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How To Make Cheesecakes

Updated on September 5, 2014
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake | Source


Cheesecake is a wonderfully decadent dessert that is enjoyed by many but created by few.

The thought of making cheesecake seems overwhelming or difficult to those who haven’t yet tried it. It is really a very basic dessert that can easily be prepared for any occasion or no occasion at all.

There are many different cheesecake recipes such as:

  • Chocolate cheesecake
  • Pumpkin cheesecake
  • Raspberry swirl
  • Strawberry cheesecake
  • Chocolate chip cheesecake
  • Candy bits cheesecake
  • Cherry cheesecake
  • Kahlua cheesecake

And many more!

Basic Cheesecake

All cheesecake recipes begin with certain basic ingredients: Cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract.

When different ingredients are added such as sour cream, heavy whipping cream or eggs, the flavour and consistency is changed to accommodate personal tastes.

When cheesecake is added to dessert recipes such as Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies or Cheesecake filled strawberries, the basic ingredients are all that are necessary.


  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  2. Blend the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together in a large bowl
  3. Pour mixture into a graham cracker crust lined pie pan
  4. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until center is almost set
No Bake Cheesecake ingredients
No Bake Cheesecake ingredients | Source

Flavored Cheesecakes

This is a great recipe to use when adding a flavour into your cheesecake because it isn’t over powering or super light.

If you choose to add mini chocolate chips or candy pieces, stir them in right before pouring the mixture into the crust.

If you like a swirl of flavour like raspberry or cherry baked into the cheesecake, drop spoonful’s of preserve or flavoring on top of the cheesecake after it’s been poured into the pie crust.

Using a butter knife, gently drag the knife through the filling diagonally or in a large circle pattern so the flavour will bake into the cheesecake.

Oven Temperature Conversion


Recipe Options

Some cheesecakes are super rich, some are light and fluffy, some are easy and some are complicated.

The recipes below are a few examples of the different basic cheesecake options.

No bake cheesecake

This fluffy, sweet no-bake cheesecake is perfect for beginner bakers, kids or anyone who needs an impressive dessert that doesn’t take much time to prepare.


  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed


  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth
  2. Fold in the whipped topping
  3. Put mixture in the premade pie crust and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight before serving

No bake Cheesecake
No bake Cheesecake | Source

Light and Fluffy Cheesecake Recipe

This cheesecake is light in flavour and texture.

This recipe makes a wonderful summer dessert with a citrus topping such as Key Lime or Lemon.


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 4 teaspoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoons white sugar


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and the 1/3 cup sugar together
  3. Add the zest and vanilla and blend until smooth
  4. Add the egg yolks and heavy cream
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until a soft froth forms
  6. Add the sugar slowly to the egg whites and continue to beat until soft peaks form
  7. Fold the beaten egg whites into cream cheese mixture, a little bit at a time until fully integrated
  8. Pour into a prepared graham cracker crust
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until center is almost set

Let cool for 1 ½ hours on a wire rack, then refrigerate overnight.

Cheesecake ingredients
Cheesecake ingredients | Source

Graham Cracker Crust

A graham cracker crust is the perfect base for all cheesecakes and it's easy to do!


  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup white sugar


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, toss the graham cracker crumbs and the sugar in the melted butter until completely coated.
  3. Press mixture into a 9 inch spring form pan or pie dish and bake for 10 minutes before adding the cheesecake filling

Cheesecake with Goat Cheese

The goat cheese added to this cheesecake recipe adds a creaminess and richness that isn’t found in other recipes. The flavor and texture is unlike anything else you'll ever try!

This dessert’s wonderful flavour and texture make it delicious served alone or with fruit preserves for a slight flavour addition.


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 6 ounces goat cheese, ½ log
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Beat the cream and goat cheeses in a large bowl light and fluffy
  3. Add the sour cream and beat to combine
  4. Add the eggs and continue to beat on low until thoroughly combined
  5. Beat in the sugar and vanilla until just combined.
  6. Pour the filling into the prepared crust
  7. Put on a baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until center is almost set
  8. Rotate the baking sheet halfway through the cooking process
  9. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack.

It is best to refrigerate overnight before serving.

Goat Cheese Cheesecake
Goat Cheese Cheesecake | Source

Rich and Creamy Cheesecake Recipe

This recipe has all the taste and consistency that one comes to expect when they hear the word cheesecake.

This is a heavier cheesecake with a wonderful flavour so it can easily be served alone or by adding a very light berry or fruit sauce.

A heavy sauce or flavour addition will overwhelm the taste buds and may take away from the classic creaminess that is already present.

A small piece will go a long way with this one.

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  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar together until smooth
  3. Beat in sour cream and heavy cream
  4. Blend in the flour and vanilla
  5. With mixer on low speed, add eggs
  6. Pour batter over prepared crust
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until center is almost set
  8. Chill on wire rack for 1 1/2 hours

Refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight before removing from pan

Rich and Creamy Cheesecake
Rich and Creamy Cheesecake | Source

Cheesecake Baking Tips:

  1. The ingredients should be room temperature before mixing
  2. Bake cheesecakes in the center of the oven
  3. Cheesecake is done baking when the outside is firm and the center is not quite set yet. It will continue to set as it cools
  4. Overnight refrigeration is recommended before serving
  5. Traditional cheesecakes are prepared in a spring form pan but if you don’t have one, a deep dish pie pan or store bought prepared graham cracker crust will work as well.

Your cheesecake should fit your personal tastes as there are unlimited options of flavour combinations. Experiment a little and half fun with it!

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      I love that! Please let me know how it turns out and which one you will try next ;)

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      loveofnight 5 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      I am loving you right now. I love cheesecake but thought that it was more difficult then it is. I believe that the no bake is going to be the first that I try. I have tried out the no bake cheese cakes that come in a box from the supermarket but was not satisfied with the way that the filling tasted or felt on my tongue. With your recipes I feel confident that I will find what suits my pallet........thanks much and keep hubbing.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I love cheesecake, just can't have it too much. I would really enjoy the goat's cheese version. Very nice post and so well done. Have to have some cheesecake soon.

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      If you love the rich and creamy cheesecake you owe it to yourself to try the Goat Cheese Cheesecake! If it doesn't become one of your favorites I would be really surprised. :)

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      CHEESECAKE.....Oh God, OH yes....OH YUMMY. The greatest, most delicious dessert ever! I do not care how much you have over-stuffed......I will FORCE cheesecake.

      My whole family loves it. Some years back, when I was visiting my son in Georgia, he took me to "The Cheesecake Factory." We did not have one in NY as yet, at that time.

      Are you kidding me? Their dessert counter is like a piece of heaven on earth.

      I RARELY read recipe hubs...but this one?? I'm making copies!!

      Thank you so much, Roxanne.....

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Of all the cheesecakes that you have here I immediately gravitated towards the heaviest and richest. Fluffy..No way. If I am going to indulge in cheesecake it better be heavy duty. Great hub with all we need to know about any kind of cheesecake. I am truly inspired to head to the store. Thanks for a great HUB and Voted UP.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Wow, they all sound very delicious. No bake cheesecake is simple and easy enough for my 11-year-old to try. Thank you for sharing all these yummy recipes.

      Voted up and awesome!