Orange Cotton Cheesecake



250g cream cheese (1 block)

5 egg yolks (use 65-70g eggs)

70g castor sugar

60g butter (can reduce to 50g)

100g full Orange Juice

1 tablespoon or zest from 1 large orange

1 Tbsp lemon juice

60g cake flour

20g cornflour

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp Vanilla extract

5 egg whites

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

70g castor sugar


1. Pre-heat oven to 155Β°C (Top and bottom heat, no fan force)

2. Line bottom of a 8in x 3in round cake pan and grease the sides.

3. Using a handwhisk, whisk the cream cheese, sugar (70g) and butter till smooth on a double boiler until smooth and sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. (I usually leave them in the double boiler to melt while I prepare the rest of the ingredients. By the time I am done, the cheese and butter would have been soft and easier to whisk.)

4. Add orange juice and whisk until combined. The orange juice helps to cool down the mixture enough to enable you to add in the yolks without cooking them!

5. Add egg yolks one at a time and whisk until smooth.

6. Add vanilla, salt, lemon juice, zest and whisk again.

7. Sift flour and fold into mixture until fully combined. Set aside. (Most times I just used the same whisk to blend it in.)

8. Whisk whites in a clean, dry bowl at low speed till foamy.

9. Add cream of tartar and beat at high speed till bubbles become very small but still visible.

10. Gradually add sugar (70g) and beat till soft peaks.

11. Fold whites into batter 1/3 at a time. Fold with a hand whisk (yes, the same handwhisk) until combined before adding another 1/3 portion. Finally add the last 1/3 and switch your handwhisk for a spatula to gently fold until smooth and no streaks of meringue is visible.

12. Pour batter into prepared pan and tap the pan on the counter to release air bubbles.

14. Bake in a waterbath at 155C (no fan) for 1hr 10 minutes. Test by pressing lightly on the surface, if still soft and did not spring back, bake another 5-10 minutes.

15. Unmould once cake as pulled away from the sides of pan by inverting on to a smooth non-stick pan, peel off the lining paper and invert it back on to a rack to cool.




  1. vted chai said

    Thank you

    Sent from Samsung tablet.


  2. Nicole said

    Hi Jeannie, I wanted to bake your cheesecake but I wrongly bought a cream cheesecake spread instead of block so can I use to bake? Thank you.


    • jeannietay said

      I have not tried that but I think can.


  3. linda ang said

    Jennie. long do you think it takes to bake if I bake into cupcake form??


  4. Veronica said

    Hi Jeannie, I am baking your Orange Cotton Cheesecake. May I know why did my cake split like a mushroom while baking? Happens to other cakes too.
    Please help:)


    • jeannietay said

      Try to bake at lower temperature and do not beat your meringue to stiff peaks, I always used very soft peaks meringue for cotton cheesecake.


  5. Xana said

    I greased the bottom of pan by mistake. Is it due to this my cake turned out to have a greasy layer on the bottom? Other than this the cake rise nicely.


    • jeannietay said

      No, it’s probably due to your meringue and yolk batter not evenly mixed.


      • Xana said

        Jeannie, thank you for the reply. Will definetely give it a 2nd try πŸ™‚


  6. Joon said

    If I want to make Japanese matcha cheesecake,can you please advise how should I modify the recipe? Thank you.


    • jeannietay said

      Replace 10-20g of flour with matcha powder


      • Joon said

        Do you mean use the below combination?
        40g cake flour
        20g matcha powder
        20g corn flour

        Thank you.

        Liked by 1 person

      • jeannietay said

        Yes indeed.


      • Christine said

        Wht about the orange juice then? Does it have to be substituted too?


      • jeannietay said

        of course, unless you like orange matcha flavours πŸ˜›


  7. Ann-Gee Lee Wilson said

    Most ovens in Australia have either only top heat or fan-forced. There’s no top and bottom heat. Having said that, can I bake the cake on fan-forced mode with 20ΒΊC lower temperature than stated?

    Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you πŸ™‚


    • jeannietay said

      I am pretty sure there is bottom heat. THe element is mostly hidden these days. If baking with fan force, yes you can reduce temperature 20 deg lower.


      • Ann-Gee Lee Wilson said

        Thank you very much for taking the time to reply me, Jeannie. It’s very much appreciated πŸ™‚ May the year of the Dog bring you and your family good health, good luck and much happiness throughout the year.


      • jeannietay said

        THank you for your wishes…if you are celebrating, Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and yours too πŸ˜€


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