Lemon Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce

This lemon cheesecake is smooth and creamy with a crunchy graham cracker crust and delicious lemon flavor. Then it’s topped with raspberry sauce for the perfect flavor combo.

Lemon Cheesecake

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Hi there! It’s Fiona from Just So Tasty and today I’m stopping in to share this lemon cheesecake with raspberry sauce. It’s smooth and creamy with a delicious lemon flavor and a crunchy graham cracker crust.

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It’s one of the best cheesecake recipes I’ve ever tried, so I’m really excited to share the recipe with you.

Now, it’s no secret that I love cheesecake. I’ve shared my favorite no bake cheesecake and chocolate cheesecake recipes here on Lil Luna already – but I wanted to make a cheesecake that’s perfect for spring. And that’s exactly where the idea for this lemon cheesecake recipe came from.

The lemon flavor is bright and sunshine-y without being too tart. I find that the lemon flavor really offsets the richness of the cheesecake. Then the raspberry sauce is the perfect topping. It’s sweet, juicy, and bursting with berry goodness.

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How to Make Lemon Cheesecake

Making cheesecake at home is actually a lot easier than you might think. But I’m including lots of tips to help you out 🙂

First make the graham cracker crust by combining crushed graham crumbs with melted butter. Then press it into the bottom of a springform pan, and place it in the freezer while you make the filling.

To make the cheesecake layer first beat together the cream cheese and sugar, then beat the eggs. Last but not least –  stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice and sour cream.

For this recipe we’re using lemon zest and lemon juice for the delicious lemon flavor. I used 1.5 tablespoons of lemon zest and 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice – but if you prefer a stronger lemon flavor, you could use up to 1/3 cup lemon juice. You’ll likely need 2-3 lemons, depending on the size. I don’t recommend using lemon juice from a bottle however, because it can make your cheesecake too tart.

Then pour the cheesecake batter into the pan, and it’s ready to bake.

This lemon cheesecake recipe is baked using a water bath. This helps make the cheesecake extra smooth and creamy. Here’s how you make the water bath.

  • Wrap the outside of the springform pan in aluminium foil so that the bottom and sides are covered. You’ll do this before making the cheesecake crust. You can see above in the photo of the crust how I’ve wrapped the pan in aluminium foil.
  • Before baking – place the cheesecake pan in a larger pan – such as a large roasting pan.
  • Then pour about 1/2 to 1 inch of boiling water into the roasting pan.
  • Place the whole thing in the oven to bake.

The cheesecake will take about 50-60 minutes to bake and still have a little wobble in the middle when you take it out of the oven, but the top shouldn’t look shiny anymore.

Raspberry sauce

Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake

Then we’re serving the cheesecake with raspberry sauce. You can use either fresh or frozen berries for this recipe. The berries get boiled in a saucepan over low-medium heat along with water, a little sugar, cornstarch and lemon zest.

We absolutely loved this lemon cheesecake with raspberry sauce because of the creamy texture, hint of lemon, and sweet raspberry coulis. And if you’re looking for a dessert for your spring – then this lemon cheesecake is definitely a recipe to try.

Lemon Cheesecake recipe

This recipe is divine and is perfect for the lemon AND cheesecake lover in your life!

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Lemon Cheesecake recipe

4.34 from 3 votes
This lemon cheesecake is smooth and creamy with a crunchy graham cracker crust and delicious lemon flavor. Then it's topped with raspberry sauce for the perfect flavor combo. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 10 slices
Calories 487 kcal
Author on lilluna.com

Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter

Lemon Cheesecake

  • 24 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1.5 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice , freshly squeezed
  • 1/3 cup sour cream

Raspberry Sauce

  • 8 oz raspberries , fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tsp lemon zest , optional

Instructions

Make the Cheesecake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. 

  2. Wrap the outside of a 9 inch springform pan with aluminium foil, ensuring that the bottom and sides are covered tightly. Lightly grease the inside with non-stick cooking spray.

  3. To make the crust mix together the graham crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Then press into the bottom of the pan and place in the freezer. 

  4. In a large bowl beat together the cream cheese and sugar until very soft.

  5. Then beat in the eggs one at a time. Then mix in the lemon zest, lemon juice and sour cream with the mixer on low. 

  6. Remove the crust from the freezer and place inside a large roasting pan. Pour the cheesecake batter into the springform pan on top of the crust. Then pour about 1/2 inch of water into the roasting pan. 

  7. Place the whole thing in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes or until the top is no longer shiny and there's a little wobble in the center of the cheesecake. 

  8. Cool at room temperature for 30 minutes, then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. 

Raspberry Sauce

  1. In a small saucepan combine all the ingredients. Heat over medium-low heat while stirring. 

  2. Allow to gently boil while stirring for 5-10 minutes as it begins to thicken. (If using frozen berries this may take longer). 

  3. Optionally decorate the cheesecake with whipped cream, lemon slices, and lemon zest and serve with raspberry sauce. 

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My name’s Fiona and I love to bake and blog. I share homemade, from scratch, classic recipes for desserts & sweet treats including cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more.

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  1. Hi, thanks for resending the recipe again. Hope you get this reply as the ads keep covering up the part that I am supposed to reply on. Don’t know why it seems everytime I try to print out a recipe from an outstanding recipe that I see on my laptop the ads take over. They should all be expunged.
    Thanks again for resending it to me, can’t wait to try it, it looks so good.

  2. I am not a fan of cheesecake and for awhile I would not eat cheesecake until I had Cheesecake Factory’s Mango and Key Lime Cheesecake. Usually when I eat cheesecake I have to drown it in graham cracker crumbs because of the texture. I tend to like my foods more on the solid side. Even though one of the reasons why I like the Mango and Key Lime was because of the texture but I discovered that I didn’t have to have all those textures as long as my cheesecake wasn’t sweet. So Lemon and Raspberry sounds delicious to me. I may even add those few more lemons to make mine a little more tart. I’m going to have to keep this recipe in mind. I might have to pin this or bookmark it somewhere for future reference.

      1. Oh, I’ll definitely let you know! I’m going to try to keep a list of recipes to try later. I want to try some of them maybe sometime during the holidays! I know that’s a long ways from now. lol. But after I try it, I’ll definitely write back to let you know how it worked out! I’m going to be looking at more of your recipes so it won’t be hard for me to remember where to get the recipe. Anyway, have a nice day Kristyn and Happy cooking! 🙂

  3. I was curious why the graham cracker crust is frozen instead of pre-baking the crust and cooling prior to filling with the cream cheese filling.

    Thanks!

  4. 1. Can I use premade crust for this recipe? If so, is a water bath still optimal?
    2. Can I use a heavy 2” high skillet for water bath?
    3. Can I bake at 325 for 65-70 minutes? Lower temp to reduce chance of cake cracking?

    1. You still need the water bath. That helps with the cheesecake part of it. It helps make it creamy. Yes, you should be able to use the 2 in skillet. I haven’t tried making it at a lower temp, so that part, I’m not sure. I would think it would be ok 🙂

  5. This was my first time making a flavored cheesecake. I usually make plain. I Really like lemon, so i thought this would be good. Its not terrible, but it needs some tweaking. Its just too tart. I did drizzle with whitE chocolate and it Balanced the tartness. Next time i plan to use 1 tbsp of lemon zest and 2 tbsp of lemon juice. The rAspberry sauce is perfect.