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Unique Homemade Cheesecake Desserts

Homemade cheesecake is a delicious and impressive dessert. If you want to learn how to make cheesecake desserts that are creamy, smooth, and a notch above traditional cheesecake recipes, you’ve come to the right place!

Here you will find loads of delicious cheesecake recipes plus tips for how to make the best cheesecake.

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Why You Should Learn How to Make the Best Cheesecakes at Home

Here are my tips on making the best cheesecake, and my favorite recipes for unique homemade cheesecake desserts. These easy cheesecake recipes are fun to make, and they’ll impress any cheesecake lover! We’re going way beyond a simple cheesecake recipe here, though. I will definitely share my simple cheesecake recipes, but I also have recipes for homemade cheesecake bars, cheesecake parfaits, shooters, and even cheesecake stuffed cake! These unique homemade cheesecake desserts are as gorgeous as they are delicious!

  • Homemade cheesecakes can be even more delicious than those you can buy!
  • Plus, it will save you money as good quality bakery cheesecakes are expensive!
  • The options are endless once you learn the basics.

Tips for making the best homemade cheesecake:

Use the best quality kitchen tools/equipment and premium ingredients that you can afford.

There are loads of simple desserts you can make, like Jello or pudding, where the quality of kitchen tools and appliances you use to make them isn’t a big deal. Cheesecake is not that type of dessert. If you’re going to make an impressive cheesecake, use the best kitchen tools, equipment, and ingredients for the job.

For example, make sure to use a springform pan that won’t leak when it’s placed into the water bath. I bake my homemade cheesecakes in a 9-inch springform pan. For the best tasting cheesecake, use premium quality cream cheese, free-range or organic eggs, heavy whipping cream, and premium vanilla extract. You are making an elegant dessert, so this is the time to splurge on the best ingredients possible.

You’ll also want to use the right size bowl and an electric stand mixer to blend the ingredients together. A 5-quart stand mixer (or larger) allows enough room for the ingredients to move around the bowl. If the ingredients are stuffed into a small mixing bowl and you’re using a handheld electric mixer, it will be tough to obtain the correct consistency.

First of all, a hand mixer is lacking the power to do a great job creaming heavy ingredients like cream cheese. Plus, the paddle attachment is the ideal tool for incorporating the eggs without adding too much air into the batter. Too much air can result in your homemade cheesecake cracking. Who wants that???!

Start creating the recipe with your ingredients at room temperature.

Using cream cheese and eggs straight from the fridge works, but you’ll find that the cream cheese is difficult to mix and your eggs won’t incorporate easily. If you’ve ever seen little bits of cream cheese in your batter instead of a silky smooth mixture, it was because your cream cheese wasn’t soft enough. I usually pull refrigerated ingredients out of the fridge at least an hour before I begin making the cheesecake recipe.

Bake your cheesecake in a Bain Marie or Water Bath

Placing a well-wrapped cheesecake in a pan of hot water (the bain-marie) to bake helps minimize cracking. Wrap your springform pan in foil first to prevent any leaks.

The hot water helps stabilize the baking temperature as an even oven temperature will prevent a cheesecake from developing cracks across the surface. The steam produced by the bain-marie also helps keep the cheesecake super moist.

More of the Best Cheesecake Recipes:

There are a lot of cheesecake flavors to choose from here. The chances are good that you’ll only make one recipe at a time, so be sure to Pin these recipes to your favorite desserts board. That way, you can easily find them when you are in a cheesecake craving state of mind.

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Chocolate Caramel Twix Cheesecake

Twix Cheesecake combines 3 of my favorite dessert foods: Cheesecake, Chocolate, and Caramel! This decadent homemade cheesecake recipe does not disappoint!

Twix Cheesecake slice on a white dessert plate

Cheesecake Stuffed Chocolate Bundt Cake

If you want to make a cheesecake dessert to impress guests, this is the cheesecake recipe for you! This rich chocolate cake with a cheesecake stuffed center is amazing!

Cheesecake Stuffed Chocolate Bundt Cake slice on a square white plate

White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

This unique homemade cheesecake has a swirl of fresh raspberry puree throughout the white chocolate cheesecake. It’s almost too pretty to eat!

White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake slice on a white plate with fresh raspberries

Mascarpone Cheesecake

The most creamy, luscious cheesecake, made with mascarpone cheese and topped with sweetened balsamic strawberries.

Mascarpone Cheesecake slice topped with berries on a white plate and gold charger

Caramel Cheesecake

This sublime cheesecake is topped with toffee studded caramel sauce and Rolo candies. This one is RICH!

Overhead view of a Caramel Cheesecake on a white cake plate

Caramel Topped Pumpkin Cheesecake

This is the best cheesecake recipe for autumn! Creamy pumpkin cheesecake with a thick swirl of caramel sauce on top.

Caramel Topped Pumpkin Cheesecake slice on a white plate with cinnamon sticks

Ricotta Cheesecake Brownies

This rich cheesecake dessert is a combination of two of my favorite treats; fudgy brownies and cheesecake. 

Ricotta Cheesecake Brownies stacked on a square white plate

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Shooters

These exquisite cheesecake shooters are one of the simplest treats I’ve ever made. Plus, their mini size won’t make you regret a little indulgence. You’ll want to dive in!

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Shooter in small glasses topped with a single raspberry and sprig of mint

Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Parfaits

The star of this elegant homemade cheesecake dessert is the no-bake cheesecake, flavored with both white chocolate and Frangelico.

Raspberry White Chocolate Parfaits with raspberry puree and topped with fresh berries and mint

Ganache Topped Cheesecake Bars

These rich and creamy ganache topped cheesecake bars will please both cheesecake and chocolate lovers alike!

A stack of Ganache Topped Cheesecake Bars on a white plate

Mini Mascarpone Cheesecakes

These gorgeous little cheesecake desserts are filled with my homemade mascarpone cheese. Perfect cheesecake recipe for a holiday dessert platter!

Mini Mascarpone Cheesecakes on a white tray topped with raspberry sauce and raspberries

Margarita Cheesecake

This dreamy, creamy, homemade cheesecake has all the splendid flavors of a classic Margarita cocktail! A perfect, refreshing summer dessert recipe!

A slice of margarita cheesecake on a white plate

White Chocolate Frangelico Cheesecake

This white chocolate cheesecake recipe features an exquisite marriage of flavors. The Italian hazelnut liqueur adds a sublime undertone to an already delicious cheesecake.

White Chocolate Frangelico Cheesecake on a white plate topped with white chocolate curls

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Bars

These dreamy cheesecake bars have a nutty vanilla wafer crust, topped with creamy cheesecake, pecan halves, and caramel sauce. An easy homemade cheesecake recipe!

A slice of caramel pecan cheesecake bars

Lemon Bar Cheesecake

I used to think lemon bars were the best summer dessert, then I added those flavors to creamy cheesecake. This cheesecake recipe is Summer dessert-loving at its best!

Lemon Bar Cheesecake topped with lemon slices on a white cake stand

Caramel Topped Mini Cheesecakes

Close overhead view of mini cheesecakes topped with caramel and mint

These mini homemade cheesecakes combine two of my dessert obsessions, caramel, and cheesecake.  Making them in muffin tins provides the much-needed portion control!

Plus More Cheesecake Recipes You’ll Love:

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Miscellaneous Cheesecake Recipes:

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