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mo-bake lemon mascarpone cheesecake with a slice cut out

No-Bake Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake

This 6-ingredient dessert is sure to impress your family and friends. Light and citrusy, the cake is quick to prepare, with no baking or stovetop preparation required. Perfect for a festive holiday meal or gathering.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, English
Keyword cheesecake, lemon, mascarpone
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Laura


  • 4 ounces Biscuits Any digestive biscuits work. About 7-10 biscuits.
  • 3 & 1/2 tablespoons Unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons Light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 12+ ounces Mascarpone cheese Use just slightly more than 12 ounces, or slightly less than 1 & 1/2 cups.
  • 2-3 lemons Finely zest one, then squeeze 1/2 cup (4 ounces) juice from zested lemon + 1-2 more lemons.
  • 1/3 cup Superfine sugar


  1. Lightly butter the sides of an 8-inch springform and line the bottom with parchment.

  2. Crush the biscuits or crackers. It is easiest to do this in a plastic bag, using a rolling pin.

  3. Mix the biscuit/cracker crumbs with the melted butter and light brown sugar. Press the mixture into the bottom of the springform pan.

  4. In a medium-size bowl, mix the mascarpone cheese, lemon zest and juice, and superfine sugar. until they are light and fluffy.

  5. Put the mixture on top of the crust in the springform, even out the top and refrigerate the cake for at least 3 hours.

  6. Before unmolding the cake, run a sharp knife around the outer edge of the pan. Keep the cake well-chilled until you cut it and wipe the blade clean between cuts for the sharpest slices.

Recipe Notes

Note on biscuits  - Any" digestive" as the Irish and British call them, will work, as do other barely sweet crackers. Alternatively use graham crackers or gingersnaps with less or no added sugar.

Superfine sugar, also known as bar sugar, is finer than granulated. The Irish and English use caster sugar in this recipe, which is between granulated and superfine in texture.