Jiggly Japanese Cheesecake

Just by the title of the recipe, you know that this is going to be a fun cake. Insanely wobbly, ethereally fluffy, and delicately balanced.

This unique cake is basically a soufflé-esk cheesecake. The meringue portion of this cake gives it dramatic lift and the cornstarch helps provide the necessary structure to stay aloft.

*Full disclosure here, I followed Tasty’s recipe line by line—if it’s good, why change it?*

https://tasty.co/recipe/fluffy-jiggly-japanese-cheesecake

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Ingredients

  • 7 tablespoons butter

  • 4 oz cream cheese

  • ½ cup milk

  • 8 eggs, yolk

  • ¼ cup flour

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • 13 large egg whites

  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla bean paste (this is my little twist)

  • hot water, for baking

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 320°F

  2. In a small pot over medium heat, whisk together the butter, cream cheese, and milk until melted and smooth

  3. Remove from the heat and let cool

  4. Whisk in vanilla bean paste after the mixture has slightly cooled

  5. In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks until smooth, then slowly drizzle in the cream cheese mixture, stirring until evenly combined

  6. Sift in the flour and the cornstarch, whisking to make sure there are no lumps

  7. In another large bowl, beat the egg whites with a hand mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar while continuing to beat until stiff peaks form

  8. Fold about ¼ of the egg whites and into the yolk mixture, then repeat with the remaining egg whites until the batter is evenly combined

  9. Grease the bottom of a 9 x 3-inch (23 cm) round cake pan, then line the bottom and sides with parchment paper. If using a springform pan, make sure to wrap the bottom and sides completely in foil twice to prevent any leakage

  10. Pour the batter into the pan and shake to release any large air bubbles

  11. Place the pan into a larger baking dish lined with 2 paper towels at the bottom. The paper towels ensure that the heat is distributed evenly along the bottom of the pan. Fill the larger pan about 1-inch (2-cm) high with hot water

  12. Bake for 25 minutes, then reduce the heat to 285°F (140°C), and bake for another 55 minutes, until the cake has risen to almost double its original height

  13. Remove from oven, and carefully invert the cake onto your dominant hand and peel off the paper. Be extremely careful, the cake will be hot. You can also invert the cake onto a plate, but this will cause the cake to deflate more

  14. Dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar, then slice and serve with strawberries while still warm

  15. Done.

Harrison YuDessert