Zebra Striped Cheesecake

This hypnotic striped cheesecake made by layering a black sesame paste cream cheese filling is easier than you think.


  • 3 teaspoons powdered gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons black sesame paste
  • Crust:
  • 5 Oreos
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Cheesecake filling:
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup fresh cream
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • To garnish:
  • Whipped cream
  • Black sesame seeds
  • Mint


  1. Sprinkle the gelatin over the water and let it bloom. Heat dissolved gelatin in the microwave at 500 watts for 30 seconds.
  2. Prepare the crust: Add Oreos and pecans to a plastic zip top bag. Use a rolling pin to crush into small pieces. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add melted butter. Stir to combine, then transfer to a springform pan lined with parchment paper. Press down to form the crust. Refrigerate until set.
  3. In a blender, add all cheesecake filling ingredients. Blend until combined, then divide mixture between 2 bowls. Add black sesame paste to one of the bowls and whisk to combine until batter is gray in color.
  4. Use an ice cream scoop to dollop scoopfuls of the batter in the center of the crust, alternating between white and gray.
  5. Refrigerate until set, then garnish with whipped cream, mint and black sesame seeds.