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It tastes creamy, crispy, only slightly sweet and wonderfully refreshing: the Philadelphia cake has been one of the most popular “new classics” for decades, like mole cakes or Fanta cakes. As usual for a refrigerator cake, it is made completely without an oven. Just the thing for spring and summer!

The classic fridge cake

The Original Philadelphia cake is puristic. White, soft, simple. But there are now countless variants. In this post I will not only tell you the basic Philadelphiatorte recipe, in which I have only adjusted the amount of ingredients a little over time. But also some tips and tricks on how you can change the cake to your taste. There is definitely something for everyone! All you need is a few ingredients and a few hours for the refrigerator cake to become firm and stable. The preparation itself is really quick. And of course it doesn't matter in the end whether the Philadelphia cake is the branded product or a no-name product, the topping always (also) consists of creamy cream cheese.

Biscuit base as a basis

Almost always Philadelphia cake with biscuit base made. After all, as is usual for refrigerator cakes, the ingredients must also be able to be eaten raw and unbaked. Traditionally, biscuits and melted butter are mixed, sometimes biscuits and melted chocolate as well. The classic Philadelphia cake is based on ladyfingers. Other biscuits, such as shortbread biscuits or chocolate cookies, are also suitable. Depending on how “greasy” the biscuit crumbs are, you need a little more or less butter to hold them together.

Regardless of which cookies you use: First, they are ground as small as possible, ideally in a food processor or kitchen chopper, then mixed with the fat and pressed onto the base of a springform pan, which is covered with baking paper. If you don't have a food processor, you can also make the cookie crumb base by placing the cookies in a freezer bag and rolling over them several times with the rolling pin.

Cream cheese cream as a filling

The wonderfully creamy topping consists primarily of the eponymous cream cheese. The basic Philadelphia cake recipe also includes natural yogurt, lemon juice and a little sugar. There are also recipes that include cream. Gelatine is almost always added to ensure that the cream remains stable. It's ground in sachets or as leaves.

Alternatively, you can use the Philadelphia cake with jelly Prepare (instant powder). Or try one of my recipes for Philadelphiatorte without baking without gelatine, such as the No Bake Oreo Cheesecake. However, refrigerator cakes without gelatin will generally not be quite as firm.

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Philadelphia cake variants

The recipe for that Original Philadelphia cake you can vary it again and again. Be it that, in the simplest case, you simply add a little bourbon vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa or lemon zest to the cream cheese mixture. Or by decorating the fridge cake with various toppings: cocoa nibs, coconut flakes, crunchy muesli, nectarines, pistachios, nuts and Co. How about a Philadelphia cake with raspberries? Or the strawberry and chocolate fridge cake? For more variety on the cake plate, it may also be one of the following recipes:

Summer cheesecake: This fridge cake with lime, coconut and crunchy biscuit base tastes wonderfully refreshing and is quick to prepare. You only have to plan some time for refrigeration.
This little cake without baking is an absolute eye-catcher! The base consists of oat biscuits, cashew nuts and chocolate, the 3-fruit filling is particularly creamy with yoghurt, quark and cream.
This fridge cake is a must for all oreo fans: The No Bake Cheesecake without gelatine is a delicious combination of crispy chocolate biscuits and creamy cream cheese.
Summer fridge cake that is prepared quickly without an oven. The combination of crispy biscuit base, buttermilk-lemon cream and white chocolate is fantastic!

The particularly well-known "old" recipes include the Philadelphia cake with woodruff or the Philadelphia cake with lemon, for which jelly powder is simply used instead of gelatine. It tastes a bit like creamy jelly and something artificial - but who likes it? . The Philadelphia cake with mandarins (from the tin, of course, grin!) Is similarly classic. What is your favorite variant?

Note: I published this post for the first time in 2018 and last updated it in 2019.

Classic Philadelphia cake

The absolute classic among refrigerator cakes: This refreshing Philadelphia cake can be varied with different toppings and bases and is always well received!
Quantity: 1 spring form 26 cm


For the ground

  • 200 grams spoon biscuit
  • 140 grams of butter liquid

For the cream

  • 600 grams of cream cheese and full fat
  • 300 grams natural yoghurt, 3.5% fat
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 packet of ground gelatine or 6 sheets, alternatively agar-agar
  • 150 milliliters of water
  • 80 grams of sugar
  • Deco ingredients e.g. Berries, nuts, cocoa nibs, coconut