The end of April through early May is birthday central in my family. The CCB (Caked Crusader’s Brother) is a cheesecake fiend and dropped subtle hints that he would like a cheesecake for his birthday cake. These subtle hints comprised of several emails saying, “make me a cheesecake”. Subtlety isn’t a gift my family is blessed with.
The addition of raspberries to this cheesecake did make it rather a girly colour but I feel that was balanced against the Darth Vader cake topper. Both Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker’s light sabres lit up when you pressed a button on their backs. Surely they are the most man-friendly cake toppers ever?
I have made this cheesecake before but with peaches. The recipe can be found here.
I pureed 400g of raspberries and, after sieving out the seeds, found this gave me enough puree not only for the body of the cheesecake but also to top the cheesecake. I made the topping by simply heating the puree and then whisking in two further gelatine leaves, that had been soaked in cold water until soft and then squeezed dry.