Ricotta Cheesecake

Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake with mixed berries and chocolate syrup. from #dietersdownfall.comChocolate Cake with Cheesecake Center – Day One – Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

I love Cheesecake and I love Chocolate Cake, so I figured that I should combine the two into a wonderful dessert. This week, I’ve got an amazing Ricotta Cheesecake, Vanilla Bean Buttercream, and a Devil’s Food Cake Combination. There’s something for everyone!

Ricotta Cheesecake, Vanilla Bean Buttercream and Devil's Food Cake, combined into an amazing dessert. from #dietersdownfall.comThis cheesecake is only the second one I’ve ever baked. The neat thing about this recipe is that instead of using cream cheese, I used Ricotta cheese. This gives the cheesecake a lighter, less dense, texture as well as a slightly milder flavor.

I loved the addition of the lemon and rum. It added a hint of flavor without overriding the creamy dairy taste.

Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake with mixed berries and chocolate syrup. from #dietersdownfall.comI have to admit that my cheesecake top totally cracked! It cracked bad! I didn’t use a waterbath with it and I really regretted not taking the time to make one. Big Mistake. I just thought that the creamy cheese would be moist enough.

I almost didn’t take pictures it. I was a bit embarrassed.

However, I had just gone to Costco and had bought a ton of berries, so I used them to cover up the ugly cracks. And Voila! No more ugly top! Nobody would ever know. It’s the perfect disguise.

Crustless Ricotta Cheesecake with lemon zest and fresh berries. from #dietersdownfall.comThe fruit and the cheesecake were beautiful together.

I baked this cheesecake to be sandwiched between two layers of cake. If you are going to make this cheesecake by itself, you can add a graham cracker or cookie crust to the bottom. That’s easy to make mixing 2 cups of crushed cookie crumbs with 4 to 5 tablespoons of melted butter and pre-cooking it for 10 minutes.

Ricotta Cheesecake

Cook time: 

Ricotta Cheesecake lightly flavored with lemon and rum. If the top cracks, just cover it with fresh fruit.
  • 2 pounds Ricotta Cheese, drained
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup light rum
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Mixed Berries and Chocolate sauce for topping
  1. Drain the ricotta cheese overnight. Place it into a fine sieve lined with paper towels or cheesecloth. Place the sieve over a bowl and leave it in the fridge overnight, at least 8 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325℉. Prepare a springform pan with parchment paper. Line the bottom and sides. Use melted butter or non-stick spray to help the parchment stick to the sides.
  3. Place the drained cheese into a food processor and process until smooth. Add in the egg yolks, sugar, rum, flour, lemon zest, vanilla and salt and process until well blended.
  4. Whip the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks. Fold the cheese mixture into the egg whites and then transfer to the prepared springform pan.
  5. Bake the cheesecake for 60 to 75 minutes and the internal temperature reads 150℉. The edges will be firm, but the center will still look "unset".
  6. Remove the pan and allow to cool for 2 to 3 hours. Remove the sides of the pan, wrap the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  7. Let the cheesecake stand at room temperature for 30 minutes while you add the mixed berries and drizzle chocolate sauce before serving.
Recipe from Baking Illustrated


  1. I really like this gorgeous chhesecake. I’ll compliment.

  2. Christie C says:

    This recipe sounds lovely. But could you recommend anything other then rum? I cannot stand the smell of it let alone the taste of it. And I would love to make your devils food cake and ricotta cheese cake.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this at the Cook it! Craft it! Share it! link party. Cheesecake if my favorite dessert, I can’t wait to make it myself. -Doree

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  5. This looks so good Karyn! So pretty too:)

  6. This looks delicious! I love the use of ricotta and lemon topped by mixed berries and chocolate…great flavor combination here! Thanks for sharing another great recipe!

  7. It looks so pretty and I bet tastes amazing. Thank goodness for fresh fruit and chocolate…no one would ever know about the crack under there.

  8. ruthcataldo232 says:

    OMGOODNESS! This looks incredible! Great job! I would have never known it cracked – I actually came to take a look at this recipe (I saw it featured at a link party) to see how you did it as my first cheesecake cracked REALLY badly! Good to know it happens to many bakers…..and that’s a great tip for covering it up!

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      Perfect! My disguise worked perfectly! I should have made a water bath for it, but I skipped it. Lesson learned.

  9. girl you almost chucked this? goodness if you did i woulda cried knowing this was in the trash, cracks and all…maybe i’ll just hang out by your garbage next time. :>O

  10. This looks amazing! Also, congrats because you are featured on this week’s Do Tell Tuesday link party and have been pinned to our features board! Feel free to grab a button and link up this week too. https://www.vintagezest.com/2014/04/do-tell-tuesday-21-with-features.html

    Diane @ Vintage Zest

  11. Kathie mcfarlin says:

    Can you use homemade ricotta cheese?

  12. Karyn, I love this recipe….it looks so delicious! I have been looking for a recipe for cheesecake that I could love for a long time, and I think I just found it. I love cheesecake, but I’ve been looking for something a little extra…this is it….thanks for sharing!

  13. This looks divine! I’ve always been intimidated by the idea of making cheesecake at home, maybe its in my own best interest considering I have NO self control when it comes to cheese cake. In fact, I’d like some right now.
    Xoxo K

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      Soft cheeses are easy, but they do take a little bit of time. Give it a try!
      The cheesecake was WONDERFUL!!


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