This spongy, light cheesecake is good plain, with fresh fruit topping, or you can even frost it.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 15 mins
additional:
1 hr 35 mins
total:
3 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 8-inch cake
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8-inch round cake pan and line with parchment paper.

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  • Place cream cheese in a bowl with milk; soak for 20 minutes.

  • Heat cream cheese with milk and butter in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring frequently, until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely, at least 15 minutes.

  • Sift cake flour and cornstarch together into a bowl. Sift again into the cream cheese mixture; mix well. Add egg yolks and lemon juice and mix well.

  • Beat egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt together in a separate bowl using an electric mixer until foamy; add sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating on high speed until soft peaks form.

  • Fold cream cheese mixture into egg white mixture until well mixed; pour into the prepared pan. Place pan inside a larger baking dish and fill the baking dish with water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the cake pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheesecake is set and golden brown on top, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Turn off oven and leave cake in oven with door ajar for 1 hour. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

301 calories; protein 8.2g; carbohydrates 27.8g; fat 17.8g; cholesterol 197.1mg; sodium 174.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2017
I didnt do the water bath stuff. I just microwaved the cream cheese/milk mixture instead & baked the thing normally. I didn't do the "let sit in oven ajar for an hour" thing either. & it turned out PERFECTLY! I hate the texture of traditional cheesecake so this sounded like a great way to try it with a texture I could handle & I'm glad I did because it is delicious. Next time I will top it with whipped cream & strawberries. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/05/2018
I should have realised from the title that this cake is not going to end up like Japanese cheesecake. It should not be 'spongy'. My cake ended up being way overdone and I think that last step (leaving in oven with door open) is the reason why. I looked back to my tried and true Japanese cheesecake recipe (Cotton Soft Japanese Cheesecake from Diana's Desserts) and realised that this is more or less the same recipe, only Diana's does not say to leave it in the oven after cooking! Sigh, I am not straying from Diana's perfect recipe again. Sorry, I really wanted to like this recipe. Read More
(4)
18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2017
I didnt do the water bath stuff. I just microwaved the cream cheese/milk mixture instead & baked the thing normally. I didn't do the "let sit in oven ajar for an hour" thing either. & it turned out PERFECTLY! I hate the texture of traditional cheesecake so this sounded like a great way to try it with a texture I could handle & I'm glad I did because it is delicious. Next time I will top it with whipped cream & strawberries. Read More
(6)
Rating: 2 stars
02/05/2018
I should have realised from the title that this cake is not going to end up like Japanese cheesecake. It should not be 'spongy'. My cake ended up being way overdone and I think that last step (leaving in oven with door open) is the reason why. I looked back to my tried and true Japanese cheesecake recipe (Cotton Soft Japanese Cheesecake from Diana's Desserts) and realised that this is more or less the same recipe, only Diana's does not say to leave it in the oven after cooking! Sigh, I am not straying from Diana's perfect recipe again. Sorry, I really wanted to like this recipe. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2017
Made it exactly as the recipe said. Hate it when people change the recipe and then say it's terrible. I liked it immensely. My only complaint is it was a little underdone. Could just be my oven or incorrect water bath. Had never cooked anything in a water bath so it could be me doing something stupid. I fed some to my neighbor and he went home and made one. Good stuff and I will make it again. Thanks for posting this. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2018
Tastes really eggy. Would be better with maybe some strawberry whipped cream. I microwaved the cream cheese and it did turn out spongy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2018
I followed the recipe and it worked out great. I will be making it again as it is a great dessert that is not too sweet. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2017
I feel the 1hr 10mins is little too long. 1st 35mins set at 165 degree, last 20 mins at 150degree. The TOP little brown n texture was perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2019
This was light & delicioius - an unusual texture - but everyone loved it! Will definitely make again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/26/2020
Mine was too heavy, it’s all about the beating of the egg whites! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2020
Yes it was tasty and nice. Find it a bit too sweet. Read More
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