Kitchen Corner

June 3, 2010

Durian Soft Cheesecake

I know the weather has been extremely hot and it's not good to eat durian at this time but when I see some durian selling in the market, I just can't help myself to buy some for baking. So, here I made a light version of durian cheesecake that called for only a little amount of durian flesh which yield a light version of durian cheesecake. The texture is similar to Japanese cotton cheesecake, quite moist and soft. 

One thing that I always worry on making soft cheesecake is the cake might crack on the surface and shrink terribly. This time the top still have a bit of crack but not too much. Perhaps I could still turn the heat slightly lower. As I know it's definitely going to be shrank, so what I do is to help it shrink nicely. Grease the side of the pan with butter and coated with bread flour. I find this method quite good. Although the weather is quite hot, this light and moist durian cheesecake quite a refreshing dessert. Just to make sure it's cool enough to serve.

Recipe from Chef Alan Kok
1 slice 7" sponge cake (I used 8")
250g cream cheese
3 egg yolks
150ml fresh milk
150g durian flesh
3 egg whites
60g caster sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a 7" round cake tin (I used 8" , serves 9) with grease proof paper and put in a slice of prepared sponge cake (I greased the side of the pan with butter and coated with bread flour) 
  2. Beat cream cheese, egg yolks at low speed until well mixed. Add fresh milk, durian flesh and mix well.
  3. In a clean mixing bowl, whisk egg white and caster sugar at high speed until soft peak is formed. Mix in mixture (2) in 3 batches.
  4. Pour mixture onto sponge cake.
  5. Steam bake the cheesecake at 180C for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 140C and bake for another 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Leave cake to cool in the oven with door ajar 1 hour. Chill in the fridge for overnight. 
Ingredients for the plain sponge cake:
(Please follow the video clip)
140g plain flour / 4 eggs / 30g milk / 180g sugar / 4g salt / 30g oil


Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

durian + cream cheese= perfert combination, this look so good!

ReeseKitchen said...

WAH!!! I want a piece of the cake! I love durians, and what can I say when it combines with my favourite cheese too...yummy! I'm hungry now..heehee..;p

WendyinKK said...

Ohhhh.... anything with durian and I'm in heaven!!!

I'll definately try this out when the durian season is out full blast!!!

ICook4Fun said...

You can never go wrong with durian. Your cheesecake look so perfect. Nicely brown and very even top. I can never get my top as even as that. Well done :)

Anonymous said...

this looks absolutely gorgeous!

Sue said...

Wow! What a beautiful cheese cake! This is the first time I saw cheese cake recipe without whipped cream and butter! It's really an appealing recipe to me. Must try to bake one soon. Thanks for sharing.

Sue said...

Hi Grace,
It's me again. What do you think of your oven?If it's good, may I know the brand? My oven is Tekka brand but I found that the top is much hotter than bottom. Almost all the cakes which i have baked have bad craking problem. I always place the cake at lowest rack and often bake at at least 10degree lower than the recipe recommendation. As I moving to a new place soon, I thought of taking this opportunity to buy a new oven. However, I have no idea which brand is good. Have you heard of any good one? You may email your reply to me at

Anonymous said...

your cake looks SO GOOD! I am craving for home-made cakes these few weeks. I didn't have time to bake as i'm in the midst of my exam period. I can't wait to try out this recipe ASAP : D thanks for uploading the recipe!

Big Boys Oven said...

wow this is a lovely cake, love to taste your bake! :) I will definitely finger licking mine!

Angie's Recipes said...

A perfect combination of flavours. And your springform high is it?

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi Sonia,
Thanks! I feel it's quite a perfect combo too! Hope you like it!

Hi ReeseKitchen,
Where are you? Please come over for a piece of this :)

Hi wendyywy,
Haha.. I think we are very typical Asian, can't live without durian hur!

Hi ICook4Fun,
Thanks for your support! After I discovered the great combo of durian and cream cheese, I've started different version of durian cheesecake. This is one of the best durian cheesecake for me. But, it's not exactly nicely brown on the top :(

Hi Sue,
Oh ya, I just realized that it didn't consists of whipped cream and butter. I think the durian flesh had replaced by the two ingredients. Hope you like this recipe! I'll email to you regarding the oven later. Cheers!

Hi Sweeter side of life,
Thank you so much! Let me know the result once you make it ok.

Hi Big BoysOven,
Thanks for dropping here to give your support!

Hi Angie's Recipes,
Yes, it's quite a perfect combo. I'm using 8 inches lose bottom pan with 2 1/2 inches high that yield a 2 inches cheesecake.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Lovely durian cheesecake Grace! :) I love cheesecake and making it a lighter version means eating a 2nd serving is possible...yum! Thanks for the recipe, will find chance to make it...if my husband doesn't finish up the durian before I get to them! :P

Yummy Bakes said...

This durian cake look so soft and inviting. Unfortunately, I dont eat durians.... This cake is very nicely done!! Am sure all durian lovers would love to have a bit!

Chef Dennis Littley said...

that cheese cake looks phenomenal!!
thanks so much for sharing!

Yan said...

yummyliciously tempting !!!!!

Blessed Homemaker said...

I see you have a few durian recipes. Unfortunately DH is a durian hater and I can't make this at home. The last time I made durian puffs, he was complaining the whole fridge smells like sh*t *eyes rolling*

Cooking with Kait said...

I've never had durian cheesecake before. This looks wonderful. I can barely see the crack. Thanks for the shrink tip.

Bakericious said...

Hi Grace, the durian cheesecake looks so gd. I ve been thinking of baking somethin with durian whenever I pass by fruits stores :).

Food For Tots said...

I love anything with durian. Your durian cheesecake looks awesome and better than the one I had tried from Goodwood Park Hotel. Can't wait to give it a try. ;)

Passionate About Baking said...

Wow wow Grace! Tempting me with your durian cheesecake again! Thanks for sharing. Guess what? I bought the cheesecake book from Chef Alan Kok too! I shall it some day. You don't take too much durian wor... take care of yourself okay?

Edith said...

I remembered long time ago, I read that durian and cheese don't go well together but I have tried it before and love it.

By lowering the heat, is that the trick to get a nice and flat top?

Sook said...

Wow, the cheesecake looks sooo creamy and delicious!

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi Bee,
Thanks for dropping here. Oh ya, the texture is really light, every time I feel want to have a 2nd piece :P

Hi Yummy Koh,
Oh.. if you don't eat durian, you'd definitely couldn't accept this because it's full of durian flavor in it So sorry!

Hi Chef Dennis,
Thanks! Hope you will like this

Thanks Yan!

Hi Blessed Homemaker,
Oh, it's no good to make this if your friend or family couldn't accept durian. It's such a strong taste.

Hi Cooking with Kait,
If you can accept the taste of durian, this might be a nice cake for you. It's crack but not much. Hope you like this!

He Jess,
I think we've the same interest :)

Hi Food For Tots,
Oh.. really? I've not tried the Goodwood Park Hotel cheesecake. May be I shall give it a try one day.
Hope you enjoy this recipe!

Hi Jane,
Ya.. here is my first attempt on this soft version of durian cheesecake. It's quite different from the others that I made previously. Oh, I baked this quite some time ago before I got sick. Anyway, I've recovered a lot. Thanks!

Hi edith,
I find durian and cream cheese are quite a good combo. Anyway, please try out and see if you like it ya!
I think by lowering the heat from the top can prevent it crack. What do you think?

Hi Sook,
Thanks for your lovely words!

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

This is a beautiful cake! I have never had luck baking with Durian. I always feel that durian should be used fresh with cakes (e.g. durian cream, pulp).When I tried to bake with durian, I thought the 'cooked' durian gave off a strange nutty smell. Now you've got me wanting to do something with durian...

Beachlover's Kitchen said...

oh!this durian cheese cake look so sinful good!! wish I have durian right now!! how about me using mango instead of durian? I just puree some fresh mango.. anyway I'm going to try this recipe!! thanks for sharing!

Nirmala said...

What a beautiful blog and recipe. Yummy!

The Experimental Cook said...

This is professional standard!

Pei-Lin said...

No worries about the cracks and whatnots ... I don't think there's any ... Looks perfect enough for me. You know you're one hell of a baker? Be proud of it! I'm proud of you!

Erm ... Can't have durian lah ... I'm having cold and slight fever now ... *Sigh*

Hope to meet up with you all SG floggers someday! I'm planning on a trip down south in a few months' time, definitely not Christmastime.

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi Shirley,
Thanks for dropping here! I use to think of durian shouldn't go with bake version but I've gone through few types of bake durian cakes and found it's quite nice especiall cheesecake. Hope you will like it. Cheers!

Hi Beachlover's Kitchen,
I think you could try out with mango but I guess the texture might be a bit watery because durian flesh texture is different with mango puree. What do you think?

Hi Nirmala,
Thanks for dropping here to give your suppport!

Hi Experimental Cook,
Oppss.. not professional, it's homemade standard but thanks for your encouragement.

Hi Pei-Lin, are so lovely! Thanks for your nice words! You're my good supporter always!
I think it's not right to eat durian when you're not feeling good. Durian is really really heaty!
I wish to meet up with all the M'sia bloggers too! Actually I'll be there quite often but don't know how to catch up with you all. Look forward to seeing you soon!

tigerfish said...

Oops, I know I should this hot weather but I just had durians today :O....

Durian cheesecake - really rich :)

Elin Chia said...

Grace...this is good...haha now durian season and I will surely want to try this out. Great combo! Well done and thanks for sharing the recipe :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Grace, I saw your blog while searching review for mixer and oven. You have a nice blog. I would appreciate it if you can share some of your experience on mixer and oven. For mixer I am considering between Kitchenaid professional and Kenwood major. Not sure which brand is better. As for oven, I have no idea at all.


Kitchen Corner said...

Hi CF,
Thanks for dropping here!
I think either KitchenAid professional or Kenwoord major, there both are good. Try to find out the usage of these both and figure out which one is more suitable for you. There both come with different attachment. It's hardly tell which brand is good but my experience with Ariston built in oven is quite good. For tabletop oven, I think Delonghi is so far the biggest in Singapore and Malaysia. Happy oven and mixer hunting!

Anonymous said...

Hi Crace,
Thanks for your reply. As I am new in baking and have very little experience in this area. I hope to get a proper one so that I need not to spend for future upgrade again. May I know the brand of your mixer? How you find it?


Kitchen Corner said...

Hi CF,
I'm having a KitchenAid heavy duty mixer in white color. I bought it from Singapore Mayer. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Hi Crace,

Thanks for sharing.

I like kitchenaid design but Keenwood is having promotion now ( come with 3 pcs of extra free gifts). So, cannot decide which one to buy ...


Anonymous said...

Hi Crace,
May I know what is the maximium capacity (egg whites)of your mixer? I know kenwood has a bigger bowl. I read some comments that the kitchenaid's bowl is too small for some recipe like kueh lapis. Do you encounter problem whereby your mixer cannot handle the full quantity of a recipe?


Kitchen Corner said...

Hi CF,
Since there is a promotion now. Why don't you go for it. I think it's very good too!

Anonymous said...

Hi Crace,
May I know if your ice-cream bowl is an attachment to your kitchenAid mixer? Where did you get it? I checked with Mayer Singapore but they told me that they don't carry this item here. Between, your bread looks so professional. Do you do it by using mixer & oven or an all-in-one bread maker?


Kitchen Corner said...

Hi CF,
Yes, my ice cream bowl is an attachment to my kitchenaid mixer and I got it from Mayer Singapore. I knead the bread using the mixer and bake in the delonghi tabletop oven :)

Cafe Pepela said...

They look so delicious!

Halina said...

Hi, the cheesecake looks so soft. Do you think it's possible to bake the cake without the sponge layer?

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi Halina,
I think the cheesecake need a sponge layer to support itself because the cheesecake is very soft and moist before it chilled in the fridge.

Anonymous said...

Hi Grace,

I looking for a tabletop oven. Understand that you are using delonghi tabletop oven. How you find it? Do you mind to share what is your model no.? With fan or without fan mode? I am consider between Delonghi, Kenwood and rowenta.... cannot decide which to buy :(


Kitchen Corner said...

Hi CF,
This is my first tabletop oven so it's hardly tell which model is good. It's a fan oven. The good thing is, it's big enough as it's the biggest tabletop oven I could find so far. The bad thing is, I found the left inner corner heating system is slightly hotter. So I try not to place my dough or cake at that corner. Happy oven hunting!

Anonymous said...

Hi Grace,

Thanks for your reply.
How many little is your oven? Is hard to find a tabletop oven with full fuuction like those build in oven. Do you know what is the different between fan oven and the top and bottom heating elements oven? I find that most table top oven only come with either one of the function.


Kitchen Corner said...

Hi CF,
It's 42L. Some bakes require fan oven but most baking can just use bottom and top heating system. I saw a Zanussi free standing oven is quite good. I like it very much as it's solid, big and good functioning. You could check out from the internet about it. If I didn't have my delonghi I would buy this zanuzzi oven.

Anonymous said...

Hi Grace,
Any idea where can I see the real display zanuzzi oven in Singapore?


Kitchen Corner said...

Hi CF,
I've no idea where to find this zanuzzi in Singapore yet but will look for it. I saw it in one of the electrical shop in Malaysia.

Belzy said...

Hi Grace,
I love love love your blog, cos you have lots of durian recipes :). I would like to try this recipe, but when I open the link for the plain sponge cake, it is in mandarin and unfortunately I don't really understand mandarin :(.
Is there any english version for that? or will the taste change if I use other recipe of sponge cake?
Thanks :)

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi Belzy,
Thank you for visiting!
For the sponge cake, I recommend you to use another recipe which is


Anonymous said...

Hi, I also using Delongi fan oven. I wonder how you steam bake the cake? Do you put the cake tin in another water fill pan? If so which level of tray rack you put? the lower or middle? As you know we have 4 level in the oven. Do you cover your cake with foil at the very last 10 minutes?

I always get a crack on my Japanese soft cake. Please help.

TQ. From Mag