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Trivial Pursuit Cheesecake Recipe

Trivial Pursuit Cheesecake Recipe

Wrap up a family game night with wedges of this colorful cheesecake. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 1-1/2 hours + chilling YIELD:12 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 75 wafers)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tubes each blue, red, green, yellow, brown and orange decorating gels


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine vanilla wafers and butter. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 14-16 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. Split vanilla bean and scrape seeds into sour cream; stir to combine. Set aside. Discard vanilla bean. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream mixture until blended. Beat in eggs on low speed just until combined.
  • 3. Pour into crust. Place pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan. Place in a larger baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  • 4. Bake at 325° for 1-1/2 hours or until surface is no longer shiny and center is almost set. Remove pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  • 5. Remove sides of pan; cut cheesecake into six wedges. Squeeze each color of decorating gel onto a different wedge and spread carefully. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: You may substitute 3 teaspoons vanilla extract for the vanilla bean if desired.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 456 calories, 26g fat (15g saturated fat), 141mg cholesterol, 250mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

"This wasn't very good"

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