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Easy Strawberry Topping Recipe for Cheesecake

If you’re a fan of cheesecake, you’ll love this easy recipe for a delicious strawberry topping. Whether you prefer a classic. New York style cheesecake or a lighter and fluffier version, this topping is the perfect way to add a burst of flavor and bright color to your dessert. It’s also versatile enough to tweak it to your personal taste. Make it as sweet or tart as you want.

plate of strawberry cheesecake

Strawberry Topping Recipe for cheesecake

Use this as an ice cream topping or even drizzle it over angel food cake. It’s actually delicious on any yellow or white cake.

I used fresh strawberries, but frozen strawberries are good too. This homemade strawberry sauce has just the right sweet-and-tart balance for my husband and me.

However, you can add more sugar if you want a sweet strawberry topping … or less if you want it even more tart.

Another thing I did was purchase this cheesecake from Publix. I didn’t have the tools to make it myself.

We recently moved into a temporary rental house while we look for a new place to buy, and a lot of my kitchen gadgets, like my springform pan and electric mixer, are still in boxes. 

Most grocery stores with a bakery offer a choice of whole cheesecakes or slices. I bought a whole finished cheesecake that cost only slightly more than a slice of cheesecake. 

Normally, I would make a graham cracker crust (regular or gluten-free) and use my favorite cheesecake recipe with strawberry topping. I’ll have to do that later. When I do, I’ll post the recipe here.

I also enjoy this homemade blueberry sauce. It’s best with fresh blueberries, but I’ll use frozen ones if I have to.

Fresh Strawberry Sauce

You can use this delicious sauce on a variety of foods. These simple ingredients also add a ton of flavor to your favorite pound cake. 

During strawberry season, I enjoy going to a pick-your-own farm. There’s something extra special about selecting my own fruit. For this recipe, I bought the strawberries from the produce section at the grocery store.

The fresh strawberry flavor also takes your pancake breakfast to a whole new level of deliciousness. Or try it on French toast. It’s a good recipe to make when you have overnight guest and want to impress them.

Get creative with it. This is my favorite way to turn any sweet treat into a strawberry dessert with this yummy sauce. 

Another thing you can do with fresh strawberry topping is mix it with a little bit of oil and vinegar to make a salad dressing. You’ll love the flavor of the a strawberry spinach salad.

Whether you’re looking for a strawberry topping recipe for cheesecake or to drizzle over another dessert, this one is perfect!

slice of cheesecake with strawberry sauce drizzled over the top

Ingredients for Strawberry Topping

As I already mentioned, all of the ingredients are simple. In fact, you probably have all (except, maybe the strawberries) in your pantry and fridge.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it the way I do:

  • Strawberries
  • Sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Water
  • Cornstarch 
strawberries, lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch, and water

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

This easy recipe is also somewhat flexible. For example, you can adjust the amount of sugar or even use a sugar substitute. 

If you want a thinner consistency, decrease the amount of cornstarch. For a thicker sauce, add a tiny bit more cornstarch. It’s easy to get your desired consistency for whatever you’re using this sauce for.

Most of the time I use fresh lemon juice. However, since I didn’t have my citrus juicer, I used the type in a bottle, and it worked just fine.

Other ingredients you can add are a couple of tablespoons of melted butter, vanilla extract, and almond extract. I’ve tried the different ingredients, but my favorite is the way I made it this time. 

You can also substitute other fruits for the strawberries. I’ve made it with blueberries and raspberries, and they’re both delicious.

How to Make Strawberry Cheesecake Topping

This delicious strawberry glaze topping is super easy to make. If you use frozen strawberries, you can skip the first step.

I used fresh strawberries, so I started out by washing them. Next, cut them into small pieces and set them aside.

cut strawberries

In a small bowl, whisk the corn starch and water to make a slurry. Normally, I use a whisk or a shaker bottle.

However, since I didn’t have either available, I whisked it with a fork, and it turned out fine.

cornstarch and water slurry

Now combine the sliced strawberries, slurry, sugar, and lemon juice in a small or medium saucepan. Stir until everything is well mixed.

I would normally use a wooden spoon, but I didn’t have access to one. So I used what I had available.

Cook on medium high heat and stir until the mixture begins to boil. Turn the heat down to medium low and continue cooking until the sauce thickens. 

boiling strawberry mixture

After 5 minutes, the sauce consistency was exactly the way I wanted it.

If you want it thicker, let it cook another minute or two. Or if you want to thin it out a bit, add a couple tablespoons of water.

spoon of cooked strawberry topping

Remove the mixture from the heat and set it aside to cool to room temperature.

You need to do this, even if you plan to refrigerate it for later.

strawberry topping cooling to room temperature

This is probably the easiest strawberry topping recipe for cheesecake you’ll find.

You’ll be amazed by how good this is, even though it’s very simple. In fact, it just might become your favorite topping for all desserts.

Strawberry Topping Recipe the Way You Like It

I like chunky strawberry sauce. However, if you want more of a puree, you can put the topping in a food processor and puree to your heart’s content. This is a great recipe, no matter how lumpy or smooth it is.

I typically use this the same day. But when I can’t use the whole thing, I put it in an airtight container and store it in the fridge. You can use a bowl with a lid or cover a bowl with plastic wrap. This strawberry mixture will be good for several days.

strawberries and strawberry cheese cake

Favorite Fruit Recipes

I love fruit-flavored foods and drinks! Here are some of my other favorite fruit recipes you might enjoy:

Pineapple Dump Cake

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

Apple Raisin Oat Bars

Caramel Apple Grapes (also known as taffy grapes)

2-Ingredient Apple Cake

Mango Smoothie

Creamy Orange Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Watermelon Lemon Smoothie

Creamy Banana Berry Smoothie

Yield: 8 servings

Strawberry Topping Recipe for Cheesecake

cheesecake topped with strawberry sauce

This strawberry topping for cheesecake is flexible and versatile!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 pound of strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch


  1. Wash the strawberries, remove the tops, and cut them into small pieces. Set them aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch and water to make a slurry.
  3. Combine the chopped strawberries, slurry, sugar, and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Stir until the ingredients are well mixed.
  4. Cook medium-high until the mixture comes to a boil. Turn down the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency.
  5. Remove the mixture from the heat and set aside to cool.
  6. Drizzle the mixture over a slice of cheesecake and serve.


This delicious topping can be served warm, cool, or cold.

You can leave the strawberries in pieces or puree them if you prefer.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 54Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 1gSugar 11gProtein 0g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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