Cheesecake is perhaps one of the most popular rich desserts people make outside of restaurants. The vast majority of people enjoy them, since there are wide ranges of flavours. There is a flavour for just about every taste! However, baking cheesecake can be quite finicky, since there is a fine line between perfectly mixed and overmixed and they are very prone to cracking during or after baking. The good news? Cracks in your cheesecake are simply an aesthetic issue—they do not change the taste. Regardless, if you want to produce a perfect cheesecake without cracks, we have some tips for you:
Remember The Water Bath
Many cheesecake recipes tell you to put it in a water bath—and if the recipe doesn’t, you should still do it. A water bath is your cheesecake’s best friend for preventing cracks. It helps even out the baking process. Uneven baking can cause these cracks to form in the oven! The water bath is also a great way to cool your cheesecake slower, which is the second piece of advice we have on this list for you.
The time after your cheesecake comes out of the oven is a critical time for cracks forming—this is where they happen the most often. It has to do with the drop in temperature. A fast drop is a near guarantee of cracks in the top of your cheesecake. Instead, we suggest starting by shutting off your oven and leaving the door open a little bit. You can do this for 10 to 20 minutes before taking your cheesecake out of the oven. At this point, you want it on a cooling rack. Do not flip it or take it off its base though! At most, in another few minutes you should carefully take off the sides of the springform pan. Leave your cheesecake out on the counter for a couple hours before putting it in the fridge.
The key to all of this is to slow down the cooling process as much as possible to help prevent the cheesecake from seizing and forming cracks.
Use A Topping
Okay, so this one is less about preventing the cracks in your cheesecake and more about making it seem as if there are no cracks. Sometimes even if you try everything, your cheesecake will still end up with a crack or two in it. Thankfully, there is an easy way to make it look perfect again! All you need to do is make some kind of topping to cover your cheesecake. This can be a fruit compote, chocolate ganache, et cetera. Either way, it will disguise the cracks!