Funfetti Cheesecake.

This creamy vanilla cheesecake is bursting with rainbow sprinkles and is baked atop my favorite graham cracker crust. Perfect for any day requiring celebration. 

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This funfetti cheesecake is just what every celebration needs!

How many sprinkles is too many sprinkles?

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This funfetti cheesecake is just what every celebration needs!

the limit does not exist.

This funfetti cheesecake is just what every celebration needs!

13 days until I turn 30 years old and what better way to kiss my 20s goodbye than with all the sprinkles on the planet. Yes, you are seeing correctly. I am turning 30 years old. Not 5 years old. Where this rainbow dessert would be more appropriate.

The TRICK to a really great graham cracker crust!

With my go-to graham cracker crust and one helluva creamy cheesecake filling, this dessert puts all other sprinkle loaded confections to shame. In fact, I think I saw a unicorn dance off my fork as I took the first bite.

If that doesn’t make it the best sprinkly dessert, I don’t know what does.

This funfetti cheesecake is just what every celebration needs!

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Funfetti Cheesecake

This creamy vanilla cheesecake is bursting with rainbow sprinkles and is baked atop my favorite graham cracker crust. Perfect for any day requiring celebration.

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (150g) graham cracker crumbs (about 10 full sheet graham crackers)
  • 6 Tablespoons (87g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup (67g) granulated sugar

Filling

  • 24 ounces (675g) full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (240g) full-fat sour cream (or plain yogurt), at room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract (yes, Tablespoon!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract1
  • 3 large Eggland's Best eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 - 1 cup rainbow sprinkles2
  • optional: additional sprinkles and whipped cream for garnish

Directions:

  1. Adjust oven rack to the lower third position and preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Make the crust: Click here for some handy graham cracker crust tips before you get started. If you're starting out with full-sheet graham crackers, you can use a food processor or blender to grind them up. Or crush them in a zipped top bag with a rolling pin. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and granulated sugar together with a rubber spatula in a medium bowl until combined. The mixture will be thick, coarse, and sandy. Press into a 9-inch springform pan and halfway up the sides. Make sure the crust is very compact and tight. It will be thick. Wrap aluminum foil on the bottom and tightly around the outside walls of the springform pan, which is how to prep the pan for the water bath. Bake the crust for 7 minutes. Allow to slightly cool as you prepare the filling.
  3. Make the filling: Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar together on medium speed in a large bowl - about 3 full minutes until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add the sour cream, vanilla, and almond extract and beat until combined. On low speed, add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until just blended. Do not overmix the filling after you have added the eggs. Very gently fold in the sprinkles, being careful as they may bleed their color a little. I usually start with 3/4 cup and add a little more (around 1/4 cup) if I think the batter could use a little extra.
  4. Pour the filling into the cooled crust. Place the springform pan into a large roasting pan and place into the oven. Fill with about 1 inch of hot water. The foil wrapped around the pan will prevent water from leaking inside. Click here to read more about my cheesecake water bath.
  5. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the center is almost set.3 Turn the oven off and open the door slightly. Let the cheesecake sit in the oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely to room temperature.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight (preferred). Loosen the cheesecake from the rim of the pan and remove the rim. Cut into slices and serve chilled. Top with additional sprinkles and whipped cream, if desired. Cover leftover cheesecake and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  7. Make ahead tip: You can easily freeze this cheesecake for up to 2 months. Cover tightly and freeze. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Recipe Notes:

  1. This tiny bit of almond extract adds a hint of pure sweet almond flavor. You'll really like it! I also add it to my sugar cookies.
  2. Do NOT use sprinkles that will dye your batter. Steer clear from nonpareils, which are the little balls. I use rainbow jimmies and pastel colored quins. The quins never bleed! Always be gentle adding these to batter and do not overmix.
  3. Avoid overbaking the cheesecake. When the cheesecake is done, there will still be a 2 or 3 inch wobbly spot in the center; the texture will smooth out as it cools.

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Comments

  1. Lindsey on May 14, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Your birthday’s May 27th? Mine too! Happy early birthday to us 🙂
    I’ve been wanting to make a cheesecake for my birthday, and I’ll be using this recipe to make it, since all of your recipes are fantastic~

    • Sally on May 15, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      You will LOVE this. Perfect for birthdays.

  2. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking on May 14, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Sprinkle math — how perfectly appropriate for you Sally!! We will never be too old for anything that brings more color into the world and brightens people’s days and brings smiles to their faces. 🙂 Happy early birthday!!

  3. Kayla on May 14, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    If i leave out the sprinkles, will the cheesecake be smaller?
    If so, how the measurements different?
    (I know what your thinking. HOW CAN YOU NOT DO SPRINKLES!)

    • Sally on May 15, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      Not really. There is still so much batter.

  4. Mahdiya -Madz's Kitchen- on May 15, 2015 at 4:41 am

    Oh that looks really really yummy!

  5. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg on May 15, 2015 at 6:56 am

    If this doesn’t shout, “Happy Birthday, Sally!” I don’t know what does. This is such a vibrant, mouth-watering cheesecake. I haven’t had cheesecake in quite some time, so seeing this one makes me want to make all of the cheesecake. 😀 

  6. Kelli Clutts on May 15, 2015 at 8:06 am

    I can’t wait to try this recipe!  It looks wonderful.

  7. Kara C. on May 15, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I’m not a huge cheesecake person, but this looks amazing!!!

    • Sally on May 15, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      Now THAT’S a compliment!

  8. Christine on May 15, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Happy Birthday to you, Sally! (and there are never too many sprinkles) I hope you have time for many unicorns to go dancing off of your fork in celebration!

    I wish I had time to make this today – I am in a class this weekend so it would be the most perfect, beautiful treat to share! 🙂

    • Sally on May 15, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      Next weekend then!

  9. Tarin Lindsey on May 15, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    This is absolutely perfect. Your Funfetti Cheesecake recipe looks delicious and yummy. It is very unique with very good toppings, sounds totally awesome. I am craving for this good recipe for healthy eating. This is a heavenly cheesecake. Can’t wait to try this and share it with my friends. Thanks for your interesting idea. Your ingredients and step by step methods are also awesome. Perfect for summer.

  10. Jess @ What Jessica Baked Next on May 15, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Happy early birthday, Sally! This cheesecake looks divine, love how creamy it is and you can never have enough sprinkles, right?! 😀 

    Can’t wait to try this. Wish I had a slice right now! 

  11. Renee on May 15, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    The limit does not exist — love that movie! This looks amazing, we were out of town last weekend for my husband’s birthday, I might have to make him this this weekend instead!

  12. Jackie on May 15, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Hi Sally

    Sorry, I do not like sprinkles, I guess I will be making this cheesecake without them.

  13. Nadine on May 16, 2015 at 6:10 am

    If I am to use nonpareils how do I stop them from bleeding? I’ve never made a funfetti cake so I’m not sure how to :3 Is there a particular way to make it so it doesn’t bleed? And if it does bleed what will happen? Thankyou x

    • Sally on May 16, 2015 at 7:57 am

      Just make sure you mix slowly. Nonpareils will bleed their color in batters. They are best for garnish/decoration.

  14. Austria Azaceta on May 16, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Hi Sally,
    This cheesecake looks amazing!!  I don’t know what it is about your photography but every time you post a cheesecake recipe it has me drooling, and i’m NOT a cheesecake person AT ALL!  I don’t know how you do it….. 🙂  There are a few cheesecake people in my life though so i’ll have to make this one soon.  
    On a side note, i made your strawberry short cake cupcakes for mother’s day.  SO SO delicious!! From the filling, to the cupcake to the whipped cream (oh the whipped cream!!)…..  AND, i made the lemon cupcakes in your cookbook with the cream cheese frosting for a friend’s birthday.  Another winner!!!  LOVE your recipes!!  Cannot wait for the next book!! (i preordered!) 🙂

    • Sally on May 16, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks so much Austria! And what a compliment to this recipe considering you aren’t a cheesecake fan to begin with! Love those strawberry shortcake cupcakes.

  15. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough on May 16, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Preeettty sure sprinkles are appropriate for any age — the more, the better. Now can I have a slice of this cheesecake for breakfast? I have nothing to celebrate other than the fact that it’s Saturday. 😉

  16. Richard on May 19, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Looks amazing will definitely be making this, this week!!!!

  17. Dana on May 19, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Wishing you the happiest of birthdays, Sally!  My hubby wants me to make this for him for his birthday (on the 23rd).  What did you use for the frosted edge?  Is it whipped cream or actual buttercream?  I think that’s what tipped the scales for him from cake to cheesecake. 😉

    Thanks!

    • Sally on May 19, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      Just whipped cream! You can make your own or use store-bought.

      • Dana on May 19, 2015 at 8:15 pm

        Great!  Thanks so much for the quick response, Sally!!  It should be an extra-yummy birthday!



  18. Lizzie in Idaho on May 19, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Happy Almost-30. 30 was 40 years ago for me but I still love me some good funfetti stuff. I’m going to make this for a pah-tay we’re having at the end of this month. I’ll probably need to make two of them. Thanks. 
     

  19. Thalia @ butter and brioche on May 19, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Loving all the sprinkle action going on here.. delicious!

  20. Angela on May 20, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Hi Sally– Made this for my “baby” brother’s 30th birthday last weekend and it was a hit. I make him a Funfetti cake every year for his big day and last year tried my hand at a homemade version (Brown Eyed Baker is my number one love) but I must say, your cheesecake rivals it! For extra pizazz, I whipped up some cream cheese frosting and used my cupcake decorator to pipe it along the rim of the cheesecake (With more sprinkles, of course.) Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe! Your site is great– I now religiously check both you AND Brown Eyed Baker daily 🙂 Keep up the awesome work!

  21. Janae Rios on May 26, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    This recipe is amazing!!! It is so decadent and the hint of almond extract made it heavenly! I loved making this cheesecake 🙂 Now I have to hit the gym extra hard, lol…worth it 😉

  22. Laura on May 26, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    I absolutely have to comment on how amazing this cheesecake is- I made it with my sister this past weekend for no other reason than I love cheesecake and she loves funfetti-anything. We were BLOWN AWAY at how good this was and it turned out perfectly- just the creamiest, dreamiest cheesecake I’ve probably ever had. Would make this again in a heartbeat!

  23. Emily on June 4, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Oh my goodness, this cheesecake looks heavenly. I’ll definitely be trying these with my Mum!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog
    xx

  24. yenta on June 6, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    This looks spectacular!  Plan to try this for my youngest child’s brithday on June 14.
    I came to this site w/ Sallys coconut shrimp recipe…………which is TO DIE FOR!  Will let you know how this works out.

  25. yenta on June 17, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    This cheesecake was EXCELLENT!  I’ve made many cheesecakes throughout the years, but this is my favorite.  I followed the directions exactly as written.   It didn’t crack.  Taste was superb.  Had thought maybe that Tablespoon of vanilla would overpower the lmond, but it all worked in harmony + that almond taste was there…..it was almost like a marzipan cheesecake w/ vanilla + sprinkles.  I used 3/4 c of sprinkles + didn’t have pastel quins, but no matter.
    I’m a pretty tough judge on  what comnes out of my kitchen + I cook + bake for  an even tougher audience + this cake provided rave reviews ALL around.
    Thank you Sally,  for sharing it w/ me!

  26. Elizabeth on June 30, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Hi Sally!

    I used this recipe as basis to make a plain and simple cheesecake. I removed the funfetti and used 2 tbsp of lemon juice and one vanilla bean for flavor. Since we don’t have Graham Crackers and sour cream in France, I had to replace it by Biscoff/Speculoos biscuits and crème fraîche. I also had to use cream cheese spread instead of brick-style because it’s the only cream cheese we have here.

    But it still came together beautifully. I followed your advice about how to avoid cracks in cheesecake (using a springform pan, a water bath, avoiding overbaking, letting it cool in the oven etc) and lo and behold, zero cracks!

    I noticed that cheesecake recipes are often too “heavy” (you cannot go through a slice without feeling slightly ill) but yours isn’t. It’s just creamy and perfect. Everyone loved it and took second servings. ^^

    All the best,
    Elizabeth

  27. Nadine on July 3, 2015 at 1:40 am

    After positively drooling and much debate while looking at your other recipes I decided on this one for a small get together tomorrow at a friend’s house. It smells heavenly and is currently in the oven. I will be sure to let you know how it comes out but I’m sure it’s going to be delightful.

  28. Erin on September 13, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Making it right now! 

  29. Audrey K. on September 15, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    I just made this yesterday and it was my first time making cheesecake. I let it chill in the refrigerator over night and just ate it… This is seriously the best cheesecake I’ve ever tasted. My family took a bite and they were all asking me to make this for their birthday… Which means this recipe is the best recipe since my family members are super picky and honest. I always love getting recipes from Sally because they are straight forward and super helpful and always a success. Thanks so much for this delicious recipe! I can’t stop talking about it! 

    • Sally on September 16, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Thanks Audrey– I appreciate the sweet comment and that you took the time to report back about the cheesecake recipe!

  30. DANIELA on September 21, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Hi Sally I want to thank you for the amazing recipes you provide us, I want to say I try to bake everything you post and alway notice that the coulous usually changes. I made this cheesecake and it was awesome but it was kind of yellow even thought I used the ingredients you say. 

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