5 Ways to Make the Perfect Swirl Cheesecake

Updated: Apr. 21, 2022

Give your favorite cheesecake recipe a professional-looking finishing touch with gorgeous decoration. The secret? These swirled cheesecakes a snap to make. We'll show you five show-stopping techniques.

When it comes to decadent homemade treats, you’ll have a hard time beating a cheesecake. Rich, creamy cheesecakes are always a hit at parties, potlucks and get-togethers—especially if they have a beautiful finish. Sometimes that means a classic cake topped with mounds of fresh fruit like this one or a delicate sprinkling of chopped nuts. But the most impressive cheesecake design, in my opinion, is a gorgeous swirl.

There are plenty of swirled cheesecake options out there. We’ll show you how you can add a swirl to your cheesecake recipe five different ways.

Method 1: Easy Spiral Cheesecake Swirl

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If you’re working with a recipe that uses jam or fruit, try this simple method. Using a piping bag (or just a zip-top bag with the corner cut off) pipe a dots in a spiral pattern. Then, drag a clean toothpick or bamboo skewer through the jam to get a pretty swirl.

When you use a red fruit, like with this rhubarb cheesecake, you have a design that looks a bit like hearts. How perfect for a Valentine’s Day or anniversary treat! Just be sure to do the cheesecake wobble test first so your dessert comes out perfect.

Method 2: Marbled Cheesecake

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For a more abstract effect, you can add a marble finish to your cheesecake. This works really well for cakes that use two flavors of batter, like this chocolate brownie swirl cheesecake.

Use your primary flavor as the base for this cheesecake and have most of it prepped in the springform pan. Then drizzle your second flavor over the top. Use a skewer to swirl and spiral the batter. Add on a few last dollops of your first flavor and marble one more time. The result is perfectly imperfect. We love this one because it really gives you a peek into the flavors of the dessert.

Method 3: Flower or Clover-Inspired Design

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If you’re looking for a flower design (and you don’t have time to master cake decorating), look no further. Simply pipe caramel in a clover-shaped pattern (or a four-petaled flower). Repeat that shape over and over until you get to the outer edge of the springform pan. Then, use a toothpick or skewer and pull it through the center of each petal. Finish it off by piping a bit of extra caramel in the spaces between the petals and pull the toothpick through that as well. The result is pretty stunning.

 Method 4: Two-Tone Cheesecake Swirl

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If you have more than one flavor that you want to swirl into your cheesecake, this is the perfect method. Use a piping bag or a teaspoon, add small dollops of fruit filling or jam into your cheesecake batter (this is our favorite store-bought strawberry jam). Then use a toothpick to swirl this way and that until you get the look you want. Swirl a little, swirl a lot—it’ll look great no matter what!

Method 5: Herringbone Pattern Cheesecake

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Give your cheesecake a bakery-style touch with this herringbone method. Just like the others, it’s incredibly easy—but it definitely has a bit of a polished touch.

Start by piping straight lines of either jam, caramel or even just some cheesecake filling that you’ve dyed a festive color. Then take a toothpick and drag it across the cake. First, go in one direction, then for the next pass, go in the opposite. The result is something the Golden Girls would surely love.

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