Admittedly, this is one of those “Because I Can” things. But really, who doesn’t love cheesecake? Or Sonic, for that matter? Sonic the Hedgehog was one of my all time favorite video games growing up. By now, you know that means I also suck at it. However, sources indicate that it’s really bloody entertaining to watch me play as it involves a lot of inventive cursing, squealing, ragequitting on the water levels… you get the idea. Heck, I even have Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on my smartphone. It’s that good.
That said, before you get started with this one… pop a bottle of your favorite dessert wine in the fridge to chill. This recipe is that rich, that decadent, that velvety… MMMmmmmmm. Legitimately, I would pay money for this at a restaurant and be completely satisfied. I made these with fruit and pie fillings but you can also do a plain style cheesecake and be completely happy. I’m not one to judge. In fact, I’m doing that later today after the springform pans are washed. Note that these are going to take a little more time as it’s not a ‘chill and serve’ recipe, but these are so worth the extra effort. Ready? Let’s go!
Gamers, grab your mats:
1 cup cookies, crushed – I used graham crackers, but you could also try chocolate wafer cookies, Nilla Wafers, pick your favorite.
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
red, yellow, and blue gel food coloring 4/21/15 update: red, yellow, and blue concentrated gel food coloring
Flavorings and Fillings:
cherry pie filling
blueberry pie filling
1 can mandarin oranges, drained, patted dry, and roughly chopped
chocolate Candy Melts for toppers
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine your crust ingredients and mix well.
This recipe will give you three beautiful, individual sized cakes. Divide your crust mixture into three small springform pans and press into the bottoms and sides of the pans. I found that pressing the crust up just a few centimeters up the sides was just fine (admittedly, not a crust fan).
Set these aside. In a large bowl, beat your cream cheese with an electric hand mixer on medium speed until smooth.
Add one egg at a time, beating well after each addition.
Now, if you intend to make plain cheesecakes, add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice now. If you plan on three flavors like me, follow the instructions listed below. Beat in sugar until smooth, then add your whipping cream and blend well.
Time to get fancy. Divide your cheesecake mixture evenly into three small bowls.
For Sonic: Add 1/8 teaspoon lemon juice and your entire tube of blue gel food coloring. Mix well with a spoon until well combined
For Tails: Add 1/8 teaspoon lemon juice and your entire tube of yellow gel food coloring. Add about two small squirts of red food coloring, then mix well. Add a smidgen of extra red if necessary for that nice orange color. You really don’t need much red coloring; best add a bit, stir, add more as necessary and stir.
For Knuckles: Add 1/8 teaspoon almond extract and the rest of your red gel food coloring and mix well until well combined.
Naturally, please use one spoon per color to avoid color mixing. Ew.
If you’re making plain cheesecakes, transfer your entire cheesecake mixture into your springform pans now.
Fruit lovers, I’m talking to you now: add just a little under half of your cheesecake mixture to your pans and gently spread over crust with a spoon.
Slowly add a few spoonfuls of filling to your cheesecakes and be very careful not to let your fillings touch the edges of the pan. It’s going to get rather messy later if you choose to ignore this step.
Add the rest of your cheesecake mixture and fill to the top of your pans.
So far so good. Transfer your springform pans to a larger baking tray (don’t judge my pizza pan) and bake for 40-50 minutes, until the center of your cakes are set. Mine rose a bit in the oven but settled as they cooled.
Allow your cheesecakes to cool in the springform pans for an hour. While you’re waiting, melt some chocolate Candy Melts in the microwave and transfer to a piping bag or sandwich baggie. Pipe little chocolate Sonic, Knuckles, and Tails silhouette heads onto parchment or wax paper. Allow these to cool in the freezer until you decorate.
Undo the clasps on your springform pans and gently ease your cheesecakes out onto a plate. Chill for at least three hours or overnight. Serve with chocolate toppers and pie filling, as desired.
Absolutely divine. Who knew Sonic was so darn classy? The little fruity surprises in the middle of mine were to. die. for. OMG. Without a question, worthy of a special occasion. As always, please tell me what you think! I love hearing what all of you have to say every week.
Coming Up Next: Recreating Pac Man in cakes, cupcakes, and petit fours. Oh, you don’t even know what madness awaits…