I do not own a stand mixer and I just dicovered that I must have left behind the beater parts of my electric hand mixer in a recent move. Earlier tonight, on a whim, I decdied to make cheesecake and have already bought the ingredients. The Luddite in me wouldl like to believe that if the cream cheese is softened enough, I can do all the work by hand and come up with a silky cheesecake. Am I fooling myself? Any suggestions for success?