Today we’re looking at fifteen easy cheesecake toppings for you to really take your sweet treats to the next level. You can really customize your cheesecake to your own palate, whether you like fresh fruit, cookies, or sour cream.
Cheesecake Topping Ideas That Everyone Will Love
There are plenty of cheesecake toppings that traditionally vary according to region. In some places, people take their cheesecakes very seriously, and will either forego toppings entirely or only use their local produce. Of course, to an adventurous cook, anything goes, and you are more than welcome to experiment with what you have avaliable. Fresh fruit? Sure! Crumbled up cookies? Why not! Sweet, fruity, blended toppings? Great idea!
Although berries are perhaps one of the best known toppings for cheesecake, with the right knowledge and a bit of culinary bravery, just about anything can make for a truly unforgettable cheesecake topping.
Of course, plain cheesecake is an awesome dessert in its own right, but with a few simple ingredients and some gorgeous flavors at your disposal, you can satisfy everyone at the table with this list of cheesecake toppings.
How To Decorate a Plain Cheesecake
As the saying goes, most people eat with their eyes. Taking a plain cheesecake and making it look as good as it tastes is an art unto itself, and fortunately you can use basic ingredients to make your cheesecake look and taste absolutely delicious.
Our favorite cheesecake toppings are:
Let’s take a look!
1.Strawberry Topping for Cheesecake
Strawberries, with the rich red color and distinctive taste, are the perfect accompaniment to a cheesecake. Our favorite strawberry topping is easy to make, taking only about fifteen minutes, and will bring fresh, bright sweetness to your creamy cheesecake.
To make the strawberry cheesecake topping, you only need strawberries, granulated sugar, and lemon juice. The lemon juice brings much needed acidity to the flavor palate of this topping, as it balances out the overt sugary sweetness of the strawberries and the sugar. Acidity is a great flavor enhancer, and the lemon juice will blend beautifully with the naturally occurring citric acid in the strawberries themselves.
2.Peach Sauce (Compote)
You’ve heard of New York cheesecake. What about Georgia style? This peach compote uses only three ingredients and is so quick and easy to add to your cheesecake. You can use frozen or fresh peaches, and this way you get fruity flavor for your cheesecake.
3.Sour Cream Topping
Sour cream is a key ingredient in some styles of cheesecake. By simply mixing sour cream and sugar, you can add a creamy tang to your cake without overcomplicating the flavor palate.
You can mix this topping up with blueberries and a few other simple ingredients in only a few minutes. It’s sweet, decadent, and the dark blueish purple color is absolutely gorgeous to behold.
5.Canned Pie Filling
In many parts of the United States, you can find canned cherry pie filling in your supermarket. What if you used it as a topping? You can top your cheesecake with canned cherry pie filling for an easy, ready to go cheesecake topping.
You can pick fresh raspberries or use frozen ones to make this sauce. This raspberry sauce will bring a rich, red color and a sharp, sweet flavor to any cheesecake recipe.
A very different take on the classic cheesecake topping, a chocolate ganache is a truly decadent way to top your cheesecake. You only need two ingredients to access this deep, dark chocolate flavor.
Lemon goes great with creamy desserts. Lemon meringue is a classic example, and this lemon topping is perfect for warm summer nights where you want a fresher, simpler take on the classic chilled cheesecake. Make it with fresh lemons for best zesty results.
Perfect with those who have a particular sweet tooth. This caramel sauce has a texture that is just as good as the salty-sweet taste, and you can save any leftover sauce for another cake or dessert if you feel like it.
The rich, buttery taste of pistachio here is absolutely perfect for cheesecake topping. It’s a unique take on the cheesecake topping that you won’t see very often, but the combo of pistachio baklava and honey syrup really makes this a filling, salty sweet topping.
Looking for a taste of the tropics for your cheesecake? Look no further than this caramelized pineapple topping. All you need is some fresh pineapple, brandy, and some other key ingredients for this tasty, distinctive cheesecake topping.
12.Turtle Topping for Cheesecake
Use rich turtle candy topping, loaded with pecan, caramel and delectable chocolate flavors, for your next cheesecake topping. The turtles themselves are so cute and they make a really eye-catching topping for your cheesecake.
13.Fresh Cherry Sauce
Use sweet, juicy, decadent cherries to make this delicious sauce. The darker flavor notes of the cherry beautifully complement the natural creaminess of a great cheesecake, and you can story any leftover sauce in the fridge for another dessert.
How sweet do you want it? You can use white chocolate ganache, whipped cream, and crumbled Oreos to make your next cheesecake topping. Plenty of flavor and crunch to satisfy your sweet tooth.
15.Sliced Fruit Cheesecake Toppings
What could be simpler and fresher than simple sliced fruit? Some strawberry slices are a great topping, or you could try kiwis, raspberries, peaches, mango, bananas, or blackberries. Any sweet, juicy fruit with plenty of color is best suited to be sliced up and placed lovingly atop your cheesecake.