Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake

Indulge in the delightful fusion of citrus and creamy goodness with our Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake recipe. Perfect for any occasion, this dessert combines the refreshing flavors of oranges with the richness of cheesecake, topped off with a glistening layer of orange-flavored jello. Follow our easy steps to create a dessert that’s as beautiful as it is delicious!


  • For the Crust:
    • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • For the Classic Cheesecake Layer:
    • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 teaspoons powdered gelatin (about 7 grams)
    • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • For the Orange Cream Cheese Layer:
    • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 3/4 cup orange juice concentrate
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)
    • 2 teaspoons powdered gelatin (about 7 grams)
    • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • For the Orange Jello Top Layer:
    • 1 package (3 ounces) orange-flavored gelatin dessert mix
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 1/2 cup cold water


Crust: Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter until well mixed. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Refrigerate the crust while preparing the fillings to help it set.

Orange Cream Cheese Layer: Bloom the gelatin in 3 tablespoons cold water. Whip another cup of heavy cream to stiff peaks. In a different bowl, beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, orange juice concentrate, and orange zest until smooth. Melt the bloomed gelatin and add it to the orange cream cheese mixture. Carefully fold in the whipped cream. Pour the mixture over the crust and smooth the top with a spatula. Refrigerate until set, about 1-2 hours.

Classic Cheesecake Layer: Bloom the gelatin by sprinkling it over 3 tablespoons cold water. Whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks and set aside. Beat the cream cheese with powdered sugar and vanilla extract until smooth. Gently melt the bloomed gelatin and slowly pour into the cream cheese mixture while beating continuously. Fold in the whipped cream until well combined. Gently spread the classic layer over the set orange layer. Refrigerate until firm, typically 2-3 hours.

Orange Jello Top Layer: Dissolve the orange-flavored gelatin mix in 1 cup boiling water, stirring until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup cold water and allow the gelatin to cool to room temperature. Once the orange cream cheese layer is set and the gelatin has cooled, pour the gelatin over the top. Refrigerate the cheesecake for several hours or overnight to ensure everything is completely set.

To Serve: Run a knife along the edge of the cheesecake before unhinging the springform pan. Slice with a warm, clean knife, cleaning between cuts for neat slices. Garnish as desired with whipped cream and fresh orange slices.

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips:

  • Chilling: Ensure the cheesecake is thoroughly chilled before serving for the best texture and flavor.
  • Garnish: Garnish each slice with a dollop of whipped cream and a slice of fresh orange for a delightful presentation.
  • Slicing: Use a warm, clean knife and wipe it between cuts to achieve clean, neat slices.

Storage Tips:

  • Refrigeration: Store any leftover cheesecake in the refrigerator. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container to maintain freshness.
  • Freezing: You can freeze leftover cheesecake slices. Wrap each slice tightly in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe container. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.
  • Best Before: Consume within 3-4 days for optimal freshness, though the cheesecake can keep for up to a week if stored properly.


Explore these creative twists to personalize your Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake:

1. Citrus Blend:

  • Incorporate a mix of citrus flavors by adding lemon or lime zest and juice to the orange cream cheese layer. This adds a tangy twist to complement the sweetness.

2. Nutty Crunch:

  • Mix finely chopped nuts like almonds or pecans into the graham cracker crust for added texture and nutty flavor.

3. Chocolate Drizzle:

  • Drizzle melted chocolate over the chilled cheesecake slices before serving for a decadent contrast to the citrus flavors.

4. Berry Infusion:

  • Substitute the orange juice concentrate with berry puree or compote in the cream cheese layer for a fruity variation.

5. Coconut Cream:

  • Add shredded coconut to the graham cracker crust and coconut extract to the cream cheese layers for a tropical twist.

6. Spiced Twist:

  • Incorporate warm spices like cinnamon or nutmeg into the graham cracker crust for a cozy, aromatic touch.

7. Mini Cheesecakes:

  • Instead of a large cheesecake, make individual mini cheesecakes using muffin tins lined with cupcake liners for easy serving and portion control.

8. Vegan Option:

  • Substitute dairy ingredients with vegan cream cheese, coconut cream, and agar-agar or a vegan gelatin substitute for a dairy-free and vegan-friendly version.

9. Gluten-Free Alternative:

  • Use gluten-free graham crackers or almond meal for the crust to accommodate gluten-free diets without sacrificing taste or texture.

10. Seasonal Fruits:

  • Top the cheesecake with seasonal fruits like strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries for a fresh and colorful presentation.

Experiment with these variations to create a cheesecake that suits your taste preferences and dietary needs while maintaining the delightful essence of the classic Orange Creamsicle flavor.


1. Can I use fresh orange juice instead of orange juice concentrate?

  • Yes, you can substitute fresh orange juice for the concentrate. However, adjust the amount to maintain the desired orange flavor without making the mixture too watery.

2. How can I prevent my cheesecake from cracking?

  • To prevent cracking, avoid overmixing the batter, bake the cheesecake in a water bath, and cool it gradually after baking by leaving it in the oven with the door cracked open.

3. Can I make this cheesecake ahead of time?

  • Yes, you can prepare the cheesecake ahead of time. It actually benefits from being chilled for several hours or overnight to set properly.

4. How should I store leftovers?

  • Store leftover cheesecake in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container, to maintain freshness.

5. Can I freeze this cheesecake?

  • Yes, you can freeze the cheesecake. Wrap individual slices tightly in plastic wrap and store them in a freezer-safe container. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

6. What can I use instead of gelatin?

  • You can use agar-agar as a vegan alternative to gelatin. Follow the package instructions for substitution ratios.

7. How do I achieve a smooth texture in the cream cheese layers?

  • Ensure the cream cheese is softened at room temperature before mixing. Beat it well with the powdered sugar and other ingredients until smooth.

8. Can I use a different type of crust?

  • Yes, you can use a different crust such as a cookie crust or a nut-based crust. Adjust baking times accordingly.

9. How long does it take for each layer to set?

  • The orange cream cheese layer typically sets in about 1-2 hours in the refrigerator, while the classic cheesecake layer may take 2-3 hours. The Jello top layer sets within a few hours.

10. How do I ensure clean slices when serving?

  • Run a warm, clean knife under hot water before each cut and wipe it clean between slices to achieve neat, professional-looking servings.

These FAQs address common concerns and provide helpful tips to ensure your Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake turns out perfectly every time.

Savor the zesty sweetness and creamy texture of our Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake, topped with a shimmering jello layer. Perfect for impressing guests or treating yourself, this dessert is sure to brighten any occasion with its vibrant flavors and indulgent appeal. Enjoy every slice of this irresistible treat!