“Real” Strawberry Cheesecake

The other week I had the great honor of attending BlogHer Food ’14 in Miami, Florida.  I have to tell you, I had so much fun.  While I had mentally chalked it up to a ‘work’ trip, in the end more time was spent smiling and laughing than working.Strawberry-Strawberry Cheesecake!  #cheesecake One thing I did while there was attend a demonstration put on by California Dairy and hosted by Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli.  He runs Eating House Miami and says things like, “Cooking is an art, and we’re making graffiti.”  


He was innovative.

The samples were delish.

I was inspired to get in my kitchen and use some Real California Dairy!

(For a complete list of California dairy products click here, and for a list of California cheese products click here.)

Strawberry-Strawberry Cheesecake!  #cheesecake  I recently posted a No-Bake Cheesecake that we love to make, but many of you asked for a version that used real strawberries.  This is my first attempt at creating the perfect “real” strawberry cheesecake.

You’ll notice I said “first-attempt,”  because this is a cheesecake I want to bake again. Strawberry Strawberry Cheesecake! #cheesecake And honestly, anything smothered in whipped cream and fresh strawberries and chocolate sauce… wait, did I mention the chocolate sauce yet? The Perfect Chocolate Ganache   I used this chocolate ganache recipe to add a rich layer of luscious silky chocolatey charm to the cheesecake. Oh, and I also used a chocolate cookie crust in place of the graham cracker crust!

(That I just purchased at the grocery store: I used 2 6-ounce packages and added 4 tablespoons of melted Real California Butter.  Then pressed into the bottom of a prepared 9-inch round springform pan.)

The recipe is barely adapted from Epicurious.

“Real” Strawberry Cheesecake


  • 10 ounces frozen unsweetened strawberries (about 1 cup)
  • 3 8-ounce packages California cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Puree thawed strawberries and juices in blender until smooth. You should have about 1 cup of pureed strawberry sauce.
  2. Add cream cheese and sugar to stand mixer and blend until smooth.
  3. With mixer on low, add in flour and eggs, one at a time.
  4. Mix until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally. Add strawberry puree, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and almond extract; mix until well blended. Transfer filling to prepared crust.
  5. Bake cheesecake until center is softly set and edges begin to color, puff and crack, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Refrigerate uncovered on rack until cold, at least 4 hours. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated.)

Strawberry Strawberry Cheesecake! #cheesecake   With all my adaptations, I inadvertently made the chocolate crust and topping the star of the show.  And while that is normally not a problem, when one goes to the trouble of making a real strawberry cheesecake, one wouldn’t want to distract from the strawberry flavor! Luckily the fresh strawberries in it and top were still distinguishable. And Yummy.

Next time, I think I will try this recipe with a graham cracker crust and some strawberry extract (think of it like vanilla… it will simply enhance).

A big thank you to California Dairy and everyone who made the demo at BlogHer Food a success!




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  1. says

    This cheesecake looks incredible! I absolutely love that you included chocolate ganache in addition to all those pretty strawberries! Wish a had a giant slice of this right now. :)

  2. says

    I don’t know anything about creating great desserts, but I know I would have enjoyed eating your creation, no matter the mistakes. How can anything that delectable, with those ingredients NOT taste great? Smiles! WOW!

  3. says

    Looks Devine! I bet the chocolate crust is wonderful with the strawberries. My mom always uses store bought sugar cookie dough for her cheesecake. Might be a good alternative for your next attempt.

  4. juliet says

    Amazing cake! Can’t wait to bake it.
    Question: did u bake this cheesecake in a water bath or is it not necessary?

    • says

      I did not. This cheesecake is prone to sinking and cracking based on the recipe, so I knew that ahead of time and planned on topping it with whipped cream.

  5. says

    LERD hep Meh! This looks so amazing!

    Amanda so glad I got to see you again and meet your beautiful sister! My sides still are hurting 3weeks later from laughing so hard with you! Love you friend! Sheila

    • says

      We cant stop talking about how much we enjoyed you. Seriously, so fun!! Any chance you are headed to the midwest anytime soon? You will definitely have somewhere to stay if you end up in MN or ND! :)

  6. Jasmine says

    Hi, quick question, I need to make a Strawberry banana cheesecake, how many strawberries should I exchange for the account of banana I need to add. Thanks.