RECIPE: Classic New York Cheesecake, a Baked Dessert Favourite!


If you’ve never tried making a baked cheesecake dessert, there’s no better time to seize the day than now with this classic New York cheesecake recipe!

New York cheesecake, not just for the Big Apple

Wondering what the difference is between a regular cheesecake and a New York cheesecake? Put your mind at ease. A New York cheesecake is known to be generally larger, richer and more indulgent than a traditional cheesecake. In true American style, more is more and bigger is better. And we couldn’t agree more.

What are the points of difference between a regular cheesecake and a New York cheesecake? Think more cream cheese, and more rich egg yolks, with some recipes even including the addition of sour cream to amp up that decadence and treat you to a truly unforgettable cheesecake experience.

And finally, the New York cheesecake is a baked cheesecake. Drool.

New York cheesecake? Shut up and take my cheesecake-loving money. via GIPHY

Ready to have a go at baking your very own New York cheesecake? Let’s go!

Classic New York cheesecake recipe

Serves: 10


  • 250g Arnott’s Nice biscuits
  • 125g butter, melted
  • 750g cream cheese, room temperature
  • 215g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp Queen vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tsp lemon zest, finely grated
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 200ml light sour cream

To serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C and line the base of a 23cm springform pan with baking paper.
  2. Place the biscuits in a food processor and process until they are finely crushed. Pour in the melted butter and whizz until well combined.
  3. Pour the biscuit crumbs into the prepared cake tin and press the mixture into the base of the pan, spreading it up the sides. Press it firmly to stay in place. Cover with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for half an hour to cool.
  4. Using an electric beater or stand mixer, beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla bean paste and lemon rind in a bowl until just combined. Sift in the flour and beat it through. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after adding each one.
  5. Pour in the sour cream and stir it through the mixture until just combined.
  6. Pour the cheesecake mixture into the base of the cake tin. Place the cake tin on a baking tray and bake for 75 to 90 minutes or until the New York cheesecake is just set in the middle.
  7. Once cooked, leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door ajar for a few hours or until cooled completely (to prevent the surface from cracking). Place in the fridge for four hours to chill all the way through.
  8. Cut into slices to serve.

What to serve with your New York cheesecake?

A New York cheesecake is an amazing canvas for dressing up with some delicious colour, choose fresh berries or a berry coulis. Chocolate loves might love a chocolate sauce but cheesecake purists will be more than happy just with a dollop of sweet whipped cream on top. Yum!

New York cheesecake recipe
Serve New York cheesecake with fresh fruit or whipped cream – either way, delicious! Source: Bigstock

But wait, there’s more!

Want some more amazing cheesecake dessert ideas? Take a look at these glorious no-bake cheesecake recipes below.

Tell us, what’s your preference – do you fancy a baked cheesecake, New York cheesecake style or does your heart lie with the traditional, no-bake version? Spoiler alert: there is NO right or wrong answer, we don’t discriminate, and we love ALL cheesecake!

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South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!

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