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Raspberry Swirl Lemon Cheesecake

Updated: Feb 21, 2023

Bursting Lemon flavor combined with sweet and tart raspberries make this cake so great!

A crisp and thick graham cracker layer and the creamiest and richest cheesecake filling you can imagine. Raspberry sauce and fresh lemon give this cake its delicious fresh taste and look!

Lemon Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

How to make a thick and creamy raspberry sauce!

The key is to reduce the cooked strawberry sauce until it is almost paste like. Then remove its seeds with a metal strainer and return it to the pot. Add a bit of corn starch so that the strawberry sauce does not dissolve when cooked inside the cheesecake.

Read here how to get a perfectly smooth cheesecake!

Freshness is key for extra flavor!

A lovely taste of vanilla and a good amount of fresh pressed lemon juice give this cake its unique and flavorful taste. The secret ingredient for an even richer lemon taste: fresh lemon zest! Trust me it is worth the effort!

These are the cheesecake pans that I always use in my recipe videos: Springform pan and Removable bottom pan

A 8 inch springform pan is the traditional choice to make most cheesecake recipes. I usually use it for no bake cheesecakes. For baked cheesecakes I prefer the removable bottom pan. It has the advantage of fitting a water bath snuggly around it.

Lemon Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

Raspberry Swirl Lemon Cheesecake

Lemon Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake


24 oz (680 g) cream cheese, softened at room temperature

3/4 cup (150 g) sugar

3 tbsp flour

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp lemon extract

2 tbsp lemon zest

1/3 cup (80 ml) lemon juice

4 large eggs, at room temperature

3/4 cup (180 g) sour cream, at room temperature

For the Graham cracker crust:

1 1/2 cups (180 g) graham cracker crumbs (14 crackers)

4 tbsp melted butter

1 1/2 tbsp sugar

For the raspberry sauce:

1 tbsp cornstarch

1 tbsp water

2 1/2 cups (320 g) raspberries (if frozen, do not thaw before)

2 tbsp lemon juice

3 tbsp sugar

Fresh lemon slices and zest for decoration

Fresh raspberries for decoration

Check out my lemon cheesecake tutorial while this one is in the making


Step 1:

Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Crush up graham crackers with a food processor or by hand with a zip lock bag and rolling pin. Mix graham crumbs with melted butter and sugar. Press the mixture on the bottom of a spring form pan and bake it for about 10 minutes. Let it come to room temperature. Reduce the oven temperature to 315 °F.

Step 2:

To make the raspberry sauce add water, lemon juice and cornstarch into a medium sized pot. Mix it until dissolved. Then add raspberries and bring it to a simmer. Let it cook for about 5 to 8 minutes. Keep stirring to avoid burning. Remove from heat and strain it to remove any seeds. Let it cool before using. The raspberry sauce is going to thicken as it cools.

Step 3:

For the cheesecake filling add softened cream cheese in a big mixing bowl and mix it until smooth for about 4 minutes. Add sugar, flour, vanilla, lemon extract and lemon zest. Mix until well combined. Mix in sour cream, lemon juice and eggs. Mix until smooth for about a minute on a low speed.

Step 4:

Fill half the cheesecake batter on top of the cooled cookie crust. Smooth it with a spatula, top it with a layer of raspberry sauce and swirl it a bit. Carefully fill in the rest of the batter on top. Smooth it out and add more raspberry sauce dollops. Swirl them in. To bake the cake cover the spring form pan in at least 3 layers of heavy duty aluminum foil or a silicon baking pan to make sure no water can enter. Place it in a slightly bigger baking pan and fill it 1/2 to 1 inch high with hot water. Bake the cake in this water bath at 315 °F for about 90 minutes until the top turns golden brown.

Step 5:

Turn off the oven and let it cool in the oven for about 10 minutes. Take it out of the oven and water bath and cut around the edge with a knife to prevent cracking. Let it come to room temperature for another 30 minutes to 2 hours. Then let it cool over night or for at least 6 hours in the fridge.

Step 6:

When the cake is ready to be served decorate it with some fresh lemon slices and raspberries or you can make a lemon cream cheese frosting. Whipped cream swirls with fresh raspberries would make a great decoration, too!


Lemon Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake


  • To make the thick lemon zest rolls for decoration cut a large piece of lemon peel of a fresh lemon and remove any white parts from the inside of the skin. Now cut it in thin strands and curl it up.

  • Don’t overbake the cheesecake as it will continue baking while cooling down. When the cake has a slightly jiggly texture in the center it is done baking.

  • To ensure a crack free cheesecake I recommend to read this cheesecake recipe.

  • I love to add more lemon juice for a stronger flavor.

  • Add more flavor with a whipped cream topping: To make the whipped cream use a tall measuring cup. Add heavy cream and powdered sugar. Whip it on low for about 30 seconds with a hand mixer using the whisk attachment. When it begins to thicken increase speed and whip until fluffy. Fill it in a piping bag with a star tip. Pipe some swirls of whipped cream and garnish with strawberry sauce immediately before serving.


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