Sarah wrote to me and asked,
I am very much looking forward to trying out the Chocolate Vanilla Cheesecake recipe. My question is, how do you transfer a cheesecake from the springform pan to a cake stand or serving platter? I am going to try this recipe for Christmas dinners I am attending and will need to make 3 of them with one pan.
Sarah, I discussed your question with Joshua, who is our cheesecake expert. ;) Here are a couple ideas for your cheesecakes!
If you wish to remove your cheesecake in one piece, use the instructions in the additional notes of the recipe about using parchment paper. Cut a circle of parchment paper the size of your springform pan. Lay it in the bottom of the pan and grease the sides of the pan only before making crust and pouring cheesecake batter in.
When your cheesecake is baked and cooled (and chilled!), slip a spatula or pancake turner between the pan and the parchment paper, to loosen it. Your cheesecake should be able to be removed in one piece to another plate or tray!
One thing we do frequently when serving cheesecake, is to cut the pieces in advance. Cutting a cheesecake is generally a time-consuming project, as the knife must be washed after each slice to prevent unattractive build-up of cheesecake around the slices. (Joshua says he has heard that you can use a taut piece of dental floss to cut cheesecake, although we have not tried that ourselves -- yet!)
We like to cut the cheesecake and then either set the pieces back into the shape of a cake or else individually wrap for freezing. Depending on the nature of your gatherings, you may wish to cut your cheesecakes before putting them onto the serving platter. In that case, you can remove the pieces from the springform pan as you cut them; wash the pan, and start your next cheesecake! :)
Let us know if you have any more questions! :)
By the way, I often get emails with cooking questions. We hope to set up a forum here soon for our readers to ask and answer cooking questions! I'm excited about that! :D