Cheesecakes with Buttercream frosting

Cheesecakes with butter cream frosting make for a delicious and beautiful Valentine dessert. The inspiration for icing the cheesecakes came from The Strip House, which is a very nice steakhouse that features a three layer cheesecake. Between the layers of cheesecake is a butter cream frosting that holds the cheesecake layers together.

cheesecake with butter cream frosting

Cheesecake with Butter Cream Frosting

For these cheesecakes I used these heart molds from Wilton, you do not need to use these pans, you can simply bake cheesecake in a normal cheesecake pan. This recipe will make 5 to 6 of these cheesecakes.

cheesecake with butter cream frosting

Cheesecakes with Buttercream frosting

Cheesecakes never tastes so good until you added buttercream frosting to them. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheesecake Recipe
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 781kcal


  • 2 cups graham-cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 24 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 eggs seperated
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • food coloring of your choice


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • To make the crust, generously grease a 9x2 springform pan with butter. Place pan in center of a 12 inch square of aluminum foil and press foil up around the side of the pan. 
  • Combine graham- cracker crumbs, sugar, cinnamon and melted butter in a small bowl until well blended. Press crumb mixture into bottom and side of the pan. Chill prepared pan while making the filling. To make the filling, with an electric mixer on low speed; beat cream cheese in a large bowl until soft. Gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks one at a time, until well blended. Stir in sour cream, flour, vanilla, lemon rind, and juice until smooth. Beat egg whites until they hold stiff peaks. Fold white into the cheese mixture, until well blended. Pour into the prepared pan. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until top is golden brown, turn off oven and allow to cake to cool for 1 hour. The cheesecake is done when you remove the cheesecake and there is still a slight wiggle in the center of the cheesecake. Remove cake from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack at room temperature. Chill overnight before serving. If you are using the small heart-shaped pans, the baking will be between 45 minutes and 1 hour, check the cheesecakes for their doneness by giving them a little wiggle and seeing if the center is set. 
  • Butter Cream Frosting Instructions Beat butter for a few minutes with a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and turn your mixer on the lowest speed (so the sugar doesn’t blow everywhere) until the sugar has been incorporated with the butter. Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk/cream and beat for for 3 minutes. Add food coloring if desired. Remove cheesecake from mold, and then gently frost the cheesecake. The Butter Cream recipe was slightly adapted from the SweetSavoryLife blog, whose technique of sifting the powdered sugar makes all of the difference when making a butter cream icing.


Calories: 781kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 220mg | Sodium: 621mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 1775IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 133mg | Iron: 1.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Anesha Johnson

    I always make buttercream frosting with real butter and heavy whipping cream….along with the other ingr. it calls. Never use shortening…unless you are going to have the cake or cupcakes in the fridge…Just don’t leave the cake sitting at rm. temp…It will be a mess and taste awful…..With butter the frosting holds better….even at rm. temp….wink…

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