foil water gets inside)

No questions asked, cheesecake is an all time favorite dessert, but what is better baked cheesecake or its fridge only version? First of all, every cheesecake needs to be refrigerated in order to set completely, no matter if baked or not. The refrigeration time is almost for every recipe a few hours but preferably over night. Which makes cheesecakes perfect made ahead desserts.

One burden of making baked cheesecake is the water-bath since keeping the cheesecake dry at the same time can be a matter of luck. Most recipes call for layers of heavy duty aluminum foil that should keep the water of the water bath from leaking into the springform pan. An environmental cautious alternative could be using a silicon mold covering the springform pan since it is reusable.

Another tricky part of making baked cheesecakes finding the right baking time to not end up with an over baked, dry cheesecake. Most recipes give a baking time range that might vary depending on your oven. To find the right baking time you are supposed to move the cheesecake for a little bit and when you see it "slightly jiggle" in the center it is baked efficiently. That is when the trickier part starts. Letting the cheesecake cool gently to prevent it from cracking (If you haven't lost already and got a cracked cheesecake while it was still baking) Baked cheesecakes tend to crack when not cooled correctly or if their top is not smooth enough or if there was air trapped inside the batter. Read here how to get a crackfree cheesecake. Nonetheless, baked cheesecakes, like the famous New York Style cheesecake, are a delight for tastebuds with their smooth, silky texture.

In my opinion baked cheesecakes have a less dominant cream cheese flavor than the no-bake variations. No wonder, since no-bake cheesecakes are basically cream cheese, whipped cream and gelatin. Mixed in flavors like fruits, caramel, chocolate or cookies add to the cream cheese flavor which makes it less overwhelming.

In general I prefer baked cheesecake, especially my New York Style cheesecake recipe but from time to time I like to eat a no bake cheesecake like this berry cheesecake. Especially in summer I prefer not to turn on the oven to get a delicious cooled cake!

More tips needed? read here all my tips for a crackfree and silky smooth cheesecake!

How to get a wonderful deep natural color

Lots of frozen berries thawed and drained give this cake its beautiful color. The frozen berries break apart when thawed and dye the cheesecake batter in all the purple, violet and pink shades. It is a easy way to get a bursting natural color as well as a lot of flavor.

Did you know that frozen fruits are supposed to have more flavor than fresh ones? Since they are instantly processed and frozen after the harvest they keep all their flavor. However, fresh produce might have a long transportation and therefore can lack in flavor and freshness. Also fresh produce lacks flavor if it is not in season. This is especially true in winter months!

No-bake Berry Cheesecake