No-Bake Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Roses

February 11, 2018
Side view of no bake mini cheesecake bites with rose swirl icing

I love Valentines Day! Well, here’s the thing … I love it but I’m also fairly sure we’ve never celebrated Valentines Day on 14th. Roses and cards in the shops seem to be double the price everywhere, you have to book any dinner table months in advance, and most of all even though we’re one of them, seeing couples everywhere is so darned annoying! We tend to celebrate Valentines Day a few days later. Reduced chocolates, am I right?

Rose Shaped Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

This year, I decided to do away with shop bought gifts and make something from scratch instead. Money is tight, and we have enough flowers around the house at this time of year! So, on a day when I knew I’d be home all day, and my other half out of the flat, I grabbed a bucket load of cream cheese, and got to work!

These mini cheesecake bites are dreamy. They are flavoured with strawberry, coloured with pressed beetroot but iced to resemble a pink rose. Its almost like I bought a bouquet of flowers, but these are even better on account of their edibility. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner! I’m not sure I’ll ever buy someone flowers again when I know I can whip these up in under half an hour.

close up view of rose swirl on mini strawberry cheesecake bites

How to Ice Roses

There are lots of amazing video tutorials out there on how to ice intricate flowers on the top of your cake. If you have the time, that’s amazing and you should go for it. The alternate is my method. You’ll need a closed star icing nozzle. I literally own the one featured below, as well as a few others but its easily my favourite.


With this one, you start in the centre and squeeze your icing out of the icing bag clockwise, folding it in over itself ever so slightly.

Five no-bake mini cheesecake bites with rose swirl icing

As you can see – not all of them turned out perfectly, but that’s okay because they’re so tasty they won’t last very long!

mini cheesecake bites on baking tray with rose swirl pink icing

Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Roses

A gorgeous, homemade alternative to buying your Valentine roses this year.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 15 Mini Cheesecakes


For the Base

  • 150 g McVities Digestive Biscuits
  • 50 g Melted Butter
  • 5 g Caster Sugar

For the Cheesecake

  • 100 g Strawberries
  • 180 g Cream Cheese
  • 300 ml Double Cream

For the Icing

  • 100 g Unsalted Butter
  • 200 g Icing Sugar
  • 5 ml Pressed Beetroot Juice


For the Base

  1. In a food processor, blend together the biscuits, melted butter and caster sugar until they have turned into crumbs and no large clumps remain.

  2. Gently spoon the digestive biscuit mix into the bases of mini cheesecake trays, pressing down firmly. Set aside.

For the Cheesecake

  1. In a blender, add the double cream and chopped strawberries and blend thoroughly until combined. Transfer the mixture to an automated whisk, and spoon in the cream cheese until the mixture holds its shape.

  2. Spoon this mixture (pressing down lightly to fill in any trapped air bubbles) into the cheesecake cases. Smooth down the top but leave half a centimetre space from the top.

For the Icing

  1. Blend or hand mix the butter, icing sugar and pressed beetroot juice until pink buttercream is formed with no large lumps. 

  2. Spoon into a piping bag and ice the cheesecakes from the centre, clockwise outwards to form a rose shape.

    mini cheesecake bites on baking tray with rose swirl pink icing
  3. Set aside in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.

Side view of no bake mini cheesecake bites with rose swirl icing

Do you celebrate Valentines Day? If so, what do you like to do? Have you got any favourite Valentines recipes? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Reply sue | theviewfromgreatisland February 11, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    These are stunning, that swirled topping is so pretty, I want to try it on all my cupcakes!!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 11, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks so much Sue! Took quite a few tries to get the icing right (and I still could improve) but its a really nice little technique for rose swirls πŸ™‚

  • Reply Natalie February 11, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    What a great idea for Valentine’s day! These mini cheesecake look absolutely delicious β™₯

  • Reply Susan M February 11, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    When I saw the picture of these little cheesecakes, I thought they’d be much harder to make! Definately a recipe I will try.

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 11, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      Absolutely not! They’re a piece of cake! (pun intended) Thanks for the comment!

  • Reply Ellen February 11, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    What a sweet treat! Perfect for an anniversary or Valentine’s Day.

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 11, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks Ellen! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Liz @ I Heart Vegetables February 11, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Those are so pretty!!! Mine might not turn out as beautiful but I’m sure they’d still be tasty! πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 11, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      Of course they would Liz, you have an amazing blog! Really gorgeous food ❀

  • Reply Kiki Johnson February 11, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    This is such a pretty dessert for Valentine’s Day! I love that you used beetroot juice instead of artificial food coloring! Also, really good job on the piping!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 11, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks so much Kiki! I’ve still got a lot to learn when it comes to piping, but getting there slowly! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Windy City Dinner Fairy February 11, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    These look like the sweetest way to celebrate Valentines day!!

  • Reply phoren February 11, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    These look so cute iced with the pink roses on your blue flowered plates. Such a great Valentine’s Day treat.

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 12, 2018 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Cooking with kids February 11, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Yum, these look delicious!

  • Reply Afroz February 12, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    These look so gorgeous😍 And those minimal ingredients make me wanna try them too!

  • Reply bluebowlsteph February 12, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    These are the cutest! And so perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  • Reply Namrata February 13, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Those look pretty and I love how you have used beetroot for color , making the icing a bit healthier !

  • Reply alifeofhappenstance February 13, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    These look so dainty and delicious! I love that you used beetroot juice for the color. Hope you enjoy your Valentine’s Day!

  • Reply Priyangshu Borgohain February 14, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Wow, looks such heavenly. I will try this for my girl today. Thanks, Mairi. πŸ™‚

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