This post is all about (and for) my dear husband, Chad.  I really wanted to take a moment to let him know how much I appreciate him; his patience, his willingness, his kindness, and his knack for jumping in and doing the dishes just when I need it most.

Classic Cheesecake with Extra Thick Crust

Classic Cheesecake with Double Crust

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
chilling 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
One of Chads favorite desserts is Cheesecake. Not just any old cheesecake, but cheesecake with a BIG EXTRA THICK crust. The more crust the better.


Graham Cracker Crust

  • 2 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
  • 2/3 c butter melted
  • 1/2 c sugar


  • 2 pkg 8 ounces each cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/3 c sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt



  • In a bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar. Pat evenly onto the bottom and all the way up the sides of a 8-in. springform pan. Chill for 15 minutes.

For Filling

  • Beat cream cheese and eggs in a stand mixer on medium speed for 1 minute. Add 1/3 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and salt. Continue beating until well blended, approximately 1 minute. Carefully pour into crust.
  • Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature. Chill until ready to serve.

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Double the Crust Cheesecake

Chad took a few minutes to answer some questions I had for him.  These are me asking him, so when I say “my” I am referring to me.  And as you will be able to tell, my sweet husband is a man of few words. 🙂

What is my favorite blog? I have no idea.  i am baker?

What is my favorite prop? Cake stands.

What is the weirdest thing you have seen me do for a blog post? One time you made 50 cakes in 30 days.

If you had a blog what would it be called? Gardener Hunter Dad

What do you do for a living and what are you hobbies? I am a Project Manager for a construction company.  My hobbies are hunting, gardening, fishing rod building, and hanging out with my kids.

Bonus Question:

Who does the dishes?  We both do.

Note from Amanda:  No, my blog is not my favorite blog.  He is right, I love cake stands.  I did 50 cakes in 30 days for my book!  It was an insane time!  Chad is an amazing gardener , fisherman and hunter. Our home displays many of his mounts. (2 Elk, Bear and a Buffalo)  He works a lot, and is really good at what he does!  He even manages to sell custom fishing rods on the side.  But best of all, he is always willing to help with the dishes!

Hubby and Kids


I chose this picture of Chad because I think it represents him well.  He is outside and spending time with his kids!

And now on to the fun part… dessert!


This Cheesecake is ALL about the crust!

One of Chad’s favorite desserts is Cheesecake.  Not just any old cheesecake, but cheesecake with a BIG EXTRA THICK crust.  The more crust the better.

Just look at the cheesecake to crust ratio!

So while I am sharing this recipe with you, I want you to know that you are welcome to halve the crust ingredients to achieve a more, um, normal cheesecake.

I have a fun little surprise that I want to share with you!  While preparing the springform pan for the crust I spread a fairly thick layer of cold butter over the bottom, and it ended up just slightly caramelizing the very bottom of the crust.  The added texture and sweetness was amazing!  If you are making this for your family and don’t mind using them as guinea pigs, I hope you will give it a try! 😉


Classic Cheesecake with Extra Thick Crust

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Meet Amanda Rettke

Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. What a sweet guy. 🙂 Love the picture of him with the kids!

    And wow, a guy who was able to answer all the questions. Woohoo! You have a keeper. 😉

    Thank you again for putting this together!

  2. You have a gorgeous family! That photo of your husband the kids …wow, what a blessing!! And he gardens?! SCORE!

  3. Lovely post, Amanda! Cheesecake has got to be one of my ULTIMATE favorite desserts – yours looks scrumptious!! And 50 cakes in 30 days??? Just imagining that wore me out!! 😉

  4. Hi there Amanda,
    I’m a little late on the bandwagon but I’ve been reading all of these wonderful appreciation posts and I’d love to do one for my own hubby (particularly as our anniversary is coming up). Just wanted to make sure I ran it past you as I’d like to link it in to your original post. That ok? Love this idea… the cheesecake looks gorgeous too! Thanks xx

  5. I believe you posted this earlier this year b/c made it for my hubby and it was great – the double crust was just – so crusty!!!! Really good……I can’t believe you have that many ‘little’ kids and bake that much – awesome!!!!! Adorable picture!!!

  6. Most cheesecake recipes call for 4 packages of cream cheese. I’m a bit nervous to only us 2 packages. Can I use 3 packages of creamcheese at least or will it ruin it?? Also if I use a little bit of almond extract will it ruin the taste? I really appreciate your feedback. Thank you !

  7. I was planning on making this for Memorial day but wanted to use a 9×13 dish so I could use blueberries and strawberries to make a flag on top! Would the amount of ingredients be the same? Or should I double the recipe?

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