Classic Cheesecake

Classic cheesecake has been a recipe that was on my things to make list from a long time. With the special occasion of Mother’s Day coming up, I thought it was the perfect time to attempt baking one . I have been a little busy of late with my impending move next month. Although it’s just nearby , there’s been a lot of things to take care but I promise to be back in action once everything settles down . There’s has been a lot to catch up with all my fellow bloggers blog posts as well . I’m hoping to do it as and when I can.

Cheesecake is a universal favorite dessert of many of us . We are big cheesecake lovers at home. It seems intimidating when you first learn the process of making it , especially since it involves using a water bath to maintain a constant temperature while baking and covering the cake pan with an aluminium foil etc. However, it is not that difficult at all if you keep all the tips and tricks in mind! In fact, the baking process was a smooth ,sailing process for me . I also managed to bake it without a single crack, good for a first time attempt isn’t it! I have previously attempted the no bake cheese cake which is even simpler and it turned out great as well .

If you have never baked a cheese cake before, the most important thing to keep in mind is not to over beat the batter especially after adding the eggs . The ingredients must all be at room temperature . Keep a large pot of boiling water , ready to pour into the deep roasting pan . It is where the spring form cake pan with the batter will be placed . The other trick to ensure a perfect bake is to leave the oven door slightly open after the baking time is done for about an hour . Let the cake cool in the oven for another one hour.This is to avoid the cake from cooling down suddenly which can cause it to crack or sink .Finally, it has to be cooled in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight . For best results and to get a neat slice of cake, use a knife dipped in hot water and towel dried to cut the cheese cake . You can have it plain or enjoy with whipped cream or fruits. Hope you have a wonderful mother’s day weekend if you are celebrating! Enjoy 🙂

5 from 2 votes
Classic Cheesecake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 20 mins

A delicious classic cheese cake made with cream cheese, sour cream and sugar with a hint of lemon and vanilla and loved by all.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Cheesecake crust
  • 1 1/2 cup graham crackers powdered
  • 5 tbsp butter melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
For the Filling
  • 4 8oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
To make the crust
  1. Pre heat the oven to 350 deg.

  2. Powder the graham crackers to a fine texture in a food processor.

  3. Add the butter and sugar and mix well.

  4. Fill it in the bottom of the pan and press it down well with a cup .

  5. Bake it for about 8 to 10 minutes.

  6. Cool on rack after done.

To make the filling
  1. Using a stand mixer beat the cream cheese and sugar for about 2 minutes on medium high speed until it is smooth and fine.

  2. Add in the sour cream, lemon juice, vanilla extract and beat for another 1 minute and fold in well.

  3. Add one egg at a time and beat just until incorporated.

  4. Add the batter to the pan and cover it up with an aluminium foil all over the sides except the top.

  5. Make a water bath by placing it in a deep roasting pan and then filling it with hot water.

  6. Bake for about 60 to 70 minutes until the surface appears cooked and a bit jiggly in the center.

  7. Open the oven door and let it cool in it for another 1 hour .

  8. Remove it from the oven , cover it with an aluminium foil and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or over night

  9. Use a knife dipped into hot water and dried before cutting up the cheese cake to get a neat slice .

  10. You can add topping of your choice fruits, whipped cream or caramel or chocolate sauce.

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  • Reply
    May 9, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious, I can’t believe it was your first try! I love cheesecake (especially chocolate cheesecake) but I’ve never attempted to make it myself. I think I might have to buy myself a slice after seeing this! 😉

    • Reply
      May 10, 2019 at 1:33 am

      Thank you so much for your kind comments! Yes indeed I couldn’t believe it myself when I saw the final outcome .especially the part where I had to spring it open 🙂 I was hoping i t wont fall apart! Yes chocolate cheesecake is another great delicacy as well!

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    May 10, 2019 at 2:34 am

    Looks fabulous Nisha.
    Good timing as I am about to prepare a raspberry cheesecake slice for dessert tomorrow! 😉

    • Reply
      May 10, 2019 at 1:14 pm

      Thanks a ton Lorelle, Ah raspberry cheesecake sounds divine ! Enjoy .

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    Dippy Dotty Girl
    May 10, 2019 at 3:30 am

    I love the neat edges of your cheesecake, Nisha. Well done on cracking it at the first go. My first cheesecake did brown a bit more and it took me more than once to get it right.
    I am a dyed-in-the-wool cheesecake worshipper too. Bring me the whole cake and I shall ravish it without shame. xx

    • Reply
      May 10, 2019 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you so much Dippy! The hot knife helped with the neat edges it’s a great tip. Yes I can imagine that it would only get better with practice and am sure you are a pro now. True that about the ravishing part, especially for cheesecake it’s definitely to relish without any guuilt:)

  • Reply
    May 10, 2019 at 11:04 am

    5 stars
    Wow! You have totally nailed it!! The classic cheesecake looks stunning & inviting.

    • Reply
      May 10, 2019 at 1:16 pm

      Thanks a lot Megala, happy to hear the comment .It came out really well !

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    Sandhya Nadkarni
    May 11, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Looks picture perfect Nisha!

  • Reply
    May 11, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Such a gorgeous cake Nisha…looks totally droolicious 👍

    • Reply
      May 12, 2019 at 9:35 pm

      Thank you so much Jyo, appreciate your kind comments!

  • Reply
    May 11, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    This looks fabulous Nisha. Such a perfect slice of cheese cake. Craving for a slice now..

    • Reply
      May 12, 2019 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you so much Neetha ! Yes indeed it is very tempting 🙂

  • Reply
    May 12, 2019 at 2:53 am

    Wow send some my way please!!! This turned out perfect!

    • Reply
      May 12, 2019 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you so much Diane sure anytime for you, appreciate it!

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    Caz / InvisiblyMe
    May 12, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    You have the most perfect, delicious-looking photographs!
    I’ve only made a cheesecake once and although the top part wasn’t too bad, the base was rather soft and not particularly appealing! I’ll have to bookmark this, wouldn’t mind giving it a go and seeing whether I can make something even half as good as yours. Somehow I doubt it..! I hope all goes well with preparing for the move, fingers crossed things go as smoothly as possible 🙂
    Caz xx

    • Reply
      May 12, 2019 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you so much Caz for the appreciation! . I think there is still some scope for improvement of my base as well 🙂 . Water can seep through the aluminium foil if not tightly packed , luckily it was not too much . Something to keep in mind for the next time . Do give it a try Caz am sure you will breeze through, it is pretty straightforward especially if you follow all the tips and tricks 🙂 good luck with it!

  • Reply
    May 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    5 stars
    Wow, you’ve perfectly nailed it Nisha! Looks tempting and absolutely perfect!❤️

    Good luck with your move!👍👍

    • Reply
      May 16, 2019 at 12:06 pm

      Thank you so much Richa, happy to read your lovely comments . Yes dear need all the luck and wishes for the move ,appreciate it!

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    Christy B
    May 21, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Wow this one looks and sounds amazing. I love any flavor of cheesecake and would really impress my partner if I made this one. PS I love the look of your blog, so pretty 🙂

    • Reply
      May 22, 2019 at 2:42 pm

      Thank you so much Christy, so happy to hear your feedback about the cheesecake and the look of my blog. It means a lot , much appreciated!

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    The Karavali Wok
    June 17, 2019 at 6:07 am

    Perfectly Done Nisha !

    • Reply
      June 19, 2019 at 11:59 pm

      Thank you Smitha, appreciate it!

  • Reply
    February 20, 2020 at 3:55 am

    Wow, you’ve perfectly nailed that Nisha! Looks imposing yet without a doubt perfect!

    Good luck together with your move💖💖

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