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5 from 5 votes

Japanese Cheesecake

This Japanese Cheesecake is super light and fluffy and will melt in your mouth! A delicious, but lighter version of a traditional cheesecake.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: japanese cheesecake
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 121kcal


  • 3 eggs separated
  • 3 tablespoon butter unsalted
  • 10.5 ounce cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Prepare a springform pan with parchment paper.
  • Put the egg whites into the freezer so it just begins to freeze around the edges.
  • In a large bowl, melt the butter and cream cheese over a double boiler and whisk well to combine.
  • In another bowl mix the egg yolks, 1 tbsp sugar and cornstarch. Mix well and set aside.
  • Heat the milk so it comes to a boil. Add it to the egg yolks and whisk until it thickens in a double boiler over boiling water. Add this mixture to the cream cheese and combine well.
  • Add a small amount of the 1/4 cup of sugar to the egg whites and mix on medium low speed for about 2 minutes. Gradually add the remaining sugar to the egg whites and beat on medium until a soft meringue forms.
  • Add ¼ of the meringue to the cream cheese mixture and combine. Add the remaining meringue to the cream cheese mixture and fold to combine. Fill the cake pan and smooth the top.
  • Put the cake pan in a roasting pan and add boiling water so it comes up 1/2 inch up the cake pan. Bake for 15 minutes and then lower the temperature to 300°F and continue to bake for 25 minutes until the top turns slightly golden. Turn off the oven and leave the cake pan for another 40 minutes to an hour.
  • Take the cake out of the roasting dish and place on a wire rack to cool completely. Refrigerate and chill completely before taking it out of the pan. It is best served the second day.


Nutritional information assumes 12 slices per cake. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.
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Serving: 1slice | Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 138mg | Potassium: 94mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 0.2mg