How to Customize Your Basic Cheesecake Recipe

basic cheesecake recipe

The basic cheesecake recipe is relatively the same all across the world and has been made popular over the years as a tasty and delectable dessert. Just like very thick cheesecakes however, you should take the basic cheesecake recipe and pan it in a smaller pan to allow for more room for the filling and make this more delicious treat. If you don’t have a small pan, consider having two separate pans so you can fill one and then pop the other when the first one is almost half-way done. Once both layers are cooked, remove them from the heat and let cool for about 10 minutes, flip, and then carefully place in the freezer for a few more hours to firm up the filling. Then you’re ready to enjoy! There’s just something about basic cheesecake that makes it a classic dessert that will never lose its appeal no matter how much variation is added.

Basic Cheesecake Recipe

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For starters, you should start with a basic recipe of just sugar, milk, and butter combined. Next, add in one tablespoon each of vanilla extract and sour cream. Mix these thoroughly until smooth, then add in the entire contents of your mixing bowl with the shortbread crust on top. Roll the mixture over until smooth and consistent, and then spoon the filling into each individual cavity, making sure that the entire contents of the bowl are covered by the shortbread crust.

Next, you’ll want to set your oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil, and place the cake on top of the foil. Bake for approximately ten to fifteen minutes, checking on the cake about every five minutes to see if it comes out clean. After baking is complete, turn off the oven and allow the cake to cool down. Once the cake has cooled completely, it’s time to add in your filling. Using a food processor or a blender, mix in your prepared shortbread, cream cheese, vanilla extract, and sour cream.

You’ll want to run a knife or other non-sharp utensil through the center of each individual cake piece, as well as a toothpick through the center of each cupcake. The goal is to ensure that the cake and filling come out smoothly and thoroughly. Once the cake is baked, it’s time to serve. Using a serving spout, pour your cake into each individual serving tin, and garnish with additional shortbread pieces and a small amount of frosting.

Method For Decorating Cakes

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A popular method for decorating cakes nowadays is with a little bit of fondant. To make this decoration, you’ll need an ice cream scoop, a food processor, and an electric pastry tip. Start off by applying the short crumb mixture to the bottom of your cake tin, then working the food processor’s blades underneath the short crumb to create a smooth paste. Once the paste is smooth and creamy, you can then add the vanilla extract and food processors will do the rest of the work.

Once your basic cheesecake is finished, you’ll need to decorate it using a cake pan or individual cupcake pans. To begin, you’ll need to grease both the pans and your cupcake liners. Gently grease the cake pan with butter, then cover with the cupcake liner. Frost the cake with the chocolate cake mix and smooth out any lumps. Next, you’ll need to decorate the top of the cake with the buttercream frosting. To do this, you’ll need to pipe dots of the frosting onto the cake and around the edge of the pan.

Finish Off Your Basic Cheesecake

You can finish off your basic cheesecake with a layer of fresh strawberries. To do this, simply place all of your cupcakes on top of the strawberry layer and allow them to sit for about an hour. After that, remove the cakes from their cupcake stands and allow them to cool completely before you remove them. Once your cakes are cool, you can then assemble your basic cheesecake into a stand, frost it with the buttercream frosting and pop it in the fridge.

Final Thoughts

There are two other ways that you can customize your basic cheesecake recipe to make it different. You can choose to make your cake more fun and interactive by decorating it using stickers or painting it in bold colors. If you prefer to keep things more traditional, you can also choose to bake the cake and place it inside of a plastic muffin pan. You can bake the cake and let it cool before removing it from the pan. You’ll need to preheat your oven and then pre-fill the muffin pan with the ice cream mixture and pop your cake in for an hour before you frost it with the frosting. Either way, you’ll be enjoying your own basic homemade dessert.

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