2014 Cheesecake of the Year

Enter the Cheesecake of the Year contest

When Can I Enter?

The contest starts at 12 pm ET, Monday, June 2, 2014, and runs through 12 pm ET, Friday, June 20, 2014

The contest is now closed. Good luck to everyone who entered! Finalists will be announced the week of July 7.

What Can I Win?

Grand Prize Package

One (1) grand prize winner will be selected from the finalists to receive $5,000. 

The winning recipe will be a national sensation, featured in a national print campaign, and, of course, receive the title of 2014 Cheesecake of the Year!

Finalist Prize Package

Five (5) finalists will each receive a trip to Toronto to compete in the Cheesecake of the Year Bake-Off on July 30!  

This prize package includes (1) round-trip ticket and three (3)-night hotel accommodations to Toronto from July 28-31, a chance to bake at Kraft Kitchens and be judged by Kraft experts, attendance at an exclusive Philly Canada party where the winner will be announced and receive “Philly for a Year” (24 FREE coupons for any Philadelphia cream cheese product with a value of $120). 

Free Philly

The first two hundred fifty (250) eligible entrants will receive a FREE coupon for one (1) Philadelphia Cream Cheese product. Limit one (1) per entrant.


How Do I Enter?

We will be accepting cheesecake entries starting 12 pm ET, Monday, June 2, 2014, at 12 pm ET through 12 pm ET, Friday, June 20, 2014. Just log in to your account and click on the ENTER NOW button. You will be taken to the recipe entry page and prompted to enter the following:

1) An original, festive cheesecake recipe -- the cheesecake will appear in December magazine issues so think holiday! Make sure to include full recipe details in your recipe: description, ingredient list, instructions, yield and preparation and baking times. And the recipe has to meet the following requirements:

* Includes cream cheese -- such as original or light Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese -- as an ingredient
* Has a maximum of 20 ingredients
* Has a maximum of 2 hours of preparation time, excluding cooking/cooling/chilling time
* Must use a circular springform pan

2) A photo of your finished cheesecake -- in any of the following formats: .jpg, .png or .gif -- that you will submit along with your recipe. The file size should be no more than 5 MB.

Once you've completed the recipe form, please carefully proof your recipe and then select "2014 Cheesecake of the Year" from the Contest Gallery drop-down menu. And then click "Submit Your Recipe." After you submit your recipe, if you entry is eligible per our rules, please allow up to 48 hours for it to appear in the Cheesecake of the Year gallery.

NOTE: If you experience any trouble submitting your recipe, please contact our support team HERE and we'll do our best to assist you!

How Will the Finalists and Grand Prize Winner Be Selected?

Entries will be judged by a panel of Kraft judges based on a select criteria. The panel will select five (5) cheesecake recipes that will become the five (5) finalists. Finalists will be announced on the site the week of July 7, 2014, and be notified by email.

The finalists will be flown to Toronto to stay from July 28–July 31 -- all finalists need to be available to travel at this time -- to compete in the Cheesecake of the Year Bake-Off at Kraft Kitchens, where they will prepare and present their cheesecakes to a panel of judges chosen by Kraft at their sole discretion.

The finalist whose recipe receives the highest score will be declared the Grand Prize Winner and will receive the title of Cheesecake of the Year. The Grand Prize Winner will be revealed live at an exclusive reception hosted by Philly Canada on July 30, National Cheesecake Day!

See updated 2014 Cheesecake of the Year Official Rules for contest details, eligibility requirements and judging criteria.

How Many Recipes Can I Enter?

You may enter as many original recipes, with original photo, as you wish by the contest closing date. However, only one (1) valid entry per entrant will be accepted into the five (5) finalists.

Who Is Eligible?

See 2014 Cheesecake of the Year Official Rules for complete contest details and eligibility requirements. 

What If I Have More Questions?

Please send any further questions to our team HERE.