Rainbow Cheesecake Recipe

Brighten your dessert table with this visually stunning Rainbow Cheesecake. Perfect for any festive occasion, this cheesecake combines a creamy, citrusy flavor with the vibrant appeal of a rainbow, making it a delightful centerpiece for celebrations.


For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

For the Cheesecake:

  • 32 ounces cream cheese (four 8-ounce bars), room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Food coloring gel (various colors)


  1. Prepare the Crust:
    • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Wrap the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan in heavy-duty foil.
    • Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan.
    • Bake for 7 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
  2. Make the Cheesecake Filling:
    • In a mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
    • Add eggs one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next.
    • Stir in heavy cream, lemon extract, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  3. Color the Batter:
    • Divide the batter among several bowls and tint each with a different color of food coloring gel.
    • Pour the colored batters into the crust, alternating colors. Gently swirl with a knife to create a marbled effect.
  4. Bake:
    • Place the cheesecake pan in a larger baking pan. Fill the larger pan halfway with water to create a water bath.
    • Bake for 45-55 minutes until the edges are set but the center is still slightly jiggly.
    • Turn off the oven and let the cheesecake sit in the closed oven for an additional hour.
  5. Chill:
    • Remove from the oven, cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 5 hours or overnight.


  • Use gel food coloring for more vibrant colors without altering the texture of the batter.
  • Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature to achieve a smooth, lump-free cheesecake.
  • The water bath is crucial for preventing cracks and ensuring even cooking.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Chill Time: 8 hours

Total Time: Approximately 9 hours 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 12-16

Category: Dessert

Method: Baking

Cuisine: American

Diet: Vegetarian


This Rainbow Cheesecake is not only delicious but also a feast for the eyes, offering a fun twist on the traditional cheesecake with its bright, cheerful layers. It’s as fun to make as it is to eat and is sure to be a hit at any gathering. Whether celebrating a birthday, holiday, or just because, this cheesecake will add a splash of color and a touch of citrusy sweetness to your festivities.

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