classic baked cheesecake

  • 1 cup (150g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • ¼ cup (55g) caster (superfine) sugar 
  • 100g unsalted butter, chopped 


  • 1⅓ cups (295g) caster (superfine) sugar 
  • 330g cream cheese, chopped softened 
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • ¼ cup (60ml) lemon juice 
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon rind 
  • 500g fresh ricotta 
  • 5 eggs 
  • 1½ tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch) 
  • 1½ tablespoons water
    mixed berries, to serve
    icing (confectioner’s) sugar, for dusting
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C (300°F). Place the flour, sugar and butter in the bowl of a food processor and process for one minute or until a rough dough forms. Using the back of a spoon, press the mixture into the base of a lightly greased 20cm round springform tin lined with non-stick baking paper. 
  2. Bake the base for 25 minutes or until golden and just cooked. Set aside. To make the filling, place the sugar, cream cheese, vanilla,  lemon juice, lemon rind, ricotta and eggs in a food processor and process until smooth. 
  3. Place the cornflour and water in bowl and mix until smooth. Add the cornflour mixture to the cream cheese mixture and mix to combine. Pour the mixture over the cooked base, tap gently to  remove any air bubbles and bake for 40 minutes or until light golden and just set. 
  4. Turn the oven off and allow to cool for 40 minutes in the oven with the door closed. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until cold. Top with berries and dust in icing sugar to serve.  Serves 8–10.

Watch Donna make this simple recipe here.

Reader ratings (3.75) 321751
Alice Jäger

I just baked it. It took much longer, but it was worth waiting smile. It’s really delicious and the kids love it.

Michelle Melissa Foo

I just made this cake last week and it was a hit! The base however I find is too high. I might consider changing it to a digestive biscuit base with butter. It took me longer than 40mins to bake the cake at 150C. With 150C, took nearly an hour for the cake to be set.

Rochelle Badolato

Could you make these as little individual ones in muffin trays? Also could you freeze them?