Lemon Souffle Cheesecake

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With less than 5 ingredients, this dreamy light lemon souffle cheesecake is the perfect treat to welcome long-awaited spring!

With less than 5 ingredients, this dreamy light lemon souffle cheesecake is the perfect treat to welcome long-awaited spring!


You guys love this 3-ingredient soufflé cheesecake. It’s one of the top most popular recipes on the blog, just take a look at the list on the sidebar. And rightly so, because it’s simple, light as air and so, so delicious. Also you just need 3 ingredients. And no, white chocolate isn’t one of them!

Anyway, I decided to add another simple ingredient into the mix for a fun, spring-y/summer-y feel. Nothing screams spring like lemon, right?

I love all things lemon when weather gets nice. Lemonade, lemon cake, lemon cheesecake bars, lemon curd… Oh my gosh, a big, loud YES to lemon curd. Have you tried this homemade version?? It’s the best stuff in the world (after chocolate, of course!). And today we’re adding this lemon soufflé cheesecake into the mix. I hope you love lemon as much as I do.

With less than 5 ingredients, this dreamy light lemon souffle cheesecake is the perfect treat to welcome long-awaited spring!

As mentioned above, you don’t need much for this cheesecake.

I’m sure you’ve seen 3-ingredient souffle cheesecake on the internet, and most of them are made with melted white chocolate. Not this one though. We’re using sweetened condensed milk. It’s a staple in my pantry. And I have an unhealthy obsession with it. Always have! Can you keep a secret?  Just as any peanut-butter-lover digging into peanut butter jar in the middle of the night, you can catch me with a can of sweetened condensed milk and a spoon in front of an open fridge any time of the day! I’m blushing as I type this, but it’s sooooo good!

Alright enough with confessions, let’s get back to the cheesecake. You know what’s great about using sweetened condensed milk? No hassle with a double boiler, or worse, working with temperamental white chocolate! I hate melting white chocolate, probably because I’ve seized way too much white chocolate in the past! Besides, sweetened condensed milk is just as sweet and creamy.

Ok, let’s make the cheesecake now! Open your fridge and grab some eggs and cream cheese.✔️ Now get a can of sweetened condensed milk from the pantry.✔️ And I’m sure you have a plump and juicy lemon laying around on your counter, yeah?✔️ Great!

How to Make Lemon Souffle Cheesecake:

This is a souffle cheesecake we’re making, which means we need to incorporate ton of air into the batter. And for that we need to do two things:

  1. Beat the cream cheese until nice and fluffy, for good 2 minutes. Use softened brick of cream cheese, not the stuff in a tub (Philadelphia is my go-to brand, read this to learn why.) Bringing cream cheese to room temperature is important for a smooth and fluffy batter. Next, we’ll add condensed milk, yolks along with lemon zest and juice and continue to beat for a few minutes. Batter #1 is ready!
  2. Whip the egg whites until hard peaks form. The key is to use grease-free, preferably stainless steel bowl and utensils. Also be careful not to include even the smallest drop of egg yolk in the whites. It’s crucial, otherwise you’ll never get to that hard peak stage. That cloud-like fluffy mixture is what creates the signature soufflé texture in our cheesecake!

Now very carefully fold the 2 mixture until completely combined, being mindful not to deflate the batter too much. Remember, we need all that air in the batter for tall and fluffy soufflé cheesecake. We’ll bake it low and slow with a water bath in the oven.

Lemon Souffle Cheesecake- step by step

Oh, by the way, this cheesecake will rise during baking, but it does go back down to its original height while cooling. So don’t be alarmed. If you use larger than 8-inch pan, your cheesecake won’t be as tall as mine.

And there you have it. Super fluffy, soft and lemon-y cheesecake ready for you to devour!

With less than 5 ingredients, this dreamy light lemon souffle cheesecake is the perfect treat to welcome long-awaited spring!

No matter how full I’m after dinner, I always find room for this creamy deliciousness. And you’ll too, I just know it!

With less than 5 ingredients, this dreamy light lemon souffle cheesecake is the perfect treat to welcome long-awaited spring!

Hope you enjoyed today’s recipe. Thanks so much for stopping by!

4.75 from 20 votes

Lemon Souffle Cheesecake

With less than 5 ingredients, this dreamy light lemon souffle cheesecake is the perfect treat to welcome long-awaited spring!
Total: 3 hours
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 lemon
  • 5 large eggs at room temperature
  • 8 oz (225g) cream cheese at room temperature
  • 14 oz (400g) sweetened condensed milk
  • Powdered sugar for dusting optional

Helpful Equipment:


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C). You will need at least 2.5-in (6cm) deep 8-in (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 prepared parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Zest and juice the lemon. You should get about 1 teaspoon of lemon zest and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
  • Separate the egg whites and yolks. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl with paddle attachment, or using a handheld electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minute. Add condensed milk and beat for another minute. Then add the egg yolks and lemon zest with lemon juice. Continue to beat until well combined, 2-3 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the 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 peaks faster.)
  • 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.
  • Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and tap on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles. Place an empty baking sheet on lower rack of the oven and pour about 2 cups of boiling water. Put the cake pan on the middle rack above the rack with water bath. Bake for 45 minutes.
  • Turn off the oven and cool the cake in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Remove the sides of the springform pan and gently peel off the parchment paper from the sides. Cool completely on the counter, then refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Before serving, when the cake is chilled and set, gently remove the parchment paper from the bottom and place the cake on a platter. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired. Store the cake in the fridge, covered, for up to 3 days.

Tips & Notes

For step-by-step photos and additional notes, read the post above.


Servings: 1 slice
Calories: 399kcal
Carbohydrates: 39g
Protein: 12g
Fat: 22g
Sugar: 38g
Sodium: 258mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French

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  1. Nope didn’t work. Did step by step and all was as you guided. Flat as a pancake. Any soufflé recipe I’ve never seen it cool in the oven. I’m wondering if that was the issue? Does altitude affect it as well? So disappointing .

    1. Hi, Michelle. Thanks for trying my recipe and reaching out. And I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you. This cheesecake isn’t a real souffle, I just called it souffle because it resembles the texture of souffle. The height of the cheesecake stays the same height as it went into the oven. I haven’t baked this recipe in high altitude, so I’m not sure if it has any affect on it.

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my God!!
    You are seriously dangerous in a good way!!! I loved your version of a soufflé cheesecake.!!
    P.s your not alone! I eat my condensed milk to Lol 😂

  3. 4 stars
    So eager to try this. But in Denmark we don’t get brick creamcheese. Will try with the tub one and let you know.

    1. Sounds great! As long as it’s plain and thick (not whipped), it should work. Let us know how it turns out, Karen.

  4. 5 stars
    I made this today. I haven’t tried it yet as it needs to refrigerate overnight. The lemon. I used a large one. While I zested it I don’t like long stringing lemon zest so I chopped up
    The zested lemon. Might want to add that into the recipe. The zest was a bit more than mentioned as it the amount of freshly squeezed liquid. Rose great. Parchment paper on sides is a task since tape doesn’t stick to parchment paper. I do see the need for the paper too since there is no crust. Now to remove the parchment off the bottom. Any suggestions.

  5. This is the second time I’m making this recipe. It’s in the oven right now as I type. The first time it sunk even though I kept it in the oven to cool. I was really disappointed but despite the fact that it lost volume (around half of it) it wasn’t dense at all and the flavor was so nice and delicate! I serve it with a blueberry topping and everyone loved it! Any thoughts on why it sunk, though?

  6. I came across your recipe when really I wasn’t looking for anything with lemon rather just trying to pass the time. I have to say that this is one of the most airy an amazing lemon cheesecake that I’ve ever had. So congratulations for a job well done I have been doing lemon soufflé all my life never like this and you deserve a bravo 👏 well done.

  7. Hi this sounds like a pudding cake ? Also can you add lemon juice and zest to the regular Japanese cheesecake? Would it come out OK? Seems like the plain Japanese cheesecake would taste like eggs, I haven’t made it but there is no flavoring, on Japanese cheesecake

    1. Hi, Sharyn! I’ve never tried a pudding cake, so I can’t compare the texture of this cheesecake to a pudding cake. And I’m sure you could add lemon juice and zest to Japanese cheesecake. But I’d recommend finding a recipe for it and follow the recipe unless you’re up for testing and experimenting. I think everyone has different sensitivity to egg taste in a cheesecake. But chilling this soufflé cheesecake before serving mellows the egg taste significantly. I’m not sure why you’re asking me about Japanese cheesecake though, this recipe is not Japanese cheesecake. But I’ve tried Japanese cheesecake, and the beauty of Japanese desserts is in subtle, delicate flavors.

  8. 5 stars
    So delicious – and not heavy like a typical cheescake. Everyone loved. I used 4 eggs (not 5) and cooked in a bain marie. Sliced some fresh mango, strawberries and blueberries to go on top. Will definitely make again.