“Real” Strawberry Cheesecake

filed under: Cheesecakes on May 30, 2014

Real Strawberry Cheesecake is a dessert for folks who love subtle strawberry undertones with none of the artificial strawberry flavorings. It’s a wonderful dessert for cheesecake purists! Don’t miss my Perfect Cheesecake and No-Bake Cheesecake recipes as well!

Real Strawberry Cheesecake

I recently posted a No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake that we love to make, but many of you asked for a version that used real strawberries.  This is the first time I am sharing my “real” strawberry cheesecake.  Anything smothered in whipped cream and fresh strawberries and chocolate sauce (yes, chocolate) is a perfect dessert, if I may say so myself.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Ingredients

Pureed strawberries are added to the creamy cheesecake batter for this strawberry cheesecake recipe. The ingredients are simple, but important to get right!

Strawberries: I used frozen, unsweetened strawberries that I let thaw before using.

Room Temperature Ingredients: Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature as well as your eggs. This will help to ensure lump-free cheesecake batter!

Almond Extract: Some folks have asked if they can leave out the almond extract I have to insist you leave it in, at least once. It adds a wonderfully light and refreshing flavor to this decadent dessert!Strawberry Strawberry Cheesecake! #cheesecake

The Crust

I used a storebought chocolate cookie crust for this recipe. I used 2, 6-ounce packages of a crust and added 4 tablespoons of melted butter.  In a bowl, combine the cookie crust with the melted butter, making sure each crumb is coated in the butter. Press the crust into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.

I have also made this strawberry cheesecake with a graham cracker crust and a shortbread cookie crust. The winner was the graham cracker crust! But, they all are delicious.

The Perfect Chocolate Ganache

How to Make Real Strawberry Cheesecake

One of the most important steps for lump-less cheesecake is making sure you have is room temperature ingredients. If you have to heat your cream cheese in a microwave be sure to whisk it smooth before using it not only to ensure there aren’t lumps but that there are no “hot spots” throughout.

I prefer to let my cream cheese come to room temperature for about 4 hours before use. Another tip is to not overbeat the cheesecake filling. Otherwise, it may change the texture of your cheesecake.

Remember the chocolate I mentioned above? Well, I used this chocolate ganache recipe to add a rich layer of luscious silky chocolatey charm to the cheesecake.

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Looking for More Cheesecake Recipes?

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Strawberry Cheesecake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins
4 hrs
Total Time
5 hrs 25 mins

A cheesecake using real strawberries and a dark chocolate cookie crust!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry cheesecake
Servings: 8 slices
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net
  • 2 packages (6 ounces each) chocolate cookie crusts
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 10 ounces frozen unsweetened strawberries, thawed
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  1. In a large bowl, add the melted butter to the crust crumbs and, using a fork, mix well. You want every crumb coated in the butter as this will be the glue that holds it together. Add more butter if needed.

  2. Pour the coated crumbs into a 9-inch springform pan. Pat them flat with your hand and then use a kitchen glass to press flatter. Set aside.

  1. Puree thawed strawberries and juices in a blender until smooth. You should have about 1 cup of pureed strawberry sauce. Set aside.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add cream cheese and sugar and blend until smooth.

  3. With the mixer on low, add in flour and the 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 the filling to the prepared crust.

  5. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the center is softly set and the edges begin to color, puff, and crack. Refrigerate, uncovered on a rack, until cold, at least 4 hours before serving. Store in the refrigerator, covered, for 2-3 days.

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  • Beth @ bethcakes 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. 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Well thanks girl! You are the best. I wish I could send you a piece!! 🙂

  • Cynthia 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!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much Cynthia!! That is really sweet of you to say. 🙂

  • Lindsey 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.

    • Amanda says:

      Excellent idea!

  • Carla | Carla's Confections says:

    Chocolate and strawberries always go well together, so I think you did the right thing. This looks very scrumptious!

    • Amanda says:

      You are so supportive. 🙂 Thanks pretty lady!

  • How to Philosophize with Cake says:

    That cheesecake looks AMAZING. It looks so luxurious and creamy, mmm. 🙂

  • Jess @ Sweet Menu says:

    Oh boy! This looks fabulous!

  • 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?

    • Amanda 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.

  • Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon says:

    This sounds fabulous ! Wishing I had a slice now!

  • Samina | The Cupcake Confession says:

    Can this cheesecake get any better??? It contains realllll strawberry pureed and that intenseeeee chocolate ganache sauce! Gosh!!! I am drooooling!

  • Dani Meyer says:

    Oh my gosh this looks so good! It was so good meeting you and your sister at BHF! Next time we definitely need to spend more time together 🙂

  • Sheila 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

    • Amanda 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! 🙂

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  • 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.

  • Becca from ItsYummi.com says:

    It’s 9pm and I should be going to bed. All I can think about is having a slice of this strawberry pie. You’re an evil woman 😉

  • Jacqueline Yeager says:

    What i the difference between California cream cheese and regular cream cheese.?

    • Amanda says:

      None that I know of. 🙂

  • Andrew says:

    One small issue I’m hoping you will clarify. I have read this recipe several times, nowhere have I found a size indication for the springform. You make mention of a similar recipe t Epicurious that specifies a 9″, which would appears to mirror the volume of ingredients in your posted recipe. However, your pics posted here are of a clearly smaller cake, a 6″ or possibly even a 4″. Did you make 2 small cakes instead of the 1 9″ in Epicurious?

  • Darleen says:

    Hi you don’t mention how you put the strawberry cheesecake together. Photos show whipped cream but not mentioned plus do you just pour ganache over top rather than as a layer ?

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