Cotton Soft Japanese Cheesecake

Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 35 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins

This is a very soft and light cheesecake, not heavy and dense like New York cheesecakes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Prepare an 8-inch round cake pan by lightly greasing and lining the bottom and sides of it with greaseproof baking paper or parchment paper. Note: You don't want to use a springform pan unless it is water tight because this cake is baked in a water bath.
  3. Melt cream cheese, butter and milk over a double boiler.
  4. Cool the mixture.
  5. Fold in the flour, cornstarch, egg yolks, lemon juice and mix well.
  6. Whisk egg whites with cream of tartar until foamy.
  7. Add the sugar into the egg white mixture and whisk until soft peaks form.
  8. Add the egg white mixture to the cheese mixture.
  9. Carefully fold until well blended! Do not overmix or the cheesecake will be dense and heavy.
  10. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
  11. Bake cheesecake in a water bath for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until set and golden brown.


Most Helpful

This is WONDERFUL!! It is like a cheesecake with an angelfood cake texture - but softer. It's kinda like eating a "dense cloud". And it's not too sweet, but just sweet enough. Pure cheesecake heaven!! This will be made many times over at my house and on special occasions. Thanks so much!! Made for Unrated Asian tag of 2009.

kellychris July 09, 2009

This recipe turned out really good! It was nice and fluffy with just enough sweetness and a slight tang. I did change the recipe a little after reading some of the other reviews. Instead of the lemon juice, I put in about 2 tablespoons of sour cream which I melted along with the cream cheese mixture in a sauce pan on low heat mixing every once in a while. I also added about a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the cooled mixture before sifting the salt, cornstarch, and cake flour in. I didn't use cream of tartar in my egg whites but it still whipped up just fine. I folded in the egg white mixture one third at a time into the cream cheese mixture, gently folding it just until it was one cohesive mixture. Since my pan was not watertight, I wrapped the bottom of my pan in a few layers of tinfoil before putting in the mixture to ensure that no water seeped in. I then sifted the batter into a 9" springform pan to ensure that no lumps made it into the final product. At the one hour and ten minute mark my cheesecake was nice and golden so I inserted a toothpick to check if it was done and it was. I immediately removed the cake from the water bath and pan and waited for it to cool before digging in. Yum!

Unica C. December 12, 2016

The suggested cook time is 1 hour and 45 minutes. I realize that everyone's ovens are differnt. After 2 hours in the oven, the middle was still very gooey.

lucasbrennan93 February 29, 2016

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