This blog just turned 4, which means my baby just turned 4, which means I HAVE A FOUR YEAR OLD!!

raspberry cheesecake // warm vanilla sugar

And this four year old is mouthy. And demanding. And full of sass.

raspberry cheesecake // warm vanilla sugar

Stuff like…”oh, hey! I’m not going to let ANYONE comment today”, or “by the way, I deleted all your photos from 2010″, and most importantly….”you owe me more money”!!

Stuff your pie hole baby.

raspberry cheesecake // warm vanilla sugar

Does this post even make sense? ANYWAY, what I’m trying to say is that this four year old blog is my baby, and despite its faults, I still love it with all my heart.

And you. I love you too.

raspberry cheesecake // warm vanilla sugar

Because you make me want to keep posting amongst the stress of work and life and craziness. And because I’ve made such amazing online friends from blogging.

raspberry cheesecake // warm vanilla sugar

For this fourth blog birthday, I thought I’d share something real special for you – this raspberry cheesecake.

raspberry cheesecake // warm vanilla sugar

It’s everything you want in a cheesecake, but with a chocolate cookie crust. The cake itself is perfectly smooth, the raspberry topping is lightly sweet and tart, and the cookie crust adds a bit of kick which gives your mouth a total chocolate-raspberry party. The best kind.

raspberry cheesecake // warm vanilla sugar

Have a fabulous weekend, thanks for always stopping by, and eat some freaking cake! xx

Raspberry Cheesecake

Serving Size: 10-12

Ingredients

    Crust:
  • 1 cup crushed chocolate graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • Cheesecake:
  • 5 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 eggs + 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • Raspberry topping:
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar (more to taste)
  • 36 ounces fresh raspberries
  • 1 tsp cornstarch (optional)

Instructions

  1. For the crust, crush the graham crackers in a food processor or blender. Stir in the melted butter. Then press the crust into the bottom of a greased 9x3-inch springform pan.
  2. For the cake, blend together the softened cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla extract until well combined and almost fluffy. Blend in the eggs and yolks with a low setting (if using an electric mixer) until just combined. Stir in the milk and lemon zest. Pour the batter over the prepared crust and bake at 325Ā°F for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. While the cake is baking, begin the topping by first setting aside 1 6-oz container of the raspberries. In a pot combine the water, sugar and the remaining raspberries and cook over low heat. Mash the raspberries and allow to simmer until the liquid has reduced slightly (about 10 minutes). Add the cornstarch if your mixture is still watery. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Press mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove any seeds. Reserve about 1/4 of the liquid.
  4. When the cake is finished, transfer it to a wire rack and cool 5 minutes; run paring knife between cake and side of springform pan. Cool until barely warm, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, at least 3 hours. (Cake can be refrigerated up to 4 days.)
  5. To un-mold cheesecake, remove sides of pan. Slide thin metal spatula between crust and pan bottom to loosen, then slide cake onto serving plate.
  6. Spread the raspberry topping over the cheesecake. Press the rest of the fresh raspberries into the jam. Now drizzle that reserved liquid over the top of these raspberries so they are all slightly sweetened (if you want!...I didn't).
  7. Slice cake and enjoy!

Notes

Recipe adapted from A Beautiful Mess

http://warmvanillasugar.com/2014/01/16/raspberry-cheesecake-for-my-4th-blog-birthday/

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46 Responses to Raspberry Cheesecake {for my 4th blog birthday!}

  1. Happy 4th Katrina! I know it takes a lot of work to run a blog but it can be so rewarding as well! Best of luck!

  2. Happy 4th Blog Birthday! You should be a proud mama!

  3. Happy 4th Blogiversary! Your cheesecake looks absolutely divine. Here’s to many more šŸ™‚

  4. Congrats, Katrina! Such a huge accomplishment, and perfectly worthy of this stunning cheesecake. I’ll be over in five for a slice. šŸ˜‰

  5. Kathryn says:

    Happy happy blog birthday! Four years is such an amazing achievement and this cheesecake looks like an amazing way to celebrate.

  6. Ordinary J says:

    Happy blog bday!!! You’ve done this for 4 years? Wow impressive. I don’t know how much longer I will keep blogging. I am already running out of things to say on my blog. Your Cheesecake look so pretty and delicious!!!

  7. Eileen says:

    Happy blogiversary! This cheesecake sounds like the perfect, decadent way to celebrate. Yay!

  8. Happy blog birthday! What a delicious way to celebrate. I want to dive in……head first lol!

  9. Yay, congratulations and happy birthday! I feel the same about my blog, too- i love the heck out of it, but it can be such an obstinate little guy sometimes! This cake look fabulous, here’s to more raspberry cheesecake-worthy anniversaries šŸ™‚

  10. Madison says:

    Happy 4th! I love your blog and your personality! šŸ™‚

  11. Horray!! Happy blogiversary, Katrina!!

  12. Thanks to you my dear! This cheesecake (seriously decadent) is a fantastic way to celebrate your 4 years old baby blog šŸ™‚

  13. Lucie says:

    Happy B(log)-day! šŸ™‚ The cheesecake looks divine… I love raspberries! I’m going to bake citrus cheesecake for my Dad’s birthday tomorow but now I’m tempted to change plans a little.

  14. Ashley says:

    Happy happy blog birthday!! This cheesecake sounds like one awesome way to celebrate : )

  15. Joanne says:

    Aww happy blog baby birthday, love!! I am so glad we could to meet because of this blogging thing we do. No matter how moody/needy it is. šŸ˜› And that cheesecake is like…pure gold. But in cheesecake form.

  16. Catherine @ Chocolate & Vegetables says:

    Delicious looking recipe–love the pairing of light raspberries with that rich cheesecake!

  17. Chocolate crust AND raspberries?!! This sounds wonderful! Congrats on four years!

  18. Happy 4th bloggie birthday! I love this cheesecake and I love your sense of humor šŸ™‚ You make total sense, don’t worry!

  19. I love the gorgeous color that raspberry syrup gives! Happy birthday to your blog and your little one!

  20. Happy blogging birthday!!
    Love these close-up photos … they make the cheesecake look so delicious!

  21. Congrats on four years! That’s a great accomplishment! Definitely worthy of this amazing looking cheesecake!

  22. Congrats on the milestone! This cheesecake looks creamy and delectable! What a great way to celebrate!

  23. Wow, happy blogiversary!

    This is a fantastic way to celebrate – I am a huge fan of cheesecake. I put my slight lactose intolerance aside for two things – ice cream (once in a while) and cheesecake (whenever possible hehe). So yes, this is amazing. Drooling šŸ™‚

  24. congratssss – celebrating with desserts is the way to go šŸ™‚ hope its going to be an even amazing year for you and the baby. I need a slice or two please

  25. Rachel Cooks says:

    Amazing cheesecake, amazing blog. Congrats on 4 years!

  26. Rachel says:

    This looks simply divine – what a treat!

  27. What a scrumptious dessert perfection the log anniversary. Congrats on your milestone šŸ™‚

  28. This cheesecake is absolutely gorgeous! Happy Birthday to your blog baby and congrats on four years! šŸ™‚

  29. JulieD says:

    Yes this post makes complete sense!! haha Congratulations to 4 years!! My 4 years was last month, time flies when you’re having fun!! This cheesecake…beautiful!!

  30. broma bakery says:

    happy birthday, WVS! plus, cheesecake is my fave.

  31. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh yes, this cheesecake has got me drooling! How lovely

  32. Heather says:

    Happy 4th Blogging Birthday- what a way to celebrate!

  33. Yum this looks amazing! I love cheesecake! Happy birthday for your blog šŸ™‚

  34. Leslie says:

    This is the best cheesecake I have ever eaten! I remember it well. Mmmmmmm………

  35. Happy 4th birthday to your baby! Keep up the awesome work – love this cheesecake!

  36. Lale says:

    Hello Katrina, I was looking for a cheesecake topping recipe for my cheesecake which I’m gonna make this weekend and that’s how I found your blog! Your blog is very lovely! I like it! And your raspberry-chocolate-cheesecake looks so delicious to me! Yum! šŸ™‚
    By the way, happy belated anniversary! It’s nice to hear you’ve made many online-friends. I wish you many more anniversaries with your blog! Keep it up Katrina!

    You might check out my cheesecake recipe. It’s topped with Nutella and strawberries! No cracks and no brown on top!
    Here’s the link to my recipe : http://www.thetuliproad.com/2014/01/delicious-new-york-cheesecake.html

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