by Ellen » Sep 13, 2018 I have a chocolate cheesecake recipe that I have used for many years. I love everything about it, except, no matter what I've tried, the top surface ends up looking like the surface of the moon. lol I have tamped the cake down gently before putting it in the oven, I have run my spatula through the batter trying to break up all the air bubbles, all to no avail. Can anyone tell me how to get a nice smooth top? I am taking one somewhere Sunday for a special event and I really want it to look nice. TIA!