This No Bake Mango Cheesecake is a complete and utter celebration of summer! A creamy mousse-like cheesecake loaded with 3 BIG mangoes and is surprisingly straightforward to make with your food processor.
When I photograph beautiful cakes like this, it sometimes makes me wish I wasn’t the Queen of Brown Food. Salisbury Steak, Pot Roast, Beef and Mushroom Pie, Cottage Pie, Guinness Stew, Chickpea Curry, Lentil Soup…. if it’s brown-and-ugly-but-delicious, there’s a good chance I’ve already shared it and had the pleasure of trying to capture a photo of a pile of brown gloop so it looks as irresistibly delicious as it tastes.
Though just writing that list out reminds me of all that saucy brown deliciousness….. and actually, no. I would never give up my brown foods to be a pretty cake blog! 😂
This No Bake Mango Cheesecake is a classic example of what started out as a cruisy week ending up in a whirlwind of mango pureed chaos / bliss. I happened across bargain scruffy looking mangoes at Harris Farm Markets (Instagram followers know I’m there practically every day!) – $2.99 / kg (that’s $1.50/lb) for beautiful ripe, juicy mangoes that were blemished on the outside yet perfect on the inside.
Helloooooo mangoes! She who can’t resist a bargain loaded up, and this was the result:
Classic cheesecake biscuit base.
Creamy insanely mangoey mousse-like cheesecake filling – NO BAKE!
Topped with mango jelly (soooo pretteee!), piled high with whipped cream (optional, but again, soooo pretteee!), more mangoes, and passionfruit – yet again, because… well, for no reason other than it’s soooo pretteee!!! 😂
If I’m making a mango cheesecake, it’s got to seriously taste of MANGO. As luck would have it, I shared my first mango cheesecake attempt live on Instagram stories just on Monday this week, the wonderful folk over at Mangoes Australia saw it and within 4 hours – this was delivered to my house. I KID YOU NOT!!!
A big, beautiful tray of ripe Honey Gold Mangoes for me to use to keep recipe testing so I could perfect the mango cheesecake to share here.
PERKS OF THE JOB!!!!!!!
Don’t get too jealous, if you could see the state in which I live and that I no longer have a dining room because I sacrificed it to use as my photography and video “studio” (a term I use loosely because it’s about as un-pro as a studio can be), and the frustration at times of making the same recipe over and over again in order to make it good enough to share on my blog, not to mention taking photos and filming the recipe video…..
Oi. Plenty of recipe failures over here that never make it to the publishing table.
VERY happy that this wasn’t one of them!!!
I think you’ll find that this mango cheesecake recipe has a wee bit more mango in it than others. Because I was determined that it be appropriately mangoey, rather than just a yellow cheesecake with a mango fragrance.
This is made almost entirely in a food processor. I’d like to say in one go, but no. Biscuit base blitzed first, then the mangoes, then throw the other filling ingredients in, blitz and pour.
Because this is a NO BAKE Mango Cheesecake, it’s made with gelatin to set the filling. I use powdered gelatin because it’s readily available at supermarkets (baking aisle) – as opposed to gelatine sheets. Also the setting strength of gelatin powder in different countries is very similar, whereas I’ve seen inconsistencies with gelatin sheets.
There is no need to fear using gelatin powder! Follow the recipe steps exactly – the key part is to sprinkle the gelatin powder over the surface of a bowl of water, rather than dumping in spoonfuls (which will result in clumps). And don’t stress even if you end up with clumps! I did in my first attempt and it still worked out fine – read the recipe notes for how to deal with this.
I promised that this No Bake Mango Cheesecake had a soft mousse-like filling, and here’s a photo to show you. Nothing like jelly, see? 🙂 Aerated – thanks to the food processor blitzing!
I decorated this with cream, more mangoes and passionfruit for no reason other than to make it look pretty. The cheesecake is fabulous as it is without these toppings. The first time I made it, I just piled on chopped mangoes and it was delicious but it was very orange, as you can imagine. The cream breaks up all that orangeness, it’s always welcomed in any dessert, and provides a soft cloud to pile up plenty more fresh mango and drizzle over passionfruit pulp, if you should choose.
I gave away most of this cake because….well, dangerous!!! However, there’s a big chunky slice of this actual cake in these photos sitting in the fridge and I hear Netflix calling my name… Happy weekend! – Nagi xx
- 150 g / 5 oz Arnott's Marie Biscuits (17 crackers), or digestives, Graham Crackers or other plain sweet biscuit
- 100 g / 3.5 oz unsalted butter , melted
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- 700 g / 1.4 lb mango flesh (2 large mangoes) (Note 1)
- 4 1/2 tsp gelatin powder (Note 2)
- 1/2 cup / 125 ml cold tap water
- 500 g / 1 lb Philadelphia cream cheese, softened (2 blocks)
- 2/3 cup / 150g caster sugar (superfine white sugar)
- 300 ml / 10 oz whipping cream
- 3/4 tsp gelatin powder (Note 2)
- 1/4 cup / 65 ml cold tap water
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 300 ml / 10 oz whipping cream
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large mango, cut into cubes
- 2 passionfruit
Use a 22 cm / 9" springform pan (or similar size). Turn the base UPSIDE DOWN (for ease of removal later).
Place a square sheet of baking paper on the base, then secure in springform pan (see video) with excess paper hanging out sides.
Grease sides with butter and line with paper.
Blitz crackers into fine crumbs in a food processor.
Add butter and sugar, blitz until combined. Pour into prepared cake pan. Press down firmly - base only, not sides.
Put water in a heatproof bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over surface (don't dump in centre). Stir to partly dissolve. Set aside 5 minutes - it turns gelatinous.
Microwave 15 seconds on high x 2, stirring in between. Stir until dissolved (few tiny specks ok). Cool 5 minutes.
Place mango in food processor. Blitz until smooth.
Measure out 3/4 cup and reserve for mango jelly, set aside.
Add cream cheese, cream, sugar and gelatine mixture into food processor (2.5L/2.5qt/10 cup+ capacity - Note 3). Blitz for 30 seconds or so until smooth.
Pour into cake pan. Refrigerate 3+ hours until top is set.
Pour water into bowl, sprinkle over gelatin. Leave 5+ min. Microwave on high 2 x 10 sec, stir well until granules dissolved. Set aside 5 minutes to cool.
Place reserved mango puree (from step 4 under Filling) and lemon in a bowl. Pour over gelatin and whisk well.
Pour over cheesecake filling. Tilt cake around to spread.
Refrigerate 12 hours+.
Release pan sides, then use overhang paper to slide cheesecake onto serving plate. Then slide the paper out from under the cheesecake.
Place cream, vanilla and sugar in a bowl. Whip until the cream is softy whipped.
Piled over the centre of the cheesecake.
Top with more chopped mango and passionfruit pulp. Serve and relish in praises!
1. You'll need 3 large mangoes for this recipe - 2 for the Filling / Jelly topping, and 1 for decorating. Or you can use 450ml / 15 oz mango puree (this is what 700g / 1.4 lb fresh mango purees into, ie volume pureed is less than the weight).
I really like using Honey Gold mangoes for this because the flesh is a beautiful intense deep orange colour and it's really sweet. But any mango will work - as long as it's ripe! (Tip: Calypso mangoes which are prob the most mass produced / best value here in Australia look beautiful on the outside but are the least mangoey 🙂 )
2. I use McKenzie's Gelatin Powder which is sold at Woolies, Coles, Harris Farms etc in Australia. If you are using packet powder, measure it out using teaspoons.
Key to using gelatin powder is to put water in a bowl with wide surface (not a jug) then sprinkle gelatin across surface. If you dump it, it clumps and you end up with lumps. Microwaving helps dissolve. If you end up with a few small lumps, that's ok. Squish them against wall in attempt to dissolve them otherwise pick them out.
3. FOOD PROCESSOR must be at least 2.5L/2.5 qts/10 cups+. If yours is not that big, transfer pureed mango into a large bowl, then blitz cream cheese, sugar, cream and gelatin in food processor, add to bowl and whisk VERY well. Don't forget to set aside mango puree for jelly topping!
4. Nutrition per serving, assuming 12 servings excluding Toppings.
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