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When I spy luscious, ripe strawberries in the market, a beautiful berry dessert like this incredible Strawberry Topped Cheesecake is destined to be on the menu.

A buttery, graham cracker crust encases a creamy vanilla cheesecake, then is crowned with fragrant strawberries for an impressive dessert.

Strawberry Topped Cheesecake on white serving plate

Strawberry Topped Cheesecake

I first tasted this strawberry topped cheesecake for a teacher’s luncheon when my youngest was in high school. I was chairing the event and more than one teacher asked for the recipe. You know I was happy to ask for it!

Since that time, I’ve made it for a baby shower and just recently for a small dinner party at our home. There were literally swoons, and the ultimate compliment when one fellow asked if he could take a slice home (I did offer earlier!). I do recall a best cheesecake I’ve ever tasted comment, too….

Strawberry Topped Cheesecake Slice on a white plate with a red handled fork

Tips for Making a Perfect Cheesecake

This cheesecake didn’t become the show stopping sensation without a few tricks. I’m sharing those tips for making the perfect cheesecake with you today.

  • PRO-Tip: One of the key points for a luscious, creamy cheesecake filling is to have all ingredients, especially the eggs and cream cheese, at room temperature.
  • This means taking these ingredients out of the refrigerator an hour before you begin mixing. I like to set my eggs in a bowl of warm water to hurry the process along.
  • PRO-Tip: When mixing the cheesecake batter, use the paddle attachment, not the whisk. This prevents excess air from making a lighter versus dense filling.
  • When adding the eggs, add one at a time mixing until just incorporated.
  • Often a cheesecake is baked in a water bath  which keeps the baking temperature stable and is thought to prevent cracking. Since this cheesecake is topped with a sour cream mixture, avoiding cracks is not as crucial.
  • When using a water bath or bain marie, wrap your pan in a double layer of foil to help prevent leakage of water into the springform pan.
  • You cannot use the same toothpick test to check for doneness as you do with a layer cake. Instead look for the top to be mostly set. It’s OK for a little jiggle in the very center as there will be a bit of residual cooking after it comes out of the oven.
  • I have a new oven and what used to take 55 minutes in my old oven took an extra 20 minutes in my new (and recently calibrated) oven.
  • PRO-Tip: Besides the room temperature ingredients, beating with a paddle attachment, the 3rd key tip is to bring the cheesecake out of the refrigerator at least an hour before serving!
  • Cheesecake absolutely tastes better when it’s not cold. But remember, the FDA recommends that perishable foods should not remain at room temperature longer than 2 hours, so tuck leftovers back in the refrigerator after serving.
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Strawberry Topped Cheesecake Slice on a white plate with a red handled fork

Strawberry Topped Cheesecake

A creamy, decadent cheesecake topped with glazed strawberries

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 65 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Mixing, Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 20 whole graham crackers (10 ounces, broken into pieces)
  • 3/4 cup 1 1/2 sticks cold butter, diced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Filling:

  • 4 8- ounce packages of cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 5 eggs (at room temperature)

Topping:

  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Fresh strawberries (hulled (I used 32 ounces))
  • Jar of red currant jelly (or raspberry jelly)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Add graham crackers, butter and brown sugar to food processor and pulse till crumbs start to stick together. Press crumbs on bottom and most of the way up the sides of a 10 inch springform pan with 3 inch sides. Bake 10 minutes. Cool on rack. Keep oven on while preparing filling.
  2. With paddle attachment, beat cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and salt together till very smooth, scraping down edges of bowl as needed. Add flour and mix till combined. Add eggs, one at a time, just till incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  3. Pour batter into crust and bake about 55 minutes. Center should be just set and top will be puffed and brown in spots. Cool on rack for 10 minutes while preparing topping. Keep oven on.
  4. Mix sour cream, sugar and vanilla. Spread over top of cake, stopping just short of the edge. Bake for 5 minutes. Run knife around perimeter of cheesecake. Allow to cool on rack, then cover and chill overnight.
  5. Before serving, release sides of springform pan. Arrange whole berries, pointed sides up, over top of cheesecake. Gently melt jelly in microwave, then allow to cool to lukewarm. Brush over top of berries to glaze. Berries may be glazed up to 6 hours before serving. May serve with extra glaze if desired.

Notes

Adapted from Bon Appetit

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123 comments on “Strawberry Topped Cheesecake”

  1. i’ve never seen a cheesecake so covered in strawberries. what a visual treat before the real treat:)

  2. Beautiful strawberry cheesecake. I would love some. Very nice interview, I read it earlier, congrats.

  3. Oh my, what a glorious cheesecake! Doesn’t time fly? One of my co-workers (younger than me) today announced she was pregnant!
    Looks like a perfect treat for a baby shower 🙂

  4. This really looks fantastic! I love the bright pop of color, definitely makes me ready for summer. 🙂

  5. Small world Lizzy – I posted a Bon Appetit cheesecake today too. Wanna trade a piece?

    🙂
    ButterYum

  6. This cheesecake looks wonderful! I can’t wait until strawberries are in season!!!!

    I love the idea of glazing the strawberries with melted jam, brilliant and something I am def going to have to try!!!

  7. Oh, Lizzy! That cake is so luscious! Spring is on the way, isn’t it??!!!

  8. My goodness you don’t look like you could have a daughter that has a friend that could be having a baby! WOW. Girl you are a baby yourself! Serious good genes! The cheese cake is amazing, how do you ever look so great and eat all of these gorgeous treats! WOW!~

  9. My friends are all having babies. How did I get this old? This looks like a marvelous cheesecake. Love the strawberries!

  10. The interview was great, Liz. And this recipe…well, you’ve hit on my favorite dessert on earth. Strawberry topped cheesecake is a NY steakhouse classic and I’ve loved it my whole life. I try to resist cheesecake throughout the year but a steak dinner and cheesecake dessert is what I always want on my birthday! Yummmm

  11. Cheese cake with strawberry looks delicious. Nice interview too.

  12. Holy moly! That’s gorgeous!

  13. so beautiful!

  14. Gorgeous, what beautiful strawberries!

  15. so elegant! looks beautiful

  16. This cheesecake looks divine. I would have a second piece too!

  17. I think I’ve found the cheesecake of my dreams!!! Spring is here;-)

  18. What a beautiful cheesecake! This makes such a stunning presentation.

  19. That looks so good. Of all the things I’ve wanted to bake, this would be one of them.

    Maybe after finals…

  20. Oh my, I quit asking how I got this old a long time ago! I’m not too old however to recognize a great look, no, make that a fabulous looking cheesecake!

  21. I can’t tell that you are going to be grandmother looking at your picture. You did very well maintaining yourself…

    This cake is beautiful. Your daughter and her arriving baby is so lucky to have you! Congratulation!

  22. looks wonderful

  23. You are simply killing me! What a divine cheesecake *lipsmackingly good* 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  24. Lizzy this is a stunner. I bet there wasn´t a crumb left at the baby shower.

  25. Hi Lizzy! I truly enjoyed reading your interview and gave me a hope that I can be a good baker one day since my mom is not a baker too. =) Maybe I am hoping too much (to be like you). LOL. Your strawberry cheesecake is gorgeous! Your daughter must be very proud of having a great baker mom! 🙂

  26. Thanks for the ultimate cheesecake recipe

  27. holy yum! these look fantastic, i LOVE the way u have decorated them with whole strawberries

  28. baby shower! What a joy! You really made a great cake.. 🙂

  29. Loved your interview over at Spicie Foodie, Liz, and as for this incredible cheesecake, it certainly is a show stopper! Crikey – the babies are starting… you’re too young!

  30. You’ve definitely got me craving a cheesecake. Yum!

  31. That’s a knock out dessert! Love the presentation.

  32. A perfect dessert for a baby shower–it is gorgeous with all those strawberries on top.

  33. Gorgeous!! I love the whole strawberries on top, it makes a beautiful and simple decoration. A perfect baby shower treat for sure!

  34. I just love cheesecake and those strawberries on top are just perfection!!

  35. Totally sheer elegance!!!
    Your cheesecake, topped with the most perfect and gorgeous strawberries, and the perfect glaze is mesmerizing, and you are such a great and accomodating lovely person and an incredible baker, that any lucky person that gets your treats is so BLESSED!
    A God-given natural baking talent you have there, my dear friend Lizzy!
    xoxo
    Lizzie

  36. Cheesecake is a favorite of mine and this one looks fabulous! Such a pretty presentation! Perfect for a baby shower!

  37. What a beautiful cheesecake! Show stopper indeed! I love the strawberries on top. This one is a keeper for sure!

  38. I am eating some strawberries as I see this post! I love cheese cake and I love strawberries . I am drooling here.. seriously!!

  39. This looks simply divine! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday! I hope you’ll stop back soon 🙂

  40. Hi Lizzy, Everyone loves cheesecake, and yours is similar to the N.Y. cheesecake I make, so I know it’s wonderful! This is one of my son’s favorite desserts; but since I made one for his last birthday, I think I’m gonna try something different this year for him…you know March is the month of BD’s in my family!

    I know what you mean about it being weird that your daughter is hosting baby showers! When I see girls that grew up w/my daughter with their own children and acting as responsible adults, it’s so mind boggling!

  41. Lizzy, sorry for not dropping by sooner but honestly I have had my eye pinned on this cheesecake for days =) It’s simply gorgeous and I love the glaze over the berries – it adds so much to an already beautiful dessert. I am featuring this post in today’s Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. It’s a pleasure following your creations…

  42. That is definitely a show stopper! Gorgeous Cheesecake.

  43. That is one seriously gorgeous cheesecake!

  44. That cheesecake is one of the most gorgeous I have seen!!!! I am loving the glaze over the fresh berries!!! Thank you for sharing on Trick or Treat Tuesday!!!

  45. what a lovely cheesecake! I love the glazed strawberries they looked so luscious!

  46. Liz I made this for my friend’s birthday last night. It was a huge hit and my first time attempting a cheesecake. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

  47. This has become my favorite dessert!

  48. This is my family’s new favorite dessert! So yummy!

  49. What a stunning cake! Can’t take my eyes off from that tender smooth texture and gorgeous berry topping!

  50. Yes please! I’ve only made a cheesecake with the sour cream topping once, it was great! You’re enticing me make another one:@) I’m looking forward to fresh strawberries, my projects this weekend were using the frozen blueberries from my son’s garden.

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