Bright, colorful swirls make this Rainbow Cheesecake pretty to look at, and this is my favorite fluffy cheesecake recipe with a hint of lemon- divine!

Rainbow Swirl Cheesecake Recipe

One of the most popular recipes on my site is the Rainbow Swirl Cake that I made for my youngest son a few years ago. As you know I am not a professional baker, I’m just a wife and a mom in a house full of boys who like to eat. I like to give ordinary desserts a few changes and make them really extraordinary. This cheesecake is surly nothing less than extraordinary!

Rainbow Cheesecake Recipe

Since today is National Cheesecake Day I really wanted to bring you a show-stopper in looks as well as flavor- Rainbow Cheesecake it is! If you follow KatrinasKitchen on Instagram you got a little preview earlier this week. I used my favorite cheesecake recipe that I’ve been making for years and gave it a hint of lemon flavor with a whole lot of color.

Of course you can make this without the coloring too- it really is my favorite fluffy cheesecake recipe. Just don’t tell me. And you must promise to at least add a gazillion colorful sprinkles to make up for it. Deal?

Easy Rainbow Swirl Cheesecake Recipe

If you don’t have a leak-proof cheesecake pan then you’ll want to wrap the base of your cheesecake pan several times with heavy duty foil to prevent water from seeping into the pan.  Place the cheesecake pan into a larger pan that is filled halfway with water. This is called a water bath. It sounds super-fancy but really that’s all there is to it. I placed my 9-inch cheesecake pan into a 10×10 square cake pan and baked it for 45 minutes. Then I like to turn the oven off and let the cheesecake remain in the oven for 1 more hour before removing to let cool completely. Finally I let it set up overnight in the refrigerator.

In the meantime I place threatening notes all over the kitchen telling my boys not to dare touch this work of art before it’s ready or they will have to sit and watch me enjoy multiple slices before I even think about letting them have a bite.

SO making this Rainbow Cheesecake Recipe


EASY Rainbow Cheesecake Recipe

Rainbow Cheesecake

Bright, colorful swirls make this Rainbow Cheesecake pretty to look at, and this is my favorite fluffy cheesecake recipe with a hint of lemon- divine!

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  • Crust:
  • 1 1/2 Cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 Cup butter, melted
  • Cheesecake:
  • 4 8oz sticks of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • food coloring


  • Crust:
  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Wrap the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan in heavy duty foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. 
  • Mix together graham crackers, sugar, and melted butter and press into the bottom of your prepared pan and up the sides. Bake for 7 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Cheesecake:
  • In the bowl of your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar and cream cheese. Beat together until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time making sure to scrape down the bowl in between each egg. Add heavy cream, lemon, and vanilla extracts. Mix until creamy and smooth.
  • Divide batter into 6 large ziptop bags and add food coloring to reach desired vibrancy. Alternately use small bowls to stir in the coloring.
  • Drop batters into prepared crust letting the colors overlap. Use the tip of a butter knife to swirl the colors around once or twice, being careful not to mix them together. Fill a larger pan (10x10 cake pan or roasting pan) with water halfway for a water bath. Place the cheesecake pan into the water bath.
  • Bake 45 to 55 minutes until the edges appear to be set. The center will still have some jiggle to it. Close the oven door, turn the heat off, and let rest in the cooling oven for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour has passed, remove the cheesecake from the water bath and place on a cooling rack to cool completely. Once the cake is completely cooled, chill for at least 5 hours or overnight.
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EASY Rainbow Cheesecake Recipe

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