7 Proven-Effective Tips for Making the Best New York Cheesecake

Are you an avid New York Style Cheesecake fan like us? That’s good to hear! You have come to the right place!

To be honest, even though its ingredients are simple, it can be a bit intimidating to make.

Primarily because it is custard, which actually means that at the same time you have to worry about over- and under-cooking. However, with the right guidelines, this classic is completely doable, even for beginners.

Take a look at this article and find out tips for making the best New York cheesecake ever!

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Tips for Making the Best New York Cheesecake

When we look at all the cakes we have ever eaten, we can safely say that we haven’t met a disastrous cheesecake yet. Take these tips into account and it’s guaranteed that you won’t either.

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Tip #1: Choose the Right Ingredients

The right ingredients are the key to good results. This is especially true for cheesecake, the quality of which, as the name suggests, depends on the type of cream cheese you use.

Culinary experts recommend using full-fat cream cheese and sour cream. Namely, only they can guarantee the best consistency and richness of taste.

Keep in mind that now is not the time to cut back on the fat, it’s best to save that for some other occasion, now enjoy the fullness and smoothness that only NY-style cheesecake can offer.

Tip #2: Keep the Ingredients at Room Temperature

To create that smooth luscious filling, it is necessary to use room temperature ingredients. Simply remove the ingredients from the refrigerator two hours earlier, this will be enough for them to reach the desired temperature without the risk of spoilage.

Tip #3: Avoid Over-Beating the Batter

Speaking of tips for making the best New York cheesecake, trust us, you want to skip this one! Namely, when you over-beat the batter, you actually introduce too much unnecessary air, which will eventually cause the cheesecake to rise and fall drastically once it’s out of the oven.

Basically, stick to medium speed and stop the process as soon as it is beaten.

Tip #4: Moisture, Moisture & Some More Moisture

Is it even necessary to emphasize how important moisture is to the perfect NY-style cheesecake? Never skip the water bath if you want the perfect texture in your cheesecake. It’s a guarantee for the creamiest and most decadent dessert you have tried in your life.

Simply place hot water around the cheesecake as it bakes in the oven and that’s it.

Tip #5: Low Temperature Only

It is very important that you place the rack (if you have that option at all) in the lower third of the oven. In this way, you will avoid the cake burning on top, and the inside remaining raw.

Tip #6: Don’t Peek

We don’t think it’s necessary to explain why it’s not advisable to peek into the oven long before the very end of baking. Once you open it, you will let all the steam out, and honestly, after going to the trouble of setting up all those water baths, we bet you don’t even think about wasting your time and effort.

Tip #7: Let Your Cheesecake Cool

Let it cool! Did you know that cheesecakes are among the most delicate desserts ever? If you take them out of the oven too quickly, you risk them collapsing and cracking.

Therefore, it would be best to turn off the oven and let it come to room temperature inside the oven.

Once it reaches the desired temperature, store it in the refrigerator overnight and enjoy.

That’s it, these were proven tips for making the best New York cheesecake.


To summarize the tips for making the best New York cheesecake, it is necessary to be careful, not to overdo it, provide enough moisture and avoid opening the oven before the very end of baking.

If you have any questions, please, let us know in the section below.

Author’s bio

Karen Rutherford is founder and editor in chief at Cheesecake's World. You will often find her in the kitchen trying out some new recipes. 
As a pâtissière and baking enthusiast, Karen has decided to share her knowledge with the internet audience and provide the best tips and recipes for baking and decorating your favorite sweets.
Julie Higgins
Julie is a Staff Writer at momooze.com. She has been working in publishing houses before joining the editorial team at momooze. Julie's love and passion are topics around beauty, lifestyle, hair and nails.