How To Fix A Cracked Cheesecake

Part of the glory of a good cheesecake is how amazing it looks when you serve it. The perfect cheesecake has a perfectly round shape, an amazing color, and an untouched and uncracked surface across the top. 

Unfortunately, many who endeavor to create the perfect cheesecake often find themselves distraught when they discover a large crack has developed in the top surface!

How To Fix A Cracked Cheesecake

Such cracks can make an otherwise appetizing cheesecake look thoroughly unappealing, and ruin a perfect family treat. 

Have you found that a cheesecake you made recently has suddenly developed some unsightly cracks on the surface? Don’t fret! Your amazing dessert is not yet a lost cause, as you can fix the cracks with the right tools and the right instructions! 

But how do you fix a cracked cheesecake? Want to solve your own cheesecake woes? Then make sure to read on down below, because we have put together a comprehensive guide on how to fix a cracked cheesecake!

How Do You Fix A Cracked Cheesecake?

Before we go into investigating how to fix a cracked cheesecake, we can also take a look at a good way that you can cover up issues with a cracked cheesecake.

If you have made a fruity cheesecake, then you can easily cover up any imperfections with plenty of creams, fresh fruit, or other sweet toppings. This will help to hide imperfections, saving you some time.

However, a large part of the appeal of cheesecake is its simplicity. As such, cracks can ruin that simplicity, and thus the appeal of a cheesecake.

If you want to fix cracks that have appeared on the surface of your cheesecake, then there is a perfect process that you can follow to help fix them! Let’s take a look at it now!

Step 1

First, you are going to want to allow your cheesecake to chill for a while. Place your cracked cheesecake into the refrigerator to allow it to become much colder.

This makes the process of fixing the gaps much easier because it allows the cheesecake to maintain its shape as you work on it.

Step 2 

The next step involves using your hands to lightly press down on the cracks in order to fill them up. Give your hands a good wash, and then lightly press down on the cracks to try to join them back together.

It is best to focus on smaller cracks, as you don’t want to apply too much pressure while pushing the sides of the cracks together and causing more imperfections elsewhere on the cheesecake. Press the cracks as far as you can.

Step 3

Next, we recommend taking a spatula and dipping it into some hot water. This will cause the spatula to warm up slightly. Once the spatula is warm, use it to gently spread the cheesecake topping to bridge the gaps.

The warmth of the spatula will cause the cheesecake to become more malleable, in turn allowing you to smooth over the gaps and repair the image of the cheesecake!

Step 4

Keep repeating step 3 until the cracks in the cheesecake are covered as much as possible.

The act of spreading the surface of the cheesecake will naturally make the top of the cheesecake appear slightly lumpy, as parts of the surface will move to fill the cracks, causing some parts of the cheesecake to look slightly lower!

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How Can You Stop Cracks Forming On A Cheesecake?

Now that you’ve solved the problem of cracks appearing on your cheesecake, let’s now take a look at how you can prevent those same cracks from appearing on your cheesecakes in the future.

In order to do this, we need to understand what it is that actually causes cracks to appear in cheesecakes! Let’s take a look at what causes cheesecake cracks, and how you can adjust your baking process accordingly!

Don’t Leave Your Cheesecake To Bake For Too Long

One of the major culprits that cause cheesecakes to crack is leaving the cheesecake in the oven for too long as it bakes.

Doing this causes the cheesecake to become slightly dry, which in turn makes it more susceptible to developing cracks on its surface, as it becomes less malleable.

You should aim to take your cheesecake out of the oven while it still has a slightly jiggly texture in order to avoid this situation.

Lower The Temperature Of Your Oven

Another reason that cracks begin to form on top of cheesecakes is that they are being left to bake in ovens that are too hot!

Leaving a cheesecake in an oven that is too hot will cause the top to become dry, which, in turn, leaves it highly susceptible to cracking.

This is a very common reason that amateur cheesecake makers find cracks developing in their cheesecakes! Many built-in thermometers in ovens are actually highly inaccurate, which can cause you to set the temperature too high.

You may want to consider getting the thermometer in your oven replaced in order to avoid such a situation! This can be slightly expensive, but would be worthwhile in the long run!

Don’t Beat The Cheesecake Too Much

Another common cause of cracking on the average homemade cheesecake is that many are overbeating the ingredients of the cheesecake before baking them.

Overbeating the mixture allows air bubbles to form, which in turn causes the cheesecake to very quickly rise upon being baked, which also then causes it to dry up quicker before then cracking. 

Unlike many baked treats, you do not need to beat together the ingredients until you have a light and fluffy batter. Instead, you want to just simply mix the ingredients together. 

To Conclude

There you have it! Luckily, fixing a cracked cheesecake is actually much easier than you would assume. However, you should make sure to take your time when doing it, in order to ensure that you do not cause further cracks to appear on the cheesecake!!

Mark Williams