The best part about this project is that it’s one of those things where if you’re headed to a party, odds are you aren’t going empty handed. And cheesecakes are pretty much a party go to. Everybody loves cheesecake. It’s a universal crowd pleaser. So if you’re already baking, and then you remember Canada Day is around the corner, you can just grab some food colouring and make this flag cheesecake. It’s perfect. It’s fast. It’s easy. You have everything you need at home.
Aren’t those the best kinds of party treats?
So how to make a flag cheesecake.
First, separate about 2/3 of a cup of your cheesecake filling, pouring the rest into the cake pan. Pour the extra batter into a bowl and use red food colouring or dye and mix the filling. Spoon into an icing bag or Ziploc bag and cut a small hole to pipe out your flag design.
Draw your flag. I used a cookie cutter for the maple leaf, but next time I would free hand it, and make the points more spread out. The design is going to spread so make take that into account. Another option is doing the sides of the cake but not the maple leaf, and waiting until you take it out of the oven to pipe on the maple leaf. It’s a thin layer of cheesecake, so it will chill fine without baking.
Use a toothpick to clean up the filling. Now it’s time to bake! So I have a super specific way of baking cheesecakes, and I don’t know where I learned it but it totally works perfectly so don’t judge.
Put a baking rack on a roasting pan and place your cake pan on top. Fill the roasting pan with boiling water, about halfway up the cake pan (aim for the dashed line in the photo). Pop it in the oven for about 45-50minutes. I baked around 325 because I’m neurotic. You do what you wanna do 🙂 I will warn you the roasting pan will weigh like five million pounds. Justin usually handles the oven transferring, and we fill it up with water while IN the oven. Which is smarter. Because it will weigh about ten million pounds when it’s full. Just a pro tip.
And that’s it! It’s literally the easiest Canada Day themed cake you can make, and you don’t even need icing. That’s like the cherry on top 🙂
OH, and check out how gorgeous and smooth the water trick makes your cake.
That’s right. You’ll knock ’em dead.