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Treat yourself with a Matcha Basque Cheesecake this spring

A smooth, rich cake to be effortlessly crafted in your dormitory kitchen

<p>I infused the cheesecake with green tea powder, giving the cake a beautiful green hue and a subtle earthy flavor.&nbsp;</p>

I infused the cheesecake with green tea powder, giving the cake a beautiful green hue and a subtle earthy flavor. 

Burnt Basque Cheesecake is simple, yet it has a unique depth of flavor. The addition of matcha in this version adds a beautiful savory umami. This dessert is a tasty, accessible option for baking enthusiasts with its uncomplicated preparation and short ingredient list. 

I felt compelled to craft this particular cake to cope with my recent overwhelming midterms. This cake brings back cherished memories of my high school dormitory days when I would make the cake on a regular basis. Amidst the swirl of academic stress, the creation and sharing of cheesecake offered a sweet respite and a slice of happiness.

Burnt Basque Cheesecake is different from its traditional New York style counterpart, which is known for its creamy center and crumbly base. The Basque version has a charred exterior that encases a velvety dense interior without a crust.

While Burnt Basque Cheesecake can be adapted to a variety of flavors, I opt for matcha as a green tea lover. I infuse the cheesecake with green tea powder, giving the cake a beautiful green hue and a subtle earthy flavor.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Bake Time: 25 minutes

Yields: one 4-inch cake, able to be shared between four people 


  • 1 cup cream cheese, brought to room temperature
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • 2 eggs 


  1. Preheat the oven to 460°F.
  2. Soften the cream cheese at room temperature to ensure it blends smoothly without lumps. 
  3. Combine cream cheese and granulated sugar in a mixing bowl. Use an egg whisk to mix until the texture is smooth.
  4. Beat two eggs in a separate bowl.
  5. Gradually pour the eggs into the cream cheese mixture, stirring continuously to fully incorporate.
  6. Prepare the cream — sift the matcha powder over the heavy whipping cream in a liquid measuring cup. Mix well. 
  7. Slowly pour the matcha-infused whipping cream into the cream cheese mixture, blending until smooth and the matcha color is evenly distributed.
  8. Transfer the cake mixture to a 4-inch round cake pan.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  10. After baking, leave the cheesecake to cool at room temperature. This step is crucial for setting the cake.
  11. Chill the cheesecake overnight — this will solidify its form and enhance the flavor.

Paired with a cup of coffee, this Matcha Basque Cheesecake enhances a simple afternoon with a taste of soothing matcha. It’s also a great dessert to enjoy after a meal for lingering sweet satisfaction.

This cheesecake holds a special place in my heart. It has been a savior during stressful academic periods in my life. The process of making this cheesecake, simple as it is, has become a therapeutic escape from the relentless cycle of studying and stress. Measuring, mixing and baking provided a tangible sense of accomplishment. Amidst the pressure, it reminds me that there may still be moments for creativity and pleasure.

This dessert is also a great one to share with others. I have eaten this cake with friends and roommates, and it has fostered a sense of support and community among my loved ones. Each slice shared was not just a treat but an encouragement — a small but significant reminder that “we can do it.” I invite you to bake this cake to help you connect with others and celebrate the simple joys amidst life’s complexities.


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