If one were to try and objectively ascertain which cake is the best of the best, the cheesecake would undoubtedly be a contender for the top spot. One thing that you are going to have to keep in mind, however, is the fact that the complexity involved in creating the cake is directly proportional to how delicious it is. Essentially, this cake is difficult to make, and one of the biggest problems that you are going to end up facing is cracks forming in your cheesecake.
While it is certainly possible for you to hide the cracks in some way or the other, it is also important to note that the cracks also compromise the structural integrity of the cheesecake thus making it difficult for you to truly get the experience you are looking for. If you want to stop these cracks forming, you are first going to have to understand the reasons behind their occurrence. This phenomenon has two leading causes.
The first of these two causes is air. The baking process often causes air bubbles to form, and if these air bubbles get too big, they can end up making the surface of the cake rise up which would end up making it quite difficult for you to get an even structure. The second cause is a sudden, significant change in temperature which often occurs when you take the cheesecake out of the oven and subsequently place it into the fridge to cool it. The good thing is that you can easily make sure that these things don’t happen to your cheesecake if you end up taking the right precautionary measures. Listed below are a bunch of different ways to ensure that your cheesecake looks as perfect as possible while tasting just as delicious.
So How To Keep a Cheesecake From Cracking?
Ensure Optimal Ingredient Temperature
Often, the ingredients that we end up using in our cheesecakes are going to be at a variety of different temperatures. If you want to avoid your cheesecake having cracks in it, you are going to have to make sure that all of the ingredients are at room temperature. Basically, any cold ingredients that you have should be allowed to rest a little before they are put in the oven, and any hot ingredients should be allowed to cool down because heating the various ingredients is what the oven is for in the first place. Try to take your ingredients out and let them reach room temperature while you are preparing other aspects of your cake.
Alternatively, if you want to avoid the creation of air bubbles, you need to realize that they are primarily caused by going a bit overboard with the mixing process. You certainly need to mix your batter, but overdoing it would result in the eggs getting fluffy and air filled the way they do when you are beating an egg to make an omelet. One handy tip is to avoid using an electric mixer because these tools can be a little bit difficult for you to control. Instead, go old school and try to use your hands and fingers. This gives you a much more even and easy to manage batter as well, so it’s a better solution for you overall.
Be Patient While Cooling Your Cake
A common mistake that pretty much everyone makes, one that you have certainly made as well, is that once the cake is done baking, they immediately take it out of the oven. This comes from a place of impatience, people just want to get things over with as quickly as possible which is why they are unwilling to take their time with this particular step. If you want your cheesecake to stay perfect after being taken out of the oven, you should avoid taking it out of the oven as soon as it is done. Instead, once the cheesecake is ready, you should shut the heat off completely. Since a lot of heat would still be present within the oven, you should open up the oven door just a bit. Don’t open it too much otherwise, the effect would be the same as just taking it out. Instead, you should only let the heat out in lower amounts, gradually decreasing the internal oven temperature until your cheesecake has cooled down completely. This is going to prevent a sudden decrease in temperature which would potentially end up ruining your cake by causing it to get cracks all over.
Cook It Just Right
Less experienced bakers tend to end up overcooking their cheesecake. This comes from not understanding the ideal cooking time for this pastry, so it is highly recommended that we learn about the various ways in which you can ascertain whether or not your cake has been cooked to perfection. Instead of cooking it for a longer period of time, bear in mind that your cake is going to continue cooking for a while after you take it out of the oven as well due to the internal heat. Use this to finish your cake off, and you are never going to have to worry about overcooking again.
Bake The Cake in Water
This might sound rather odd to you, but using a water bath is actually one of the most effective ways to ensure that your cake is cooked at the evenest temperature possible. The fact that you are using a water bath also provides healthy levels of steam which is very necessary if you want to be able to get a moist cheesecake that doesn’t crumble too much when you cut into it. It’s not even that difficult to do. All you need to do is place the cake pan in a pot that is slightly filled up with water, obviously ensuring that none of the water gets onto your cake mix itself. It is recommended that you use foil or something similar to cover the cake up; this would help completely prevent any water from entering your pan.