This orange creamsicle no bake cheesecake is the perfect creamy mix of vanilla and orange in a fun creamy cheesecake package. This is the perfect summertime dessert!
Just imagine it: lady fingers with a kick of orange juice, creamy vanilla cheesecake and a homemade orange pudding coming together in one delicious dessert. Imagine no more and run to the kitchen.
This no bake cheesecake has a few steps, but it’s really easy to make. The flavors are absolutely amazing together and the texture is perfect. It’s perfect for a celebration or a summer get together.
The flavors of orange and vanilla are a match made in heaven. And (not so) shockingly I am not the only one who thinks so.
Pops loves creamsicles, so much so that my sister and her husband once got him a box as part of his Christmas gift! There is just something so refreshing about the citrusy orange outside and the creamy vanilla center.
I like the popsicle version well enough, but that is not my favorite variation on the flavors.
My maw-maw and paw-paw retired to Florida when I was relatively young. We used to go down once a year to visit.
We’d hit up a theme park, spend some time on the beach and have an all around good time. One of my favorite stops each trip was to one of the orange shacks.
They would sell fresh squeezed juice, plenty of delicious fruit and a few odds and ends.
But my favorite were the soft serve ice cream machines. You could get vanilla ice cream or the soft serve version of orange sherbet. But the best was the twist in the middle!
The creamy texture it takes to dispense properly out of an ice cream machine is a perfect way to have your oranges!!!
Of course it is impractical to have a soft serve machine installed in your house just to have such a treat. Besides, it probably wouldn’t be the same if you could have it all the time anyway.
Anything that is a once a year treat just has that much more magic. We don’t make it to Florida nearly as often as we used too. In fact, it has been a few years since my husband and I went for a visit.
It is hard to coordinate time off and let’s face it, travel with a toddler can get interesting!
So if a regular visit to Florida is out and installing the soft serve machine is out, there has to be something that brings that fun flavor home.
I decided it would be fun to do a cheesecake version. Afterall, cheesecake is always a hit around here. But with the warming temps, I didn’t want to do a traditional cheesecake.
Plus, that sounded a little more dense and heavy that what I had in mind. I wanted something that better replicated that fluffy soft ice cream. Then inspiration struck!
What about airy no-bake cheesecake? It would match my vision much better!
This no bake cheesecake base fit the bill nicely. It is part cheesecake, part whipped cream. That makes for a perfectly fluffy texture and great vanilla flavor.
I originally thought about just whipping in some orange flavoring and calling it a day. But, that doesn’t replicate the two separate layers and part of the fun is having some bites taste more like orange and others more like vanilla.
So, I created and orange pudding instead. Honestly, I was a little concerned about how that would turn out, but it worked great! I can’t wait to think of more ways to use it.
I think it would be really interesting in a trifle or parfait type of dessert. Or heck, it would be great on it’s own with a dollop of whipped cream!
Either way, I was really happy with how the cheesecake turned out. I didn’t have to heat my kitchen and it didn’t take long to make.
It was a perfectly fluffy and fun texture and the layers worked so well together. K.C. doesn’t really like cheesecake (I know, I don’t know what happened to him!) but even he really liked it!
I meant to garnish it with some orange zest but forgot, maybe next time!
Not a bad way to kick off our celebration of dairy month, don’t you think? It would be a great way to cool down and relax this summer!
More great no bake cheesecake recipes:
- No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake is perfect for fall. It is loaded with pumpkin and has big cream cheese flavor as well.
- No Bake Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Jars are perfect individual sized desserts for a party or a picnic. They travel well and taste amazing!
- No Bake Lemon Cheesecake is another citrus winner. The combination of cream cheese and lemon curd is amazing. Making your own lemon curd is super simple, so don’t worry!
Tips and Tricks:
You may want to place your springform pan on a plate while it sets up. If there is extra orange juice in your lady fingers, it may try to run out.
So if your springform pan isn’t 100% leak proof, you’ll want something to catch the drips. It’s much easier to clean a plate than the fridge!
Give yourself plenty of time to let your cheesecake set up. It is too pretty to have it be a mess. Though it will certainly be delicious either way.
This is best served cold. So get yourself a nice big slice and enjoy!
Orange Creamsicle No Bake Cheesecake
- 2 Tablespoons corn starch
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1¾ cup whole milk
- 4 Tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 7 oz ladyfinger cookies the crunchy kind
- 2 cups orange juice
No Bake Cheesecake
- 16 ounces cream cheese softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups heavy cream cold
- In a large (preferably heavy bottomed) saucepan, whisk together the sugar and corn starch. Add a tablespoon or two of cold milk and whisk until smooth. Slowly add milk, whisking as you go so that there aren't any lumps.
- Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue stirring for a minute or two. The pudding should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- Stir in the orange juice concentrate and butter. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes, the refrigerate until ready to use.
- Break each lady finger so that they are about the height of your 8" springform pan, or slightly longer so you can use more filling!
- Dip each piece of lady finger into orange juice. Place the lady finger, sugar side out around the springform pan. Use the short pieces to hold them up. It's ok if the bottom isn't a solid crust, just do your best to spread it out evenly and make the outside sturdy and spread out the rest.
- Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar and vanilla and continue beating on high for a couple of minutes.
- Get the cream from the refrigerator and drizzle in while the mixer is still on high.
- Once the cream is completely added, beat until smooth, creamy, airy and stiff enough to hold a peak.
- Spoon cream cheese mixture into crust and spread smooth. Be sure to leave room for the pudding.
- Spread cooled pudding over cream cheese mixture and place in the refrigerator.
- Chill for at least an hour before serving.
- Serve cold.