Light and Fluffy Cotton Cheesecake

Light and Fluffy Cotton Cheesecake


This is a scrumptious dessert that is a cross between a sponge cake and a cheesecake often called cotton cheesecake. This pastry is moist and fluffy and not overly sweet if you love to bake and looking for something unique this is a recipe to try.


  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup(115 grams) sugar, divided
  • 8 oz (225 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup (57 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (32 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch


  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.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Remove the Cotton Cheesecake from the pan. Place on a plate and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  13. Serve with fresh fruit, fruit puree, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, etc.
  14. Cover and refrigerate any remaining portions. Enjoy the Cotton Cheesecake within the week.

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