Friday, February 3, 2012

A sweet Valentine's Day dessert - Conversation Heart Cheesecakes

conversation heart cheesecakes

I've heard people, including my husband, say, "I've never met a cheesecake I didn't like." Well, I can't say the same. I've been known to pay upwards of $10 for a slice of cheesecake and take one bite and shove it aside.

To me, cheesecake should be so lusciously creamy and smooth that it just melts in my mouth, and tastes delicately rich with just a hint of tang from the cream cheese. I wont settle for dense, spongy, crumbly and or sour cheesecake; it better be good if I'm going to indulge in that may calories. If its bad, I'd rather throw it away, or feed it to my less picky husband:)
conversation heart cheesecake

Many years ago, after many failed attempts at finding that perfect cheesecake recipe, I discovered it. Tyler Florence's Ultimate Cheesecake is the best I've ever tried. I've made it dozens of times and always garner rave reviews from family and friends.

cheesecake conversation hearts

So, when I decided to make heart shaped cheesecakes to look like conversation hearts, there was no doubt in my mind what recipe I'd use. Tyler's recipe calls for a bit of lemon zest, which I love, but I oftentimes leave it out depending on how I'll be serving the cakes. I didn't want flecks of lemon zest in these pastel colored cakes, so I just flavored the cheesecake with a good quality vanilla extract.

how to make conversation heart cheesecakes

To color my cheesecake hearts, I decided to keep it simple and used liquid food coloring. I think it would be wonderful to use fruit purees and will be experimenting with that at some point.

naturally colored conversation heart cheesecakes

UPDATE: Two years later, I've finally make some naturally colored conversation heart cheesecakes using fruit purees which are pictured above. The cheesecakes are flavored and colored with blueberries, raspberries, lemon, and orange/carrot. I did have to make some tweaks to the recipe, so be sure to check it out. They taste great and look just as nice as those colored with food coloring.

I used two Wilton Heart Shaped Silicone Molds to make my cheesecakes, because I only had 2, but I suggest having 3 to make these Valentine's Day desserts. I had extra batter, and a mini heart silicone mold, so I just make some tiny hearts. If you have 3 of the silicone molds, you will end up with 3 hearts in each of the six colors.

I think these hearts make the perfect size dessert. Well, my husband would disagree, he'll take two.

cheesecake conversation hearts recipe

Conversation Heart Cheesecakes (makes 18)
          recipe adapted from Tyler Florence's Ultimate Cheesecake recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup graham cracker crumbs (15 squares)
pinch of cinnamon
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted
16 ounces (2 blocks) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 pint (16 ounces) sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
food coloring - pink, purple, blue, green, yellow, and red

Supplies Needed:

stand mixer or a mixing bowl and hand held mixer
rubber spatula
Wilton Heart Shaped Silicone Molds
fine tip paint brush (new or food only brush)
roasting pan big enough to fit your heart shaped molds

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

You will need a water bath to bake your cheesecakes, so either place your roasting pan in the oven filled with enough water to go half way up the sides of your heart molds and allow the water to heat along with the oven or bring some water to a boil in a tea pot or the microwave.

A little trick I use - my roasting pan has a flat rack with handles that fit inside. I set my two heart molds on the rack, so that later I can simply lower the rack along with the filled heart molds into the hot water in the roasting pan.

mini heart cheesecakes

Combine graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, and melted butter, stirring until it looks like sand. (I used my food processor to grind the graham crackers, then I added the cinnamon and butter and pulsed it until well combined.)

Spoon out about a tablespoon of crumb mixture into each heart cavity. Press the crumbs down making an even crust. Refrigerate until ready to fill with cheesecake mixture.

Note: Being I only made 12 cheesecakes with crusts, I had some of this leftover.

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In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a mixing bowl using a hand held mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium high until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Be sure to scrape the cream cheese out of the mixing blade as well. You don't want lumps in your cheesecake.

Add sugar and beat for one minute. Add eggs and beat until creamy, 1 to 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl once. Add the sour cream and vanilla and mix just to combine.

conversation heart cheesecake recipe

Equally divide the filling among 6 bowls. Add food coloring to create the colors you'd like.

It took between five and eight drops of color to achieve the colors of my cakes. For orange, mix yellow and red together.

how to make conversation heart cheesecakes

Pour colored cheesecake filling into the heart shaped cavities in your Wilton silicone mold. If you are using 3 heart molds and making 18 cheesecakes, equally divide each color among 3 hearts. The cavities will be a little less than completely full.

I filled mine completely, as I only made 12 of this size. I then used the remaining batter to make some mini hearts (see image below.)

I made pink, lavender, yellow, orange, green, and blue hearts, but have to say the blue was awful looking once baked. I would either go lighter next time, or just make a few white hearts.

baking conversation heart cheesecakes

Bake cheesecakes in a water bath for 22-25 minutes, if making 18 hearts.

When baked thoroughly, the cheesecakes should still jiggle, but not look soupy.

Notes:

  • As I mentioned, I set my heart molds on a flat rack, which made it so easy to move and lower into the roasting pan which was already filled with water that had heated up while the oven was pre-heating.
  •  You can set your heart molds in your roasting pan, then carefully pour boiling water around the heart molds. Just fill up the pan so that the water goes half way up the sides of the heart mold.
  • My tiny cheesecakes baked for 15 minutes. 
  • If hearts are completely filled, bake for 26-28 minutes. I baked my cakes 30 minutes (I got distracted and didn't check them when I should have.) They developed a bit of a skin on top, but really were perfect inside.
  • If you bake one large cheesecake, it should take about 45 minutes. 

mini conversation heart cheesecakes

Remove your baked cheesecakes and allow to cool at room temperature for an hour. The minis will probably cool in about 30 minutes.

wilton silicone heart mold conversation heart cheesecakes

Freeze the cheesecakes for at least 2 hours, and up to several weeks. Remove from freezer and push on the underside of each heart, releasing the cheesecakes. Carefully lift them out of the mold. If they don't pop right out, you need to freeze them longer. I only broke off a tiny piece of crust from one of my hearts after allowing them to freeze for two hours.

Notes: My frozen hearts did have beads of condensation on them when I took them out of the freezer, but they dried after refrigerating them for a while. Of course you don't want to serve them frozen, so you'll need to allow them to warm up a bit before serving.

decorate conversation heart cheesecakes

To add the conversation heart phrases, squeeze a few drops of red food coloring into a small bowl. Use a fine tip paintbrush to paint the words onto each cheesecake heart.

Notes:
  • Traditional conversation heart sayings are printed in all capital letters. 
  • Don't worry if your words are off center, as many conversation hearts are printed that way. 
  • If you have too much food coloring on your brush, your letters will bleed. 
  • The food coloring will dry if you refrigerate your cheesecakes for a while. 

Store in the refrigerator for up to several days or freeze for up to a month.

I suggest storing them in an airtight container. To keep the condensation from developing on the tops of the cheesecakes, set a piece of paper towel, that is larger than the container's lid, across the underside of the lid. Close and seal. The moisture will get wicked up by the paper towel. 



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255 comments:

  1. LOVE this idea-- an I am so with you on how cheesecake should taste! Pinning this : )

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    1. Hi Kristina, thanks for the Pin. I'm happy you love the idea!

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    2. i love this idea! i only have one question, i live in colorado and have issues with baking in this altitude, any suggestions? Sites i can use to help get the hang of baking on the altitude?

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    3. Unfortunately, I've never done any baking at higher altitudes and don't know anything about it. I'm sure there are sites that can help, I just don't know of any. Sorry I'm no help with this one.

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  2. Oh my goodness! These are absolutely adorable! Thanks for the ultimate cheesecake recipe. Making a cheesecake from scratch is on my baking to-do list.

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    1. Thanks Chelsea, if you are going to try your hand at making a homemade cheesecake, this is the right recipe. Tyler did a good job with this one.

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  3. Oh these are so neat! And they look delishious :)
    Lina

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  4. Awesome!!! They look great, and cool directions!!

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    1. Thanks Sugarswings. I do try to give pretty detailed directions and appreciate you noticing:)

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  5. These are beyond awesome! I mean, I am seriously in awe and just keep going back and forth over your pictures! This might actually make me break down and buy those silicone pans. And now I'm seeing the thumbnail up above for a Chocolate Caramel Apple Cauldron and my jaw just dropped again! I would love it if you would come link up to my party, and actually... let me know if you ever want to do a guest post! You could even repost this if you wanted to get some views! Off to pin it! http://www.aturtleslifeforme.com/2012/02/share-wow-wednesday.html

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    1. Hi Natalie. I'm so happy you found my blog and like my recipe ideas. I linked up and added your button to my Featured On/Linky page. I wish I had extra recipes to do guest posts, but I work on one idea at a time and spend 2-3 days working on each. I need to get ahead someday, so I can honor all the guest post requests I get. I'd be happy to re-post this recipe on your site next week, if you'd like. Thanks!

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    2. Hi Beth! I'm so sorry, but I just saw this reply now! Absolutely you can re-post this on my site (or if there's another post you wanted to promote more, I'm cool with that too!). Just let me know and if you're interested, send me the HTML code. I'm not too picky with making sure it's new content or anything! I figure, even an old post that's posted on a new site can get you more traffic! aturtleslifeforme at gmail dot com

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  6. love! those are so adorable! awesome job!

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  7. Oh wow - you are a genius! I love this idea.

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    1. Thank you Jenn, it is so amazing to be called a genius:)

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  8. These are so cute - I really hope I can make some time to try these! I pinned this and am now following your blog & following on FB. It looks like you have tons of great ideas!

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    1. I'm so happy you have joined in on the fun here at Hungry Happenings:)

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  9. Pinned! This is just AMAZING! I am your newest follower :) I'd love for you to share this with my readers if you have a chance. Love! Have a great weekend! http://www.momontimeout.com/2012/02/taking-timeout-thursday-no-15.html

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    1. Thanks for the Pin Trish. I just added a link to your Taking Timeout Thursday linky party. Hope you and your kids have a great weekend, too.

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  10. I love these. They are so cute. I can't wait to make them for my family. I featured them on my blog tonight.

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    1. Thanks for the feature Laura! I'll add your button to my Featured On page. If you do make these for your family, be sure to send me a picture so I can feature it in my reader's gallery along with a link to your blog.

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  11. OMG!!! I love your blog! Such creativity!! I am going to check out your book :) Wow I can't wait to see all of your goodies! Do you sell them/have a bakery/online store? You go girl!! <3

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    1. OH, that is so nice to hear. I'm sure you'll love Hungry Halloween. It is packed with some really clever Halloween recipes. I do sell my goods in Ohio only - unfortunately I'm not allowed to sell out of state.

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  12. Oh WOW!! These look as delicious as they look pretty!!! LOVE them!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a GREAT weekend!
    Beth =-)

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    1. Thanks Beth. I hope you have a great weekend too. Good luck to your favorite team, if you're cheering anyone on at the Super Bowl. I'll probably be busy in the kitchen tomorrow. I don't have too many days left to get more Valentine's Day stuff made and posted.

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  13. I too am pinning photo and link. Hope to make this for v-day. I love cheesecake too, but it has to be good! I have a great recipe handed down to me from a little ole italian lady in NY, a real NY cheesecake, really the only one I make. I will give this one a try.

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  14. Beautiful cheesecakes. Good luck once again from Bacon Time.

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  15. WOW! These look fantastic! I'm not a fan of the 'real' conversation hearts, but cheesecake?! Yes, please!! Would you pretty please share this yummy idea here?

    http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2012/02/shine-on-fridays-13-and-some-fabulous.html

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    1. Thanks Amy, I linked up the recipe and tried to follow, but the button wasn't working. I'll try to stop by again and see if it's working.

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  16. Super cute! I love it. Have never made cheesecake before but I may try soon.

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  17. Do you know if these will turn out as well with aluminum muffin pans? :)

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    1. The advantage to silicone is that is is pliable enough to turn inside out, which helps when removing the cheesecakes. I do think using disposable aluminum pans would work, you'd just have to cut the pans off with scissors and pull the pan away from the cakes. Let me know how it turns out and I'll share that suggestion.

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  18. Those are awesome! Pinning for future use. :)

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  19. These are SO cute!! I would definitely make these for Valentines!
    You know...maybe buying that springform pan I saw today would've been a good idea!

    http://milk-and-tea.blogspot.com

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  20. Theses look delicious and adorable! Thank you so much for sharing at Sharing Saturday! We look forward to seeing what you will share next week.

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  21. Ohh what a wonderful idea! I love that roasting pan trick :P

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  22. Hi Beth - these are so darn cute! Love, love, love, love, love them!!! Fabulous photos too - so glad you documented the process for us. Will have to keep these in mind for the family - I make all kinds of cheeseake, but none as impressive as these little cuties.

    I'm off to check out more of your blog.

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    ButterYum

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  23. PS - I use my BeaterBlade attachment in my KitchenAid to make cheesecake. No scraping of the bowl required. Love it!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  24. genius!! love this!! great job with the colors.

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  25. Wow, Beth, great job! Those turned out just fantastic! I love them, can't wait to try them. Thanks so much for the excellent idea!

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  26. Just saw these on foodgawker - they are AMAZING! I love the silicone molds - they're so easy to work with, but have never used ones for cheesecake. Thanks for the freezing tip for getting them out. Love, love these.

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  27. I just found this page by accident and am glad that I did. I love baking cheesecakes and can't wait to try these. My daughter is getting married on March 31 with just a few friends and family so I thought I would make one for each of the guests. I will try them out on others first though just in case mine don't turn out like yours. lol I can't wait to go and check out the rest of your page. Thanks once again.

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  28. i love ur page..u giv me idea to update my biz..thanks a lot.. :-)

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  29. I love any and all things cheesecake, so Im definitely going to be making these! Pinning them now!

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  30. I just saw these on foodgawker - adorable idea!

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  31. This looks absolutely wonderful! I may attempt to make it for an upcoming Valentine's party and then I'll post pictures (and credit you, of course!) on my blog: welovefoodblog.com

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    1. Thanks Mandy, I'd love to post your pictures in my Reader's Gallery along with a link to your blog. Have fun in the kitchen and enjoy your party.

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  32. WOW! These are awesome! There are so many cheesecake possibilities with using different mold shapes! Love the colors!!!

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  33. Thanks so much for sharing! I'm seriously in love with these and just featured you in my wrap-up post! http://www.aturtleslifeforme.com/2012/02/sunday-spotlight.html

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    1. I really appreciate being featured Natalie. Thanks!

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  34. Thanks for your recipe/method, these are so colourful and appealing. Shared your "link" to my recipe exchange on Facebook.

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  35. What a great idea, and what a good use for the heart shaped pan!

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    1. Thanks Heather. I've had those heart pans for years and this is my favorite use so far.

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  36. These are show stoppers, Beth. I appreciate the time you put into the fabulous tutorial (I know that's time consuming...but appreciated!). They are just beautiful. Would be delighted for you to link this up (as well as any other fun things you've been working on) at this week's Mop It Up Mondays: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/02/mop-it-up-mondays-party-2.html
    {HUGS},
    kristi

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    1. Thanks so much Kristi. It's nice to hear how much my effort is appreciated. I spend more time than I ever imagined I would on my tutorials, but I love it. I linked up on your site and grabbed your button and added it to my Featured On/Linky page.

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  37. These little cheesecakes are lovely Beth! You are such a perfectionist..love it! I even had to pin these. By the way...we are hosting our first Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party this Friday (the 10th) and would love for you to share this and everything else you make! Feel free to stop by and grab a party button if you would like! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/

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    1. Oh Jill, you are so right. I am a total perfectionist. I spent a few hours this afternoon working on my next Valentine's Day recipe, but wasn't totally happy so I'm re-doing it again tomorrow. I'll be sure to stop by your linky party on Friday.

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  38. I really want to make these. Is there something else I could use instead of a roasting pan? Or suggestions of where to buy one that is super expensive?

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    1. You just need a pan that is big enough to fit at least one of your heart shaped silicone molds. A 9"x13" casserole dish will work fine. If you don't have one of those, you can buy a tin foil roasting pan for a few dollars. You don't absolutely need to bake the cheesecakes in a water bath, but there are two reasons it's better to do so: the texture of your cheesecake will be creamier and the top of the cheesecake wont crack.

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  39. These are the cutest things I've seen for valentines day yet. Love 'em!

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  40. Wow, so many nice comments. Thank you so much for visiting my site and taking time to comment. It's amazing to see so many new people stopping by to check out these cheesecakes.

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  41. oh that's such a lovely idea! i often color dought but i've never baked a colored cheesecake!
    i love it!

    I linked to your recipe on my blog - thanks for sharing!

    doro K.

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    1. Danke Doro,

      Thank you for featuring my Conversation Heart Cheesecakes on your blog. Some of your readers have stopped by already.

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  42. This is AWESOME...my guys LOVE cheesecake!!! Were they hard to get out of the molds?

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    1. Thank you and no, the cheesecakes were not difficult to get out of the mold because I froze them for a few hours. They really pop right out when you turn the silicone mold inside out. If you don't freeze them, you'll still be able to get them out, they just might not come out as perfectly.

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  43. This is so cute, I'd love to do it, but my boys and hubby would have a hissy fit if I changed my recipe after all these years. they won't allow it. I tried a few times mixing things up a little with different flavors, etc., and they wouldn't eat it. Same with my deviled eggs - only the old way will work.

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    1. Hey, I'm with them, when you find a recipe you like, stick with it. Just use your cheesecake recipe for this project and I'm sure they'll love it. I'm picky about deviled eggs too, so I totally understand!

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  44. This is such a cool idea. I LOVE cheesecake. It's nice to see a different way to do conversation hearts that aren't cookies or cupcakes. A big thumbs up!

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    1. Thanks for the thumbs up. I try hard to not do the same thing everyone else is doing and appreciate you noticing.

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  45. Wow these are absolutely amazing! I've never seen anything like this, and how perfect for Valentine's Day! These look like they came straight from a page from a magazine! AMAZING!!!!

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    1. Wow, right back at ya. What an amazingly nice comment. My dream would be to have one of my edible craft recipes in the pages of a magazine. Someday, perhaps.

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  46. Unbelievable!! This are perfectly amazing! I have never attempted a normal cheesecake much less something so fabulous...GREAT JOB!

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  47. Those are pretty cute! Makes me think I should go find some heart cupcake molds!

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  48. I love it! Such a creative and unique idea! I love your mini cheesecakes!

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  49. Soo cool! I have similar molds and I have been saving them for a special recipe, well I my search is over.

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    1. The silicone molds are perfect for this and I hope you enjoy making them. Thanks Vere.

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  50. Thanks so much for sharing these amazing recipe at Taking A Timeout Thursday! I've had this repinned so many times....Just wanted to let you know that you are being featured this week! Thank you for the inspiration :)

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    1. Thanks so much for the feature Trish. I hope your readers enjoy them too.

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  51. These are the cutest cheesecakes I have ever seen! I LOVE cheesecakes and can't wait to try a new recipe! Looking forward to making these for my hubby and 3 kiddos for Valentines Day! Thank you so much for this awesome idea!

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    1. Thanks Yvonne. I'd love to share pictures of your cheesecakes in my Reader's Gallery if you snap a few. I hope your family enjoys their sweet Valentine's Day treat.

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  52. This is fantastic! I am absolutely trying this!

    Bright Green Laces

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    1. So glad to hear it. I'd love to share pictures of your cheesecakes in my Reader's Gallery if you want to send them to beth@hungryhappenings.com.

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  53. Beth, I LOVED these SO much I featured them at TGIF this week (http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2012/02/tgif-linky-party-16.html) - Come stop on by and link up what you've been up to this week. Thanks for sharing your creativity with all of us!! (By the way this has been being repinned like CRAZY on my Pinterest page =-)
    Beth =-)

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    1. Thank you so much Beth. I really appreciate being featured. This recipe has turned out to be my most popular one to date, by a huge margin. I am shocked and excited to see how many people have stopped by my blog to see the tutorial. I'll be sure to link up on your site.

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  54. Your conversation cheesecakes are incredible! I've never seen this done before and that's a real shame because I LOVE cheesecake... I have featured this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup. Let me know if you have any objections and thanks for the inspiration

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    1. Of course, I am very please that you featured this recipe on your Friday Food Fetish. Thank you! I'm glad you like them.

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  55. These are so incredibly cute! I am so glad that I saw these before Valentine's day! I am definitely making them this weekend! Thanks for the awesome idea! =)

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    1. Thank you and have fun making your cheesecakes. Be sure to snap some pictures and send them to me at beth@hungryhappenings.com so I can share them in my Reader's Gallery.

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  56. These are AMAZING!!!! Will you link up over at our party? You may be featured next week!! Thanks
    http://natural-nester.blogspot.com/2012/02/naturally-nifty-party-1.html#idc-container

    -Your Newest Follower

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    1. Thank you and welcome to my blog. I linked up at your party and added your button to my Featured On page.

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  57. These look amazing. Do you know of anywhere I can find the heart molds? Like in a store? maybe walmart? I would rather not buy online and pay for shipping.

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    1. Thanks! You can usually find these molds at Michael's, JoAnn Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, and other craft stores. I wouldn't doubt that Target or Walmart has them or something similar in stock for Valentine's Day. If you find them somewhere else, let me know so I can share it with everyone.

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    2. Another reader just posted that she found some molds at Target.

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  58. Love this! I saw heart-shaped molds in my local Target the other day, btw. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

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    1. Thanks for letting us know about the molds Susie. I appreciate it. I haven't been out shopping at all for Valentine's Day but figured Target might have something that would work - you can always count on them!

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  59. dude. these. are. awesome.

    ....people think they're posting valentines day recipes??? holds nothing compared to this. THIS is a valentines day recipe. Well done!

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  60. OMG! they look so cute & amazing! Loved the colours & the perfection:) If you are willing, you can link this with my ongoing-''Valentine's Day Event''(till Feb 20th)
    So glad to follow you!!

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    1. Thanks Teena. If you want to grab a picture and link, you can add it to your event or let me know and I'll send it to your e-mail.

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    2. Oh thank you so much! In that case, i'll link it myself. You don't need to mail me. I'll e-mail you once i post the round-up :) Could i link few of your other Valentine treats too? Coz everything is absolutely gorgeous!

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    3. Absolutely. Thanks for sharing my recipes with your readers.

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    4. Thanks a ton Beth! I'll email you once i post the roundup :) Have a great day!

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  61. oh yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum!I love this! So cute! I saw this on Skip to My Lou I would love it if you would share this with our readers too for Fun Stuff Fridays! http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/02/14-days-of-valentines-fun-stuff-fridays_10.html

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    1. Ooops, thought I had done that last Friday. Well, I did it just now and added my newest recipe for Fudgy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Hearts too.

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  62. absolutely so cute & romantic....would love if you link with Decorating Challenge-Valentine’s day Ideas

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    1. Thanks for linking with my event....Now I cant wait until I try them.They are so cute....

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  63. Oh my this recipes looks divine! And these are sooooo cute that I just had to feature you today in my favourite Valentines Days Crafts post.
    http://michellescraft.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/favourite-valentines-crafts.html
    thanks so much for sharing the recipe

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    1. Thanks Michelle. I appreciate being including in your list of Valentine's Day favorites.

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  64. How long would you cook this if you were making one big cheescake in a springform pan? Can't wait to try!

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    1. You'll want to bake a whole cheesecake for about 45 minutes. Just make sure to double the crust ingredients for a whole cake. Enjoy!

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  65. Love your blog! I fancy myself a baker and I can't wait to try your recipes! I adore cheesecake so I am tackling the conversation hearts this weekend!

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    1. Thanks Brandi. Have fun in the kitchen this weekend and be sure to snap some photos. I'd love to share them in my Reader's Gallery. Enjoy.

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  66. I made these yesterday and they turned out great. you definitely need to leave them in the freezer for the full two hours! also, you don't need much food coloring. thanks fir the great idea...I'm sure everyone will love them.

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  67. I'm so happy to hear they turned out so well for you. Yeah, it is much easier to un-mold them if they are really frozen. You can even leave them in the freezer overnight or longer. I made my hearts pretty bright so they'd show up nicely in pictures, but I agree with you that you don't really need to add much food coloring in order to get nice pastel hearts. If you took pictures and would like to share them in my Reader's Gallery, send them to beth@hungryhappenings.com

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  68. Absolutely love these! They look just perfect, great job. Your site is really cute (following now); I'm looking forward to looking around it more.

    www.mycakecorner.blogspot.com

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  69. THESE ARE AWESOME! Will attempt to make them :D
    Also any ideas on what I could do if I don't have a roasting pan??

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    1. Thank you. If you have a 9"x13" casserole pan, you can set one of the heart molds down into it. You'll have to bake just one heart mold at a time that way, but that is fine. You can also set a baking sheet on the lowest rack in the oven and fill it with water then set the heart molds on the shelf above it. It's not a perfect option, but it will allow steam to fill the oven which will help the cakes bake without drying out.

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  70. Wow, this is so fabulous!
    http://hankerie.blogspot.com

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  71. Im using a springform pan and was trying to use a roasting pan but water fills into the pans. Is there something different I can do?

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    1. Sorry I didn't respond sooner, I was out for the evening. If you are using a springform pan, you need to wrap the bottom of it with a few layers of tin foil to keep the water from entering the pan or set it in a pan that is just a bit bigger than the springform pan itself and set that bigger pan down into the water. I have even had success putting the pan of water in the oven on a rack below my cheesecake. I hope it worked out for you.

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  72. Beth, I just can't quit thinking of all of the adorableness of these. I featured you on this week's Mop It Up Mondays: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/02/mop-it-up-mondays-3.html.

    Feel free to stop by and link up some more fabulousness if you get a chance!
    {HUGS},
    kristi

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    1. Thanks for the feature Kristi. I'll be sure to stop by and link up my new recipes.

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  73. Sue and I gave these a go for Valentine's dinner. We made them with a no-bake cheesecake though - we don't have the bendy pans and were afraid we wouldn't be able to get them out of our metal pans! They looks so cute. Thank yo for another great idea! (http://joandsue.blogspot.com/2012/02/valentines-food-ideas.html)

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    1. Your no-bake cheesecakes look great. Yeah, I don't think you'd have been able to get the cheesecakes out of a metal pan, so it was a good idea to do it the way you did. How did you get the words on the cakes? Did painting with food coloring work? I posted pictures in my Reader's Gallery. Thanks so much for sharing. I would love to be invited to one of your holiday dinners. You two look like you have so much fun in the kitchen together. I'm sure your guests have a ball at your parties.

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    2. We did do the painting with food coloring and it worked great. We just had to wipe off the paintbrush between letters as the soft cheesecake goo tended to accumulate on the brush fairly quickly. We used a flat, fairly stiff, small brush and gently dabbed it, like connect-the-dots. We have so much fun putting together holiday dinners :) Thank you for inspiring us with your fantastic ideas. Your step-by-step instructions make everything seem more "do-able". (Oh, and we would love to have you at any of our dinners. Anytime you are in Lillooet lol!) :)

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  74. Wow! These look amazing. I think it would be a bit overambitious for me to try these but maybe one day ;)

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  75. Wanted to let you know I featured your dessert in a Valentine's Sweets post today. I would love if you stopped by and grab a button! I also would love for you to join the creative community and post this and other creative things you do!

    Susan,
    http://www.ohmy-creative.com/
    A community to Create - Share - Inspire

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    1. Thank so much for the feature, Susan. I added a button to my Featured On page and will be sure to check out your creative community.

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  76. Absolutely adorable! Pinned this to my Valentine's board!

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  77. Adorable! We featured in our on Facebook page and also in today's roundup. Thanks for making us hungry ;)

    http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/this-week-in-money-management-valentines-tips-too-sweet-not-to-share/

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  78. This is genius!!! So pretty!! Wish my hubby would give me one of those instead of a plant!!! Visiting from I SHould Be Mopping The Floor. Pinning this!!!!

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  79. Hey we love your conversation heart cheesecakes so much that we featured you on our favorites for this week! Come by and check it out and link up again! O and grab a button while you are there!

    http://natural-nester.blogspot.com/2012/02/naturally-nifty-linky-party-2-features.html

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    1. Thank you for the feature. I'm so happy you like the cheesecakes.

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      Sorry you had trouble getting the button to your blog. I found the problem and it should be fixed now. Please try again! Thanks so much!

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  80. WOW! This is by far the smartest thing ever! I am sooo pinning it!

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  81. Thanks for the tutorial, I just saw today, now I have to go buy the molds and try it. What a great idea.

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  82. I made these yesterday and really knocked the socks off my dinner guests! Thank you thank you thank you for all the tips and your fabulous tutorial! I'm totally going to web-stalk you now. :)

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  83. Beth, these are the cutest cheesecakes... EVER!!! I also have paid big bucks for a piece of cheesecake only to be disappointed. I feel your pain! :D I am pinning this! Thanks for sharing! :D

    Stephanie Hill @ Ladywiththeredrocker.com

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  84. These are the best ideas ever! My valentine and I are celebrating Saturday and the only molds I've been able to find are small metal ones - do you think if I smoothly lined them with buttered foil and froze them, I'd be able to lift them out alright?

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    1. Thank you Caitlin. I think you could get it to work. If you can find non-stick foil, that might work best, but buttered foil should work too. Once you remove the hearts from the pan, you can even use a knife or metal spatula to smooth out the sides of the cheesecakes. Just dip the spatula in hot water, dab with a paper towel, and run along the edges of the cakes. Good luck and let me know how they turn out for you.

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  85. Can I make the batter and leave it in the fridge for a few hours? I want to make the hearts but I only have one pan. Would the batter be okay while the first pan bakes, cools and freezes? or could I half the recipe?

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    1. I would think you could refrigerate the batter. I think you'd have to bake it a few minutes longer as it will be cold going into the oven so it will take longer to heat up.

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  86. I made this recipe tonight and it turned out beautifully! I only wished that I had a roasting pan with the handles like yours has. Mine worked fine though--just had to be extra careful. Thanks for sharing!! I also linked this page on my personal xanga page. Take care!

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    1. I'm happy to hear they turned out well for you. When I made these hearts and was pulling out my roasting pan, I went to take out the rack and realized it would work perfectly to hold the wiggly molds. As you found it isn't necessary, but it is nice to have. Thanks for linking this recipes on your xanga page (what is that by the way?)

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  87. your idea started me on baking cheesecake hearts. its amazing :) have yet to try the actual conversation hearts though, but will do so, when i get a hand on cheap food coloring stocks.

    i have the very same molds and would like to ask you the following:

    1. does the cinnamon stick to your molds? i have a problem taking the cinnamon smell off the molds. do you have a trick to clean it?

    2. waterstains: got lazy on drying one of the mold, and now, i have waterstains. do you know of a way to take them out?

    i hope you could help out. im planning to buy another set of silicone heart molds to be able to bake bigger batches, and i dunno if its an investment, or if im just throwing money away on inferior bakeware?

    thank you!
    anne nime

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    1. Hi Anne,

      I'm glad you've enjoyed making the cheesecake hearts.

      I have not used cinnamon directly on any of my molds but there is some cinnamon in the cheesecake crust. I haven't noticed that my molds smell of cinnamon nor have I ever had anything really stick to these molds. If your molds smell like cinnamon, you could try a few things to get rid of the smell. You could make a paste out of baking soda and water and scrub the mold with it, allow it to dry, then wash it off. If that doesn't work you could try rubbing the inside of the mold with lemon juice or perhaps some diluted bleach. I don't know if either will work, but they might be worth a try.

      As far as the water stains go, I do experience this all the time. Just take a damp paper towel and wipe them off or rewash them just before you plan to use them. The stains aren't permanent. I can wash my molds and they will look perfectly fine, then I store them and after time they get a white film on them, so I just always plan to wipe them clean before use.

      I just bought a shamrock mold and a bunny mold. I think they are great molds and have quite a collection.

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  88. Absolutely adorable! Wish I'd seen them in time for Valentine's Day, but I'll be sure to try them next year!!

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  89. I will do this recipe today! why the recipe says we should bake them with some water? is it for a better cheesecake texture? or maybe it's the perfect way to bake cheesecakes.

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  90. I will do this recipe today! why the recipe says we should bake them with some water? is it for a better cheesecake texture? or maybe it's the perfect way to bake cheesecakes.

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    1. Hi Aida, yes baking cheesecakes in a water bath helps the cakes bake evenly creating a really creamy texture throughout the entire cake. Being these are small cheesecakes, you could skip the water bath, but the edges will cook faster than the center.

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  91. Hi, I've been trying to find a cheesecake idea that will really work for the mother's day brunch I'm planning, and these are just too adorable.
    I can't wait to make them
    I do however have one question, What is the appropriate cooking time if i were to make a dozen mini hearts rather than these medium sized ones?
    Please do let me know as soon as possible
    Thanks :)

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    1. I used a mini heart shaped silicone ice cube tray to make my small cheesecakes and baked them for about 15 minutes. I'd set the timer for 12 minutes and check on them.

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  92. Hi! I am in the process of making these for the second time. I love them! They are so easy and delicious! I was always scared to attempt cheesecake before- but I absolutely love this recipe and will use it again and again! Love your website too! Thanks!

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that! Enjoy making and eating your cheesecakes.

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  93. This is such a cute idea! Would it work with a cake mix?

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    1. You could certainly bake cakes in the heart shaped silicone molds, You would just have to write the conversation heart phrases on with frosting, chocolate, or perhaps the food coloring, but I'm not sure how that would work. If you give it a try, I'd love to see a picture!

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    2. I think little hershey kisses or chocolate chips would be awesome for putting the phrases! Is there something else i could use other than the heart shaped silicone molds?

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    3. There are metal heart shaped cake pans you could use.

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  94. This is such a cute idea, i want to do this for my fiance. Im going to take a box and made it look like the sweatheart box to put them in. What size mold did you use? 6'- 8'

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  95. Love this cute idea. I want to do this for my fiance. Im going to make a box and make it look like the sweatheart box to put them in. What size mold did you use? 6'-8'

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    1. Sounds like a great idea. The Wilton silicone mold I used for this project has 6 heart shaped cavities and they are only about 3" wide. They make individual size cheesecakes, which is really nice. You could use a heart shaped springform pan, if you prefer, you just will have fewer hearts of various colors.

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  96. hi there
    i'm a new follower to your blog and i must say these little guys are adorable. what a gorgeous, clever idea.
    Happy Thursday
    xxxx

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    1. Welcome, Taneith. I'm glad you have found my blog and like the cheesecakes:)

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  97. What if I wanted to make a cookie dough cheesecake? Could I just put cookie dough in the pans?

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    1. Hi Kaylee, I've not ever made cookie dough cheesecake, but you can bake anything in the silicone molds including cookies and cakes. If you want to have a cookie dough crust, just press the dough into the pan and bake as you would in your recipe. If you want the cookie dough to be uncooked, I really don't know how you would add it unless you make a no-bake cheesecake. If you do that, just freeze your no-bake cheesecake then you'll be able to push them out of the silicone molds.

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  98. Do you have any high altitude changes?

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    1. I have never had to cook and use high altitude adjustments, but I found a website that seems to have a lot of good information. http://www.highaltitudebaking.com/

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  99. Sorry if my comment is going through twice--couldn't remember my google password, so not sure if it went through. Anyway, I would LOVE to make this recipe but I do not have a hand held mixer or a roasting pan (college life haha). could i hand mix the ingredients? and would a casserole dish be ok instead of a roasting pan? Thanks so much!

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    1. You can certainly make this recipe using just a mixing spoon or spatula, just be sure that the cream cheese and sugar are very well blended so you don't end up with lumps in your cheesecakes once you add the other ingredients. Any pan that will hold water and is larger than the silicone mold will work as well as a roasting pag. A cake pan or casserole dish will work just fine. Good luck with your cakes and have fun decorating them!

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  100. Ho ! It's so beautiful ! Wonderful ! I will try it soon ! :D

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  101. Could I use a recipe that I am familiar with and this still work? Love the idea btw, thanks! (:

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    1. I think most any cheesecake recipe that you like should work just fine.

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    2. Thanks, you're the best! Definitely doing this for Valentine's day

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  102. I'm obsessed with anything Conversation Hearts themed, so naturally, this is right up my alley! I love them. They look delicious!

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  103. Martha Stewart just repinned this! That's cool

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    1. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is so cool. Thank you so much for letting me know:) How did you know? Does she follow you?

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    2. Hi! Well I almost fell over when I read your email today. You made my day!!!!! I just saw it on Pinterest randomly. No Martha does not follow lil ole me. You're an awesome talent and its fun to watch your star rise.

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  104. Amen, to your words on Cheesecake. I too am VERY picky about my chessescake, if it does not meet my standards, I give it to my husband. My grandmother made the best cheesecake, which set my standards. I have her recipe and everyone raves about it! I love your hearts and I am going to make these for V-day! I just started a new link party and would love for you to come over and share your post or any social media sites. Talkin’ About Thursday - http://designeddecor.com/talkin-about-thursday-link-party4/
    DeDe@DesignedDecor

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  105. Beth,
    I am so impressed, Wow, these look yummy and cute and your pictures are great. I pinned and pinned and shared on goodle+. I would love for you to share on my link party Tuesday at http://www.memoriesbythemile.com
    Have a beautiful week. By the way I am a new follower and can't wait to follow you.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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  106. I just tried out this recipe and the cakes were absolutely delicious! However, the tops turned out uneven and unsuitable for writing on. Would you have any suggestions on how I could achieve perfect tops like the ones in your photos? Thanks, Beth!

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    1. Hi Krista,

      Sorry you had trouble with the tops of the cakes. The only reason I can think of that would cause this problem is if the cakes got too hot or were over baked. If you use a water bath the cakes should bake really evenly. Without the water bath they can rise in the middle and even crack.

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    2. That sounds a lot like what happened. Hmm, perhaps I didn't fill the roasting pan with enough water. I'll have to try again and see! Thank you!

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    3. That is quite possibly the issue. I'm glad I could help. Good luck if you try again.

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  107. Hi. I am your newest follower via GFC and Twitter.

    I would love to have you as a guest blogger; I am dropping you an email shortly.

    Thanks so much!

    http://www.happykidsinc.blogspot.com

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  108. Hi,

    This might seem a bit random to you in terms of questions I ask, but just bare with me :)

    1. Is it possible for you to sell me the silicone moulds (heart-shaped) ones that you have, because i cant seem to find good ones online and in stores. And it would mean a lot to me if I could get my hands on them, because im planning something special and I require it. Please?

    In the recipe:

    2. when you say graham cracker crumbs, can I just use the biscuits that I normally use for cheesecakes? and can i have measurements in grams? because its easier for me to do things~

    3. how many grams is half a stick of butter?

    4. my oven doesnt go up to 300 degrees celcius...is there another temperature I could use that could work?

    5. what is the reason of having a water bath? because I've never made any cheesecakes with a water bath before.

    6. how do I change the cream cheese fillings into fruit purees? Because won't the purees be heavier than the cream cheese filling?


    Have a good day.
    Michelle

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    1. 1. You can buy the same silicone molds that I purchased from Amazon.com. They are made by Wilton and they work great. Click here and you'll go directly to the product page.

      2. You can use any type of biscuit or cookie for the crust.

      3. 1/2 stick of butter is 56.7 grams

      4.The oven temperature is 300 degrees fahrenheit or 148.889 in celcius

      5. Water baths help bake the cheesecake more evenly, so the finished cake is creamy and smooth. You can bake these cheesecakes without a water bath, but there is the possibility that the tops of your cakes will become uneven and bumpy and even crack.

      6. If you use fruit purees instead of cream cheese you will be making a completely different recipe. You might want to try making a fruit mousse.

      Hope this helps.

      Good luck and Happy Valentine's Day,


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