Edible teacher’s day gift: Cup-a-cheesecake


Teacher’s Day is just around the corner! Vera has been in kindergarten since the beginning of the year, and things have been going well so far. I thought of making this simple cheesecake to show our appreciation to her teachers. It’s fun to make and easy enough to involve the little ones too!

I adapted this recipe from Philadelphia. (The recipe can also be found on the packaging of the cream cheese itself. I adjusted it to my own taste, using less sugar, less biscuits and less butter.)


  • 5 digestive biscuits, pound into crumbs
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons gelatine, dissolved in 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 500g block Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
  • 50g butter, melted

1) Pound the digestive biscuits into crumbs. (I put the biscuits into a plastic bag before pounding to keep the crumbs from flying everywhere.)

2) Portion the crumbs into the cups, then add the melted butter into each cup. Mix well and chill.

3) Leave the cream cheese out in room temperature to soften. When soft, cut into cubes and mix with caster sugar until smooth (about 1-2 min).

4) Beat in gelatine mixture until just combined. TIP: Cool the gelatine mixture first before adding as this helps to prevent lumps from forming.

5) Add cream, lemon juice, and continue beating until smooth.

6) This is optional but you can add some blueberries into the mixture before getting your little kitchen helper to scoop the cheesecake mix into each cup. TIP: Use a fork to push the cheesecake mixture down into the cup to make sure it’s evenly distributed. Leave about 1-2 inches from the rim for the strawberry topping. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.

7) When the cheesecake was set, I got Vera to help decorate each cup with strawberries. You can be creative with your toppings – different fruits, chocolate sauce, or whatever you can find in your kitchen. The next time I do this, I will probably chop the strawberries into cubes and make a jelly mix to pour on top. 🙂

As for decoration, I used this printable Teacher’s Day gift tag, tied with some pretty twine.

I hope you guys have fun making the cup-cheesecakes! Vera definitely enjoyed eating making them. She kept calling them cupcakes, and I guess it makes sense since they come in cups. That’s why I called them “Cup-a-cheesecake”.

I got these cups with lids from Muji at $11.90 each. You can also recycle old jars that you have at home, or use tupperware if you’re planning to make these for a picnic.

Here’s wishing all teachers a Happy Teacher’s Day in advance! 🙂

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    • mamawearpapashirt says

      Yes, Susan, I remember your post! It was a lovely idea and I’m sure her teachers appreciated it! The thing I love about baking / making something nice and edible is that it usually doesn’t left on the shelf somewhere. It is eaten, savoured, enjoyed, and hopefully remembered too. 😉

    • mamawearpapashirt says

      Hi Zee! I hope her teachers like them too. I also hope Vera doesn’t try to steal a bite from their cups. =P

  1. Sze Ying says

    Hey, how many cups do these yield? These looks really yummy and I intend to make them for an examination. Pls reply asap thanks!

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