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Creamy Lemon Cheesecake (VRP 005)

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Creamy Lemon Cheesecake offers a delightful twist on traditional cheesecake by incorporating lemon cake mix into its crust and filling. This dessert combines the tanginess of lemon with the rich creaminess of cheesecake, making it a perfect treat for citrus lovers and cheesecake aficionados.

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Creamy Lemon Cheesecake

Creamy Lemon Cheesecake

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Food History

Cheesecake has a long history, with its origins in ancient Greece. The modern version typically involves a crust made from crushed cookies or graham crackers and a filling based on cream cheese. This recipe innovates by using a lemon cake mix for both the crust and part of the filling, introducing a bright, lemony, refreshing, and satisfying flavor.

Recipe Discussion

The recipe begins by setting aside a cup of lemon cake mix, which will later be used in the cheesecake filling. The remaining mix is combined with an egg and vegetable oil to create a crust, which is then pressed into a greased baking pan and pre-baked to set. For the filling, the reserved cake mix is blended with cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and two eggs, creating a creamy and tangy mixture. This is spread over the pre-baked crust and returned to the oven until the filling is set and lightly golden on top.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this Creamy Lemon Cheesecake chilled. It pairs beautifully with a dollop of whipped cream or a garnish of fresh berries for added freshness. A cup of hot tea or a glass of sparkling wine makes excellent accompaniments that enhance the lemon flavor of the cheesecake.

Preparation Tips

  • Smooth Filling: Ensure the cream cheese is at room temperature before mixing to avoid lumps in the filling.
  • Checking Doneness: When done, the cheesecake should be set around the edges but slightly wobbly in the center. It will firm up as it cools.
  • Cooling: Allow the cheesecake to cool gradually in the oven with the door slightly open to prevent cracks from forming on the surface.
  • Enhancing Lemon Flavor: For an extra lemony kick, consider adding a teaspoon of lemon zest or a few drops of lemon extract to the filling.

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Creamy Lemon Cheesecake Recipe

Creamy Lemon Cheesecake

Creamy Lemon Cheesecake

Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 package Duncan Hines lemon cake mix
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  1. Measure 1 cup of the dry cake mix and set aside
  2. Combine the remaining mix with egg and oil
  3. Press in the bottom of a greased 13" x 9" x 2" pan
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes
  5. Meanwhile, combine reserved mix with 2 eggs, cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar
  6. Beat at low speed for 2 minutes
  7. Spread over crust
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or longer
  9. Cool

Creamy Lemon Cheesecake is an excellent choice for those seeking a unique and flavorful dessert that is easy to make and sure to impress. Its combination of sweet and tangy flavors wrapped in a luscious, creamy texture makes it a delightful finish to any meal.

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