Thursday, 27 June 2019
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How much does it cost to make a cheesecake for Shavuot?



cheesecakeWe're all about sharing practical with olim and our readers are hungry for consumer information and money saving tips. As part of our annual random price-checks, we decided to investigate the cost of baking a cheesecake for Shavuot. Is it worth it or should we just buy ready-baked? We based our investigation on our delicious classic cheesecake recipe which includes the following ingredients: white cheese, sugar, eggs, cornflour, lemons, biscuits, butter and sour cream.

We did an online-shopping comparison via these leading supermarket chains; Shufersal, Mega, Rami Levy and Victory

Obviously you cannot buy 1 cup of sugar or 3 eggs so the prices shown here are based on the assumption that your pantry was bare and you had to purchases every single item from scratch.

The cheapest items are hi-lighted in bold and this is what we found:

  Shufersal Mega/You Rami Levy Victory
500g smooth white cheese  (Ski) 7.90 9.20 8.70 8.90
Sugar - 1kg 4.50
4.50 3.90 3.70
Eggs L - 12 11.45 11.40 11.40 10.80
Cornflour - 200g 3.30 3.90 3.90 4.80
Lemons - 1kg 6.90 6.90 5.90 6.90
Osem Petit Bur biscuits ('biskvitim') - 500 g 10.90 14.90 8.00 8.00
Tnuva sour cream - 200ml 3.40 2.20 2.10 2.10
Butter - 200g (Tara or Tnuva) 7.60 7.60 7.30 7.60
Total basket 55.95 60.60 48.20 50.80


This basket will cost more if you use organic ingredients or fancy cheese.  A lactose-free cheesecake will also cost more.

Ramy Levi is the cheapest supermarket and while the price difference is only about 12 shekels on this deal, it translates to 20 percent. If you take this as a typical saving, a 20 percent saving on a 2,000 shekel monthly food bill means a 400 shekel monthly saving. Multiply that by 12 and you could be saving a whopping 4,800 shekels a year on groceries! Think what you could do with that...

Take into consideration that supermarkets charge around 30 shekels for delivery.  Generally, if you spend more than 500 shekels on groceries the delivery fee is less.

Would you travel from supermarket to supermarket looking for the cheapest deals? Probably not and based on results from our shopping survey, 52% of our readers are not willing to travel more than 10km to do shopping even if the store is cheaper.

Rating the online shopping experience

  1. Mega/You wins hands-down.  Their website is clear, it's easy to navigate, the search function yields accurate results however they have a limited selection and of course, they are the most expensive.
  2. Shufersal's site is clear, mostly easy to navigate (if you know Hebrew), the search function yields accurate results but the website's menu design is not as user-friendly as it could be.
  3. Rami Levy's website has improved over the years.  Rami Levy does not have an extensive range of products on offer on their website and we found that very frustrating.
  4. Compared to Shufersal, the Victory site was more user-friendly as it has fewer sub-categories but that meant we had to scroll through lots and lots of items before we found what we were looking for.

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For the benefit of our our readers abroad, this is what the cost of the classic cheesecake translates to in your currency

  US$ CAN$ AUS$ UK £
The Shufersal cake 15.85 20.25 20.65
 11.32 191.70
The Mega/You cake 17.17 21.94 22.36
 12.26 207.63
The Rami Levy cake 13.65 17.45 17.79
 9.75 165.15
The Victory cake 14.39 18.39 18.75  10.28 174.06

Bakery prices

If you don't have time to bake, you can expect to pay upwards of 85 shekels for a basic 18cm cheesecake from boutique bakeries like Shemo, Dudu Outmezgine and Roladin.

Chag Sameach!


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