Lifestyle Food Buddy Valastro's Tie-Dye Cheesecake Stars The Cake Boss star's cute confections are beaming with pride. By People Staff Published on June 5, 2018 11:37 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Victor Protasio The Cake Boss star‘s cute confections are beaming with pride. Buddy Valastro’s Tie-Dye Cheesecake Stars 1 (13.5-oz.) pkg. graham cracker crumbs½ tsp. ground cinnamon1½ cups granulated sugar, divided¾ cup (6 oz.) unsalted butter, melted1 lb. cream cheese, at room temperature12 oz. (1½ cups) whole-milk ricotta cheese½ Tbsp. vanilla extract3 large eggs¼ cup heavy cream½ tsp. red food-coloring gel½ tsp. blue food-coloring gel 1. Preheat oven to 325°. Stir together graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon and ½ cup sugar in a large bowl. Stir in butter until incorporated. Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil; lightly coat with cooking spray. Press graham cracker mixture into bottom of baking dish. Bake in oven until crust is lightly browned around the edges, about 18 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 30 minutes. (Do not turn oven off.) 2. Beat cream cheese and remaining 1 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add ricotta and vanilla; beat until combined, about 20 seconds. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Drizzle in heavy cream, beating on low speed until incorporated. 3. Transfer 1 cup white batter in mixer bowl to a small bowl; add ½ teaspoon red food-coloring gel, and stir to incorporate. Transfer an additional 1 cup white batter from mixer bowl to a separate small bowl; add ½ teaspoon blue food-coloring gel, and stir to incorporate. Pour remaining white batter in mixer bowl over cooled graham cracker crust. Drizzle with red and blue batters. Using a wooden skewer, swirl white, red and blue batters together. Bake until sides are set and center jiggles slightly, about 30 minutes. 4. Transfer baking dish to a wire rack to cool to room temperature, about 2 hours. Transfer to freezer until firm, about 2 hours. 5. Carefully remove firmed cheesecake from baking dish. Press a 4-inch star-shaped cookie cutter onto top of cheesecake to make indentions of star shapes. Cut stars out using a paring knife. Serve bars chilled. Serves: 6 Active time: 40 minutes Total time: 1 hour, 40 minutes, plus chilling time Want the ultimate dish on the latest celebrity food news, plus exclusive recipes, videos and more? Click here to subscribe to the People Food newsletter.