Lemon Cheesecake is a citrusy, creamy, and incredibly flavorful dessert. It is a great cheesecake to enjoy after a nice dinner or for any special occasion.

When it comes to delicious cheesecake, there are plenty to select from Blueberry Cheesecake, No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake, and Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars. But this lemon cheesecake recipe is one of my favorites because it is so simple to make!

Lemon Cheesecake with whipped cream and slices of lemon

Lemon Cheesecake


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Why We Love this Cheesecake

This Lemon Filled Cheesecake is a dreamy dessert that will satisfy pretty much everyone’s sweet tooth. It is moist, rich, and zesty, just ideal for summer times. If you are a big fan of cheesecake recipes, then this one should be on top of your list!

First, it is quite light and lemony, with a nice balance of sweetness and tanginess to it. When you bite into it, you will quickly realize that this is one delicious and outstanding cake!

Second, it is super creamy and easy to make! Unlike other cheesecakes, this one is on the easy side when it comes to execution. You need just a few simple ingredients and about 15 minutes of your time to prepare it. After that, bake it and you are done.

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How to Make Lemon Cheesecake?

This easy lemon cheesecake comes together in 3 simple steps!

  1. Crust: Combine all ingredients and press into the pan.
  2. Filling: In a large bowl, whisk combine filling ingredients (per recipe below). Pour half over the crust, top with lemon curd, then remaining half of the cheese mixture.
  3. Bake & Chill:  Bake and let cool before topping with remaining lemon curd. Then chill to completely set!

This recipe is a great addition to any dessert table. Perfect for graduation or a simple pool party. No matter how you intend to enjoy it, I guarantee that you will love it!

piece of Lemon Cheesecake on a plate with a fork

Cheesecake Tips

When it comes to making the perfect cheesecake look no further!

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: It is very important for the ingredients to be at room temperature, especially for cheesecake recipes. The ingredients mix together more easily and also will result in a smooth filling with no lumps.
  • Graham Cracker Crust: I love using graham cracker crumbs for this recipe, but you can use graham crackers and grind them in a food processor to make crumbs.
  • To Avoid Cracks: One the cheesecake is baked, turn the oven off and prop open the door and allow cheesecake to cool completely.
  • Fully Set: Chill for at least 6 hours, or even better – overnight, before serving. This will help the cheesecake stay fully intact while slicing and serving.

How to Decorate a Cheesecake?

The cake is excellent because it is so aromatic and full of zesty flavors.

If you want to make it look more festive, feel free to top it with some blueberry or raspberry compote, sliced strawberries, or other seasonal fresh fruits.

For a unique twist, add some melted chocolate or caramel on top. It is super delicious!

Lemon cheesecake with whipped cream and a slice of lemon

Can You Store Cheesecake In The Freezer?

Definitely! Prior to freezing ensure the cake is fully chilled.

  1. Wrap the cheesecake with the bottom of the pan in plastic foil twice, and then with aluminum foil.
  2. Once properly wrapped, transfer it to the freezer, and store it for up to 3 months.

To thaw, remove it from the freezer and place it in the refrigerator overnight.

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Lemon Cheesecake

Lemon Cheesecake is the perfect summer dessert that is citrusy, creamy, and incredibly flavorful. It is a great cheesecake to enjoy after a nice dinner, or for a special occasion.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Chill time 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Author Catalina



  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted


  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 24 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup milk room temperature
  • ½ cup sour cream room temperature
  • 1 can lemon curd filling (21 oz)


  • 1 can lemon curd filling (21 oz)


  • 2 cups heavy cream cold
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 packet whipped cream stabilizer



  • Add all ingredients to a large bowl and stir until combined.
  • Add the mixture to a 9-inch or 10-inch springform pan. Use a measuring cup to press the mixture into the bottom and slightly up the sides of the pan.
  • Refrigerate for at least 20-30 minutes.


  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • In a large bowl, add sugar, cream cheese and flour. Beat until creamy and combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  • Add lemon juice, lemon zest, milk, and sour cream. Beat until combined, stopping to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula.
  • Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan. Level the top with a spatula. Add the lemon curd, and using a knife make some swirls. Add the remaining cheesecake batter and level the top with a spatula.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes. The cheesecake should be slightly jiggly in the center, but puffy and settled on the sides.
  • Turn off the oven and crack open the door. Cool cheesecake completely in the open oven.
  • Run a butter knife around the edges to release it from the pan. Top it with the remaining can of lemon curd. After that, chill in the fridge for 6 hours or overnight.


  • Add all ingredients to the chilled bowl of a high-speed mixer and whisk until stiff peaks form. Pipe on cheesecake.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 738kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 548mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 63g | Vitamin A: 1657IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Catalina thinks that time in the kitchen should be fun, and we should spend less time cooking and more time eating! As a successful business woman, with a busy career on Wall Street, she develops easy weeknight meals that you can make in 30 minutes or less!. Catalina lives in the NYC metro area with her husband, who is also a great cook, and their 4 year old boy, who gladly helps in the kitchen. Catalina will inspire you to experiment with flavors, try new ingredients and create easy meals with less effort. You can visit her blog Sweet & Savory Meals for more inspiration.
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  1. 5 stars
    Where do you find lemon curd filling?

    What is whipped cream stabilizer and where do you find it?

    1. Whipped cream stabilizer is used to make the cream hold its shape and last longer, cornstarch and cream of tartar are common items used. Both can be found at any grocery store!