Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake

Here’s the full recipe for No-Bake Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake:



  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Orange Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons powdered gelatin
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

Classic Cheesecake Layer:

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons powdered gelatin
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

Orange Jello Top Layer:

  • 1 package (3 ounces) orange-flavored gelatin dessert mix
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water


Preparing the Crust:

  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and melted butter. Press into a 9-inch springform pan. Chill.

Creating the Orange Cream Cheese Layer:

  1. Bloom gelatin in cold water.
  2. Whip heavy cream to stiff peaks.
  3. Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, orange juice concentrate, and zest until smooth.
  4. Incorporate bloomed gelatin and fold in whipped cream.
  5. Pour over crust and chill.

Assembling the Classic Cheesecake Layer:

  1. Bloom gelatin as before.
  2. Whip additional heavy cream.
  3. Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla.
  4. Combine with gelatin and fold in whipped cream.
  5. Spread over orange layer and chill.

Topping with Orange Jello:

  1. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water, add cold water, and cool.
  2. Pour over the set cheesecake layers.
  3. Chill until firm.

To achieve the perfect Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake, consider these secrets:

  1. Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh oranges for the juice and zest to enhance the citrus flavor.
  2. Quality Cream Cheese: Opt for full-fat cream cheese for a rich and creamy texture.
  3. Proper Chilling: Allow each layer to set properly in the refrigerator before adding the next layer to ensure distinct layers and easy slicing.
  4. Balanced Sweetness: Adjust the amount of powdered sugar in each layer to balance the sweetness with the tanginess of the orange juice.
  5. Whipped Cream Technique: Whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks before folding it into the cream cheese mixture to achieve a light and airy texture.
  6. Gelatin Bloom: Properly bloom the powdered gelatin in cold water to ensure it dissolves evenly and helps the cheesecake set.
  7. Even Distribution: Spread each layer evenly over the crust to ensure consistent flavor and texture throughout the cheesecake.
  8. Chill Before Serving: Allow the cheesecake to chill for several hours or overnight before serving to allow the flavors to meld and the texture to set properly.
  9. Use a Springform Pan: Using a springform pan makes it easier to remove the cheesecake without damaging the layers.
  10. Garnish Creatively: Garnish the cheesecake with orange slices, whipped cream rosettes, or orange zest for an elegant presentation.
  11. Avoid Overmixing: Mix the ingredients for each layer until just combined to prevent overmixing, which can lead to a dense texture.
  12. Room Temperature Cream Cheese: Ensure the cream cheese is softened to room temperature before mixing to achieve a smooth and lump-free filling.
  13. Layering Technique: Use a gentle hand when layering the different components to prevent them from blending together.
  14. Consistent Crust: Press the graham cracker crust evenly into the pan to create a sturdy base for the layers above.
  15. Controlled Temperature: Keep the cheesecake chilled until ready to serve to maintain its shape and prevent melting.
  16. Stable Whipped Cream: Whip the heavy cream in a chilled bowl to stabilize it and prevent it from deflating.
  17. Patience with Setting: Allow each layer to set completely before adding the next layer to prevent them from mixing together.
  18. Avoid Excessive Moisture: Squeeze out excess moisture from the graham cracker crust and ensure the gelatin is fully dissolved to prevent a watery texture.
  19. Taste Testing: Adjust the sweetness and tanginess of the cheesecake layers to your preference by tasting as you go.
  20. Enjoy Fresh: Serve the cheesecake fresh for the best flavor and texture experience.

Popular Questions:

  1. Can I use store-bought graham cracker crumbs?
    • Yes, store-bought graham cracker crumbs can be used instead of crushing whole graham crackers.
  2. Can I substitute fresh orange juice for orange juice concentrate?
    • While fresh orange juice may be used, using concentrate ensures a stronger orange flavor.
  3. Do I have to use a springform pan?
    • A springform pan is recommended for easy removal, but you can use a regular pie dish if needed.
  4. Can I make this cheesecake ahead of time?
    • Yes, this cheesecake can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  5. Can I omit the gelatin?
    • Gelatin helps the cheesecake set and hold its shape, but you can omit it if desired. However, the texture may be softer.
  6. Can I use gelatin sheets instead of powdered gelatin?
    • Yes, you can use gelatin sheets. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for blooming and incorporating them.
  7. How long does it take for each layer to set?
    • Each layer typically takes about 2-3 hours to set in the refrigerator.
  8. Can I freeze this cheesecake?
    • While you can freeze it, the texture may change slightly upon thawing.
  9. Can I use low-fat cream cheese and heavy cream?
    • Yes, but the texture and flavor may be slightly different.
  10. Can I use lemon instead of orange zest?
    • Yes, you can substitute lemon zest for a different flavor profile.
  11. Can I use a different flavor of gelatin for the top layer?
    • Absolutely! Experiment with different flavors to customize the cheesecake to your preference.
  12. Can I use whipped topping instead of whipped cream?
    • Whipped topping can be used as a substitute, but whipped cream will provide a richer flavor.
  13. How do I prevent the gelatin from clumping?
    • Make sure to bloom the gelatin properly in cold water before adding it to the mixture.
  14. Can I add food coloring to the orange layer for a brighter color?
    • Yes, you can add a small amount of orange food coloring if desired.
  15. Can I skip the top Jello layer?
    • While it adds a decorative touch, you can skip the Jello layer if preferred.
  16. Can I use a different type of crust?
    • Yes, you can use a cookie crust or even a premade graham cracker crust if preferred.
  17. How long will this cheesecake last in the refrigerator?
    • It should last for 3-4 days when stored properly in the refrigerator.
  18. Can I use reduced-fat cream cheese?
    • Yes, but keep in mind that it may affect the texture and flavor slightly.
  19. Can I substitute almond extract for vanilla extract?
    • Yes, almond extract can be used for a different flavor profile.
  20. Can I make individual servings instead of a whole cheesecake?
    • Yes, you can use small ramekins or cups for individual portions. Adjust the layering accordingly.