Miniature Cheesecake is quite simple to do if you have the perfect vegan cheesecake recipe!
Well guess what?
You’re in luck because I happen to have the best vegan cheesecake recipe or you!
Many people will bake miniature cheesecake in muffin cups
But if you have a very affordable pan specific for miniature cheesecake
The presentation is just so much prettier!
With my new obsession for natural food coloring and my best recipe for vegan cheesecake
Put those two things together and you have these beautiful miniature vegan cheesecakes perfect for spring!
I’ve been experimenting lately with these flower powder natural food colors I picked up from Suncore Foods
I am really digging the vibrant colors and the fact that they are all natural!
Of course if you did not want to buy them for yourself, as they are very pricey at almost $20 per bag
You could always use a tiny drop of whatever food coloring you are using for the same effect
The flower powder does however impart a subtle nuance of flowery essence
Notes for Success:
The Hibiscus Flower Powder makes the cheesecake taste a bit fruity and almost reminded me of a raspberry cheesecake
The Blue Butterfly Pea Flower Powder is very subtle and reminded me of roses somehow!
I was using the colors very sparingly since I notice when they bake they intensify almost 4 times!
The Wolfberry Goji Berry Powder was gorgeous in the cheesecake batter but for some reason when it baked it disappeared!
So for that one I think that 1 teaspoon would have been better than the 1/4 teaspoon I used for the others
The Carrot Powder was awesomely vibrant and did not impart much flavor at all
My base cheesecake recipe which is the starting point for all my cheesecake recipes is perfect all by itself
So again if you want to forgo the flower powders and the food colors all together
By all means you don’t have to get all fancy like I did!
More Notes for Success!!
If you have a scale that would be the best, because I have found that the measure of cornstarch will vary severely from person to person and even from brand to brand!
If you are too heavy handed with the cornstarch in any custard recipe
(And don’t forget cheesecakes are merely baked custards!)
When measuring cornstarch I cannot stress enough that a kitchen scale is the best way to go.
Cornstarch is a very difficult ingredient to measure consistently with a volume spoons measure
So while I list both measures below I cannot stress enough how the grams measure with a scale is going to give you the best results.
Many times people have complained that their custard or cheesecake is like rubber and they don’t know why!
This is from a heavy measure of cornstarch when using volume measuring spoon vs the 100% accurate scale measure in grams.
For the white chocolate coconut nests I used about 1 cup of unsweetened natural coconut flakes mixed with approximately 4 Tablespoons of melted vegan white chocolate
Pressed into a plastic wrapped lined mini muffin tin until they set
I also use Little Secrets peanut candies for the “eggs”
I simply wash them quickly under cold water to get off that intense color for a more subtle speckled egg look
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- For the Crust:
- 8ounces (approximately 1½ cups) of your favorite cookie crushed to fine crumbs
- 4 Tablespoons Vegan Butter Melted
- For the Cheesecake Batter:
- Tofutti Cream Cheese *see note above 16ounce (454g)
- Granulated Sugar 1 cup (200g)
- Vegan Butter melted 2 Tablespoons (28g)
- Salt ¼ teaspoon
- Vegan Lactic Acid or Apple Cider Vinegar ½ teaspoon
- Cornstarch 4 Tablespoons (32g)
- All Purpose Flour 3 Tablespoons (24g)
- Plant Milk * I use soy milk 6fl oz (177ml)
- Vanilla Extract 3 teaspoons (15ml)
- Flower Powder *optional- I used ¼ teaspoon per each cup of cheesecake batter.
- Prepare the crust for this cheesecake by placing your cookies in a food processor and grind to fine crumbs
- Add the melted vegan butter and pulse until the mixture resembles wet sand
- Press this mixture into the bottom of your greased & parchment lined 7" cake pan OR the individual miniature cheesecake pan then freeze while you prepare the cheesecake batter.
- Place all of the cheesecake ingredients into the work bowl of your food processor and pulse to blend
- Scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure an even mix then blend again to a smooth mixture
- Divide the batter into as many bowls as needed to flavor with flower powder or food coloring.
- Add ¼ teaspoon of flower power into to each 1 cup of cheesecake batter
- Pour the batter into the prepared crust and bake in a water bath in a preheated 350°F oven for 30 minutes for the individuals and 1 hour for the 7" cake
- **If making a 7" cheesecake leave the cake in the oven for an additional 1 hour AFTER turning off the oven, to let it cool slowly with the oven off.
- Remove the cheesecake and cool completely then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set or overnight before unmolding.
- Loosen the sides and bottom of the cheesecake pan submerging the pan into hot water and running a small spatula around the edges
- Decorate the cheesecakes with white chocolate coconut nests and buttercream flowers is desired