10 Fluffy Cheesecake Recipes That Are Airy Not Dense

Cheesecake is indulgent and delicious, but sometimes it's just too thick — the heavy, dense filling can overpower the luscious, tangy taste we love. Thankfully for those who crave cheesecake's taste but aren't crazy about its dense texture, there are plenty of light and airy alternatives. No-bake cheesecakes, Japanese cheesecakes, and cheesecakes made with lighter ingredients deliver that same taste we love in a softer, airier format. These fluffy cheesecake recipes all boast a fluffy texture that won't leave you overly full or bogged down with an abundance of heavy ingredients.

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3-Ingredient Cheesecake

cheesecake with blueberries on a blue plate

Cream cheese, eggs, and white chocolate are all you need for a light, fluffy cheesecake. Best of all, you don't need to be a baking whiz to make this recipe — mixing ingredients together, folding in chocolate, and placing the pan in the oven are the only skills required.

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Light and Airy Cheesecake

Light and Airy Cheesecake

Thanks to the inclusion of sour cream and cream of tartar, this foolproof cheesecake recipe delivers that classic cheesecake taste without overdoing it on heavy ingredients that weigh down the texture. It's not overly sweet and doesn't require any expertise, making it a perfect light and simple dessert.

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Fluffy Two Step Cheesecake II

Fluffy Two Step Cheesecake II
Melissa Goff

This recipe's mixture of fat-free cream cheese and fat-free whipped topping helps cut the thickness you'd typically find in cheesecake. It's quick and easy and still maintains an indulgent taste without going over-the-top.

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Laurie's Amaretto Mousse Cheesecake

Amaretto cheesecake decorated with chocolate and raspberries
Kim's Cooking Now

This fluffy and elegant no-bake cheesecake delivers gourmet texture and a seamless cooking technique. It may look rich and complicated, but this simple recipe actually yields a creamy yet light result.

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Spongy Japanese Cheesecake

Spongy Japanese Cheesecake

Japanese-style cheesecake is renowned for its lighter-than-air texture, and this particular recipe yields a perfectly baked souffle cheesecake. "It tastes very very close to what we have in Japan, and what we pick up at the Japanese market in Denver," says Allrecipes Allstar Diana71.

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No Bake Lemon Cheesecake

lemon cheesecake slice with orchid garnish

This airy, tart cheesecake gets both lift and a dreamy texture thanks to the inclusion of lemon-flavored Jell-O mix. Place the evaporated milk in the freezer (but don't let it freeze) and be sure to chill your whisk attachments ahead of time to ease the mixing process — this way, you can achieve stiff peaks without compromising or overmixing the filling.

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The Best Unbaked Cherry Cheesecake Ever

The Best Unbaked Cherry Cheesecake Ever

You'll never want a baked cheesecake again after trying this recipe — the filling is incredibly light and fluffy, and the preparation is incredibly simple since all you do is mix ingredients and let them rest in the fridge. Feel free to use whatever pie filling and crust base (Oreos instead of graham crackers, for example) you like best.

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No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

overhead view of a no bake strawberry cheesecake topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries
Meredith Food Studios

Strawberry Jell-O mix is the key to this no-bake cheesecake's taste and texture. For a less intense fruit flavor, use sugar-free Jell-O mix — you can also reduce the amount of white sugar used if you prefer your cheesecake with more tang.

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Japanese Cheesecake

Japanese Cheesecake

This cheesecake recipe only utilized 3 ounces of cream cheese, and its light, fluffy consistency is mainly owed to whipped eggs. As a result, the sponge-like dessert has a bit of an eggy flavor, but it can easily be neutralized with some fruit sauce or a flavor extract.

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No Bake Cheesecake II

closeup of a slice of cheesecake with cherry pie filling on top and spilling down the side

This easy, no-bake cheesecake is a super fluffy summery treat you'll want to make again and again. It has more of a whipped cream taste than a cream cheese one, so if you want a stronger cream cheese taste simply reduce the amount of whipped topping by a touch.

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