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No-Bake Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake

No-Bake Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake is sure to be your new favorite cheesecake recipe. Made with mascarpone cheese, lemon, and a delicious graham cracker crust, this Italian-inspired dessert is simple to make and perfect for the warmer months.

No-Bake Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake on a serving plate.

What could be better than a luscious, velvety cheesecake? How about a no-bake version that tastes amazing, is foolproof, and comes together in minutes! Plus, you can make this ahead and chill until ready to serve.

While making cheesecake can seem daunting, this no-bake version is the complete opposite. Here, there is no need to worry about cracking or filling a water bath. Luckily, this no-bake lemon mascarpone cheesecake tastes every bit as delicious as traditional cheesecakes, but with a lot less work.

No-Bake Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake sliced on a plate.

And if you’ve never had a mascarpone cheesecake, then this is one that you should definitely try. The mascarpone gives the cheesecake a rich, velvety flavor that you just can’t get from cream cheese alone.

If you’ve never baked with mascarpone before, it’s definitely something you should try. In the mood for something with a bit a Amaretto flavor? Be sure to try this Amaretto Mascarpone Cheesecake with a amaretti cookie crust. Or, bake up another favorite with this Italian Orange Mascarpone Ciambella cake. Try a different take on traditional tiramisu with this Limoncello Tiramisu made with mascarpone and limoncello liqueur.

Simple, delicious, and perfect for every occasion, you are going to love this No-Bake Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake. Read below on how to make this delightful Italian-inspired dessert.

No-Bake Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake Recipe

This simple recipe comes together in just minutes. However, it does take some planning to soften the cheeses before you begin. I recommend softening the mascarpone and cream cheese at room temperature about an hour before you begin assembly.

To start, make the graham cracker bottom. In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar. The mixture will resemble coarse sand. Press into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan going about 1/2 inch up the side of the pan; set aside.

Graham cracker crumbs pressed into the bottom of a springform pan.

Next, cream together the softened mascarpone cheese and cream cheese in a large bowl. Add in the zest and juice of two lemons, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Beat again until well combined.

bowl of filling for the cake.

In a separate bowl, use a handheld mixer to beat the heavy whipping cream until thickened. Fold into the mascarpone mixture until just combined. Be sure to not over mix the filling or you will end up with a grainy texture, rather than smooth and creamy.

glass bowl of filling for the cake.

Pour the filling on top of the graham cracker crust bottom and spread to smooth. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight.

Whipped Cream Topping

Once the cheesecake has firmed up, you can release the collar of the springform and, using two large spatulas, move the cheesecake to your serving platter. You may need a sharp knife to loosen the crust from the collar and bottom.

ungarnished no-bake lemon mascarpone cheesecake on a pink cake pedestal.

You can serve the cake as it is, or make a simple whipped cream topping to garnish the cheesecake. To make, simply beat whipped cream until it forms peaks. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla until combined.

Spoon the whipped cream into a piping bag fitted with a star tip. Garnish making small dollops around the border of the cake and top with a small slice of lemon.

No-Bake Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake.

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No-Bake Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake on a serving plate.
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5 from 8 votes

No-Bake Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake

This delicious no-bake Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake comes together fast and is perfect for all occasions. Make up to two days in advance and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Prep Time20 mins
Chilling Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: lemon cheesecake, mascarpone cheesecake, no bake cheesecake
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 387kcal
Author: angelakallison
Cost: 9-10

Equipment

  • 9 inch springform pan

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Filling

  • 2 8 ounce containers mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 1 8 ounce container cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream

Topping

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • lemon slices for garnish

Instructions

  • For the crust, in a large bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar. Pour the crumb mixture into the springform pan and press into pan, going about ½ an inch up the sides; set aside.
  • For the filling, in large bowl beat the mascarpone and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar, lemon zest, juice, and vanilla and mix until combined.
  • In a seperate bowl, beat the ¾ cup of heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture using a rubber spatula until filling is evenly combined.
  • Pour the filling into the crust and spread until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set; at least 4 hours.
  • For the topping, beat the heavy whipping cream until thickened then add in powdered sugar. Pipe onto cheesecake and garnish with sliced lemons.

Notes

This delicious no-bake Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake can be made ahead and even frozen ahead. Just be sure to store in an airtight container. 
No-Bake Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake.
Recipe Rating




Anna Borromei

Monday 6th of September 2021

I just love all you recipes they are so delicious thank you 🌹

angelakallison

Thursday 16th of September 2021

Thank you! I really appreciate that :)

Debra

Tuesday 24th of August 2021

We loved this and so easy to make!! We made this twice. First the way it was written and second time we used a shortbread crust instead of graham cracker crust, add a splash of limoncello and topped with a bit of lemon curd. We love each version.

Lin

Sunday 22nd of August 2021

This recipe turned out beautiful. We have some left and have frozen in individual portions. How long does it keep unfrozen for future refence as I will definitely be making this again.

angelakallison

Sunday 22nd of August 2021

I'm so happy you loved it! You can freeze in an airtight container for up to two months.

gloria zeppetella

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

LOVE your recipes. I am ready to try them for Easter.

angelakallison

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

Thanks! I hope you love them :)

Gwen Pra

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

Delicious and easy—perfect combination!

angelakallison

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

So happy you loved it!