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San Sebastian Basque Cheesecake is a traditional Spanish Basque cheesecake recipe. This cheesecake is crustless and has a, purposely, scorched top and velvety smooth inside. It’s perfectly light, creamy, smooth, and perfectly caramelized. It’s unique, delicious, and very easy to make!

San Sebastian Basque Cheesecake


“Burnt” Basque Cheesecake truly is easy-to-make and almost impossible to mess up. I like it served plain but it’s good with ice cream, whipped cream, fresh berries, berry sauce, chocolate sauce, Nutella sauce, and caramel sauce.

This is a great dessert for the holidays if you want something different instead of cake or pie. It’s also better after it sits a day or two so perfect when you need to make some recipes ahead.

Another yummy holiday cheese is this Cranberry Cheesecake.


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  • Cream cheese.
  • Sugar.
  • Salt.
  • Eggs.
  • Vanilla extract.
  • All-purpose flour.
  • Heavy whipping cream.
A Bite of Basque Cheesecake on a fork on a plate.


What is the difference between San Sebastian cheesecake and normal cheesecake? A San Sebastian Cheesecake has no crust, silky and soft inside. The top of the cake looks charred but does not taste burnt, it is more of a buttery, caramel taste.

What are other names for San Sebastian Cheesecake? It is also known as Burnt Cheesecake and Basque Cheesecake

How long does Basque cheesecake last in the fridge? It lasts 4 to 5 days in the fridge in an airtight container.

San Sebastian Cheesecake

Can I freeze a Basque Cheesecake? Yes! Please the cheesecake or slices in a freezer-safe container that can freeze for up to 3 months.

Does freezing Basque Cheesecake change the texture? No! freezing the cheesecake does not change the quality or texture.

How do I serve the San Sebastian cheesecake? It can be served topped with fresh fruits, some powdered sugar, or as is.

 Basque cheesecake


  1. Clear mixing bowls 
  2. Cuisinart hand mixer
  3. 9-inch Wilton springform pan
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San Sebastian Basque Cheesecake

The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but I have endeavored to be as accurate as possible.

Cheesecake on plate
Basque cheesecake


San Sebastian Basque Cheesecake is a traditional Spanish Basque cheesecake recipe. This cheesecake is crustless with a purposely, scorched top and velvety smooth inside. It's perfectly light, creamy, smooth, and perfectly caramelized. It's unique, delicious, and very easy to make!
Author: Paula
5 from 23 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
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  • 32 ounces cream cheese brick-style, (4)8-oz pkgs, room temp
  • 1 and ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream 


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper and set it aside.
  • *NOTE* Cut 2 pieces of parchment paper big enough so it covers the bottoms and side. Place them 90 degrees or like an X. So basically you have a layer of parchment paper covering the pan like a bowl. Set aside. Don’t butter or oil the paper or the pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl cream together cream cheese, sugar, and salt. I used a hand mixer but you could use a stand-up mixer as well.
  • Mix in the eggs one at a time, mixing well in between each.
  • Add in the vanilla extract. Mix to combine.
  • Add in the flour and heavy cream.
  • Mix until combined, but don’t overmix. You will have a thick, smooth, silky batter.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Spread evenly. No need to tap the pan down.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 38 minutes. Turn the pan halfway for an even color.
  • *NOTE* Your oven must be at temperature for at least 10 minutes so the heat is universal throughout the oven. No need to add extra moisture with a water bath. However, take note I used a 9-inch. If you use an 8-inch springform you will have too much batter and if you use a 10-inch, your cheesecake will be thinner, therefore the cooking time will be different.
  • The cake is cooked when the edges are set and the center is jiggly. It will have a dark top and it’s ok. *NOTE* You will see when you take the cheesecake out of the oven it is all nice and inflated as a souffle would be. As it cools off, it will sink and crack. That’s ok, that is the style of the cheesecake.
  • Allow to cool completely. Leave it in the springform with paper for at least 2 hours, but better overnight.
  • When ready to serve, take the cake out of the springform, and keep the parchment paper. When serving, peel the paper off and cut the pieces. Serve and enjoy.



Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 315mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 0.02g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 1397IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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  1. Can this be made Keto by using swerve and Almond flour, would you use the same amount?

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