With a buttery biscuit base and layers of creamy cheesecake filling, sweet caramel and a silky chocolate ganache, this no bake Twix cheesecake is a deliciously easy and utterly indulgent take on one of everyone's favourite chocolate bars. This is a cheesecake recipe that you won't forget in a hurry!
Today I've got for a cheesecake for you, that I've been dreaming off making ever since I made my favourite Twix layer cake. And I really can't actually believe its taken me this long to get around to making it.
If there's any chocolate bar that hits the spot for me, it's those shortcake fingers and sweet caramel all covered in chocolate. It's absolutely crying out to be made into a dessert and this no bake Twix cheesecake is the ultimate way to do so.
I've made quite a few chocolate bar inspired cheesecakes now, and you guys just can't get enough of the really easy, no bake recipes especially my Crunchie cheesecake with the chocolate and honeycomb, or the Malteser cheesecake with those light honeycomb chocolate balls, and my Mint Aero cheesecake which is full of bubbly mint chocolate.
But finally it's time to give cheesecakes the Twix treatment. I love how all the layers work perfectly as different parts of the dessert. It really is the ultimate no bake cheesecake, and here's how I do it...
Take me to the cheesecake already!
Table of Contents
If you want to skip the essential info and handy tips for making the most indulgent no bake Twix cheesecake, then head down to the printable recipe card.
Taste: Sweet caramel and rich chocolate
Ease: Super simple and quick to make
Pros: All the layers of a Twix in cheesecake form
Cons: Everyone wants a slice - be quick
Make again: Oh yes!
You'll love this recipe because...
Well let's be honest, how can you not resist that heavenly combination of chocolate and caramel. Just look at that caramel drip, don't you just want to get stuck in?
And it really does tick the flavour boxes with...
- Silky smooth caramel cheesecake filling; perfectly light and creamy
- Thick buttery shortcake biscuit base, perfect for cheesecake crust fans
- Sweet and indulgent caramel layer to give you the Twix experience
- Quickest and easiest shiny chocolate ganache topping
Not only that, it's also...
- Quick and easy to make in less than 30 minutes, sit back and relax as it chills
- Absolutely no baking, no waterbaths, no eggs, no gelatin
You gotta believe me when I say it's one of the easiest cheesecakes you'll ever make!
What you'll need to make this recipe
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When it comes to desserts, you know my motto - 'deliciously easy' and the simpler they are to make, the better. But that doesn't mean let's use a box mix, no not at all.
Instead I want you to get stuck into using simple ingredients, with simple equipment and easy techniques. And there's no excuses as I'm going to let you know everything you need and guide you step by step through the recipe.
Plus I test my recipes over and over until they are just right before sharing them with you, so you know that they're going to work.
So that's the sales patter out the way.
Most of the ingredients you might find you already have in the fridge or in the kitchen cupboard. Here's what you'll need...
- Full-Fat Cream Cheese - Full-fat cream cheese is super important to make sure the filling sets properly and you get that velvety smooth texture. Use either a block cream cheese or Philadelphia cream cheese and allow it to come up to room temperature to avoid any lumps in your filling. Take the cream cheese out of the fridge 15 minutes before you want to use it and you'll be good to go.
- Double or Heavy Cream - Just like the cream cheese, the high fat content in cream is vital to help the cheesecake filling set. If you can't find double or heavy cream, then you can use whipping cream instead.
- Shortcake Biscuits - Shortcake biscuit fingers are the backbone of a Twix so it was only natural to use them as the biscuit base for my cheesecake. But if you can't find shortcake biscuits or would prefer a different biscuit for the base you can easily swap them.
- Dulce de Leche or Caramel Sauce - I've used a ready made Dulce de Leche caramel for this cheesecake as I had some in the fridge that needed using up. However if you want to try your hand at making your own caramel, you can do so but just make sure it is completely cool before adding on top of the cheesecake filling.
- Icing Sugar or Powdered Sugar
- Milk Chocolate
- Unsalted Butter
Ok, on to the equipment and not only are we using simple ingredients, our equipment list is pretty basic too!
All you need is...
- Large mixing bowl and hand held mixer, or you can use a stand mixer
- Angled Palette Knife
- Springform Cake Pan
I also highly recommend an offset spatula for smoothing the cheesecake filling over. You won't believe how much easier it is to level off with one!
And to make getting your cheesecake out of the tin nice and easily, you'll need a springform cake pan. This recipe is best made in an 8-inch pan, to give you a nice deep cheesecake layer.
TOP TIP: Line the springform pan by placing a square of baking parchment over the base plate. Then clamp into place with the springform ring.
How to make the recipe
Full measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page
Now if you've seen some of my other cheesecake recipes, you'll know just how easy this recipe method is. So there's no excuse to cut corners or change things around. Just follow the steps and check out my handy tips and the best cheesecake ever will be yours!
The Biscuit Base
First you'll need to crush the biscuits for the cheesecake base. They need to be crushed as fine as you can until they have a sand like texture. I use a food processor, but you can also break them up into smaller pieces, place in a Ziploc bag and bash them with a rolling pin.
Pop the biscuit crumbs into a large mixing bowl and pour in the melted butter, mixing together to form a sort of crumb dough. Press this into the bottom of your springform cake pan and smooth with the back of a spoon.
Chill the base for 30 minutes to an hour, in the fridge, to firm up.
The Cheesecake Filling
The filling only takes a few minutes to make so you can do this while the base is chilling in the fridge and still have time for a brew!
Grab a large mixing bowl, and add in the cream cheese and the icing sugar, then gently fold together. The cream cheese will start to slacken so don't mix too hard. Then add in the double cream and whisk with a handheld mixer, until the filling becomes smooth and thick. You should be able to spread it easily. If its too runny and it needs whisking a little more.
Add in the Dulce de Leche or caramel sauce and stir together until evenly distributed.
Pour the cheesecake filling on to the chilled base, and level off using an angled palette knife or the back of a spoon, and pop back in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours before adding the caramel layer.
The Caramel Layer
After about 2 hours, when the cheesecake starts to firm up you can add the caramel layer.
Pour the Dulce de Leche or caramel sauce onto the centre of the cheesecake, then spread with an angled palette knife. Leave about 1cm between the caramel and the edge of the cheesecake.
The Chocolate Ganache Layer
To make the most easiest chocolate ganache ever, pop the chocolate into a heatproof bowl. Then gently heat the cream in a small saucepan over a low heat until it begins to simmer.
Pour the warm cream over the chocolate and stir together until completely melted. Pop the ganache to one side to cool down.
After the cheesecake has chilled for at least 4 hours, pour the chocolate ganache over the top, allowing it to run out to the edges of the cheesecake.
Pop back the cheesecake back in the fridge for a final chill for at least 3 hours or over night..
TOP TIP: When you release the cheesecake from the pan the chocolate will start to drip down the sides of the cheesecake with the caramel - this is the perfect look for me. But if you don't want drips. leave the chocolate ganache until you are ready to serve and pour over the cake when it is out of the pan. This way you can easily control where the chocolate ganache runs too.
Recipe notes and top tips
I know I've gone on about how simple the recipe is and how it uses simple ingredients and equipment; and it is 100% deliciously easy. However I want to share with you some of my notes and top tips that if you follow will give you the best cheesecake every time you make it.
Ingredients and Equipment
- Invest in a springform cake pan - Number 1 top tip alert! Have you ever tried to get a cheesecake out of a normal cake pan? Don't even try, you'll end up in such a sticky albeit delicious mess. However, if you use a springform cake pan you can easily release the cheesecake without the mess. I add a layer of baking parchment beneath my biscuit crust so I can easily slide the cheesecake onto a serving plate.
- Start with room temperature cream cheese - Take the cream cheese out of the fridge 10-15 minutes before you want to use it. Cold cream cheese can create lumps in your filling. It also gives your cheesecake a lighter creamier texture as when you whisk it with the cream it easily incorporates air into the mixture.
- Use full-fat cream cheese - I can't say this one enough, it is super super important as it helps the cheesecake filling stabilise and set. It's best to use either a block-style cream cheese if available or Philadelphia cream cheese.
- Use double, heavy or whipping cream - Just like the cream cheese, the fat content is important to set the filling. The higher the fat content, the thicker you can whip the cream which is needed to hold the filling together.
- Don't over beat the filling - Be gentle when it comes to your cheesecake filling, If you beat the filling too much, the cream will become grainy and the cream cheese will become slack and runny. You want it to be thick and creamy, but smooth enough to spread easily with a palette knife.
- Don't under beat the filling - And that said, you also don't to under whisk the filling. If you don't beat the filling enough, the cream will not thicken up which will result in a runny cheesecake filling that will not stabilise and set properly.
- Be patient and chill - It's vital that you let the cheesecake chill in the fridge for at least 6-7 hours before serving. Remember you can always make the cheesecake the day before, and chill overnight.
Frequently asked questions
The cheesecake is best made in an 8-inch springform cake.
The cheesecake will serve 10-12 portions, depending on the size you slice them.
Once the cheesecake has set and you have added caramel and chocolate ganache layers, loosely cover the cheesecake either with cling film or kitchen foil. The cheesecake should then be keep chilled in the fridge. It's best to keep the cheesecake in the tin until you are ready to serve.
If stored correctly, the cheesecake will keep for up to 3 days.
Yes, you can freeze the cheesecake for up to 3 months. Before freezing, make sure to wrap the cheesecake with cling film/ plastic wrap and a layer of kitchen foil. This helps protect from freezer burn and reduces the potential for ice crystals forming in the filling. Remember to allow the cheesecake to defrost in the fridge before serving.
There are a number of possible reasons that your cheesecake has not set and it's hard to diagnose over the internet. It could be anything from the ingredients to the weather but the most common reason is that the filling hasn't been whipped enough. Check out my recipes tips for my no-bake Neapolitan cheesecake to find out how no-bake cheesecakes set and how to prevent runny filling.
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No Bake Twix Cheesecake
For the Cheesecake
- Make the biscuit base - Add the shortcake biscuits into a food processor, and blitz until they form a sandy texture crumb, then add to a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre of the biscuit crumbs, and pour in the melted butter. You can also crush the biscuits in a ziploc bag and bash them with a rolling pin.75 g Butter
- Mix together until well combined, and then pour into an 8-inch springform tin, lined with greaseproof paper. Press down onto the biscuit base with a spoon and smooth out to the edges, making sure it's well compacted.. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Make the cheesecake filling - Using a stand mixer with the balloon whisk attachment, gently combine the icing sugar and cream cheese.500 g Cream Cheese, 75 g Icing Sugar
- Add the double cream and whisk together until the cream thickens and the filling is smooth and thick.300 ml Double Cream
- Add the caramel sauce and gently whisk into the filling until well combined.2 tablespoon Caramel Sauce
- Alternatively, you can make the cheesecake filling in a large mixing bowl, by hand with a balloon whisk or an electric hand whisk.
- Assemble the cheesecake - Pour the cheesecake filling over the top of the chilled biscuit base, then smooth over and level with an offset spatula. Chill the cheesecake in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.
- Decorate the cheesecake - When ready to serve, whip up the remaining double/ heavy cream with the icing sugar and pipe on top of the cheesecake. Decorate with more Crunchie bar chunks or chocolate honeycomb pieces.
- Your cheesecake will keep for up to 3 days in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer. When freezing make sure you wrap it well with cling film or plastic wrap, and then a layer of aluminium foil to prevent ice crystals forming in the filling. Remember to allow the cheesecake to thaw before serving.
- Use a springform cake pan so you can release your cheesecake without running the risk of damaging it in the process.
- Full-fat cream cheese is a must - a traditional cream cheese, either a block or something like Philadelphia. Don't be tempted to overbeat your cream cheese, it will slacken and your filling won't set properly.
- Use room temperature cream cheese to avoid any potential lumps that you might get if it is too cold.
- Whip double or heavy cream so it forms soft, thick peaks, but be careful not to overwhip it. Double cream tends to be quite stable when whipped, but it can vary depending on the type of cream available in your country.
- Too runny? If your cream is not whipping up or seems too runny, try using less cream and more cream cheese. And remember don't overbeat your cream cheese!
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