My Love Affair with Cheesecake

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I am a huge cheesecake person, but I’m a bit picky when it comes to cheesecakes, because they have to be just right! And if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. That’s why I spent so long creating The Best Homemade Cheesecake Recipe Ever!

A Thick and Creamy Slice of Vanilla Cheesecake on a Plate

My Love Affair with Cheesecake

I have a bit of a thing for cheesecake. And I’m very particular about the texture of it. I like it thick and creamy. In fact, I don’t even order cheesecake at most restaurants because I’m afraid it just won’t be right. And if something isn’t right, why waste the calories?

Growing up, I always got a hard time from my family. They found it fascinating how I’d eat cheesecake. Every bite had to have crust. And before I moved onto the next bite, I made sure there were no remnants of the previous one left on the plate. When I was done, you wouldn’t even know the plate ever had food on it. It was wiped clean. No joke.

Can you tell I’m a little OCD at times?

Well, this homemade vanilla one is definitely awesome. The flavor and texture are just right. It’s quick, easy and delicious! And you cook it right in the oven without a water bath.

It’s perfect for taking a fork and just digging in while nobody’s looking. If nobody’s looking then the calories don’t count, right? RIGHT?!?

Phew! That’s what I thought. 🙂

A Whole Vanilla Cheesecake on a Cake Stand with One Piece Missing

Find my new and improved Classic Vanilla Cheesecake Recipe here!

Find the original recipe in downloadable form here.


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  1. Danielle

    Above it says no water bath which is how I made it a few weeks ago. If I click the link it is a diff recipe with a water bAth. Where can I find the original? It had 5T. Butter and 5T. Sugar in the crust and no water bath. It was fab! Thanks!

  2. Nalini Tiwari

    I lived in US 20 years ago and now back in India, the one thing I miss the most is cheesecake. I want to try your recipe but finding cream cheese and sour cream is a bit difficult where I live. Tell me if I can substitute it. I would do anything to have a bite of a cheese cake again.


    1. Lindsay

      I’m not sure what a good substitute would be. Those are a large part of the base of the cheesecake – giving it it’s flavor and consistency.

  3. Angela


    I have used several of your recipe’s and they all turned our wonderfully. My question about this cheesecake is can it be baked in the water bath

    1. Lindsay

      I’m glad to hear you’ve enjoyed everything! Yes, this can be baked in a water bath. I actually have an updated version like that here.

  4. DJ

    What would be the cooking time for a cheesecake in a 12 -inch Spring Form pan?
    Have you ever made a cheesecake larger than the 9inch? 
    I am making a tiered wedding cake from cheesecake….


    I also just made this cheesecake recipe and it was amazing. 


      I usually let it cool on the counter for a little bit before putting it in the fridge. It’s best to cover it, but you don’t have to.

  5. Amina

    Swapped the Nilla wafers for graham. Simple, delicious, & perfectly cooked. This will be my go to cheesecake recipe from now on! Thank you!

  6. Ysha

    Hi! I’m a newbie at cooking and baking. I wanna try this recipe of yours. Just wanna ask, does the oven set on degree celsius or fahrenheit? forgive my question for it really is my first time trying to bake. Please? Thank you 🙂

  7. Amanda

    I made this for a work function, cut them into little bite size squares and they were polished off in 15 minutes. Not too sweet, turned out great!

  8. Miss Madhatter

    I’ve made cheesecake once or twice…..back when dinosaurs existed…..and I think I recall a sort of frosting/layer made of sour cream that went on top of the cheesecake after cooling……and it was delicious with a slight tang into the taste….(my taste buds never forget, trust me) and so I wanted to ask, what’s the deal with that? Is that another type of cheesecake? I honestly thought that was the regular plain one, until I saw this. Thanks a lot for your recipe, btw. I’ll try this and report my aftermath!!


      I’m not sure what that was. There are a lot of different recipes out there. This is a base vanilla that I really like. I hope you like it!

    2. Angela

      I had that too years ago and have been looking for the same topping! I think Marie Callendars made one but we don’t have those around here anymore 🙁

      1. mel

        1 cup sour cream, 2 T sugar, 2 tsp vanilla. Mix together and spread on top of cooled cheesecake. Fruit topping can be added on top, also.

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  10. Anita

    Made this for my hubby’s bday last night and served today. Ah-mazing! My first attempt at cheesecake followed all your directions and no splits. A hit with all. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Nora

    I’m excited to try this out today! I have a few questions though..
    1. I couldn’t find the nilla wafers.. What are they like? And is it possible to use the grahm cracker crumbs instead?
    2. Is there anything else I can substitute vanilla extract? Like vanillin powder or vanilla pudding powder?

    3. When it’s baked and set, can I add the cherry flavored topping as soon as its out? Then do I leave it on the counter or store it in the fridge to chill?

    Thank you so much!


      Hi Nora! Yes you can use graham crackers if you are having trouble finding vanilla wafers. I don’t know much about the powders you’re mentioning so I can’t say how they’d affect the cheesecake. The cheesecake should be chilled and stored in the fridge and you should probably wait to add the cherry topping until it’s cool and set – otherwise it might deflate the cheesecake a bit. Enjoy! 🙂

  12. Lorna

    Just made this cheesecake for desert tonight…it was amazing. I was happy to find a recipe that didn’t require a water bath (I don’t have a spring form pan so I used a regular pie plate). My BF is very particular about his cheesecake and thus far I had not found a recipe that met his standards. Needless to say, he was extremely satisfied. The texture is perfect, thick but still creamy. I will definitely be making this again!

    1. Life, Love and Sugar

      That’s awesome Lorna! I can relate to your BF – I’m so picky about my cheesecake! Texture is key and the fact that this one doesn’t need a waterbath makes it even better! Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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