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Rare Cheesecake for Valentine’s Day

Easy-make, no-bake Japanese style rare cheesecake is like eating a fluffy cloud, perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Rare Cheesecake for Valentine’s Day

I’ve never been to Asia, but after trying (and loving) two types of Japanese cheesecakes, I’m ready to visit. You know my obsession with cheesecakes. Have you ever heard of rare cheesecake? When I first saw it I thought it was either a typo or the cake was made with some rare ingredient.

So, what is a rare cheesecake?

 
No-bake cheesecake is called “Rare Cheese Cake” in Japan. Live and learn, ha!

So far I am impressed with Japanese cheesecakes and wonder if there are other kinds they’re hiding from me. Although the first one I made (cotton chiffon cheesecake) must be baked, it is soft, spongy, and light. Note to self: need to make it on the blog.

I made this one as a test for Valentine’s Day treat. It passed with flying colors. The rare cheesecake is creamy, fluffy, light, and perfect – as in perfectly tasty, not perfect looking. I haven’t mastered that skill yet and I think I never will.

Rare Cheesecake for Valentine’s Day

The crust can be made with graham crackers or you can buy ready to use crust, but I think chocolate-y Oreos go well with strawberries. When sliced they look like hearts, but you can skip the strawberries and toppings if you wish. I topped mine with chocolate dipped strawberries, peach rose, sprinkles, and Oreo truffles (I made a mistake by crushing the whole package of Oreos and didn’t want to waste them).

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Ingredients:

8 oz. Oreo cookies, crushed
1 stick butter, melted
16 oz. cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
1 ¾ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon powdered gelatin, unflavored
½ cup boiling water
Strawberries or other fruit for garnish (optional)

Directions:

Combine crushed cookies with melted butter. You can crush them using a food processor or put them in a Ziploc bag and roll over with a rolling pin until finely crushed. Line an 8-inch springform with wax or parchment paper. Press Oreo mixture on the bottom of the pan. Refrigerate.

In the meantime, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add sugar, heavy cream, vanilla and lemon juice. Mix well.

In a small bowl, pour boiling water over gelatin. Stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Let cool slightly. If it cools too much and it hardens, microwave for 15-20 seconds. Do not boil.

Meanwhile, if using, remove stems from strawberries and slice. Line the side of the springform with strawberry slices.

Gradually beat in gelatin mixture into the cream cheese mixture. Pour over the Oreo crust and refrigerate until set, about 4 hours.

Gently remove the rim of the springform. Run a knife alongside the rim first, then using a kitchen torch or a hot towel warm up the sides a bit and release it.
Decorate the cake as desired. Keep refrigerated.

Happy baking!

If you missed my FREE Valentine’s Day printables, you can download them here and if you make this cake, I would love to see how you decorate it. Snap a photo and tag #rarecake and #allthatsjas on Instagram and/or Twitter.

Valentine's Day rare cheesecake - All that's Jas

Valentine's Day rare cheesecake - All that's Jas

Valentine's Day rare cheesecake - All that's Jas

Valentine's Day rare cheesecake - All that's Jas

Rare Cheesecake for Valentine’s Day

Rare Cheesecake for Valentine’s Day

Easy-make, no-bake Japanese style rare cheesecake is like eating a fluffy cloud, perfect for Valentine's Day.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. Oreo cookies, crushed
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin, unflavored
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • Strawberries or other fruit for garnish (optional)

Directions

Combine crushed cookies with melted butter. You can crush them using a food processor or put them in a Ziploc bag and roll over with rolling pin until finely crushed. Line an 8-inch springform with wax or parchment paper. Press Oreo mixture on the bottom of the pan. Refrigerate.

In the meantime, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add sugar, heavy cream, vanilla and lemon juice. Mix well.

In a small bowl, pour boiling water over gelatin. Stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Let cool slightly. If it cools too much and it hardens, microwave for 15-20 seconds. Do not boil.

Meanwhile, if using, remove stems from strawberries and slice. Line the side of the springform with strawberry slices.

Gradually beat in gelatin mixture into the cream cheese mixture. Pour over the Oreo crust and refrigerate until set, about 4 hours.

Gently remove the rim of the springform. Run a knife alongside the rim first, then using a kitchen torch or a hot towel warm up the sides a bit and release it.

Decorate the cake as desired. Keep refrigerated.

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This cake is featured at A Pinch of Joy and Olives and Okra.


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  2. […] you’re haven’t heard of rare cheesecake before, I talk about it in this rare cheesecake recipe I made for Valentine’s Day. It was my first rare cake and I was a bit intimidated, but it […]

  3. Reply
    Optimistic Existentialist
    March 8, 2017 at 11:48 am

    This looks heavenly!!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 8, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks, Keith! Hope your week is going great!

  4. Reply
    shelley
    February 14, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Have to admit that I’ve never met a cheesecake I didn’t like. This one looks yummy.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 14, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      He he, same here, Shelley! 😀

  5. Reply
    Janet
    February 9, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Oh my, I definitely have to try this recipe. – it looks delicious, and the strawberry hearts are just delightful!

    Janet
    rosemary-thyme.blogspot.com

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      Jas
      February 10, 2017 at 10:29 am

      Hi, Janet! You won’t regret it! Easy and yummy! 😀 Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  6. Reply
    Lynda
    February 6, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Oh, I’ve got to try this – it looks delicious, and the strawberry hearts are just delightful!
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      Jas
      February 6, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks, Linda! Warning: it’s addictive, lol.

  7. Reply
    Lisa @ Flour Me With Love
    February 5, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    As soon as I showed my my son your cheesecake, he said I need to make it asap! I’ll be getting all the ingredients this week. Thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday; this is featured this week 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 5, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      Hi, Lisa! I saw that you featured my cake. What a pleasant surprise it was, it’s an honor to be featured on a blog like yours! Tell your son I have another one coming for Easter he might like even better 😉 Have a great week!

  8. Reply
    Sherry
    February 5, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    This cake looks divine! It’s so smooth and creamy…and no bake! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 5, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Hi, Sherry! It is unlike any cheesecake I had, although the ingredients don’t vary that much from the traditional no-bake cheesecake. Thanks for visiting!

  9. Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    February 3, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Jas – that is absolutley beautiful! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 3, 2017 at 11:37 am

      I’m so happy you think so, Helen! XOXO

  10. […] Rare Cheesecake for Valentine’s Day is a creamy no-bake Japanese style cheesecake. Who doesn’t love cheesecake? […]

  11. Reply
    kid can doodle
    February 2, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    The berries make great heart shapes! Looks delicious! cheers, kidcandoodle

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 3, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Aren’t they perfect to express love? Thanks for visiting!

  12. Reply
    Demi
    February 2, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Heavenly!!!
    Visiting from Share Crafts, DIY Projects, Transformations Link party!!

    Demi
    http://madebydemi.com/

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 2, 2017 at 7:09 am

      If we don’t count calories, it is heavenly, Demi. LOL Thanks for popping in!

  13. Reply
    Richella Parham
    February 1, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I’ve never heard of “rare cheesecake,” but this is just gorgeous–and just in time for Valentine’s Day! 🙂

    Thank you for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!
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      Jas
      February 1, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      Thank you so much Richella, you made my day 😀 Blessings!

  14. Reply
    Pili
    February 1, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    That cheesecake is very creative and it looks delicious too! I’d take some heart shape strawberries right now
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    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 1, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      Hi Pili, I like strawberries too, especially when they’re in a cake, lol! Have a great rest of your week!

  15. Reply
    Miz Helen
    January 31, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    What a beautiful Cheesecake for Valentine Day, it looks delicious! Hope you are enjoying your day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen
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    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 1, 2017 at 12:01 am

      I appreciate you stopping by! See you soon!

  16. Reply
    Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance
    January 31, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Love your recipe!! Pinned! I’d love it if you’d come share it with our readers at our What to do Weekends party!!
    Cheers!
    Theresa & Shoestring Elegance
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      Jas
      January 31, 2017 at 7:44 am

      Thank you, Theresa! I’d love to party with you! 🙂

  17. Reply
    Rachel
    January 30, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    I love the styling you’ve done on top of this cheesecake! Very creative! It looks delicious.
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    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 30, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you so much, Rachel! 🙂

  18. Reply
    Leanna
    January 30, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Thank you for linking up at the #HomeMattersParty. Rare cheesecake that’s a new term for me as well. I was really impressed with your photographs with the dark background. The photos are both pretty and dramatic, lovely. No wonder strawberries are a valentine favorite they made a perfect heart shape on the outside of your cake.

    Have a great week.
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    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 30, 2017 at 11:34 am

      Leanna, you just made my day! Moody (low light) food photography is not everyone’s cup of tea. So happy you like it! Thank you 😀

  19. Reply
    Karly
    January 29, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    So yummy! Thanks for linkin’ up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 29, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Thank you, Karly! Hope your weekend was amazing!

  20. Reply
    Beverly
    January 29, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I admit, I wasn’t at all sure what I was going to find on a post called Rare Cheesecake! 🙂 It looks delicious. My daughter in law in Japanese, I’m going ask her if she makes it. Thanks for partying at Snickerdoodle, Jas. Pinning to my Valentine’s Treats Board.
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    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 29, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      Ha, ha, totally understand. I had to research it myself when I first heard of it. Thank you for stopping in, Beverly!

  21. Reply
    Katrin
    January 29, 2017 at 9:08 am

    I love cheesecake so much and this one looks so so beautiful, I bet it tastes just like that! I’ve never tried it with an oreo cookie base, yum!
    Katrin recently posted…Sweet Inspiration #41My Profile

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      Jas
      January 29, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      I like the Oreo cookie base better because it’s not as crumbly as graham cracker cookies. Hope you’ll give it a try, Katrin! 😉

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    Sammi
    January 26, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Get in my belly. Seriously. I HAVE to make this for Valentine’s Day!! Yummo 🙂 Thanks for the great recipe. Lovely photos too! 🙂
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    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 27, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Lol, it got in my belly so quick, you wouldn’t believe. Already made another one and it’s almost gone too. Goodbye resolution, ha!

  24. Reply
    Jenna @ A Savory Feast
    January 25, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    This is so beautiful! I love the strawberry hearts.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 26, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Hi, Jenna. Strawberries work great to convey love, don’t they? Thanks for stopping in!

  25. Reply
    Carlee
    January 24, 2017 at 7:37 am

    How interesting, but it kind of makes sense that rare = no-bake! This looks delicious!
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    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 25, 2017 at 8:56 am

      It kind of does, although we associate rare with steak, not cake, lol. But you gotta roll with the trend, right? 😉

  26. Reply
    Cheryl
    January 23, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Oh my, this looks fabulous!! Love how you decorated it!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      Hi Cheryl, thank you bunches! 😀 😀

  27. Reply
    Michelle
    January 23, 2017 at 10:21 am

    I don’t know how you do it Jas, but every recipe you share looks like a masterpiece. This might be the weirdest question you’ve ever been asked, but could I ask your permission to paint some of your photos in miniature? I will always credit you as the photographer.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 23, 2017 at 10:56 am

      You’re too kind, Michelle! I’m not the one coming up with coolest DIY and upcycle designs 😉 That IS the weirdest question I’ve been asked, ha ha, but I am very honored! See, another proof that your creativity has no limits! Thank you, can’t wait to see it! XOXO

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        Michelle
        January 23, 2017 at 11:16 am

        Thank you Jas. I’ll do one just for you.

        1. Reply
          Jas
          January 23, 2017 at 12:42 pm

          Aw, thanks! Mwah!

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