Throwing a party, hosting a dinner or simply a Sunday meal? We can only do so much! Instead of making a dessert from scratch, when not pick up a store-bought cheesecake or two and add your own toppings?
Here are some ideas.
10 Ways to Top a Store Bought Cheesecake
- This decadent blueberry and lemon topping (recipe below)
- Simply top with fresh fruit – just scatter your chosen fruit(s) on top of the cheesecake. If you want to get fancy, you can make a design with multiple varieties of fruit. The better the fruit the better the flavor.
- Top with candy – spread a layer of whipped cream on top of the cheesecake and scatter chopped peanut butter cups, Heath Bars, Snickers or your favorite chocolate candy bar over-top. Yum!
- Make a quick puree of strawberries, garnish with some mint sprigs.
- Melt 1-2 cups of chocolate chips, place the melted chocolate into a piping bag (or snip off one corner of a baggie) and make a lattice design. Place Whopper candies (malted milk balls) in a circular design. It makes for a striking presentation!
- Drizzle melted caramel and chocolate over-top the cheesecake in a crisscross pattern. Sprinkle a handful of chopped pecans on top and you now have a “Turtle” Cheesecake!
- Smooth a layer of melted caramel over-top, mmmmm…caramel!!
- Black & White Chocolate Shavings – using a potato peeler, shave a milk or dark chocolate bar over-top and then shave part of a white chocolate bar over-top for a pretty presentation.
- Hollow out 2 dozen strawberries and fill them with whipped cream – use drops of melted chocolate to adhere them to the cheesecake…Pretty!
- Crushed Oreo Cookies, or better yet, Thin Mint Cookies… with chocolate syrup drizzled over-top!
What’s your favorite way to top a cheesecake?
Desserts remind me of days spent with the family. How about getting your kids (any age really) to help prep the next time you are baking or cooking. Maybe have your tween take the lead. Encouraging your kids to cook, at any age, fosters confidence and competence in the kitchen and you know what?? Cooking is a life skill that we can easily give them at home. PLUS someday they’ll be cooking for you right? So why not give them a leg up!!
If cooking is something your tweens or teens enjoy doing or if they want to learn, check out my cookbook for kids “Kid Chef Everyday”. Its available on Amazon and soon to be in retail stores and its chock-full of real recipes that the whole family will actually enjoy eating! Crispy Baked Parmesan Wings, Strawberry Lime Jam (no pectin or canning needed and it’s better than anything you’ll buy), Cinnamon Bun Baked oatmeal, Lemmon Pepper Pork Chops, Homemade Breakfast Sausage and more!
Enjoy baking?? Take a look at these delicious & somewhat different desserts:
My Prize Winning Key Lime Pie (seriously, I win a trip to the Florida Keys with this…It may be the best you’ve ever had AND it is SO easy!!)
My Irish Soda Bread (THIS is not your typical ISB!) It’s been featured by the TODAY Show!Irish Soda Bread is a delicious quick-bread for all-year-round!
Cranberry Pie aka Nantucket “Pie” is an easy, different vintage recipe that everyone will love!
And this Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Cake with Blueberry Compote is a showstopper! It has such flavor is so moist and one of my favorite desserts!
Hope you try these out and enjoy them! Let me know if you do! I love seeing peoples creations on Instagram! Tag me at @SouffleBombay!
- 2 pounds blueberries
- ⅓ cup water
- 1 TBS freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ½ cup sugar
- A couple dashes cinnamon (and if you have it a pinch of cardamom)
- Lemon zest for garnish
- In a medium saucepan, combine blueberries, water, lemon juice, sugar and spices.
- Heat over medium heat until berries begin to burst and juice starts to thicken about 10 minutes. Allow the berries to cool (unless you wish to serve them warm... not hot.)
- When ready to serve your cheesecake, spoon the berries over-top (make a bit of a mound.) Garnish with lemon zest and enjoy!!