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How To Cut A Cheesecake? Perfect Slices Every Time

Norah Clark
Slices and cutting of a cheesecake.

Norah Clark

Norah Clark, Editor of Boyd Hampers! Norah is a food writer with over a decade of experience in hospitality as a pastry chef, sous chef, and barista; former chef at the Savoy Hotel, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and Plaza Hotel.

Knowing how to cut a cheesecake is fairly simple. By using a sharp knife, you can cut the perfect cheesecake slice without trouble. However, iIf you use a serrated knife, you will find that it more difficult to cut the perfect slice of cheesecake.

Even the avid baker or pastry chef will tell you that cutting the perfect cheesecake takes time and experience. The best tool in your kitchen to cut the perfect cheesecake is a straight-edged sharp knife, or you can use dental floss, believe it or not.

I have been baking cheesecakes for over 20 years, and I have tried all sorts of ways to cut the perfect slice of cheesecake.

I have tried electric knives, serrated knives, and even a carving knife.  I have found that the best way to cut the perfect slice of cheesecake is with a sharp, straight-edged knife.

How To Cut A Cheesecake For Perfect Slices

I suggest letting the cheesecake sit in the fridge overnight before cutting, making it easier to cut through.

Make sure to clean your knife after each cut to ensure that each slice is neat and presentable.

I wasn't joking when I said you can cut a cheesecake with dental floss, but many Michelin-star restaurants use catering string to cut through all cheesecakes perfectly.

To perfect the art of cutting a cheesecake every time, it must have been baked correctly and allowed to cool or set for up to 3 hours so it firms and easier to cut through.

Below are the different ways you can cut the perfect slice of cheesecake.

A Sharp Kitchen Knife

To cut a cheesecake slice perfectly with a sharp kitchen knife, use a gentle sawing motion and apply even pressure. Start at the outer edge of the cheesecake and work your way in.

  1. Use a sharp utility knife to cut through the cake.
  2. Use a sawing motion to cut through the cake.
  3. Use a gentle back-and-forth motion to cut through the cake.
  4. Use a ruler or a measure to ensure perfect-sized slices.

    Dental Floss


    To cut a cheesecake with dental floss, first lightly dampen the floss. Then, holding the floss taut, slide it through the cheesecake in a sawing motion.

    1. Cut a piece of dental floss that is about 18 inches long.
    2. Wrap the floss around your fingers, leaving about 6 inches of floss between them.
    3. Insert the floss into the cheesecake about 1 inch from the edge.
    4. Gently saw back and forth with the floss until you have cut through the cake.
    5. Repeat steps 2-4 until you have cut the entire cake.

    The Importance of Using a Sharp Knife

    When cutting a cheesecake, using a sharp knife is essential as it will easily slice through the creamy texture of the cheesecake without squishing or smearing it, resulting in a neat and presentable slice.

    Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cutting Cheesecake

    One common mistake when cutting cheesecake is not letting it sit in the fridge long enough. Cheesecake should be chilled in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight, before cutting.

    Another mistake is not wiping the knife clean after each cut, resulting in messy and uneven slices. Additionally, using a dull knife or a serrated knife can also result in messy slices.

    What Is A Cheesecake?

    A cheesecake is a dessert typically consisting of a sweetened cream cheese filling on top of a cookie or pastry crust.

    A cheesecake tastes like a sweet, creamy, and tangy dessert. The most common ingredients in a cheesecake are cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Some people add sour cream, lemon juice, or fruit to their cheesecakes.

    Cheesecakes typically require at least some level of baking experience, as they can be tricky to make.

    Different Types of Cheesecakes

    There are many different types of cheesecakes. Some popular varieties include New York-style cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake, strawberry cheesecake, and pumpkin cheesecake.

    There are several types of cheesecakes, including:

    • New York-style cheesecake: This is a classic cheesecake that is dense and rich, with a smooth and creamy texture. It is made with cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract.
    • Italian-style cheesecake: This cheesecake is lighter and fluffier than New York-style cheesecake and is made with ricotta cheese, eggs, sugar, and flavoring.
    • Japanese-style cheesecake: This cheesecake is very light and fluffy and is made with cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and cornstarch.
    • No-bake cheesecake: This cheesecake is made without baking, with cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.


    How do you cut cheesecake cleanly?

    To cut cheesecake cleanly, use a sharp, thin knife and dip it in hot water before each cut. This will help prevent the knife from sticking to the cheesecake and create clean, even slices.

    How do you cut a cheesecake without making a mess?

    To cut a cheesecake without making a mess, it’s important to use a sharp knife and also consider the surface you’re cutting on. A cutting board or a plate with a damp towel underneath can help prevent the cheesecake from sliding around while you’re cutting it.

    What type of knife do you use to cut a cheesecake?

    A good type of knife to use for cutting a cheesecake is a long, thin knife with a sharp blade, such as a chef’s knife or a slicing knife.

    How do you cut a round cheesecake into small pieces?

    To cut a round cheesecake into small pieces, first cut the cheesecake into wedges by slicing it in half and then cutting each half into wedges. Then, if you want smaller pieces, you can cut each wedge into smaller slices. It’s also important to clean the knife after each cut to ensure clean slices. You can also place the cake in the freezer for 30 minutes before cutting to make the cutting process easier.

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