Thursday, September 22, 2011

Candy Corn Cheesecake

There are so many cute candy corn treats all over blogland, that I just had to jump on the bandwagon, or should I say, hayride:)
I have been having so much fun on Pinterest, pinning like crazy!  I can't believe how many creative people there are!

When I first thought about making a candy corn cheesecake, using a special insert/pan set *(which I have), I thought I had come up with an original idea...then it dawned on me that maybe I had "pinned" such a cheesecake to my Halloween Pinterest board.  Sure enough, when I looked, there it was.  Somethimes I pin things at such a fast and furious rate, that I forget what's there!?!  I'm not as creative as I thought I was~ha ha! Surely a "senior moment"!
*If you don't have the insert/pan and don't want to buy it, I'm sure it would look candy corn-ish just to swirl these colors around, or layer the colors:)
 This is what the pre-baked cheescake looked like, after the insert was lifted out. 

FYI:  I was going to take a shot of the whole cheesecake, but for some reason my lens would not adjust/focus at that distance. I had the same problem in May.  When I took it to the camera store, the tech was perplexed, but it was determined that it was my lens, not the camera.  I bought a new lens, but the duplicate problem is happening again:(  Back to the camera store...

This cheesecake design was found on the Wilton site, which included a no-bake recipe, but  I wanted to use a baked 9-inch (the size of the pan) cheesecake recipe and found this recipe, which had over 3,000 reviews with an average 4.5/5-star rating.

I was a little anxious to cut the cheesecake into wedges and didn't let it cool completely before I released the sides of the springform pan. Consequently the sides did not release cleanly, and it didn't look very pretty:( I manged to salvage some for the photos though:)

My husband and I  decided that the cheesecake deserved the 4 1/2 stars!  We loved it!  It was dense and creamy! I love the LOOK too!


Chantal's New York Cheesecake (All Recipes)
Adapted

Ingredients:


15 graham crackers, crushed
2 tablespoons butter, melted
4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup milk
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Directions: (My additions in BOLD)

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch springform pan.

2.In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs with melted butter. Press onto bottom of springform pan. Place insert on top of unbaked crust.

3.In a large bowl, mix cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Blend in milk, and then mix in the eggs one at a time, mixing just enough to incorporate. Mix in sour cream, vanilla and flour until smooth.

For the candy corn effect:

Pour some untinted cheesecake batter into the middle section of the insert, to about 1/4-inch from the top of the divider. Tint the remainder of the batter yellow~I used a mixture of Wilton Lemon Yellow & Golden Yellow(as Wilton suggested, and I had them on hand). Pour the yellow batter into the outer section of the insert.  Tint the remainder of the yellow batter orange, by adding Orange coloring to it.  There's no problem with the yellow becoming orange.
Carefully lift the divider straight up, out of the cheesecake.


Before baking, I put heavy-duty aluminum foil around the bottom/sides of the pan by setting the foil on the counter, placing the cheesecake on it, and wrapping the foil up and around the sides of the pan) and placed it gently in a water bath (I filled a roasting pan with about an inch of HOT water, put it in the oven and then placed the cheesecake pan in it).

4.Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Turn the oven off, and let cake cool in oven with the door closed for 5 to 6 hours(I only left it in the oven for only an hour since I had used a water bath); this prevents cracking. Chill in refrigerator until serving.

5. Cut into wedges to look like candy corn:)
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61 comments:

  1. I have yet to go check out Pinterest - I don't know why, maybe because I know I will get seriously hooked on the site (which isn't a BAD thing!).

    Anything created into a candy corn makes me happy. Your cheesecake makes me REALLY happy! :-)

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  2. Oh, this is the cutest thing and I love cheese cake, will have to try my hand at this! ;D

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  3. OH my gosh - how colorful and fabulous!

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  4. great job! love it. I too have been on a pinning craze these days...there's just so much out there :)

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  5. Such a cute idea Sue. I had to pin it :)

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  6. This is ridiculously cute. So many ideas to use for Halloween!

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  7. Just so fun! Makes me want to buy a pan and give it a try.

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  8. This is pretty much amazing. I've never made a cheesecake, and I think I want this to be my first!

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  9. We just featured your beautiful cake on our new Fun Finds Fridays!

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  10. Wow, this is too cool, I'm sure it would work with all kinds of colour combinations too! Never heard of an inset pan, but it's now on my wishlist! awesome!

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  11. I came across your blog on Tidy Mom and I love your post! This cheesecake is awesome!

    I would love it if you would drop by Jane Deere and link up to Fusion Fridays with your favorite or most recent recipes, handmade crafts, diy projects, tips & tricks, and how to's! { open through Wednesday! }

    http://janedeereblog.blogspot.com

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  12. Oh my goodness - what a stupendous looking cheesecake. Just perfect this time of year too!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  13. Your cheesecake looks amazing! What a great idea. Thanks for visiting Texas Cottage.

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  14. Hoda, The link to the pan(on Amazon) is linked in the post in the second paragraph.

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  15. That is one of the most adorable treats I've seen in a long time! Beautiful job!

    KK

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  16. This is so pretty. I am featuring it on my blog tonight.

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  17. Awww just gorgeous! I've seen candy corn pictures on the internet. I have never tried it but I was given a recipe on how to make it! :D

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  18. Very pretty! This caught my eye too, I'm going to make the cake version soon:@)

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  19. Saw your cheesecake on Sweets for Saturday..just love the look.

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  20. I LOVE this! Now I need to go to the craft store and find that insert!

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  21. What an awesome idea! I just might need to buy that insert:-) Thank you for sharing with all of us!!!

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  22. Love it! What a fun idea, and a tasty one too.
    Have a great weekend.

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  23. I LOVE IT! I did Candy Corn Cupcakes--great minds must think alike!

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  24. It sure looks pretty!
    I find my lens doesn't want to cooperate sometimes, I always chalk it up to my inexperience....I thought it had to do with what I was shooting....I really need a good lesson on photography, problem is I can't remember it 5 minutes later :)
    Your photos look great!
    I love Pinterest too it's so great to see all types of fun ideas there and keep track of the things I like.
    Hope you are having a great day!

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  25. Hey Sue! Looks like I've missed a ton. I have a lot of catching up to do! Just skimming through I am already loving the pb oatmeal choco chip cookies and the birthday brownie bites are adorable. Everything looks as fabulous as ever over here!

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  26. I LOVE it!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up! http://tidymom.net/2011/fun-fall-food/

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  27. This is awesome Sue, totally brilliant!

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  28. I've seen this awesome cheesecake before, I love it!

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  29. Passare a trovarti è sempre una gioia per gli occhi e per il palato ^_^
    Buonissima settimana cara amica d'oltreoceano!

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  30. Love! I'd love for you to link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Link Party!
    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  31. Your cheesecake is absolutely adorable! I just love the way it looks -- and don't EVER say you're not creative!!

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  32. Sue I just think it is so perfect!! I love it ;)

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  33. How fun is this? What a perfect picture of a Candy Corn Cheesecake. Love it! Can't wait to make it.

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  34. The colour of this cheesecake is beautiful. It does look like a Candy Corn. You are always very imaginative and creative with your baking.

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  35. This is too cute! So perfect for Halloween! :) I haven't tune in for the Halloween mood yet...but your candy corn cheesecake changes all that! Thanks for sharing such a festive and beautiful treat.

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  36. Like everything you bake Sue, this cheesecake is adorable! It would be perfect for a Halloween party. I look for you on pinterest. I just got on recently. :)

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  37. Sooo pretty..love this idea ...so creative :)) Found ya on hop and officially following ya with smiles..I'm Marilyn from http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/ and will love for you to stop in sometime...Loving your blog and off to read more :))

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  38. This is sooo cute! My husband would love this :)

    Coley @
    www.whatyoumakeit-coley.blogspot.com

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  39. How did I miss this post a few days ago. This is the cutest cake. You've done it again.

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  40. Such a fun cake for Halloween. I have never seen a cake insert. This caught my eye on Pinterest too -- so much creativity going on. Joni

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  41. There is going to be an army of cooks and bakers on the lookout for that insert. I am totally in love with this idea!!

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  42. Brilliant!! You always amaze me.

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  43. Such a great recipe! I've pinned your version and can't wait to try it at Hallowen (albeit without inserts...)

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  44. I love this! What a great idea!

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  45. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your recipe has been featured on "Feature Friday" at LADY BEHIND THE CURTAIN! Please go and grab your Feature Friday Button! ---Sheryl---
    http://ladybehindthecurtain.com

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  46. I might actually eat a corn candy... if it was this. Cute idea!

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  47. Thanks for posting this!! I got my checkerboard pan set from Pampered Chef years ago, but I know EXACTLY what you mean by Pinterest!! :)

    What a fantastic idea!!

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  48. Wow this is fantastic! I have a checkerboard set and never used it. Yet. I love making cheesecake and what a way to christen it! Definitely going to try this. I love, love Pinterest as well. Seems like most of my posts lately are inspiration's from Pinterest! Great job!

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  49. I am going to make this for Bunco this month! I am going to flavor each of the color sections as well! I will leave out the vanilla while doing the mixing, then scoop out enough for each section, and add the flavorings to it right before I put it in the pan. Vanilla for the white, orange flavor for the orange, and lemon flavor for the yellow :)

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