I am all about easy and fun this summer. With my youngest babe now a year old, getting out and about outside is definitely a priority!
Not only do we love to spend as much outside as possible, but when I am inside, I don’t always want to be in front of a hot oven. That’s why this recipe is a great one; it has a really fun and pretty design and it is NO BAKE! No turning on the oven! No cranking up the AC to compensate!
And it’s got an Oreo cookie crust.
Which basically means that it will be awesome, because anything with an Oreo cookie crust is awesome. It’s like the law or something.
(that’s totally a thing)
So this past few days I spent a lot of time listening to Todd & Diane from White on Rice Couple. They just did a wonderful class with CreativeLive over the course of three days. It was intense and jam packed full of amazing and useful information.
They talked a lot about lighting for photography and food photography. Specifically, they talked about backlighting. And I became obsessed.
So I made this cheesecake specifically so that I could photograph something utilizing back light.
Well… get to day three and Todd & Diane are actually photographing a cake ***squee*** and I could not be more excited. I have my cheesecake ready to go. I have gotten a few shots of the un-cut and cut-into cheesecake already, trying to remember the wonderful tips they shared.
As much as I love the idea of backlight, it was SO hard! The front was too dark. The white backgrounds all turned really grey. The top was totally blown out! WHY DO I SUCK SO BAD AT THIS!?!
So anyway, I was listening to them talk about shooting the cake and what do I hear? Diane casually says, “I don’t like backlight for this (their chocolate cake). It’s too blown out.”
Dang it. Dang it. DANG IT! It’s so obvious. DA! I have already cut into my cheesecake and committed to the back light idea and it was the WRONG thing to choose with this cheesecake. I mean really, what was I thinking? BLACK and WHITE contrasting colors. Of course it was going to get all blown out!
***hangs head in defeat***
This was as close as I could get to not-hideous using backlight. I am going to start saving my pennies so that I can take a class from Todd & Diane in person! That or I need to purchase their CreativeLive class and watch it again without distraction.
All that being said, this cheesecake was pretty darn good. My husband said that it was way too chocolately and my daughter asked if I could remove the strawberry and vanilla layer so she could just eat the chocolate.
So yeah. That’s helpful.
I just love how this looks… with the deep dark chocolate crust and then chocolate cheesecake, then strawberry cheesecake, then the sweet vanilla cheesecake. It’s a Neapolitan and Cheesecake lovers dream!
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