Cakes & Pies, Recipes

CREAMSICLE CHEESECAKE

This dessert combines a childhood favorite with creamy cheesecake.

With Summer peeking around the corner, I’ve been working on creating refreshing recipes that will be perfect to soothe the hot weather. For this recipe, I thought of my mom and my favorite childhood summer treat: creamsicles. I used to love those colorful popsicles with a creamy center. Creamsicles are refreshing fruit juice popsicles stuffed with a creamy, vanilla filling. Yes, they came in different flavors but the orange was the most delicious, in my opinion! 

So for this recipe, I combined one of our childhood favorites- creamsicles and creamy cheesecake. It’s a perfect pairing. Bonus- this is a no-bake treat which means there’s no need to heat up the house by turning on the oven. 

This will be your new go to summer dessert for a picnic, pool party or BBQ!

Trust me…. everyone will LOVE it!

My family on Mother’s Day!

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CRUST

  • 24 whole Golden Oreo cookies, crushed
  • 6 tbsp. melted butter
  • Pinch of kosher salt

FOR THE FILING

  • 3 (8 oz. each) packages cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • Zest of one orange
  • Juice of one orange
  • 1 box (3 oz.) orange jello
  • 1 cup boiling water

FOR GARNISH

  • 1 c. whipped topping
  • 1 clementine, peeled and separated into segments

INSTRUCTIONS

Make crust: In a medium bowl, mix together cookie crumbs, butter, and salt. Press into the bottom of an 8″ springform pan or a loaf pan and up the sides.

Chill in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.

Using an electric mixer set at medium-high speed, beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in the condensed milk a little at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl, as necessary. Beat in the Jell-O mixture, orange zest, orange juice and vanilla.

Pour the filling into the crust; smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, 4 hours or overnight before serving.

To serve: When firm, pipe dollops of whipped topping around the outside of the cheesecake. Top each dollop with a clementine segment, garnish with orange zest, and serve.

Cakes & Pies, Recipes

Orange Chocolate Chai Roll

I’ve always wanted to make a swiss roll cake. Every time I watch a baking show on Food Network or my favorite show the Great British Baking Show, I’m memorized how they roll the cake and fill it with deliciousness. So when my friend Adam told me he made one, we started talking about different flavors to put together for a Christmas one. He inspired me to create my own. 

I used cocoa powder, brewed chai tea, and orange zest for the cake batter. For the filing, I used cream cheese, pumpkin spice seasoning, more zest and orange juice. 

When I sliced into the orange to add the juice, I realized I accidentally bought blood oranges at the market. I was so excited, I actually did a little dance. When my Papa and I were in Sicily, we would eat a blood orange every morning with breakfast. It was like he was sending me a little sign from heaven! 

INGREDIENTS

CAKE:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chai tea
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons juice from orange
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar to aid in rolling

FILING 

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Heavy whipping cream

INSTRUCTIONS

MAKE THE CAKE:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line (10×15”) pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

Beat eggs at high speed for 3 minutes, until frothy and dark yellow. 

Beat in sugar, tea, and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, whisk together cocoa, salt, baking powder, and flour. 

Blend the dry ingredients into wet ingredients.

Spread in the prepared pan. Batter will be in a very thin layer and you will need to use a wooden spoon or spatula to spread it to all the corners of the pan. 

Bake for 10-15 minutes. You’ll know it’s done because if you lightly poke the top with your fingertip it will slightly bounce back.

While the cake is baking, set a clean kitchen towel out on a large work surface, lay a sheet of parchment paper on top of the towel. Sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar and cocoa powder (about ¼ cup). 

As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, turn it over on the kitchen towel sprinkled with powdered sugar and cocoa. Remove parchment paper carefully.

Working at the short end, fold the edge of the towel over the cake. Roll tightly, rolling up the cake into the towel. Let cool completely while rolled, at least one hour (or you can wrap it and chill it overnight).

MAKE THE FILING

Combine cream cheese, pumpkin pie spice, and 1 teaspoon orange zest in a medium bowl. Beat at medium speed until well mixed. 

Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar and heavy whipping cream, beating well after each addition until smooth and creamy.

Gently unroll cooled cake. Spread filling over cake to 1/2 inch from all edges. 

Starting at the 10-inch side, gently roll up the cake. 

Sprinkle with additional orange zest just before serving. 

Cut into slices.