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A delicious no-bake Battenberg Cheesecake with a Battenberg shell, biscuit base, almond and jam flavoured cheesecake filling and more. 

One of the most highly requested and viral bakes that there have ever been… the Battenberg Cheesecake. Marrying all your favourite Battenberg bits into cheesecake form – what could be better?!

Battenberg 

Battenberg is one of those cakes that is an absolute cult classic, and everyone will recognise the iconic square shaped colourful sponges. It’s a cake that I adore, but it’s not one I often make as the steps take far long than others (but don’t worry, a recipe is on it’s way!). 

The cake is typically a light sponge with an almond flavour, coloured pink and yellow, sandwiched with jam and covered in marzipan. This cheesecake recipe is designed to replicate that, in as many ways as possible, whilst still being a cheesecake. 

I was always told that the chequered markings on emergency service vehicles are called battenberg markings after the cake, which is quite cool. And I have made a fair few Battenberg cakes in my time but I have swapped up the colours and flavours to suit themes – even a police cake with blue and yellow! 

Biscuit Base

Because I went with the idea of putting Battenberg cake around the sides of the cake tin, I filled the middle with a biscuit base instead. Sort of like my kitkat cheesecake, I just wanted to fill the middle somewhat so there is still a chunk of biscuit base involved. 

I found it best to sandwich the pieces of battenberg around the edge, type in the finely blitzed biscuits mixed with the melted butter, and then press down. I used digestives as they are the most classic biscuit to use in my opinion, but you can use whatever you want, really. If you used a chocolate covered biscuit, or a filled biscuit, make sure to use about 2/3 of the butter. 

Cheesecake Filling

The cheesecake filling is part of the fun when it comes to this battenberg cheesecake because it’s meant to represent the colours of the battenberg sponge, but also look pretty and taste amazing. I made the yellow part taste like almond, and the pink part taste like a strawberry jam. 

The almond is stronger in flavour compared to the jam, but you can add more jam if you prefer or use a raspberry/strawberry flavouring in place of the jam. The yellow and pink colouring is purely designed to make it look more like the sponge, as the jam won’t colour the cheesecake mix enough itself. 

I always use strong colours such as this yellow food colouring and this pink food colouring so that you have to use a minute amount in the recipe. 

Decoration

As the cheesecake is super easy to get in and out of the tin with the cake shell, it makes the decoration really quick and easy as well. I went for a simple decoration of sweetened whipped cream with slices of mini Battenberg cakes because it looked damn cute. 

As always, decoration is entirely up to you – I just do something simple to finish off how the bake and recipe look, but you don’t have to worry too much. You can use sprinkles, melted chocolate, an extra swirl of jam into the top of the cheesecake etc – it’s up to you. 

Tips & Tricks 

  • I cut my Battenberg cake into pieces about 1cm in thickness as you want them to be strong enough to withstand being moved about and squished into the tin. I found this use just over one Battenberg to fill the sides of the tin properly, so if you want to use one, you need thin slices. 
  • I used 3 mini battenbergs to create the slices for the decoration, but again you could leave these off or have thinner slices if you want to use less. 
  • I used strawberry jam and this pink food colouring for the pink part of the cheesecake filling, and I used almond extract and this yellow food colouring for the yellow part of the cheesecake filling. 
  • This cheesecake will last for 3-4 days in the fridge once made.
  • I used this cake tin to make my cheesecake. 

Battenberg Cheesecake!

A delicious no-bake Battenberg Cheesecake with a Battenberg shell, biscuit base, almond and jam flavoured cheesecake filling and more. 
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Category: Dessert
Type: Cheesecake
Keyword: Battenberg
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Setting/Decorating: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Jane's Patisserie

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1-2 Battenberg cakes (sliced 1cm thick)

Biscuit Base

  • 200 g digestive biscuits
  • 100 g unsalted butter (melted)

Cheesecake Filling

  • 500 g full-fat soft cheese
  • 125 g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300 ml double cream
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • yellow food colouring*
  • 50 g strawberry/raspberry jam
  • pink food colouring*

Decoration

  • 150 ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 3-4 mini battenbergs (sliced 1cm thick)

Instructions

  • Slice the Battenberg cakes into 1-2cm size pieces and place around the edge of a deep 8" cake tin firmly
  • Blitz the biscuits to a fine crumb, mix in the melted butter
  • Pour into the tin, inside the Battenberg shell, and press down firmly
  • Add the full-fat soft cheese, vanilla extract and icing sugar to a bowl and mix
  • Add the double cream and whisk until thick
  • Split the mixture into two, and add the almond extract and yellow colouring to one bowl, and the strawberry/raspberry jam into the other.
  • *How much colouring you need depends on brand, I only use 1-2 drops.
  • Randomly dollop the mixture into the tin on top of the biscuit base and swirl through as you go
  • Set the cheesecake in the fridge for 5-6 hours, or preferably overnight
  • Decorate by whipping the cream and icing sugar together and piping on, and top with a slice of mini Battenberg cake.

Notes

  • I cut my Battenberg cake into pieces about 1cm in thickness as you want them to be strong enough to withstand being moved about and squished into the tin. I found this use just over one Battenberg to fill the sides of the tin properly, so if you want to use one, you need thin slices. 
  • I used 3 mini battenbergs to create the slices for the decoration, but again you could leave these off or have thinner slices if you want to use less. 
  • I used strawberry jam and this pink food colouring for the pink part of the cheesecake filling, and I used almond extract and this yellow food colouring for the yellow part of the cheesecake filling. 
  • This cheesecake will last for 3-4 days in the fridge once made.
  • I used this cake tin to make my cheesecake. 

ENJOY!

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10 Comments

  1. Gillian on October 22, 2023 at 7:46 pm

    5 stars
    Brilliant recipe. Was a bit worried the Almond extract n the filling would be a bit too strong but it works so well. Followed recipe exactly with no issues, perfect and tastes amazing.

  2. Roxanne on October 3, 2023 at 10:57 am

    5 stars
    Made this last weekend and absolutely beautiful, the family demolished,thankyou.How would I make in on a bigger scale please?

  3. Jane Bicknell on August 18, 2023 at 9:21 am

    5 stars
    My husband made this and absolutely loves it! Fantastic recipe. Quick question can you freeze it?

  4. Alison Bromage on August 4, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane. I’ve just done your Battenberg Cheesecake & it looks ok.
    Jane how do you get your cakes off the bottom of the spring form tin. 😍

    • Sophie on August 16, 2023 at 3:46 pm

      Hi Jane,

      What size tin do you use as I can’t find it mentioned in the recipe? Also do you think this would freeze ok if I was to make it ahead of time and defrost/decorate on the day?



    • Emma on November 9, 2023 at 11:36 pm

      I always line with cling film, then Jane’s cheesecakes always lift off beautifully.



  5. Judith on August 1, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    5 stars
    I have this recipe book but this recipe isn’t in it? Have I missed it. Sorry. Will defo bake this. Love your recipes.
    Judith

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 12, 2023 at 11:44 am

      This recipe isn’t in the book, and it won’t be – it’s not mentioned on this post? x



  6. Julie on August 1, 2023 at 11:48 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, could I leave the Battenberg around the sides do you think and just have the mini ones on top?
    Thank you x

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