Whimsical Raspberry Dream Cake

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🍰🍓Every bite is a symphony of fresh raspberries folded into a velvety cream cheese filling, all resting on a buttery graham crust. It’s more than a dessert, it’s an experience! 🍓✨🌿
Crust Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups of finely ground graham crackers
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup of melted butter
Filling Ingredients:
4 cups of fresh raspberries, divided
1 cup of granulated sugar, or to your preference
1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
32 ounces of softened cream cheese
1/2 cup of sour cream
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
Additional fresh raspberries
A few sprigs of mint
Crust Setup: Combine the graham cracker crumbs with sugar and melted butter until well blended. Firmly press the mixture into the bottom of a springform pan. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 10 minutes, then allow to cool.
Raspberry Preparation: Take 2 cups of raspberries, sugar, and lemon juice and blend until the mixture is pureed. Strain to remove the seeds for a smooth puree.
Cheesecake Base: Whip the cream cheese with the granulated sugar until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Fold in the sour cream. Add the eggs one by one, incorporating each fully before adding the next, then mix in the vanilla extract.
Folding in Raspberries: Carefully fold the raspberry puree into the cream cheese mixture. Then, gently fold in the remaining 2 cups of whole raspberries, being careful to keep the berries intact.
Baking: Pour the creamy filling over the cooled crust, smoothing out the top. Gently tap the pan on the counter to release any air pockets. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 45-55 minutes, or until the outer portion is set but the center retains a slight wiggle.
Cooling Phase: Switch off the oven and open the door slightly, letting the cheesecake cool inside gradually. After it has reached room temperature, transfer it to the refrigerator and chill thoroughly for at least 4 hours, or overnight for best results.
Finishing Touches: Once chilled, decorate the top of the cheesecake with fresh raspberries and mint leaves to enhance its visual appeal and add a burst of freshness.
Serve this delightful raspberry cheesecake and savor the fresh berries in every creamy forkful!

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