Yummy Strawberry Cheesecake

Deliciously creamy and fruity cheesecake with a luscious sweet-tangy strawberry sauce that brings this dessert over the top. Best way to welcome Spring!

 

Deliciously creamy and fruity cheesecake with a luscious sweet-tangy strawberry sauce that brings this dessert over the top. Best way to welcome Spring!

 

Are you excited for Spring? I am so into spring nowadays!! I’ve had enough of winter already (though I must say I have no right to complain as this past winter has been pretty mild!)!

Anyway, when I got together with my favorite food bloggers on the world wide web and we decided that our theme for the month of March for our 30 Day Recipe Challenge would be berries – I had no hesitation at all in choosing strawberries as my featured fruit. After all strawberries are the quintessential spring fruit!

 

Yummy Strawberry Cheesecake

 

When it comes to dessert, our family’s top-notch favorite is cheesecake.

It is one dessert I often make as everyone loves it. Besides, strawberry cheesecake is one type of cheesecake I haven’t made yet so I thought it’s high time I make a cheesecake and pair it with some plump and juicy strawberries as our way of welcoming spring!

Thankfully, we had some guests come over at the time I made this cheesecake so we were able to enjoy it with them. And yes, I am happy to report that they enjoyed the cake. I believe the homemade fresh strawberry sauce truly made a difference and perfectly enhanced the cheesecake.

So, if you’re looking for the perfect sweet treat to welcome Spring, I highly recommend this one!! It’s delicious and loaded with strawberry goodness!

 

Deliciously creamy and fruity cheesecake with a luscious sweet-tangy strawberry sauce that brings this dessert over the top. Best way to welcome Spring!

 

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Ingredients for Yummy Strawberry Cheesecake

Deliciously creamy and fruity cheesecake with a luscious sweet-tangy strawberry sauce that brings this dessert over the top. Best way to welcome Spring!

  • Graham Crackers or Digestive Biscuit crumbs – hubby prefers digestives but use whatever is accessible to you.
  • Sugar 
  • Unsalted Butter – the cream cheese is already quite salty and savory so unsalted butter is preferred.
  • Cream Cheese – must be softened first. This is very important! It would be easier to process the cream cheese when it’s softer and it assures a smooth texture for your cake and not a lumpy one.
  • Sugar – use white granulated sugar.
  • Eggs – bring to room temperature and not cold straight from the fridge.
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Strawberries – you may use frozen strawberries to make the topping.
  • Sugar
  • Lemon

Instructions

  1. To make the crust, combine the graham cracker or Digestive biscuit crumbs, sugar, and melted butter in a bowl and mix until evenly moistened. Press the crumb mixture into a greased 9-inch springform pan using the smooth bottom of a glass and spread on the bottom and sides. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until soft, creamy, and smooth (no lumps). Add the sugar slowly and continue to beat. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract with the last egg.  Occasionally scrape the sides of the mixing bowl to ensure that there are no lumps remaining on the side or at the bottom.
  3. Pour the cheesecake batter onto the prepared springform pan. Make a water bath. Wrap the springform pan in heavy foil going up at least an inch above the edge of the pan. Place the springform pan in a bigger pan and fill the latter with hot water up to the middle of the springform pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes. 
  4. When done, transfer the cake to a rack and cool completely. Refrigerate. The cake can be done two days ahead. Once it’s completely cool, prepare the strawberry sauce.
  5. To make the sauce, in a small saucepan combine the strawberries, sugar and lemon zest, and juice and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Cook until the fruits begin to break down and release their juices at the same time mashing a few berries to help in the process. Continue to cook until the sauce thickens roughly 12-15 minutes. Leave to cool before spreading on the cheesecake. You may also opt to just add the sauce per individual slice instead of the entire cake. Store in the refrigerator if not using right away. Enjoy!

FOR FULL RECIPE & INSTRUCTIONS, see the recipe card below.

Deliciously creamy and fruity cheesecake with a luscious sweet-tangy strawberry sauce that brings this dessert over the top. Best way to welcome Spring!

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YUMMY STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE

Deliciously creamy and fruity cheesecake with a luscious sweet-tangy strawberry sauce that brings this dessert over the top. Best way to welcome Spring!

Course Dessert, Desserts
Cuisine American, Great Britain
Keyword delish strawberry cheesecake, easy strawberry cheesecake recipe, strawberry cheesecake cake, strawberry cheesecake topping, yummy strawberry cheesecake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 10
Author Manila Spoon

Ingredients

For the Cheesecake

  • 2 cups graham crackers or digestive biscuit crumbs 
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 [8 oz} blocks of cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the Strawberry Sauce

  • 1 pint plus ½ cup strawberries, rinsed and top removed then coarsely chopped
  • cup 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1 lemon, zested plus juice half of the lemon for the sauce

Instructions

For the Cheesecake

  1. To make the crust, combine the graham cracker or digestive biscuit crumbs, sugar and melted butter in a bowl and mix until evenly moistened. Press the crumb mixture into a greased 9-inch springform pan using the smooth bottom of a glass and spread on the bottom and sides. Set aside.

  2. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until soft, creamy and smooth (no lumps). Add the sugar slowly and continue to beat. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract with the last egg.  Occasionally scrape the sides of the mixing bowl to ensure that there are no lumps remaining on the side or at the bottom.

  3. Pour the cheesecake batter onto the prepared springform pan. Make a water bath. Wrap the springform pan in heavy foil going up at least an inch above the edge of the pan. Place the springform pan in a bigger pan and fill the latter with hot water up to the middle of the springform pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes or until fully set though it may still be slightlyt soft in the middle.

  4. When done, transfer the cake to a rack and cool completely. Refrigerate. The cake can be done two days ahead. Once it’s completely cool, prepare the strawberry sauce.

For the Strawberry Sauce or Topping

  1. To make the sauce, in a small saucepan combine the strawberries, sugar, lemon zest and juice and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Cook until the fruits begin to break down and release their juices at the same time mashing a few berries to help in the process. Continue to cook until the sauce thickens roughly 12-15 minutes. Leave to cool before spreading on the cheesecake. You may also opt to just add the sauce per individual slice instead of the entire cake. Store in the refrigerator if not using right away. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: 

The water bath is optional. This is to ensure the cake remains flat on top and avoid cracks. Do this if you prefer that.

If you don't use the water bath, the cheesecake may brown on the edges and may even crack in the middle but that’s perfectly fine. I don’t worry much about the cracks as the cheesecake would be covered on top with the sauce anyway. Besides, the sinking or cracking creates a space on top of the cake where you could add the sauce. It also won’t affect the cheesecake’s taste one bit. It’s all up to you.

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31 Comments

  1. March 30, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    Summer strawberries are the best! And this is just such a divine way to serve them, I mean, who doesn't LOVE cheesecake! Yummers!

  2. March 31, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    The cheesecake looks so creamy. Great photos, and it is absolutely dreamy with the strawberries topping.

  3. March 31, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    There is nothing more perfect than a strawberry cheesecake in summer – Can't wait for strawberry season to come again. The topping looks so yum.

  4. March 31, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    I'm definitely ready for Spring and all these beautiful looking strawberries. My family loves cheesecake as well so I know that would love if I made this beautiful one.

  5. April 1, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    Wow does this look delicious. I love a good cheesecake, and strawberries are one of my favourite berries to use. Looks so pretty too.

  6. April 1, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    Wow!! Yummy..Mouthwatering Cheesecake

  7. April 2, 2017 / 8:37 am

    That my ultimate Indian summer treat. However I don't tend to make it when we don't have an AC because it just melts away while making it. But the AC is suppose to come (I hope soon!) and then I will try your version!

  8. April 2, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    Cheesecake is at the top of my favorite foods list. This one with the strawberries just running all over it has me wondering if I have things to make it on hand or if I need to run to the grocery!

  9. April 2, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    The color, the texture, everything about this Cheesecake is right on spot! I am so scared to make cheesecakes and just seeing your gorgeous pictures wants me to try them badly!

  10. April 2, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    Wow – I've seen a lot of cheesecakes in my days of working in a restaurant, but none that ever looked that good. It looks absolutely gorgeous!

    • April 3, 2017 / 3:46 pm

      Aww! You are so very kind! I take that as a huge compliment! Thanks!

  11. April 3, 2017 / 12:11 am

    Beautiful color love those red strawberry sauce and white creamy cheese cake layer is perfect. My hubby loves strawberry cheesecake will try your recipe.

  12. April 3, 2017 / 4:14 am

    What a great classic recipe. Strawberries and cheesecake are a very nice combination and even better when using local seasonal berries yummy!

  13. April 3, 2017 / 6:49 am

    OMG this looks so good and Strawberry Cheesecake is my Fav of all the flavors. This looks so lush and easy to make too. I'll try it during one of the summer parties.

  14. April 3, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    I love cheesecake. When we travelled to New York I wanted a slice of authentic NY cheesecake from Carnegie Deli! I love the creamy texture and how it lends itself to any berry! We have a fight in our house. Most like blueberry but I am a raspberry fan. That tartness!! Homemade sauce is always the best, especially with strawberries!

  15. April 3, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    I'm a huge HUGE fan of cheesecakes! I can't control myself around cheesecakes, to be honest… This strawberry cheesecake looks heavenly delicious. It's perfect for welcoming spring 🙂 Just look at that strawberry topping… oh my… YUM! A must try!

  16. April 3, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    I can't wait until Strawberry season here in Minnesota! This will be on my list for sure!

  17. April 3, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    What a wonderful way to welcome spring! I love me some cheesecake. I especially like how you could make the same recipe, but vary the topping – and people think it's a whole new dessert!

  18. April 5, 2017 / 1:11 am

    I wish I could pin the recipe.

    • April 6, 2017 / 9:35 pm

      Please do not copy the recipe and pin the entire recipe as it's protected by copyright and I don't authorize it. You can copy it for your own need but please don't publish it. Thank you!

  19. April 6, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    What a BEAUTIFUL cheesecake that simply screams spring! This certainly wouldn't last long at my house.

  20. April from WI
    June 17, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    I am making this now, In the oven! Can't wait to try a bite. Its Really for hubbs for fathers day! Thank you!

  21. Carolyn Ingram
    November 3, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    I love strawberry cheesecake! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  22. Danielle
    February 13, 2021 / 7:11 pm

    5 stars
    I made this for an early Valentine’s dinner. So delicious! My husband loved it.

  23. Denay DeGuzman
    February 13, 2021 / 7:31 pm

    5 stars
    Strawberry cheesecake is a spring staple and Valentine’s Day favorite! Your recipe was delicious and easy to make.

  24. Cathleen
    February 13, 2021 / 7:56 pm

    5 stars
    I have always wanted to make cheesecake but I always end up chickening out. This strawberry cheesecake looks perfect, I have got to make it now!!

  25. Anjali
    February 13, 2021 / 8:05 pm

    5 stars
    This looks so fresh and satisfying!! I love strawberry cheesecake and can’t wait to try your version!!

  26. Priya Lakshminarayan
    February 13, 2021 / 8:08 pm

    5 stars
    I am a sucker for cheesecakes! This strawberry cheesecake looks so tempting and love how easy your recipe is!

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