Time and time again, you’ve seen me talk about how much I ADORE my Grandma Metzger’s No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dessert.
And while I typically just top the cheesecake base with cherries, I like to take it to a whole new level for the fourth of July with what I call my Patriotic Cake!
It may look more complicated than the classic. But I’m telling you, it’s just as easy. And still NO-BAKE!
Just like my classic Cherry Cheesecake Dessert, you’ll start by making the graham cracker crumb base.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/3 cup white sugar
Prepare the crust by mixing your graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and white sugar together in a bowl.
Then, simply press it into a rectangular pan or pie dish! Don’t quote me, but I believe this one is 11″ x 7″.
I like to pop mine in the fridge for a bit to help it set. If you’re pressed on time, 20 minutes should do!
The next step is to move on to creating the cheesecake filling. Here are the ingredients:
- An 8-ounce package of cream cheese (room temperature)
- 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup of powdered sugar
- Cherry pie filling
- Blueberry pie filling
- Mini marshmallows
Prepare the filling by whipping the heavy cream until it thickens and it forms small peaks (but be sure not to over-beat or it will start to turn to butter!).
Then, in a separate bowl, cream the cream cheese and sugar.
Fold in the heavy cream by hand and gently combine.
When fully incorporated, scoop the mixture into your graham cracker crust and spread it evenly over the top.
Now comes the fun part… decorating!
Open your can of blueberry pie filling and form a small square in the upper left corner of your dish. Just like the blue background of the flag!
*you don’t have to use the whole can… just as much as you need to make your square!
Next, move on to the stripes!
With your cherry pie filling open, use a spoon to create red stripes starting from the top. Since the cherries sometimes spread out a bit, I find that just three stripes work best!
Finish it off by dropping some mini marshmallows on the blueberry square you made earlier. These look like the stars on our flag!
And there you have it. A simple and festive dessert for the Fourth of July.
Plus, if you need to make it ahead of time so that you can prepare other dishes for a backyard barbecue, you can pop it in the fridge for a day (just make sure it’s covered!).
And before I forget! If you’d like to make one of the original recipes of this dessert instead of turning it into a patriotic cake, you can find the classic recipes BELOW:
Enjoy! Hope you have a great Fourth!
From my kitchen to yours,