Paper Towels to Absorb a Cheesecake's Condensation

Have you baked a stunning cheese cheesecake, let it cool, used plastic wrap to seal over the top of the pan, and then refrigerated it, only to discover the next day that your cheesecake is now blemished with water splatters on its top?

We have experienced this on more than one occasion.  A solution, which we included in Rose’s Heavenly Cakes and The Baking Bible, is to use  paper towels and a large dinner plate.

The technique:                                                                                                                                      1. Once the cheesecake has cooled to room temperature, drape two paper towels in crisscross pattern or folded together (as pictured) over the rim of the pan, with their curved sides up.          2. Place an inverted plate larger than the cheesecake’s rim to secure the paper towels from drooping onto the cake.                                                                                                                        3. Before serving, carefully lift off the plate, and then the paper towels.

We found that the paper towels absorbed up to 3 grams of water with a damp feel to them, and water droplets on the inverted plate.