Classic Sour Cream and Fruit-Topped Cheesecake

Classic Cheesecake
Diana Rattray
  • 70 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 50 mins
  • Yield: 12 to 16 Servings
Ratings (5)

This classic cheesecake is an excellent dessert made with a topping of sour cream and cherry pie filling for topping. Feel free to change it slightly with strawberry or blueberry pie filling. Or omit the pie filling and serve the cheese cake with hot fudge topping or butterscotch sauce..

What You'll Need

  • For the Crust:
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 ounces butter, melted
  • For the Filling:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • For the Topping:
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling

How to Make It

Heat the oven to  350 F (180 C/Gas Mark 4).

Combine 1/4 cup of confectioners' sugar with the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter; blend thoroughly. Pack the crumbs firmly into the bottom of an 8 or 9-inch springform pan.

Wrap the pan bottom and sides with heavy duty foil to prevent leaks. 

In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat 1 cup of granulated sugar with the cream cheese, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and 4 large eggs.

Pour into the graham cracker crust.

Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes. Remove cheesecake from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 425 F.

In a small bowl, combine the sour cream with 1/4 cup of confectioners' sugar and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Spread the mixture over the cheesecake and return it to he hot oven. Continue baking for 8 minutes.

Remove to a rack to cool completely.

Top with cherry pie filling and chill thoroughly or chill the cheesecake without the topping and serve with topping drizzled over each slice.

Quick Measurement and Temperature Conversion Chart

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 387
Total Fat 27 g
Saturated Fat 15 g
Unsaturated Fat 7 g
Cholesterol 127 mg
Sodium 199 mg
Carbohydrates 32 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 6 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)