Birthday Baked Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

Baked Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping | Gather and Graze

Friends, you’re invited to help celebrate the 1st Birthday of Gather and Graze today! Hard to believe that a year ago, I pressed that ‘Publish’ button for the very first time, sending my heart and soul (along with a no-fail recipe for Perfectly Fluffy Scones) out there for all to see.

I realise that Gather and Graze is still very much in it’s infancy, but it feels like I’ve travelled a rather long way in this short period of time. I’d like to let you know how grateful I am to each and every one of you who read and comment on my posts… for your friendship, your humour and your kindness. So with 50 posts now published and a desire to continue this crazy journey (wherever it may lead), please know how happy I am to have taken the leap to become a part of this wonderful blogging community.

My celebratory cake is one that, year after year, is requested by both my children and husband for Birthdays and special occasions. The recipe was passed on to me by my dear friend Steph (a wonderful cook herself, who came across it in a Family Circle cookbook). We’ve adopted it whole-heartedly over the years, changing only the cooking time and temperature to ensure a silky smooth texture. It’s a joy to bake and an absolute indulgence to eat, so what better way to celebrate the first Birthday of my sweet little Gather and Graze!

Baked Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping | Gather and Graze

Baked Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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For the Base:

  • 250g (9 oz) Butternut Snap Cookies
  • 1 Teaspoon Mixed Spice
  • 100g (3½ oz) Unsalted Butter (Melted)

For the Filling:

  • 500g (17½ oz) Cream Cheese (Softened)
  • 160g (⅔ Cup) Caster Sugar
  • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 4 Large Free-Range Eggs

For the Sour Cream Topping:

  • 250g (1 Cup) Sour Cream
  • ¼ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Caster Sugar


Pre-heat oven to 175°C. Grease and line the base and sides of a 24cm springform cake tin.

Crush the biscuits in a food processor, then add the mixed spice and melted butter and stir until all the crumbs have been moistened. Press the mixture evenly into the base and sides of the cake tin (a dessertspoon comes in handy for smoothing and pressing). Refrigerate the lined tin for about 20 minutes.

Baked Cheesecake | Gather and Graze

While the base is chilling in the fridge, beat the cream cheese until smooth (in a food processor or electric mixer). Then, add the sugar, vanilla and lemon juice and continue beating until completely incorporated. Now add the eggs, one by one, beating well after each addition. Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for about 35 minutes (until almost set).

Baked Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping | Gather and Graze

While the cake is cooking, prepare the sour cream topping, by mixing together the sour cream, vanilla, lemon juice and sugar until smooth.

Spread the sour cream topping over the hot cheesecake and return to the oven for a further 7 minutes.

Allow to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until firm.

Top the cheesecake with fresh fruit – halved strawberries or grapes work beautifully, as do raspberries or kiwi fruit… and if you like, add a glossy finish to the fruit by brushing on some warmed, strained raspberry or apricot jam.

Baked Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping | Gather and Graze* Recipe from a Family Circle Cookbook


40 thoughts on “Birthday Baked Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

  1. laurasmess

    This is absolutely beautiful Margot. Absolutely, positively celebration-worthy. Congratulations on reaching one year in the blogging world, woooop! I can hardly believe that you’ve only been blogging for a short(ish) time as you’ve achieved so much! Amazing quality stories, recipes and discussions. Here’s for many more to come! xx

    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      Thanks very much for being so supportive over the past year Karen – I appreciate it more than you can know! I hope all is well with you, Mr LG and the LGCC! Cheers, Margot

  2. jothetartqueen

    Congrats, Margot! happy 1 year anniversary! the cheesecake looks delightful! love the addition of the sour cream topping and of course, the pretty red raspberries!

    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      Thanks very much Jo! The sour cream topping makes this cake extra delicious – it provides a great balance for the sweetness of the filling! Oh and the raspberries have a bit hit and miss lately, so when I saw these ones… how could I refuse?!

  3. ChgoJohn

    Congratulations, Margot! Your blog is so well-written that I thought you’ve been doing this far longer than a year. You certainly know how to celebrate, too. I once had a cheesecake recipe very much like yours. Heaven only knows where that recipe went. Once, while I was enjoying dinner with my guests in the next room, my cat licked all of the sour cream topping off of the cheesecake. There wasn’t a speck left on it. I would have served it but the top was covered by the tiniest tongue markings. It looked a little too artisanal for its own good. 😀
    May you enjoy many more years blogging, Margot.

    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      Oh dear, what a very lucky cat! Must have been heartbreaking for you and your guests though… and hilarious at the same time! I actually thought of you the other day John when I saw a Triple Chocolate Cheesecake (not a baked one unfortunately, but looked incredibly delicious all the same!) – the base was made of crushed chocolate cookies and then there were 3 layers of cheesecake – dark/white and milk! Just might need to give it a go… 😉
      Thanks for your very kind and thoughtful words too – truly appreciated!

  4. Anne @ Life in Mud Spattered Boots

    Congratulations! I haven’t made a cheesecake for ages but my mouth is watering at the sight of yours and I’ve already added cream cheese to my shopping list. This is definitely going to be eaten over the Easter weekend.
    Looking forward to sharing another year of Gather and Graze.

    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      Cheers Anne! I really hope you enjoy it… I find it hard to even contemplate trying any other baked cheesecake recipes, as this one always works so perfectly and brings a smile to everyone’s face!

  5. sutherbops

    Happy Birthday and congratulations! This recipe looks fabulous and just the thing to try these holidays. Looking forward to more culinary inspiration over the year ahead.

    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      Cheers Jess! Enjoy the school holidays… I hope you give the recipe a go – it’s such a family favourite in our house! I hadn’t realised you guys had a blog on the go while you were away last year – looking forward to catching up on your adventures and seeing some of your photos over the next week or so!

  6. saucygander

    Happy blogoversary!! It’s been great fun following your blog and getting glimpses into your kitchen. I also like the little snippets of Canberra! Here’s to the next year! 🙂

    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      Thanks SG! I’m always so inspired by the dishes you create and the beautiful way you write each of your posts. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into my 2nd year of blogging – it should be a fun year!

  7. Johnny / Kitschnflavours

    Oh Happy Year! And lots more of them.
    Your cheesecake cooks quickly, doesn’t it? I’ve just bought a 20cm springform so I’ll be making mine again, just so I can tweak it to fit. And hopefully this time it won’t crack on top!

    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      Thanks so much for your support over the past year Johnny – your comments are always a pleasure to read! As for the cheesecake, any longer in the oven and it would crack on top (like you mentioned) and be a little overcooked for my liking… I take it out of the oven straight away and allow it to chill still in the tin, in the fridge, before removing it to a plate. The texture is like silk and the lemon juice and sour cream balance out the sweetness perfectly!

  8. Stephanie Rogerson

    Happy 1st Bloggy Birthday! Gather and Graze is beautifully and thoughtfully written. Congratulations, dear friend. As for the cheesecake… holds wonderful memories of very special times.

    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      Thanks dear Steph! Your support and friendship is something I treasure greatly – you’ve been such an inspiration over the years (in more ways than one)! M.xx

  9. Nancy

    A delicious way to celebrate! The cheesecake sounds scrumptious 🙂 Congratulations on reaching such a huge milestone in the blogging world!

  10. Barbara Brumby

    Happy Birthday – enjoy another year of happy cooking. Wish I could have a slice of the delicious cheesecake to celebrate – looks great!

  11. apuginthekitchen

    Happy 1 year blogoversary! I am so happy that you pressed that publish button, Your cheesecake is absolutely beautiful and perfect. I love the sour cream topping and the raspberries on top are gorgeous.

    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      Cheers Suzanne and thanks so much for your wonderful support throughout the past year! The best thing about blogging has been meeting people like yourself who are so passionate about good food and life in general!


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