Recipe – New York Classic Cheesecake

When living in New York, no matter how stressful your day is, there’s always a way to enjoy the rest of the day after the sun has set. One of those things is making a creamy and delicious New York cheesecake to satisfy your sweet palette.

The New York cheesecakes usually have three layers – the graham cracker crumb crust, the inner and outer coating.

Recipe Ingredients


US measure

Metric measure

Graham cracker crumbs1 ½ cups190 grams
Butter5 tablespoons5 tablespoons
Honey1 tablespoon1 tablespoon
Sugar¼ cup55 grams
Cream cheese1, 8 ounces packages680 grams
Flour2 tablespoons2 tablespoons
Confectioners’ sugar1 tablespoon1 tablespoon
Sour cream¾ cup180g
Vanilla¾ tablespoon¾ tablespoon
Orange liqueur½ tablespoon½ tablespoon
Lemon1 grated rind
Eggs (room temperature)5
Egg yolk (room temperature)2
Sour cream1 cup240grams
Caster sugar1 tablespoon1 tablespoon
Fresh lemon juice2 teaspoons2         teaspoons

Pan Size

Dish/PanUS measureMetric measure
9 x 3 inches, Springform12 cups23 x 8 cm2.8 liters

Recipe Directions

Follow these steps to make your own classic New York-style cheesecake.

The Crust

  • Preheat the oven to 350 f (177 c)
  • Put graham crumbs, sugar, butter and honey in a bowl. Mix until well combined.
  • Using a wooden spoon, spread and press the mixture into the base and side of a greased springform pan.
  • Place the crust in a fridge for 20 minutes to chill while you make the filling.

The Filling

  • Put the cream cheese, flour, and sugar in an electric mixer bowl. Set the speed to medium and beat until smooth.
  • Add vanilla, lemon rind, orange extract and beat until well combined.
  • Add eggs. Beat until smooth.
  • Add sour cream. Beat until well combined.
  • Remove the crust from the refrigerator and pour the filling into the base.
  • Place the pan on a large baking tray. Put it in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes then reduce the temperature to 325f (163 c) (do not open the oven).
  • Continue baking bake until firm around the edges, but the center still displays motion when shaken gently. About 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven. Allow it to cool off while preparing the topping.

The Topping

  • Put sour cream, sugar, and lemon juice into a small bowl. Mix until combined.
  • Spread evenly over the warm cheese.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully remove from the oven. Put in a refrigerator and allow it to cool off for at least 3 hours.


Bring cheesecake to room temperature before cutting it into serving slices.

How best to serve the dish?

Leave in the refrigerator overnight and serve sliced with fresh fruits or chilled fruits syrups

How to store

Allow it to cool completely then cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

How long can it be stored?

You can safely store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.