Rainbow Cheesecake

Rainbow Cheesecake is creamy vanilla cheesecake decorated in a fun rainbow of color. It's the perfect St. Patrick's Day dessert recipe, or great for a unicorn dessert party!
slice of rainbow cheesecake on a plate - the rest of the cheesecake sits behind it


Holy rainbow cheesecake! St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and I just HAD to make something festive for it. While brainstorming, I could only come up with rainbows, leprechauns, and booze. So, here is your rainbow recipe and you can make St. Patrick's Day Jello Shots or Chocolate Guinness Poke Cake to go with it. 😉

Sadly, I couldn't find a leprechaun to use in a third recipe. Oh man, that joke was in poor taste.

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Vibrant rainbow colored vanilla bean cheesecake that's perfect for St. Patrick's Day

I can remember my first year of blogging, I was quickly educated on the proper way to write St. Paddy's Day on a BuzzFeed roundup I created. The comments were slightly brutal, but I got the point. I had always written St. Patty's Day and so has probably everyone else in the United States. WELL, it's wrong.

vibrant colored slice of Rainbow Cheesecake

I was so proud of my rainbow cheesecake that I cut a couple of slices and took them down to my good friend and her hubby. It was too pretty not to share. She messaged me at like 10 at night to tell me that she had to hide the cheesecake until her kids went to bed.

Does anyone else hide treats from their kids? I know I'm so guilty of this. I probably would be more so if I had more than one kid running around.

vanilla cheesecake colored with food coloring to resemble a rainbow

You'll be happy to know that Lucian has had some of this rainbow cheesecake. I didn't keep it from him, because it's too darn pretty. It screams fun and playful. He was so excited to watch me make it and to be able to eat it. I think he told anyone that would listen about the rainbow cheesecake. When my five-year-old brags about my creations, I feel like a superhero. It is the best feeling in the entire world.

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Rainbow Cheesecake Recipe Notes

One last thing, you probably noticed the air bubbles in the top and sides. That's from having to mix the food coloring in thoroughly. All of the extra beating incorporated air pockets. I would recommend tapping the cheesecake. Just be careful not to ruin your beautiful rainbow.

Want a couple more St. Patrick's Day dessert ideas? Bake a Chocolate Whiskey Cake or make some Baileys Coffee Truffles.

slice of rainbow cheesecake

Rainbow Cheesecake

Rainbow Cheesecake is creamy vanilla cheesecake decorated in a fun rainbow of color. It's the perfect St. Patrick's Day dessert recipe, or great for a unicorn party!
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Chill Time 8 hours
Total Time 10 hours 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 slices
Calories 462 kcal




  • 24 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup full-fat sour cream
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • several drops of red, orange, lemon yellow, leaf green, royal blue, purple gel food color



  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray the sides of the 9.5-inch springform pan with nonstick baking spray. Wrap the sides of the pan with a strip of parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, add in the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter. Stir until the melted butter coats the crumbs.
  • Firmly press the crust evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool while you work on the cheesecake filling.


  • In a large mixing bowl, add in the cream cheese and beat with a hand mixer on medium until smooth. 
  • Add the granulated sugar in with the cream cheese. Beat on medium until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and then the eggs one at a time. Beat in each egg completely before adding the next. Scrape down the bowl after incorporating each egg.
  • Add in the sour cream and heavy cream. Mix until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat any remaining bits.
  • Divide the batter into 6 bowls. I used an ice cream scoop and scooped it out equally. I got 3 scoops for each bowl.
  • Add each gel paste food color into a bowl with batter in it. 
  • Thoroughly mix the gel food color into each bowl of batter.
  • Just before adding the cheesecake mixture, wrap the outside of the springform pan with 2 layers of heavy-duty tin foil.
  • Starting with the red, add the mixture into the center of the cheesecake. Then add the orange to the center of the cheesecake. Repeat adding the yellow, green, blue, and purple to the center of the cheesecake.
  • Give the cheesecake a few taps to even out the top and remove any air bubbles.
  • Place the springform pan in a slightly larger baking pan. Fill the outer pan with 1 inch of water. This will keep the cheesecake from cracking.
  • Place in the oven at 325 degrees and let bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until done. To make sure the cheesecake is done, gently give it a wiggle. If it slightly jiggles in JUST the middle like jello, then it's done. If it jiggles all over, it needs to bake longer. Turn off the heat and crack the oven door slightly. Let it cool in the oven for 1 to 2 hours until it reaches room temperature and then place in the fridge to chill overnight.
  • Cut and serve!


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 462kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 6gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 336mgPotassium: 154mgSugar: 26gVitamin A: 1265IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 1mg

(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)

Rainbow Cheesecake -Vibrant rainbow colored vanilla bean cheesecake that's perfect for St. Patrick's Day!

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  1. How do you keep your edges and top bright and vibrant? My outer layers brown and dull in color. I tried reducing baking time but then it is obviously undercooked.

    1. Did you put it in a water bath? The water bath helps keep the sides from browning and if I feel the cheesecake is starting to brown on top, I tent it with tin foil to help.

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