Perfect Vanilla Cheesecake

Sharing is caring!

If you’re hoping to make the PERFECT VANILLA CHEESECAKE recipe, start with my basic tips and tricks! Creamy, light, and delicious!

If you're hoping to make the PERFECT VANILLA CHEESECAKE recipe, start with my basic tips and tricks! Creamy, light, and delicious!

Click HERE to PIN IT for Later!

My husband celebrated his birthday a few weeks ago, and this PERFECT VANILLA CHEESECAKE recipe is how we celebrated.

Most people choose cake or ice cream…but my husband chooses either chocolate chip cookies or this cookie cake. But this year I asked him to choose something new! Something different. He asked for cheesecake.

If you’re here because you’re wondering, “OMG finally the answer how to ALWAYS bake a cheesecake with no cracks”, I hate to disappoint.

Because you guys, cheesecakes are funny things. Sometimes you do everything right, and you still get a crack, but here are some tips to HELP prevent those cracks.

How to bake the perfect cheesecake

If you're hoping to make the PERFECT VANILLA CHEESECAKE recipe, start with my basic tips and tricks! Creamy, light, and delicious!

Prepare 9-inch springform pan by spraying the inside with non stick baking spray. Set aside. Fill broiler pan with about 1-2 inches of water and place in BOTTOM of oven, on lowest rack. Preheat oven (with broiler pan of water) to 350°F.

To make crust, blend graham crackers in food processor until fine. Pour in melted butter and sugar, pulse several times until combined. Press crust into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.

In a saucepan with inch of boiling water, place a double boiler, metal bowl or glass bowl to heat heavy cream. Once warm, add white chocolate chips and remove from heat. Whisk until chocolate is smooth. Set aside to cool (about 15 minutes).

For the filling, beat room temperature cream cheese, granulated sugar, cornstarch, sour cream and vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste.

Slowly add cooled white chocolate mixture. Finally, add eggs, one at a time until mixture is smooth. Do not over beat. Pour into prepared crust and place cheesecake pan into the middle of the oven. Fill broiler pan with About 1-2 inches of water and place in BOTTOM of oven, on lowest rack.

Bake 60 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Turn off oven and let sit undisturbed for about 45 minutes. Remove and allow to cool in refrigerator about 6-8 hours (or overnight).

Top with Cool Whip and sliced strawberries, slice and enjoy!

If you're hoping to make the PERFECT VANILLA CHEESECAKE recipe, start with my basic tips and tricks! Creamy, light, and delicious!

TIPS for making Cheesecake

Don’t over beat your cheesecake before baking it. Just stop it. You don’t need FLUFFY….your goal should be CREAMY. Start with softened cream cheese (room temperature) in the first place!

Water bath. While it doesn’t always PREVENT cracks, it does help add moisture to your dessert so the end result is melt in your mouth deliciousness EVERY time. And your springform pan doesn’t need to SIT IT in the water bath. I just place a broiler pan in my oven on the bottom shelf with about an inch of water. It adds the right amount of moisture to the oven while cooking.

Once your cheesecake is done baking (as directed below), turn off the oven, crack open the door, and allow the cheesecake to “cool” for about 45 minutes in the oven. This slow cool process cuts down on the cracking!

Finally, once it’s cooled and you released your cheesecake from the pan, and you notice you did everything right, yet there is still a crack. COVER IT UP. Yeah, you heard me. Top it with some whipped cream. Cool Whip. Berries. Pie Filling. Lemon Curd. COVER THE CRACK PEOPLE. LOL, nobody needs to know. Besides, cheesecake is best with whipped cream and fruit anyway!

If you love today’s Perfect Vanilla Cheesecake recipe, here are a few more recipes that you may love:

I created a fun little group on facebook and I’d love for you to join in! It’s a place where you can share YOUR favorite recipes, ask questions, and see what’s new with Shugary Sweets (so that you never miss a new recipe)! If you’d like to check it out, you can request to join HERE.

Connect with Shugary Sweets! 

Be sure to follow me on my social media, so you never miss a post!

Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | instagram 

If you're hoping to make the PERFECT VANILLA CHEESECAKE recipe, start with my basic tips and tricks! Creamy, light, and delicious!

 

 

Yield: 12 servings

Perfect Vanilla Cheesecake

Perfect Vanilla Cheesecake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours 30 minutes

If you're hoping to make the PERFECT VANILLA CHEESECAKE recipe, start with my basic tips and tricks! Creamy, light, and delicious!

Ingredients

FOR THE CRUST:

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 18 full size crackers)
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

FOR THE FILLING:

  • 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup white chocolate morsels
  • 2 packages (8oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 3 large eggs

FOR THE TOPPING:

  • 8 oz Cool Whip, thawed (or homemade whipped cream)
  • 1 lb sliced strawberries

Instructions

  1. Prepare 9inch springform pan by spraying the inside with non stick baking spray. Set aside. Fill broiler pan with About 1-2 inches of water and place in BOTTOM of oven, on lowest rack. Preheat oven (with broiler pan of water) to 350°F.
  2. To make crust, blend graham crackers in food processor until fine. Pour in melted butter and sugar, pulse several times until combined. Press crust into bottom of a 9inch springform pan. Set aside.
  3. In a saucepan with inch of boiling water, place a double boiler, metal bowl or glass bowl to heat heavy cream. Once warm, add white chocolate chips and remove from heat. Whisk until chocolate is smooth. Set aside to cool (about 15 minutes).
  4. For the filling, beat cream cheese, sugar, cornstarch, sour cream and vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste.
  5. Slowly add cooled white chocolate mixture. Finally, add eggs, one at a time until mixture is smooth. Do not over beat. Pour into prepared crust and place cheesecake pan into the middle of the oven. Fill broiler pan with About 1-2 inches of water and place in BOTTOM of oven, on lowest rack.
  6. Bake 60 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Turn off oven and let sit undisturbed for about 45 minutes. Remove and allow to cool in refrigerator about 6-8 hours (or overnight).
  7. Top with Cool Whip and sliced strawberries, slice and enjoy!

Notes

**You can purchase Vanilla Bean Paste on Amazon, or substitute 1 vanilla bean, scraped

recipe originally published September 26, 2017

**There may be affiliate links in this post! By clicking on them, or purchasing recommended items I may receive a small compensation. However, I only recommend products I love! Thank you for supporting Shugary Sweets! See my disclosure policy for more info**

32 comments on “Perfect Vanilla Cheesecake”

  1. Looking Fabulous. I and my elder brother’s kid love cheesecake very much. Though she likes chocolate over vanilla.

  2. I’m a big fan of all things cheesecake.  Love that your hubby requested cheesecake for his bday cake!!! Thank you so much for sharing about my new book too 🙂

  3. Janice Payne

    I to put a pan in the oven ( it pretty much lives there ) But I use Ice cubes .. when they hit the hot pan the send up steam and keep steaming… People forget that cheesecake is really a custard and must be baked a long while ( usually 1 plus hours) in a moist and moderate oven.Then you need to crack the oven door and leave it alone for at least another hour . When your cheesecake cracks it is over baked ..It is the dairy breaking and the moisture loss that causes the cracks There is a bit of a learning curve to cheesecakes but it is well worth the time spent. I think it is anyhow…

  4. Ivy

    Everyone loves this cheesecake light fluffy not to sweet . I pin  this recipe this is the only one that I like the most thanks 

  5. Tracy Hutchinson

    Does it matter if I don’t add white chocolate? I don’t particularly care for it.

  6. Petra

    This cannot be made from 2 packages cheese!?!

  7. Emily

    Can this cheesecake be made ahead of time and put in the freezer like a regular cheesecake?

  8. VIKKI STUART

    Any suggestions on how long it can be frozen and what works best to freeze it in. I am making them for my daughters wedding and will need to make ahead of time.

  9. Paige

    All of a sudden my cream cheese broke up into clumps. I’ve never made cheesecake before so I’m not sure what happen 

  10. Pingback: Perfect Lemon Cheesecake topped with homemade Lemon Curd Recipe

  11. Jen

    My son is a cheesecake purist, haha, and always requests this cake for his birthday! It’s so good!

  12. Lori

    It’s so creamy and delicious!

  13. Justine

    I’ve always been afraid of making cheesecakes, but this turned out so good! Lots of helpful tips. 🙂

  14. Christina

    I’ve been searching for the perfect cheesecake recipe and this one didn’t disappoint! This will be my go-to recipe.

  15. Julie Blanner

    Love this! Can’t wait to try it.

  16. Becky Hardin

    You are speaking my language!!! Vanilla cheesecake is my favorite of all time!! 

  17. Taylor

    This cheesecake looks like a DREAM! YUM!

  18. natasha

    drooooooling over the perfect sunday dessert for our family!!! the pefect sunday dessert for our family, can’t  wait to try!!

  19. Sharon

    Ok I’m going to say it, I don’t care if my cheesecake cracks on the top!  It still tastes great!😂😂

  20. Pingback: Perfect Vanilla Cheesecake – Daily Finds

  21. Cheryl M Paumi

    When do you take it out of the springform pan….before putting it in the refrigerator or after its cooled there for 6-8 hours?

  22. Pingback: The BEST Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars Recipe

  23. Sandy

    Could I make this with vanilla wafers instead of graham crackers?

  24. Amy Watson

    Making this right now! My boyfriend has apparently forgotten that I’ve made him cheesecake for nearly every birthday in the 8+ years we’ve been together and asked if I could make one or if we should just buy it… Ha! This smells amazing!

  25. Pingback: Easy Oreo Cheesecake Bites Recipe - Shugary Sweets

  26. Pingback: Easy Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bites Recipe - Shugary Sweets

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.