Rainbow Cheesecake




Taste the rainbow, now with vanilla!

Step 1: Ingredients

Gather all of your basic ingredients for whatever cheesecake recipe that you have.

As long as it's white or light colored, it should work wonderfully.


1/2 c. sugar
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened (or your lite/fat free variety)
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Dash of salt
1/4 c. milk
2 eggs
Food Coloring (I have gels)

Mixing Bowl
6 zip style sandwich/snack bags. The snack size is a little easier to control when piping your mix out. You could alternatively layer the colors in a piping bag, and pipe directly into the center of the pan, so each color pushes the others out.

Mix everything: food wise, not literally everything, that could lead to problems; once you have a smooth almost pancake like batter you can move on.

Step 2: Fill Your Baggies!

Here is where the fun stuff begins.
You should start by putting your bags into cups or ramekins to make mixing easier.

I used some small ramekins I got at Pier One the other day for $1 a pop, so they are certainly affordable, and you should always have some handy regardless.

I made sure to lay them out in ROY G BIV so I knew what color was next.

I spooned out the filling into each bag separately, so there was an even amount in each one. I went one tablespoon at at a time until I was out.

Step 3: Fill Your Crusts/Crust!

More Fun!

When you have them filled evenly, zip them up and smoosh until you've gotten the gel distributed fairly.

You should have your piping bags ready to go.

Start by piping your first color, directly into the center of each pie. You want to make sure it's as close to the center as possible, because each time you add another color, it's going to push the bottom towards the sides, giving you rings that go vertical instead of horizontal.

You could layer out of order, but I went for something a little more traditional I guess.

Actually, the first layer can be put everywhere, for an even coat. The rest have to be in the center for the desired effect.

You can see I started with purple, then blue, green, yellow, orange and finally red.

Step 4: Is Your Oven on Yet?

Ok, this whole thing was a first for me, including writing this up, so bare with me.

Warm your oven to 250 degrees F. Place cheesecake into a *preheated water bath*, in the oven for 1 hour. Turn the oven off and open the door for one minute. Close the door for one more hour. Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and place in the refrigerator for 6 hours to completely cool before serving.

(I pulled these instructions out of Alton Browns newer book, with all the baking info)

For the water bath you want to bring about a quart of water to a boil, then put it in the pan carefully, making sure not to splash or jumble the pies around too much, as it can lead to a big mess.

As you can see I had some extra filling and popped it into full blown crust. It barely filled half way, but it still came out nicely.

I hope you enjoy it as much as my wife and kids did.



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    18 Discussions

    OOO.oo..I'm going to have to try this rainbow cheesecake..to go with mt rainbow jelly! My goal is for a Rainbow smorgasbord!


    I just made mine-I'm so excited! A few thoughts though...I doubled the recipe to make 2 regular sized but it ended up being enough for just one regular pie crust so I would double up if you're going that route. Also, I think whatever color goes in first (the outside color) should have more batter (or whatever it;s called) and make the doses incrementally smaller as you go to get more even circles. Overall awesome idea! Just thought I'd share some things I learned.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    just did this instructable, but slightly different, an unbaked cheesecake (no eggs, and cream instead of milk). and this looks really good too. thanks.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    To do the filling basically you pour your colour into the middle of your pan/crust/wrapper in small even amounts in sequence. The newest layer forces the previous layers to spread out evenly, and create these stripes.

    Here the purple layer was first and was poured into the middle of the crust, then the blue layer was poured in the center of the crust, on top of the purple, and the blue pushed the purple out. Then the green was poured in the middle of the crust, on top of the blue, and the green pushed the blue and purple layers out. Then yellow, orange and red were each poured into the middle and pushed the other layers out to form almost perfect circles. You use the same amount of each colour, not smaller diameter circles mattz, it's kind of hard to see this until you actually do it though.

    This link shows the technique with some process pictures, although it's a different cake it's the same technique.

    This layering technique works on cakes, cupcakes, larger cheesecake and such. Just continue to drop different batter into the middle of your pan in even amounts and it will spread and form good layers. The kind of cake/pastry you make and the size of the pan will result in the stripes forming a different way. On a larger thing you can use more batter in each layer to form larger stripes.

    Hope that helps ;)

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    This is it exactly. I've done it with cake before, and it's really awesome. The thing is, a water bath is almost always your best friend when you want to do the colors, unless you plan on cutting the very top off, because it's going to discolor somewhat from browning. But Icing covers that up really well...


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Nice! I think I may try this for a party I'm having in a couple of weeks!! How fun!!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I'm a little fuzzy as to how you actually pipe that out. Do you mean that you pour out all the purple smoothly, then the green on top of that etc, slowly winding in the diameter of your pouring?


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Good way to put in the filling, i would have put a dot in the center and done circles around it but you method looks much easier. Good job!!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    lol I love seeing the different various ways to do the colors, cute job! Looks like it's only half filled, but I've never attempted to make one, so what do I know haha!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    lol, so many of my greatest creations have not been documented due to death by consumption...great instructable!