The lightest, fluffiest lemon cheesecake you will ever have. Topped with whipped cream and a strawberry.
I will be many miles away from my mom on Mother’s day. But if I was close, I would make here these adorable, little cheesecakes.
They are super light and fluffy, just like eating a cloud, and the lovely lemon flavor shines through like a ray of sunlight.
Makes me think of spring, which by the way, I finally declared was here this week. The grass and trees are green, the flowers are blooming and the sun finally feels warm again.
The trick to these light and fluffy cheesecakes is to beat the egg white separately, and gently fold them in at the last second. Then fill the cupcake liners almost to there rim and bake them at a nice low oven temperature.
The centers will sink as they bake, but never fear, they will remain fluffy. Besides, the indentation left in the middle is just perfect for the dollop of whip cream and strawberry.
Mini Lemon Ricotta Cheesecakes
- 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 2 T sugar
- 3 T butter melted
- 4 oz cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs separated
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 2 T lemon juice
- zest of one lemon
- pinch of salt
- Whipped cream for topping
- Strawberries optional
- Line muffin tins with 15 cupcake papers.
- In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and sugar.
- Stir in the melted butter. Press about a tablespoon of crumb mixture into the bottom of each cupcake paper.
- Preheat oven to 325 F. In a blender or food processor, combine the cream cheese, ricotta cheese, sugar, egg yolks, heavy cream, lemon juice and zest. Blend until creamy. This can take a few minutes.
- In a separate bowl, whip eggs whites until stiff peaks form. Its helps to chill the bowl, beaters, and white before whipping.
- Gently fold the egg whites into the cheese mixtures.
- Spoon into the cupcake paper, filling them up to to ½ inch of the rim.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes until just set. Don’t over bake.
- Turn off the oven and open the door and let them cool for one hour before taking them out of the oven. Chill.
- When ready to serve, top with whipped cream and a strawberry if desired.
39 Comments Leave a comment or review
These look amazing!
I can’t believe it I pinned these the other day 🙂 and now I am here from SITs You had me at lemon cakes I love lemon cakes – thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks for visiting. I have been craving all things lemon lately.
These look amazing!! I am sure your mom will love them even if they are virtual.
Joanne T Ferguson says
G’day Sound and look yum! GREAT photo!
Viewed as part of Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #19
Thanks for visiting, Joanne!
Your pictures are beautiful and these look amazing!!
Found you via weekday mixer!
Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says
I just made lemon ricotta crepes with strawberries- such a yummy combo! Can’t wait to try a cheesecake version!
Amy Stafford says
perfect bite of deliciousness.
Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon says
These are adorable! I love individual desserts!
Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled says
YUM, these look delicious! Perfect for summer 🙂
Aimee @ ShugarySweets says
These are gorgeous Mallory. I love all things lemon!!
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
These look so light, fluffy and refreshing! Love them! Pinned!
Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says
These look like the perfect little cheesecake cup for summer parties!!! Love the lemon with the strawberries on top!!!
These look so light and fluffy! So glad I stumbled into your site through the Weekday Mixer, thanks for sharing!
Ooh!! This looks super yummy and so simple! Stopping by as co-host of the Weekday Mixer! Thanks for linking up!
Shareba @ In Search Of Yummy-ness says
These look really good! I’ve pinned this so I can try it out later 🙂
These look amazing! My grandmother and I used to make mini cheesecakes. They were so tasty. My girls and I need to whip some of these up sometime soon. I’d be thrilled if you’d link up at this week’s Off the Hook!
Meredith Wouters says
These look delicious, and actually sound pretty easy. Pinning for next time I need a fancy dessert…or just want one for myself. 🙂 (Found you on Turn it up Tuesday)
This looks delicious! I would love for you share it on my Tasty Tuesday recipe link up here! Everything gets pinned and I would love to have you!
Gloria // Simply Gloria says
Mallory, these look amazingly delicious! These make me think of Spring, too! Thanks for sharing these pretty cheesecakes with us at the Show Stopper this week, pinned!
Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt says
These are so cute and look so yummy! Thank you for sharing at The Wednesday Round Up! I am sharing this on my FB page (http://www.facebook.com/LovePastaBlog) at 12:30 CT today. Hope to see you back next week!
Thanks, Emily. I would love too!
Ritchil Shafer (Cheng and 3 Kids) says
These cheesecakes look divine! My family will love this, thanks for the recipe!
Woot! You have been featured this week at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I’d love to see you back. Have a great week. 🙂
Thanks for the feature, Ali!
I just got a mini cheesecake pan for Christmas (ok didn’t JUST get) that I have yet to use. Love ricotta cheesecake though because it is so creamy!
These look so yummy Mallory! Thank you so much for linking up w/ us at The Wednesday Roundup last week. We are featuring these this week. I’d love for you to drop back in this week, we’re also hosting a G+ social media hop this week too http://foodyschmoodyblog.com/wednesday-roundup-26/
Oh my goodness! These look so delicious!
I love cheesecake! These little cuties look positively divine! Thanks for sharing them at my Creative Ways Link Party!
Awww! I wish I was close enough to enjoy them with you. Maybe I will make them the next time I’m missing you. Then I will eat them, think lovely thoughts of you, have a good cry, and then get up and get going again.
Which size muffin pans are these using, regular or mini?
Hi! This recipe was delicious, however, the cake was entirely too loose. It was almost like flavored egg whites in texture and broke apart when I pulled the cupcake papers off. Any tips?
morton kenna says
Exactly my issue. Flavor was great but structurally did not work. Loose and soaked through the cupcake liner
morton kenna says
Flavor was wonderful but totally did not work structurally. I’m going to give it another try because I really want to make this recipe a keeper