Cheese Cake

Posted May 28th, 2010 in Food 10 Comments »

I’m sure cheese cake is one of the popular cakes among all countries.  Perth too, I see cheese cakes at most of the cake shops and even in the supermarkets here.  But, most of them are too sweet to me.  That’s why I don’t usually buy cakes from shops here, and try to make by myself.

The other day I baked Souffle Cheese Cake and gave the half piece to my sister in-law.   I told her “it’s souffle cheese cake”, then she asked me “is it same as the one they sell at the shops here?”.  I wasn’t quite sure if there’re any shops selling souffle cheese cake in Perth, so I told her “I’m not sure, but this is not a baked cheese cake.”

I was surprised that she didn’t know the difference between “baked” cheese cake, “souffle” cheese cake, and “raw” cheese cake.  She thought all the cheese cakes are baked in the oven.  I was surprised, because she is the type of person who goes out very often and eat out at many nice restaurants.  She likes food, and knows many kinds of famous franchise shops around the world.  So, I assumed that she would know the differences in different types of cakes.

Anyway, after the conversation, I realised that cheese cakes sold here are called just “cheese cakes”.  In Japan we have several types of cheese cakes, and the main three types are “baked”, “souffle” and “raw”.  Raw cheese cake is the one which the filling is set using gelatin, and served chilled.

I’ve been making cheese cakes with different recipes lately, and one question came up to me.

What do people in Perth look for in cheese cakes?  Is it the rich cheese-y taste?  Is it the moist texture?  Or, would people like fluffy sponge-like cheese cake?

But, I think, people here prefer the cheese cake with rich, melty texture.  Can anyone give me any advice??

10 Comments on “Cheese Cake”

  1. 1 Hayley said at 11:30 am on May 28th, 2010:

    I prefer the fluffy, lighter textured cakes – but everyone else I know likes a heavy, creamy raw cake. I don’t know anywhere in Perth that sells the type I like 🙁

  2. 2 Megan said at 7:18 pm on May 28th, 2010:

    Hi Ume,
    I don’t know what souffle cheese cake is. I have never heard of/tasted it. I hate the raw cheesecake. It is too rich and the texture is slimy. I don’t mind baked cheesecake, but to tell the truth, any kind of cheesecake if my least favourite dessert.
    Although baked white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake is quite nice!!

  3. 3 umepontarou said at 5:29 am on May 29th, 2010:

    Hi Hayley,

    Thanks for your opinion!
    I think, the cheese cake with fluffy texture plus rich and creamy taste could be the best one for everyone (?)

    Actually I made 2 kinds and let my friend taste it. Half says they like the light and fluffy one, the others says they like the rich and creamy one!
    Different people have different preference.

  4. 4 umepontarou said at 5:32 am on May 29th, 2010:

    Hi Megan,

    Oh, you don’t like cheese cakes! I have some friends who are not big fun of cheese, and they also don’t really like cheese cakes.

    Baked white chocolate and raspberry cheese cake… it sounds rich and sweet…! I’m sure many people would love this type of cakes here in Australia 😀

  5. 5 Kathy said at 12:12 pm on June 4th, 2010:

    Hi Ume 🙂

    I LOVE cheesecakes, but it is so hard to find a really good cheesecake anywhere in Australia (especially Perth).

    The ‘souffle cheesecake’ that you describe is not very well-known here in Australia and we’d probably call it a ‘sponge cheesecake’. I used to buy this all the time when I lived in Japan from Cozy Corner…. うーん懐かしすぎる!

    They sell this at the Esther Bakery in Northbridge, but the taste is not so good and it’s very expensive. I bought it once and never returned.

    The ‘raw cheesecake’ is what we would call an ‘unbaked cheesecake’ in Australia. It’s the main type sold at The Cheesecake Shop and I think they are too sweet too.

    My favourite type of cheesecake is a New York Style baked. It should be rich and creamy with a biscuit base. I usually make my own because it is so hard to find a nice one that is not too sweet.

    I also like a German-style cheesecake that is baked and has a few sultanas mixed in.

    I have a question, is the scone-cookie in your online store like a Starbuck’s style scone?

  6. 6 umepontarou said at 4:07 pm on June 4th, 2010:

    Hi Kathy 🙂

    You used to live in Japan, is it?
    Your German style cheese cake sounds delicious!
    I sometimes mix Ram-soaked raisins to baked cheese cake.

    Food is one of the biggest thing I miss while living in Perth… That’s why I eat too much and put on weight every time I go back to Japan!

    About the scone-cookie (I really should change the name), the texture is between cookie and scone. Little harder than normal soft scones.
    I’m not sure if I can say that it’s similar to the one at Starbucks.. but I cut into triangle shapes :p

  7. 7 Kathy said at 7:42 pm on June 5th, 2010:

    Hi Ume 🙂

    I lived in Japan for 10 years – in Kanto. I miss the food too! It is so hard living in Perth after Tokyo…

    In March I had a holiday in Japan and went to Toshi Yoroizuka’s store in Roppongi. It was amazing! I really wanted to eat Mont Blanc, but of course it was the wrong season, so I had strawberry mille feuille with pistachio ice cream. Yum!

    I also had sooooo much melon bread. I LOVE melon bread. I think I had 10 types during my holiday 🙂

    I understand why you called your product “scone-cookie”. I think calling it a scone would confuse many Aussies because we imagine a soft texture. I prefer the hard scones like in Japan – especially with chocolate chips or blueberries.

    I’m very excited about your online store. I’ve been wanting to eat Japanese-style bagels for a long time! I need to order some soon 🙂

  8. 8 umepontarou said at 7:59 pm on June 5th, 2010:


    10 years! That’s a long time!

    Strawberry Mille Feuille with pistachio icecream, Melon-pan…… I WANT TO EAT NOW!! (><) I can't wait for my next homecoming trip!!! Everything is amazing over there...

  9. 9 pris said at 12:01 pm on May 3rd, 2016:

    HI Ume!
    I love your cooking and beautiful desserts! Just wanted you to know there is Souffle cheesecake sold by Little Matcha Girl in Como (I saw it on their Facebook page but i haven’t tried it yet)
    Have a nice day!

  10. 10 umepontarou said at 1:12 pm on May 19th, 2016:

    HI Pris, I haven’t been to the shop so I’m not sure. Try contacting them and ask them if they have any 🙂

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