Plain Old Cheesecake

It took me an hour and a half to make this cheesecake.  And it was mostly because I decided to make a sponge cake crust instead of graham cracker or Oreo. Since this cheesecake took me so long to make, this post will be pretty long too! I will be nice and post the finished product first along with a read more tag. There is no recipe with this post unfortunately.

Say cheesecake!
Say cheesecake!

Usually, I make this cheesecake with chocolate chips but I decided to go plain vanilla with the filling. My favorite cheesecake recipe comes from the back of a Taste of Home magazine from June/July 2003. I can never find it on the Taste of Home website so I usually end up digging through my horde of magazines looking for it. On Friday, I decided to change it up a little bit and I wish I hadn’t now!

What I changed to:

Sponge cake crust

No chocolate chips

Whipped topping

What I wish I hadn’t changed:

Chocolate graham cracker crust

Chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate bars)

Chocolate ganache topping

So I guess what this cheesecake was missing was chocolate! That sounds about right, doesn’t it? Everything tastes better with chocolate!

I used the sponge cake crust recipe from Junior’s in New York. I am not a good cake baker so this was a bad idea from the start. The cake tasted a little eggy and it just didn’t have the same crunch as the graham cracker crumbs.

Whipping the egg yolks for the sponge cake crust
Whipping the egg yolks for the sponge cake crust
Homemade vanilla extract. Note: I LOVE post-it notes. I use them for everything.
Homemade vanilla extract. Note: I LOVE post-it notes. I use them for everything.
If you look close, you can see the flecks of vanilla bean.
If you look close, you can see the flecks of vanilla bean.
Whipping the egg whites. I was tempted to try making these into meringues. I should have listened to myself.
Whipping the egg whites. I was tempted to try making these into meringues. I should have listened to myself.
After mixing the egg whites into the flour and egg yolk mixture, the batter went into a 10 inch springform pan.
After mixing the egg whites into the flour and egg yolk mixture, the batter went into a 10-inch springform pan.
The sponge cake crust when it was done.
The sponge cake crust when it was done.

Now, off we go to make the filling!

Four 8-oz packages of cream cheese. No sour cream or condensed milk in this cheesecake! I usually only make this when cream cheese is on sale.
Four 8-oz packages of cream cheese. No sour cream or condensed milk in this cheesecake! I usually only make this when cream cheese is on sale.
This is the second time I have gotten the half gallon of whipping cream from Costco. I only needed about 1 and a 1/3 cup of whipping cream for this cheesecake. Now I have to figure out what to do with the rest! I guess I could always make some butter!
This is the second time I have gotten the half gallon of whipping cream from Costco. I only needed about 1 and a 1/3 cup of whipping cream for this cheesecake. Now I have to figure out what to do with the rest! I guess I could always make some butter!
The batter is all whipped up after some eggs, sugar, cornstarch, whipping cream, and vanilla.
The batter is all whipped up after some eggs, sugar, cornstarch, whipping cream, and vanilla.
Into the pan and ready for the oven
Into the pan and ready for the oven
I don't have a pan big enough to fit the springform pan for a water bath, so I just set a pan of water on the rack under it.
I don’t have a pan big enough to fit the springform pan for a water bath, so I just set a pan of water on the rack under it.
This cheesecake made a big mess!
This cheesecake made a big mess!
It browned a lot :( Which is why I covered it with the whipped topping. It still tasted good though.
It browned a lot 😦 Which is why I covered it with the whipped topping. It still tasted good though. It didn’t crack though, which is what usually happens with my cheesecakes.
The finished cheesecake with some chocolate chip cookies in the background.
The finished cheesecake with some chocolate chip cookies in the background.

I would post the recipe for this but I am not sure if I can since it is from a magazine. If I could find it online, I would post the link. Since this is kind of a “mistake” post though, it probably is better this way. When I make the full recipe, I will see if I can post or find the recipe online!

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