Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake…Getting it Perfect

by Kathy Strahs on November 2, 2010 · 10 comments

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After the vaguery with last week’s quiche recipe I had some residual “recipe paranoia” as I approached the Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe inside the KitchenAid stand mixer instruction manual. I really, really wanted it to come out well as it sounded like the perfect Thanksgiving dessert recipe (especially with the praline-like maple pecan glaze). But, historically, I’ve had one big, consistent, nagging cheesecake problem: cracks.

I know that a cheesecake with cracks is still a tasty cheesecake, but I didn’t want ‘em. So I pulled out every trick I could find to avoid cracks. It turns out this stand mixer booklet recipe deviated from the Google consensus of cheesecake wisdom in a variety of ways. Indulge me in a little chart (we’ve already established I’m Type A, right?):

Stand Mixer Recipe Booklet vs. Cheesecake Making Consensus

So I stuck with the recipe’s ingredient list but largely abandoned its directions in favor of these crack-proof tips I found. How did I do??

Behold the pristine, non-cracked cheesecake surface!


This was a significant day in my cooking life – my very first crack-free cheesecake. True, I didn’t have a chance to try the recipe as written to know for sure whether it would have steered me down a bad path. I just didn’t want to chance it, and I’m beyond happy with the results I achieved using the tips I found. More importantly, it tasted divine. The maple pecan glaze on top is like candy, I found myself snacking away on bits that “fell off”. And, hey, if I had wound up with a crack or two the glaze would have hidden it well. :-)

Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Maria November 3, 2010 at 7:26 AM

Perfect cheesecake! I love the topping too!


Mary November 3, 2010 at 8:26 AM

So THIS looks amazing and has been bookmarked! I have to try this!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls
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vanillasugar November 3, 2010 at 8:29 AM

lol no cracks is a good thing isn’t it? love the flavor combo in this one. i’ve been on a cheesecake kick lately and don’t know if my thighs or butt can handle another one….
vanillasugar´s last blog post ..halloween candy bundt cake


Kathy November 3, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Lol, Dawn – I know what you mean! This one does it for me for the year. :-)


Taylor November 3, 2010 at 8:38 PM

I have been looking for a pumpkin cheesecake recipe for Thanksgiving and yours looks absolutely perfect! I love the addition of maple too…the whole dessert screams fall!
Taylor´s last blog post ..pumpkin bread french toast


dani November 4, 2010 at 5:02 PM

you had me at maple :)

what a beautiful cheesecake!!!


Nik November 7, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Looks really good, definitely going to try it Thanks for this wonderful recipe.
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rose November 14, 2010 at 3:47 PM

not only is it picture perfect and delectable to look at – it is encouraging us to try our hand at it – THANK YOU for sharing…
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