You can take any cheesecake to the next level with these 23 topping ideas. This is the best collection of different topping ideas to make your cheesecake the ultimate decadent dessert.
You’ll find ideas from strawberry sauce, to hot fudge syrup, to lemon curd, chocolate ganache, chopped candy bars, and more – all the ideas to make the perfect dessert for anyone and everyone.
Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts. I love a rich and smooth slice of cheesecake with a buttery graham cracker crust. Everyone will be excited when they see a delicious cheesecake at the dessert table.
These topping ideas are the perfect addition to any cheesecake, whether you’ve got a homemade classic cheesecake, a no bake cheesecake, or you’re grabbing a store-bought cheesecake you can take it to the next level with some delicious toppings. The perfect dessert for your sweet tooth.
This homemade strawberry sauce is just 3 ingredients, and is the perfect thing to take your cheesecake to the next level.
This sweet berry sauce is only 6 ingredients, and so easy to make at home. The tangy sweet blueberries pair perfectly with a tangy cheesecake.
3. Lemon Curd
Tangy lemon curd pairs perfectly with a slice of cheesecake underneath. Pair it with some fresh berries and whipped cream for the ultimate dessert.
4. Cherry Pie Filling
You can use a homemade, or store bought pie filling. Sometimes you just need to go easy and go with store bought, and that’s okay. Try other pie fillings too, like Apple, strawberry, or even peach.
5. Fresh Fruit
This is a combination that stands the test of time. You can choose some sliced up fresh fruit like mango, peaches, kiwi. Or some vibrant fresh berries like blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or fresh strawberries.
6. Fruit Compotes
A variety of fruit compotes would be delicious on cheesecake. Try strawberry compote, raspberry compote, blueberry compote, or other flavors.
7. Chocolate Syrup or Chocolate Sauce
Drizzle chocolate syrup over the top of your cheesecake, because chocolate makes everything better!
A homemade hot fudge sauce, or grab a jar from the store – it’s the perfect way to make your cheesecake a star.
Caramel sauce is one of my favorite things to put on a slice of cheesecake, or even better salted caramel sauce. It makes it so lush and decadent.
10. Butterscotch Sauce
Butterscotch is just a little different flavor than caramel, and is smooth, rich and perfect for a cheesecake.
11. Chocolate Ganache
Chocolate ganache is only 2 ingredients, and has such a rich chocolate flavor. It’s the perfect smooth sauce poured over the top of a cheesecake.
12. Peanut Butter
Melt some peanut butter in the microwave in a small bowl and drizzle the peanut butter sauce top of the cheesecake. Perfect for peanut butter lovers.
13. Cookie Butter
Biscoff Spread, Speculoos, or Cookie Butter are one of my favorite flavors, and would be so good paired with a slice of cheesecake.
Warm some Nutella up and add it to the top of a cheesecake in dollops or drizzled. It would be extra good with some strawberries too.
15. Whipped Cream
Personally I think every cheesecake needs homemade whipped cream made with heavy whipping cream. It’s a perfect pairing with any of the other toppings too. You can also use store bought whipped cream like Reddi Whip, or Cool Whip.
16. Marshmallow Fluff
Dollops of marshmallow cream on top of a cheesecake. Add some extra graham cracker crumbs, and chocolate shavings for a whole s’mores effect.
17. Sour Cream Topping
You’d be surprised at the delicious sour cream topping you can make by mixing it with a little sugar and heavy cream, its the perfect tangy pairing to a creamy cheesecake.
18. Oreo Cookies
Oreos are a classic, they make an amazing cheesecake crust, and an amazing topping. The crunch texture is such a nice contrast to the smooth cheesecake. Other store-bought cookies that would be good on top would be Nutter Butters, Biscoff Cookies, or Chips Ahoy.
19. Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Shavings
Because everything is better with chocolate. Add some mini chocolate chips or chocolate shavings over the top of your cheesecake to make it richer, chocolatey, and add a nice texture. You can use dark chocolate, white chocolate shavings, or whatever you prefer.
20. Chopped Candy Bars
Some of my favorites are snickers, butterfingers, or Reese’s peanut butter cups.
21. Chopped Nuts
Choose your favorite chopped nuts to put on top of your cheesecake, roasted peanuts, cashews, pecans, or macadamia nuts would be delicious.
22. Toffee pieces
Pieces of homemade toffee, or buy some toffee bits from the store. They add such a nice crunch to the top of the cheesecake, and their buttery sweet flavor is so delicious.
The sweet flavor of edible cookie dough would pair so nicely with a slice of cheesecake. Roll it into small balls and add a few on top of your piece so you can have some in each bite.
It’s hard to choose the perfect topping for your cheesecake, so there is no need to stop at just one. Pick two or three of your favorites for your cheesecake to make it the best.
Or better yet set up a cheesecake topping bar so everyone can choose their favorite combinations. Some might like strawberries and hot fudge sauce, another might want lemon curd and whipped cream, another might want Oreos and cookie dough pieces.
Add all the toppings to small balls and set them up with spoons next to the sliced cheesecake so everyone can make the dessert ultra decadent.
23 Favorite Cheesecake toppings you need for your next cheesecake:
- Strawberry Sauce
- Blueberry Sauce
- Lemon Curd
- Cherry Pie Filling
- Fresh Fruit
- Fruit Compotes
- Chocolate Syrup
- Hot Fudge Sauce
- Caramel Sauce
- Butterscotch Sauce
- Chocolate Ganache
- Peanut Butter
- Cookie Butter
- Whipped Cream
- Marshmallow Fluff
- Sour Cream Topping
- Oreo Cookies
- Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Shavings
- Chopped Candy Bars
- Chopped Nuts
- Toffee Pieces
- Edible Cookie Dough
Don’t forget to save these amazing cheesecake toppings to add to your plain cheesecake next time you need to make dessert for the holiday season, a backyard bbq, or just a dessert at home!
Where do I find these recipes and can they be canned?
Many of the items are store bought, but you can click on the bolded items in the list at the bottom for recipes for those. You’ll have to find separate recipes that are specific for canning.