Cool off this summer with a sweet & creamy Mango Pineapple Icebox Cheesecake. Reminiscent of a mango-flavored pina colada, this frozen no-bake dessert is a decadent mixture of cream cheese, fresh mango and pineapple, a touch of rum and plenty of whipped cream. Oh, it’s so good!
Ever have too many mangos? I didn’t think there was any such thing since we love them so much in this family but between our tree and my neighbors tree (which is about 10 times the size of mine) we had gadzillions. OK, maybe a little less than a gadzillion. lol
So what to do with them. I froze some so I could make my favorite Mango Orange Smoothie for breakfast, baked some into my Mango Upside Down Cake, tossed up some mango salsa for grilled chicken and, last but not least, made a few Mango Pina Coladas this past weekend. And I still have a boatload left!
Since it’s been extra hot lately I thought something on the frozen dessert side would taste pretty darn good. Something with a little island feel to it. I decided to try making a mango cheesecake but of the frozen variety. You know, ’cause it’s hot here! But I needed a few more ingredients to really take me away, like pineapple, coconut and rum. I think my mind is still on those pina coladas! lol
I had a ripe pineapple to use so I combined that with the mango for an extra sweet punch. The coconut was a little harder to place and decided the best place for that was in the crust. So I changed up my normal graham cracker crust and added some coconut. And it worked better than I imagined!
I wanted a little bit more rum flavor than the actual rum could give me so I added rum extract to give it that little extra flavor punch. Adding too much rum to the mix would keep the icebox cake from freezing, so extract it was. I also wanted to bring out the coconut flavor just a little more and added coconut extract as well. You can opt for all of one or the other of the extracts or just stick to vanilla extract. It all depends on how much you like the tropical flavors. Now check out how easy it is to whip up this decadent dessert.
How to Make a Mango Pineapple Icebox Cheesecake
Mix the graham cracker crumbs and toasted coconut with melted butter and press into springform pan. Freeze.
Next make the mango pineapple cheesecake mixture. First beat the cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar together until smooth. Second, cut the mango and pineapple into cubes and place in blender. Blend until smooth.
Add 1/4 cup rum (or, if you like coconut, try coconut rum) and extracts into fruit and blend again. Add this blended fruit into cream cheese mixture and beat until smooth. Lastly, beat whipped cream until soft peaks form. You can also opt to use Cool Whip for a quicker no-bake dessert. Fold into cream cheese-fruit batter then pour into crust and freeze.
For serving, take the cake out of the freezer about 10 minutes prior to serving and garnish with extra cup mango, mint leaves and a few blueberries for color. Just look at all that creamy goodness!
And that bite will just melt in your mouth! It really is the perfect dessert for a hot summer evening. Enjoy!
MANGO PINEAPPLE ICEBOX CHEESECAKE
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 cup toasted coconut (see notes for how to toast)
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
Mango Pineapple Cheesecake
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3 cups fresh mango, cut-up
- 1 cup fresh pineapple, cut-up
- 1/4 cup rum
- 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream or Cool Whip
- Garnish: chopped mango and mint leaves
- In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and toasted coconut.
- Pour in melted butter and mix well.
- Pat firmly into bottom springform pan. Place in freezer while mixing mango cheesecake mixture.
Mango Pineapple Cheesecake
- In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar. Set aside.
- Place cut up mango and pineapple, place in blender and puree until smooth. Add rum and extracts and blend again.
- Pour mango-pineapple puree into cream cheese mixture and beat until well incorporated.
- Clean mixing bowl well. Add heavy cream and beat until soft peaks form. If using Cool Whip just skip this step.
- Fold whipped cream or Cool Whip into mango cheesecake mixture.
- Remove crust from freezer and pour cheesecake mixture over crust.
- Place back in freezer for at least 4 hours.
- Prior to serving, remove from freezer, decorate with chopped mango and mint leaves, then let sit for approximately 10 minutes to soften slightly before serving.