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How To Thicken No-Bake Cheesecake Like A Chef

Norah Clark
Strawberry and icing no-bake cheesecake

To thicken a no-bake cheesecake, refrigerate it for an extended period or consider adding dissolved gelatin, more cream cheese, or Greek yogurt to the mixture before chilling.

Now, when we venture into the territory of no-bake cheesecakes, the plot thickens. Literally. Crafting that elusive, perfect texture turns into a veritable culinary quest. 

But don’t worry guys. Your experienced pastry chef, armed with a bag full of tips is here to guide you!

Read on to learn how to thicken your no-bake cheesecake!

Why Is My Cheesecake Not Thick?

The first step to solving any problem is understanding it.

When it comes to thin or runny no-bake cheesecakes, the problem usually comes down to the filling.

Unlike baked cheesecakes, which rely on the baking process to set the filling, no-bake cheesecakes rely on chilling to achieve the right texture.

Use Cream Cheese and Heavy Cream

The main ingredients in any cheesecake are cream cheese and heavy cream. To thicken your no-bake cheesecake filling, make sure you’re using a full-fat cream cheese. Low-fat or fat-free cream cheese won’t give you the same results. Adding heavy cream can also help to thicken the filling and give it a smoother texture.

Add Gelatin or Cornstarch

If your filling is really runny, you can add a little bit of gelatin or cornstarch to thicken it up.

Gelatin is great for adding firmness, while cornstarch can thicken the mixture without making it too firm.

Just make sure to dissolve the gelatin or cornstarch in a little bit of warm water before adding it to the filling.

Chill For A Longer Period

In some cases, your filling just needs more time to chill. No-bake cheesecakes generally need at least 4-6 hours in the refrigerator to set properly. If your filling is still runny after that time, try chilling it for another 2-4 hours.

Avoid Overmixing

Overmixing the filling can cause it to become runny. Mix the ingredients just until they’re combined and smooth. Don’t try to beat out all the lumps.

Adjust The Crust

If your filling isn’t setting properly, it might be due to the crust. Make sure your crust is firm and not too thick. An overly thick crust can prevent the filling from setting properly.

Additional Tips

Experiment With Flavors

Cheesecake is a versatile dessert that can be flavored in countless ways. Experiment with different flavors to find your perfect cheesecake. You can add fruit, chocolate, nuts, and even alcohol to your cheesecake.

Use Toppings

Cheesecake toppings are a great way to add texture and flavor to your no-bake cheesecake.

Consider adding a fruit compote or a drizzle of chocolate sauce to your cheesecake.

Practice Patience

No-bake cheesecake takes time to set properly.

Don’t rush it by freezing it or trying to speed up the process.

Let the cheesecake chill in the refrigerator for the appropriate amount of time.

My Experience

I have been a chef for many years and have made countless cheesecakes in my career.

One trick I have found to thicken up a no-bake cheesecake filling is to whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks before adding it to the filling.

This adds extra structure to the filling and gives it a smoother texture. Additionally, I like to add a little bit of lemon or orange juice to the filling. The acid helps to thicken the filling and gives it a tangy flavor.

So there you have it – my tips on how to thicken no-bake cheesecake. Remember to use full-fat cream cheese and heavy cream, avoid overmixing, and be patient.

With a little bit of practice, you can make the perfect no-bake cheesecake every time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Whipped Cream Instead Of Heavy Cream?

Whipped cream can work in a pinch, but it won’t give you the same results as heavy cream.

How Do I Know If My Cheesecake Filling Is Too Runny?

If the filling is pouring off the spoon or seems overly liquid, it’s likely too runny.

Can I Add More Cream Cheese To Thicken The Filling?

Adding too much cream cheese can make the filling too firm and almost solid. It’s better to use gelatin or cornstarch to thicken the filling.

How Long Can I Store A No-bake Cheesecake In The Fridge?

A no-bake cheesecake can generally last up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

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Norah Clark

Norah Clark, Editor of Boyd Hampers! Norah is a food writer with over a decade of experience in hospitality as a pastry chef, sous chef, and barista; former chef at the Savoy Hotel, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and Plaza Hotel.

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This has been super helpful! I’m not a confident chef so this is really clear and easy to find the answers . Thank you ;:)

Rachel Lewis

Just the info I needed thankyou so much


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