Cotton Cheesecake / Japanese Cheesecake

Cotton Cheesecake / Japanese Cheesecake is my new favorite dessert and after you try this recipe, it will become your favorite too! It’s the perfect combination of sponge cake and cheesecake in both taste and texture. What I love about this scrumptious cake is it’s not overly sweet as some cakes can be. The combination of fluffy cake with slightly tart cream cheese is absolutely heavenly. I hope you enjoy this Cotton Cheesecake / Japanese Cheesecake recipe as much as I do. Please note this recipe can be a bit tricky. Watch the video and follow the steps exactly. Happy Baking!

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Notes on the Cotton Cheesecake Recipe, Tips and Tricks

As the cream cheese, eggs and butter need to be at room temperature, advanced planning is required. About 2 hours before making the cake, remove the cream cheese and butter from the refrigerator. About 1 hour before, take the eggs out of the fridge. The cream cheese and butter should be soft and spreadable for this recipe. If the ingredients are not quite ready, pop them in the microwave on Low power for about 15-20 seconds.

Eggs are easiest to separate when they are cold. Egg whites are best beaten at room temperature to achieve the fluffiest texture. Separate the eggs while they are cold and then let them come to room temperature as you prep the remaining ingredients for the recipe.

Use an 8 inch by 3 inch round springform pan. Line the pan so the parchment paper extends about 2 inches above the pan. The parchment paper wall provides support since the cake rises to about 3 inches tall during baking. Keep the paper to no more than 5 inches tall. Too much paper will prevent the top of the cake from browning nicely.

The water bath is essential for keeping the cake moist. As the cake bakes for longer than the typical cake, the water bath is crucial. Additionally, the water bath insulates the cake and allows it to bake at a consist temperature. These factors are important for achieving the fluffy and moist texture for the cake.

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Be sure to fold the egg whites into the batter. Do not beat or mix vigorously as this will deflate the egg whites. (If you’re not familiar with the fold technique, check out how I do it in the video.)

As oven temperatures vary, check to see if the cake is done (by using a toothpick) after 1 hour of baking. Then bake the cake until the top is golden brown. This is one recipe where over-baking the cake is ok. You won’t ruin the cake! Depending on your oven it may take up to 1 1/2 hours. Again, this is just fine.

If your cake cracks on top, the heat is too high or the cake is too close to the heating element. Make note of this and adjust these things the next time.

The Cotton Cheesecake will shrink (about 1/2 inch or so) after cooling so please don’t despair. Leaving the cake in the oven after it’s done baking helps to minimize some of the deflating.

Refrigerate the Cotton Cheesecake for at least 4 hours before eating. The cold air sets the cream cheese and greatly improves the flavor and texture.

Store any remaining cake in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. To freeze, wrap the cake securely with plastic wrap and then a layer of foil. Freeze for up to 3 months.

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Ingredients

5 large eggs, at room temperature
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup sugar, divided
8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp corn starch

8 inch round springform pan

Directions

Line the bottom and side of the springform pan with parchment paper. Wrap the springform pan with several sheets of foil, sealing it completely.

Fill a large baking pan halfway with water. Place it in the oven on the lowest rack. Preheat the oven to 315 F (157 C).

Separate the eggs and place the egg whites into a mixing bowl and the yolks into a measuring cup.

Beat the egg whites on Low speed for 30 seconds. Increase the speed to Medium Low and beat for another 30 seconds or until foamy. Add the cream of tartar. Increase the speed to Medium High and beat until the egg whites just start to thicken. Add 1/4 cup sugar gradually. Continue beating until the egg whites reach the soft peaks stage (approximately 3 minutes using a stand mixer).

In a separate bowl, add the cream cheese and milk. Mix on Low speed until creamy and smooth (approximately 2-3 minutes). Add the butter, remaining 1/4 cup sugar and lemon juice and beat for 1 minute. Add the flour and corn starch and mix for another minute. Finally add the egg yolks and mix for 1 more minute. Strain the batter using a sieve.

Add 1/3 of the egg whites and gently fold into the batter until mostly incorporated. Add another 1/3 and gently fold. Add the remaining 1/3 and gently fold.

Pour the batter into the lined springform pan. Spread the batter evenly into the pan and smooth out the top using a spatula. Holding the side of the pan, gently lift and drop the pan on the counter about 6 times to remove any big air bubbles.

Place the springform pan into the water bath and bake the cake for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Check the cake for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake. (It should come out clean.) Bake the cake for an additional 10-15 minutes to brown the top.

Turn off the oven, open the oven door slightly (about 2-3 inches) and let the Cotton Cheesecake cool in the oven for 1 hour.

Remove the Cotton Cheesecake from the pan. Place on a plate and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Serve with fresh fruit, fruit puree, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, etc.

Cover and refrigerate any remaining portions. Enjoy the Cotton Cheesecake within the week.

Yields: 8 servings

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Cotton Cheesecake / Japanese Cheesecake

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 265 kcal
Author: Trang

Cotton Cheesecake / Japanese Cheesecake is my new favorite dessert and after you try this recipe, it will become your favorite too. It's the perfect combination of sponge cake and cheesecake in both taste and texture. What I love about this scrumptious cake is it's not overly sweet as some cakes can be. The combination of fluffy cake with slightly tart cream cheese is absolutely heavenly. I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I do. Please note this recipe can be a bit tricky. Watch the video and follow the steps exactly. Happy Baking!

Ingredients

  • 5 large eggs , at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar , divided
  • 8 oz cream cheese , at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch

Bakeware

Instructions

  1. Line the bottom and side of the springform pan with parchment paper. Wrap the springform pan with several sheets of foil, sealing it completely.

  2. Fill a large baking pan halfway with water. Place it in the oven on the lowest rack. Preheat the oven to 315 F (157 C).

  3. Separate the eggs and place the egg whites into a mixing bowl and the yolks into a measuring cup.
  4. Beat the egg whites on Low speed for 30 seconds. Increase the speed to Medium Low and beat for another 30 seconds or until foamy. Add the cream of tartar. Increase the speed to Medium High and beat until the egg whites just start to thicken. Add 1/4 cup sugar gradually. Continue beating until the egg whites reach the soft peaks stage (approximately 3 minutes using a stand mixer).

  5. In a separate bowl, add the cream cheese and milk. Mix on Low speed until creamy and smooth (approximately 2-3 minutes). Add the butter, remaining 1/4 cup sugar and lemon juice and beat for 1 minute. Add the flour and corn starch and mix for another minute. Finally add the egg yolks and mix for 1 more minute. Strain the batter using a sieve.

  6. Add 1/3 of the egg whites and gently fold into the batter until mostly incorporated. Add another 1/3 and gently fold. Add the remaining 1/3 and gently fold.
  7. Pour the batter into the lined springform pan. Spread the batter evenly into the pan and smooth out the top using a spatula. Holding the side of the pan, gently lift and drop the pan on the counter about 6 times to remove any big air bubbles.

  8. Place the springform pan into the water bath and bake the cake for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Check the cake for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake. (It should come out clean.) Bake the cake for an additional 10-15 minutes to brown the top.

  9. Turn off the oven and open the oven door slightly (about 2-3 inches) and let the Cotton Cheesecake cool in the oven for 1 hour.

  10. Remove the Cotton Cheesecake from the pan. Place on a plate and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

  11. Serve with fresh fruit, fruit puree, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, etc.
  12. Cover and refrigerate any remaining portions. Enjoy the Cotton Cheesecake within the week.

Recipe Video

Notes, Tips & Tricks

  • As the cream cheese, eggs and butter need to be at room temperature, advanced planning is required. About 2 hours before making the cake, remove the cream cheese and butter from the refrigerator. About 1 hour before take the eggs out of the fridge. The cream cheese and butter should be soft and spreadable for this recipe. If these ingredients are not quite ready, pop them in the microwave on Low power for about 15-20 seconds.
  • Eggs are easiest to separate when they are cold. Egg whites are best beaten at room temperature to achieve the fluffiest texture. Separate the eggs while they are cold and then let them come to room temperature as you prep the remaining ingredients for the recipe.
  • Use an 8 inch by 3 inch round springform pan. Line the pan so the parchment paper extends about 2 inches above the pan. The parchment paper wall provides support since the cake rises to about 3 inches tall during baking. Keep the paper to no more than 5 inches tall. Too much paper will prevent the top of the cake from browning nicely.
  • The water bath is essential for keeping the cake moist. As the cake bakes for longer than the typical cake, the water bath is crucial. Additionally, the water bath insulates the cake and allows it to cook at a consist temperature. These factors are important for achieving the fluffy and moist texture for the cake.
  • Be sure to fold the egg whites into the batter. Do not beat or mix vigorously as this will deflate the egg whites. (If you’re not familiar with the fold technique, check out how I do it in the video.)
  • As oven temperatures vary, check to see if the cake is done (by using a toothpick) after 1 hour of baking. Then bake the cake until the top is golden brown. This is one recipe where over-baking the cake is ok. You won’t ruin the cake! Depending on your oven it may take up to 1 1/2 hours. Again, this is just fine.
  • If your cake cracks on top, the heat is too high or the cake is too close to the heating element. Make note of this and adjust these things the next time.
  • This cake will shrink (about 1/2 inch or so) after cooling so please don’t despair. Leaving the cake in the oven after it’s done baking helps to minimize some of the deflating.
  • Refrigerate the cake for at least 4 hours before eating. The cold air sets the cream cheese and greatly improves the flavor and texture.

    Nutrition Facts
    Cotton Cheesecake / Japanese Cheesecake
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 265 Calories from Fat 162
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 18g28%
    Saturated Fat 10g63%
    Cholesterol 149mg50%
    Sodium 138mg6%
    Potassium 113mg3%
    Carbohydrates 19g6%
    Sugar 14g16%
    Protein 6g12%
    Vitamin A 720IU14%
    Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
    Calcium 63mg6%
    Iron 0.8mg4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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435 Responses to Cotton Cheesecake / Japanese Cheesecake

  1. Vikash November 18, 2020 at 3:20 pm #

    Hi am Vikash love your recepies

  2. Bree May 1, 2020 at 5:17 am #

    I made this recipe about a week or so ago and it deflated heavily but I realised that was due to over whipping my egg whites and also the bottom was super wet because I didn’t seal my pan properly and it was slightly over baked by the time I finished fixing the bottom, so I obviously didn’t get the desired texture, however, I tried again today and it turned out a lot better, not perfect but it had a light and fluffy texture and it was nice and moist, I had a lot of fun making it and my family really loved it, I hope to perfect it some day 🙂

  3. Doreen April 26, 2020 at 8:56 pm #

    I’ve really enjoyed making this and it gets better each time. The first time, I used a blender instead of a hand mixer and it all went flat! It was still really good though. Don’t use a blender. The second time, I didn’t beat the egg whites long enough, but it was still so good. Third time is a charm! This recipe is divine. I may try again and grind dehydrated strawberries to a fine powder to make a strawberry version! Thanks for the great recipe!

  4. David March 2, 2020 at 3:35 am #

    Hi Trang, I noticed you used your measurement units in cups for liquids and solids.
    Can you let me know do you used that in US or UK metric conversion? There’s quite a big of significant difference between them. Many thanks.

    • Trang November 5, 2020 at 1:46 pm #

      All of measurements are US

  5. May Fort February 2, 2020 at 8:45 pm #

    Hi Trang!

    I didn’t read your message until now. It’s a hit! Sold out as soon as it came out of the fridge. 🙂 I tried making another batch chocolate flavour this time, I used turkey bag to prevent water from leaking, it worked! It’s moist and hummmm so delish! Thank you for the recipe.

  6. Mergs October 26, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

    Hello Trang
    I’ve made perfect JCCs using your recipe without any fail.
    Only tonight, the top part is smaller in diameter by 10% than the rest of the cake. Could it be that I didn’t bake it long enough. It was over 1.5 hours already, and2x I was late to switch it on (late by some minutes) as I want the top to be darker. A colleague ordered a cake from me and now I’m wondering if I have to sell it to her, or just gift it but I’m not confident hahaha. I put strawberry raspberry sauce on the gap. I can’t keep it because I still have half of a JCC which I baked last night.
    Thanks again for your recipe
    Br, mergs

  7. SHL September 23, 2019 at 6:32 pm #

    So sorry Trang, i also read with interest other cheesecake recipes which included sour cream or heavy cream. Could you kindly guide me on the difference in taste, and whether we could add to your recipe in order to make the cheese taste richer or heavier? Thank you so much, Trang.

    • Trang September 30, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

      Hi SHL,
      Some traditional cheesecake recipes use sour cream for more tartness and heavy cream for added richness. I have not tried using these ingredients in my cotton cheesecake recipe. It’s definitely worth a try if you have the time to experiment. With these ingredients added to this recipe, the cheesecake will be more dense and moist and the dry ingredients would have to be adjusted for the added moisture. If you give it a try, please stop back to share your results. Good Luck! 🙂

  8. SHL September 23, 2019 at 12:53 am #

    Hello Trang, could i add more cheese to this recipe and if so, how much more and what other ingredients need to change alongside this addition. Thank you so much.

    • Trang September 30, 2019 at 12:51 pm #

      Hi, I’ve not tried adding more cream cheese to this recipe. It would make the cheesecake more dense and probably not as fluffy, more like a traditional cheesecake.

  9. Tiffini Horvath September 17, 2019 at 3:21 pm #

    Ube and matcha powder… can you modify the dry ingredients to include these? Have you tried either?

    • Trang September 30, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

      Hi Tiffini,
      I’ve tried matcha powder and use 1-2 tablespoons. No other changes are needed to the recipe when adding the powder. I’ve not tried with ube but it sounds delish! 🙂

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