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Best cheesecake recipes

Published: June 18, 2021 at 2:46 pm
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Our best cheesecake recipes, all utterly irresistible, all really easy to make. Will you choose baked raspberry, dulce de leche or chocolatey black forest?

After an easy cheesecake recipe? We've got plenty to choose from, including baked cheesecakes, lemon cheesecake, Baileys cheesecake, and of course chocolate cheesecake recipes. Then try our summer dessert recipes, easy desserts and condensed milk recipes. For keen bakers, check out our best stand mixers to buy. 

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Essentially, a cheesecake only requires a crumbly biscuit base (usually made by combining crushed biscuits with melted butter) and a rich, velvety topping made with sugar and cream cheese, among a couple of other ingredients. Next, you'd usually bake your cheesecake or put it in the fridge to set. You'll need a good quality tin for your cheesecake, read our springform cake tins review to find the very best. You can flavour your cheesecake however you like, but we think the ideas below are definitely a good place to start. 


How to bake a cheesecake

How do I get a flat base for my cheesecake? Use a straight-sided glass to press the biscuit base into the side of the tin. This will also help keep the base flat.

How do I know when my cheesecake is ready? If the recipe tells you there should still be a wobble in the centre, it means just that! Don’t cook it until it is firm unless you want a cracked top.

How do I stop my cheesecake from cracking? If your cheesecake cracks across the top it may be the fault of the recipe. One or two eggs is enough for a big cheesecake, any more may set the filling too firmly and cause it to pull apart as it cools. On the other hand, you may have overcooked it!

How do I rescue a cracked cheesecake? If your cheesecake does crack, cover the top with a layer of soured cream, dulche de leche or fruit. No one will ever know….

How do I make a New York cheesecake? New York cheesecakes are wonderful when you’re in the city but you can make them just as well at home with this tip. The baked cheesecake is light and creamy, to get that texture all the way through the cake, bake them in a bain marie which is a water bath. By placing warm water in another tin around the cake it’ll allow the cheesecake to bake evenly giving you that gorgeous texture throughout the dessert.


Best cheesecake recipes

Easy vanilla cheesecake

Sometimes, simple really is best. Keep it classic with this perfect cheesecake, flavoured only with vanilla extract and lemon zest.

Simple vanilla cheesecake

New York cheesecake

Perfect if you're entertaining, why not take some time to master the perfect New York cheesecake ahead of time.

A white plate topped with a creamy cheesecake set against a pink background

Espresso martini cheesecake

Everyone’s favourite pudding is elevated with the addition of espresso powder and coffee liqueur.

Brown-glazed cheesecake cut into squares sat on a wooden board with a brown marbled background

Banoffee cheesecake

This impressive banoffee cheesecake offers comforting old-school flavours with the style of a dinner party dessert. It takes less than 30 minutes of hands-on time to make.

Cheesecake drizzled in caramel and topped with sliced banana on a grey stone background with two slices cut out,

Lemon cheesecake

A baked cheesecake is a great skill to master and much easier to make than you think. This lemon and vanilla cheesecake is finished with a candied lemon peel syrup which makes it smart enough to serve for a dinner party. Try our delicious lemon dessert and pudding recipes.

Lemon Cheesecake Recipe With Vanilla

Strawberry cheesecake

Combine strawberries and cream to create a new take on the classic summer dessert. This no-bake cheesecake is topped with a sweet strawberry sauce and is ideal for al fresco entertaining.

A white cheesecake topped with red strawberries and whole strawberries on a white plate

Chocolate cheesecake

A serving of these no-bake cheesecake bars is sure to go down a treat at your next afternoon tea. Serve with fresh berries for a tangy kick.

A chocolate cheesecake bar on a small plate

Baked raspberry cheesecake

This recipe has been one of our most popular recipes for years. A classic and really indulgent dessert, baked cheesecake is a crowd pleaser and the raspberries cut through that rich filling perfectly.Here are our most indulgent dessert recipes to try out.

Baked Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe

Baileys cheesecake

Together with white chocolate, Baileys makes for an utterly irresistible cheesecake. This recipe calls for less than 10 ingredients, and is ready in under 2 hours. Get your Baileys fix with our epic Baileys recipes.

Baileys Cheesecake Recipe With White Chocolate

Biscoff cheesecake

Check out our indulgent vanilla cheesecake recipe with crunchy speculoos biscuits, creamy speculoos biscuit spread, and lightly whipped cream. This impressive dessert will serve up to 16 guests.

Speculoos cheesecake cut into slices

Burnt Basque cheesecake

This no-fuss dessert is perfect for anyone who is short on time and needs to make something quick (preferably for the next day). It’s a caramelised cheesecake, baked high and fast, that can be eaten warm or served cold straight from the fridge

Basque Cheesecake

Peanut butter cheesecake

This stunning no-cook cheesecake loaf would make a great dinner party dessert. The combination of golden syrup with peanut butter adds a sweet and salty decadence.

A cheesecake loaf topped with shards of chocolate

Rhubarb and custard baked cheesecake

We've jazzed up a classic combination and baked it in the style of a cheesecake. This creamy recipe isn't just easy to make, it looks super impressive, too. Just check out those swirls.

Baked Cheesecake with Rhubarb and Custard cut into slices

Baked chocolate cheesecake

A rich baked cheesecake with a decadent chocolate swirl and a crunchy digestive biscuit base. Make one for friends or family this weekend then sit back and take the compliments.

Baked Cheesecake Recipe With Chocolate Swirls

Oreo cheesecake

Replacing the usual digestive base with Oreo cookies and adding white chocolate to the filling gives this cheesecake a stylish New York bakery-style finish. Find more top baking recipes using our favourite biscuits, chocolate bars and spreads.

Black and White Oreo Cheesecake Recipe

Vegan cheesecake

On the hunt for a cheesecake for vegans? Make our smooth and creamy vegan cheesecake using a simple, shop-bought ingredient – silken tofu. Choose a good quality dark chocolate for the filling and use Oreos (yes, they're vegan!) for the base.

Easy Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Clementine cheesecake

Our most refreshing and tangy cheesecake, the shiny chocolate sauce adds a glossy finish to the light clementine base. An impressive take on a chocolate orange cheesecake.

Orange Cheesecake Recipe with Dark Chocolate Sauce

Frozen Nutella cheesecake

Check out this frozen Nutella cheesecake with classic bourbon biscuits and crunchy roasted hazelnuts. This indulgent dessert is easy to make and perfect for a summertime dinner party with friends.

No Bake Nutella Cheesecake

Salted caramel cheesecake pots

Check out our mascarpone cheesecake pots with salted caramel and crunchy pecans. These mini cheesecakes are simple to make and perfect for a quick and easy dessert to end your dinner party.

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Pots Recipe

Banana cheesecake

Indulge in this glorious mash-up of two favourite sweet treats – a banana bread base topped with creamy vanilla cheesecake, sliced bananas and salted caramel. It's a great take on a banoffee cheesecake.

For more baking ideas and recipe inspiration, try our banana recipes and banana bread recipes.

Banana bread cheesecake with slices taken out

Blueberry cheesecake

Speculoo biscuits make a great alternative cheesecake base and work particularly well with blueberries. This great blueberry cheesecake is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

Blueberry cheesecake with speculoos crust

Salted honey and ginger cheesecake

An absolute treat of a cheesecake, with a gingery biscuit base, dreamy velvet filling and salted honey topping.

Newsletter Salted Honey Cheesecake

Dulce de leche cheesecake

This recipe for dulce de leche cheesecake comes from Lobos tapas bar in Borough market. It feels really indulgent and is the perfect way to end a meal.

Baked Dulce De Leche Cheesecake Recipe

Dark chocolate and passion fruit cheesecake

Check out our chocolaty, no-bake cheesecake recipe with a quick passion fruit coulis. This decadent dessert is really impressive and only takes 40 minutes to make.

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe with Passion Fruit

Carrot cake cheesecake

Love carrot cake? Love cheesecake? We've combined these well-loved classic puds so you never have to choose. Packed with plenty of spice, orange zest and crunchy pecans, this recipe is sure to impress your friends and family at your next dinner party.

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Recipe

PBJ cheesecake

Need a quick dessert to impress guests at your next dinner party? Make this simple no-bake cheesecake with smooth peanut butter and swirls of raspberry jam.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake Recipe

Burnt ricotta cheesecake

This elegant burnt ricotta cheesecake with blood oranges from Ombra restaurant in London is bound to impress. It's somewhere between the Basque classic and the Roman-Jewish version

Ricotta Cheesecake Recipe with blood orange slices

Freakshake cheesecake

We've taken inspiration from 'freakshakes' (ice cream combined with chocolate bars and cake) to create our OTT freakshake cheesecake. You don't have to stick to the toppings we've used here – go freestyle!

freakshake cheesecake

Black forest cheesecake

This dark, indulgent chocolate cheesecake swirled with cherries is a great showstopper for any occasion. Making the chocolate collar is really worth the effort for an extra special touch. Here are more of our best chocolate recipes to indulge on.

Black Forest Cheesecake Recipe

Raspberry marshmallow cheesecake

A cheesecake is probably one of the most loved desserts and this version is something special. The combination of marshmallows and raspberries is sure to please adults and kids.

Cross-section of marshmallow cheesecake with raspberry base, on a plate

Baked blueberry cheesecake

Check out this indulgent creamy baked blueberry cheesecake. This easy recipe is super simple to make and is a real crowd pleaser.

Baked blueberry cheesecake

Black forest cheesecake bombs

These black forest cheesecake bombs are real showstoppers. Make ahead and stash these in the freezer – they’ll keep nicely for a month or so.

Black Forest Cheesecake Recipe

Sherry trifle cheesecake

Impress guests during the festive season with this nostalgic pud with a modern twist.

Berry Cheesecake Trifle Recipe with Sherry

Malteasers cheesecake

Crunchy Bourbon biscuit base and thick, silky chocolate topping – this indulgent dessert will become a family favourite

Maltesers cheesecake

Eton mess cheesecake

We've combined two classic British summertime favourites into one seriously indulgent dessert. This fresh and creamy Eton mess cheesecake is the perfect pudding to impress your friends and family with this weekend.

Eton Mess Cheesecake

Salted butterscotch popcorn cheesecake

This dessert has everything. If you want to make it ahead, omit the popcorn from the base, reserve half the butterscotch sauce for the topping and put freshly popped popcorn on top on the day, then smother it in the sauce. Here are some more of our favourite sweet and salty recipes.

Salted butterscotch popcorn cheesecake

Raspberry and milk chocolate cheesecake

Who doesn’t love cheesecake? This chocolate raspberry version makes a really indulgent dessert. Use good-quality chocolate and leave the raspberries out if it’s the wrong time of the year.

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Raspberry and milk chocolate cheesecake

Apricot cheesecake bars

Check out these bright summery cheesecake bars. We've used fresh seasonal apricots and crunchy amaretti biscuits. Perfect for an after-dinner treat!

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