This lockdown, we've been making DIY burgers like there's no tomorrow, sourdough is our ride-or-die isolation bread (although Japanese shokupan is nipping at its heels) and we're still dutifully ordering creative takeaway from our local restaurants, cafes and bars.

But Basque burnt cheesecake – all caramelised and glossy on the outside, wobbly and custardy on the inside – is the breakout cake. For the uninitiated, it’s less sweet than its North American relative, the New York cheesecake, and also lacks a biscuit-y base. That makes it dangerous in the best possible way: it’s easy to hoover up one of these things in no time at all. Here are our favourites.

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Stanmore’s elegant fine diner has upheld its reputation for fine things during not one but two Sydney lockdowns, flipping into a lockdown bakery to beat all others. Naturally, a Basque burnt cheesecake appears in its weekly offering of standout sweets.

83 Percival Road, Stanmore

Humble Bakery


There’s a hint of Latin fire in everything Porteno does, so it comes as no surprise to us that its humble little bakery turns out a note-perfect Basque burnt cheesecake. Bit of fun: this cake uses a cream cheese and Meredith Goat's Cheese blend. And you can order it ahead, too.

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills

Continental Deli Bar and Bistro


A Basque burnt cheesecake has been on the menu here since the very beginning. And it’s just as good as it’s ever been.

210 Australia Street, Newtown
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There’s a good spread of dishes at this casual Potts Point diner. When it comes to dessert, the selection whittles down to just a couple of choices. One of them is a Basque burnt cheesecake spiked with dulce de leche.

95 Macleay Street, Potts Point

Don't Doughnuts


We’re so glad someone’s doing this: sourdough-brioche doughnuts piped with Basque-burnt cheesecake filling, then dipped in sugar and torched to an amber glaze. Incredible stuff.

324 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst

Dimitri's Pizzeria


Dimitri’s has quietly been one of the best pizzerias in the inner city for some time. And for dessert on the takeaway menu, it takes advantage of the woodfired pizza oven to give its Basque burnt cheesecake a welcome lick of cherry-wood smoke.

215 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Baked by Keiran


We’ve yet to really see something that Baked by Keiran can’t bake well (or bake and burn, in this case). The BBC is everything you could ask for: all the blistered char on the outside, with a sweet, refreshing centre.

455 Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill

KOI Dessert Kitchen Ryde


Koi’s cakes look like works of art. Not one to follow tradition either, its Basque burnt cheescake goes a bit off-piste with a blanket of black truffle shavings on top. Order for pick-up or delivery here.

Shop 3 62-66 Blaxland Street, Ryde