Japanese Fluffy Cheesecake

Souffle Cheesecake

  • By
    The Food Studio
  • Time
    25 minutes
Japanese Fluffy Cheesecake

Have you ever heard of "soufflé cheesecake"? This cake, made with fluffy meringue and baked in hot water, is actually said to have originated in Japan. It is sometimes called "cotton cheesecake" because of its light texture. The secret ingredient is vinegar! It is not overly sweet and has a refreshing aftertaste. You can also use apple cider vinegar instead of standard vinegar.


What is Soufflé Cheesecake?

Souffle cheesecake originated in Japan. Meringue is added to the cheesecake batter by stirring egg whites with a mixer. Since the meringue is added to expand the cake, the texture is moist yet soft like a sponge. Be careful not to mix the meringue too much, as it can cause the dough to crack.

Japanese Originated Cheesecake

The first soufflé cheesecake in Japan was made in 1969 at a hotel called Hotel Plaza in Osaka. It is baked in hot water with meringue, egg yolks, and milk. These processes create the exquisite softness of the batter. Another type of cheesecake that originated in Japan is rare cheesecake, which is made by mixing cream cheese and gelatin and cooling it to make a smooth cream. Incidentally, most rare cheese cakes have a thin dough at the bottom. In some cases, there is no dough and the cake is made entirely of unbaked cheese cream. It's a popular cheesecake for people who want to taste the smooth texture of cream cheese.

Cheesecake Trend in Japan

In recent years, there has been a new cheesecake boom in Japan. The two types of cheesecake that have led this rise in popularity are Basque cheesecake and cheese terrine.

Basque cheese became a huge hit in Japan in 2018, and is a Japanese version of the cheesecake served in the Basque region of Spain. Unlike traditional baked cheesecakes, the amount of cream cheese used is about double, and the cooking process only requires a quick baking on the surface. It is a richly flavored cheesecake that is golden brown on the outside and half raw on the inside.

Cheese terrine is a type of cheesecake that has been creating buzz for several years now. It is a cheesecake with a rectangular shape, formed by pouring the mixed cheesecake ingredients into a pound cake or other mold. It is simple to make and easy to carry around, so many people try cheese terrine for their first dessert making endeavour.

Nutrition per Serving
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  • 4.23  oz Cream cheese
    • A
    • 4.5  tbsp Whipping cream
    • tbsp Grain vinegar
  • 2.5  tbsp Granulated sugar
  • 0.71  oz Butter
    • B
    • 1.75  tbsp Cake flour
    • 1.33  tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1.5  Egg yolks
  • tsp Vanilla oil
    • C
    • Egg whites (2 egg whites are about 2.6oz/75g)
    • 2.75  tbsp Granulated sugar


Step 1

  • Preheat oven to 320°F (160°C)
  • Prepare one mold of 6 inches / 15 cm diameter.
    *Do not use a cake mold with a removable bottom.

Step 2

Mix the cream cheese at room temperature in a bowl until it gets soft. Add the mixture of ingredients (A) and the granulated sugar. Mix until well blended.

Step 3

Add room temperature butter to the mixture and mix, then add the sifted ingredients (B) and mix.

Step 4

Add beaten egg yolk to the mixture a little at a time. Once the mixture is smooth, add the vanilla oil and mix.

Step 5

Mix ingredients (C) in a bowl and mix to prepare the meringue. Add the meringue in the mixture from step 4 in three parts. Mix contents with a rubber spatula. Do not over mix.

Step 6

Lay a parchment sheet to fit the cake mold. Pour the mixture, and even out the surface. Place on a baking tray. Pour in hot water into the baking tray up to about 1/3 the height of the mold. Bake in a preheated oven at 320°F (160°C) for 15 minutes, then raise the temperature to 338°F (170°C) and bake for another 15 minutes.

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