Candy Corn Cheesecake




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Try this delightful candy corn cheesecake for your next holiday party! I'll even show you how to make your own special pan out of stuff you have around the house.

While candy corn may only be available around Halloween, this no-bake cheesecake can be made all year round. Even though it tastes like cheesecake, each slice looks like one giant candy corn - which is even better in my opinion. But if you really want it to taste like candy corn, try adding a ton of corn syrup - I bet that would work!

Step 1: Materials & Ingredients


1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (this is about 3 shy of a standard sleeve)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
5 tablespoon butter, melted

16 oz cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup sugar
Yellow food coloring
Red or orange food coloring

Cooking spray

8" or 9" springform pan
Two other plastic or aluminum containers that can be made into smaller circle insets

Step 2: Make the Pan

The idea is to create three separate rings to pour your filling into. If you can find containers or cans that are the right size to begin with, then awesome. I could not.

I cut apart my plastic containers and overlapped them until I felt they were the right sizes.

Then I clipped them together with a small binder clip while I secured the edges with packing tape.

You can also buy what's known as a "checkerboard pan" which does the same thing, but it's like $30, and c'mon, this is Instructables, man!

Step 3: Make the Crust

Before making the crust, put your mixing bowl for the filling in the freezer. This is going to make whipping up the cream even better!

Line your springform pan with parchment. This is pretty optional, as the amount of butter in the crust makes it pretty easy to remove, but I don't like to take chances!

Grind up your graham crackers finely.

Add brown sugar and cinnamon and mash together.

Pour in melted butter and mix thoroughly.

Press the crust mixture into the bottom of your pan, and chill.

Step 4: Make the Filling

Take your mixing bowl out of the freezer!

Add whipping cream to the bowl and start whipping! Slowly add sugar while whipping to firm peaks.

In another bowl, cream together softened cream cheese and lemon juice.

Add whipped cream to cream cheese mixture and blend well.

Step 5: Make the Pattern

Grease the rings with cooking spray to make it easier to remove them.

Place the smallest circle in the middle of the pan and fill to about 2".

Color the rest of the filling yellow.

Place the middle ring and fill with yellow mixture.

Color the rest of the filling orange and fill the outer ring.

I tried using a spoon to plop in the mixture, a plastic bag to pipe it in, and an offset spatula to both scoop it in and level it out. A combination of the last two worked best for me.

Remove the rings carefully and smooth out your lines.

Freeze to firm up.

Step 6: Enjoy!

Your cheesecake is best displayed in wedges, so cut a slice and pass it around.

When cutting, it's best to push the knife straight down into the cake and through the crust, and then bring it straight back up. If you drag the knife towards you or wiggle it in the cake, you'll smear your colors!

Enjoy :D



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    20 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I just did this today for dessert, without the food colorant and with a regular crean cheese mixed with the one that says it's 1/3 less fat or whatever, and I'm waiting to be able to take it out from the freezer, it's been there since noon and is now 4pm, let's see...I'll post a pic, if the taste is successful, btw, thanks scoochmaroo for this no bake recipe! :D

    1 reply

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Neufchatel cheese (the type of cream cheese that says it is 1/3 less fat) isn't normally a good idea when using it for cheesecake because it drips a clear liquid. I've never mixed it with regular cream cheese. I would really like to know how yours turned out.


    6 years ago on Step 6

    When i told my boyfriend about this he was like eww, that would be way too sweet........until i showed him the picture, lol!!

    Dusk Shadows

    7 years ago on Introduction

    one of my friends(who is also on instructables) has made a candy corn toy and it really cute so i will try this and it will hopefully be yummy.

    Chicken Girl

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Dang! I needed this 3 weeks ago!!
    I have an annual pie fest every year on my birthday. I could have totally won the prettiest with this one!!!
    ...bookmarking it....write a poem that will remind me to pull it out next year...put it in google docs with an alert for next year...gosh, technology just make everything easier (this is where that sarcasm button would come in re-e-al handy).


    7 years ago on Step 6

    i'm thrilled there is no baking involved!


    7 years ago on Step 6

    Beautiful pie..... think I am definitely keeping your recipe, even if I don't do the Candy Corn. Great job kiddo! I have tried or should say I did similar with a Portuguese Cream Pie. I had to do mine in three batches and I had to measure with water for each container first and then put it together in three separate stages because of the gelatin setting so fast. It took a lot of patience for me...... I have never made many different pies, so I was proud of myself. Also with my cream pie, I had to take the mold out after the outside set up and do the same for the center........ does that make sense? I must try your recipe next time, it seems so much easier.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    You're right! Well, I'm sure it tastes the same. :) HA Thanks for the heads up!!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This. Is. AWESOME!!!!! I ditto zurichko's feelings about candy corn but LOVE cheesecake as well. I may not get out much, but this is probably the most exciting and practical instructable I've come across. Thank you!!!!!

    Great idea on coloring the filling in stages. I was trying to figure out how to calculate how much of each color I would need, but then read what you did. SO much easier.


    7 years ago on Step 6

    This is most ingenious. Thank you!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I really want to try this, very cool cake.

    p.s. I love your sparkly orange Kitchenaid!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Delicious- I really wish I had some right now!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea, though honey might give it more of a candy corn flavor.

    Keep 'em coming!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    lol - have you tried homemade candy corn? Good Eats had a Halloween episode that made some homemade stuff...OM NOM! ANd of course I have to give my props to scooch, as always - she's one of my fave authors on here!!!! <3 her!