As an homage to my hilarious whirlwind visit to Osaka this time last year, I’ve decided to recreate Uncle Rikuro’s Jiggly Japanese Cheesecake at home.. This is an easy method to achieve the most PERFECT Japanese cheesecake! The result is CREAMY (like what a cheesecake should be) whilst remaining airy, fluffy and of course JIGGLY! I
- I wouldn’t advise using a springform tin (theres a chance of the bottom becoming undercooked / soggy) but if you do, you need to use aluminium to tightly cover the bottom so that the water doesn’t go in
- The WATER BATH: I omitted to mention in the video, but make sure that the water reach up halfway your cake tin height, otherwise it will be too hot, causing the cake to rise too quickly and subsequently deflate.
- The taller the tin, the more jiggly the cheesecake will be!
- The oven setting described in the video worked for my oven. You should get familiar with the heat level of your oven and adjust accordingly, if the temperature is too high, it could cause cracks. If you see the cake rise too quickly, it might be worth adjusting the temperature lower.
- If you are using a fan oven, make sure to place the tins on the lowest rack, far from the heating source (fan ovens are generally hotter and are more susceptible of causing cracks but my oven is a fan one so don’t worry it can work!).
- Depending on the size of your pan, if it’s significantly larger than the one I used, you may have to increase the baking time for a bit longer to ensure that it’s cooked throughout
1. Why is my cake not rising?
- Make sure that you have beaten the egg whites properly, if it’s under-whipped, it will not rise as well. – Make sure you don’t deflate the batter before pouring into the pan. When folding the mixtures together, do so gently
- I would advise looking up ‘macaronage’ methods and using the same hand movement to fold your mixture together. When pouring into the pan, it should still feel fluffy and light, it should not feel too ‘liquid’
- Make sure that the temperature is correct. Especially if you don’t see the top of the cake browning, you should increase the temperature a bit.
- There’s not enough batter in the tin, make sure you use the appropriate amount of batter for your cake (adjust this ingredients listed accordingly), I would recommend using at least a 3″ tall tin. If the batter is spread too thin, it may not rise as wished and will not jiggle!
2. Why is top cracked?
- The oven is too hot, turn it down
- You might have over-filled the pan with batter, make sure there’s at least 1.5 – 2 cm from the batter level to the top of the pan
3. Why did my cake sink / deflate?
- The WATER BATH: make sure that the water comes up halfway to your tin height, otherwise it will be too hot, causing the cake to rise too quickly and subsequently deflate.
- Oven temperature: you oven might be initially too hot, causing the outside to cook while the inside is still raw – in consequence, the outer layer will inflate and sink afterwards. Try to lower the temperature of the first phase (try 180 instead of 200 degrees) and lengthen the second phase of 30 mins at 140 degrees to longer
- The type of tin, sometimes this doesn’t work as well with non-stick tins as the batter has nothing to ‘grip’ on to hold shape when cooling down this might sometimes cause the cake to sink. My preference, I always buy aluminium pans for baking (they are also better at evenly distributing heat)
Jiggly Japanese Cotton Cheesecake
Simple and easy home cook recipe for Japanese Cotton Cheesecake – inspired by Uncle Rikuro’s cheesecake
Ingredients and baking time listed is for a 6″x3″ round tin, adjust measurements accordingly if you are using a different sized pan
- 60g Sugar divided into 2x30g portions
- 120 g cream cheese
- 3 eggs (separated into egg yolks and egg whites)
- 60 ml milk
- 25 g flour
- 15 g corn starch
- 30g butter
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar (you can substitute with a tiny bit of lemon juice or white vinegar, the acidity helps stabilise the egg whites)
- Preheat oven to 200°C
- Separate egg whites and yolks
- In a bowl, mix butter and 1st portion of sugar
- Add cream cheese and mix
- Add egg yolks one by one and mix
- Sift in corn starch and flour and mix
- Add milk and mix until there are no more clumps
- In a separate bowl add the egg whites and cream of tartar, beat while gradually adding sugar until you get stiff peaks – this takes about 5 mins using a mixer on high speed
- Sift the egg yolk mixture into the egg white mixture
- Gently fold the two mixtures together until well combined
- Line your pan with baking paper at the bottom and grease the sides using butter
- Pour batter into pan (I wouldn’t advise using a springform pan, but if you must, make sure to carefully wrap the bottom with aluminium so that the water doesn’t come in)
- Prepare a water bath by filling a larger pan with hot water about 1/3 of the volume then place the cheesecake pan inside and transfer to the oven
- Bake for 15 minutes at 200°C, then 30 minutes at 140°C then switch off the oven and leave it in there for another 30 minutes.
- The cheesecake should now be cool enough to be easily removed from the pan
- Sit back, grab a cuppa tea and watch it jiggle
This recipe was very easy to follow and the results are picture perfect! Loved how simple the recipe was compared to other jiggly cheesecake recipes. Really easy to make if you follow the recipe. I had one issue I’m not sure how to fix, after I take the cake out of the oven and let it sit for about 30-40 minutes it starts to shrink/deflate and I’m not sure why. Other than that this recipe is one of my favorites!
Thank you so much for your feedback ❤️! From my observation, the deflating is usually because the cake tin is too hot, it over rises at the beginning, cooking the outer layer too quickly and then deflating later on once it’s cooled down (inside and outside are unevenly cooked hence why it slumps down). I’ve added some troubleshooting tips to the post above – most common solution would be to make sure to add enough water in the water bath or adjust the oven temperature lower. Hope that helps if you ever want to try it again ^^
I have a 9in by 2.5in tin. Would it work? And how should I adjust the measurements? Thanks!
Hi, I would try doubling the measurements, but make sure to keep about 1.5-2 cm from the top when you pour in the batter, otherwise it might crack!
Also extend the baking time for a bit longer (add about 5-8 minutes for each stages) to make sure it’s cooked throughout
Hi, My name is Haifa.
I am from Indonesia.
Waah, just only last week i try to bake this cake, and its failed. I dont really know why.
1. Cream Cheese.. i make it with a not-really-melted cheese, so the egg yolks mix not really creamy/soft ( because of the cheese )
2. I guess the temperature not really hot, and the WATER BATH, i measure it only with my suggestion : 1 cm from the bottom
after see ur recipe and ur tips, i really wanna try it again 😀
Good luck! Hope you get the result you wanted 🙂
I made your Japanese Jiggly Cheesecake recipe for Christmas dessert and my family and I loved it! It was delicious and the texture was so fun to eat! I made sure that there was enough water in the water bath like you mentioned in your notes and I think that helped make it a successful bake! Also, when I noticed the top of my cake was very light I used my oven’s broiler setting really quickly to give it a beautiful toasted colour! Thank you so much for experimenting with and sharing this recipe!
Thanks so much for the feedback Yoomi! I’m glad to hear that it was well received ^^
Happy holidays 🙂
Hello Mai, do you heat up the milk when adding cornstarch to thicken the first yolk based batter? Or mix all ingredients cold?
Also, I wonder why my cake keeps cracking, when I am baking it at 130 degree in a waterbath – total 50 mins bake, 8 inch pan. Everything is ok, until after 30 minutes when it starts cracking and rising up like crazy. The cracks are unbelievably deep! I wonder why? Would appreciate your advice. Thanks!
Hi Kristina, I just mixed the ingredients cold and it was fine.
In terms of cracking, it usually means that the temperature is too high. Perhaps your oven doesn’t cool down quick enough when you do the temperature switch, you can try to put the temperature lower on the 2nd baking round or briefly open your oven door to let the temperature reduce. I usually have an in-oven thermometer which really helps with that.
Thanks For Sharing this Amazing Recipe. My Family Loved It. I will be sharing this Recipe with my Friends. Hope They will like it.
Glad to know, thanks Helan!
If you bake the cake x2 is it the same temperature? I tried doing it the small one and it was delicious 😋 but I want to make a bigger one x2 but I don’t know the temperature