For a chessecake fan, the sight of a plain, creamy yellow cheesecake alone is a feast for the eyes. Most cheesecake decorations are as much about adding flavours to the cake as they are about adding visual appeal; keep this in mind when choosing a decorating idea. Avoid the buttercream you would use to decorate a flour-and-eggs cake, as it doesn't complement the flavour or appearance as well as other options.
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Berries and Fruit
Sliced or whole berries or other fruits make a visually appealing topping for cheesecake that enhances the flavour of the cake. Plain cheesecake goes especially well with strawberry and cherry; cut the fruit in half (and pit if necessary), then arrange on top of the cheesecake to decorate. Other options include whole blueberries, raspberries and thin-sliced lemon or orange. Brush berries or fruit with heated jam or marmalade as a glaze. Avoid using fresh apple or banana as a cheesecake topping, as they brown quickly.
Use fruit purée as a kind of icing for cheesecake, adding a concentrated fruit flavour. To make purée, slice berries and sprinkle with about 1 tbsp of sugar and a little lemon juice. Pour the berries and juice into a blender and pulse until it's puréed. Add the purée to a piping bag with a medium, round tip and pipe it as you would icing, or spoon dollops of purée on the top of the cheesecake batter before baking and move the tip of a knife through it to create swirls.
Chocolate makes cheesecake extra-decadent, and chocolate decorations give it even more eye-appeal. You can shave pieces of semi-sweet chocolate over the top of the cake or place chocolate chips in a design. Or, drizzle melted chocolate on top of a plain or chocolate cheesecake: melt chocolate chips or semi-sweet baking chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals until it melts. Drizzle over the cheesecake with a spoon.
Whipped cream is a light decoration that can be used to hold up blueberries or slices of strawberry, chocolate shavings or lemon slices. Whip the cream yourself, adding dissolved gelatin to stabilise, and pipe it on or purchase aerosol whipped cream to make decorative mounds of whipped cream easily; Hold the can upside-down over the cake, press the nozzle, release and lift straight up. Add whipped cream to cheesecake immediately before serving.
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