Eton Mess Cheesecake and Thornback & Peel Giveaway

Eton Mess Cheesecake | Patisserie Makes Perfect

I love cheesecake, especially baked cheesecake. I also love Eton mess, so I made the brave decision to combine the two. Actually there’s nothing brave about it, these two classics were obviously going to work together and I’m not the first person to do it. I have tried to make something pretty though and lurking beneath all that cream, strawberries and meringue is the hugest crack right in the middle of the cheesecake – so if your’s does the same, just cover it like I did!

I never used to think of a baked cheesecake as ‘patisserie’, however when someone like Christophe Michalak makes cheesecake, I think I can make it on here. I didn’t have a plan to make this dessert, but when Thornback & Peel got in touch and asked if I would like to have one of their tote bags and some of their items for a giveaway (mentioned later), I knew I had to make something thoroughly British for this British company. What better fruit to use than strawberries, especially as they have a range celebrating this amazing berry.

Eton Mess Cheesecake | Patisserie Makes Perfect

I’m a huge fan of Thornback & Peel, I own a lot of their products, from cushions to oven gloves and aprons, so I’m really pleased they asked me to share what I carry in my #TandPTote. Unsurprisingly, my tote generally contains food shopping, especially now there is a charge for plastic bags. I know that makes me sound very penny pinching, but instead of carrying a scrunched up ‘bag for life’ to the supermarket, I’d much rather have one of these totes stowed away in my handbag.

Thornback & Peel - Rabbit & Cabbage Tote | Patisserie Makes Perfect

I opted for the rabbit and cabbage #TandPTote which is one of my favourites. I’m probably biased though as I had a house rabbit for 9 years! This bag is great, it’s the perfect size and you can fit a lot in it, it’s also very comfortable. If you feel like getting your own #TandPTote you can see them all here and if you use the code: PATISSERIE you can get a further 15% off a tote bag, or anything else from their range, the code is valid until midnight on 08/07/2016 and it cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts.

Thornback & Peel - Rabbit & Cabbage Tote | Patisserie Makes Perfect

Eton Mess Cheesecake | Patisserie Makes Perfect

This cheesecake is really simple to make and it can be made in advance and then decorated just before serving. Also if you want to change things by using other berries, I wont mind, although I think it works best with strawberries.

Thornback & Peel - Rabbit & Cabbage Tote | Patisserie Makes Perfect

Eton Mess Cheesecake | Patisserie Makes Perfect

Eton Mess Cheesecake

Patisserie Makes Perfect
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12


  • ***Cheesecake***
  • 150 g Digestive biscuits
  • 75 g Unsalted butter plus extra for greasing
  • 900 g Full-fat cream cheese
  • 200 g Caster sugar
  • 200 ml Soured cream
  • 40 g Plain flour
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla extract
  • ***Mini meringues***
  • 2 Egg whites
  • 100 g Caster sugar
  • ***To decorate***
  • 300 ml Whipping Cream
  • 400 g Strawberries
  • 50 g Strawberry puree


  • Preheat the oven to 180C Fan/350F/Gas 4 and grease and line the base of a 23cm cake tin that is at least 5cm deep.
  • Place the biscuits in a food processor or mini chopper and blitz them until they are like breadcrumbs. Melt the butter and then pour in the biscuits and mix to coat evenly. Press the biscuits into the base of the prepared pan, use your hand to make sure they are pressed down evenly.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and put to one side to cool, reduce the oven temperature to 160C.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add the flour and soured cream and beat again.
  • Slowly add the eggs and vanilla extract, beat the mixture so that it is fully combined. Pour the mixture onto the biscuit base and level with a spatula. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes, the cheesecake will be just set with a slight wiggle and a golden edge.
  • Leave the cheesecake in the oven, with the door ajar and the oven off, this will help stop the cheesecake from cracking on top.
  • While the cheesecake is cooling make the meringues, whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl and when they are white and frothy slowly add the sugar a spoonful at a time.
  • Keep whipping the egg whites until they are thick and glossy and form a stiff peak.
  • Using a French piping tip, pipe small meringue blobs onto a baking sheet lined with baking parchment.
  • Bake the mini meringues preheat the oven to 120C/100C Fan, when up to temperature bake for 2 hours and leave in the oven to cool.
  • To decorate the cooled cheesecake, whip the cream until it holds stiff peaks. Using a star piping nozzle pipe swirls of cream onto the cheesecake, so that all of the cream is used up and work upwards so the cream is higher in the middle.
  • Drizzle the strawberry puree over the cream, you may not need all of it, but use as much as you like.
  • Slice the strawberries and arrange them on top of the cream in a circular pattern and dot the top of the cheesecake with the cooked meringues.


You will need a 23cm cake tin that it as least 5cm deep and a French piping tip and a star shaped piping tip.

Eton Mess Cheesecake | Patisserie Makes Perfect

Eton Mess Cheesecake | Patisserie Makes Perfect

Thornback & Peel have very kindly donated a strawberry gift set to giveaway to one of my readers. This has an RRP of £51 and I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s gorgeous.


Also if you want to buy one of their lovely tote bags, or anything else from their range, they have an exclusive 15% off code for my readers to use. Visit their site and use the code: PATISSERIE, the code is valid until midnight on 08/07/2016 and it cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts. Remember to share what you carry in your #TandPTote on social media too.

Thornback and Peel – Strawberry Gift Set Giveaway

Thanks for reading.


188 Responses

  1. Jodie Dodd

    That cheesecake is gorgeous! I love cheesecake and my daughter just made two of them for her grad party from my mom’s old recipe. My god, it was to die for! I’m going to have her add the strawberries and meringue next time! Lol, my first thought when I saw your tote was – Stanley! 😀 Not surprised you opted for the bunny. I always use my own grocery bags, I keep them in the back of my car so I always have them. Trying to do what I can to cut down on the plastic. xx

    • patisseriemakesperfect

      Aww Jodie you are so sweet for remembering Stanley! Bless him. Yes I love the rabbit stuff I can’t help myself.

      Definitely dress up your next cheesecakes, this is so tasty. Baked cheesecake is one of my favourite desserts. x

  2. Joanna Kasznicki

    My purse, tissues and childrens bits and bobs

  3. Jess Berkeley

    I would carry my phone, purse and baby wipes, they’re always on hand 🙂 x

  4. emma louise gough

    I’d carry my purse and use it as a handbag

  5. Keri Jones

    I would carry snacks, a waterproof jacket and juice for my son 🙂 x

  6. Beryl Drake

    Is happily take it to town to carry my shopping

  7. Emma Jane Fearn

    What a gorgeous recipe!! So glad I’ve found this site.

  8. Tracey Baker

    Would use it for lots of things Shopping Bingo Swimming it is gorgeous xx

  9. Tricia Cowell

    This would come in very useful for baby wipes, and the odd dinosaur I carry around for my 2 year old Grandson 😉

  10. Damian Thomas

    id give it to my sister to use with her kids 🙂

  11. Katy Bulcock

    all my baking goodies 🙂 for a baking afternoon with a friend

  12. Michelle Pierce

    a nice picnic and good book for a day at the beach

  13. Julie camm

    I’d carry shopping I do at my local shops. I love the design…

  14. George Worboys Wright

    Produce from the farmers market and our local farm shop 🙂

  15. Sam Megansmummy Parkes

    Would use it for my day to day shopping

  16. Katie Harmer

    I really love the design on this tote. I would definitely use it for carrying groceries and it would also be a good bag for carrying my Reiki Drum in.

  17. Emma Perry

    My grandsons bottle and snacks, and most likely his favourite toys x

  18. Lynn Neal

    I would carry treats for my grandson when I collect him from school!

  19. Tammy Bastian

    my lovely ingredients to make some of these lovely recipes on this blog!!

  20. Hayley Colburn

    An umberella among other things, really seem to need one just lately 😀

  21. zebedee01

    ooh I would take it to the market for my fruit and veg 🙂

  22. Natasha R-M

    Umbrella and sunglasses – both essential daily items for any season in the UK.

  23. madminx1

    A book and suncream (hoping the sun will come out) and some snacks

  24. Patricia Avery

    Clothes and toiletries for the showers when camping 🙂

  25. AG

    I’d go all French and have a picnic with a full baguette hanging out of the top 😛

  26. Kathy D

    My sewing – always take my patchwork with me when I go out

  27. Serena La Pietra

    Cat food and milk as that’s all I seem to carry these days.

  28. gina sudron

    My phone and my summer survival essentials sun cream lip balm salt spray also facial mist

  29. Jean Vaughan

    Always a book and reading glasses- essential wherever I go.

  30. big orange

    Everything – it would probably become my new handbag!

  31. Laura Whittle

    Bits of shopping and my kids cardigans (they always take them off when we’re out and ask me to carry them)

  32. Kat Allinson

    I would use it to carry my bits and bobs that I take with me for my children.

  33. Fiona Sanderson

    We have a market twice a week with lots of fresh fruit and veg. I think this would be perfect for my market bag! My current one is looking a bit sorry for itself!

  34. louise

    I would use it when I go to the beach, I often take the dogs for a walk there

  35. skelly58

    goodies for going on a day out, tissues, wipes, a comb for going shopping.

  36. Iris Waldburger

    I would carry it in my handbag to put all the bits and bobs in when out shopping in town

  37. disqus_PJL2UVGriA

    Fruit and vegetables; the softness of tote bags makes them ideal for that.

  38. Gillian Turner

    Notebook and pen for when inspiration strikes!

  39. Jo Hutchinson

    A Beautiful cheesecake. I would carry my shopping bits.

  40. Julie Ward

    My light shopping, t’cakes, buns, biscuits etc,

  41. Helen W

    I would carry my shopping in it if I won a Thornback & Peel tote.

  42. Lucy Parissi

    What an absolutely gorgeous cheesecake! I love Eton mess not sure why I never thought to combine the two. Looks amazing.

  43. Rachel Butterworth

    Wet wipes, sun cream, water and poo bags when I take my dog for a walk.

  44. Hayley Elvin

    Its ideal for carrying grocery shopping from the local shops

  45. jo liddement

    My daily trip to the newsagent to buy the papers and fruit and vegetables

  46. Stevie

    I’d use the bag as an organiser for my important paperwork.

  47. jo orr

    I’d carry my iphone as I have the rabbit and lettuce cover on it, so I’d have a bag to match

  48. Jackie Allum

    I use it for when I pick the fruit off our fruit trees, so I could carry them in the house safer than balancing them in my arms

  49. KJS182

    Shopping mostly though would be handy to take on holiday too

  50. Maxine

    It would be great to carry my fresh fruit and veggies from the greengrocer!

  51. Laura Harrison

    My beach stuff for when I go to the beach with my family xxx

  52. Jo Carroll

    I’d carry my daily shop items…love totes – million times better than plastic carriers and they save you money.

  53. Karen R

    I’d use it for doing my local shopping trips to our village 🙂

  54. Beky Austerberry

    my shopping – thanks for the chance to win one

  55. Joanne Hutchings

    I’d use it for quick trips to my local shop.

  56. Philippa gerrard

    i would fill it with my ingredients for that days baking session!

  57. Dorothy Merrett

    Tote bags are great, this cheesecake looks wonderful

  58. Caroline H

    I’d tuck it into my pocket for the next Farmer’s Market. I always come home with more than I intend to!

  59. Robyn s

    I’d take it to the shops to buy fruit and veg, and come home with it full of cake!

  60. Zoe Goulding

    For family trips out, would be useful to store everything in

  61. Tania Atfield

    I would put my shopping in town in it along with my purse and phone

  62. Liz Martinez

    I’d use it to carry books, pencil case and other “essentials” when I’m out and about

  63. Isabel O

    Probably shopping, I like to keep little bags with me all the time now the plastic bag charge is in effect.

  64. clairdownham

    i would use for nights away or my holidays thankyou

  65. isobelleforde

    I think i would use this tote bag on weekends away at the Lakes and that sort of thing .. when you want to buy souvenirs and the odd cake but don’t want everybody to know just how many cakes you bought!

  66. valbuk

    Great to keep in the car for those impulse shopping purchases

  67. Tracey Peach

    I would use the beautiful Thornback & Peel tote bag to carry my strawberry’s back from the shops 🙂

  68. Barbara Handley

    I would probably use it for popping into town to carry light items.

  69. Kitty Bywaters

    To be honest I’d probably carry books in it to and from the library. I adore having a special book bag and the rabbits on it are just adorable!

      • Kitty Bywaters

        Borrowing cook books is such a fantastic idea! I’ve never actually done that but I think, now you’ve mentioned it, I might have to venture from the romance section to the cookery one!

        • PatisserieMakesPerfect

          oh definitely, just be careful not to get anything on them! I am a bit of a messy cook. It’s great though, especially if I’m not sure if I want to buy them or not! x

      • PatisserieMakesPerfect

        oh definitely, just be careful not to get anything on them! I am a bit of a messy cook. It’s great though, especially if I’m not sure if I want to buy them or not. x

  70. Kate Bissell

    Cheesecake looks divine. Brava.

    It would be a hard decision whether or not to use the bag for food shopping like you, or to make it a project bag for my knitting. Tough call.

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