Candy Corn Cheesecake

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Favorite Halloween Recipe- 2010

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Candy Corn Cheesecake

Yield: 12 to 14 servings

Prep Time: 40 min + cooling & chill times

Cook Time: 1 hr, 45 min

The ultimate of Halloween sweets... this fancy schmancy Candy Corn Cheesecake turns out to be a showstopper at a Halloween Party.

Ingredients:

2 cups finely crushed Oreo cookies
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
8 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
8 ounces sour cream
1 1/2 cups honey
1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
6 large eggs
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
yellow color paste (or gel)
orange color paste (or gel)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, for topping
candy corn, for topping decoration

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 10-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray (see tips below if you only have a 9-inch pan).

2. Prepare crust: In a medium bowl, mix cookie crumbs and butter. Press into bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes; remove from oven and let cool.

3. Prepare cheesecake: In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, mascarpone, and sour cream. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add honey and sugar; beat until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down sides of bowl, and beat until smooth. Reduce speed to low. Add flour, cream, and vanilla, beating until combined. Divide batter into thirds, reserving one-third of the batter white. In one bowl, add a small amount of yellow color paste; whisk until combined and add more color until desired hue is reached. In a second bowl, repeat this process with the orange color paste.

4. Pour yellow batter into baked cookie crust. Bake 30- 35 minutes, just until set and no longer jiggly. Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes.

5. Pour orange batter on top of the baked yellow layer. Bake for another 30-35 minutes, just until set and no longer jiggly. Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes.

6. Pour remaining untinted batter onto baked orange layer. Bake for another 30-35 minutes, just until set and no longer jiggly. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

7. Refrigerate for 24 hours. Gently run a sharp knife around the edge of the pan; then release the sides. Slide a long, sharp knife under the bottom of the crust and carefully slide the whole cheesecake onto a platter, removing the bottom of the pan (if you feel brave enough!)

8. In a medium bowl, whip 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream at high speed until stiff peaks form; spread whipped cream on top of cheesecake; use candy corn to decorate.

Tips:

*Color paste or gel can be found at craft stores like Michael's. You can use liquid coloring in place of the paste/gel. Mix red & yellow to create orange.
*Using a 10-inch springform pan will ensure that you use up all of the batter in this recipe. I only had a 9-inch pan and left about 1/2 cup or so of batter out of each layer (with the extra batter, I made a mini cheesecake on the side).

Source: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from: Phyllis Hoffman's Celebrate)