creative cheesecake

Creative Cheesecake

Make your cheesecake your own by adding a personal touch. Follow your instincts and switch up the flavours in the crust, batter, or toppings.


  • Add ½ tsp cinnamon or ginger to crumbs
  • Substitute ½ cup ground pecans, almonds, walnuts, peanuts or macadamia nuts for ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • Substitute 1½ cups vanilla, chocolate or ginger wafer crumbs for graham cracker crumbs


Stir in:

  • Semi-sweet, milk or white chocolate chips (try one or all three)
  • Chopped chocolate-covered English Toffee
  • Chopped candy bars
  • Chopped chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Dried cranberries


  • Cool Whip Topping
  • Sour cream
  • Fresh fruit slices
  • Canned pie fillings
  • Fruit preserves
  • Lemon or orange twists
  • Chocolate curls
  • Chopped chocolate
  • Crushed candy bars
  • Nuts
  • Ice Cream sauce or topping
  • Drizzled, melted chocolate
  • Chopped dried fruit (i.e. cranberries, banana chips, apricots etc.)
  • Toasted coconut

Party Size It!

  • Recipes for 9-inch spring form pans can be doubled to serve a crowd. Simply double all the ingredients and use a 13 x 9-inch pan for party-size cakes. Lining the pan with a double thickness of foil will make it easier to lift out. Cutting and serving is easier if you freeze your cheesecake before removing it from the pan.

For great cheesecake recipes, visit our Classic Cheesecakes article.