Indulge Your Sweet Tooth: Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake

To die for slice...

There are days when the cold is too intense, and nothing but a moist, creamy pastry will fill your tummy and satisfy your cravings. After a hard day out in the cold rain in Nairobi, a good cup of tea and something sweet is the perfect recipe to end the day, preferably snuggled in under a blanket. And thus the craving began…

I’d eaten a few cheesecakes from several cafes and pastry shops in town, but they all seemed to have one feature – sourness. They didn’t quite hit the spot and the mix of sour and creamy didn’t seem to work for me; I would abandon the cake after the first bite. So I learned to avoid the cheesecakes on offer.


Attempting to make one, we (@TheRancherGirl and I) were not sure if the results would be successful or not. After all, it’s not as easy as making a cupcake – get the mix of ingredients wrong and you’re doomed to have a cheesecake that will sink in the middle. Or that will taste so horrible and put you off them and end up with nothing more than a messy kitchen.

Give it a try. And if it’s successful, I dare you not to have more than one slice. Beware of the calories though! It’s highly sugared and all that cream…..

Using this recipe, we modified it to suit our needs, and tastes.



  • 1cup Digestive biscuit crumbs
  • 3Tbsp. sugar
  • 3Tbsp. butter, NOT melted ( I didn’t like the consistency of the melted butter, didn’t seem to hold the crumbs together)
  • 250g Philadelphia Cream Cheese (available in supermarkets)
  • 1cup sugar
  • 3Tbsp. flour
  • 1Tbsp. vanilla essence
  • 1cup regular Cream
  • 4eggs
  • 1/3cup seedless strawberry jam


Pre-heat your oven to 180°c.

Line your baking pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Mix cookie crumbs, 3 Tbsp. sugar and butter; press onto bottom of pan. Bake 10 min.


Beat the cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, flour and vanilla with mixer until well blended. Add cream; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust. Gently drop small spoonfuls of strawberry jam over batter; swirl with knife.

Bake 40 min. or until centre is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 4 hours. Use foil handles to lift cheesecake from pan before cutting to serve.


To make cupcake sized cheesecakes

Line baking tray with foil on each slot. (Tip: cut up the foil in little rectangular strips and laid them across the cupcake slots, leaving a little hanging over the edge to lift the cakes out when ready)

This time I used the batter without adding strawberry swirls, and instead placed strawberries mixed with blackberries on the cooked mini-cheesecake.  Add a lemon flavored icing to make it slightly tart for better taste.

  • Mo

    This is torture, Naomi. Torture.

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  • Anita Mimi

    I’m thinking of just inviting you to my home or ji-poxying at yours for this… I love the cake but dear god, that’s a lot of work! Plus who will wash the dishes after this? Me? Never!

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      I am currently fiiishnng up my BA in Child Development and Family Studies and thus far I have only work with children from 2 weeks to adolescent while helping support their families. The Physician that I would want to work under is an Obstetrics (OB) because they are in direct contact with pregnant women and their children during pregnancy. I would choose this particular specialty for a variety of reason such as having the opportunity to see individuals become parent for the first time, seeing how much love is surrounded in the process, being there to help the mothers while there in a vulnerable state. One of my main reasons is because I think that the whole birthing process is fascinating and to be able to be a part of family’s lives while going through this process, I imagine to be extremely rewarding.A of physician specialty that I would least want to work with would be a psychiatrist. Although I believe that psychiatrist do some spectacular work and help a lot of people through difficult situations I personally believe that this job would be to emotionally draining and overwhelming for me. This makes me question whether or not I would be able to handle it. When I set out to do a job my goal is to do the best that I can and I don’t feel that I could successfully do this job to the best of my ability.

  • Sienna

    Looks awesome. But quick question, which supermarket did u get the cream cheese? Havent seen it for a long while..

    • Naomi Mutua

      Hey. I got it from Nakumatt at Village Market. If not, try Prime Cuts at the same place, or even Zucchini’s.

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