Monday, March 17, 2014

Naturally Colored Orange Cheesecake Carrots

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A few years ago, after a few failed attempts, I created some Orange Cheesecake Carrots for Easter (pictured below) using a no-bake cheesecake recipe that called for orange gelatin. I loved how the wedges of cheesecake decorated with edible Easter grass looked, and was proud to serve the carrots for dessert. Unfortunately, what had tasted pretty good the day it was made, tasted artificial and gummy by the time it was served a few days later.

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I was bummed it didn't turn out as I had planned, but I really liked the concept, so I decided to revisit this edible craft idea again this year. I knew I could do better.

Easter cheesecake recipe

I'm so glad I gave it another try. 

Last month, when making my Naturally Colored Conversation Heart Cheesecakes, I discovered that I could use freshly squeezed orange juice to add a nice citrus flavor to my favorite baked cheesecake recipe, but that the color was very pale. In order to intensify the orange color, I added carrot juice. The finished cheesecake hearts were brightly colored, had a rich creamy texture, yet tasted light and refreshing. The orange flavor is dominant, and most people can't even detect any carrot flavor.

To make my cheesecake carrots, I simply used the same recipe, making one whole cheesecake instead of hearts. After the cheesecake was baked, cooled, and cut, I added some green candy coating carrot tops which look so much better than the edible grass. 

I brought these new and improved Cheesecake Carrots to a party this weekend, and was relieved to see people wiping their dessert plates clean. 

Easter Cheesecake ideas

Orange Cheesecake Carrots (makes 12)

PRINTABLE RECIPE (click here)

Ingredients:

Crust:
40 vanilla wafers, crushed into fine crumbs
3 tablespoons butter, melted

Orange Cheesecake Filling:
3 (8 ounce) blocks cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 pint sour cream
1/3 cup orange juice
3/4 cup carrot juice
2 small oranges, zested

Carrot Tops:
6 ounces green confectionery coating, melted

Supplies Needed:

9 inch springform pan
heavy duty tin foil
zester (microplane grater)
roasting pan
boiling water
squeeze-it decorating bottle or a small zip top bag
baking sheets lined with parchment paper (pans need to fit in freezer)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Turn the plate of the sprinform pan upside down and clamp it into the outer ring. This will make cutting and removing your cheesecake slices easier. Wrap two layers of heavy duty tin foil around the bottom of the pan.  

Mix together the vanilla wafer crumbs and melted butter. Press it into the bottom of the pan.

orange cheesecake recipe

Beat cream cheese on low speed until smooth and free of lumps. Add sugar and mix until well blended. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until creamy, scraping down bowl as needed. Add sour cream, orange juice, carrot juice and orange zest and mix just until combined. 

Cheesecake crust

Pour cheesecake filling over crust in springform pan.

Cheesecake recipe

Place filled springform pan in a roasting pan and set inside oven. Carefully pour boiling water into roasting pan, filling the pan so the water goes half way up the sides of the springform pan. Be careful you don't splash any water in the cheesecake. 

Bake for 70-75 minutes, until the top of the cheesecake looks set, but the center is still jiggly. Turn the oven off, and leave the cheesecake in the oven for 10-25 minutes. You want the baked cheesecake to look firm, not wet, yet still jiggle just a bit in the center. 

Remove the roasting pan from the oven and allow the cake to sit in the hot water for 30 minutes, then remove pan from water, remove the tin foil, dry the bottom of the pan, and set on a cooling rack to cool for an hour. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours. 

I found it easiest to get really nice slices from my cheesecake if I froze it for 30 minutes before cutting. 

candy leaves

To make the carrot tops, pour the melted green confectionery coating into a squeeze bottle fitted with a small round decorating tip or into a zip top bag (snip off one corner.) Pipe a 5-6 inch long line onto parchment paper lined baking sheets, then add some leaves. Freeze for 3-4 minutes just until set.

Easter Cheesecake

Just before serving, cut cheesecake into 12 slices. Arrange cheesecake either on dessert plates or on serving dishes. Poke three of the green carrot tops into each slice of cheesecake, making sure you don't poke them through the sides of your slices. 

Easter dessert recipe

You can store the cheesecake in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, but I suggest storing the candy carrot tops at room temperature in an airtight container and then adding them to the cheesecake slices before serving. If you have left overs, it's fine to refrigerate the carrot tops, just know that they might develop condensation on them and look wet and sticky upon serving.

PRINTABLE ORANGE CHEESECAKE CARROT RECIPE

cheesecake recipe
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27 comments:

  1. I was one of those lucky party-goers who got to wipe his plate clean of the cheesecake carrots. They were so good that I did it twice! Smooth and creamy, these "carrots" were a fun and delicious way to enjoy the evening.

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    1. I'm so glad you were able to join us for the party this weekend and I was particularly happy to see you enjoying the cheesecake carrots!

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  2. OMG, Absolutely darling! this is one pin I will definitely try. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  3. I can't believe I just found you.. A new follower now! I'd love to feature or link something of yours sometime. You have dome darling ideas. Thanks! Jillene @ inkhappi.com--- putting the {i} in happi :)

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    1. I'm so happy you did find me! I'm always grateful when others share my work with their readers. Thanks so much:)

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  4. These are awesome! I love that they are naturally orange. And cheesecake. YUM!

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    1. Thanks, Kelley. I'm trying to use less food coloring, which is a challenge doing what I do!

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  5. This pie is so cute! I've gotta try it for Easter this year! Happy Spring!

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  6. Those are just beautiful, Beth. Really! Takes my breath away.

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  7. Would've never thought to use carrot juice for color. Great idea!

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  8. So pretty! I know what you mean about those gummy-the-next-day cheesecakes. That's happened to me before too. Love these. Pinning.

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  9. They look amazing! Thank you for sharing the recipe and the idea!

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  10. Oh Beth, these really are some of the cutest carrots and can't believe you remade them, well, yes I can they are gorgeous!

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  11. I love all of your creative ideas. This one is so pretty and sounds delicious too!

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  12. Oh my gosh Beth..this is such a cute idea! I now remember your older pictures. Love the new version as well!:)

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  13. I love cheesecake this looks really good. Thanks for the recipe. Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday. We hope you hop over and share with us again next week.

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  14. This looks beautiful and what a great alternative to food coloring

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  15. These are just darling! I would have never thought to make cheesecake look like carrots. You made it look so easy.
    Hugs,
    Sami

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  16. These are so adorable!! What a clever idea... a slice of cake is the perfect carrot shape!! :)

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  17. This is just brilliant, I'm glad you kept on trying and didn't give up on this very cute idea!

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  18. LOVE this! I am still trying to get up the nerve to make my own cheesecake. I'm encouraged! Thanks so much for sharing at The Mommy Club Link Up

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  19. Wow…these are not only the cutest, but looks delicious…my family is big on cheesecake…I can't wait to make this! Would love it if you came by and shared it at One More Time Events..http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2014/03/vintage-tin-spring-egg-centerpiece.html

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  20. Your orange cheese cake carrots turned out great and so dang cute! We love cheesecake in our house so this would be a great easter desert! Thanks for sharing and for linking this great recipe up with us over at Tell it To Me Tuesday! We hope to see you linking up more of your awesome posts next week!

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  21. Wow amazing! Looks so good! I love that this cheesecake is naturally flavored! Checking it out from kitchen fun with my 3 sons link party!
    Cathy
    www.thrreekidsandafish.com

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  22. Thanks for sharing this at my Facebook Milestone Link Party :)! I already shared and pinned these a few days ago :)! I love cheesecake and these look so cute and delicious :)!

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