Junior's Famous Cheesecake


Sponge Cake Layer
  • 1⁄2 cup sifted cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 large eggs, seperated
  • 1⁄3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 drops lemon extract
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon cream of tartar
Cream Cheese Filling
  • 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 1 2⁄3 cups sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3⁄4 cup heavy whipping cream


Sponge cake:
1 _ Preheat the oven to 350 F and generously butter a 9-inch springform pan.

2 _ Sift the cake flour, baking powder, and salt together ina medium sized bowl and set aside.

3 _ Beat the egg yolks together in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high for 3 minutes.

4 _ Then, with the mixer still running, gradually add the 1/3 cup of sugar and continue beating until thick light-yellow ribbons form in the bowl, about 5 minutes more.

5 _ Beat in the vanilla and lemon extracts.

6 _ Sift the flour mixture over the batter and stir it in by hand until mo more white flecks appear.

7 _ Then blend in the butter.

8 _ In a clean bowl, using clean dry beaters, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar together on high until frothy.

9 _ Gradually add the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form (the whites should stand up in stiff peaks, but not be dry).

10 _ Stir about 1/3 cup of the whites into the batter, then gently fold in the remaining whites (don't worry if a few white specks remain).

11 _ Gently spoon the batter into the pan.

12 _ Bake the cake just until the center of the cake springs back when lightly touched, only about 10 minutes (watch carefully!) Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack while you continue making the cheesecake filling.

13 _ Do not remove the cake from the pan.

Cream Cheese Filling
1 _ Place one 8-ounce package of the cream cheese, 1/3 cup of the sugar, and the cornstarch in a large bowl.

2 _ Beat with an electric mixer on low until creamy, about 3 minutes, then beat in the remaining 3 packages of the cream cheese.

3 _ Increase the mixer speed to high and beat in the remaining 1 1/3 cups of the sugar, then beat in the vanilla.

4 _ Blend in the eggs, one at a time, beating the batter well after each one.

5 _ Blend in heavy cream.

6 _ At this point mix the filling only until completely blended (just like they do at Junior's) Be careful not to overmix the batter.

7 _ Gently spoon the cheese filling on top of the baked sponge cake layer.

8 _ Place the springform pan in a large shallow pan containing hot water that comes about 1 inch up the side of the pan.

9 _ Bake the cheesecake until the center barely jiggles when you shake the pan, about 1 hour.

10 _ Cool the cake on a wire rack for 1 hour.

11 _ Then cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until it's completely cold, at least 4 hours or overnight.

12 _ Remove the sides of the springform pan.

13 _ Slide the cake off of the bottom of the pan onto a serving plate.

14 _ Or, if you wish, simply leave the cake on the removable bottom of the pan and place it on a serving plate.

15 _ Store any leftover cheesecake in the refrigerator.