Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe

This Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake recipe layers vibrant raspberry compote, rich cream cheese, and a light lemon mousse over a sweet graham cracker crust. It’s a delightful dessert that’s perfect for spring and summer gatherings. Here’s how to make it:


For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar

For the Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 2 cups cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Raspberry Compote Layer:

  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

For the Lemon Mousse Layer:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

For Garnish:

  • Additional raspberries
  • Lemon zest


  1. Prepare the Crust:
    • In a mixing bowl, combine crushed graham crackers, melted butter, and sugar. Mix until the ingredients are well blended and the mixture is moist.
    • Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan, forming a firm, even layer. Place in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the other layers.
  2. Make the Cream Cheese Layer:
    • In a large bowl, beat the softened cream cheese with granulated sugar and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy. Spread this mixture over the chilled crust and smooth the top with a spatula. Return to the refrigerator.
  3. Cook the Raspberry Compote:
    • Combine the raspberries, granulated sugar, and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the berries break down and the mixture thickens, about 10-15 minutes. Let it cool slightly, then pour over the cream cheese layer. Return to the refrigerator to chill.
  4. Prepare the Lemon Mousse:
    • In a mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream, powdered sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice until stiff peaks form. Carefully spread this mousse over the raspberry layer.
  5. Chill:
    • Refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 4 hours, or overnight, which allows the layers to set and flavors to meld.
  6. Garnish and Serve:
    • Just before serving, decorate the top with additional fresh raspberries and sprinkle with lemon zest for added color and flavor.
    • Carefully remove the cheesecake from the springform pan by running a knife along the edge and opening the clasp.


  • Berry Variations: While raspberries are used here, feel free to substitute with other berries like strawberries or blueberries for a different twist.
  • Serving Tip: For clean slices, dip a sharp knife in hot water and wipe dry between cuts.
  • Make Ahead: This cheesecake is a great make-ahead dessert as it needs time to set in the fridge, making it perfect for entertaining.


This Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake is a beautiful and delicious dessert that combines tangy, sweet, and creamy layers to create a perfect treat for any occasion. Enjoy the delightful contrast of flavors and textures in this luxurious cheesecake!