Three tier cheesecake topped with chocolate covered strawberries Shavuot

Flowers and fruit make for a showstopping, celebratory cheesecake

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You will need three differently sized tins. Dip the strawberries on the day you plan to eat the cake, as they do not do well in the fridge.


  • To make the base: you will need three round baking tins of 23cm, 20cm, 15cm diameter approximately.
  • Process or crush biscuits finely and add the melted butter. Mix to combine, adding a bit of cold milk if you need to hold it together. Press the crumbs into the three baking dishes — add 250g to the 23cm tin; 150g to the 20cm tin and 115g to the 15cm tin.
  • Heat oven to 160°C and prepare the filling: soak the vanilla pod in warm water to soften, then scrape out the grains with a sharp knife. Beat the cheese and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla and beat well. Spoon the topping onto the bases and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Cool then refrigerate ideally overnight or at least for a few hours, so they set firmly.
  • To decorate: Reserve a few strawberries and keep the stalks on — they will be for decoration. Hull the rest.
  • Wash and dry the strawberries well with kitchen towel. Melt the three chocolates separately.
  • Use a cocktail stick per strawberry to dip it into the chocolate then ‘plant’ it in the polystyrene half dome to set. If you do not have a dome, lay the dipped strawberries gently on baking paper. When they have set you can drizzle with another colour of chocolate if you like.
  • To assemble the cake, place the medium cake on top of the large one and the small one on top of the medium.
  • Decorate with the strawberries – as pictured — and eat the same day.



For the base:

300g digestive biscuits

150g butter, melted

A bit of milk if needed

For the filling:

One vanilla pod

800g full fat cream cheese, softened

170g caster sugar

6 large eggs

For the decoration:

30 medium to small strawberries

150g dark chocolate

150g milk chocolate

150g white chocolate

You will also need: Cocktail sticks, a plastic or metal tray; and a polystyrene half dome, florist’s foam or similar to dry the strawberries on.

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