While there's no shame in ordering a single slice of cheesecake when the craving for a creamy, silky smooth dessert strikes, there's nothing like whipping up your own to keep on-hand at all times. Once you're ready to learn how to master the art of baking a homemade cheesecake, consider these recipes, which we'd consider some of the best out there.
No matter your flavor preferences or dietary restrictions, there's a cheesecake recipe to turn you into a budding baker. From vegan matcha creations to gluten-free cherry desserts, to lavender-infused combinations, to cheesecakes made in an instant pot, there are plenty of options to choose from.
Ahead, discover 9 of the best cheesecake recipes that will ever come out of your kitchen. Whether you plan to test your skills for a night in or bring one along as your contribution to a dinner party, these cheesecakes will satisfy anyone's sweet tooth with their original flavors and fun toppings.
Coconut Carrot Cake Cheesecake
The Recipe: Coconut Carrot Cake Cheesecake
The Hero Ingredient: Greek yogurt is an unexpected ingredient that gives this sweet cheesecake an even richer, extra-moist texture.
Why We Love It: Although this dessert includes healthy ingredients like carrot and coconut, it's still a deliciously sweet treat. The playful take on traditional cheesecake comes together easily by combining cheesecake and carrot cake batter in a springform pan to bake to perfection.
Vegan Matcha Swirl Cheesecake
The Recipe: Vegan Matcha Swirl Cheesecake
The Hero Ingredient: It's no secret matcha is the star of this tasty vegan sweet with a pastel green hue.
Why We Love It: This raw, refined sugar-free, vegan cheesecake recipe couldn't be any easier to execute. It calls for just 10 ingredients, but the result will taste as though you worked on it for hours in the kitchen. Think crust made of dates and walnuts and a filling created with raw cashews, lemon, coconut milk, coconut yogurt, and matcha green tea powder.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake With Dark Chocolate Ganache
The Hero Ingredient: Peanut butter is a dominating flavor in this dessert. It's also a creamy addition to the already silky smooth filling.
Why We Love It: It's a chocolatey, peanut buttery creation that requires zero bake time. First, you'll make a ginger snap crust, then a peanut butter filling, and finally a dark chocolate ganache. Each component comes together quite quickly—just be sure to set aside time for the cheesecake to set in the refrigerator before digging in.
The Recipe: Lime Cheesecake
The Hero Ingredient: The zest from real limes gives this cheesecake its signature flavor. It's undoubtedly the hero ingredient of the recipe.
Why We Love It: While you've probably seen a lime cheesecake before, surely you've likely never made one in an Instant Pot. This recipe offers a crazy easy way to whip up a tangy, refreshing homemade cheesecake. It takes just 30 minutes to cook in the Instant Pot and then is stored in the fridge for a few hours to set.
Strawberry Ripple Almond Cheesecake
The Recipe: Strawberry Ripple Almond Cheesecake
The Hero Ingredient: Strawberries, of course. They're a sweet, fruity addition and a class cheesecake pairing.
Why We Love It: It's a vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free cheesecake that's just as creamy and delicious as any traditional creation. It's bursting with strawberry flavors and hints of almonds for an indulgent dessert you can feel good about eating.
Once it's cooled, place the cake in the freezer, removing it just a few minutes before serving to let it soften a bit.
The Recipe: Lavender Cheesecake
The Hero Ingredient: Fresh lavender buds separate this fragrant cheesecake from the rest and blend beautifully with an Earl Grey-tea flavored whipped cream topping.
Why We Love It: If you like lavender, this cheesecake is for you. It's a creamy, fragrant dessert with a traditional graham cracker crust for those with a sophisticated palate.
Gluten-Free and Vegan Cherry Cheesecake
The Recipe: Gluten-Free and Vegan Cherry Cheesecake
The Hero Ingredient: This recipe wouldn't be so sweet without the added fresh cherries (that also happen to be full of nutrients and boast myriad health benefits).
Why We Love It: This recipe is free of added sugar, gluten, and dairy for a healthier, plant-based dessert that tastes just as sweet as the real thing. Everything from the crust to the filling is made with whole food ingredients that you can feel good about filling up on.
Pumpkin Spice and Ricotta Cheesecake Bars
The Recipe: Pumpkin Spice and Ricotta Cheesecake Bars
The Hero Ingredient: Ricotta cheese may not be the first ingredient that comes to mind when you think of cheesecake, but it's what gives this treat such a light and fluffy consistency.
Why We Love It: You can whip up these rich pumpkin spice and ricotta cheesecake bars in just 20 minutes (of course, they'll still require a bit of time to cool after baking before you can take a bite). All you need is a pre-made pie dough and ricotta cheese, cream cheese, eggs, and pumpkin puree for the filling.
Gluten-Free Cheesecake With Fresh Figs and Honey
The Recipe: Gluten-Free Cheesecake With Fresh Figs and Honey
The Hero Ingredient: Fresh figs are the star of this dish. They're sweet and a tad unusual for cheesecake but go oh so well with the honey and mascarpone cheese in this recipe.
Why We Love It: Not only is this cheesecake bursting with strong, delicious flavors from ingredients like mascarpone cheese, cream cheese, butter, fresh figs, and honey, but it also happens to be gluten-free.