Conversation Heart Cheesecakes – A sweet Valentine’s Day dessert !

These brightly colored Conversation Heart Cheesecakes have become my most popular recipe here at Hungry Happenings. I’m happy you have stopped by to check them out this Valentine’s Day.
conversation heart cheesecakes

I’ve heard people, including my husband, say, “I’ve never met a cheesecake I didn’t like.” Well, I can’t say the same. I’ve been known to pay upwards of $10 for a slice of cheesecake and take one bite and shove it aside.

To me, cheesecake should be so lusciously creamy and smooth that it just melts in my mouth, and tastes delicately rich with just a hint of tang from the cream cheese. I wont settle for dense, spongy, crumbly and or sour cheesecake; it better be good if I’m going to indulge in that may calories. If its bad, I’d rather throw it away, or feed it to my less picky husband:)

conversation heart cheesecake

Many years ago, after many failed attempts at finding that perfect cheesecake recipe, I discovered it. Tyler Florence’s Ultimate Cheesecake is the best I’ve ever tried. I’ve made it dozens of times and always garner rave reviews from family and friends.

cheesecake conversation hearts

So, when I decided to make heart shaped cheesecakes to look like conversation hearts, there was no doubt in my mind what recipe I’d use. Tyler’s recipe calls for a bit of lemon zest, which I love, but I oftentimes leave it out depending on how I’ll be serving the cakes. I didn’t want flecks of lemon zest in these pastel colored cakes, so I just flavored the cheesecake with a good quality vanilla extract.

how to make conversation heart cheesecakes

To color my cheesecake hearts, I decided to keep it simple and used liquid food coloring. I think it would be wonderful to use fruit purees and will be experimenting with that at some point.

naturally colored conversation heart cheesecakes

UPDATE: Two years later, I’ve finally make some naturally colored conversation heart cheesecakes using fruit purees which are pictured above. The cheesecakes are flavored and colored with blueberries, raspberries, lemon, and orange/carrot. I did have to make some tweaks to the recipe, so be sure to check it out. They taste great and look just as nice as those colored with food coloring.

I used two Wilton Heart Shaped Silicone Molds to make my cheesecakes, because I only had 2, but I suggest having 3 to make these Valentine’s Day desserts. I had extra batter, and a mini heart silicone mold, so I just make some tiny hearts. If you have 3 of the silicone molds, you will end up with 3 hearts in each of the six colors.

I think these hearts make the perfect size dessert. Well, my husband would disagree, he’ll take two.

cheesecake conversation hearts recipe

Conversation Heart Cheesecakes (makes 18)

          recipe adapted from Tyler Florence’s Ultimate Cheesecake recipe
1 cup graham cracker crumbs (15 squares)
pinch of cinnamon
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted
16 ounces (2 blocks) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 pint (16 ounces) sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
food coloring – pink, purple, blue, green, yellow, and red
Supplies Needed:

stand mixer or a mixing bowl and hand held mixer
rubber spatula
Wilton Heart Shaped Silicone Molds
fine tip paint brush (new or food only brush)
roasting pan big enough to fit your heart shaped molds


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

You will need a water bath to bake your cheesecakes, so either place your roasting pan in the oven filled with enough water to go half way up the sides of your heart molds and allow the water to heat along with the oven or bring some water to a boil in a tea pot or the microwave.

A little trick I use – my roasting pan has a flat rack with handles that fit inside. I set my two heart molds on the rack, so that later I can simply lower the rack along with the filled heart molds into the hot water in the roasting pan.

mini heart cheesecakes

Combine graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, and melted butter, stirring until it looks like sand. (I used my food processor to grind the graham crackers, then I added the cinnamon and butter and pulsed it until well combined.)

Spoon out about a tablespoon of crumb mixture into each heart cavity. Press the crumbs down making an even crust. Refrigerate until ready to fill with cheesecake mixture.

Note: Being I only made 12 cheesecakes with crusts, I had some of this leftover.

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In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a mixing bowl using a hand held mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium high until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Be sure to scrape the cream cheese out of the mixing blade as well. You don’t want lumps in your cheesecake.

Add sugar and beat for one minute. Add eggs and beat until creamy, 1 to 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl once. Add the sour cream and vanilla and mix just to combine.

conversation heart cheesecake recipe

Equally divide the filling among 6 bowls. Add food coloring to create the colors you’d like.

It took between five and eight drops of color to achieve the colors of my cakes. For orange, mix yellow and red together.

how to make conversation heart cheesecakes

Pour colored cheesecake filling into the heart shaped cavities in your Wilton silicone mold. If you are using 3 heart molds and making 18 cheesecakes, equally divide each color among 3 hearts. The cavities will be a little less than completely full.

I filled mine completely, as I only made 12 of this size. I then used the remaining batter to make some mini hearts (see image below.)

I made pink, lavender, yellow, orange, green, and blue hearts, but have to say the blue was awful looking once baked. I would either go lighter next time, or just make a few white hearts.

baking conversation heart cheesecakes

Bake cheesecakes in a water bath for 22-25 minutes, if making 18 hearts.

When baked thoroughly, the cheesecakes should still jiggle, but not look soupy.


  • As I mentioned, I set my heart molds on a flat rack, which made it so easy to move and lower into the roasting pan which was already filled with water that had heated up while the oven was pre-heating.
  •  You can set your heart molds in your roasting pan, then carefully pour boiling water around the heart molds. Just fill up the pan so that the water goes half way up the sides of the heart mold.
  • My tiny cheesecakes baked for 15 minutes. 
  • If hearts are completely filled, bake for 26-28 minutes. I baked my cakes 30 minutes (I got distracted and didn’t check them when I should have.) They developed a bit of a skin on top, but really were perfect inside.
  • If you bake one large cheesecake, it should take about 45 minutes. 

mini conversation heart cheesecakes

Remove your baked cheesecakes and allow to cool at room temperature for an hour. The minis will probably cool in about 30 minutes.

wilton silicone heart mold conversation heart cheesecakes

Freeze the cheesecakes for at least 2 hours, and up to several weeks. Remove from freezer and push on the underside of each heart, releasing the cheesecakes. Carefully lift them out of the mold. If they don’t pop right out, you need to freeze them longer. I only broke off a tiny piece of crust from one of my hearts after allowing them to freeze for two hours.

Notes: My frozen hearts did have beads of condensation on them when I took them out of the freezer, but they dried after refrigerating them for a while. Of course you don’t want to serve them frozen, so you’ll need to allow them to warm up a bit before serving.

decorate conversation heart cheesecakes

To add the conversation heart phrases, squeeze a few drops of red food coloring into a small bowl. Use a fine tip paintbrush to paint the words onto each cheesecake heart.


  • Traditional conversation heart sayings are printed in all capital letters. 
  • Don’t worry if your words are off center, as many conversation hearts are printed that way. 
  • If you have too much food coloring on your brush, your letters will bleed. 
  • The food coloring will dry if you refrigerate your cheesecakes for a while. 
Store in the refrigerator for up to several days or freeze for up to a month.
I suggest storing them in an airtight container. To keep the condensation from developing on the tops of the cheesecakes, set a piece of paper towel, that is larger than the container’s lid, across the underside of the lid. Close and seal. The moisture will get wicked up by the paper towel.

If you’d prefer a naturally colored version of this Conversation Heart Cheesecake recipe, check out my tutorial and recipe for heart cheesecakes colored using fruits and vegetables. Oh, and I also show to create the words using stamps to make a nicer looking design on top of each cake. Click here. 

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  1. says

    These are beyond awesome! I mean, I am seriously in awe and just keep going back and forth over your pictures! This might actually make me break down and buy those silicone pans. And now I'm seeing the thumbnail up above for a Chocolate Caramel Apple Cauldron and my jaw just dropped again! I would love it if you would come link up to my party, and actually… let me know if you ever want to do a guest post! You could even repost this if you wanted to get some views! Off to pin it!

    • says

      Hi Natalie. I'm so happy you found my blog and like my recipe ideas. I linked up and added your button to my Featured On/Linky page. I wish I had extra recipes to do guest posts, but I work on one idea at a time and spend 2-3 days working on each. I need to get ahead someday, so I can honor all the guest post requests I get. I'd be happy to re-post this recipe on your site next week, if you'd like. Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Beth! I'm so sorry, but I just saw this reply now! Absolutely you can re-post this on my site (or if there's another post you wanted to promote more, I'm cool with that too!). Just let me know and if you're interested, send me the HTML code. I'm not too picky with making sure it's new content or anything! I figure, even an old post that's posted on a new site can get you more traffic! aturtleslifeforme at gmail dot com

  2. says

    These are so cute – I really hope I can make some time to try these! I pinned this and am now following your blog & following on FB. It looks like you have tons of great ideas!

    • says

      Thanks for the feature Laura! I'll add your button to my Featured On page. If you do make these for your family, be sure to send me a picture so I can feature it in my reader's gallery along with a link to your blog.

  3. says

    OMG!!! I love your blog! Such creativity!! I am going to check out your book :) Wow I can't wait to see all of your goodies! Do you sell them/have a bakery/online store? You go girl!! <3

    • says

      Thanks Beth. I hope you have a great weekend too. Good luck to your favorite team, if you're cheering anyone on at the Super Bowl. I'll probably be busy in the kitchen tomorrow. I don't have too many days left to get more Valentine's Day stuff made and posted.

  4. says

    I too am pinning photo and link. Hope to make this for v-day. I love cheesecake too, but it has to be good! I have a great recipe handed down to me from a little ole italian lady in NY, a real NY cheesecake, really the only one I make. I will give this one a try.

    • says

      The advantage to silicone is that is is pliable enough to turn inside out, which helps when removing the cheesecakes. I do think using disposable aluminum pans would work, you'd just have to cut the pans off with scissors and pull the pan away from the cakes. Let me know how it turns out and I'll share that suggestion.

  5. says

    Theses look delicious and adorable! Thank you so much for sharing at Sharing Saturday! We look forward to seeing what you will share next week.

  6. says

    Hi Beth – these are so darn cute! Love, love, love, love, love them!!! Fabulous photos too – so glad you documented the process for us. Will have to keep these in mind for the family – I make all kinds of cheeseake, but none as impressive as these little cuties.

    I'm off to check out more of your blog.


  7. says

    Just saw these on foodgawker – they are AMAZING! I love the silicone molds – they're so easy to work with, but have never used ones for cheesecake. Thanks for the freezing tip for getting them out. Love, love these.

  8. Dora says

    I just found this page by accident and am glad that I did. I love baking cheesecakes and can't wait to try these. My daughter is getting married on March 31 with just a few friends and family so I thought I would make one for each of the guests. I will try them out on others first though just in case mine don't turn out like yours. lol I can't wait to go and check out the rest of your page. Thanks once again.

  9. says

    This looks absolutely wonderful! I may attempt to make it for an upcoming Valentine's party and then I'll post pictures (and credit you, of course!) on my blog:

    • says

      Thanks so much Kristi. It's nice to hear how much my effort is appreciated. I spend more time than I ever imagined I would on my tutorials, but I love it. I linked up on your site and grabbed your button and added it to my Featured On/Linky page.

    • says

      Oh Jill, you are so right. I am a total perfectionist. I spent a few hours this afternoon working on my next Valentine's Day recipe, but wasn't totally happy so I'm re-doing it again tomorrow. I'll be sure to stop by your linky party on Friday.

  10. Anonymous says

    I really want to make these. Is there something else I could use instead of a roasting pan? Or suggestions of where to buy one that is super expensive?

    • says

      You just need a pan that is big enough to fit at least one of your heart shaped silicone molds. A 9"x13" casserole dish will work fine. If you don't have one of those, you can buy a tin foil roasting pan for a few dollars. You don't absolutely need to bake the cheesecakes in a water bath, but there are two reasons it's better to do so: the texture of your cheesecake will be creamier and the top of the cheesecake wont crack.

    • says

      I just baked this without the water bath and it turned out just fine. I did one big hearth cheesecake for my boyfriend and he absolutely loved it! thank you very much for the recipe!

    • says

      I just baked this without the water bath and it turned out just fine. I baked one big hearth cheesecake for my boyfriend and he absolutely loved it! Thank you for this amazing recipe and idea!

    • says

      Thank you and no, the cheesecakes were not difficult to get out of the mold because I froze them for a few hours. They really pop right out when you turn the silicone mold inside out. If you don't freeze them, you'll still be able to get them out, they just might not come out as perfectly.

  11. says

    This is so cute, I'd love to do it, but my boys and hubby would have a hissy fit if I changed my recipe after all these years. they won't allow it. I tried a few times mixing things up a little with different flavors, etc., and they wouldn't eat it. Same with my deviled eggs – only the old way will work.

  12. says

    Wow these are absolutely amazing! I've never seen anything like this, and how perfect for Valentine's Day! These look like they came straight from a page from a magazine! AMAZING!!!!

  13. says

    Thanks so much for sharing these amazing recipe at Taking A Timeout Thursday! I've had this repinned so many times….Just wanted to let you know that you are being featured this week! Thank you for the inspiration :)

  14. says

    These are the cutest cheesecakes I have ever seen! I LOVE cheesecakes and can't wait to try a new recipe! Looking forward to making these for my hubby and 3 kiddos for Valentines Day! Thank you so much for this awesome idea!

    • says

      Thank you so much Beth. I really appreciate being featured. This recipe has turned out to be my most popular one to date, by a huge margin. I am shocked and excited to see how many people have stopped by my blog to see the tutorial. I'll be sure to link up on your site.

  15. says

    Your conversation cheesecakes are incredible! I've never seen this done before and that's a real shame because I LOVE cheesecake… I have featured this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup. Let me know if you have any objections and thanks for the inspiration

  16. Brooke says

    These are so incredibly cute! I am so glad that I saw these before Valentine's day! I am definitely making them this weekend! Thanks for the awesome idea! =)

  17. Anonymous says

    These look amazing. Do you know of anywhere I can find the heart molds? Like in a store? maybe walmart? I would rather not buy online and pay for shipping.

  18. says

    Love your blog! I fancy myself a baker and I can't wait to try your recipes! I adore cheesecake so I am tackling the conversation hearts this weekend!

  19. Anonymous says

    I made these yesterday and they turned out great. you definitely need to leave them in the freezer for the full two hours! also, you don't need much food coloring. thanks fir the great idea…I'm sure everyone will love them.

  20. says

    I'm so happy to hear they turned out so well for you. Yeah, it is much easier to un-mold them if they are really frozen. You can even leave them in the freezer overnight or longer. I made my hearts pretty bright so they'd show up nicely in pictures, but I agree with you that you don't really need to add much food coloring in order to get nice pastel hearts. If you took pictures and would like to share them in my Reader's Gallery, send them to [email protected]

    • says

      Thank you. If you have a 9"x13" casserole pan, you can set one of the heart molds down into it. You'll have to bake just one heart mold at a time that way, but that is fine. You can also set a baking sheet on the lowest rack in the oven and fill it with water then set the heart molds on the shelf above it. It's not a perfect option, but it will allow steam to fill the oven which will help the cakes bake without drying out.

    • says

      Sorry I didn't respond sooner, I was out for the evening. If you are using a springform pan, you need to wrap the bottom of it with a few layers of tin foil to keep the water from entering the pan or set it in a pan that is just a bit bigger than the springform pan itself and set that bigger pan down into the water. I have even had success putting the pan of water in the oven on a rack below my cheesecake. I hope it worked out for you.

    • says

      Your no-bake cheesecakes look great. Yeah, I don't think you'd have been able to get the cheesecakes out of a metal pan, so it was a good idea to do it the way you did. How did you get the words on the cakes? Did painting with food coloring work? I posted pictures in my Reader's Gallery. Thanks so much for sharing. I would love to be invited to one of your holiday dinners. You two look like you have so much fun in the kitchen together. I'm sure your guests have a ball at your parties.

    • says

      We did do the painting with food coloring and it worked great. We just had to wipe off the paintbrush between letters as the soft cheesecake goo tended to accumulate on the brush fairly quickly. We used a flat, fairly stiff, small brush and gently dabbed it, like connect-the-dots. We have so much fun putting together holiday dinners :) Thank you for inspiring us with your fantastic ideas. Your step-by-step instructions make everything seem more "do-able". (Oh, and we would love to have you at any of our dinners. Anytime you are in Lillooet lol!) :)

  21. says

    I made these yesterday and really knocked the socks off my dinner guests! Thank you thank you thank you for all the tips and your fabulous tutorial! I'm totally going to web-stalk you now. :)

  22. says

    Beth, these are the cutest cheesecakes… EVER!!! I also have paid big bucks for a piece of cheesecake only to be disappointed. I feel your pain! 😀 I am pinning this! Thanks for sharing! 😀

    Stephanie Hill @

  23. says

    These are the best ideas ever! My valentine and I are celebrating Saturday and the only molds I've been able to find are small metal ones – do you think if I smoothly lined them with buttered foil and froze them, I'd be able to lift them out alright?

    • says

      Thank you Caitlin. I think you could get it to work. If you can find non-stick foil, that might work best, but buttered foil should work too. Once you remove the hearts from the pan, you can even use a knife or metal spatula to smooth out the sides of the cheesecakes. Just dip the spatula in hot water, dab with a paper towel, and run along the edges of the cakes. Good luck and let me know how they turn out for you.

  24. Anonymous says

    Can I make the batter and leave it in the fridge for a few hours? I want to make the hearts but I only have one pan. Would the batter be okay while the first pan bakes, cools and freezes? or could I half the recipe?

  25. Anonymous says

    I made this recipe tonight and it turned out beautifully! I only wished that I had a roasting pan with the handles like yours has. Mine worked fine though–just had to be extra careful. Thanks for sharing!! I also linked this page on my personal xanga page. Take care!

    • says

      I'm happy to hear they turned out well for you. When I made these hearts and was pulling out my roasting pan, I went to take out the rack and realized it would work perfectly to hold the wiggly molds. As you found it isn't necessary, but it is nice to have. Thanks for linking this recipes on your xanga page (what is that by the way?)

  26. says

    your idea started me on baking cheesecake hearts. its amazing :) have yet to try the actual conversation hearts though, but will do so, when i get a hand on cheap food coloring stocks.

    i have the very same molds and would like to ask you the following:

    1. does the cinnamon stick to your molds? i have a problem taking the cinnamon smell off the molds. do you have a trick to clean it?

    2. waterstains: got lazy on drying one of the mold, and now, i have waterstains. do you know of a way to take them out?

    i hope you could help out. im planning to buy another set of silicone heart molds to be able to bake bigger batches, and i dunno if its an investment, or if im just throwing money away on inferior bakeware?

    thank you!
    anne nime

    • says

      Hi Anne,

      I'm glad you've enjoyed making the cheesecake hearts.

      I have not used cinnamon directly on any of my molds but there is some cinnamon in the cheesecake crust. I haven't noticed that my molds smell of cinnamon nor have I ever had anything really stick to these molds. If your molds smell like cinnamon, you could try a few things to get rid of the smell. You could make a paste out of baking soda and water and scrub the mold with it, allow it to dry, then wash it off. If that doesn't work you could try rubbing the inside of the mold with lemon juice or perhaps some diluted bleach. I don't know if either will work, but they might be worth a try.

      As far as the water stains go, I do experience this all the time. Just take a damp paper towel and wipe them off or rewash them just before you plan to use them. The stains aren't permanent. I can wash my molds and they will look perfectly fine, then I store them and after time they get a white film on them, so I just always plan to wipe them clean before use.

      I just bought a shamrock mold and a bunny mold. I think they are great molds and have quite a collection.

    • says

      Hi Aida, yes baking cheesecakes in a water bath helps the cakes bake evenly creating a really creamy texture throughout the entire cake. Being these are small cheesecakes, you could skip the water bath, but the edges will cook faster than the center.

  27. Raspbreeze says

    Hi, I've been trying to find a cheesecake idea that will really work for the mother's day brunch I'm planning, and these are just too adorable.
    I can't wait to make them
    I do however have one question, What is the appropriate cooking time if i were to make a dozen mini hearts rather than these medium sized ones?
    Please do let me know as soon as possible
    Thanks :)

  28. Anonymous says

    Hi! I am in the process of making these for the second time. I love them! They are so easy and delicious! I was always scared to attempt cheesecake before- but I absolutely love this recipe and will use it again and again! Love your website too! Thanks!

  29. says

    This is such a cute idea, i want to do this for my fiance. Im going to take a box and made it look like the sweatheart box to put them in. What size mold did you use? 6'- 8'

  30. says

    Love this cute idea. I want to do this for my fiance. Im going to make a box and make it look like the sweatheart box to put them in. What size mold did you use? 6'-8'

    • says

      Sounds like a great idea. The Wilton silicone mold I used for this project has 6 heart shaped cavities and they are only about 3" wide. They make individual size cheesecakes, which is really nice. You could use a heart shaped springform pan, if you prefer, you just will have fewer hearts of various colors.

    • says

      Hi Kaylee, I've not ever made cookie dough cheesecake, but you can bake anything in the silicone molds including cookies and cakes. If you want to have a cookie dough crust, just press the dough into the pan and bake as you would in your recipe. If you want the cookie dough to be uncooked, I really don't know how you would add it unless you make a no-bake cheesecake. If you do that, just freeze your no-bake cheesecake then you'll be able to push them out of the silicone molds.

  31. Anonymous says

    Sorry if my comment is going through twice–couldn't remember my google password, so not sure if it went through. Anyway, I would LOVE to make this recipe but I do not have a hand held mixer or a roasting pan (college life haha). could i hand mix the ingredients? and would a casserole dish be ok instead of a roasting pan? Thanks so much!

    • says

      You can certainly make this recipe using just a mixing spoon or spatula, just be sure that the cream cheese and sugar are very well blended so you don't end up with lumps in your cheesecakes once you add the other ingredients. Any pan that will hold water and is larger than the silicone mold will work as well as a roasting pag. A cake pan or casserole dish will work just fine. Good luck with your cakes and have fun decorating them!

  32. says

    Amen, to your words on Cheesecake. I too am VERY picky about my chessescake, if it does not meet my standards, I give it to my husband. My grandmother made the best cheesecake, which set my standards. I have her recipe and everyone raves about it! I love your hearts and I am going to make these for V-day! I just started a new link party and would love for you to come over and share your post or any social media sites. Talkin’ About Thursday –

  33. Krista says

    I just tried out this recipe and the cakes were absolutely delicious! However, the tops turned out uneven and unsuitable for writing on. Would you have any suggestions on how I could achieve perfect tops like the ones in your photos? Thanks, Beth!

  34. Michelle says


    This might seem a bit random to you in terms of questions I ask, but just bare with me :)

    1. Is it possible for you to sell me the silicone moulds (heart-shaped) ones that you have, because i cant seem to find good ones online and in stores. And it would mean a lot to me if I could get my hands on them, because im planning something special and I require it. Please?

    In the recipe:

    2. when you say graham cracker crumbs, can I just use the biscuits that I normally use for cheesecakes? and can i have measurements in grams? because its easier for me to do things~

    3. how many grams is half a stick of butter?

    4. my oven doesnt go up to 300 degrees celcius…is there another temperature I could use that could work?

    5. what is the reason of having a water bath? because I've never made any cheesecakes with a water bath before.

    6. how do I change the cream cheese fillings into fruit purees? Because won't the purees be heavier than the cream cheese filling?

    Have a good day.

    • says

      1. You can buy the same silicone molds that I purchased from They are made by Wilton and they work great. Click here and you'll go directly to the product page.

      2. You can use any type of biscuit or cookie for the crust.

      3. 1/2 stick of butter is 56.7 grams

      4.The oven temperature is 300 degrees fahrenheit or 148.889 in celcius

      5. Water baths help bake the cheesecake more evenly, so the finished cake is creamy and smooth. You can bake these cheesecakes without a water bath, but there is the possibility that the tops of your cakes will become uneven and bumpy and even crack.

      6. If you use fruit purees instead of cream cheese you will be making a completely different recipe. You might want to try making a fruit mousse.

      Hope this helps.

      Good luck and Happy Valentine's Day,

    • says

      Yes, you can use heart shaped springform pans instead. There are a few things to consider. First make sure you wrap the bottom of each pan with a few layers of tin foil to keep the water from entering the pans. Second depending on the size of the pans, you'll need to watch how long you bake them. The total time will be different. A whole cake takes 45 minutes and the small heart cakes for 20-25 minutes, so you're cakes will take somewhere between 25-45 minutes. I hope this helps.

  35. says

    First, these are absolutely adorable! I also agree with the cheesecake flavor/texture. I will say I was wholly unimpressed by a certain "Factory"'s cheesecake–especially for the price!! Anywho, I was thinking these would be perfect to send with hubby for his work's bake sale. Any suggestions on cute ways to package them so that they're manageable but also stay looking so pretty? Thanks in advance! (I was thinking maybe keep them in the mold and send them that way, then they could just be popped out as purchased?)

    • says

      Hi Danielle,

      You can buy small bakery boxes from a restaurant supply store or from a craft store. I would not suggest sending them in the mold and having them popped out as purchased, as they really need to be frozen in order to come out really nicely. I've brought them places before and just put them in a Rubbermaid container, then used a spatula to lift them out of the container when I want to serve them.

  36. says

    This looks wonderful! Definitely going to make them for my family.

    Just a quick question, is there any alternative to a water bath? I don't have a roasting pan with a tray that won't drown the cupcakes.

    Thank you!

    • says

      Thanks, I'm glad you like them.

      If you don't have a pan to use for the water bath, the next best thing is to add a baking tray filled with water on the rack below the cheesecakes. It isn't a perfect solution, but it will at least add moisture to your oven.

  37. says

    These look absolutely delicious! I really love cheesecake and these would be the perfect addition to the dessert table on Valentine's Day! Thanks for linking up to Family Fun Friday! You have so many delicious & adorable ideas!

  38. says

    These are so adorable! I will be making a bunch of these (probably about 4 dozen) for my law school friends for V-day this week. I'm doing a test run as we speak! :) I was able to pick up some similar silicone heart molds at Walmart for $3.50. They have a ruffle edge but are otherwise identical to the Wilton ones, and more inexpensive :) I plan on putting these in Valetine-themed treat cups, wrapping them up in red saran wrap, and tying a fork to it with some white yarn. I am so excited to work on these! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful idea!

  39. Anonymous says


    I really love this idea and I want to try it out for valentines day (: it's so cute and creative! I was just wondering if you think minis would come out as good if they were made with a non-bake cheesecake recipe. I don't have a large roast pan and I'm worried my heart tray will melt, I'd really appreciate your opinion and help ^^

    • says

      I'm not sure how the no-bake cheesecake will work, but assume if you can get it frozen hard enough so that it comes out of the mold nicely, it will be fine. If you do make then, I'd love to hear how they turn out.

      If you use the baked cheesecake recipe, you can set your heart pan in a 9"x13" baking dish and fill it with water. You'll only be able to bake one heart tray at a time, but that is fine. If your heart tray is silicone, it won't melt. You can also just bake your cheesecakes without a water bath. The texture of the cakes will be less creamy, but still very good. Just be sure that you don't over bake then as the tops of the cakes can crack.

    • says

      HI Jasmine. The recipe you are looking at makes a New York Style Cheesecake which is a bit different than what I made. Once baked it will have a browned exterior and a creamy interior, so your colored hearts will look brown especially around the edges. I'm sure your recipe will work, I just don't know how you'll like the look of the cheesecake hearts. As far as baking them, I would say bake at 500 for 4 minutes, then reduce the temp and bake 12-15 minutes. Check the internal temperate of one of the cheesecakes to see how much more they need to be baked. Your oven won't cool down that much in that short amount of time and you don't want to over bake the cakes. You want them to reach an internal temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Your best bet would be to use a probe thermometer and put it in one of the cakes to monitor the temperature. Good luck.

  40. says

    What if i only use 8 oz of sour cream (i think it's about 1 cup). That ingredient it's a little expensive here in my country… what can i used instead of another cyup of sour cream.

  41. says

    What if i only use 8 oz. of soyur cream (i think it's about 1 cup). That ingredient it's a little two much expensive here in my country. What can i use instead of sour cream.

  42. says

    What if i only use 8 oz. of soyur cream (i think it's about 1 cup). That ingredient it's a little two much expensive here in my country. What can i use instead of sour cream.

    • says

      You could use thick yogurt (we call it Greek style yogurt) in place of some of the sour cream. It might change the flavor a bit, but should be a good substitute. If your yogurt is thin, pour it over a piece of cheese cloth or a linen towel and let it sit for 30-60 minutes allowing the excess moisture to drain off.

  43. says

    Hello Beth, it's me again! I really want to make these cheesecakes for Valentines Day and but this is the recipe that I have always used.
    I was just wondering if you could convert the cooking times for me, like you did for this one. I don't want to screw it up too bad.
    For instance, my recipe says bake at 500 degrees Fahrenheit for ten minutes and then for 140 minutes at 200 degrees. Since the cakes are so much smaller, these times would be way off. Do you think you could help me?
    Thanks for your time.

  44. says

    These turned out wonderful!!! I only had one silicone heart tray to work with, so I only colored enough of the filling to make just more than six hearts. I will give these to my husband for Valentine's day. I used the rest to simply make a cheesecake, but I swirled the leftovers of each color into it! We'll have it tonight for Mardi Gras! So fun. Thank you again.

    • says

      Hi Jen, I'm not sure you would be able to get the cheesecake out of the mold if it isn't flexible. The great thing about the silicone molds is that the cheesecakes, once frozen, can be pushed out of the mold, but the mold needs to bend.

  45. Anonymous says

    Just made these today for my hubby for Valentine's Day! He LOOOOOVED them and thought they were adorable. For him he said they were the perfect bite size dessert. haha. Thank you soooo much for this recipe. It was super easy and fun to make. I found my molds at Joanns for those that haven't been able to find them.

  46. Anna says

    Hi, these are gorgeous! I am looking forward to trying your cheesecake recipe. I don't live in America, so how many grams is 1/2 a stick of butter?

  47. says


    you convinced me at:
    "To me, cheesecake should be so lusciously creamy and smooth that it just melts in my mouth, and tastes delicately rich with just a hint of tang from the cream cheese"

    this looks great!
    Thanks for sharing:)

  48. says

    This really is the best cheesecake recipe I had ever tried! I made some today, and they came out beautifully. (not as beautiful as yours, but they are super cute! and my husband love them! ) And they taste fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!!!! x

  49. Anonymous says

    These are insanely adorable!! Can't wait to make these as a treat for my single girl friends!
    But before I get on that, where did you find the heart mold?



    • says

      Thanks, Erika. I bought my molds from Amazon. There is a link at the end of the post. You can oftentimes find them at craft stores around Valentine's Day too. I've not been in any this month, but I've seen them at Michael's and JoAnn's in previous years. It's been a while but I've also seen them at Target and WalMart.

  50. Tasha says

    My sister loves these cheesecakes. She wants me to make them for her in the shape of a lion. Do you think they would do okay without the crust, so that I can have the design from the mold of the lion? And this might be dumb, but would it turn out okay if the crust was baked on top and not bottom?

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