This dreamy Double Chocolate Cheesecake is a decadent dessert ideal for any special occasion. Serve it with fresh berries and a dollop of fresh whipped cream, then share it with the special people in your life.
Double Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe
The only thing better than chocolate is double or triple chocolate. While admittedly, I'm a caramel lover at heart, when it comes to cheesecake, all bets are off. There are so many stinking delicious flavors. I'm an equal opportunity cheesecake fan.
Chocolate Cheesecake Making Tips
When making cheesecake remember, it's a labor of love. While it does require several steps, they aren't difficult and the end result is worth it, after all. Just a few things to keep in mind:
- A 9 inch springform pan is a must to make this cheesecake. Not a pie dish.
- For the creamiest cheesecake texture take a moment to plan ahead. Before you begin, allow the cream cheese to fully soften so that, it will blend more evenly with the sugar. Likewise, the eggs should be also be room temperature.
- Some cheesecake recipes use flour to stabilize the filling. I prefer using cornstarch which lends a soft and delicate texture to the cheesecake filling.
- If you're unable to find chocolate graham crackers, you can use any chocolate wafer cookie instead.
- Keep in mind, cheesecake is an indulgence. To trim calories, you can replace 2 blocks whole fat cream cheese with Neufchatel ⅓ fat cream cheese. Changing a major ingredient can also change the bake time. Gently shake the cheesecake and make sure it's set before turning off the oven.
- After baking, the cheesecake needs to chill thoroughly before attempting to cut. At least 12 hours, but 24 is ideal. That's what makes cheesecake ideal for make ahead dessert preparation.
- To cut clean slices, use a sharp knife dipped in warm water and dry thoroughly between cuts.
- This cheesecake will keep up to one week in an airtight container in the fridge. It must be stored chilled.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Double Chocolate Cheesecake
- 2 cups finely ground chocolate graham cracker crumbs
- ½ cup salted butter melted
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 4 8 oz blocks cream cheese softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 5 large eggs room temperature
- 12 oz semi sweet baking chocolate (1 oz squares) chopped
- ⅔ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- ⅔ cup heavy cream
- whipped cream and berries for serving
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Place an 8 x 8 pan on bottom rack and fill halfway with boiling water.
- Spray a 9 inch springform pan with cooking spray. Wrap outside of pan with aluminum foil. Set aside.
- In a medium-size mixing bowl toss together graham cracker crumbs with sugar and butter until fully moistened. Press onto bottom and halfway up sides of pan. Place pan into freezer while you make filing.
- Meanwhile, to melt chocolate for filling, place in a small saucepan . Cook, over very low heat stirring occasionally, just until melted. Do not boil. Or, place chocolate in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments on 50% power, or using the melt function, stopping to stir occasionally. Repeat, until melted. Cool slightly.
- Using an electric mixer, whip together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until completely smooth. Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl as needed.
- Add melted chocolate, cream, cocoa and cornstarch. Mix just until fully combined on medium speed, without beating too much air into the filling.
- Pour evenly into crust. Bake on middle rack of oven for 1 hr 15 minutes - 1 hr 30 minutes or until the center is still just slightly loose when gently shaken. It won't be completely set. Turn off oven, leave door slightly ajar, and leave cheesecake in oven for 1 hour longer to gently finish baking.
- Remove to a cooling rack, and allow to cool for 30 minutes then run a knife gently around the top edge. Cool completely on rack to room temperature with ring in place. Cover and chill for 12 hours or overnight.
- To make ganache: Place chocolate chips in a mixing bowl. Heat cream on the stovetop for 2-3 minutes, just until it comes to a boil. Don't walk away, it will boil over quickly. Pour over chocolate chips. Let sit 3-5 minutes, then stir until smooth. Allow to cool for a few minutes just until warm but, still pourable.
- Remove ring from cheesecake. Pour ganache on cheesecake, allowing to drip over sides. Immediately place into fridge and chill just until ganache is set, 1 hour.
- Sit on counter for 1 hour prior to serving with whipped cream and fresh raspberries.