Blowing Raspberries

I tried making this non-bake cheesecake slightly more than a couple of years ago for E, a very dear friend. Searching for a simple cake recipe suitable as E’s birthday cake proved to be quite a challenge because 1) I am really bad with cakes so I really require an easy no-fuss recipe and 2) the birthday girl to-be doesn’t fancy chocolate or creamy cakes. Knowing how much she likes tea, I scoured my books and trawled the internet for cakes that use tea leaves as alternative flavours, something along the line of Earl Grey Tea and the likes, but to no avail. Out of desperation, I abandoned the thought of a tea-flavoured cake and went for the final selection of a Raspberry Cheesecake. In my defence, this cake is really neither chocolatey nor creamy so it still fits the requirements. Kind of.

Recipe: Chilled Raspberry Cheesecake

Ingredients

Chilled Raspberry Cheesecake

  • 13 (200g) digestive biscuits, crushed
  • 100g butter, melted
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fish gelatin
  • 300g cream cheese, softened
  • 125g sugar
  • 200-350g raspberry pureé
  • 125ml whipping cream

Jelly Top Layer

  • 1 packet of Tortally Raspberry jelly crystals
  • 1 tbsp fish gelatin
  • 200ml hot water
  • 200ml cold water

Instructions

  1. Prepare an 8-inch springform pan.
  2. Mix the melted butter and digestive biscuits in a mixing bowl till bonded.
  3. Lay the mixture onto the pan until it covers the entire tray, using the back of a spoon to press the mixture down, till about 2 cm thick. Chill in the refrigerator while preparing the filling.
  4. Sprinkle gelatin over water in a bowl and set aside until it turns spongy. Place bowl over hot water until the gelatin mixture turns clear.
  5. In another large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese till smooth.
  6. Add in the sugar and beat the batter till light and fluffy. Set aside.
  7. Add the dissolved gelatin mixture to the raspberry pureé in a separate bowl and mix well.
  8. Whip the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add the raspberry pureé mix to the whipping cream.
  9. Combine the raspberry mix with the cream cheese mix.
  10. Pour the batter onto the prepared crust and let it set for at least one hour in the refrigerator before pouring the jelly layer.
  11. Melt the jelly crystals and gelatin in hot water till dissolved. Add in the cold water. Let cool before pouring onto the chilled batter.
  12. Chill overnight until firm before serving.

Yield : 8-inch cake

The cake was quite a hit at the gathering for several reasons – it was delicious without being too rich, and it helped that the cake looked decently attractive enough to entice many non-cake lovers to give it a try. There was no leftovers to be handled at the end of the gathering. If anything, I take that as a sign of the cake’s popularity.

I plan to revisit this recipe soon, and I would probably make some improvements to the recipe, for example increasing the layer of raspberry layer to 1.5 times the current height and replacing the heart sprinkles in between the layers with strawberries or other fruits.

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