Surprising roommates with baked goods is tough. I mean, a surprise involves the other party not knowing about something and given we share a kitchen, hiding the fact that I’m baking something is pretty hard. Like when I made surprise Valentines cookies, one of my roomies was sitting at the table. Next to the kitchen. Asking if he could eat the cookies I was making. Surprise fail.
But this time, he left the house for a few hours. I managed to bake a surprise birthday cheesecake for him while he was gone. He rarely ventures into the fridge for anything other than grabbing milk or beer (not at the same time of course), so I covered the cake in foil and stuck it at the back of the fridge.
OK, not very inconspicuous. But hey, it worked. He was surprised when I pulled it out the next day at our house party so he must not have snooped into the crazy shiny spaceship looking thing in the fridge.
This was my first time making cheesecake, and it turned out great! I used a Vanilla Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce recipe but left out the raspberry sauce because I was serving it at a house party. Drunk people + sauce = more to clean up the next day. It was a hit. Everyone loves a good cheesecake. Just remember to follow the recipe and let the cake stand a while before serving. The first few slices I served didn’t have enough graham cracker crust because it was stuck to the pan. And we all know the graham cracker crust is totally the best part.
While making the cake, I also used a little of the crust and filling in a muffin pan and baked for about 20 minutes, giving me two little single serving mini cheesecakes for the freezer. You know, for those emergency cheesecake situations. Oh, you don’t get cheesecake emergencies? That’s just me? OK.