Beautiful and decadent, this raspberry swirl cheesecake is perfect for Valentine’s Day this weekend!
I’m actually not into Valentine’s day, but here’s a great dessert that you can make for your loved ones this weekend. It is amazingly delicious, and sure to impress anyone!
I made my very first baked cheesecake ever, and I survived!!! I made this no-bake chocolate cheesecake before, but it was a no-bake recipe. I know most people have cheesecake-making phobia thinking it’s such a complicated recipe since you have to bake it in a water bath, let it cool with the oven partially open, yada, yada, yada. Well I’m happy to announce that this recipe is actually quite easy!
As you can see, there are no major cracks on top either! I think there were a few very small ones, but since the raspberry was swirled on top you couldn’t even tell, especially after I garnished it.
I’m very happy with how it turned out! And the taste was just as delicious. It’s very smooth and creamy, and together with the raspberries…*sigh*
For about 4 years now we’ve been getting the Costco cookbook for free every Black Friday. They have lots of great recipes, and every now and then we like to try one out. My sister saw this recipe in one of the cookbooks.
So like I said, this is the first time I tried a baked cheesecake which is very ridiculous because I bought some springform pans a loooong time ago. I baked lots of things in them, but never a cheesecake.
Then one day my sister put her foot down and demanded a cheesecake for her birthday (well not really demanded, but she really wanted it). :) So what could I do? I happily obliged and jumped to the opportunity to try my first cheesecake.
I’m so glad it didn’t turn out a flop because that would’ve ruined her birthday, and nobody wants a bad cake for their birthday.
My other sister made this darling little banner to put on top of the cheesecake. I think it makes it look very festive! “But wait” you ask, didn’t your sister just have a birthday with the Neapolitan Cupcakes? Yes, well you see, I have many sisters, and most of us have birthdays in the same month. But that’s okay with me because that means more cake! :)
So as you prepare for Valentine’s Day this weekend, think outside the chocolate box (no pun intended) and make some cheesecake! The color alone should convince you to do it! :)
Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake
Recipe from Fabulous Food the Costco Way
3 cups chocolate wafer cookies, crushed (I used chocolate graham crackers)
9 Tbsp. unsalted melted butter
Filling and Topping
2 cups raspberries, divided
2 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
1 cup + 2 tsp. sugar
3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
3 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
Mint leaves, for garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Crust: Combine crumbs and butter. Press into and up sides of 9-inch nonstick springform pan. Bake 12 min. Cool. Reduce temperature to 300 degrees F.
Filling and Topping: Puree 1 cup raspberries, straining into a small bowl. Discard seeds. Stir in 1 tsp. vanilla and 2 tsp. sugar; set aside.
Beat together cream cheese and remaining sugar on low until blended. Add remaining vanilla. Add eggs one at a time. Add sour cream. Mix until blended. Spoon half of batter into the crust. Drop half of raspberry puree by teaspoons into batter. Swirl. Repeat with remaining batter and puree. Bake 50 minutes, until edges are just set and center jiggles slightly. Turn oven off and partly open oven door. Cool cake in oven 1 hour. Remove from oven and cool completely. Chill in refrigerator overnight. Garnish with remaining raspberries, whipped cream, and mint leaves.
Jessica the Baker