Sunday, March 10, 2013

How to Paint Cheesecake Easter Eggs plus an Easter Extravaganza

Handpainted Cheesecake Easter Eggs

For years I have been painting candy molds with brightly colored white chocolate and wondered if the same artistic technique could work with colorful cheesecake filling. It does!


In the past, I've successfully used shaped silicone molds to create Conversation Heart Cheesecakes, Rainbow Cheesecake Hearts, and Cheesecake Leaves and Pumpkins. While making my rainbow cheesecakes for Valentine's Day, I started thinking about using the colored filling to actually paint a design into the mold.  I knew the perfect opportunity to try this would be at Easter as I owned just the right molds.


My silicone Easter egg molds have indentations that can be filled with the colored cheesecake. The designs are simple, making it easy to paint with the filling. Just as I do with my chocolates,  I froze the painted mold before filling it full of cheesecake. Once baked and chilled I removed them from the silicone mold to find beautifully decorated Easter egg cakes. 

I experimented with two different batches of colored cheesecake to make my Easter eggs and couldn't decide which I liked better. 

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Some were very brightly colored.


While others were soft and pastel.

Which do you prefer?

I look forward to serving these individual desserts this Easter. I also, may try my hand at re-creating some recipes from fellow bloggers that are being shared today in an Easter Extravaganza. I was invited to participate in this blogging event, and couldn't be more thrilled to be included with such amazingly talented bloggers. Once you read my cheesecake recipe, you'll see pictures of all the Easter projects. Be sure to visit their blogs to see their tutorials and recipes.


Hand-painted Cheesecake Easter Eggs (makes 8)

Ingredients:

16 ounces cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
food coloring in your choice of colors (I used pink, yellow, violet, and green)

Special Supplies Needed:

food processor or a mixing spoon
paint brushes (clean and used for food only)
2 silicone Easter Egg Molds (by Wilton, Ganz, or Wholeport)
optional: roasting pan (with or without a flat rack) or a 9"x13" baking pan*

*NOTE: These cheesecakes will have the creamiest texture if they are baked in a water bath. Just fill a large roasting pan or a 9" x 13" baking dish with enough water to come 1/2 way up the sides of your silicone Easter egg molds. Set the water filled pan on the lower middle rack in your oven. Heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.  

I own a roasting pan that has a flat rack that fits inside. It is perfect for making these cheesecakes as you can set the filled mold on the rack and easily lower it into the hot water bath. 

You don't have to use the water bath, but I do highly recommend it.

Instructions: 


Make cheesecake filling: combine cream cheese, sugar, heavy whipping cream, eggs, and vanilla in the bowl of a food processor, pulse until smooth. 

If you don't have a food processor, mix cream cheese and sugar together until well blended. Add whipping cream, eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.


You can make your cheesecakes any color you like. To make 8 pastel colored cheesecake eggs, spoon about a tablespoonful of cheesecake filling into a small bowl. Stir in violet food coloring until you get the shade you desire (I made too much of the violet, as you can see in the photo.) Repeat with green coloring. Divide the remaining cheesecake filling into two bowls and tint one pink and the other yellow.


Dip a paint brush into your colored cheesecake filling and use it to paint the indentations in the silicone Easter egg mold. Paint just enough cheesecake filling in the mold to cover the indentation. If you paint too much, it will drip out. If that happens, just wipe the excess off the mold.

Use as many different colors as you'd like.

Note: If you are going to make a pink egg, don't paint with pink. If making a yellow egg, don't use yellow.


Once you have painted all of the indentations in 8 Easter eggs, freeze the molds for 15 minutes.

NOTE: I found that when I placed the mold with just a few filled eggs into the water bath, it floated a bit, so I poured some rice into a few of the cavities to weigh it down. I suggest, instead, to paint just the four eggs in the corners of each mold, leaving the center two eggs empty. Then your molds will be more evenly weighted.

If you haven't already prepared a water bath in the oven, preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.


If using a water bath and you have a flat rack for inside your roasting pan, set your mold on the rack. If not using a water bath, I recommend setting your Easter egg mold on a baking sheet, so it's easy to move once filled.

Pour cheesecake filling into the Easter egg mold, filling each egg shaped cavity to about 1/8th of an inch from the top edge. The cheesecake will expand a bit while baking and you don't want it to puff up and over the edge.

You will have some extra cheesecake filling. It's wont be enough to make a full egg, but you can just pour all the extra filling into another egg in the mold. Just pour all the different colors into the mold. This egg will make a nice little snack for you later on. You know you'll want to dig into one. This way you wont have to ruin a nicely decorated egg.


Bake your cheesecakes for 18-22 minutes until the top forms a smooth film and the center is still giggly but not wet.

Allow your cheesecakes to cool at room temperature for an hour then refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Freeze for 1-2 hours before un-molding.


Carefully turn the silicone mold upside down, gently tug at the mold pulling it away from the cheesecake, then press the backside of the mold, allowing the Easter egg cheesecake to fall out of the mold.


Store in the refrigerator for up to a few days. The cheesecakes will need to be quite cold in order to pick them up and move them onto dessert plates, so either put them on dessert plates as you un-mold them or be sure to plate them immediately after removing them from the refrigerator.

About 30 minutes before serving, remove the Cheesecake Easter Eggs from the refrigerator and allow them to come up to room temperature.

I finished eating one of these cheesecakes while writing this post, as my mouth was watering about mid way through my description. They are so creamy and have a nice vanilla flavor. I hope you have fun working with this new food painting technique.

Are you ready to see some more incredible Easter projects. I was invited to join in on an Easter Extravaganza and couldn't be more thrilled to be included with such amazingly talented bloggers and can't wait to visit all of their sites to see their recipes and tutorials. Just click on the pictures and you'll be re-directed to their blogs.

 



See all these amazing Easter projects at these blogs:

3D Easter Bunny by Marielle - De Koekenbakkers
Chick Cupcakes by Robin - Bird On A Cake
Mrs. Bunny Centerpiece by Myriam - Chapix Cookies
Cheesecake Easter Eggs by Beth - Hungry Happenings
Cho "Bunny" Greek Yogurt Pops by Jill - Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons
Hidden Easter Eggs by Stephanie - Ellie's Bites
Easter Egg Cupcakes by Liz - Hoosier Homemade
Easter Treat Pouches by Elena - Just Me
Mini Meringue Cake by Karyn - Pint Sized Baker
Bunny Cake by Kathia - Pink Little Cake
Easter Gumball Machine by Marlyn - Montreal Confections
Easter Island by Laura - A Dozen Eggs Bake Shoppe
Easter Bunny Sandwich by Michelle - Creative Food
Bunny Garland by Sue - Munchkin Munchies
Egg Hunt Pound Cake by Jennifer - Not Your Momma's Cookie
Dutch Easter Egg by Lorraine - Lorraine's Cookies
Easter Egg Painting Chicks by Mike - Semi Sweet
Easter Basket Cookies by Amber - Sweet Ambs Cookies
The Carrot Patch Cake by Kim - The Partiologist
Cookie Bunny Pop by Meaghan - The Decorated Cookie
Pretzel Bunnies by Sarah - Miss CandiQuik
I, Robot Egg Cookie by Hani - Haniela's


To make this Easter Extravaganza even more extravagant,
 here is a re-cap off all the Easter projects from Hungry Happenings.




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Items used to make this project are available for sale on Amazon.com (commission earned for sales)

37 comments:

  1. Beth - you've done it again...created a fantastic Holiday themed cheesecake! I LOVE it!

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  2. Hi, I love your idea my mother-in-law has celiac so this would be perfect for her, great work. Marlyn from Montreal Confections

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    1. My father has celiac too and up until his diagnosis he was the biggest cookie monster ever. Now he enjoys desserts like these cheesecakes.

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  3. I love these! Such a brilliant idea! You always make the most amazing cheesecakes-- amazing!!

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  4. Wow! This is so cool! The possibilities are endless.

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  5. Fantastic tutorial! You're the bestest ever at those. Like maybe I can actually, you know, make these. And they'd look like yours! (And re:floppy ear bunny cutter, I looked all over the web for the same one. It's big and copper and I got it years ago, I think as a gift from my mom, but I couldn't find the same exact cutter. I thought maybe coppergifts, but didn't see the same one. I think they have something similar though).

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    1. Thanks, Meaghan:) I do have a make your own cookie cutter kit and just may have to use your bunnies as a guide to make my own cutter. Your cookies are so cute.

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  6. Super cute idea...they look perfect and so colorful!

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  7. You are full of great ideas, Beth! Besides turning out perfectly, I know these must be delicious! Cheescake has always been a favorite of mine:)

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  8. Fantastic idea, Beth! Now you have me craving cheesecake... :)

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  9. Oh these look so cute, what a great idea!

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  10. How cool! That looks so good - I know I must try them!

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  11. Love the details on the eggs, and it looks pretty easy too! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I need to get my hands on some silicone molds they are so fun to use. Love this idea for a cheesecake!

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  13. I love the bright ones! Well, I love them all, but especially those. These are so adorable!

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  14. How cool! I didn't know that you could do such amazing things with cheesecake!

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  15. cute idea. Marlyn is right, a perfect dessert for a wheat free diet!

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  16. Great idea! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  17. So pretty!! And I just so happen to own this silicon Easter pan...!

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  18. You are so creative!! this is such a great idea! I love it and I am sure it taste so yummy.

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  19. Would it be possible to put a grahm cracker crust on the "bottom" of each cheesecake? My family likes the added texture the crust brings.

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    1. I've thought a lot about this. I tried to add a crust to the tops (which become the bottom) of the cake, but the crust sinks. The only way I could see it working is to get an egg shaped cookie cutter that is the same size as the mold and bake an egg shaped graham cracker crust separately, then once the cheesecake is baked, immediately set the crust on top to allow it to stick together. Now, I've not tried this yet, and am not sure how well it will work. It is just what I've been thinking about. If you give it a try and it works out, I'd love to know.

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  20. Wow! I love cheesecake, and these look delicious!

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  21. Oh goodness these look cute! Found your blog through Flour Me With Love and I'm a new follower!

    Christi
    http://the-not-so-perfect-momblog.blogspot.com

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  22. This is so cool, I love it! Need to try them for Easter with my daughter. I am glad I have found you in the Flourmewithlove party! Gosia @ http://www.kiddiefoodies.com

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  23. Oh My! These are so cute and look so yummy! I would love for you to share them at my link party going on now at http://www.memoriesbythemile.com/
    Great Tutorial too!
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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  24. These are so adorable! I'm featuring these cuties today and greatly appreciate all that you share at Mix it up Monday :)

    http://www.flourmewithlove.com/2013/03/featuring-you_13.html

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    1. Thanks so much for featuring the cheesecakes on Flour Me With Love:)

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  25. It looks amazng, so colorful and I bet it is really delicious! By the way, I’m hosting a Link-Up party and would be thrilled if you decided to participate!!!
    http://dcinstyle.com/

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  26. these eggs are truley a piece of art!

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

    ♥, doro von Hand zu Hand

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  27. oh I love this! so colorful and I bet it's delicious!!
    Thanks for linking up to the party! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2013/spring-easter-craft-ideas/

    Happy St. Paddy's Day!

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