Candy Corn Cheesecake

Candy Corn Cheesecake

Get ready to elevate your Halloween dessert game with these adorable and delicious Halloween Candy Corn Mini Cheesecakes! Perfect for parties or just a fun family treat, these mini cheesecakes are as cute to look at as they are to eat.

With layers of creamy cheesecake filling in the iconic candy corn colors, topped with a smooth orange frosting and cute candy corn decorations, these treats are sure to be the star of your Halloween party.

Made with a graham cracker crust and a creamy cheesecake filling, these mini cheesecakes are simple to make but impressive to serve. The combination of flavors and textures is sure to please all ages.

Whether you're hosting a Halloween bash or just want to add a festive touch to your dessert table, these Halloween Candy Corn Mini Cheesecakes are a must-try!


Candy Corn Cheesecake ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

For the Cheesecake Filling:

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Orange and yellow food coloring

For the Orange Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Orange food coloring

For the Decorations:

  • White sprinkles
  • White sugar paste or fondant
  • Black fondant or food coloring or edible marker


Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C) and line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners.

For the Crust 

In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Mix until well combined.

Divide the crumbs evenly among the cupcake liners by pressing about a tablespoon of the mixture firmly into the bottom of each liner. Bake for 5 minutes and then put aside to cool.

For the Cheesecake Filling

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the softened cream cheese until smooth. Add the granulated sugar and beat until well combined. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract and sour cream until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

cheesecake filling

Divide the cheesecake batter evenly into three bowls. To make the candy corn coloring, tint one bowl with yellow food coloring, one with orange food coloring, and leave the last bowl plain. Starting with the yellow filling, spoon a layer of the cheesecake filling into each cupcake liner, then add a spoonful of orange, and lastly a layer of plain white filling.

Bake this for 18-20 minutes, or until the middle is set. Cool the mini cheesecakes in the muffin tin for around 30 minutes, then put into the refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.

For the Orange Frosting 

Once the mini cheesecakes are fully chilled, remove them from the liners and frost the tops with the orange frosting.

In a medium bowl, beat softened butter until creamy and light and fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar, alternating with heavy cream, until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla extract and tint with orange food coloring, and mix until well combined.

Decorate the Cheesecakes:

Fondant Ghost

Pipe or spread orange frosting on top of each mini cheesecake. Sprinkle the white sprinkles over the frosted cheesecakes.

Roll out white sugar paste or fondant and cut out small ghost shapes using a cookie cutter or try freehand with a knife. Use black fondant, food coloring, or an edible marker to create the ghost's eyes and mouth.

Serve and Enjoy! Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

mini cheesecake

Frequently Asked Questions 

1. Can I use a different type of crust for these mini cheesecakes? Yes! While the graham cracker crust is classic, you can experiment with other types of cookies like Oreos, gingersnaps, or even a chocolate cookie crust. Just follow the same steps to mix the crumbs with melted butter and press into the muffin tin.

2. Can I make these cheesecakes ahead of time? Absolutely! These mini cheesecakes are perfect for making ahead. You can prepare them a day or two in advance and store them in the refrigerator. Just add the frosting and decorations right before serving.

3. What can I use if I don't have food coloring? If you don’t have food coloring, you can try natural alternatives like turmeric for yellow and a small amount of carrot or pumpkin puree for orange. Keep in mind that these alternatives might slightly alter the flavor.

4. How do I know when the cheesecakes are done baking? The mini cheesecakes are done when the centers are set but still slightly jiggly. They will firm up as they cool. Overbaking can cause cracks, so keep an eye on them during the last few minutes.

5. Can I freeze these mini cheesecakes? Yes, you can freeze them! Once they are fully chilled, wrap each cheesecake tightly in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container or freezer bag. They can be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

6. What if I don't have a muffin tin or cupcake liners? If you don’t have a muffin tin or cupcake liners, you can use silicone molds or mini cheesecake pans. Just make sure to adjust the baking time as needed and keep an eye on them to prevent overbaking.

7. Can I use low-fat cream cheese or sour cream? While you can use low-fat cream cheese and sour cream, the texture might not be as rich and creamy. For the best results, stick with full-fat versions for this recipe.

8. How should I store leftover mini cheesecakes? Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They should stay fresh for up to 5 days. You can also freeze them for longer storage.

9. Can I skip the frosting and decorations? Of course! The mini cheesecakes are delicious on their own. The frosting and decorations add a festive touch, but they’re optional.

10. What if I don’t have an electric mixer? If you don’t have an electric mixer, you can use a hand whisk or a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. It might take a bit more elbow grease, but you can achieve the same smooth and creamy consistency.


Here are some fun and tasty variations for your Halloween Candy Corn Mini Cheesecakes:

1. Chocolate Candy Corn Cheesecakes

  • Crust: Use chocolate wafer crumbs instead of graham crackers.
  • Filling: Add 1/4 cup of cocoa powder to the plain cheesecake batter for a chocolate layer. Keep the yellow and orange layers the same.

2. Pumpkin Candy Corn Cheesecakes

  • Crust: Use gingersnap crumbs for a spiced base.
  • Filling: Add 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to the orange layer. This adds a seasonal pumpkin flavor that’s perfect for fall.

3. Lemon Candy Corn Cheesecakes

  • Filling: Add 1 tablespoon of lemon zest and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the plain layer for a refreshing citrus twist. You can also use yellow food coloring in the plain layer for a bright lemony look.

4. Berry Candy Corn Cheesecakes

  • Crust: Use vanilla wafer crumbs for a lighter base.
  • Filling: Puree 1/2 cup of your favorite berries (strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries) and mix it into the plain layer. This will give a fruity flavor and a fun, colorful twist.

5. Caramel Apple Candy Corn Cheesecakes

  • Crust: Use crushed shortbread cookies for a buttery base.
  • Filling: Add 1/4 cup of caramel sauce and 1/4 cup of finely chopped apples to the yellow layer for a delicious caramel apple flavor.

6. Spooky Oreo Candy Corn Cheesecakes

  • Crust: Use crushed Oreo cookies for a dark, spooky base.
  • Filling: Mix in 1/2 cup of crushed Oreos into the plain layer. The black and white cookie pieces will add a fun texture and spooky look.

7. Peanut Butter Candy Corn Cheesecakes

  • Crust: Use crushed peanut butter cookies for a nutty base.
  • Filling: Add 1/4 cup of creamy peanut butter to the plain layer. This creates a rich and indulgent peanut butter flavor that pairs well with the candy corn colors.

8. Mint Candy Corn Cheesecakes

  • Crust: Use chocolate mint cookie crumbs.
  • Filling: Add 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract and a few drops of green food coloring to the plain layer for a refreshing minty flavor.

Feel free to mix and match these ideas or come up with your own variations! The possibilities are endless and can be tailored to your taste and the theme of your Halloween party.