It’s common knowledge that the two best things in this world are a) cheese and b) cake. So when some joker decided to combine the two, it was a doubly glorious time. And, lucky for us, Auckland knows a thing or two about cheesecake. Whether you’re like yours topped high with fruit, dense with chocolate or something on the healthier side, there’s something for everyone in this cheesecake lovin’ city of ours.
We’ve rounded up the best cheesecakes in Auckland.
When it comes to cheesecakes, sometimes you just can’t go wrong with a classic. 4&20 Bakery is a top contender for the best baked New York cheesecake in town. The vanilla number is exactly how a good cheesecake should be: dense af and with a perfectly golden top. You can order it by the slice or as an entire cake (we won’t judge).
Made fresh for custom orders only, Adela Cake has an endless menu of different cakes but their baked cheesecake is something else. It’s oh-so moreish and creamy and just melts in your mouth. Trust us when we say you won’t want to share. Adela Cake showcases the old saying less is more, as their baked cheesecake is straight to the point with no added toppings and is perfection.
Baker & Co
Sweetening up East Auckland is the creative folk at Baker & Co. With a “just like Mum used to make” approach to baking, they have sweet (and savoury treats) perfected. When it comes to cheesecakes, the café is responsible for the likes of lemon meringue, Nutella, brownie salted caramel (is this the real life?!) and apple crumble. And yes, they’re as amazing as they sound.
While Big Js’ cheesecake offering scores no points for presentation, it’s certainly worthy of praise. Served in a plastic container (with a plastic spoon, nonetheless), the cheesecake is easy on the wallet and delicious to the lips. It’s the perfect post-burger treat.
Hillsborough & Kingsland
Gain popularity at your next bring-a-plate event with a cheesecake from Bluebells Cakery. They have three creations available to order: white chocolate and raspberry, passionfruit and chocolate hazelnut (our fave!). The cheesecakes are all so moreish and dense and will be the star dish at any event!
No visit to Circus Circus is complete without dessert. Choose between the likes of banoffee pie, crème brûlée or—of course—cheesecake. They have two cheesy delights: baked vanilla or Malteser. The latter is served in a jar and stars a malt biscuit base topped with a creamy cheesecake blend packed with crushed Maltesers. Being a circus-themed café, the dessert is then topped with a clown-shaped chocolate—cute!
What better way to finish off a big ol’ serve of poutine than with a slice of cheesecake? Make your dreams a reality at The Fed. The friendly folk serve the best New York-style cheesecake in Auckland (big call, we know). Be sensible and order a single slice or opt for the three-way combo and enjoy with serves of pumpkin, banoffee or lemon meringue pie #treatyoself.
Another Mt. Eden gem is no other than Frasers. Open till late in the evening, Frasers has become one of the fave late night dessert spots for Mt. Eden locals! The New York baked cheesecake is the Frasers classic but branch out and go for their Bailey’s cheesecake and they sometimes even have a cookies and cream cheesecake and it’s AH-mazing!
Located within Northern Arena fitness centre, you’ll stumble upon Gather Wholefoods. This incred café is also all about the raw, vegan cheesecakes. Don’t start underestimating these vegan treats as they are rich and the flavours are absolutely epic. Cookie dough cheesecake, pineapple lump cheesecake and cashew butter cup cheesecake are just a few that are on the line of creations in their books!
The Garden Shed
Just because you’re on that Paleo buzz needn’t mean you miss out on cheesecake! The Garden Shed serves up a berry cheesecake that’s friendly with your caveman diet. The dessert is served with vanilla coconut cream and topped high with raspberries and strawberries. Paleo or not, it will bring pleasure to all. Also, let’s not forget that this is the home of the metre-long cheesecake so we know that these guys are strong contenders in the cheesecake game.
House Of Chocolate
With a name like House Of Chocolate, you’d expect this café to be responsible for some pretty mouth-watering treats—and that they are! While their cheesecakes change on the reg, their decadent creations have included s’mores, matcha espresso and a Belgian chocolate number topped with caramelised bacon—yes, BACON. Also, their biscuit base is THICK so for those who love that crunchy texture, this one’s for you. While you’re at it, be sure to treat yo’self to some of their handcrafted chocolate bonbons.
Little Bird Unbakery
Ponsonby and Auckland CBD
Little Bird Unbakery are probably the ones that first proved that cheesecakes didn’t necessarily need any cheese to be rich, thick, dense and absolutely delish. It all started from their infamous cacao raspberry cheesecake and now they’ve evolved in to new levels of creativity with the release of their raw matcha cheesecake and cookies and cream cheesecake!
Located on High Street is Mellow Café and they have an entire fridge dedicated to slices of cheesecake that each taste bomb. The flavours include original plain, Oreo, mocha, strawberry, taro, caramel crumble, green tea, double chocolate and our absolute fave—chocolate fudge brownie cheesecake which is brownie bits shoved in to the mighty slice!
The Pie Piper
Mother and daughter Danielle and Suzanne have shared their family recipe creations from California to the streets of Auckland. Creamy, smooth, dense with an extra sweet and buttery cookie base, The Pie Piper know how to make a damn fine cheesecake. To make it even better, their one is topped off with strawberries for that extra tartness and added freshness, a serious must have if you’re a cheesecake fan!
The Raw Kitchen
City Works Depot & Elliot Street
Taking inspo from the famous chocolate bar, The Raw Kitchen’s Snickers cheesecake features caramel, peanut, creamy nougat and rich chocolate. The best part? The tasty treat is free from gluten, dairy and refined sugars. The Raw Kitchen must be up to some sort of wizardry because we have nooo idea how something so healthy can be so damn delicious. Magic, me thinks.
Newmarket and Rosedale
No cheese was harmed in the making of Sip Kitchen’s raw, vegan cheesecakes. These dairy-free delights come in flavours such as lemon rosemary, peanut butter cacao, chocolate orange, passionfruit and vanilla cherry. The dense, flavoursome cakes are not only delicious but also nutritious. Wash down with a turmeric latte and you’ll be away laughing.
Uncle Tetsu's Cheesecake
We’ve all come across a video on social media of the jiggliest cheesecake in the streets of Japan. Well, Aucklanders have been blessed with the one and only Uncle Tetsu's Cheesecake to supply us to the softest and lightest cheesecake ever, all the way from Japan! This baby is so fluffy that you could have a whole one to yourself and not even feel bad about it as it just goes down a treat.
Catering to the vegans of Auckland is Wise Cicada. The health store boasts an on-site café specialising in all things delicious yet healthy. Their raw cheesecake offerings come in flavours such as strawberry, banoffee, orange choc and mint choc chip. Rest assured, your dietary requirements are catered for as the café prides itself on being gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free. Good stuff, Wise Cicada!
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Image credit: Bluebells Cakery, Jaiden Bhaga