Some of the best gifts we can give are pieces of ourselves. That's why when a loved one's birthday comes up, I am eager to bake them a special birthday cake. Baking has been a big part of my life these last 5 years and it's a labor of love that I enjoy and a way to tell them I care.
In this instance, I told my little sister, I'd make anything. Her chosen cake? Birthday Cheesecake! I'm cool with requests like that, especially when my favorite cheesecake recipe comes from the baking cookbook I already knew I was giving her for her 24th birthday.
Here's a sweet birthday card that I picked up from the CakeSpy shop when I was in Seattle earlier this summer. Add some brown wrapping paper and my favorite red and white baker's twine and you've got yourself an adorably wrapped present.
Well, almost. Even though this Tall and Creamy Cheesecake was a show-stopper by itself, I wanted to make it more birthday-ish. So I decided to make cream cheese frosting and a fresh raspberry sauce to dress it up. I used one of my favorite Wilton tips and decorated away then completed the job with fresh raspberries as a garnish.
If you're looking to dress up a cheesecake for a special birthday boy or girl, give my cream cheese cheesecake frosting a try, along with the very fresh and tangy raspberry sauce. And don't fret, even a plain-cheesecake purist like me loves a little frosting and sauce.
Birthday Cheesecake Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 stick (1/4 c.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 TB pure vanilla extract
1 TB vanilla bean paste
3 c. powdered sugar
Directions:In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and butter on medium speed until combined and smooth, about 3-4 minutes. Add vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste and beat until combined. Add powdered sugar a cup at a time and mix until completely incorporated.
*You'll have plenty extra, save for cookies, graham crackers or from the spoon.
Fresh Raspberry Sauce
2 c. fresh raspberries
2 1/2 TB sugar
splash of fresh lemon juice (to taste)
Combine berries and sugar in blender and blender until sugar has dissolved and mixture is pureed. Pour mixture into sieve and stir with small spoon to strain berries. Serve or refrigerate until ready.
Other posts you may like:
Brown Sugar Apple Cheesecake on Project DomesticationLate Summer Raspberry Jam Recipe on CakeSpy
Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake on Taste and Tell
Cheesecake Brownies on Project DomesticationChocolate Caramel Cheesecake Bites on Barbara Bakes