Decadent and rich this mascarpone cheesecake recipe is perfectly creamy and full of luscious flavor. The mascarpone cheese takes an ordinary cheesecake and makes it extraordinary! You will be hooked after one taste of this easy no bake cheesecake.
You know how sometimes you hit the grocery store and you bring home a cheesecake thinking it is going to be the best thing you have ever tasted? Then you go home, sit down with your cheesecake, and take a bite only to figure out it’s disappointing. And most grocery stores usually pack their cheesecakes with sugar and preservatives. I figured out I can make the most amazing mascarpone cheesecake at home. It’s WAY better than anything I have purchased at the market.
Mascarpone Cheese - Mascarpone is a mild-flavored creamy cheese.
Sweetener - I use a combination of sugar alcohols and stevia in my dessert recipes. You can use the sweetener of your choice or even regular sugar if you don't need this to be a sugar free low carb keto recipe.
Gelatin - Gelatin in the binder in this recipe. When combined with water it will easily set a no-bake cheesecake.
How To Make Mascarpone Cheesecake
This is a simple no-bake recipe for cheesecake with mascarpone cheese. No oven roasting pan and water bath are needed! Bloomed gelatin and refrigeration are all that is needed to set the mascarpone cake.
Step One: Sprinkle gelatin on top of the cold water in a small bowl. Allow it to bloom for 5 minutes at room temperature.
Step Two: Pour the hot water in with the bloomed gelatin, stirring until dissolved. Strain any leftover lumps.
Step Three: Place the mascarpone cheese, gelatin, and sweetener in a stand mixer, mixing until smooth and fluffy. Alternatively, you can beat this with a hand mixer in a large bowl.
Step Four: Add the mascarpone mixture to the cheesecake pan and smooth top. Refrigerate until set.
Expert Tip: This recipe was developed in a small six inch springform pan. For a larger pan you can double the recipe.
Variations & Toppings
This sweet and delicious cheesecake is lovely on its own. It doesn’t need any additional ingredients, but sometimes it’s fun to try new flavors. You can use this as a base recipe and adjust it as you see fit. Consider some of these ideas:
Graham Cracker Crust - If you want to add a no-bake graham-style crust check out this no-bake cheesecake crust.
Extracts - Vanilla extract, lemon extract, and orange extract go well in this. A splash of lemon juice will also work but the flavor will be milder.
Strawberries - If there was ever a fruit that goes with mascarpone cheesecake, it’s strawberries! They are sweet and go amazing with the creamy cheesecake.
Almonds - Sliver some almonds and sprinkle on top of the cheesecake. It is a subtle flavor but provides fantastic texture.
Blueberries - Mix some fresh blueberries into the cheesecake mixture and sprinkle a few on top as a garnish. Yummy!
Whipped Cream - Homemade whipped cream goes really well with this gluten free cheesecake recipe.
What Is Mascarpone?
Mascarpone is a rich, creamy, naturally sweet, and a little bit tangy Italian cheese. One feature that is notable about mascarpone cheese is that it’s super creamy and you won’t find lumps in it. It’s been a main ingredient in Italian desserts for years because of it’s buttery and rich flavors.
How Long Does It Take For Mascarpone Cheesecake To Set?
You will want to allow the cheesecake to sit in the fridge for a minimum of 3-4 hours for it to set properly. If you try to serve it early, it may be runnier and harder to cut. You could allow it to cool for even longer if you wanted too.
Can I Turn This Cheesecake Into Mini Cheesecakes?
Yes, you can easily turn this into mini cheesecakes. Your best bet is to put the filling in the glasses or ramekins you want to serve it in. Mini mason jars look really cute! You can put them out and put out toppings for your guest and let everyone make their own.
How Long Does Cheesecake Last in the Fridge?
You can store the no-bake mascarpone cheese cheesecake in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Mascarpone doesn’t last as long as regular cream cheese, so keep that in mind. You will want to keep the mascarpone cheesecake covered with a layer or two of plastic wrap to keep it from absorbing other flavors in the fridge. It’s even better if you cover with plastic wrap and place in another storage container for extra protection.
Can I Freeze Mascarpone Cheesecake?
Yes, you can freeze this mascarpone cheesecake. A lot of softer cheeses do not freeze as well, but mascarpone does. This is great if you make a couple cakes so you can eat some now and save the rest for later. Wrap each piece by itself for quick and easy to grab slices. Use plastic wrap or parchment paper to protect it, then freeze in an airtight container. It will last around 2 months in the freezer. To thaw, just place in the refrigerator until it’s defrosted.
- 2 oz cold water
- 1.5 tablespoon gelatin
- 2 oz hot water
- ⅓ cup Joy Filled Eats Sweetener (or see alternatives in recipe notes)
- 16 oz mascarpone cheese
- Put the cold water in a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin on top. Let bloom for 5 minutes.
- Add the hot water to the bloomed gelatin. Stir until it dissolves. If any chunks of gelatin remain strain before adding to the mixer.
- Add the mascarpone cheese, sweetener, and gelatin to a stand mixer. Mix until smooth and fluffy, about one minute, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Pour into a 6 inch cheesecake pan. Smooth the top. Refrigerate 3-4 hours or until set.
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Originally Published August 12, 2019. Revised and Republished May 22, 2023.