Problem-Solving Pointers for Cheesecakes

The Cheesecake has Lumps

The cream cheese was not softened before mixing and/or was not thoroughly blended before adding the eggs.

The Cheesecake has a Cracked Top

The batter was overbeaten.

The oven temperature was too high. Check temperature with an oven thermometer.

The cheesecake was overbaked.

Doneness was checked with a knife or toothpick.

The cheesecake was cooled in a drafty area or the oven door was opened during baking.

Next time, try baking the cheesecake in a water bath.

The Top Cracked when the Sides of the Pan Were Removed

You didn't loosen the cheesecake from the sides of the pan with a knife while it was cooling.