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3-Ingredient Souffle Cheesecake

This melt-in-your-mouth light and delicate soufflé cheesecake is made with only 3 ingredients that you probably have on hand.

This melt-in-your-mouth light and delicate soufflé cheesecake is made with only 3 ingredients that you probably have on hand.

This melt-in-your-mouth light and delicate soufflé cheesecake is made with only 3 ingredients that you probably have on hand.

Happy holiday week, my friend!

Christmas is upon us, and New Year is just around the corner. By now, I bet you’re all set for Christmas, right? All the presents are wrapped, cookies and sweets are baked, and the house is cleaned… Yes, yes and yes? If not, it’s ok too. We don’t do Christmas gifts in our family, so wrapping gifts is off of my list. Whew! But I still need to bake more cookies (so many fun cookie recipes are out there to try!) and I totally need to clean the house.

Before the cleaning begins though, I wanna share with you this amazingly light and airy souffle cheesecake. This fluffy slice of cloud, my friend, is melt-in-your-mouth soft and ultra-light! I know both of the descriptions basically mean the same thing, but I had to point that out. It’s like biting into a cloud. Ok, more realistically, it’s like eating a soufflé!

This melt-in-your-mouth light and delicate souffle cheesecake is made with only 3 ingredients that you probably have on hand.

This soufflé cheesecake is sooo light! Did I say that already? Sorry! 🙂

The best part of this cake is that you only need 3 main ingredients. Yes, just THREE ingredients. And yes, it IS possible.

I wish I can take the full credit for this genius idea, but I can’t. You might have seen this recipe with white chocolate. But I really didn’t feel like messing around with double boiler and melting white chocolate. So, I went through my pantry in search of a substitute. It didn’t take me long to find a perfect substitution for white chocolate! Hello, sweetened condensed milk!

Making the cake can’t get any easier. Every step is laid out for you below. Make sure to cut the parchment paper for the sides taller than the pan. The cake rises pretty high during baking. But keep in mind that it falls back to its original height, and it’s totally normal. We bake this delicate soufflé cheesecake in humid environment for gentler cooking, and hopefully, without cracks. But hey, if your cheesecake has a small crack on top, don’t sweat. No baking police will be knocking on your door to write you a ticket for that. I promise. Just dust the cake with powdered sugar and top it with fresh fruits for additional flavor.

Souffle cheesecake with step-by-step directions

And yes, there is a tiny crack under that pile of pomegranate seeds as well. What really matters is its not-too-sweet, melt-in-your-mouth light and delicious cheesecake! Yes, this cheesecake is simply heaven. If you’re not into overly sweet desserts, or you want to enjoy a light piece of cake, this cheesecake is for you. And you can totally customize it to your own liking by pairing it with caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, or any fruit sauces.

This melt-in-your-mouth light and delicate souffle cheesecake is made with only 3 ingredients that you probably have on hand.

Have a wonderful week!

3-Ingredient Soufflé Cheesecake

This melt-in-your-mouth light and delicate soufflé cheesecake is made with only 3 ingredients that you probably have on hand.

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 8oz (225gr) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk (about 275ml)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C). You will need at least 2.5in (6cm) deep 8in (20sm) springform pan. Cut 3.5-inch (9cm)-wide long strip and 8-inch (20cm) round circle of parchment paper. Line the sides and the bottom of the springform pan with the prepare parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Separate the egg whites and yolks.
  3. In a mixing bowl with paddle attachment, or using a handheld electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  4. Add condensed milk, beat for another minute.
  5. Then add the egg yolks and continue to beat until well combined, 2-3 minutes.
  6. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until hard peaks form. Make sure the bowl and the beaters are squeaky clean and free of grease. (Tip: Egg whites at room temperature are easier to beat and reach hard peak faster.)
  7. Fold in half of the whipped egg whites into the cream cheese mixture. Then add the remaining egg whites and gently fold until well-combined and no white streaks are visible.
  8. Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and tap on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.
  9. Place a baking sheet on the lower rack of the oven and pour about 2 cups of boiling water.
  10. Put the cheesecake pan on the middle rack above the rack with water bath.
  11. Bake for 45 minutes.
  12. Turn off the oven and cool the cake in the oven for 30-40 minutes.
  13. Remove the sides of the springform pan and gently peel off the parchment paper from the sides.
  14. Cool completely on the counter, then refrigerate until ready to serve.
  15. When ready to serve, gently remove the parchment paper on the bottom. Make sure the cheesecake is chilled and set completely. Transfer the cheesecake onto the serving platter. If desired, dust with powdered sugar and top with fresh fruits.
For step-by-step photos and additional tips, read the post above.

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102 comments

  1. How far in advance can this be made?

  2. Hello, Just wondering, when cooling the cake in the oven, do you crack the oven door open or leave it closed?

  3. Hello I baked this recipe today but havent tasted it yet but it smeels a bit eggy is that how it is suppose to smell coz i was about to add vanilla when i was beating considering there is alot of eggs in it … plz advice. Thanks.

    • Hi, Heba! Thanks for trying my recipe. To me, it never tastes too eggy, and no one from our family says it’s too egg-y. But everyone’s tastebuds are different. Some people’s tastebuds are more sensitive than others. I hope you enjoyed the cake though. And please let me know if it was too eggy to your taste. I’d love to know.

      • Thanks for your reply. The taste was amazing. Such an easy and quick recipe. The taste wasnt eggy at all i was talking about the smell when i got it out of the oven. .. is that how it would normally smell?

        • I guess, I never noticed the smell. 🙂 I’ll pay a close attention to it next time I bake this. I’m happy to hear you loved the cheesecake. 🙂 Thanks for reporting back!

  4. Hi. I’m confused when it says fold it in half for the egg whites do you mean stir in half then stir in the other half?

    • Hi, Kaitlin. Sorry for confusion. Yes, you got it right. Add half of the whipped egg whites in the batter and gently mix it, then add the remaining egg whites and mix again.

  5. Hi how are you? I love the recipe but I was wondering if I could make them in cupcake pans?

  6. My dear Shinee, I make a cake and is delicious, a food for angels! 🙂 What can i say more? I’m really really glad, that i find you and your recepy. Sorry, because my english is not so good, but i hope that you understand what i mean. The cake was fluffy, just like on your photos.
    So, i will make it again, for sure! Ciao! 🙂

  7. Hello Shinee,  haha… Ok, but 1 1/4 cups is 300 ml. So, now i can finally cake this cheesecake.
    By 🙂  

    • Yes, 1 ¼ cups = 300ml. But as you know, measuring in ml is way more accurate than cup measurement. And when I measured, it was 275ml, was very close to 1 ¼ cups, but not quite. BUT if you use 300ml of condensed milk, it won’t be a big deal. Hope you’ll enjoy, and let me know how it turns out.

  8. Hello again.
     So, 14 oz (400g) condensed milk is equivalent to 1 1/3 cups or 315 ml.
     I make a condensed milk by myself, because my husband is diabetic. 
    Remember only water is ratio 1:1, thats mean 400g= 400ml. 

    Bye 🙂 

    • Hi, Andreja! Thanks for the follow-up. And you’re right. I just poured a can of condensed milk (label says 14oz/397gr) into a liquid measuring cup and it comes to 1 ¼ cups, or about 275ml. I updated the recipe accordingly. Thanks so much again!!

      PS: Now, I’m going to bake this cheesecake with the opened condensed milk. 😉

  9. Hello Shinee, tell me please is this right mesaure for condensed milk, because i come from italy, and we measure condensed milk in ml.
    So, 14 oz  (400 g). 400 g is  about 300 ml. Is this right? 
    Thank you. 🙂  

    • Hi, Andreja. Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner. I took the measurements from the label on the can. But I think you’ll need 400ml of condensed milk. Hope this helps.

  10. hello . i tried this and it was divine. do you mind if i shsre it with my friends on instagram ?

    • Hi, Farzana! So happy you loved the cheesecake. Thanks for asking for permission. I’d really appreciate if you share your photo with a link to the recipe, instead of posting the whole recipe on Instagram.

  11. Love this recipe. Always top of my easy to make, minimal ingredients cake. If you choose a good brand of cream cheese, it usually does carry the cheese taste. I tried with different types of cream cheese before. My flaw is the egg 🙂 I used small C sized eggs and the cake was half the usual. Then yesterday, I had to prepare for company event, so decided to double up for my bigger pan but i was using size A eggs. I even reduced it to 10 eggs instead of 12 for double the recipe. Ended up I made 2 big cakes.. So, yes, the eggs does matter here. For the sweetness, when I make it for my family, I reduced the milk to 200g and top with fresh milk but this can cause the cake to be more pudding like. Take note, its condensed milk, not evaporated milk. Its the thick sweet milk, a lot of people can get this wrong. This round, I used 550g condensed milk + 250g whipped cream. It is still very sweet for my liking but colleagues loved it. I also added a cup of flour just so it fluff up a little more. So, my change will be as per below:- (For 2 cakes)
    – 550g cream cheese
    – 10 grade A eggs
    – 250g whipped cream
    – 1 cup of self raising flour
    – 550g condensed milk

    Enjoyed the recipe as much as baking it! Thank you 🙂

    • Hey Angel, so glad you loved the cake. And I’m happy to see your adjustments. Will give it a try when I want to double it. You’re so right about the importance of each ingredients. Since it requires so few of them, it’s important to use quality ingredients, especially cream cheese. Thanks for your feedback!!

  12. Not sure what happened but my souffle fell while in the oven. It’s flat like a pancake! It poofed up beautifully but took a nose dive. Haven’t tasted it yet – not sure what i did wrong. I went back and re-read the recipe but couldn’t find where I might have gone wrong. Anyone have suggestions?

    • Hi, Sherry. Sorry to hear your troubles. So this cheesecake actually stays the same height as it was when it was raw. It does rise nicely, but it’s totally normal for it go back to its original height. Did you use 8-inch pan? I’m wondering why yours went flat as pancake though. That’s pretty weird. Hope it taste better than it looks.

  13. Hi there!

    Just made this cheesecake and I have to say I am very disappointing. It’s way of time and my ingredients. I won’t be making it again.

    • Hi, Julia! Sorry to hear you’re disappointed. Would you mind to let me know what seems to be the issue. Did you not like the taste of the cheesecake? Or did something went wrong? I’d love to help you to troubleshoot the issue. I make this cheesecake on a regular and my family always love it. If you have a minute, I’d appreciate more details. Thanks for your feedback though!

      • hi Shinee,
        thank you for your prompt reply. The cake is too soggy, sickly sweet (although you say it’s for people who don’t like very sweet desserts- not that I don’t- but me and my bf still find it extremely sweet. Also, in our view, it DOES NOT taste anything like cheesecake. We can instead taste eggs and sugar. I followed the recipe, which I thought wasn’t difficult at all. I even made the effort and put those 2 glasses of water on a tray under my baking tin- still the outcome is poor. I am good at baking and bake quite often, hence the disappointment.

        • Julia, thanks for more info! It helps. I’m surprised about soggy issue, mine never comes out soggy. As for taste, you’re right, it doesn’t have that traditional cheesecake flavor, hence the name “soufflé cheesecake”. Anyway, thanks again for the details. Such detailed feedback helps me to provide more accurate description for the recipe.

  14. I just accidentally put it in a 9″ pan.  Whoops!  I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  15. Hi! I just made this recipe, but I have a really deeply cracked top!
    Why can be? I’m confused.
    I bet it taste incredible, but not look like yours.

    Thanks!
    Fran

    • Hi, Fran! The crack is actually pretty common. It can be caused by number of things, like sudden temperature change, bubbles, etc. Mine has a small crack too, I was just able to “hide” it under powdered sugar and pomegranate seeds. Hope you liked the cheesecake though. 🙂

      • Thanks Shinee! This recipe is great.
        All love them, because is not so heavy like a plain cheesecake.
        The next time I will try bake it in a low temperature, maybe that way raise less.

        Fran

        • Glad everyone loved it, Fran! Don’t turn it the oven too low though, maybe try 25°F lower. And maybe try cooling it in the oven longer once baked.

  16. I have a 10″ spring form pan, can I double the recipe?

  17. Hi turned out great, it’s light n very soft, everyone in my family loved it

  18. Hola, me encantó la receta pero tengo una duda, qué pasa si mi horno tiene solo dos rejillas y no una? No puedo hacer el paso de poner la bandeja con agua debajo del cheesecake, qué me podrías sugerir? Gracias:)

  19. Hola una pregunta el molde con la mexcla se pone adentro fe una charola con agua ? O el molde se pone encima de una rejilla y en la parte de abajo se pone una charola,con agua? Esa es mi duda gracias

    • ¡Hola! La bandeja con agua se coloca en un estante inferior y torta de pan es en el estante de arriba. Tengo un paso a paso la foto en el post anterior, que deberían ayudarle. ¡Que te diviertas!

  20. 8″ springform pan too big for soufflé cheesecake. Was very disappointed.

    • Hi Rh! Sorry the recipe didn’t work for you. I just pulled out my springform pan to re-measure and mine is definitely 8-inch pan. Not sure what went wrong. 🙁

  21. Hello!! Looking forward to trying this! Could you let me know if this can be doubled? I want a full-looking cake but didnt know if you’ve tried it! Thanks!
    Chase

  22. Shinee, this cheesecake looks so insanely delicious!  Pinned!

  23. I have made this twice in one week, and I’m in love with this cake. I found it better after it set in the fridge, as the bottom became more of a cheesecake consistency. This is so easy to make! I topped my last one off with blueberries, and this time I’m doing a side of brownies with salted caramel for my father in law’s Birthday! Thank you for this recipe!!

    • Breanne, your blueberry topping sounds amazing. And yeah, this cheesecake is pretty dang easy. I’m so glad you loved it. Hope you enjoy it even more with that side of brownies with salted caramel. Yum!! Thanks so much for your feedback!

  24. thank you for this recipe. I’ve tried the 3 ingredient recipe with white chocolate – taste was ok but didn’t quite rise. Wanted to try again but like you, really didn’t want to melt the chocolate. Anyway, came across your recipe and made this a week ago, the entire household loved it, gone in less than a day. My second time with this recipe is in the oven now for my son’s bday tomorrow. Hope it is successful!!!

  25. This looks awesome and I’m planning to make it today. Will it keep overnight in the fridge? It’s for a 40th Anniversary tomorrow. Thanks!

  26. I LOVE IT made it and the same day my family eat it all. it was the perfect desert it was just the right amount of sweet and soft . i just love it. 

    • Hi, Chrisbeth! I’m so happy to hear that you tried this soufflé cheesecake! It’s so light that I’m not surprised it was devoured the same day. 🙂 It happens in my house all the time. Thank you for leaving your feedback!

  27. Have you ever tried this with fat free sweetened condensed milk and low fat or fat free cream cheese?

    • Hi, Pat! Honestly, I had no idea there was fat free sweetened condensed milk. So no, I’ve never tried it for this recipe. And I personally don’t like low-fat cream cheese, so I also wouldn’t recommend it.

  28. What do you mean by “turn off the oven and cool the cake in the oven for 30-40 minutes”? Does that mean leave it in there while the oven cools down?

    • Yep, just let the cheesecake cool slowly as oven cools down. This minimizes the risk of getting a crack in the cheesecake. Hope this helps. Happy baking, Lynne!

  29. Looks amazing. Could I use normal milk instead of sweetened milk and add some sugar?

    • Laila, I’m not sure. I didn’t test this recipe with milk and sugar, but I don’t think it work out, because milk and condensed milk have different consistency. I strongly suggest using sweetened condensed milk.

  30. Three ingredients for such an awesome cake!? Brilliant!! Pinned onto my “to make” board. 

  31. I made this and it came out perfectly. Not too sweet and just delicious! 

    Thanks for sharing

  32. This truly looks dreamy and luxurious. What a great cheesecake recipe!

  33. The consistency of this cheesecake looks so light and fluffy. I bet it tasted as delicious as it looks.

  34. I don’t have an 8″ springform. Any suggestions for adjusting for a 9″ pan? I realize it will affect the depth and am ok with that.

    • The recipe as is will yield too little batter for 9inch pan. The cake will be too thin. However doubling might yield too much, but I’m not too sure. Sorry, Cheryl.

  35. is it “sturdy” enough to serve as a middle layer of a 3-layer cake, or will it collapse?

    • When the cake is completely cooled, it’s pretty sturdy. I think you can sandwich it between 2 layers, but then again it’s hard to say exactly. It depends on how heavy the top layer and filling/frosting are.

  36. This looks delicious! Do you think I could add an extract or emulsion to create a specific flavor?

  37. I don’t own a springform pan so what would you suggest as a alternative? 

    • Hi, Amanda. The springform pan helps to remove the cake with ease. Although I haven’t tried this, you may be able to line a long strip of parchment paper beneath the round parchment, so that it overhangs. This might help to remove the cake once it’s cooled completely. Does this make sense? 🙂

  38. Hola Shinee, me encanta tu blog y desde ahora te voy a seguir, me quedo con tu receta del sufle de queso, se ve delicioso y voy a hacerla ya, un beso y feliz de haberte encontrado.

  39. Will be making this, but am wondering…would a graham cracker crust on the bottom work? Your thoughts?

    • Hmm, I don’t think it needs graham cracker crust, Debra. The bottom doesn’t come out sticky at all, so it’s hard to say if it’ll stick to the crust.

  40. This looks so good and easy but for some reason mine didn’t rise. It’s flat. 🙁

    • Terry, what size pan did you use? It’s normal for this cheesecake to rise and then get back to its original height, as it cools. So, if you used larger than 8in pan, then your cheesecake wouldn’t be as thick as mine. I hope you enjoyed its light and fluffy texture and taste.

  41. Could I make this in a souffle dish? I don’t want to own a sprinform pan.

  42. I’m definitely trying this out, my son loves to try new recipes with me, when ever I get him off his video games, I think this might do the trick!

  43. This looks beautiful must taste like magic! I am a devoted baked cheesecake lover! No other deserts rank up to a cheesecake in my book! This is a must try

  44. What a great recipe!! I need to try that. Pinned!

  45. This souffle cheesecake looks amazing Shinee! Love how creamy and fluffy it is- so perfect! 😀

  46. This is just gorgeous Shinee, I love how fluffy it is!

  47. Wish you lived in Toronto so I could buy up everything you make, LOL! This looks absolutely amazing, definitely making this for New Years! Thanks for posting your amazing recipes with easy to follow instructions and also for always including winner photos!

    • Oh, you’ll love this cake, Charlene! It’s so good and so easy. Would you believe if I said I made like 4 batches since last week? #notkidding Thank you so much for your kind words. 🙂

  48. Um, what?! 3 ingredients?!! I love it! The fewer ingredients the better, I say. I love cheesecake — going to have to give this one a try 🙂

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