How to Decorate Cheesecake

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Cheesecake has a plain top to it as a dessert.

But it can be decorated with fruit sauces, chocolate covered strawberries, candied lemon slices, sugared raspberries, mint leaves, whipped cream, or chocolate decorations to enhance and compliment your cheesecake.

Try decorating your next cheesecake with one of these eye catching garnishes.


Compote is a sweet berry flavored sauce that will compliment cheesecake and give it a fruity finish.

You can drizzle berry compote over each cheesecake slice to decorate it.

Another option is to put a spoonful on a plate, and then smear it like a checkmark.

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Vanilla Whipped Cream

Vanilla whipped cream is a soft, creamy topping you can decorate your cheesecake with.

Whipped cream will stand out on a cheesecake that has compote drizzled on top of it.

Otherwise whipped cream will be slightly brighter than your cheesecake color. You can use the star tip to create a rose shape on the wider end of each slice of cheesecake.

Velvety smooth vanilla whipped cream will add a rich flavor to cheesecake.

How to Decorate Cheesecake

Chocolate Decoration

Chocolate decorations can be made with your favorite type of chocolate (dark, milk, or white chocolate).

All you need to do is melt your chocolate, and pipe the chocolate in an intricate design on a piece of parchment paper.

Place the chocolate in the freezer to make it sturdy, and then gently place it on top of the cheesecake.

It also works well if you put a little whipped cream on the cheesecake first, and then place the chocolate decoration into the whipped cream.

How to Decorate Cheesecake

Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate ganache is a rich and creamy chocolate layer that will cover the cheesecake.

Chocolate ganache is made by placing hot heavy cream over chocolate, and then letting the cream melt the chocolate. By mixing the two together until it’s smooth, this creates the rich ganache chocolate flavoring.

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Fresh Fruit

Fresh fruit can be used to decorate cheesecake with a burst of sweet berries or slices of kiwi.

You can arrange raspberries or blackberries to be flat end down on top of the cheesecake, so they look like they’re standing up.

If you cut the top off of strawberries, you can do the same and stand them up to give the cheesecake a textured look with a pop of color.

If you slice strawberries or kiwi’s into thin pieces, you can arrange them from the outside of the cheesecake, and then layer them on top of one another.

Continue placing the fruit towards the center of the cheesecake until it’s fully decorated.

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How to Decorate Cheesecake

Chocolate Sauce

Chocolate sauce is a sweet sauce that will add a hint of chocolate to cheesecake.

You can use chocolate sauce on top of whipped cream or slices of strawberries for a beautiful look to your cheesecake.

You can even make a crisscross design with chocolate sauce on top of the whipped cream if desired.

Chocolate sauce goes well with strawberry cheesecake, vanilla cheesecake, or raspberry cheesecake.


You can add lime zest, lemon zest, or orange zest to the top of your cheesecake for a hint of citrus and a beautiful pop.

You can add zest to vanilla cheesecake, lime cheesecake, or lemon cheesecake.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

You can make chocolate covered strawberries ahead of time, and then use them to decorate your cheesecake.

After you’ve made your cheesecake, you can pipe whipped cream on the edges around the cheesecake.

In each of the whipped cream roses, gently place a chocolate strawberries to sit inside the rose.

You can even color the whipped cream pink for a colorful top to your cheesecake.

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Candied Lemon Slices

Slices of lemon are cooked in a sugar syrup to create an outer candy layer.

The lemon slices need to cool and drain dry before placing them onto your cheesecake.

Since the lemon slices are candied with a sugar coating, they are sweet and delicious for garnishing your cheesecake with.

Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

Chocolate covered coffee beans add a hint of coffee to cheesecake.

Chocolate covered coffee beans are crunchy, so they add a hard texture when biting into the cheesecake.

Chocolate covered coffee beans are overwhelming with flavor, therefore you only need a couple to decorate your cheesecake with.

Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted caramel sauce is a sticky, sweet and salty flavor you can add on top of your cheesecake.

Salted caramel goes well with chocolate cheesecake to add a hint of sugar and a unique salty finish.

Icing Roses

Using the star tip, you can pipe buttercream icing roses on the edges of the cheesecake.

If you’re making mini cheesecakes, pipe 1 large icing rose on the top of it.

Icing decorations on the top of the cheesecake will make it look artistic and eye catching. You can color buttercream icing to fit the flavoring of your cheesecake.

Mint Leaves

You can arrange a few mint leaves in the whipped cream on top of your cheesecake, or beside a bit of fresh fruit for a pop of green color.

Ferrero Rocher

Ferrero rochers can be chopped up into small pieces to top cheesecake with.

Ferro rocher pieces work well on top of chocolate cheesecake, or vanilla cheesecake.

Sugared Raspberries

Sugared raspberries are a sugary sweet fruit that look chef worthy on top of cheesecake.

You can make them at home by simply coating raspberries with egg whites, and then rolling them in granulated sugar.

Sugared raspberries go well on top of vanilla cheesecake, lemon cheesecake, raspberry cheesecake or chocolate cheesecake.

Chocolate scrolls

Use a potato peeler and grate the chocolate away from you to create chocolate scrolls on top of your cheesecake.

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