Measure out 1 cup of dry cake mix; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, stir together remaining dry cake mix, 1 egg, and oil (mixture will be crumbly). Press crust mixture evenly into bottom and of the way up the sides of a greased 13"x9"x2" pan. (I just put it on the bottom.)
In the same bowl, blend cream cheese and sugar together. Add 3 eggs and reserved cake mix; beat 1 minute at medium speed. At low speed gradually add milk, lemon juice, and vanilla; mix until smooth. Pour into crumb crust. Bake at 300 degrees F for 45 to 55 minutes, or until center is firm.
Cool to room temperature. Spoon pie filling over cheesecake; cover and chill 1 hour before serving. Store in refrigerator. Baked cheesecake can be frozen with a covering of foil.
Baker at Heart REVIEW: I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this recipe was to prepare. One thing to point out, though, is that the recipe calls for a 13'x9'x2' pan and the picture shows a springform pan. Well, I used a springform pan and the baking time was more like 2 hours rather than the suggested 45-55 min. In the end, it was worth the wait!
Jan 26, 2014
Jennifer REVIEW: this was my mom's recipe! I lost it, thanks for putting it online. Now I can remember her a bit better. :)
Jan 14, 2014
CN REVIEW: So easy and quick. Everyone loves it. I put fresh strawberries on it.
Oct 24, 2013
ninaweiss Member since: October 15, 2013 REVIEW: I make this with chocolate cake mix and cherry pie filling.
Jul 8, 2013
Rock Bottom REVIEW: I was impressed by how good the crust turned out from using a cake mix. I had never seen that before! Simple cheesecake to make and turned out good.
Jun 29, 2013
Army Brat REVIEW: I have been making this cheesecake forever but lost the recipe. So glad I found it here!!! THANK YOU!! It's always a hit whenever I make it and it is so easy to make.
May 25, 2012
JB COMMENT: YESSS!! I am so excited that I found this recipe on-line. I was looking for a cheesecake recipe that I only remembered slightly, but I remembered that it was so good and easy to make. Thanks for posting!
Mar 15, 2012
MaryLou REVIEW: Used to make this in the 1970's-glad to find recipe again-great to take to "pot luck" of to the office and it makes a big cheesecake at a reasonable price! Thanks
Mar 5, 2012
sandy42650 Member since: February 24, 2012 REVIEW: Surprisingly, this was quite good. I had company to serve it to and they asked for the recipe. It was easy to prepare. I baked it in a Springform pan but had to bake much longer than it says. It turned out great, easy to serve. I used Comstock Cherry Pie filling. I will definitely make this again.
Nov 21, 2011
Jojo REVIEW: I am SOO excited. My home ecomonics teacher used to make this recipe. I lost it a few years ago and now I've found it again! I'm making this for Thanksgiving!