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Perfect treat for Halloween and Autumn, a no-bake pumpkin spice cheesecake. DIY pumpkin spice, and an easy vanilla cheesecake are perfect together!
Pumpkin spice cheesecake
I knew that this year I HAD to do something pumpkin spice related, just to be in keeping with my obsession of Starbucks. I’m not saying that Starbucks is like the reason for this recipe, but it definitely had an influence in me making it after a visit to my favourite local one and having a chat with the baristas about my recipes!
Homemade Pumpkin Spice
Aaaanyway, I used a homemade mix for the pumpkin spice as I wasn’t entirely sure where to start, and after a few trials of other mixes, this one definitely tasted the best. Its spicy and warming but the sweetness of the vanilla in the cheesecake completely balances the flavour – YUM!
With the pumpkin spice, you can just make less if you wish, as this makes too much for just the cheesecake, but I make this amount and then bake other delicious pumpkin spice goodies with it!
I went for a basic idea, and merged a simple no-bake vanilla cheesecake (from my no-bake mini egg cheesecake recipe) with the DIY pumpkin spice. I wasn’t entirely sure how much of the spice to add, so I went with a level tablespoon. This is something you can play by ear, and add 1tsp at a time until you’re happy!
Honestly, I thought I had put it waaaay too much the first time I made it, but with the icing sugar, and vanilla in the cheesecake the flavouring is just about right. You need the sweetness to counteract the strength of the spices, but its all personal taste really.
I found these super cute marshmallow pumpkins in Asda this year, but there are some cute (spooky) little edible decorations all over the place. You can use anything you like to decorate it, or not decorate it at all.
I chose orange coloured white chocolate to give it a Halloween edge, with the marshmallow pumpkins, and some Halloween sprinkles to give the cheesecake some oomph. I say oomph, I just tried to keep the theme of Halloween going on a cheesecake…
I will admit that I don’t really like pumpkin related stuff… like the smell of the raw pumpkin after you’ve been carving it for Halloween does make me feel a little sick. HOWEVER, I used pumpkin in my pumpkin cupcakes (kinda like a carrot cake) and it worked!
It was the same with my pumpkin pie, I thought I would hate it, but I loved it because using the puree, and adding the other ingredients made it delicious. I definitely recommend giving anything pumpkin a try as you might be pleasantly surprised!
You can make a pumpkin spice cheesecake all year round – there will be no judgement! I eat ice cream all year round and no one will ever stop me! However if you were more looking for Halloween specific bakes, then you are best to check out my Halloween cookie bars, drip cake or even my bloody drip cake – all were too much fun!
I will say that I was also nervous about the pumpkin spice kinda thang because I am not the biggest PSL fan (purely because I shouldn’t have caffeine) BUT making the mix out of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and ground cloves made it delicious.
My homemade pumpkin spice mix is so easy, and the recipe can be found at the bottom of this page.
Obviously, it might be different to the actual pumpkin spice flavourings you can get now, but I do think this made it delicious. Who can not like a Halloween themed cheesecake?! Enjoy!
No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake!
- 300 g digestives
- 150 g unsalted butter
- 750 g full fat cream cheese
- 100 g icing sugar
- 1 tbsp pumpkin spice mix
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 300 ml double cream
- 100 g white chocolate
- Orange food colouring
- 150 ml double cream
- 2 tbsp icing sugar
- Halloween sprinkles
- Halloween marshmallows
For the Biscuit Base
- Blitz the biscuits in a food processor to a fine crumb, add the melted butter and pulse a few times until it is combined well.
- Tip into a 8″/20cm deep springform tin and press down firmly – chill in the refrigerator whilst you do the rest!
For the Cheesecake Filling
- With an electric mixer (I used my KitchenAid) mix the cream cheese, icing sugar, vanilla and the 1tbsp of pumpkin spice mix together until smooth, it’ll only take a few seconds
- Whilst whisking slowly, pour in the liquid double cream and continue to whip on a medium-high speed until it is starting to thicken.
- Once it’s starting to thicken, continue to whip till very thick. Be careful though, as soon as its starting to thicken, keep an eye on it and taste frequently!
- Dollop onto the biscuit base and spread evenly. Leave to set in the fridge, covered, for 5-6 hours, or preferably over night.
For the Decoration
- Once set, remove the cheesecake from the tin. Melt the white chocolate and mix in some orange Food colouring, drizzle it over the cheesecake.
- Whip up some double cream with the icing sugar and pipe little pirouettes of cream around the edge of the cheesecake, and add on the marshmallow pumpkins.
- Sprinkle over some spooky sprinkles and you’re done! Enjoy!
- As I say, you can easily use less pumpkin spice if you wish, but I wouldn’t really say any more than one tablespoon (personally) as I just think it would be too strong a flavour!
- I always set my cheesecakes in the fridge overnight as its a more guaranteed set in the fridge, but you must also use full-fat ingredients otherwise it won’t work!
- You can use gelatine to help it set if you wish, but I personally don’t use it as I don’t believe it needs it.
- This cheesecake will last for 3 days, covered, in the fridge
- My homemade pumpkin spice mix is so easy, and the recipe can be found at the bottom of this page.
And here is how to make my homemade pumpkin spice mix:
- 3 tbsps ground cinnamon
- 2 tsps ground ginger
- 2 tsps ground nutmeg
- 1.5 tsp all spice
- 1.5 tsp ground cloves
- Add the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves to a bowl and whisk until even and incorporated – store in a jar.
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