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No-bake lemon cheesecake

Easy Lemon Cheesecake (No Bake)

Easy No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake - A delicious lemon cheesecake with a crunchy biscuit base that's absolutely packed full of flavour from the fresh lemon zest and juice. It's unbelievably moreish!
4.80 from 70 votes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
+ Chilling: 2 hours
Servings: 8 people


  • 100 g digestive biscuits
  • 40 g butter
  • 250 g cream cheese - I use Philadelphia
  • 280 ml double cream - 300g - I prefer to weigh my cream as then I can pour it straight into the bowl I'll be whipping it in
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • Zest of 2½ lemons
  • 5 tsp lemon juice - This is the juice of just under 2 lemons

To decorate

  • 75 ml double cream - 80g
  • 4 slices of lemon (halved)


  • Line the base of an 18cm round loose bottomed tin with greaseproof paper or a reusable baking liner.
  • Melt the butter (40g).
    Crush the digestive biscuits (100g). 
    Mix together the crushed biscuits and melted butter. 
    Put the biscuit mix into the prepared tin and use the back of a spoon to push it flat. Put the tin into the fridge to chill while you make the topping.
  • Finely grate the zest of 2½ lemons. Squeeze out the juice until you have enough for 5 tsp and set aside.
  • Whip the double cream (280ml/300g) until it forms a soft peak. Add the cream cheese (250g), caster sugar (100g), lemon zest and lemon juice.
    Whisk together until combined and thick.
  • Remove the tin from the fridge and add the lemon mixture. Add a little at a time and push the mixture down with the back of a spoon, so there are no gaps. 
    Once you've added all of your lemon mixture, smooth the top with a palette knife. 
    Put your cheesecake into the fridge for at least 2 hours to set fully.
  • When you're ready to serve, carefully remove the cheesecake from the tin. You may find the edges become a little smudged as you do this. If this happens, simply run a small palette knife around the edge of the cheesecake to smooth it out again.

Decorate your cheesecake

  • Whip the double cream (75ml/80g) until it forms stiff peaks. Put it into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle (I use a JEM1B) and pipe 8 small swirls of cream around the edge of the cheesecake. Top each swirl with a half slice of lemon.
  • Serve.


Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3.3g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 22.3g | Sodium: 137.8mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 16.6g

Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Dessert, No Bake Cheesecake, No Bake Dessert
Author: Charlotte Oates