Cheesecake may just be the perfect food. It is certainly one of the oldest on record. It is believed that cheesecake was served to the Olympic athletes during the first Olympic games in 776 B.C. Any food with that kind of staying power just has to have something to it. I know that this chocolate cafe mocha cheesecake does.
Perhaps it’s because cheesecake can be modified in so many ways. Cheesecake is adaptable. It can be made in any number of different flavors and textures, from light and fluffy with a hint of vanilla to incredibly dense and savory, the cheesecake has been with us since the beginning of Western history and I’m pretty sure it’s not going anywhere anytime soon, especially with flavors like the ones in the cake pictured above.
My guests for Christmas requested only three things. Turkey, ham and a chocolate cheesecake. That’s a simple request if I’ve ever heard one. I was happy to oblige. Initially I was going to make a simple chocolate cheesecake, but the gift of 8 oz. of German milk chocolate and the thought of my favorite coffee drink made me decide to go in a different direction. It turned out to be a fated decision, as this is by far the best tasting chocolate cheesecake I’ve had to date.
I’d picked up Coffee Liqueur and Creme De Cacao with the intention of posting the recipe for my cafe mocha (coming soon) and the smell of the cheesecake batter reminded me of that drink, so a few quick additions to the custard were all it took to turn what I’m sure is a phenomenal recipe into something extraordinary. Succulent chocolate cheesecake with a hint of chocolate and coffee liqueur. A perfectly decadent treat.
Chocolate Cafe Mocha Cheesecake Recipe
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 525Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 248mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 2gSugar: 39gProtein: 7g
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
Succulent chocolate cheesecake with a hint of chocolate and coffee liqueur. A perfectly decadent treat.
I think I managed to over cook this cake a little. The sides puffed up a good inch higher than the center, which made the icing a necessity once the cake was leveled. It was a happy accident though. The ganache icing adds an entirely new dimension to the already rich flavor of this cheesecake that we all enjoyed very much.
You’ll want to be sure to serve this one just slightly chilled or at room temperature. Straight from the refrigerator the coffee liqueur is a bit overpowering, but it mellows and plays nice with everything else at room temp.
Be warned, this is a very dense chocolate cheesecake and it doesn’t slice “pretty” Just overlook that and go for it anyway. It’s more than worth it!
Links to other chocolate cheesecake recipes:
- Quadruple Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake, from Portuguese Girl Cooks
- Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake, from Tastes Better From Scratch
Wow that is one over the top looking cheesecake!!! Absolutely beautiful!
Fabulous ingredients in this — loving the oreos in the crust. YUM! Cheesecake’s always been a fave and I know I’d love this one.
Cheesecake covers all the basic food groups doesn’t it. Although I don’t always comment I have enjoyed reading your blog and virtually tasting all your creations over the past year. See you in 2009!!!!
Oh wow does this one look amazing! I love the ganache! Yum :)
Happy New Year Jerry… just wanted to say that I am so happy to have met you this past year… reading your blogs and getting to know you has been a real joy :)
This cheesecake looks great, Jerry! Can’t wait to see all the new things you create in 2009. Happy New Year to you and your family!
Oh brother am I drooling over the sight of this cake! I can’t wait to whip this one up and it sure would be a hit on all of my audiences growling stomachs!
I’m not familiar of Creme De Cacao,it is kind of flavoring in a bottle like vanilla?
Creme De Cacao is a chocolate flavored liqueur. You should be able to find it anywhere that cocktail mixes are sold. If you absolutely can’t find it, or want a non-alcoholic version, try using dark chocolate syrup flavored with a hint of vanilla
My grandmother tried your recipe and made some for us and it was absolutely heaven to the taste! Thank you for the share.
YUM!! This will be perfect for my b-day!