Strawberry Shortcake No Bake Mini Cheesecakes

This no bake recipe for strawberry shortcake mini cheesecakes is super easy to make. Your guests will never believe this only took minutes to make.

Strawberry Shortcake No Bake Mini Cheesecakes | Cravings of a Lunatic | Absolutely simple to make and wildly delicious!

I have never had so much fun making a recipe and repeatedly testing it in my whole life. These strawberry shortcake mini cheesecakes are absolutely addictive. You will have a hard time sharing these little beauties with your family and friends. I made oodles and still did not want to share. I’m greedy like that.

So before we get to the recipe let me tell you about a little about the connection to Staples Canada and the iPod Nano. Food bloggers have pretty cool jobs, not only do we get to cook and eat for a living but we occasionally work with companies who want our opinions on things. I’m not going to lie, it’s a perk of the job. You won’t ever get fed B.S. here, it’s just not in my nature. I tell it like it is at all times. Then cushion the blow with baked goods.

Strawberry Shortcake No Bake Mini Cheesecakes | Cravings of a Lunatic | Absolutely simple to make and wildly delicious!

When the rep contacted me she was not sure if a food blogger would want to review an iPod Nano. I think she was pleasantly surprised I said yes. So you’re thinking why did I say yes, it’s not food. Well, for the simple fact that I’m a huge music fan. My regular readers know I mention music all the time. I blast it when I’m in the kitchen, and let’s be honest, I’m in the kitchen a lot. I spend countless hours in there. I tend to blare the music and often wonder if I annoy my neighbours. So the thought of an iPod Nano was intriguing. I can still blare it and dance around the kitchen like I always do, but I’m not annoying everyone in the house, and most of the neighbourhood while I do it. It’s a win-win situation. For everyone.

They sent me the Silver iPod Nano in December. I’ve been having a ball ever since. Or I should say a blast. I’ve been blasting and blaring since December. Nothing makes me happier than cooking while music is playing. It’s my happy place. And my happy place always has cheesecake.

Strawberry Shortcake No Bake Mini Cheesecakes | Cravings of a Lunatic | Absolutely simple to make and wildly delicious!

So what do I love about the iPod Nano. Well I love the colour I chose, which was silver. It’s super pretty, not going to lie, I’m a total girlie girl and love shiny things. I love the size of it. I have an iPod Shuffle and for me, personally, the shuffle is a tad small. I like the size of the iPod Nano much better. I also dig the screen, it’s big enough for my old eyes to see photos. You can store music, and photos plus watch videos. I spend a fair amount of time at the barn with my daughter and our horse, particularly in the summer. Mini-me rides off into the sunset and I’m bored to tears, so this will come in super handy over the summer months. I love the portability of it, easy to slip into a pocket when I’m running out the door. It’s user-friendly with loads of fun options on it. You can even track your steps with the built-in pedometer.

What I didn’t love about it. Not much, it’s a pretty slick piece of technology. About my only complaint about it is the EarPods. It’s not even really a complaint. I have small ears and the EarPods are not overly comfortable in my tiny, mutant, small ears. Seriously, I have yet to find any earbuds that I find comfortable. They all end up popping out of my ears. It’s weird, I know. It’s something I’ve come to terms with. I have tiny, mutant small ears. What can you do. Soften the blow with more cheesecake perhaps.

Strawberry Shortcake No Bake Mini Cheesecakes | Cravings of a Lunatic | Absolutely simple to make and wildly delicious!

So if you’re looking for a functional, slick, versatile media player this is your device. But I’m going to be honest with you again, good luck holding on to it. My family has been stealing it out from under my nose consistently since I got it. I swear I live with pirates. My stuff is everyone’s stuff. Communal property, it’s not something I dig but I love the little rascals so I forgive them.

You can find out more about winning your own iPod Nano after the recipe. So hang tight and we’ll get to it I promise. Now on with the food.

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Strawberry Shortcake No Bake Mini Cheesecakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Completely depends on the size of your dishes!

Completely depends how hungry you are!

Strawberry Shortcake No Bake Mini Cheesecakes

This no bake recipe for strawberry shortcake mini cheesecakes is super easy to make. Your guests will never believe this only took minutes to make.

Ingredients

    For the Graham Crust Portion:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup graham crumbs
  • For the Strawberry Portion:
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped finely, I used my food processor
  • Juice of 1 orange or 2 mandarin oranges
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • For the Strawberry Shortcake Portion:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup of confectioners' sugar
  • 1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package of Frosting Creations Flavor Mix in Strawberry Shortcake (0.10 oz/3g)
  • For the Whipped Cream Portion:
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Instructions

    For the Graham Crust Portion:
  • Melt the butter. Combine the butter and graham crumbs and mix until combined.Set aside.
  • For the Strawberry Portion:
  • Chop up your strawberries finely, I actually popped mine in my food processor with the orange juice and sugar. Then I just gave it a few pulses with the chopping blade. Worked like a charm.
  • If you can allow the berries to macerate in the fridge for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours it helps soften them. If your oranges were mutant sized feel free to drain off a little liquid.
  • Divide the strawberry portion in two batches. Set aside.
  • For the Strawberry Shortcake Portion:
  • Make sure you soften your cream cheese completely, if you don't you will end up with lumpy cheesecake. No one likes lumpy cheesecake.
  • In a stand mixer combine the heavy cream, confectioners' sugar and Strawberry Shortcake Flavor Mix and whip slowly at first, then increase speed and whip until fluffy. You can transfer this to a piping bag if you like. Makes it easier to get a pretty presentation but it's not crucial. Set aside.
  • For the Whipped Cream Portion:
  • In another mixing bowl combine the whipping cream and sugar. Mix on low initially, then gradually amp up speed and whip until the cream is fluffy as all good whipping cream should be. It helps if the heavy cream is super cold, and also if you pop your bowl and whisk in the fridge or freezer that will help too. The cold helps it mix beautifully.
  • Putting it all together:
  • Press your graham crumb mixture into the bottom of your serving dishes. I always use the blunt end of a honey dripped to tamp the crumb mixture down.
  • Now pour the first half of the strawberries evenly into each serving dish.
  • Pipe the strawberry shortcake cheesecake mixture evenly into the serving dishes.
  • Pour the second half of the strawberries over top. Leave just a little to top of each glass if you like.
  • Pipe the whipping cream on top.
  • Top with a few bits of strawberry.
  • Place in the fridge and chill for about an hour.
  • Serve with a big old music loving smile!
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I know right. They are so wickedly adorable. I could not stop eating these things. Thank goodness we had tiny spoons in the house or I would have been driven to madness.

I found the Flavor Mix in the states when we were shopping one day. I’ve been having so much fun with them I can barely stand it. I know they are meant for frosting but you know me and boundaries. I love to cross them and get creative with ingredients so it was an easy leap to use them for no bake cheesecake. Wait till you see what I do next with them.

Strawberry Shortcake No Bake Mini Cheesecakes | Cravings of a Lunatic | Absolutely simple to make and wildly delicious!

Okay so you’re all just sitting there wondering when I’m going to stop jammering and get to the giveaway. Calm down people, it’s coming.

Staples Canada sent me 1 iPod Nano (in silver, squee!) to take for a test drive. I was not compensated in any other way. I took the iPod for a test drive and have happily given my honest feedback. I don’t like the idea of running with my iPhone so this iPod Nano is what I take on the treadmill with me. That way I can listen to music but I don’t feel tethered to my phone. Some activities should be phone free and I think workouts are one of those things. So this iPod Nano goes with me in the exercise room, on walks and into the kitchen.

If you are a Canadian you likely know all about Staples Canada. It’s my go to store for all things geeky, and I mean that in the best possible way. I’m a total tech geek. I do not understand any of it so I hit Staples to help me make smart decisions. Whether it’s ink, office furniture, computers, phones or home entertainment it’s a great store to get a great price on a great product. So check them out. You will thank me.

iPod Nano Giveaway on Cravings of a Lunatic courtesty of @StaplesCanada

Now for deets on the giveaway:

Open to anyone with a Canadian Shipping Address, they will only ship to Canada. Sorry my U.S. and International peeps, this one is for Canucks only.

Must be 18 years of age.

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Disclosure mumbo jumbo: I was not monetarily compensated for my review. I was provided with 1 iPod Nano to use and abuse so I could give honest feedback. If you are a regular reader you know I shoot from the hip at all times. If you’re new you’ll learn quick I don’t pull punches, if I hate something, say pickles for example, I’ll tell you. It’s how I roll. 

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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Comments

  1. 1

    I love listening to rap/hip hop while working out. It always gets me in the mood to excert all of my built up energy.

  2. 3

    You are such a crazy gal, we don’t hear your music over here! These little cheesecakes look yummy and adorable..willl try to tweak them to make them diabetic friendly ;)
    Thanks for the giveaway Kim!

    • 4
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      I’m shocked, it’s always blaring. I love the new sonos system so I can turn it up or down from any apple device or pc. Pretty slick machine.

      Good luck.

      And I still need to swing by. I have a bunch of sample stuff companies sent me. Let me gather it up and run it over this weekend. There’s some stuff that might work for him.

  3. 5

    As for songs on my iPod, right now it’s anything Luke Bryan….especially the newer stuff…Country Girl Shake it for Me, or Drink This Beer…

  4. 7

    I do not own an Ipod but I would listen to the radio while working out. I would love to win this prize. Thanks for the chance to win!! :)

  5. 9
    Kristi Renout says:

    I like too many songs to narrow it down to one. One of the songs I like right now though, is caught in the rain, but I can’t remember who it’s by.

  6. 11

    Fun way to serve these! Love the glass idea — each dessert looks so nice that way. Always fun to showcase pretty colors. Good stuff — thanks.

    • 12
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Thanks John. I love my mini shot glasses. I have way too many of them. They are just so cute for desserts.

  7. 13

    my favorite song to listen to is probably the walk by mayer hawthorne

  8. 15

    I love anything country

  9. 17
    sarah jackson says:

    I think my fav song on my ipod right now is thats my kinda night by luke bryan

  10. 19

    These are valentines day adorable :D
    Such cute treats!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  11. 21

    These are adorable! My hubby loves cheesecake. I think I’ll make these for our Valentine dessert.

  12. 23

    I love music, all kinds! However, my absolute favorite song to listen to is Ava Maria.

  13. 25

    Don’t really have a favourite right now…something with good lyrics and a nice tune. I know, very specific!

  14. 27

    SuperTramp – Fools Overture

  15. 29

    Life is a highway

  16. 31
    Brittany Koelmel says:

    Golden Brown- The Stranglers! I love it:)

  17. 33

    Counting Stars by OneRepublic! ;)

  18. 35
    tealover22 says:

    I love listening for macklemore!

    Those look delicious!!

  19. 37

    Love listening to Katie Perry

  20. 39

    Mamma Mia or pretty much anything by ABBA

  21. 41

    Video by India Arie.

  22. 43

    I like listening to Mama’s Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert

  23. 45
    Mandy Shannon says:

    I’m a baked goods blow softener myself, Hahaha! !

  24. 47

    My favorite song(s) to play pretty much change week by week.

  25. 49

    I have two I listen to every morning. Healer of the Broken by Gwen Smith and Praise You in This Storm by Casting Crowns.

  26. 51

    I like listening to secrets
    thanks

  27. 53

    I don’t currently have an ipod, but if I did, the number 1 song I’d be sure to listen to is “Whipping Post” by the Allman Bros. Yeah, I’m old … deal with it. :-)

  28. 55

    Raise Your Glass by P!nk

  29. 57
    Angela Mitchell says:

    Right now I’m really into listening to vocal jazz, the crooners, and the Beatles but it changes from week to week. I just discovered your blog today and I am totally excited. There are so many recipes that appeal to me — looking forward trying some out soon!

  30. 59

    I am embarrassed to admit it but Blurred Lines right now.

  31. 61

    THANK YOU for reviewing the iPod. Well, not necessarily the iPod but something other than food. I get so hacked off when people say they can’t review non-food. It’s like they have no life other than food. I’m a whole person who loves food. I also love other things. I blog about food because it’s my passion but I do other things than eat. I’m pretty sure everyone does.

    I would like to listen to music while I ate your mini cheesecakes. :)

    • 62
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      It’s so true Maureen. I really want to start doing some diy stuff on cravings too. My life is about so much more than food. I used to include more pics of family and vacations and just life in general. I want to get back to that. I love that this is a food blog but seriously my life is so much more than just food. And music is just so me, as are movies. And pets, and horses. I need to get back to including more of me in the blog.

      I have a whack of apple products and they connect to our wireless stereo system. It’s amazing. You can stream the radio or stuff from itunes, you can even do it from your ‘puter. We have a very music filled home. Either the tv or stereo is on at all times. It’s rarely ever quiet here.

  32. 63

    I love the oldies and I’m listening to Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot and Mama’s & the Papa’s

  33. 65

    Love these cute little mini desserts. Perfect for Valentine’s Day.

  34. 67

    I listen to so much different music while running but LOVE Bruno Mars right now. His songs really help me keep on pace. Also, that song from the Despicable Me – Happy. You can’t feel bad when you are listening to that song.

  35. 69
    Andrea Amy says:

    Well I don’t have an ipod, but my favourite songs currently are anything by Three Days Grace, and I do love Nickleback.

  36. 71

    I actually don’t have an iPod so I’d love to win one!

  37. 73
    Sunshine G says:

    Right now, it’s “Hey Soul SIster”.

  38. 75

    Steely Dan…don’t judge!

  39. 77
    Jennifer C aka JusticeSadie says:

    I don’t have an Ipod but my Favorite is anything by Pearl jam or the Great Eddie Vedder!

  40. 79

    These days, my favorite song is Gotta Have You by The Weepies.

  41. 81

    Anything from the Beastie Boys!

  42. 83

    These strawberry shortcake minis are adorable. I made something similar for my Valentine’s week. Great giveaway. :) Have an awesome week.

    • 84
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      There’s just something about cheesecake, it’s so amazing. Have a good week lady. We need to catch up soon. My life is chaos.

  43. 85

    The new Beyonce album!!

  44. 87

    Cheesecake in mini glasses is such fun! They make for such an elegant dessert and love the fact that it is so easy peasy.

  45. 89
    Taylor Closet says:

    I LOVE Chris Young, Who I am with you. I would listen to this song daily.

  46. 91
    Aimée Robison says:

    Love listening to anything by No Doubt or Gwen Stefani

  47. 93

    Im up all night to get lucky!!!

  48. 95

    So stinkin’ cute, Kim!

  49. 97

    As you can imagine, my place gets pretty quiet being just me, so I either listen to music in the kitchen or have the tv on. I love silence but sometimes it gets to be too much. So pass me a spoon and I’ll wolf these down while dancing to music.

    • 98
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      I’m the same most days now Carla. B is moved away, K is gone to the U about 12 hours a day and hubs new job is wild hours. At first I loved the quiet, now I hate it. Music is on all the time. Makes me happy.

  50. 99

    My favorite song on my ipod is “I want it that way” by the Backstreet Boys

  51. 101
    Kristine Ewald says:

    ROAR by katy perry…:) pumps me up

  52. 103

    Uncle Kracker’s version of Drift Away

  53. 105
    Cassie Fancy says:

    Unchained melody by the Righteous brothers ( old one but it’s my hubby and I song )

  54. 107
    Melissa L. says:

    My favorite song right now is any of the songs from the movie Frozen! Love them! Thanks for the giveaway!

  55. 109

    Lately, the song getting played the most for me is “Happy” by Pharrel

  56. 111

    I love this! Super cute, super festive, and I waaaaant those spoons! :-D

    • 112
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Thanks Kate. I love these spoons. It doesn’t look like they carry them any more. I’m trying to find their email for another blogger. Thought maybe they might have some in the storeroom or something.

  57. 113

    I love anything by The Tragically Hip!

  58. 115
    Dayna Wilson says:

    Depends on my mood. Lately, The Smiths “This Charming Man”

  59. 117

    Lately I’ve been on a big Weezer kick. #dork

  60. 119

    i enjoy all kinds of music, i would download the top 100

  61. 121
    Julie Bolduc says:

    I like country music

  62. 123

    I like to listen to up beat Latin music. Puts me in a great mood every time.

  63. 125

    sabotage by beastie boys!

  64. 127

    Brave by Sara bareilles

  65. 129
    Amy Heffernan says:

    Wrecking ball by Miley Cyrus!

  66. 131
    Bailey Dexter says:

    I love to listen to any Rod Steward!

  67. 133

    Did you Google the Brave song? Its very good motivation for many people for many reasons :)

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