I have also been making other things besides trying to learn how to decorate cakes. I made cheesecake for the first time a couple months ago. It turned out really well, it didnt crack or anything like that. I was kind of worried about that, cause of what i've read about what could happen when cooking those. I used the recipe from the cardboard package that i got of the cream cheese. Philadelphia cream cheese in the block form, not the easy spread.