Japanese Cheesecake


  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 1 (8-ounce) block full-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 1/2 of a lemon)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (60g) cake flour
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting, optional
  • Berries, for garnish, optional


  1. Preheat the oven and prepare the pan:Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease the bottom and sides of an 8×3-inch round cake pan with butter. Cut a sheet piece of parchment paper into 4 strips: two 16 1/2 x 2-inch strips and two 16 1/2 x 4-inch strips.Grease the two 2-inch strips and crisscross them in the center of the pan, greased sides down, so they make an “x” in the bottom of the pan. Press them into the edges and up the sides (this creates a sling that will help you remove the cake from the pan once it is baked). Line the bottom of the pan with an 8-inch round piece of parchment. Grease one side of each of the 4-inch strips of parchment and wrap them around the inside walls of the pan with the greased sides touching the sides of the pan. They will overlap and create a collar that is higher than the rim of the cake pan. Set aside while you make the cheesecake.
    Round Cake Pan, Buttered and Covered With Two Thin Sheets of Parchment Paper (Making an X) for Japanese Cheesecake RecipeRound Cake Pan Lined With More Parchment Paper for Japanese Cheesecake RecipeSimply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe
  2. Separate the eggs:Put a kettle or pot of water on to boil. You’ll use this for the water bath later.Separate the eggs. Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer. Place the yolks in a small bowl.In One Large Bowl, Egg Whites, and Next to It, a Smaller Bowl With Egg Yolks. The Shells on the Counter.
  3. Combine the dairy and sugar:Place a large saucepan with 1 inch of water in the bottom over medium heat and bring to a simmer. In a large, heat-safe bowl (that sits snuggly on top of the saucepan), add the butter, cream cheese, heavy cream, sour cream, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Set the bowl over the simmering water.Stir with a whisk until the cream cheese is melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat.
    Cream, Butter, Sour Cream, and Cream Cheese in a Heat Safe Bowl, Sitting on a Pot of Water (Double Boiler Method) for Japanese CheesecakeCream Cheese Mixture Whisked Together Using the Double Boiler Method for Japanese Cheesecake Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe
  4. Finish the cream cheese base:Whisk in the lemon juice and vanilla extract, then whisk in the egg yolks one at a time.Sprinkle cake flour over the batter and whisk to incorporate. Don’t overmix.
    Egg Yolks Whisked Into Cream Cheese Mixture One by OnePile of Sifted Dry Ingredients in the Bowl of Cream Cheese MixtureSimply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe
  5. Make the meringue:In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium speed until they become opaque and foamy. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar while mixing, a spoonful at a time, and continue to beat on medium speed until firm peaks form. If you remove the whisk, the peak will hold upright but the tip will fold back on itself. Don’t overbeat the meringue, making it crumbly.
    Spoon Used to Add Sugar to Egg White Meringue on a Stand Mixer Whisk Attachment and More Meringue in the Bowl Below Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe
  6. Fold in the egg whites:Using a whisk, gently fold 1/3 of the meringue into the cream cheese mixture just until no streaks remain. Be gentle to avoid knocking the air out of the egg whites. Repeat, incorporating a third of the meringue at a time. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan.
    Meringue Carefully Whisked Into the Cream Cheese MixtureJapanese Cheesecake Batter Added to Parchment Paper Lined Round Cake Pan Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe
  7. Bake the cheesecake:Place the cake pan inside a roasting pan that will fit the 8-inch pan inside. Place both pans on the middle rack inside your preheated oven. Carefully pour a few inches of hot water into the roasting pan, careful to not get water on the cheesecake, until the water is halfway up the side of the cake pan.Bake the cheesecake until the top is golden brown and set, about 1 hour. Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake inside for 15 minutes. Crack the oven door slightly (you can use the handle of a wooden spoon if needed) and allow the cheesecake to sit inside for an additional 15 minutes.
    Hot Water Added to a Roasting Pan With the Cake Pan on It
  8. Cool and serve the cheesecake:Remove the water bath and cheesecake from the oven. Lift the cheesecake out of the water bath and place it on a wire rack to cool completely to room temperature for an hour. Using the parchment paper strips, gently lift the cheesecake out of the pan. Peel the parchment off from around the sides. The cheesecake can be served at room temperature or chilled. If desired, sift powdered sugar on the cake before serving. A serrated knife is the best for making clean slices.Refrigerate the cheesecake, covered, for up to 1 week, freeze for up to 1 month. If freezing the cheesecake, defrost overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

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