I have made cheesecakes a dozen of times, alot of my friends come, & would ask me how come my cheesecakes would come out better then their's? I come from a family of Chef's. So I kinda learn from the ins & the outs. I've made so many cheesecakes that I couldn't count.This one is a #1. The texture is great, is smooth & rich. And very much hold its shapes. I've tried using the box's kinds be4, never like them, cuz being in a rush.To make a enoyable cheesecake, u must take ur time, add a alittle, cuz IF u add too much, u can never take it out, but add a little, u can always add some more, I say. I find also IF u don't have creamcheese, u can also substite, w/ ricotte cheese. It will also add that cheesy ur looking 4, & tasting 4.