Go Back
+ servings
A piece of pumpkin cheesecake on a plate.
Print

Pumpkin Cheesecake

A light and creamy pumpkin cheesecake with all your favorite fall spices and a crunchy graham cracker crust. Getting the perfect no crack bake is easier than you think!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
cooling time 12 hours
Total Time 13 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 584kcal

Equipment

  • 10" springform pan
  • Roasting pan
  • Foil

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 13 Graham Crackers 200g
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter 56g, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar 24g
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1g

For the Cheesecake

  • 2 pounds cream cheese 1.13kg, room temperature, 4 packages
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar 200g
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar 150g
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 10mL
  • 5 eggs large, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée 225g
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 2g
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg freshly grated if possible
  • 1/4 pinch ginger
  • 1/4 tsp allspice optional
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom optional

Instructions

For the Crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Add Graham crackers to your food processor and pulse until broken into small pieces. Add sugar and cinnamon then pulse until mixed in completely. Pour in melted butter while pulsing processor. Remove blades and use a spatula to mix butter in completely. See post above for instructions on making this without a processor or stand mixer.
  • Transfer mixture to your springform pan and press into a flat layer using a measuring cup or glass. bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until fragrant and a darker golden color. Remove from oven, set aside and reduce oven temperature to 300F.
  • Once cooled, wrap the bottom and sides of the springform pan in two layers of foil. The best foil to use is the extra wide type so water can't seep into your cake while baking.

For the Filling

  • Add Room Temperature cream cheese to stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and mix at medium speed to cream.
  • Add both sugars and the salt to the bowl and mix on medium until creamy. Scrape bowl down and mix until completely homogenous.
  • Add eggs and yolks one at a time, allowing each to incorporate before adding the next. Scrape the bowl down and mix a few seconds more until smooth.
  • Once your eggs are incorporated sprinkle in the four, add the pumpkin puree, sour cream, spices, and vanilla. Mix until incorporated and scrape the bowl down one last time. I sometimes will take a whisk to the batter just to make sure there are no unmixed bits hiding in the bowl.
  • Pour the batter into the foil-wrapped 10 inch springform pan. The batter will not rice much at all during this low and slow bake so you can fill it up past 2/3rds. If you're using an 8" pan then you will have some extra batter for individual/mini cheesecakes.
  • Place springform pan into a large roasting pan. Fill with very hot or boiling water a little over an inch deep and transfer to oven.
  • Bake for about 60 minutes or until cake is set but center is wobbly. Turn oven off but leave door closed and allow cake to rest for an additional hour in the oven. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature then cover with a towel or paper towel and chill overnight. You can enjoy the cheesecake after a few hours of chilling but it's MUCH easier to cut if you've chilled it overnight.
  • Run a knife around edge of cake before releasing from pan.  You can garnish the cake with dollops of whipped cream or enjoy plain.

Video

Notes

  • Start off with really room temperature cream cheese. Leave it out the night before or zap it in the microwave for 20 seconds at 50% power. If the cream cheese is too firm the batter will not be smooth.
  • Beat the cream cheese and sugars until completely smooth.
  • Bake in a water bath and leave that oven closed for an hour after turning off and before removing. Slow and steady wins the race for a nice smooth uncracked cheesecake.
  • Try not to open the oven, the rush of cold air into the oven will not be good for your delicate cake.
  • Don't be frightened if your cheesecake seems underdone after an hour of baking, it will firm up.
  • When you wrap the cheesecake up Have a piece of paper towel under the plastic or foil. This will absorb condensation and your surface will be unmarred by water droplets.

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 584kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 207mg | Sodium: 507mg | Potassium: 297mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 1949IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 2mg