Strawberry cheesecake in 4 easy steps

Strawberry cheesecake in 4 easy steps

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Prep: 30 mins Plus 1 hr and overnight chilling


Cuts into 12 slices

Follow our step-by-step recipe for this easy no-cook cheesecake – a delicious summer dessert for all occasions

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  • 250g digestive biscuit
  • 100g butter, melted



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 600g soft cheese
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 284ml pot double cream

For the topping

  • 400g punnet strawberry, halved



    Once available in Britain for just a brief period during the summer, strawberries are now a year…

  • 25g icing sugar


  1. EQUIPMENT: 23cm loose-bottomed tin, baking parchment, plastic food bag, rolling pin, large bowl, dessert spoon, chopping board, kitchen knife, electric mixer, spatula, serving plate, blender or food processor, sieve

  2. Make the base: Butter and line a 23cm loose-bottomed tin with baking parchment. Put 250g digestive biscuits in a plastic food bag and crush to crumbs using a rolling pin. Transfer the crumbs to a bowl, then pour over 100g melted butter. Mix thoroughly until the crumbs are completely coated. Tip them into the prepared tin and press firmly down into the base to create an even layer. Chill in the fridge for 1 hr to set firmly.

  3. Remove the vanilla seeds from 1 pod: Slice the vanilla pod in half lengthways, leaving the tip intact, so that the two halves are still joined. Holding onto the tip of the pod, scrape out the seeds using the back of a kitchen knife.

  4. Make the filling: Place 600g soft cheese, 100g icing sugar and the vanilla seeds in a bowl, then beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Tip in 284ml pot double cream and continue beating until the mixture is completely combined. Now spoon the cream mixture onto the biscuit base, working from the edges inwards and making sure that there are no air bubbles. Smooth the top of the cheesecake down with the back of a dessert spoon or spatula. Leave to set in the fridge overnight.

  5. Un-moulding and topping: Bring the cheesecake to room temperature, about 30 mins before serving. To un-mould, place the base on top of a can, then gradually pull the sides of the tin down. Slip the cake onto a serving plate, removing the lining paper and base. Purée half the 400g punnet strawberries in a blender or food processor with 25g icing sugar and 1 tsp water, then sieve. Pile the remaining strawberries onto the cake, then pour over purée.

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Comments (364)

Brooke f's picture

I have made this so many times it is awsome

Lcb 2's picture

I made this cheesecake but didn't use the strawberry topping as I wanted a plain cheesecake to pour salted caramel sauce over it ,there was loads of mixture ,I made 4 x 3 1/2 inch poachette rings and 2 x 5 inch round cake tins with the amount of mixture it made ,I used mascarpone cheese in my mixture,if I was making a single cheesecake I think I would reduced the cheesecake mixture by 100 g of mascarpone making that 500 g and reduce the icing sugar by 25 g making it 75 g ,I whipped my cream before adding it ,it worked out fab and tasted fantastic, will Def make again and again :)

elvis's picture

I've made this so often and have never had a problem with it. Always get compliments when this is served. Find a mix of full fat and light Philadelpia gives the best results as can be too rich when all full fat. Try grating some lemon zest into creamy mix and instead of strawberries put some blueberries in a pot with a slug of alchohol and simmer for a couple of minutes. If not sweet enough stir in some icing sugar, cool and serve with cake.

leabamalloga's picture

Great recipe. Had this for a family party and everyone loved it. So easy to make but good impact as you can dress it up anyway you like. I followed advice in the other comments re whipping the cream, adding mascarpone and adding more biscuits. Well worth it.

helen130778's picture

great simple recipe, I used a half digestive and half ginger nut base, and added some lemon vest to the mix. Everyone loved it. I even used Emlea light double cream (my husband picked up the wrong one), which did seem to set (probably not as firm as normal double cream), and saved a few calories.....haha!!

mrsnicolab's picture

I have made this twice now and my family love it so much it's gone within two days! The first time I made it with strawberries and the second time with freshly picked raspberries from the garden. I have slightly tweaked the recipe by replacing 125g of soft cheese with 125g mascarpone cheese and adding the juices of a fresh lemon as mentioned by someone else and it tasted delicious. I've had no problem with the mixture setting both times. I will be definitely be making this again as its such a big hit with my family.

somebody098's picture

I haven't made this yet but I will probably make this for my brother's birthday! He loves food almost as much as I do so I know he will love it!

sammarie's picture

I followed some of the advice in previous comments and produced an absolutely delicious cheesecake! Praise from everyone who ate it and requests for more. The tweaks I made were: I added 25g extra butter to the base and maybe around 30g extra biscuits, some of which were ginger nuts which gave it a good flavour, I used full fat Philidelphia and swapped 250g for mascarpone, I whipped the double cream before adding to the cheese mixture, I added the juice of a small lemon... finally I used 2 tsps of vanilla extract rather than pod seeds, though I found the smell a little artificial before it set (next time I'll use a pod, but that's just personal preference). It set fine and the strawberries/coulis on top were delicious.

Laurabeno's picture

This is a winner!

glitterysnails's picture

Recipe is ok. I felt it was too thick and creamy. Maybe add some more icing sugar if you prefer a sweeter cake. Also a pinch of salt would be advisable to help bring out the flavours. I whipped the double cream before hand and folded it into the cream cheese mixture due to others saying theirs didn't set so I thought this would help. It made the cheesecake quite thick and almost buttery. Not my favourite.

redrook's picture

Whip the cream! The reason why mine and several other people's have not set is that it says just pour in the double cream. Never do this, especially if you are hand beating it rather than using an electric beater, as it will not set.

somebody098's picture

Thanks! You have just saved me from a disastrous birthday cake I am planning for my brother!

Ls4711's picture

Excellent recipe that's so easy to follow. Just wait for the praise from your guests as they enjoy this'll definetly want to make this again...

riskyangie's picture

I made this last weekend, followed recipe to the letter being the first time I've made a cheesecake and that I'm new to cooking! It was beautiful, tasted amazing! There's only my husband and I so I took the rest to work to share and everyone loved it (well they say they did and ate it, plus I didn't find any in the bin so hopefully....!)

EmmaLouiseKeddie's picture

Simple to make, however quite sour, recommend adding a little extra icing sugar if you don't want the cheese too over powering.

neatandtidy's picture

I used this as the basis for a cheesecake over the weekend, having not made a no bake cheesecake for a while. It's so simple! I used chocolate digestives for the base with extra butter as suggested by others. I used extra thick double cream so didn't need to whip first but did lightly whip the cream cheese with icing sugar etc, also used vanilla extract. I left out the strawberries and decorated with cocoa powder and malteser chocolate rabbits as a last minute Easter dessert. This is so easy and tasted amazing, it went down a treat!

Sophiebarclay1's picture

I was really excited at makibg my first ever cheesecake. However, i made it yeaterday and it still hasnt sent. Not really sure what went wrong. Any suggestions?

redrook's picture

Yep, you need to whip up the double cream, don't just pour it in like it says above.

apalgal's picture

I made this cheesecake for Christmas and it went down a storm. Followed instructions to the letter and made the day before. So easy to make and really effective. 10 out of 10 recipe.


Questions (19)

Colette01's picture

How do I access the nutrition panel?

Nabila17791's picture

Can I use Philadelphia regular spread cheese for this recipe?

goodfoodteam's picture

Yes you can use the full fat Philadelphia. The low fat version doesn’t work as well in this recipe.

crosby40's picture

Has anyone frozen this cheesecake? Thank You

goodfoodteam's picture

We don’t think this will freeze very well as it isn’t set with gelatine or baked. There is a good chance that the cheesecake won’t be as firm or hold its shape once thawed.


tonifitz's picture

Hi there, I felt like I was beating my mixture for ages? Mine was liquid too, a thick liquid mind so after 3 days in the fridge I made sundaes instead still making the strawberry puree and it was delicious but I really want a successful set one and my 2nd attempt is today so when I get to the cream bit, do I pour it in bit by bit while hand beating or the lot in at once with the electric mixer? Please advise, I'm a real novice!

steph_foster's picture

Hi, I used an electic mixer to beat the cream in all at once, and it was good texture - and only needed to whisk for a minute or 2. Hope ur 2nd one works!

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there, if you're still having problems with this setting then beat the double cream first until softly set then fold this into the cream cheese mixture. Thanks.

Scarlett_K's picture

Could someone explain how to stone a strawberry please?

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi Scarlett. Remove the stalk or hull by running a small knife around the green stalk then pull it out.

Scarlett_K's picture

Or, y'know, amend the recipe ;)

Scarlett_K's picture

Could someone explain how to stone a strawberry please?

Karamel's picture

I followed the recipe exactly as stated but my topping ended up like a liquid and has not even remotely set within 14 hours. Can anyone please help me as to what I've done wrong? Thank you!

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there, sorry to hear the recipe didn't turn out well. The cheesecake layer will take a long time to set in the fridge, but if it was runny it sounds like you may not have beaten the cream and cream cheese for long enough.

tonifitz's picture

Hi there, what's long enough as I felt like I was beating mine for ages? Mine was liquid too, a thick liquid mind so after 3 days in the fridge I made sundaes instead still making the strawberry puree and it was delicious but I really want a successful set one and my 2nd attempt is today so when I get to the cream bit, do I pour it in bit by bit while hand beating or the lot in at once with the electric mixer? Please advise, I'm a real novice!

Scarlett_K's picture

Mine took a good 24hrs or so to set properly. We still ate some before it set though :) It shouldn't be liquid though - you might not have beaten the cheese and cream for long enough.

Lou1989's picture

Could I use a 23cm springform tin or does anyone know how to adjust measures for a 20cm loose bottomed tin?

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there, yes, you could use a 23cm springform tin instead.

shummie's picture


I used a 20cm loose bottom tin and it turned out perfectly. Although I find that there is a lot of cheese on top, but that's just me as I love the buscuity base more:) For more biscuit I added about 350g digestive biscuits and just a little bit more butter and it turned out yummy!

Tips (8)

Brooke f's picture

Sorry any should be want

Brooke f's picture

If you any instead of strawberry you can melt chocolate and mix in with the topping (cream cheese cream.... )I have done it with a chocolate orange it was amazing enjoy

steph_foster's picture

For a good base texture, I used more melted butter.
For the cheese mixture, I think it wasn't sweet enough for an average taste, so I think it needs a 20g increase.

Uzma21's picture

I've made this cheesecake twice, the first time I made it using supermarket brand 'soft cheese' ( the supermarket alternative to philadelphia spread ). However the second time I used Mascarpone cheese and I found the outcome to be much more delicious! So I would recommend using this cheese specifically for a creamy and tastier cheesecake.

hannylanny's picture

Was raved for, such a delicious recipe. Only tips I have, which I tested were (1) to use another spoonful or two of butter on the base, as the biscuits will become too dry in the oven without enough butter. And (2) I would suggest adding some flour to and a smidge more sugar to the filling. The filling did not stick well together enough after I refrigerated it, and making it a bit thicker would help. I ending up having to stick it in the freezer for an hour a couple hours before served.
Was really delicious in any event! I did try the recipe with my edits and it came out more presentable :)

Brooke f's picture

You are not ment to put it in the oven you are ment to put it in the fridge you 1st problem/tip solved

Uzma21's picture

I found that the 'cheese' part of my cheesecake was far too runny the first time I made the cake which meant I too had to freeze the cake. However the second time I made this I used a tad less double cream and more Mascarpone cheese and also didn't mix the mixture to the extent that my mixture was runny and that meant that my cheesecake was able to set well and I didnt have to freeze it.

eating-emily's picture

i have made this once before and everyone loved it! i made it because i have been searching through recipes so that i may make and amazing cake for my aunty- who is the best baker i know! i wanted to impress her and i do think this cheese cake will do the trick and go down a treat! i am 15 and quite a good baker- even if i do say so myself! when i made this for the first time i added more butter to the base and for the vanilla, instead of a vanilla pod, i used 2 tsp of vanilla aroma. that is all i could find where i live. but it tasted very nice, and i can't wait to make it again! it's a shame my uncle has diabetes though, that means he can't have any. he's not even allowed bacon because aunty marianne says not. i don't understand how he copes. :p anyway, i also only left it in the fridge for a little while and mine turned out fine, but i did also add everything for the filling in the same bowl and whipp it all together straight away instead of doing it how the recipe said :$ but i mixed it well and made sure it was very thick.. almost as thick as you would make a meringue. and it stayed very stiff. i kept it in the fridge though once dessert was over, just in case. anyway, really like the recipe, thumbs up! :)