Strawberry Cheesecake

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Strawberry Cheesecake recipe is super easy to make with a perfectly creamy and delicious filling. Topped with a strawberry glaze made with fresh and juicy strawberries. This Cheesecake tastes better than the Cheesecake Factory version!

This cheesecake recipe is becoming one of our favorites. But you should try out some of our equally great cakes like this Mini Oreo Cheesecake, a tie-up of cakes Carrot Cake Cheesecake and another classic combo Red Velvet Cake!

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Strawberry Cheesecake is easily a go-to recipe in our wide range of featured cheesecakes. Whether you are craving for a cake, pie or bars you can check out and try our vast collection of dessert concoctions. We love this particular recipe because of its perfect combination of sweet and tangy flavors. And it’s such a comfort food too. 

Each layer has its own merits. The crust is exceptional because of its simplicity, buttery taste and a hint of cinnamon. The filling is so creamy because of the blend of cream cheese, cream, and sour cream. The topping uses fresh strawberries and nothing bits fresh fruits in a sweet syrupy glaze!

WHAT IS A CHEESECAKE?

They are excellent desserts, especially for the hot summer nights. The crust and the filling are constants but you can play around with this by changing the toppings. There are two ways you can do this dessert, baked and unbaked. But both are great because of the tang given off by the cream cheese!

HOW DO YOU MAKE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE?

  1. If you are into baking, this recipe is pretty simple to do! First, you have to make the crust by mixing graham crackers with the rest of the ingredients listed below in the recipe. Press it down on a springform pan and chill in the refrigerator.
  2. Next, make your filling. At first, you have to make sure that all the ingredients for this are at room temperature. Beat the cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time to blend.
  3. Fold in the sour cream until combined and add in the flour and the rest of the ingredients. Pour into the prepared crust and bake in a preheated oven until done.
  4. While baking, never open the oven door, not even to peek through until you have reached the 40-minute mark! Then bake until done.
  5. Last is the topping. Just combine fresh strawberries with the easy to make syrup and pour on top of the chilled cake.

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HOW DO YOU KEEP THE CHEESECAKE FROM FALLING?

You just have to be patient and not open the oven door before the 40-minute mark, and you will be fine. Cheesecakes are like divas, it cannot come out before it’s ready! The result is well worth the wait though.

How do you prevent cracks in a cheesecake?

These pesky cracks are easy to prevent. Just don’t over beat and over bake the filling. Cracks occur when you over beat the filling. Air bubbles form and gets trapped in the mixture. Once you bake, they try to escape by going up to the surface, thus, the cracks.

HOW DO YOU MAKE A CREAMY CHEESECAKE?

You can elevate the creaminess of a regular cheesecake by simply using full-fat cream cheese and full-fat sour cream. 

WHAT IS A WATER BATH?

A water bath is just an additional pan of water in the oven while the cheesecake is being baked. This adds moisture in the oven that prevents the cake from overheating and cracking.

HOW DO YOU BAKE A CHEESECAKE WITHOUT A WATER BATH?

Simply put the pan in a preheated oven. If you are worried about the cracking, we added flour to the recipe that will help in minimizing the cracks. The starch protects the egg mixture to over coagulate and prevent the appearance of cracks.

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HOW DO YOU STORE CHEESECAKE?

Leftover is equally amazing, so just place it in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for a week.

CAN YOU FREEZE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE?

Definitely! Just wrap it in foil and place in a heavy-duty freezer bags. It can last up to 2 – 3 months in the freezer.

HOW LONG CAN A CHEESECAKE SIT OUT?

Strawberry cheesecake is best served chilled, so it can only sit out for an hour. To prevent a sad looking cake, simply bring it out whenever you need it!

HOW DO YOU MAKE THE STRAWBERRY TOPPING?

This is the easiest part of the whole thing! Simply combine strawberry jam with water and lemon juice, then microwave to make a syrup. Next, combine the syrup with the fresh strawberries until evenly coated.

HOW DO YOU STORE STRAWBERRY TOPPING?

Store the strawberry topping in clean and dry airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.

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CAN YOU FREEZE STRAWBERRY TOPPING?

You sure can! Just store in airtight containers and freeze! These will last inside a freezer for 2 – 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator the day before you need it.

Recipe Tips:

  • Start off with all your ingredients at room temperature.
  • Mixing, blending and folding all the ingredients should be just until they are combined. Over mixing is one of the reasons for the cracks.
  • Make sure that the oven is preheated.
  • Do not constantly open the oven door once the cake is inside. Opening the door brings in air and collapses the cake.
  • After baking, turn off the heat, slightly open the oven door and cool down the cake completely before taking it out.
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Easy Strawberry Cheesecake
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 12 slices
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Total time: 1 hr 15 mins

Ingredients

Cheesecake crust:

  • 2 cups  graham cracker crumbs 
  • 2 tablespoons  white granulated sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon  cinnamon 
  • 1 stick   unsalted butter   (melted)

Cheesecake filling:

  • 4 packages   (8 ounces each) full-fat cream cheese  (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups  white granulated sugar 
  • 3  large eggs  (room temperature)
  • 8 ounces  full fat sour cream  (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup  all-purpose flour 
  • 1 tablespoon  vanilla extract 

Strawberry Topping:

  • 5 tablespoons  strawberry jam 
  • 1 tablespoon  water 
  • 1 tablespoon  lemon juice 
  • 4 cups  strawberries  (halved)
  • 1 tablespoon  lemon zest 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Adjust the top rack to be positioned in the middle of the oven.

Cheesecake crust:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and stir until well combined.
  2. Press the mixture into a 10 1/2 inches or 9 inches buttered springform pan. Using a measuring cup, press the crust and try to line the sides about to the middle of the pan edges, set aside.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
  4. Cover the outside of the springform pan with foil, the bottom, and sides. It will later be placed in a pan with water, this is done to avoid water leaking into the cake.

Cheesecake Filling:

  1. Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature before you begin.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using a hand mixer beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy on medium-low speed.
  3. Add the sugar and flour and continue beating until well combined and creamy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and beat after each addition until well combined.
  5. Add the sour cream, vanilla, and cream, and beat just until combined, stopping to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  6. Pour cheesecake batter into the prepared springform pan. Level the top with a spatula.

Bake:

  1. Place the cake in a large roasting pan, and add enough hot water, so it reaches the middle of the springform pan.
  2. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-50.
  3. Try not to open the door to the oven. At the 40 minute mark check on the cheesecake if it's done. A small area in the center should wobble slightly and the edges should be puffed.
  4. Turn oven off and prop open oven door and leave the cheesecake to cool in oven for one hour.

Chill:

  1. After one hour, remove from oven and place it on a cooling rack for about 2 hours, until the cake is cool enough to be transferred to the refrigerator.

  2. Using a butter knife, run it through the sides of the cheesecake, and transfer it to the fridge to chill for at least 6-8 hours or better overnight before serving.

Strawberry Topping:

  1. In a large bowl, combine strawberry jam with lemon juice and water. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir to combine.
  2. Stir in strawberries and lemon zest until the berries are evenly coated in the syrup.
  3. Remove the cake from pan before serving and top with the berry mixture.

  4. Serve immediately.
Calories: 475 Carbohydrates: 56 Protein: 9 Fat: 23 Saturated Fat: 13 Cholesterol: 108 Sodium: 546 Potassium: 352 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 41 Vitamin A: 785 Vitamin C: 30.3 Calcium: 172 Iron: 1.3
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Natalie

This cheesecake looks absolutely gorgeous! Simply perfect for Shavuot!

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Valerie

Cheesecake is my favorite dessert in the world and strawberries on top is one of my favorite ways to have it. I always find it fascinating that there are so many ways to make them, I have my favorite style but am open to trying most. :-)

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Brianne Tursi Manz

I am sold on this! Two of my favorites, combined into one amazing dessert. This looks amazing!

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Tara Pittman

I have not had cheesecake for a long time. This recipe looks so delicious.

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Kathy

Strawberry cheesecake is one of my favorite kinds of cheesecake. I would love to try out your recipe. It sure does look really good.

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Heather

Wow, this looks like such a simple dessert! Can't wait to give this a try!

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Kelsey

I've been looking for a new cheesecake recipe so this is great! Thanks for sharing!

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Ruth I.

I've never tried baking cheesecakes before but I've been wanting to. One of the best flavors for me is this strawberry. This looks so delicious!

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Toni

This looks so good! Totally irresistible!

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Nancy Horn

You had me at cheesecake. I love it. Add in strawberries and even make it even better. Pass me a slice.

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