Recipe: an almost traditional cheesecake

This past weekend was my Mother's birthday, and when I asked her what kind of cake she wanted, she responded, just a regular, plain cheesecake.

Cheesecake lovers, through and through, I wouldn't say we've tried all the recipes, but we've certainly tried a lot! The all time favorite being the chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake (my birthday choice last year). I like to experiment, so I found something a little different to try.

Since I haven't shared a recipe here in a while, and my brother took these lovely shots of the cake, I thought I'd post it.

I love looking through old issues of Taste of Home, and this one came from December 1999.

I chose it because I wanted a recipe with three packages of cream cheese rather than two, and I was intrigued by the fact that you separate the eggs, beat the whites and then fold them in.

The result is a light and fluffy cheesecake that is all to easy to devour. This barely lasted a day before we were licking up the crumbs.

Cheesecake More Cheesecake Lydia

2-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 18 whole crackers)
1/3 cup sugar
7 tablespoons butter, melted
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs, separated
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
Strawberries to garnish

In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, sugar and cinnamon; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom and 2 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Bake at 350° for 5 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Reduce heat to 325°.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add egg yolks; beat on low just until combined. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into cream cheese mixture. Pour over crust.

Bake for 1 hour or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate until completely cooled. Combine the sour cream, sugar and vanilla; fold in whipped cream. Spread over cheesecake. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan.

Yield: 12 servings.

Photo by Anna Abate


  1. YUM! That cheesecake looks delish, and SO pretty too :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  2. Watch out, Martha! That looks amazing.

  3. I love Taste of Home magazines! This cheesecake looks amazing. Hope your mom enjoyed her special day :) Heather

  4. yum this looks so delicious!! cheesecake is one of my favorites so thanks for sharing this recipe :)

  5. It's been far too long since I've had cheesecake... and this looks absolutely delectable! You made it so pretty, Lyddie~ and I bet it tasted amazing for the half day it lasted. ;)

  6. I am guessing Chloe got some cheesecake too.
    This looks so good. I am soo lazy when it comes to baking real cakes, meaning other than the Betty Crocker mixes.

  7. "chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake" !? Now that sounds weird and SO DANG GOOD at the same time. I am going to look up a recipe for this and try it when I ever find myself time a(and a kitchen, I still live at home :() :D Wish your mom a belated happy birthday from me! xo Nikki

  8. I love cheesecake and yours looks totally scrumptious. Yum! have a great day, darling.

  9. Thanks for this sweet recipe

  10. sounds delicious. happy bday to her!

  11. YUMMMMMM!!!! OH my gosh that looks so divine!

  12. I want this! I think Chloe does too, loll!

    Fleur de Lyss

  13. I am not good at baking cakes but this looks sooo good and I think I should try!!

    Your Emerald green dress is fabulous,I love this colour and recently bought a blouse in that colour.

    Lady of Style

  14. One can never go wrong with a good old fashion cheesecake
    A favorite around our house for sure

  15. I have totally been looking for an easy cheesecake recipe, this looks so yummy and easy to make! Thank you for sharing :)

  16. Oh hello there beautiful cheesecake!! It looks so delectable and decadent. I'm sure your cheesecake was a hit on your Mom's bday! I would love to try this recipe one day - thanks for sharing :)

  17. Mmmm that looks delicious. Do you deliver? Haha ;) And it's so pretty too!

  18. And now I have the worse cheesecake craving :) I like my cheesecake pretty plain so this looks like perfection!

    elle [wonderfelle world]

  19. The recipe sounds very intriguing! I would try to, but still lactose over here. Oh well. Maybe one day I'll get better!

  20. Great recipe and the picture of your dog by the cake is so adorable!! You look great too!


  21. mmmmm cheesecake is my favourite, total weakness for it <3 I must note this recipe down!

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella

  22. I love cheesecake and this one looks delicious.

  23. happy birthday to your mom lyddia! the cheesecake you made looks SO GOOD! your brother took excellent pictures. glad everyone enjoyed themselves.

  24. OK...Lyddie, I love your dress, the color is smashing...but, the CHEESECAKE might be outshining your dress just a bit! I'm just kidding about the cheesecake, but it does look delicious.

  25. Happy birthday to your mom! And that cake looks very pretty.

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  27. You look so cute! And that cheesecake looks delicious. You're absolutely right; we cheesecake lovers have tried so many different kinds of cheesecake! I've never met a cheesecake I didn't like. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I pinned it to my "I'll Make This Someday" board, haha.


  28. Oooh, this cake looks delicious! You did a beautiful job, and I love the idea of having the crust come up all the way to the top the cake - I've never seen that before but it looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  29. This looks heavenly. My weakness is plain cheesecake especially if it is done right! I noticed you went all the way up with your gram crust! did you make more to ensure you had enough for the full cake?

  30. Oh my goodness- my mouth is watering..that looks DELISH!

  31. I should try this one out! looks yammy!

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  32. It looks so light and delicious and I'm intrigued by the separation of the eggs. Yum!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  33. How gorgeous!!! Love the cake stand, too.

  34. Wow, you are like Martha Stewart but more fashionable!