The Best Cheesecake Recipe Ever (With 6 Tasty Variations)


Sasha likes sharing simple and delicious recipes that make life easier.

This recipe article is meant to inspire. There are many many things you can do with a simply delicious New York-style cheesecake. These are just my family's favorites.

The recipe calls for a 9-inch pan. Personally I can never decide what kind of cheesecake I want, so I divide the recipe into three 6-inch pans. It's a little more work making separate crusts and making the alterations for each, but it's so worth it. I have also found the smaller cakes bake better. Plus "mini" cheesecakes are great for entertaining! The pictures are results of the 6-inch cakes. Enjoy!

Basic Cheesecake Recipe and 6 Variations

  1. Basic New York-Style Cheesecake (Base Recipe)
  2. Green Tea Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce
  3. Pecan Delight Cheesecake
  4. Banana Cheesecake
  5. Triple-Chocolate Cheesecake
  6. Mint-Chocolate-Chip Cheesecake
  7. Triple-Berry Cheesecake

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

1 hour

1 hour 20 min

12 slices

Base Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, honey or chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 32 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream

1. Plain New York-Style Cheesecake (Base Recipe)

  1. Preheat oven to 325˚F. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and melted butter.
  2. Press mixture onto the bottom and an inch up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan (or three 6-inch pans). Chill pan in freezer while preparing the filling.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese on med speed until fluffy. Add 1 1/3 cup sugar, cornstarch and vanilla. Beat until combined.
  4. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  5. Stir in sour cream.
  6. Pour cream cheese mixture into chilled pan. Bake at 325˚F for 1 hour or until all but 1 to 2 inches of the center is set.
  7. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife between the side of the cake and the pan to prevent cracking as it cools. Let cool another 50 minutes, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.
Green Tea Cheesecake With Raspberry Sauce

Green Tea Cheesecake With Raspberry Sauce

2. Green Tea Cheesecake With Raspberry Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 3 tablespoons green tea powder
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Combine hot water and green tea powder until you have a paste. Add paste to filling in step 5 of the base recipe.

Sometime before serving, combine remaining ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils. Continue cooking and stirring an additional 2 minutes. Let cool and apply to top of cake.

Pecan Delight Cheesecake

Pecan Delight Cheesecake

3. Pecan Delight Cheesecake

  • One 12-ounce package of milk chocolate chips
  • 2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1 jar caramel ice-cream topping

During step 2 of the basic recipe, before placing pan into the freezer, add a thin layer of chopped pecans and caramel.

Melt chocolate chips when cool enough to touch add at step 5.

Before serving top with remaining pecans and caramel.

Banana Cheesecake

Banana Cheesecake

4. Banana Cheesecake

  • 3 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 to 3 bananas for slicing (your preferred ripeness)
  • 1 teaspoon banana flavoring (optional)
  • Lemon juice (optional)

Add mashed bananas and flavoring during step 5 of the basic recipe.

Before serving, slice bananas and arrange on top. If it will be sitting out for a while before serving, brush slices with a little lemon juice to prevent browning.

Triple-Chocolate Cheesecake

Triple-Chocolate Cheesecake

5. Triple-Chocolate Cheesecake

  • One 12-ounce package dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • One 12-ounce package milk chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon butter or shortening

Melt dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips. When cool enough to touch, add during step 5 of the basic recipe. Next, add milk chocolate chips.

Before serving, melt white chocolate chips with butter or shortening. Put into a zip lock sandwich bag. Cut a small corner off and quickly let it drizzle over the top of the cheesecake.

Mint-Chocolate-Chip Cheesecake

Mint-Chocolate-Chip Cheesecake

6. Mint-Chocolate-Chip Cheesecake

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • One 12-ounce bag chocolate chips (mini chips preferred)
  • Green food coloring (optional)

Add peppermint extract, chocolate chips and food coloring during step 5 of the basic recipe.

Tip: This particular cake is really good served frozen.

Triple-Berry Cheesecake

Triple-Berry Cheesecake

7. Triple-Berry Cheesecake

  • 3 cups of fresh or frozen berries (blueberry, strawberry and raspberry are pictured)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Sometime before serving, combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until mixture boils. Cook and stir an additional 3 minutes. Pour mixture over top of cheesecake.

© 2012 Sasha Kim


Sasha Kim (author) on March 27, 2013:

Happy Birthday Datiadejuan, I hope you figure out what cake you want by then. ^_^ You could always do as I did when I made this hub and separate the original recipe into 3 or 4 bowls and make that many small variations using little 4-6inch pans. Thank you for your comment!

Katia De Juan from Inverness, UK on March 27, 2013:

These cakes look delicious, @MamaKim8! I also love cheese cakes. The voting of the best cake has been so difficult, I want to try all of them! hehe. I thought I had decided which cake I was going to taste on my birthday, but nop, it surely will be one of yours! I'll ask to my couple to make one of them, hehe.

Sasha Kim (author) on March 25, 2013:

Thank you Beingwell! I hope you enjoy ^_^

beingwell from Bangkok on February 05, 2013:

Ok... yum!!! I love cheesecakes. I wanna' try this. Voted and shared this hub.

Sasha Kim (author) on January 15, 2013:

Jools, Oh yes.. that gooey caramel is just fabulous ^_^ Thanks for your comment, it made me smile ^_^

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on January 11, 2013:

These all look so yummy! The pecan one....I just want to dive into it! :o)

Sasha Kim (author) on January 06, 2013:

lol thank you TT! You know you wanna!! ^_^

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on January 06, 2013:

Yep, still as yummy as before! Ok, I really need to make these! :)

Sasha Kim (author) on September 27, 2012:

Europewalker, Thank you for your wonderful comment and support ^_^ I too love cheesecake and am so happy you want to try my recipes!

Sasha Kim (author) on September 27, 2012:

Sgbrown, OOhh good choice... the pecan delight and green tea are my two favorites ^_^ Thank you for your lovely comment, votes and pin!

Sasha Kim (author) on September 27, 2012:

Rema, Thank you for such wonderful support!! I'm so happy you like my recipes ^_^

Sasha Kim (author) on September 27, 2012:

Vespa, This is one I did way back in early June... So it's way down at the bottom ^_^ Thank you for your kind words... I can easily say all the same about you and then some ^_^

Sasha Kim (author) on September 27, 2012:

Carol, Thank you for the fantastic support! You are a wonderful cook, I'm sure you could easily bake these up, no problem! ^_^

europewalker on September 27, 2012:

Excellent hub, love the photos! I love cheesecake and will have to try these recipes. Thanks for sharing:) Will pin this one!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on September 27, 2012:

These are awesome recipes! I will be dreaming about the Pecan Delight if I don't make it soon! Voted up, yummy (maybe that's useful) and pinning! :)

Rema T V from Chennai, India on September 27, 2012:

Hi Sasha,

Awesome hub with such lovely mouth-watering recipes. Great. Sharing and tweeting and pinning. Cheers, Rema.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on September 27, 2012:

Mama Kim, how did I miss this one? It doesn't show up on your profile. Now my mouth is watering for cheesecake! Triple chocolate is hard to beat, but triple berry also sounds wonderful. Actually, any of them would be a real treat. What beautiful photos, too. You're such an accomplished cook and baker!

carol stanley from Arizona on September 27, 2012:

Oh my these are gorgeous and I am sure absolutely delicious. I never bake..but I am passing this on to baker pals. I am open for dinner any night. Thanks for sharing these deliteful recipes.. UP and a share.

Sasha Kim (author) on September 26, 2012:

Rolly, thank you for the nice comment ^_^ Hugs to you as well.

Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on September 26, 2012:

Hi Mama Kim... just had dinner here and now hungry again... awesome and looks so tasty...

Hugs from Canada

Sasha Kim (author) on September 26, 2012:

Suzie, Thank you so much ^_^ The whole reason I made so many from one recipe is because I couldn't choose just one ^_^ I hope you like them! Thank you so much for your fantastic comment vote and share!!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on September 26, 2012:

Gorgeous cheesecake varieties!! Fancy them all I have to! Triple choc and choco mint feed my chocolicious chocoholic tendencies!!! Love Berries and Bananas too!! I usually make the non baking type of cheesecake so will love trying this for a change!

Voted up,+++++++++++++++ and sharing on:-) Yummmm!

Sasha Kim (author) on September 26, 2012:

Bill, Lol, yup this is what I make... a few blocks of cream cheese are just begging me to turn them into cake any day now ^_^ I've been 'away' from hubpages for a few days now and just sparingly checking in... so I haven't been publishing or commenting nearly as much. This is a very old hub of mine, so you didn't miss anything Bill. No worries ^_^

Sasha Kim (author) on September 26, 2012:

Mary, Oh no... never go shopping or recipe browsing on an empty stomach! ^_^ Thank you so much for your wonderful support Mary!

Sasha Kim (author) on September 26, 2012:

Meldz, Thank you so much ^_^ Coffee sounds wonderful right now, and would go wonderful with one of these ^_^

Sasha Kim (author) on September 26, 2012:

Thank you Michelle! Your immense support is wonderful! Plus you've revived this hub a bit. It hasn't been doing well so I was thinking about breaking it up into separate cheesecake recipe hubs.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 26, 2012:

OMG!!!!!!!!!! Are you kidding me? Do you make these at your house? I'm coming down right now!

For some reason all of a sudden I'm not getting notifications of your hubs. I wonder why that happens? If I miss one of yours it's not on purpose, just so you know.

These are great! It is so cruel of you to post these. :)

Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 26, 2012:

This is just mouth watering, especially since I haven't had my dinner! Great looking cheesecakes.

I voted this UP, etc. and will share, Pin and Tweet.

ignugent17 on September 26, 2012:

This is too much! It is really mouth watering recipe. Thanks for sharing and now I only need coffee!

Voted up and more and more! :-)

Michelle Liew from Singapore on September 26, 2012:

Ok. Trust you to be able to lend such variety to a simple new york cheesecake. Keep sharing these recipes, I'll keep sharing and pinning for myself and others who cannot wait to eat!!

Sasha Kim (author) on September 04, 2012:

Thank you Thelma! ^_^ I'm so happy you like them. You'll have to tell me which one you try. Thank you so much for the vote and pin as well.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on September 04, 2012:

Yummy! I feel hungry now. I love all of the above recipes. I have to bookmark this for later use. Voted up and pinned.

Sasha Kim (author) on August 17, 2012:

I know what you mean Shelley! ^_^ thank you for stopping by and leaving a nice comment and voting!

Shelley Watson on August 17, 2012:

Just looking at the triple chocolate and the berry Cheesecake makes my fingers itchy to start baking. Loved it well done and thank you. Up, useful and interesting.

Sasha Kim (author) on August 16, 2012:

Sangre, Thanks for stopping by. Really this came about because I can never make up my mind. I wanted to make my sister in law a cheesecake for her birthday but couldn't decide which one... so I made miniatures of them all ^_^ It made it much easier if they all had the same base.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on August 16, 2012:

Great hub. Love that you gave 6 different recipes to pour over the base. Nice trick.

Sasha Kim (author) on August 07, 2012:

Elise, The green tea one is soooo yummy. That one and the pecan delight are my all time favorites. If your hubby really likes his recipe then just ask him to add the additional ingredients and ignore my base recipe.

Elise-Loyacano from San Juan, Puerto Rico on August 07, 2012:

I am intrigued by the green tea cheesecake. My husband boasts (justifiably) about his cheesecake, so maybe I can convince him to make one of the above recipes.

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