lemon cream cake

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Best Desserts in the World

Lemon cream cake just sounds decadent. And, that’s a good thing because it’s worth making and serving for your next party, picnic, BBQ, cookout, whatever! Honestly, I’d put it up against any of the best desserts in the world! It’s simple. It has some health features that help assuage the ‘guilt’ (sometimes!) of eating desserts. And, it’s rustically and farmhouse style beautiful! 

Cottage Cheese for Cheesecake

If you’ve never used cottage cheese for cheesecake, you’re missing a glorious ingredient. A lot of Eastern European recipes, both sweet and savory, have cottage cheese in them. Growing up with my Croatian mom, we always had cottage cheese in the refrigerator. And, her cheesecake recipe, which has won me some great recognition in the food world, is primarily cottage cheese. 

This will be a smaller lemon cream cake! You’ll need about a 7 x 10 (outside measurements) baking dish!

Cake Recipes with Yogurt

Another thing about my sweets and desserts I create is that I love to cook with yogurt, mainly either plain Greek yogurt or lemon yogurt. Sometimes I’ll use another kind of fruit yogurt, but not as much as the plain and lemon. 

This lemon cream cake uses twenty-four ounces of Greek lemon yogurt! 

Cheesecake at Home

Making cheesecake at home is so simple! Here’re some of my favorite recipes for you to try!

Cherry Limeade Cheesecake

Chocolate Banana Cheesecake Bites

Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Homemade Cheesecake No Bake

King Pineapple No Bake Cheesecake

Homemade Cheesecake Recipe Easy

Cherry Ricotta Cheesecake Jars

Lemon Cottage Cheesecake

Lemon Cream Cake

Healthy Cheesecake

I suppose with all the cottage cheese and Greek yogurt in this recipe, it’s ‘kinda’ a healthy cheesecake! That might be stretching it!

Yogurt Desserts

Yogurt desserts might be more oftentimes found with smoothies and yogurt topped with things like cacao nibs, nuts, fruit, chocolate ganache and more. But this cheesecake is almost a yogurt dessert because yogurt is the largest amount ingredient. Yes, twenty-four ounces of it. 

Recipes with Cottage Cheese

You’ll find many recipes with cottage cheese for savory dishes, even things like lasagna, which I like almost better than ricotta cheese. Cottage cheese has so many other possibilities besides just eating scooped out with maybe fruit, tomatoes, cucumbers and other things. But, I’ll take a big bowl of cottage cheese with pineapple tidbits and lots of walnuts any time of the day! 

Lemon Cream Cake Recipe

My lemon cream cake recipe has just a few steps. You’re going to make the crust with graham crackers and ground walnuts. If you want to add more nutrition to it, reduce the amount of crushed graham crackers and substitute wheat germ or ground flax along with more ground walnuts and/or almonds. 

Amazing Desserts to Impress

Lemon cream cake. It’s one of those amazing desserts to impress! In fact, when I think about the tart lemon flavors and the creaminess of the filling, some serious drooling can fire up!

If you want to serve it warm, then by all means do it. Just give it sufficient time, about an hour or more, after removing from the oven for it to rest and settle. The addition of the walnuts and the cottage cheese really add some nutritional value to this cake that helps alleviate the sweets guilt factor.

What I love about this cake is that it keeps for several days, and it’s good for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You could actually make this cake with a puff pastry crust and no crust at all. Yes, that’s how good it is!

lemon cream cake

lemon cheese cake

lemon cream cake

Yield: Makes: One rectangle baking dish (about 6-7” x 10”)

Lemon cream cake just sounds decadent. And, that's a good thing because it's worth making and serving for your next party, picnic, BBQ, cookout, whatever!


  • Preheat oven to 325
  • CRUST:
  • 6 Tbl. Butter, salted, melted
  • 1 ½ cups graham crackers, crushed
  • ½ cup walnuts, crushed
  • 1 cup cottage cheese, small curd 4%
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 (6 oz.) containers lemon yogurt, divided
  • 2 Tbl. all-purpose flour, sifted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp. lemon extract
  • 2 lemons, zest & juice
  • 2 (6 oz.) containers Greek lemon yogurt
  • 2 cups berries, your choice
  • Fresh mint for garnish


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, graham crackers and walnuts then put into the bottom of the baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cottage cheese, sour cream, two containers of the yogurts, flour and blend together with a hand mixer for about 3 minutes. Add the sugar salt, eggs, lemon extract and lemon juice and zest and whip another couple of minutes.
  3. Pour into the baking dish. Place on a cookie sheet. Put on the oven rack (preheated 325 oven). Add 2 to 3 cups of water to the cookie sheet making a baking ‘bath’ for the cake. Bake for about 1 ½ hours or until a toothpick come basically clean from the center.
  4. Remove to a cooling rack for an hour or so and then refrigerate a couple of hours before serving. Serve with a dollop of the lemon yogurt (the 3rd container), berries and fresh mint.

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  1. What am I missing? Where does the third container of yogurt go?

    1. Hi, Belinda! Thank you. I made that edit/clarification. That 3rd container is for serving. Add a dollop to the sliced lemon cream cake with fresh berries. Makes sense? xoxx ally

  2. Suzanne Hunt says:

    What size of baking dish should I use? Thanks

    1. Hi Suzanne! Just measured my baking dish. Outside dimensions are 7 x 10. Hope you enjoy, and thank you for hanging out in my kitchen!🥰🥲🥰

  3. If I wanted to make this on a puff pastry crust, would you look the puff pastry before adding the filling?

    1. You could precook the crust about half way. Then add filling and finish cooking. I would not use a water bath. Give it a try. Trial and error is a great teacher! I might give it a try, too! ?

    2. Hi, Pam! I’ve not done it w/puff pastry, but think it could work. I’d pre-cook about halfway then add filling and finish the cooking. Let’s see how that works. Please let me know. It’s quite yummmilicious!! Happy New Year! xo ~ally

  4. Julie Pizzino says:

    Definitely making this Easter weekend for our children! Thanks, Ally! <3

    1. OH, you make me soooooooooo happy, sweet Julie! This is a nice refreshing happy dessert! So, after your fabulous Easter meal, there’s still room for this Lemon Cream Cake!! Happy Easter!! xo

  5. Lori McLain says:

    This looks so super spring delicious! So good, it made me tweet like a birdie❤️?

    1. You’re the weetle birdie that brightens my day!!! Thank you, dear Lori!! xoxox

    1. That’s my Miss Peas!! We’ll let lemon and fruit play w/us!! xo

    1. Lawsy mercy, child!!! I love you!! We’re both lemon cream cake babes!! xoxo ~ally

  6. Christine @ Christine's Pantry says:

    Love this. You have some of the best pictures around.

    1. OH, you sweet girl, thank you! It’s a wonderful littl’ cake and pretty things aren’t hard to photograph!! xo

  7. Can I make this in a loaf pan or different pan? My pan is 9×13

    1. Most definitely, Cheryl. You’ll just need to adjust the cooking time depending upon the thickness. The batter in this photo is about 2″ to 2 1/4″ thick (not counting the crust). Use the toothpick test. If it comes basically clean, then you’re good. Remember when your remove it from the oven to cool on the rack, it continues to ‘cook’ a little. Let me know, luv! xo ~ally

  8. Carolyn Macher says:

    You served this at your interesting talk and cooking demo at Wachesaw Plantation Club…it was so good, so creamy, it reminded me of a cheese cake sold at a local good bakery when I was young…….I loved the combination of cottage cheese, yogurt, sour cream……..I stopped baking a long time ago….but plan to make this one……thanks Ally for inspiring me……and bringing back delicious memories…….Carolyn

    1. Carolyn! What a great time we had at the demo! It was a huge treat for me to share the love of food w/so many avid foodies. And, thank you for the words about the cheese cake…what an honor to have it bring up memories of when you were young. That’s what food does, I think…it can sear beautiful memories for us. And, now you need to get baking, darlin! Thanks for taking time to swing by and comment!! xo

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