Key Lime Cheesecake

June 19, 2016

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This Key Lime Cheesecake is unbelievably delicious! It’s perfectly tart, perfectly sweet, perfectly tangy, perfectly creamy, perfectly luscious – it’s perfectly everything!

Key Lime Cheesecake | Cooking Classy

Key Lime Cheesecake

If you haven’t noticed yet I could live on cheesecake! Now if only I could figure out how to make it healthy. I actually love a good splurge once in a while – as in every weekend I need a really decadent dessert like so. I say “need” because I basically do feel like I need it, it gives me a good start to a new week. Makes me feel nice and refreshed :).

Whole Key Lime Cheesecake on a white serving plate. Cheesecake is garnished with whipped cream, raspberries, and limes along edges and a strawberry in center.

It’s like a spa treatment through my eyes. I’d take something like this over a back massage any day!

You know it’s good when you can’t help but reach into the fridge at midnight for another slice (whoops)! Trust me though it is worth every single calorie. We all need to treat ourselves sometimes and this is the perfect bright, summery cheesecake to make for any kind of celebration this summer… or to make just because.

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I wouldn’t wait for a celebration or get together to make this if you don’t have one coming up soon. You’ll have to make it just because life needs cheesecake sometimes.Key Lime Cheesecake | Cooking Classy

So yes this is called Key Lime Pie but to be honest I’ve never bake with key limes. I don’t have the patience to juice millions of itty bitty limes to get 1/2 cup of juice. I mean really though, what do you get out of one of those things a teaspoon of juice?

Lifting a slice of key lime cheesecake from the whole cake. It's garnished with whipped cream, raspberries, mint and graham crackers.

Fresh lime juice is a must here though, whether you use choose to use Persian Limes (the regular size) or key limes it won’t make a huge difference. Either way you’ll end with one incredible cheesecake that is basically guaranteed to get rave reviews (just please don’t use bottled lime juice, it won’t be near as good)!

Key Lime Cheesecake | Cooking Classy

My family loved it, and since we are a small family I got to eat it for three days straight – it was a good three days! Make this cheesecake at least once this summer, the summer won’t be complete until you do!

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4.94 from 74 votes

Key Lime Cheesecake

This Key Lime Cheesecake is unbelievably delicious! It's perfectly tart, perfectly sweet, perfectly tangy, perfectly creamy, perfectly luscious - it's perfectly everything! You know it's good when you can't help but reach into the fridge at midnight for another slices (whoops)! Trust me though it is worth every single calorie.
Servings: 14
Prep30 minutes
Cook1 hour 15 minutes
Chilling9 hours
Ready in: 10 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups (230g) crushed graham cracker crumbs (from 15 full sheets)
  • 3 Tbsp (39g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (113g) salted butter, diced into 1 Tbsp pieces and melted

Filling

  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp (236g) granulated sugar granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp (8g) cornstarch
  • 3 (8 oz) pkgs. cream cheese, softened well (but not melted)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup (160g) sour cream
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) fresh lime or key lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Toppings

  • 1 cup (235ml) heavy cream
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp (33g) granulated sugar
  • Fresh raspberries or sliced strawberries, lime wedges, lime zest and fresh mint (optional)

Instructions

  • For the crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the outside of a 9-inch springform pan with a sheet of 18 by 18 heavy duty aluminum foil*. 
  • Add graham crackers and sugar to a mixing bowl and stir to combine, then pour in butter and mix with a fork until evenly moistened. 
  • Pour into prepared springform pan and press evenly into bottom and up the sides coming about 1-inch from the top. Bake in preheated oven 10 minutes, then remove and cool on a wire rack.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Have a large roasting pan ready and boil about 4 quarts of water (you may not need all of it).
  • For the cheesecake filling: In a small mixing bowl whisk together granulated sugar and cornstarch until well combined. Add cream cheese to a large mixing bowl, pour sugar mixture over top and using an electric hand mixer blend cream cheese until smooth.
  • Mix in eggs one at a time, mixing just until combined after each addition. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl. Add sour cream and heavy cream and mix until combined. 
  • Mix in lime juice and vanilla. Tap bowl forcefully against countertop about 30 times to release any large air bubbles. 
  • Pour over cooled graham cracker crust. Place cheesecake in roasting pan then place roasting pan in oven and carefully pour in enough boiling water around cheesecake pan to reach halfway up the side of the cheesecake pan. 
  • Bake in preheated oven until cheesecake is nearly set but still jiggly in the center, about 60 - 65 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Cover and chill in refrigerator 8 hours or overnight.
  • For the topping: In a medium mixing bowl whip heavy cream using an electric hand mixer set on high speed until soft peaks form. Add granulated sugar and whip until stiff peaks form. 
  • Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a star tip and pipe over cheesecake just before serving. Garnish with berries, lime wedges, lime zest and mint if desired. Store cheesecake in refrigerator.

Notes

  • *Make sure the foil has no holes, you don't want any water to leak in.
Nutrition Facts
Key Lime Cheesecake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 502 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 154mg51%
Sodium 357mg16%
Potassium 156mg4%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1330IU27%
Vitamin C 2.8mg3%
Calcium 98mg10%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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271 Comments

  • KIM E Howard

    I loved this cheesecake. It was so creamy. I wanted to use it as a middle layer between 2 cakes. If I freeze it before stacking, do you think it will work since it is creamier than most cheesecakes?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I think it might be a bit too heavy as a middle layer but could work as a bottom layer.

  • Rebekah

    Delicious!! My first time making cheesecake, and so happy with how it turned out! Light, creamy, tart, sweet but not too sweet! I altered a couple things for personal choice—I subbed coconut sugar for white sugar, added the zest of one lime, and used a store-bought 9” pecan crust for lower carb. Yum!! Really great lime flavor. Ended up with a lot of extra batter but my husband made a custard with it, which we also enjoyed!

  • Laura Cummings

    It is almost offensive that whole lime slices and mint leaves were used in the photo. I never leave comments but you won’t be eating those (hopefully)… Jesus

  • Anna-Rose

    This recipe had potential. Unfortunately, after being baked, the cheesecake was extremely mushy with a liquid consistency. I have made many other cheesecakes and this never happened. I even tried to bake it longer but it didn’t help much…disappointing.

  • Susie

    Flavour was ok but a bit like scrambled eggs. Certainly not a nice cheesecake texture. Maybe my eggs were too big being from backyard chickens.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Sorry to hear that Susie! Using extra large eggs can make a difference but it sounds like it may be a bit over-baked too, if you try again I’d cut back the baking time a bit.

      • Susie

        I’ve updated my rating to 5! I had too much filling for the big cheesecake & made a small one that was eggy, must have been over baked as you said. The large cheesecake was perfect & I’m making it again this weekend. Thank you.

    • Laura Cummings

      I would hope you do have the patience to juice key limes if you have the patience to make a cheesecake. It is cheaper and easier to find regular limes in general. That makes sense and is honest.