Junior's Famous Cheesecake

"When I orignally posted this back in Jan 2002, I said I had not tried this recipe because it looked like a lot of work. Flash forward to Easter 2007..I finally broke down and made this, and I was right, it is indeed, a lot of work. But it is so worth it. This tastes just like the Junior's cheesecake I ordered off of QVC. I made it again last night for a co-workers birthday and brought it in...everyone was swooning and begging for the recipe! Next time I make this I will make the sponge cake layer a day ahead and just cover it tightly with tin foil and leave it out overnight. You do want to make this a day ahead before you plan to serve it as it's best chilled for at least 8 hours. Enjoy!!!"
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Ready In:
2hrs 10mins




  • Sponge cake: Preheat the oven to 350 F and generously butter a 9-inch springform pan.
  • Sift the cake flour, baking powder, and salt together ina medium sized bowl and set aside.
  • Beat the egg yolks together in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high for 3 minutes.
  • Then, with the mixer still running, gradually add the 1/3 cup of sugar and continue beating until thick light-yellow ribbons form in the bowl, about 5 minutes more.
  • Beat in the vanilla and lemon extracts.
  • Sift the flour mixture over the batter and stir it in by hand until mo more white flecks appear.
  • Then blend in the butter.
  • In a clean bowl, using clean dry beaters, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar together on high until frothy.
  • Gradually add the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form (the whites should stand up in stiff peaks, but not be dry).
  • Stir about 1/3 cup of the whites into the batter, then gently fold in the remaining whites (don't worry if a few white specks remain).
  • Gently spoon the batter into the pan.
  • Bake the cake just until the center of the cake springs back when lightly touched, only about 10 minutes (watch carefully!) Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack while you continue making the cheesecake filling.
  • Do not remove the cake from the pan.
  • Cream Cheese Filling---------------.
  • Place one 8-ounce package of the cream cheese, 1/3 cup of the sugar, and the cornstarch in a large bowl.
  • Beat with an electric mixer on low until creamy, about 3 minutes, then beat in the remaining 3 packages of the cream cheese.
  • Increase the mixer speed to high and beat in the remaining 1 1/3 cups of the sugar, then beat in the vanilla.
  • Blend in the eggs, one at a time, beating the batter well after each one.
  • Blend in heavy cream.
  • At this point mix the filling only until completely blended (just like they do at Junior's) Be careful not to overmix the batter.
  • Gently spoon the cheese filling on top of the baked sponge cake layer.
  • Place the springform pan in a large shallow pan containing hot water that comes about 1 inch up the side of the pan.
  • Bake the cheesecake until the center barely jiggles when you shake the pan, about 1 hour.
  • Cool the cake on a wire rack for 1 hour.
  • Then cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until it's completely cold, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Remove the sides of the springform pan.
  • Slide the cake off of the bottom of the pan onto a serving plate.
  • Or, if you wish, simply leave the cake on the removable bottom of the pan and place it on a serving plate.
  • Store any leftover cheesecake in the refrigerator.

Questions & Replies

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  1. lizzie052456
    I followed the recipe to the t! My cheesecake is still not fully baked after 1 hour. What did I do wrong?
  2. Sweetjanetlynn
    When cheesecake is finished baking, do you leave it in the oven or take it out Most cheesecake recipes leave in the oven for 30 minutes
  3. doravino
    I want to make 2 cheesecake, should I change to oven temperature. 9 in


  1. Chef Joe Beef
    Hey there. I just got an email that my Junior's cheesecake recipe was just deleted off the site because there is a similar one listed....here it is. I am sad to see you have not made it yourself. I made this for Thanksgiving at my parents house last year. The only other dessert that was touched out of 8 desserts was the pumpkin pie and that was by me, I had to have a slice...everyone else ate the cheesecake. Everyone there begged me for the recipe. Imagine that, a gaggle of jewish grandmothers asking the 29 year old tattooed mechanic how to make a cheesecake. The most important part of this cheesecake is to let all the ingredients sit out to get to room temperature before you start. This is VERY IMPORTANT. Also, do not skip any ingredients if you do not have them (like cream of tartar) It may not seem important, but the recipe is exact and the instructions are very clear. I would recommend everyone go out and buy the Junior's cookbook.
  2. Brian C.
    Ever since my speedy brother bought a couple of Junior's assortments for me, I have been obsessed with emulating the recipe. I did a couple of coats though. I usually pre-bake and freeze a box mix, that way I can change the flavors. I find that if you spit the batter into three pans, it is the right thickness. I then freeze the cakes for later use. I also increased the whipping cream to a full cup from 3/4 for the batter. To make a fancier looking cake, I piped whipping cream on the top and added a lemon zest for this as I was using lemon cake mix. Everyone raved about it. I also use a rubber bath device to amour the foil wrap, which always leaked on me: https://easybathcheesecakewrap.com
    • Review photo by Brian C.
  3. Kristin Fiteni
    My mom made this cheesecake for years for holidays since it was published in the local news paper in the early 2000s. This cake, and Rose berenbaums cheesecake from "The Cake bible" are my two favorate cheesecake recipe I use interchangably. I barely try any others. This recipe I beleve is over 60 years old snd has been a favorate since. I would follow t
  4. bmcmains
    I, too, recommend getting Juniors cookbook. Everything I have cooked from it has turned out excellent and worth the time. There are more instructions for this recipe, such as the beating times for each addition, etc in the cookbook. This recipe far exceeds any Cheesecake factory cheesecake if followed correctly. Ideas I have used are - mixing a little pumpkin in with a little of the batter in a side dish and then incorporating it into the whole batter ( I use a ginger snap crust for this), or mashing some berries, patting out some of the juice and layering this in as well. Also, try mashing oreos to blend in (just a little) and using an oreo crust. I am very careful about any extra fluid. Today I am going to try a little key lime pie filling and see how it works/tastes. Good luck, you won't be sorry for the time spent. Get the cookbook:)
  5. deb s.
    This is THE BEST cheesecake I've ever had. Only change I made was using Graham cracker crust and I only had 1 Tbsp vanilla so used lemon juice to compensate. The filling is super creamy, not too sweet, not too tart and a bit lighter than others. It's all gone after our Thanksgiving meal and I've been told to only use this recipe from now on. This will be my go to cheesecake from now on. Thank you!!!


  1. Junita B.
    I didn’t change a thing...the recipe is perfect.
  2. carterkk
    Finally got around to using this recipe to make myself a cheesecake. It was FANTASTIC, the only change I did was I used plain whipping cream instead of heavy, and I used 1cup instead of 3/4cup. Used a coconut cookie base instead of the sponge cake. Again, fantastic recipe, looking for other versions like a berry swirl.


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