Shark Pool Cheesecake 

Prepare to make a splash with this Shark Pool Cheesecake, a unique and visually striking dessert perfect for summer parties or any fun gathering. Featuring a creamy cheesecake base, a vibrant blue jelly topping, and playful gummy sharks, this cheesecake is not only delicious but also an eye-catching centerpiece.


Jelly Topping:

  • 1 tbsp powdered gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups water, divided
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp blueberry jam

Cheesecake Base:

  • 7 oz graham crackers, finely crushed
  • 2 1/4 oz unsalted butter, melted

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 14 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 13 1/2 fl oz whipping cream
  • 2 3/4 oz sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 tbsp blueberry jam
  • 2 tsp powdered gelatin
  • 2 1/2 tbsp water
  • Blue food coloring


  • Gummy sharks


  1. Prepare the Base: In a mixing bowl, combine the finely crushed graham crackers with melted butter. Mix thoroughly until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Press this mixture into the bottom of a springform pan, forming a firm, even layer. This will serve as the foundation of your cheesecake.
  2. Make the Filling: In a large bowl, blend the cream cheese, whipping cream, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Avoid overmixing to prevent the cheesecake from becoming too airy. In a small saucepan, combine the blueberry jam, water, and gelatin. Heat gently until the gelatin dissolves completely, then fold this mixture into the cream cheese mixture. Add a few drops of blue food coloring to achieve a deep ocean blue color.
  3. Assemble: Pour the blue cheesecake filling over the prepared crust in the springform pan. Smooth the top with a spatula, and refrigerate until the cheesecake is firm, about 4-5 hours.
  4. Create the Jelly Topping: In a small saucepan, mix the powdered gelatin with half of the water. Add sugar and blueberry jam, then heat the mixture until the gelatin and sugar are completely dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining water. Allow the mixture to cool slightly, but not set.
  5. Final Touches: Once the cheesecake filling is completely set, carefully pour the slightly cooled jelly mixture over the top. Arrange the gummy sharks on the jelly before it sets to create a playful “shark pool” scene.
  6. Chill: Refrigerate the cheesecake until the jelly topping is fully set, typically 1-2 hours.

Tips for a Perfect Shark Pool Cheesecake

  • Smooth Cheesecake Texture: Ensure that all ingredients, especially the cream cheese, are at room temperature to achieve a smooth, lump-free filling.
  • Layering: Wait until the cheesecake layer is completely firm before adding the jelly layer. This prevents the layers from mixing and helps maintain distinct colors and textures.
  • Decoration: Place the gummy sharks strategically to create an engaging, dynamic scene. Consider using a variety of sizes or colors for added visual interest.

This Shark Pool Cheesecake is more than just a dessert; it’s an adventure into culinary creativity. The combination of creamy cheesecake, sweet and tangy jelly, and whimsical gummy sharks makes this a memorable treat that guests, especially children, will adore. Dive into this recipe and enjoy a dessert that’s as fun to make as it is to eat!

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