St. Patrick’s Day Dessert: Rainbow Cheesecakes

Rainbow Cheesecakes ~ Bright and cheerful these rainbow cheesecakes are perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day dessert or fun for any day. Of course I couldn’t help throwing a cherry on top for added happiness.

Rainbow Cheesecakes

Rainbow Cheesecakes

Let’s ignore the fact that picture is not fabulous and. . . um, can we  just focus on the how yummy and cute these little Rainbow Cheesecakes are. This weekend was a mad baking one so I had to quickly work through the photography portion of it.

It’s been crazy lately between all the birthdays and a job restructure shortly after just starting my job, acclimating to my job and then-it changes. Thankfully, it’s all for good and most importantly, I love it.

Life is finally slowing down and it’s all coming back into balance. Cole is settling in with his new babysitter. The family is settling into my later working hours from being home at 4:30 pm to 6:30pm. That’s a huge difference in time when you have a little one waiting for you every night. I finally feel like the frenetic pace of life is settling into something more even keeled and the sprinting shoes can now finally be shelved for awhile.

With that, I should be back on a regular posting schedule. Yay for that!

A few notes:

  • This is incredibly easy to make but does require a mise en place set up, so line up five bowls with five spoons to mix each color. To assemble, you can use a spoon to layer each color, but it’s much easier and less messy if you place each colored batter into a Ziploc bag or pastry bag to pipe each color on top of one another.
  • Add the color one drop at a time. I recommend two drops, but keep in mind I used Ateco coloring. If you use any other line, the amount may change so add your color slowly.
  • The finished rainbow cheesecake will have slightly sunken centers, but that’s okay since it will be topped with whip  cream.
  • For more fabulous rainbow desserts checkout Amanda from I Am Baker’s  Rainbow Pancakes and Katie of Good Life Eats’ Rainbow Cookies.
  • For more St. Patrick’s Day Goodies check out my Irish Cake Bombs and Irish Brownie Bombs.

Rainbow Cheesecake

Makes 10-12 Individual Cheesecakes

Preparation: Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line muffin pan wells with paper. Set aside five empty bowls and for each color preparation.


  • 20 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 small dots of each of these colors: purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red


  1. Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. T urn mixer speed to low and add heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract and mix to combine. Add one egg at time and mix to combine.
  2. Divide finish cheesecake batter into five bowls (approximately ½ cup each).  Add approximately 2 drops of food color to each bowl.   Mix food color into batter until streaks disappear.
  3. Place each colored batter into a separate pastry bag. Pipe one single layer of each color into every well. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
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25 Responses to “St. Patrick’s Day Dessert: Rainbow Cheesecakes”

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    Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets — March 14, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    So very cute, Naomi! I’ve seen this done with larger cake layers but never with mini cheesecakes. Great idea.


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    Cookbook Queen — March 14, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    Gorgeous!! Such a great idea :)


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    Amanda — March 14, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

    These are stunning Naomi… and I know delicious!!! I would love to try them sometime… with your tips I just might be able to do it!


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    Kristen — March 14, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    These are so fun! Yum!


  5. #
    Ally — March 14, 2011 @ 6:47 pm

    So darling! I found some of those cute straws on sale through today! I was so excited!


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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 14, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

    So pretty! Love this idea :)


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    Lauren — March 14, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

    Are you kidding? That picture is GORGEOUS! Lovely post.


  8. #
    Wenderly — March 14, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

    Those are so cheerful & fun! LOVE it!


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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — March 14, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

    Just too much fun!! And I love your frequent use of cherries on top! :)


  10. #
    Tracy — March 14, 2011 @ 10:51 pm

    These are so bright and cute! Love them!


  11. #
    Laurel — March 14, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

    Oh yummy!!! And yes, that picture does look fabulous! I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at


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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — March 15, 2011 @ 12:06 am

    Sounds like things have been pretty crazy for you, I glad to hear it’s starting to get back to normal. And of course these are adorable, I love the rainbow colors.


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    Robyn | Add a Pinch — March 15, 2011 @ 12:53 am

    Absolutely love this!


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    Kathy in Greendale — March 15, 2011 @ 1:35 am

    Stunning! And, I bet they taste just as good as they look!


  15. #
    teegg — March 15, 2011 @ 6:24 am

    Now those are show-stopping cakes :D Almost too pretty to eat(if I wasn’t a cheesecake monster, they WOULD be too pretty to eat!) ^_~
    Lovely job!


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    Ru — March 15, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

    These are too cute! I’m definitely going to try my hand at these for our Relay For Life St Patty’s Day Lunch. :)

    This is my first time on your blog and I just love it! I’m totally in a baking mood now…


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    Nancy@acommunaltable — March 15, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

    These are truly adorable and would definitely put a smile on anyone’s face!!

    P.S. – I think the photo is darling!!!


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    Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. — March 16, 2011 @ 1:23 am

    These are gorgeous and definitely the most festive cheesecake I have ever seen!


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    Teri — March 16, 2011 @ 2:32 am

    Love the color…these can be used for all kinds of occasions….rainbows are often used as metaphors in retreats, classroom activities, these would be a perfect tie in! Good job, Naomi! And the photo is great..makes me want to try the recipe! Keep up the great work.


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    Sweetapolita (Rosie) — March 16, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

    So fun, and so gorgeous! Such a happy treat and happy post! So excited for you and your new camera too :) And, just FYI, this photo is beautiful! xo


  21. #
    sleep problems — August 1, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    Highly energetic article, I enjoyed that a lot. Will there be a
    part 2?


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