Cheesecake Factory's Fresh Banana Cream Cheesecake Recipe


Cal/Serving: 736
Daily Value: 37%
Servings: 12

Kidney-Friendly, Peanut-Free, Tree-Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Fish-Free, Shellfish-Free, Alcohol-Free
Vitamin A2109IU42%
Vitamin C0mg1%
Thiamin (B1)0mg6%
Riboflavin (B2)0mg18%
Niacin (B3)1mg3%
Vitamin B60mg4%
Folic Acid (B9)31µg8%
Vitamin B121µg9%
Vitamin D2µg0%
Vitamin E1mg6%
Vitamin K6µg7%
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated16g0%
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated3g0%
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I spent decades perfecting cheesecake recipes, and this one, topped with Bavarian cream and sliced bananas, is one of the best. Tip: Adding just a tiny bit of water to the pan helps prevent the top of the cake from cracking as it bakes.

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For the crust :

  • 5 1/2 ounces (3 cups) Nilla wafers
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

For the filling :

  • Four 8-ounce packages cream cheese
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon banana flavoring

For the cream :

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon banana flavoring

For the topping :

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon banana flavoring
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Dash of salt
  • 6 bananas, sliced, for garnish


For the crust :

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Fill a pan that is large enough to fit a 9-inch springform pan with ½-inch water and place it on the center rack in the oven.

Line the inside of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Wrap a sheet of aluminum foil around the outside of the pan so that water cannot get into the pan when it is submerged in the water bath in the oven.

Add the Nilla wafers to the bowl of a food processor and crush into a fine crumb. The cookies should be the consistency of sand with no chunks. Mix the melted butter with the cookie crumbs and press the crumbs into the bottom of the springform pan and up the side, 1-1 ½ inches. Place the pan in the freezer while you make the cheesecake filling. 

For the filling :

Combine the softened cream cheese with the sugar using an electric mixer on high speed. When the mixture is smooth, add the eggs, sour cream, vanilla extract, and banana flavoring and beat well.

Use a spatula to pour all of the filling into the springform pan. Smooth the top, then gently place the pan into the water bath in the oven and bake until the cheesecake filling does not jiggle in the middle when moved, about 70 minutes.

Let cool, then cover and chill in the refrigerator while you make the Bavarian cream. 

For the cream :

Heat the milk and cream in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat until boiling. Remove from the heat. Combine the egg yolks with the sugar in a medium-sized bowl and beat with an electric mixer on high speed until the mixture is pale yellow, about 1 minute. Add the hot liquid a little bit at a time to the eggs while beating.

Pour the mixture back into the pan and heat over low heat, stirring often until the mixture thickens just enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 8 minutes. Be sure that the mixture does not boil or the eggs will curdle.

Pour back into the medium-sized bowl. Dissolve the gelatin in cold water in a bowl, let it sit for 1 minute, then mix it into the Bavarian cream with an electric mixer on high speed along with the vanilla extract and banana flavoring.

Chill the Bavarian cream for 1 hour, then spread it over the top of the cheesecake. Cover and chill the cheesecake.  

For the topping :

Combine all of the ingredients except for the bananas in a medium-sized bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on high speed until the cream forms stiff peaks. Cover and chill in the refrigerator.

When the cheesecake has completely chilled out, about 4 hours, cut it into 12 slices and serve each with a dollop of the banana whipped cream on top, with 1 slice of banana on top of the whipped cream, and ½ slice of banana on the side of each serving. 

Recipe Details

Adapted from "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3" by Todd Wilbur (Plume, 2010)

Servings: 12
Cuisine: Desserts
Special Designations: Kid-friendly

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Do you bake at 350 degrees the entire 75 minutes or is the heat reduced at some point during the baking time?


Are you baking the cheesecake at 350 degrees the entire 75 minutes or do you lower the heat at some point?


So after a year of working at the Cheesecake Factory I can tell you by the term fresh banana cream cheesecake. We mean fresh banana cream. So the banana cream, with the flavoring, is fresh. However we use flavoring in the cheesecake. So if you're looking for an accurate recipe this one is pretty damn close


How about..."thanks for sharing your recipe"...? If it's not for you, we don't need a negative comment. Just move on. I tried this recipe and it is amazing. Thank you!


Thank you for the recipe. My friend's husband LOVES the Banana Cream Cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory and he has had a rough time lately so I wanted to make this for his birthday. I found some copy cat recipes but none had the Bavarian cream like this one (which is part of what makes the Cheesecake Factory's so good. I is a very pretty cheesecake - thanks for sharing the recipe.


What part of fresh means banana flavoring and NO real bananas.... No thanks.


"Banana flavoring"?

Yes, that's exactly the recipe I'd want to serve my family. A chemical flavor substitute!

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