No-Bake Cheesecake: A Short Cartoon-Inspired Recipe from Tom & Jerry

No-Bake Cheesecake: A Short Cartoon-Inspired Recipe from Tom & Jerry
Kids will love this easy cartoon-inspired no-bake cheesecake recipe. Photo credit: Choen Lee

That creamy, dense texture with a lemon-zesty addictive cheese flavour – it’s no wonder that Jerry the mouse’s first taste of this luscious, cartoon no-bake cheesecake made him grin with delight. To celebrate Jerry’s love of cheese and World Cheese Day, Cartoon Network Asia sent us a surprise delivery. Inside was all we need to make a no-bake cheesecake inspired by the cartoon Tom & Jerry in their 1941 episode “A Midnight Snack”. Since all Malaysians love all things cheese, especially cheesecake, we decided to give this a go.

Ding dong! The doorbell rang, and the kid ran to open the door. There at the entrance is a box.

Cartoon Network Asia sent us a surprise delivery
Box! Photo credit: Choen Lee

She bent down to pick it up, holding on to the sides of the package firmly as she took it into the house.

All we need to make a no-bake cheesecake inspired by the cartoon Tom & Jerry
Easy does it. Photo credit: Choen Lee.

She walked towards the kitchen and placed it on the kitchen table.

Tom and Jerry looks good on towel prints
A cheese printed towel peeking out of the window. Photo credit: Choen Lee

There, she examined the box. A delivery from Tom & Jerry.

Thank you Cartoon Network Asia and HBO Go.
A big thanks to Cartoon Network Asia and HBO Go. Photo Credit: Choen Lee

What fun! Inside were the ingredients, kid-sized table cloth and chef hat.

Dress your kid up in a chef hat and apron.
A chef hat among others. Photo Credit: Choen Lee
It's almost like christmas.
Looks like a fun activity for parents and kids. Photo Credit: Choen Lee

What you will need to get started

Before we begin this adventure, we’ll show you what every kid and parent will need to get started. First of all, be sure to buy the ingredients. Next, ready the tools and cheese-cake mould. Lastly, allocate at last half a day for this fun activity. Please note that assembling the no-bake cheesecake with your kid would take at least 45 minutes to an hour. However, it’s the waiting for the cheesecake to set in the freezer that would take time.

Ingredients

4-5 medium-sized passion fruit or lemon
7g gelatine
250g cream cheese
50g sugar
160g whipping cream
1tbsp food colouring (light orange)

Be sure to buy your ingredients.
What we will need to make this no-bake cheesecake. Photo Credit: Choen Lee

Equipment

Digital kitchen scale
Measuring jug and spoons
Bowls
Pot or saucepan
Whisk
Spatula or Big Spoon
Knife
Chopping Board
Cute cheese-shaped mould

Method

1. Measure out 7g of gelatin and place it in a bowl

Be sure to measure your ingredients.
Slowly measure out the gelatin. Photo credit: Choen Lee

2. Add 40ml of water to the gelatin. Give it a good stir. Set aside for 15mins.

A measuring spoon comes in handy.
Use a measuring cup to get 40ml of water. Photo credit: Choen Lee
Accuracy is everything.
Add water to the gelatin stir it gently. Photo credit: Choen Lee

3. Cut lemons in half. Next, squeeze out the juice until you can collect 40g of lemon juice.

Its good to let your kid practice with a knife.
Be careful with the knife. Photo credit: Choen Lee.
Get your kid to help in the kitchen.
You may need to assist your kid here. Photo credit: Choen Lee.

4. In a separate big bowl, put 350g of defrosted cream cheese into the bowl. After that, use a spatula (or a big spoon) to work the cream cheese until smooth.

Working the cream cheese can be fun.
Toss in the cream cheese. Photo credit: Choen Lee.
It's also good arm exercise.
Work that cream cheese. Photo credit: Choen Lee.

5. After the cream cheese is softened, add 50g of sugar.

Add in the sugar.
It’s time to add the sugar. Photo credit: Choen Lee

6. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved.

Good hand exercise for the kid.
Work it. Photo credit: Choen Lee.

7. The gelatin should be set by now. So put a pot or a saucepan on the stove. Add the 40g of lemon juice into the saucepan and bring it to a simmer.

Simmer that lemon juice.
Let the lemon juice simmer for a bit. Photo credit: Choen Lee

8. Add the gelatin from step 2 into the simmering lemon juice and turn the heat down to low. Continue stirring until the gelatin has dissolved. Then, set aside to cool.

Add the gelatin.
Scrape in all the gelatin. Photo credit: Choen Lee

9. Once the lemon coulis from step 8 is cooled, pour it into the cream cheese. Keep mixing until everything is incorporated.

Add lemon coulis into the cream cheese.
Pour in the lemon coulis. Photo credit: Choen Lee
You can use a whisk or a spoon.
Mix it up nicely. Photo credit: Choen Lee

10. In another big bowl, whip the whipping cream with a whisk until it foams up nicely.

A whisk is more appropriate.
Use a whisk for your whipping cream. Photo credit: Choen Lee

11.Add 1 tbsp food colouring into the mix. You can add more if you like it to have a more vibrant colour.

Don't add too much food coloring otherwise it will be in technicolor.
Add a drop or two of the food coloring. Photo credit: Choen Lee.

12. Continue to whisk it until it turns into a lovely light yellow colour.

You can add more food coloring if you like intense colors
Whisk until the color is bright. Photo credit: Choen Lee.

13. Pour the whipping cream into the batter and gently fold the batter to mix it up.

See the color difference?
Pour and gently fold into the batter. Photo credit: Choen Lee

14. Pour batter into the moulds and put them into the freezer to chill for about 4 hours to set.

A cute mould is necessary.
Prepare the cute cheese cake moulds. Photo credit: Choen Lee
A Tom and Jerry towel is optional.
Get your kid to gently spoon the mixture into the mould. Photo credit: Choen Lee
Once done. Wrap it in a cling wrap and put it in the freezer.
Once you are done. Wrap it in cling wrap and pop it in the freezer. Photo credit: Choen Lee

15. Watch some cartoons with the kid for four hours. After the cartoon marathon, you can take the mould out of the freezer. To unmould, gently pull away the sides. Next, push the bottom of the mould up to invert the mould and push out the cheesecake. It’s now ready to be served.

It takes some work to pop the cheesecake out of the mould but it is worth it.
Pop the cheese cake out and voila! Photo credit: Choen Lee

Extra Tips

We like having cheesecake with durian. Feel free to serve some durian alongside the cake for an added flavor. If you like, you can also add in other fruits such as passion fruit or mulberry.

You can serve this cheesecake with durian.
It goes really well with durian! Photo credit: Choen Lee

Celebrate World Cheese Day!

This is a fun recipe for families to celebrate World Cheese Day on June 4th. If you’re a massive cheese lover like Jerry, you can make this no-bake cheesecake anytime. You can keep it in the freezer for when you need a lovely bit of creamy cheesecake. Don’t forget to take a picture of your creation and hashtag #butterkicap and #CartoonNetworkAsia to show us your cheesecake! Explore our cheesecake recipes here.

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Shiuh Wei
Shiuh Wei

Co-founder, butterkicap.com

Shiuh Wei spent her childhood playing in an orchard and roaming the streets of Kuala Lumpur in equal measure. She has an incurable wanderlust, a heartfelt passion for fresh produce, herbs and an enthusiasm for home-cooked food made with love. Being a vegetarian for almost two decades now, she enjoys an intimate connection with plants, vegetables and fruits, which keeps her inspired and nourished in her quest to get to learn from Malaysia's best cooks and find lost cultural practices.

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