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Cheesecake Ice Cream with Strawberry Sauce

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This rich, velvety Cheesecake Ice Cream Recipe pairs deliciously with a fresh Strawberry Sauce!

When the weather finally warmed up this spring, it was time to break out the ice cream maker and churn up one delicious frozen cheesecake dessert.

Cheesecake Ice Cream with Strawberry Sauce in a teacup viewed from above

Cheesecake Ice Cream with Strawberry Sauce

My daughter’s palate is a bit of a mystery. She avoids the intensely chocolate desserts that the rest of the family craves; but one thing is certain: she loves her cheesecake.  So when I saw that Nigella had a cheesecake ice cream, I knew it was kismet.

I decided not to swirl any graham cracker crumbs into the softened ice cream. Katie also has textural issues due to her cerebral palsy. This fabulous frozen delight paired perfectly with a gorgeous strawberry sauce made from fresh, ripe berries.

Sweet, smooth and tangy with the flavor of the finest cheesecake, I savored every cool bite with the berry sauce. Bill was game for a simple strawberry cheesecake ice cream sundae, too. Katie enjoyed her cheesecake ice cream plain. Cool down all summer long with this dreamy cheesecake ice cream!!

Cheesecake Ice Cream in a white ceramic loaf pan with fresh strawberries

Tips for Making a Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Sundae

If you have an ice cream maker, you’re halfway there! Once you make the cheesecake custard, all that’s left is plugging in your appliance and letting it do the work!

When you make ice cream, you’ll want to see ingredients like heavy cream and eggs in the recipe. They’ll give your ice cream the luscious mouthfeel you expect from a premium ice cream.  The cream cheese also gives a boost to the velvety nature of this cheesecake ice cream recipe.

  • PRO-Tip: Make sure the freezer bowl for your ice cream maker has been in the freezer for about 24 hours for the best results. Any less, the ice cream may not freeze to it’s full capacity.
  • I keep mine wrapped in a plastic bag so no frost develops on the surface.
  • PRO-Tip: Use low heat and stir constantly when heating your custard. Since there is egg in the mixture, small pieces can cook resulting in a not so smooth custard and then possibly a substandard ice cream.
  • If your custard curdles, you can vigorously whip it to smooth it out. Alternatively, you can strain it through a sieve, but you will then lose some of the desirable fat in the egg bits that are removed. Best to be patient while cooking the custard to avoid the consequences.
  • Once your ice cream is frozen, scoop it out into serving bowls, top with the berry sauce and even a dollop of freshly whipped, sweetened whipped cream. A fresh berry garnish and sprig of mint will make it extra festive.

More Ice Cream Recipes You’ll Love

Once the temps start rising, ice cream cones and sundaes become a perfect way to cool off from the inside out! Once the Southern peaches begin arriving at our local produce stand, it’s inevitable that Fresh Peach Ice Cream will be in the freezer. My coffee loving sons and I are always game for this Mocha Ice Cream with Marshmallow Cream Sauce, and everyone adores this Fudge Topped Ice Cream Pie. Plus you’ll want to check out all my Dessert Recipes.

For alternative toppings, try this Homemade Hot Fudge, Microwave Caramel Sauce or Raspberry Sauce.

Add to Your Shopping List:

  • Kitchen staples: sugar, vanilla extract, eggs
  • Whole milk
  • Heavy cream
  • Cream Cheese
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh lemon

Cheesecake Ice Cream with Strawberry Sauce in a white teacup with a red handled spoon

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Cheesecake Ice Cream with Strawberry Sauce in a white teacup with a red handled spoon

Cheesecake Ice Cream with Strawberry Sauce

A luscious, rich ice cream that tastes like your favorite vanilla cheesecake!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 8 servings


Strawberry Sauce:

  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Ice Cream:

  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • Juice of ½ lemon, about 1 tablespoon
  • 1½ cups heavy cream, lightly whipped


Slice the berries and cook with sugar and vanilla over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until the sugar melts and berries are soft.  Cool before serving over ice cream or cheesecake.

In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, vanilla and egg. Pour the milk into a saucepan and heat until it begins to simmer.

Remove the milk from the heat and with the your mixture turned to low, slowly pour the hot milk into the cream cheese mixture.

Rinse out the saucepan and add the mixture back to the pan, cook while whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens into a rich custard.

Remove from heat, then pour into a bowl and let it cool. Fold in the lemon juice and then the heavy cream.

Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.


Recipe adapted from Nigella Lawson.


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This post debuted in July, 2011. The text and photos were updated in 2019.

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73 comments on “Cheesecake Ice Cream with Strawberry Sauce”

  1. If I could I would eat this right now for breakfast!

  2. Lizzy, love the strawberry hearts and the combination of cooked and raw strawberry.

  3. Don’t get me wrong, I like chocolate; but, I’m with your daughter, give me cheesecake! That’s something I never turn down! And your photographs are works of art here. Beautiful!

  4. Liz, you MUST try Debby’s /FoodieWife’s method for cheesecake ice cream w/ crust (although I see that Katie isn’t wild re crust)! It is SO good (I made a blueberry version). I’d love to know how it compares with Nigella’s:

    Again, your photos are beautifully styled.

  5. Anything that Nigella makes is always a winner. Your cheesecake ice cream with the strawberry sauce and fresh strawberries, are totally droolworthy, Lizzy. I like your new style of your photos, they are exquisite…but oh, that ice cream makes me drool!!!

  6. Nice choice, Lizzy! And, I love how your strawberries turned out like little hearts!

  7. Yum! Ice cream with strawberries taste really great.. And especially when it’s cheesecake ice cream.

  8. I’ll be checking out this group. Thank you for the link. This sounds and looks so delicious. I would love a bowl of this to enjoy outside while we soak up the sun. Yummy!

  9. Oh my! Cheesecake ice cream? This is incredible and love the idea with these strawberries and sauce. Even your strobs are cute – one looks like a wee heart!

  10. This has to be a great tasting ice cream. It looks marvalous, Lizzy 🙂

  11. Oh my goodness Lizzy, now after reading the recipe I want it even more. I love cheesecake and lately ice-cream seems to be the meal of the day.
    Wish I have a big bowl right now!

  12. You have improved on original recipe!

  13. Cheesecake ice cream? Never heard of it and would certainly love to have some

  14. This is so original , i love it !

  15. Great minds think alike? 🙂 I’m making Cheesecake Ice Cream for my Nigella Forever entry, too! I’m planning on doing the whole digestive biscuit thing (maybe I can even get my act together to make them myself?). I’m glad you liked it–now I need to go make mine before the deadline!

  16. great flavors! this sounds like a fun group, i always like to see what people come up with!

  17. Who wouldnt love this recipe, one of my favorite flavors for it too

  18. This threesome (cheesecake, berries and ice cream) is making my mouth water. What a fantastic summer treat. Yum!

  19. Hand me a spoon. That’s a little bit of heaven in a bowl.

  20. Man, yet another reason to get an ice cream maker: combining two of my faves, berries and cheesecake. Nigella is such a winner when it comes to decadence…

  21. Wow that ice cream must be so rich and delicious! Anything cheesecake is bound to be amazing!

  22. What a fabulous summer dessert! Love how you cut the strawberries into hearts. <3

  23. Look amaziong Lizy!! gloria

  24. Your daughter just has the right priorities…cheese over chocolate! My kind of girl 🙂 This ice cream looks amazing!

  25. I like cheesecake more than chocolate also so this ice cream is definitely for me. Love that it has all those beautiful strawberries as toppings. Just divine!

  26. Awesome ice cream!

  27. Great looking ice cream! I pick chocolate over cheesecake every time, but variety is good too!

  28. Oh my goodness oh my goodness… I loooove me some cheesecake ice cream! That sounds amazing!

  29. I’m gonna have to go with the chocolate side but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t eat this! Yum!

  30. Lizzy this looks and sounds amazing! Just SU’ed!!!

  31. I love it – cheesecake ice cream has to be a rich, decadent treat! Lizzy, your photos are incredible! What a beautiful dessert!

  32. My husband loves cheesecake too, he would love this!

  33. Cheesecake ice cream sounds outrageous! Looks so pretty with all those strawberries!

  34. Cheesecake icecream!!! I’ve actually never had it though I’ve been reading about it more often. Sounds absolutely divine. And the strawberry sauce?? Yep… that will do!

  35. I never had cheesecake ice cream before… and it looks amazing! I love the strawberry sauce on it too! Great recipe as always! <3

    • Palate is a very interesting thing indeed! Just one year ago I would normally opt for decadent ice cream flavours and reject the fruity ones (Except probably mango and raspberry). And now I’ve grown a huge fan of strawberry ice cream and some other flavours. I do love cheesecake ice cream for being silky and smooth while not being too heavy. You’ve created a wonderful summer dessert, Liz!

  36. Sounds like an awesome ice cream flavor! Excellent with strawberry sauce.

  37. Lizzy, your kids are the luckiest having you as a mom! I wish I can have homemade ice cream ready for me. I love the fresh strawberry sauce on top!

  38. I’m not a huge fan of cheesecake but I do love ice cream and my fiance would go gaga over this!

  39. That sounds wonderful! Can’t believe I’ve not come across this Nigella recipe before. Thanks for taking part in Forever Nigella!

  40. I love cheesecake but don’t like the heaviness of this so it’s got to be a perfect way to have my cake and eat it too 🙂 Kate @kateiscooking – google never cooperates when I’m at the office so I’m anon yet again…

  41. I can’t imagine not liking chocolate, but I certainly would like this, too!

  42. That’s a very nice way to serve strawberries!

  43. With this awful heat this looks so appealing. I love cheesecake and strawberries so this is especially appealing. The way you display and plate all your dishes always catch my eye. I have to say you are one of my favorite blogs!

  44. Hi, I’m new to your blog. Love it. I’m with Katie on the cream cheese vs. chocolate thing. (Recently developed an allergy to chocolate…how inconvenient is that?) Anyway, this look wonderful.

  45. Que delícia!
    Quero um.


  46. Love strawberries and cheesecake. Nothing better. This looks just divine. I would love a bowl right now.

  47. That looks incredibly creamy and smooth!

  48. I sent my ice cream maker home with Jay a couple years ago… I’m thinking I might need to get it back:@)

  49. Its surprising the weather here has not warmed up here yet and its going to be June in few days. But one can never say No to ice cream, isn’t it? Writing a comment on your blogpost after ages, Liz but you know that I am really a fan of your recipes, the images you capture. You have a style.

  50. You do not need to ask us more than once… a triple scoop please! What a fabulous combo of flavors. Strawberries are super beautiful at the market and just came home with 2 cartons. You can’t eat strawberries without ice cream. Can you? LOL

  51. I love cheesecake and the idea of turning that flavor profile into ice cream is beyond delicious … and then paired with that strawberry sauce, I truly can’t wait to make this!! Brava Liz!

  52. What a refreshing take on cheesecake! This dessert is simply stunning!

  53. Absolutely vote for cheese cake everything, same as your princess 🙂

  54. Oh, wow — terrific ice cream! I’m a sucker for cheesecake, and I know I’ve mentioned loads of time, and will take it any way you wanna dish it up. At this time of the year, dishing it up as ice cream is a brilliant idea! This looks great — thanks.

  55. So smart – to create an ice cream with the elements of cheesecake. I am a huge chocolate lover but my love of strawberries makes this dessert a winner in my eyes (and mouth)

  56. Wow! The texture of this cheesecake ice cream is perfect! I love your “pro tips,” so helpful in achieving a perfect result. Topped with that gorgeous strawberry sauce, this is a perfect late spring – early summer dessert!

  57. What a dreamy recipe! I absolutely love when strawberry season arrives — and this dessert is the perfect way to welcome it. Your recipes always look divine.

    🙂 P.S. I listened to your interview with Elaine Benoit on her podcast and feel like I got to know your blog. Sounded great, so here I am. 🙂 ~Valentina

  58. I do love making homemade ice cream and I do love cheesecake so this appears to be a match made in heaven for me…now if only the appearance of warm weather would take place.

    Sounds absolutely delicious Liz!

  59. Your desserts always look and sound amazing and this Cheesecake Ice Cream is no exception! I love to make ice cream but don’t do it often enough. This recipe is definitely going to make me get my ice cream maker out!

  60. What a great way to enjoy cheesecake! I love homemade ice cream and with strawberry sauce, I’m completely smitten with this flavor.

  61. Love a cheese based icecream. There is that little kokumi thing that does the trick for me!! Spectacular recipe!

  62. You combined two of my favorite desserts! YUM!

  63. What a way to kick off the summer season! Putting the ice cream bowl in a plastic bag before placing it in the freezer, is a simple idea that I never thought of. Thanks friend!

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