20 February 2018

Tuesday's Snapshots: A Circus Animal Cheesecake

This cute cake is a Circus Animal Cheesecake.! It uses the pink and white frosted circus animal cookies for the crust. It is my sister's favorite cheesecake, and she requested it for her birthday last week. You will need two bags of cookies, because they seem to be packaged smaller these days. You will only use the pink ones from both bags. Save some for the top if you want. ( I end up adding a few white ones as well. A handful doesn't make a difference in the pink color crust.) I use the food processor, because the crust is sticky due to the frosting. I also think that is why I end up using some white ones as well. I want the bottom of the pan fully covered.

I used this recipe, and I have made it before. So, I halved this recipe except for the crust.  The crust recipe needs to be the same to cover a 9 inch springform pan. I also use less sugar, because for our tastebuds it is sweet enough with the crust and ganache.  After halving the recipe except for the crust, I reduce the sugar to 1/4 of a cup. If you like a sweet filling keep it at a half.
The reason I half the filling recipe is because it is a huge cake. You won't be able to fit all the filling in your pan without it overflowing when it cooks. (I've done that before.) I think it then took an hour to cook instead of an hour and a half, but I kept checking it every five minutes at 45 minutes.

It's perfectly fine to follow the recipe exactly, just don't put all the filling in the pan, because it could overflow as it heats.
The larger cake is certainly more dramatic. That's the way I made it for another birthday party.

Before you pour it in the pan divide the filling into two. You put a few drops of food coloring to make it pink. Alternate the colors during pouring.
This time, it was warm here, and my circles didn't come out great, so it had more of a marbled effect than stripes, but still cute when cut.

This is the recipe I used for the Ganache. If you want it to spill down the sides you would have to make more. I only put it on the top. Immediately and quickly sprinkle the beads on the cake for a neater look and kitchen! 

This is really helpful. Your sides will come out cleaner and not as browned
 if you remember to do this. I forgot, and
 lined only the bottom of the pan this time. Also, place a cookie tray under your cheesecake. I placed a tray on the lower rack, because our pan leaks.

It's super cute and super festive, and really not that hard to make, though a bit time consuming.
I made the crust the night before. Also, the cake has to cool before putting the ganache on it.
The link to recipe includes a video, which makes it look even easier.

Have a wonderful week.



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  1. How pretty....too pretty to eat! heehee! Hugs!

  2. That looks so cheerful, a perfect birthday cake!

  3. Oh, what a fun and delightful birthday cake! It looks very yummy and festive :)

    Hugs to you!

  4. It really turned out lovely. I want to make it as I've been looking for a good cheesecake recipe, but think I'll skip the cookies. Might make it a little too sweet for us old guys.

    1. Yes. I think it would be too sweet. I thought it is. I still prefer a traditional crust, but family likes this one. xoxo Su

  5. It is beautiful and sounds delicious. Thank your for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much, Carla. It is super cute, and as long as you don't overfill the pan, and place a pan under while baking, and pour the sprinkles on while the ganache hasn't set, it is easy! xoxo Su

  6. Well that's sure fun! And cute. Who doesn't love cheesecake! Thanks for the idea and instructions, Su.

  7. Your cake turned out so pretty and it sounds very yummy

    1. Thank you, Alessandra. Have a wonderful day. xoxo Su

  8. You are a sweet sister! This cake looks festive, and I bet it is sweet enough with the crust and ganache. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  9. Oh my...how pretty!! I bet it was delicious!

  10. Hello, I went by to say hello, since I've been disconnected from everything for a long time. As always I love your work. That I still think that they are not chapucillas, but great works. A kiss.
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