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Is it safe for me to serve a cheesecake that was accidentally left out on the counter?
I baked a cheesecake yesterday and took it out of the oven at 1:30. I wanted to let it cool fully before putting it in the fridge, and then forgot about it, so I ended up not refridgerating it until 7:30. Is it still safe to serve to people tomorrow?
Sorry, we don't recommend that you serve this cheesecake. Foods made with eggs and milk such as pumpkin pie, custard pie and cheesecake, must first be safely baked to a safe minimum internal temperature of 160 °F. Then, they must be refrigerated after baking. Eggs and milk have high protein and moisture content and when these baked products are left at room temperature, conditions are ripe for bacteria to multiply. It's not necessary to refrigerate most other cakes, cookies or breads unless they have a perishable filling or frosting.