Davy Jones’ Cheesecakes

I’ve got a jar of dirt. And guess what’s inside it?

Davy Jones'  Cheesecakes

I love jar food. It’s so quirky and cute and rustic and just ticks all my aesthetic boxes. It used to be so rare to happen across but now it’s everywhere. It’s even all over MasterChef, and once MasterChef is doing it you know everyone is going to be doing it.

But I have a serious problem. Every time I see jar food, I get a particular sing-song voice stuck in my head. I’ve got a jar of dirt. I’ve got a jar of dirt. And then it’s stuck in my head all day, until I start singing I’ve got a jar of dirt and it gets stuck in everyone elses head. There was only one way to deal with it, and that was to replicate it with food.

If you’ve never seen Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and have no idea what I’m talking about, this may or may not help.

Davy Jones'  Cheesecakes

Deciding on how to make the dirt was easy. Much like any flower pot cake, biscuit crumbs make perfectly deceptive enough dessert dirt. I blended up some sweet sand-coloured biscuits and added enough butter to make them adhere.

Davy Jones'  Cheesecakes

But deciding on what to pair it with was filled with a lot more indecision. After throwing around a lot of ideas I decided there was only one solution; a heart. The thump thump. It is of course what Jack thinks is inside the jar when he’s sing-songing about it.

Davy Jones'  Cheesecakes

I pushed the biscuit crumbs up the side of the jar so that from outside they would hide what was in the middle, then used a heart-shaped cutter as a guide for shaping the rest. I made the heart-shaped column deep and reaching as far as the bottom or the jar so you’re still getting a decent amount of filling with the biscuits.

Davy Jones'  Cheesecakes

Then all that is left is to fill it. I opted for cheesecake as it’s one of Cameron’s favourite things, and a standard pairing with biscuit crumbs. It’s easiest to pipe the filling in so you don’t dislodge the biscuit crumbs.

Davy Jones'  Cheesecakes

After a little time to set in the fridge your jar of dirt is ready for all kinds of deception. Or just for nomming.

Davy Jones'  Cheesecakes

You can flavor it with and of your favourite flavours. I went for strawberry simply because the colour (and what I had on hand) prompted it.

Davy Jones'  Cheesecakes

There’s no baking in this recipe, so you don’t have to find heat-proof jars. This also means that you can tailor the size to your preference. If you want a greater ratio of cheesecake to biscuit you can get a wider jar. This was mostly me having a little fangirl moment, but you can use the idea for a dessert for a loved one for an occasion or otherwise. You can also have fun with the shapes inside the jar and vary it for any occasion.

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Here’s how to make your very own jar of dirt.

Davy Jones’ Cheesecake
250 plain, sweet biscuits

100g butter, melted

1/2 tsp powdered gelatine

1/2 tbsp water

125g cream cheese, room temperature

40g caster sugar

100ml cream

1/4 tsp strawberry flavouring essence

red food colouring (if desired)


  1. Crush or process the biscuits in a food processor until the mixture is finely crumbed. Mix or process the butter into the mixture. The crumbs should just adhere when pressed together (add a little more butter if they don’t).
  2. Prepare the jars by dividing the crumbs between them. Use the back of a spoon to push the crumbs up the sides of the jar. Using a heart shaped cookie cutter as a template, clear away the crumbs to make a heart-shaped column down the centre of the jar. Place jars in the fridge.
  3. Meanwhile, place the gelatine and water in a heat proof jug and stand in a pot of gently simmering water until the gelatine dissolves.
  4. Beat the cream cheese and sugar together until mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the cream until well combined.
  5. Beat in the flavouring essence and any food colouring, then beat in the gelatine.
  6. Pipe or pour the mixture into the heart-shaped clearing you’ve made in the base. Leave to refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.



17 thoughts on “Davy Jones’ Cheesecakes

  1. Aahhhh. I really want to make these but I can’t convert the grams into U.S measurments!! Stupid Metric system…

      • Thank you! I will do this, but I always find it easier to use measurements like Cups and tablespoons. It is easier for solid measurements because you don’t have to weigh them.

        • Often it is, though I rarely use them as what constitutes a ‘cup’ is different in every country. I’m aware that most of my readers aren’t Australian so would have different sized cups. I typically only give cup measurements when the amount doesn’t need to be specific. Sorry for the inconvenience!

          • I love that you use the metric system. It’s way more universal than cups and tablespoons. And in the end, Americans are the only ones not used to working with it. I’d consider it a little unfair to use a method only one country would understand.

  2. This is super cute and will definitely have a go at making them next valentines Day. My husband will love it, great post πŸ™‚

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