Cheesecake Swirled Lemon Butter Cake


Cheesecake collides with lemon butter cake and creates this rich, creamy, lemony, dense and irresistible cake that won’t easily be forgotten. This cake is full of that fresh, zesty lemon flavor and with its cheesecake combination its sure to satisfy that decadent dessert craving. There are several ways to serve this cake which I listed below. You could even come up with your own variation, maybe something blueberry or coconut. Anyway you serve this cake, at room temperature or chilled, with or without sweetened whipped cream or simply with a generous dusting of powdered sugar, I think you are really going to enjoy this recipe!


Cheesecake Swirled Lemon Butter Cake

Yield: 10 servings


  • 8 oz cream cheese , softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter , softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer on medium speed, whip together cream cheese and 1/3 cup granulated sugar until fluffy and smooth, about 2 minutes. Stir in sour cream and heavy cream. Add in egg yolk, 1 Tbsp lemon juice and 1 tsp lemon zest and mix until combine, set aside.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside. In another mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, whip together butter and 2/3 cup granulated sugar until pale and fluffy. Stir in egg. Mix in sour cream, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla extract. Add in dry ingredients and mix just until combine. Pour cake batter into a buttered 9 inch springform pan and spread mixture into an even layer. Pour cream cheese mixture over cake batter layer and spread cream cheese mixture into an even layer (you don't need to swirl the cake, it did it on it's own while baking). Bake in preheated oven for 35 - 40 minutes until edges are golden and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Allow to cool before cutting into slices.
  3. I tried serving and eating this a few different ways:
  4. 1. Serve warm garnished with lots of powdered sugar
  5. 2. Allow to cool at room temperature 30 minutes, then cover and chill 1 hour. Slice and serve with sweetened whipped cream and optional fresh raspberries.
  6. 3. Allow to cool at room temperature 30 minutes, then cover and chill 1 hour. Slice and serve with raspberry sauce and sweetened whipped cream.


  • Katie Mar: mmmm i love the combination of sour and creamy. this looks divine! July 9, 2012 at 3:26pm Reply

  • Hi, I’m Janet!: This looks absolutely delish! There is something about lemons in the summer that seem so right. Can’t wait to try! July 14, 2012 at 9:12am Reply

  • Maureen: This was delish!!! We really enjoyed this for a family birthday dinner. Very light and refreshing!!
    Thank you Jaclyn for your yummy recipes. I love your blog! July 19, 2012 at 7:34pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Maureen – thanks so much for your comment!! I can only dream of being a baker as amazing as you are! Your turtle cake is to die for! The secret recipe of my dreams =). Thanks again! July 21, 2012 at 9:08pm Reply

  • Anonymous: i made this today and it was deliciousssssss. just sprinkled powdered sugar and it was good to go! i had to keep it in the oven a little longer and got a crispy top which made it even BETTER. August 12, 2012 at 2:29pm Reply

  • debhemm: Do you have the recipe for the turtle cake? Sounds great. my son loves turtles, would love to try it August 12, 2012 at 5:10pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Anonymous – I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this! Thanks for leaving a comment!
    debhemm – no, unfortunately I don’t have the recipe for Maureen’s turtle cake. She’s a restaurant owner and she makes the perfect turtle cake. It is out of this world good, that’s why I say it’s the secret recipe of my dreams I don’t think anyone has it but her. August 13, 2012 at 1:59pm Reply

  • Anonymous: i made this a couple of times and everyone always loved it! today i made it again but for some reason the cream remained at the top instead of mixing and having the cake batter at the top.. why do you think that happened? i hope it tastes just as good! ill just dust it with sugar like always and hope it would still be fantastic! October 31, 2012 at 10:46am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Not sure why that would have happened. Maybe it had too much air in it so it didn’t want to sink, that’s just my uneducated guess =). Hopefully it was still delicious though! November 1, 2012 at 7:40am Reply

  • Vonda: This dessert is dangerous! I’ve made it 4 times in a month. So so so good. July 16, 2016 at 10:07pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you loved it Vonda! July 18, 2016 at 11:08am Reply

  • Hend: I made this cake today and it tasted fabulous, the cheesecake layer didn’t swirl into cake batter though, it stayed on the top.. i wonder if there is any solution for this, planning to try it again June 20, 2017 at 5:50pm Reply

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