This Strawberry Cheesecake is the perfect summertime dessert that is both creamy and dreamy. This homemade version has an airiness to it that store-bought cheesecakes simply cannot duplicate.

This gorgeous dessert with golden graham cracker crust edges is topped with fresh strawberries and Strawberry Sauce and is a keeper for sure.

sliced strawberry cheesecake dessert topped with fresh sliced strawberries and drizzled with strawberry sauce

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When summer rolls around, our garden is bursting with fresh strawberries and we cannot get enough of them. We love them in desserts, from Strawberry Pretzel Salad to Strawberry Scones – and our family’s favorite, New York-style Strawberry Cheesecake.

Easy Strawberry Cheesecake

Homemade cheesecake sounds intimidating, but it was actually simple, and one of the first desserts I learned how to make when my husband and I got married because it’s so easy!

Decorating is a breeze – Simply add sliced strawberries to the top, spoon the strawberry sauce right on, and you’re done. It will look impressive, and best of all, it’s a make-ahead dessert that takes the pressure off of the host and gets you back to the table to enjoy the company of your family and friends.

Strawberry Cheesecake Video

Watch our video tutorial for Strawberry Cheesecake to see just how easy it is to make. The hardest part is waiting for the cheesecake to chill in the fridge overnight before slicing into it.

Ingredients

Golden Graham Cracker Crust:

  • Graham Cracker Crumbs – you can buy pre-crushed, crush them yourself in a Ziploc bag, or pulse your own in a food processor or blender
  • Unsalted Butter – moistens the graham cracker crumbs and keeps them set in the pan
  • Granulated Sugar – helps bind the crust together

Strawberry Cheesecake:

  • Cream Cheese – for the classic taste of cheesecake. Be sure to use room-temperature cream cheese so you do not have lumps in your cheesecake
  • Granulated Sugar – adds just the right amount of sweetness
  • Eggs – be sure to use room-temperature eggs
  • Sour Cream – creates a more dense and smooth cheesecake
  • Vanilla – use our homemade vanilla recipe for the best flavor
  • Strawberry Topping – our Strawberry Sauce recipe makes the best topping and it’s just 3 ingredients: strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice.
  • Strawberries – you’ll need about 1/2 lb of fresh strawberries to garnish the top
Strawberry cheesecake ingredients cream cheese eggs sour cream sugar graham crackers butter

Our Favorite Cheesecake Crust

This simple crust uses only 3 ingredients and is so simple to make.

  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl and stir until moistened.
  2. Press the crumbs into a 9-inch springform pan lined with parchment, going 3/4 of the way up the sides. I use a measuring cup with a straight edge to press the crumbs into the pan.
  3. Bake for 8 minutes at 350˚F and then cool to room temperature.

Pro Tip: We used a classic graham cracker crust but you can change up the flavor by using any crisp cookie such as chocolate Oreo cookies (cream removed), Vanilla Wafers, or Biscoff shortbread.

Photos showing steps to prepare graham cracker crumb crust in springform pan

How to Make Strawberry Cheesecake

  1. Wrap Your Pan With Foil – Place 2 sheets of extra-wide heavy-duty foil on the counter. Set your springform pan in the center and fold the foil up the sides of the pan (be careful to avoid rips). Fan the foil out at the top to keep the rim clear for rising.
  2. Mix Cream Cheese and Sugar – Preheat your oven to 450˚F. Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and sugar on medium/high speed for 5 minutes until smooth, scraping the bowl as needed.
  3. Add Eggs – Reduce speed to medium and add eggs one at a time, letting them incorporate between each addition.
  4. Reduce speed to low and add sour cream and vanilla to the cream cheese, mixing just until incorporated. Pour the batter over the crust.
preparing cheesecake with graham cracker crust

How to Bake a Cheesecake in a Water Bath

Baking with the water bath method is the secret to ensuring a perfect rise and a level top. The water around the cake keeps it baking at a consistent temperature and helps to prevent cracks. The foil will act as a barrier and prevent any water from touching your cheesecake.

  1. Boil a pot of water (boil extra to ensure there’s enough). Set your cheesecake pan in a deep roasting pan and pour hot water into the roasting pan, going halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  2. Carefully transfer the cheesecake to the center oven rack and bake at 450˚F for 15 minutes then reduce heat to 225˚F without opening the door and bake another 60-75 minutes or until the center of the cheesecake barely wobbles when you move the pan.
  3. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let it rest in the roasting pan for 45 minutes then transfer the springform pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator overnight before slicing.

How to Make Strawberry Topping

We used our famous Strawberry Sauce and turned it into a cheesecake topping. You’ll love that the sauce can also be made ahead.

To make the sauce: combine sugar, lemon juice, and strawberries and let it simmer for 20-23 minutes until the strawberries break down, release their juices, and turn syrupy.

four images showing how to make strawberry topping with sugar in a saucepan

Pro Tip: If you have any strawberry sauce left over, drizzle it onto your pancakes or waffles for breakfast.

Common Questions

Can I bake this recipe without using a water bath?

Yes, while a water bath helps to prevent cracks, see our Blueberry Cheesecake recipe for our favorite no-water bath cheesecake baking method.

Can I serve this right away?

Cheesecake needs time to chill and set in the refrigerator, which is why this is the perfect make-ahead dessert. Serving it too soon will be very messy to cut into and the texture will be goopy. Be sure to chill your cheesecake for at least 6 hours.

What if my cheesecake cracks while baking?

If your cheesecake does end up cracking in the oven, don’t stress. Just pour that lovely strawberry topping right over the top and nobody will even notice.

How will I know when my cheesecake is done baking?

The best way to test your cheesecake is to tap the pan gently. If you see the cheesecake is nearly set, with little movement, it is done. If it ripples or sloshes, it needs more time in the oven.

Pro Tip: Before cutting into your cheesecake, soak your knife in a tall glass of hot water to heat it. Wipe your knife with a paper towel between slices. Using a warm, clean knife will ensure perfect lines with each cut.

Cheesecake Toppings

We love this recipe during the summer because we have an abundance of fresh strawberries growing in our garden, but this cheesecake is great year-round. The possibilities are endless, but here are a few of our favorite go-to toppings for you to try:

sliced strawberry cheesecake dessert topped with fresh sliced strawberries

Make-Ahead

  • To Refrigerate: According to the USDA food safety recommendations, cheesecake can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. We do not recommend that you add fresh fruit or strawberry topping until you are ready to serve the cheesecake.
  • Freezing: Cheesecake is very freezer friendly. After the cake chills in the refrigerator overnight, wrap it in heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container. Store it in the freezer for 2-3 months.
  • To Thaw: Unwrap the frozen cheesecake and set it on a plate in the refrigerator overnight.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe

5 from 35 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
strawberry cheesecake sliced on a plate with strawberries and strawberry sauce drizzled on top
This beautiful Strawberry Cheesecake recipe is light and creamy, with a sweet strawberry sauce drizzled on top. This is the perfect make-ahead dessert.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Chilling Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 10 hours

Ingredients 

Servings: 12 slices

For the Crust:

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs, from 15-16 whole crackers
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar

For the Cheesecake:

  • 2 lb cream cheese, room temperature (4 packages, 8-oz each)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract

For the Strawberry Topping

  • 1 lb strawberries, rinsed, hulled and thinly sliced, plus 1/2 lb more to garnish
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, or more to taste
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice, from 1/2 Lemon

Instructions

How to Make the Cheesecake

  • Prep: Preheat the oven to 350˚F with a rack in the center of your oven. Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment for an easier release.
  • In a medium bowl, combine graham crackers with sugar then stir in melted butter. Mix until moistened. Press crumbs into your prepared pan, going 3/4 of the way up the sides. Bake in the center of the oven at 350˚F for 8 minutes then cool to room temperature.
  • Increase the oven to 450˚F. Place 2 sheets of extra-wide heavy-duty foil on the counter. Set the springform pan in the center and fold the foil up the sides of the pan ensuring there are no rips. Fan the foil out slightly at the tops to keep the rim clear for rising.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and 1 cup sugar on medium/high speed for 5 minutes until completely smooth, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  • Reduce speed to medium and add eggs one at a time, letting them incorporate between each addition and scraping down the bowl as needed.
  • Reduce speed to low and add sour cream and vanilla and mix just until incorporated. Pour batter over the cooled crust.

How to Bake Cheesecake in a Water Bath

  • Boil a pot of water (boil more than you think you'll need). Set your foil-wrapped cheesecake pan in a deep roasting pan. Pour hot water around the edges about halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  • Carefully transfer the cheesecake to the center rack of the oven and bake at 450˚F for 15 minutes then reduce heat to 225˚F and, without opening the door, bake an additional 65-75 minutes or until the center of the cheesecake wobbles slightly when you jolt the pan.
  • Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let it rest in the roasting pan with water for 45 minutes then transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight to fully set before slicing.

How to Make Strawberry Topping

  • In a medium saucepan, combine chopped strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar. Set over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and continue simmering, stirring occasionally for 20-23 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened. Cool to room temperature then refrigerate until serving. 
  • When ready to serve the cheesecake, garnish the top with fresh halved or quartered strawberries. Serve slices of cheesecake generously drizzled with the strawberry sauce topping.

Notes

For best results, be sure to fully preheat your oven and bake in a conventional oven (not convection). We highly recommend an in-oven thermometer to ensure the temperature is correct. 

Nutrition Per Serving

1slice Serving531kcal Calories43g Carbs8g Protein37g Fat21g Saturated Fat2g Polyunsaturated Fat10g Monounsaturated Fat0.3g Trans Fat166mg Cholesterol361mg Sodium223mg Potassium1g Fiber32g Sugar1368IU Vitamin A23mg Vitamin C110mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 slice
Amount per Serving
Calories
531
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
37
g
57
%
Saturated Fat
 
21
g
131
%
Trans Fat
 
0.3
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
10
g
Cholesterol
 
166
mg
55
%
Sodium
 
361
mg
16
%
Potassium
 
223
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
43
g
14
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
32
g
36
%
Protein
 
8
g
16
%
Vitamin A
 
1368
IU
27
%
Vitamin C
 
23
mg
28
%
Calcium
 
110
mg
11
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry cheesecake, strawberry cheesecake recipe
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 531

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Ashley
    February 3, 2024

    I made this for my sons birthday and it was sooo good and came out perfect. Everyone loved it. The only change I’d make is make more crust. For the life of me, I couldn’t get the crust as high as it should be.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 3, 2024

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Ashley! I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Happy Birthday to your son!

      Reply

  • Shebra
    November 28, 2023

    Natasha, the cheesecake factory has nothing compared to your cheesecake. It’s called homemade and delicious! I love strawberry cheesecake. My husband really enjoyed it, he tells me to stick with Natasha!!! This recipe is so, so delicious. It was easier than I thought and makes plenty. This is definitely a keeper. Everything I’ve made of yours is a keeper! Thanks for sharing! You are my go to!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 28, 2023

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Shebra! I’m so happy you found a favovire on my blog!

      Reply

  • Alexia
    November 18, 2023

    Hi Natasha, how do you add mix in’s to this recipe? For example, Oreo, Mini Eggs? Can you add mix in’s — Will it be too heavy and not come out?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 18, 2023

      Hi Alexia! I have not tested any mix in’s to advise. I’m sorry.

      Reply

  • Alexia
    November 13, 2023

    Hi Natasha, love your recipes! What is the difference between your strawberry cheesecake recipe and the perfect cheesecake recipe?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 13, 2023

      Hi Alexia! They are actually quite similar.

      Reply

  • Cindy Salazar
    August 19, 2023

    Gracias Natasha por tus recetas
    Siempre salen perfectas y deliciosas

    Reply

  • Zorex
    August 9, 2023

    Hi Natasha
    I’ve been using your recipes for years now and this one was just a hit …really delicious.
    Can I do half of the recipe next time? Will it come out as fluffy?
    Tnx

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 9, 2023

      Hi Zorex! I’m glad you love the recipe! Without adjusting the pan size, it won’t be as thick
      And fluffy.

      Reply

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