15 Luscious Cheesecakes That Taste Like Summertime
Any season is cheesecake season, but some cheesecake recipes seem just right for summer. Made with ingredients like fresh berries, sunny citrus, and tropical bananas, these cheesecakes taste as fresh and fun as a summer vacation. Read on to get recipes for 15 of our favorite summer cheesecakes.
Yearning for a tropical getaway? This cheesecake is flavored with pineapple and coconut, and sprinkled with pecans. If you really want to take it to the next level, chop up macadamia nuts to shower over the top. "Huge hit with the family," says BVAHABI. "I did not change anything and the cheesecake was very good. An excellent summer cheesecake!"
Here's a flavor blast from your past. If you loved Creamsicles when you were a kid, you'll love the orange/vanilla combo in this playful cheesecake. All you need now is the sound of an ice cream truck driving down your street.
White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Cheesecake in a Jar
These little charmers are perfect take-alongs for music in the park or bonfires at the beach. The recipe calls for strawberries, but you know you can use any fresh summer fruit you like.
White Chocolate Blueberry Cheesecake
You're not going to want to hear this, but it's crucial that you cool this cheesecake overnight so it can properly firm up. What makes the waiting even harder is knowing that the crust is made with caramel in the mix. Hold me back!
Key Lime Cheesecakes with Raspberry Swirls
Here's an easy-to-serve summer party dessert. Michele Bart says, "BIG hit with the crowd we entertained. Nice presentation (used regular red raspberry jam), perfect size serving (used regular sized cupcake liners)."
If you're lucky enough to have fresh rhubarb (or a bag stashed in the freezer), you'll love the sweet/tart/tang of this fruit-filled cheesecake. KAEMARIE raves, "A delicious cheesecake, wonderful way to use rhubarb, and it tasted even better the next day."
Green Tea Mousse Cheesecake
"Wow I love green tea flavors and this was my very first attempt at making a dessert out of matcha. I am so used to getting this flavor from green tea ice cream it was almost bizarre to have it in a fluffy airy mousse cake like this. The color is delightful and is not as rich as a lot of cheesecake. I really enjoyed this recipe!" —MereiSakura
Lemon Meringue Cheesecake
"Love lemon meringue pie and cheesecake? Well this is the best of both worlds," says recipe creator Michelle Berger. FrannieB agrees, saying, "Made the cheesecake twice already, big hit with family and friends."
Very Berry Cheesecake
"A rich reward for picking your way through the thorny brambles," says recipe submitter JJOHN32, TEATHYME agrees, saying, "I have made this recipe six times now, and have had six huge successes! Family and friends alike rave over it, even the 'cheesecake purists' are impressed."
Avocado Lime Cheesecake
You'll use your ice cream maker to churn the avocado/creamcheese/lime filling for this no-bake cheesecake. Pour into a prepared graham cracker crust and freeze for two hours before serving. Reviewer Lauren Adams said she didn't have an ice cream maker so she just poured the mixture into the shell and it "turned out great." Shannon Bachorick says, " It was a nice refreshing desert that wasn't too heavy. A great way to top off taco night!"
Banana Cheesecake with Banana Cream Pie Topping
"This simple recipe is a combination of banana cheesecake and banana cream pie all rolled into one dessert!" says recipe creator Michelle K. "It uses an Oreo®-cookie crust instead of the traditional graham cracker crust, adding a bit of a chocolate accent. Plus, it uses fat-free cream cheese, but proves to taste rich and creamy for a banana-y treat! Garnish with whipped cream and sliced bananas, if desired."
Frozen Peanut Butter Cheesecake
This over-the-top creation lands somewhere between a frozen ice cream pie and a cheesecake. And there's nothing wrong with that. Paula D. says, "WOW! Incredible! It IS very rich but its soooo good! The rice crispy crust tastes like a crunch chocolate bar and it compliments the peanut butter cake so well! Absolutely incredible! BE WARNED THOUGH only have a small amount it IS VERY rich and heavy in the belly."
No Bake Lime Mousse Torte
You won't have to turn on your oven to make this tangy no-bake cheesecake. Vicky C says, "I'm a Culinart Arts student and I made this as a homework assignment and boy oh boy did it go over big! It's very rich and creamy I just called it a cheesecake and went with it. This also works INCREDIBLY well as a frozen dessert. You do have to let it thaw a little before cutting into it maybe 10 minutes or so but it's soooooo good!"
Coconut-Lime Cheesecake with Mango Coulis
Talk about a slice of dessert paradise. CuppaTeaGirl raves, "This was AMAZING. My first attempt at ever making a cheesecake, and I'm darn impressed with myself."