Plain Cheesecake

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Plain Cheesecake with Strawberries


This is the best cheesecake I’ve ever made hands down. I can say that about all of the cheesecakes I make because I use this base for every single recipe. I love how creamy and rich this cheesecake is. This isn’t a crumbly dry cheesecake so be prepared to eat the most delicious, creamy cheesecake ever.

This cheesecake doesn’t crack because we prepare a water bath and adjust the baking temperatures etc. You may think “who cares no one is going to see the crack if I cover it up with whipped cream or fruit”, sure but you will know. I can’t explain how pleased I was with myself the first time I made a crackless cheesecake. I don’t care that crackless isn’t a word. I’m going to use it.

Plus think about it, you probably make cheesecake once or twice a year so why not make it perfect? Plus, you can show off to friends and family. A delicious, creamy, rich cheesecake that doesn’t crack. They’ll be all over you.

Plain Homemade cheesecake with a graham cracker crust and topped with strawberries.

Ok, before I continue bragging about this cheesecake, I’m pretty sure you’ve noticed the ridiculous crooked crust. Haha, don’t know what I was going for. Definitely, need to work on a perfectly even crust.

The Best Homemade Plain Cheesecake Recipe

5 from 9 votes

Plain Cheesecake

If you love a good ole plain cheesecake, this is the BEST cheesecake recipe you'll find! Light, sweet, and creamy, it makes for the perfect simple dessert. Serve with fresh berries or chocolate drizzle for a delicious dessert.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 25 minutes
Refrigerate: 4 hours
Total: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
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  • 1 1/2 cups graham crackers
  • 7 tbsp unsalted butter


  • 24 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Wrap an 8-inch springform pan with aluminum foil, Set aside.
  • Add melted butter to the graham cookie crumbs and press onto the bottom of an 8-in. spring form pan, Set aside.
  • For filling, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth.
  • Add sugar, sour cream, and vanilla and mix until well incorporated.
  • Add the eggs one at a time and mix until incorporated, do not overmix.
  • Pour the filling over the crust.
  • To prepare the water bath, place the 8-inch springform pan into a larger baking dish and pour in some boiling water, about 1 inch of water.
  • Place the cheesecake in the prepared water bath in the oven and let it bake for 10 minutes.
  • 1Ten minutes later reduce the heat to 300 F and let it bake for an additional 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • 1Turn the oven off and let it sit in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • 1Open the oven doors slightly and let it sit for an additional 10 minutes.
  • 1Carefully remove cheesecake from water bath and run a knife along the sides
  • 1Let the cheesecake cool at room temperature for about 1 hour and then place it in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours.
  • 1Decorate it with fresh strawberries, if desired and enjoy!



Calories: 628kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 196mg | Sodium: 432mg | Potassium: 210mg | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 1720IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 1.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Refrigerate: 4 hours
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 628
Keyword: Easy Cheesecake, Plain Cheesecake
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