The classic cheesecake is the treat that unites both dessert and cheese lovers. While most cake recipes usually follow the “don’t burn it rule” and demand that bakers ensure a nicely risen center, this Instagrammable beauty that is the burnt cheesecake comes with instructions that say otherwise.
The burnt cheesecake popular among home bakers these days appears to rebel against traditional baking tropes with it’s dark, burnt exterior, and concave center. Inspired by the 1990s Spanish Burnt Basque cheesecake recipe that combines cream cheese, cream, sugar, eggs, and flour, the burnt cheesecake took the world by storm last year due to it’s soft, molten appearance, and of course, photo-worthiness.
Cafes and dessert parlors across Kuala Lumpur have been adding the sensational dessert to their menus recently, some with bold twists. Check out these seven places for you to indulge in a slice or two of this fluffy, caramel goodness.
Birch at Damansara once drew long crowds of food enthusiasts who flocked to the popular brunch cafe for its burnt cheesecake. Lighter than most, Birch’s burnt cheesecake is spongy on the outside and creamy on the inside. It’s a great option for those who are not too fond of cheesecakes that are too rich.
Priced at RM18 per slice. Available at Birch, Ground Floor Jalan Damanlela Lot G10/11 Damansara City Mall, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.
Coffee chain Starbucks couldn’t resist jumping on the creamy cake trend and recently added a burnt coffee cheesecake to it’s menu. According to Starbucks, its cheesecake is baked at a higher than normal temperature to give it a beautifully burnt exterior with a hint of coffee inside.
Priced at RM13.90 per slice. Available at all Starbucks Coffee outlets in West Malaysia.
Primarily known for their adorable fantasy-themed cupcakes, local cake specialists Wondermilk revamped their menu last year and added the burnt cheesecake. Packed with creamy cheese center and dark, caramelized edges, the burnt cheesecake soon became the cafe’s bestseller.
Priced at RM132.50 for a whole cake. Available at Wondermilk, 7A & 8A Level G2 Publika, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Miru Dessert Cafe
For cheesecake rebels who like a bit of chocolate in their dessert, Miru Dessert Cafe has a Belgian Chocolate Burnt Cheesecake that you’ll probably love. Made with cream cheese and rich Belgian chocolate, this cake is for those who can’t bear to live without chocolate, cream, and cheese.
Priced at RM15 per slice. Available at Miru Dessert Cafe, 68, Bukit Bintang St, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Huckleberry Food and Fare
Tucked away in a corner of Damansara is Huckleberry Food and Fare, a contemporary bakery and cafe popular with the locals, especially during weekday lunches and weekend brunches. The bakery’s burnt cheesecake, which also has a slight dent at the center, is made with Danish cream cheese and topped with burnt sugar crust.
Priced at RM19.10 per slice. Available at Huckleberry Food and Fare, Plaza Damansara, 2G & 4G, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.
The Tokyo Restaurant
When you head out to The Tokyo Restaurant for delectable Japanese cuisine, don’t sleep on it’s signature burnt cheesecake, which is a sinfully creamy dessert served with a side of soft whipped cream. The restaurant in Bukit Bintang also has green tea-flavored burnt cheesecakes served seasonally.
Priced at RM21 per slice. Available at The Tokyo Restaurant, Level 4, Lot 10 Shopping Center, 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.
If you’re in for a trip down memory lane (for just a few months ago, that is) Fluffed is the neighborhood dessert bar that serves Dalgona burnt cheesecake, inspired by lockdown treat Dalgona whipped coffee. The modified take on burnt cheesecake is made with a mixture of cream cheese, coffee, and vanilla, with whipped coffee cream.
Priced at RM186 for a whole cake. Available at Fluffed, 55, Jalan 20/7, Taman Paramount, 46300 Petaling Jaya.
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