We tried five vanilla cheesecakes so you don’t have to - here’s what we thought

PUBLISHED: 11:16 19 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:16 19 March 2017

Baked cheesecake
 Photo: Bill Smith

Baked cheesecake Photo: Bill Smith

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As someone with a sweet tooth, I was overjoyed at the prospect of having various different cheesecakes laid out before me, waiting to be tucked into, but only one could be crowned the creamy champion. Here’s a look at the results:

Cheesecake Taste Test: Marks and Spencer New York Vanilla Cheesecake. Photo: Marks and SpencerCheesecake Taste Test: Marks and Spencer New York Vanilla Cheesecake. Photo: Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer New York Vanilla Cheesecake, 1kg, £4

In terms of taste, this cheesecake was the best by far, sweet and creamy with a strong Madagascan vanilla flavour. It looked great and I particularly enjoyed that you could see the vanilla seeds within the generous cheesecake layer. The only reason this didn’t receive full marks is that it was so rich, I couldn’t manage more than a few mouthfuls, despite wishing I could devour the entire thing.

Score: 9/10

Gu York Cheesecake. Photo: Courtney PochinGu York Cheesecake. Photo: Courtney Pochin

Gu York Cheesecake, 2 x 80g pots, £3

This cheesecake certainly stood out from the crowd, with a spiced biscuit base that gave it a unique taste, reminiscent of Biscoff cookies. This hint of spice perfectly compliments the creamy vanilla layer, which is also sprinkled with a little biscuit crumb. The dessert comes in a good sized individual ramekin, which is just enough to satisfy sweet cravings, however considering the cost is the same as a large cheesecake, they are a little pricey, but I suppose it’s a case of quality over quantity.

Score: 8/10

Cheesecake Taste Test: Sainsbury's New York Cheesecake. Photo: Sainsbury'sCheesecake Taste Test: Sainsbury's New York Cheesecake. Photo: Sainsbury's

Sainsbury’s New York Cheesecake, 600g, £3.50

An all round good dessert, with top marks for appearance and cheese to biscuit ratio. The cheesecake is smooth and creamy, leaving you wondering whether you’re actually eating a thick mousse.

Score: 8/10

Cheesecake Taste Test: Tesco Vanilla Cheesecake. Photo: TescoCheesecake Taste Test: Tesco Vanilla Cheesecake. Photo: Tesco

Tesco Vanilla Cheesecake, 540g, £3
A good sized dessert, ideal for sharing, this is recommended for six but could easily serve eight. Topped with a dusting of powdered sugar, Tesco’s cheesecake was satisfactory, with a smooth, creamy texture and thick biscuit base. The only downside to this cheesecake was the mild flavour, which didn’t pack the vanilla punch I was hoping for.

Score: 6/10

Morrisons Market Street Vanilla Cheesecake, 550g, £3

Cheesecake Taste Test: Morrisons Market Street Vanilla Cheesecake. Photo: Morrisons PLCCheesecake Taste Test: Morrisons Market Street Vanilla Cheesecake. Photo: Morrisons PLC

Straight off the bat the Morrisons Market Street cheesecake didn’t look quite as appetising as the others that were sampled, with no decoration or garnish on top, leaving only a slightly oily looking finish. As desserts go, this was quite bland and left a strange aftertaste.

Score 4/10

• Have you tried any of these desserts? Let us know in the comments below.


  • I agree, why miss out on the other commentator's aforementioned retailers? Also, why isn't Asda featured. I will, however, being trying the M&S one as it is Archie's recommended cheesecake, and what's good for Archant, is good for this gal.

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    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Why miss out Aldi and Lidl? Equal to M & S but lot cheaper

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    Wise owl

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