Last year on my daughter's 16th birthday, I held her a surprise party. I had her favorite band send her a special message (that took some doing), invited all her family and friends, and made her a Spiderman Cheesecake. She hates cake, but loves cheesecake so I found a great tutorial on Pinterest and made her one.
I used a regular cheesecake recipe and then added the strawberries on top.
Basically for the Spiderman portion, you just cut the strawberries in half. For the eyes, use regular vanilla icing in a piping bag fitted with the small hole. Trace around them with the black gel icing in the tube for a perfect Spiderman look!
Then take the black icing and make a web in the middle.
- 5 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 cups one pint sour cream, room temperature
- 4 8- ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
- 8 tablespoons one stick unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 5 strawberries sliced in half
- vanilla icing
- black gel icing
- Generously butter the inside of a 10-inch springform pan. Wrap a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil tightly around the outside bottom and sides, crimping and pleating the foil to make it conform to the pan. This will help to prevent water seeping into the pan when you put it into the bain-marie. Position the baking rack in the center of the oven; preheat the oven to 300* Fahrenheit.
- In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs with the sour cream until well blended.
- In a medium-sized bowl, beat the cream cheese with the butter until smooth and creamy. Add this to the egg-sour cream mixture and beat until smooth.
- Add the sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest and beat thoroughly, about 2 minutes.
- Pour into the prepared springform pan and place in a roasting pan (or other pan) large enough to prevent the sides from touching. Place in the oven and carefully pour in enough very hot tap water to reach halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
- Bake for 2 hours, 15 minutes, or until the cake is very lightly colored and a knife inserted in the center emerges clean. Remove from the water bath and carefully peel the aluminum foil from around the pan. Let stand at room temperature until completely cool, about 4 hours.
- Refrigerate, covered, until well chilled.
- Take the sliced strawberries and place around the edges. Pipe the vanilla frosting in for Spidey eyes and then trace around them with the black gel icing.
This is one of the best cheesecakes I have ever made and my daughter FLIPPED over it!
What is your favorite cake you have ever made?