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Decadent Dark Chocolate Cheesecake

26 Dec

My grandmother and I have always shared a love of dark chocolate. When I was in college, Gramma made this dark chocolate cake, and was it divine! Since then, we have commonly referred to it as the “decadent” chocolate cake! 😉

Well, I was merrily making this lovely cheesecake, and it called to add cocoa powder… and somewhere in the back of my head, I remembered that I had a can of DARK CHOCOLATE cocoa powder! I could only imagine that if that decadent chocolate cake tasted so wonderful, that a decadent DARK chocolate cheesecake should taste just as divine!(And wow was I right!)

This cheesecake, by far, is the best cheesecake I have ever made. Many times with cheesecake, you can only have a small bite, a small sampling, or a small sliver of sorts because of the richness and almost cloyingly sweet taste your mouth gets after an entire piece. Not so with this lovely piece! The savory flavors of the dark chocolate, contrasted with the rich flavor of the chocolate crust and the berries on top, create a world of beautiful balance! The only next feeling is that you must have another bite of that!

I would not recommend making this cake, unless you have a special occasion to go to. Why? Merely because, on my own, I would have eaten the ENTIRE cheesecake singlehandedly!

Crust:

  • 2 cups Oreos, ground
  • 4 tbs sugar
  • 6 tbs butter, melted

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine Oreos, sugar, and butter. Mix with a fork. Press into a 9-inch spring form pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Cheesecake:

  • 3 cream cheese (total of 24 oz.)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • Berries of choice for topping

Raise oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Beat cream cheese until it has a light a fluffy appearance. Add sugar and continue to beat on high, making sure to clean off the sides of the bowl to ensure a thorough mixing. Add cocoa powder and vanilla, mixing slowly at first. Add eggs and mix well. Pour cheesecake mixture into cooled crust. Tap the cheesecake on a solid counter to take out any extra bubbles and to help prevent the cheesecake from cracking. Place in the oven, and bake for 35-40 minutes. When cheesecake appears almost completely done, turn off the oven, and crack the door, allowing the cheesecake to adjust to the outside temperature. This also helps prevent the cheesecake from cracking. Set aside to cool. Before releasing the cheesecake from the springform pan, insert a butterknife around the sides and circle around the cheesecake. Set aside to cool completely. Top with berries and frosting if you so desire*!

*Note: Do not decorate with berries and frosting until a few hours before you intend on presenting or serving this dish. Be careful also to let the cheesecake completely cool, otherwise your frosting will start to melt.

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33 Comments

Posted by on December 26, 2011 in Cheesecake, Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Dessert

 

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33 responses to “Decadent Dark Chocolate Cheesecake

  1. leadeleon

    December 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Your pictures made me drool! Excellent food photography, not to mention that the dark chocolate cake sure looks deliciously sinful!

     
    • Melodie

      December 26, 2011 at 10:51 pm

      thank you so much! I appreciate the comment about the photography, especially, since i haven’t a clue what I’m doing!

       
  2. susannye

    December 26, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Melodie – looks gorgeous … and love berries with chocolate. I literally just finished baking dozens and dozens of death-by-chocolate cupcakes for my dad’s 85th birthday – otherwise I would be more than tempted to make this for him (timing is everything!). I’m looking forward to trying your cake sometime this winter. Take care and happy new year! … Susan

     
    • Melodie

      December 26, 2011 at 10:51 pm

      thank you so much 🙂 those sound like amazing cupcakes! THank you for all of your comments and interest! 🙂

       
  3. homespicelife

    December 27, 2011 at 3:13 am

    This looks so amazingly delicious. As soon as I am allowed to eat sugar and carbs, I will be all over this!

     
  4. homemademumma

    December 27, 2011 at 11:06 am

    This looks incredible!! Definitely on my “to try” list now!

     
  5. jenntalksalot

    December 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Yeah… I dont blame you for only making it for occasions. I would eat the entire thing by myself easily (: (:

     
  6. Kay aka Babygirl

    December 28, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Oh my.. I am such a choco-aholic that I shouldn’t be viewing this right now but I can’t help it. Your Dark Chocolate Cheesecake looks amazing. Love this

     
  7. Sugar -N- Spice Makes Everything Nice

    December 28, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Looks great!!

     
  8. krispix

    December 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    looks amazingly delicious!!

     
  9. the Jilb

    December 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    This looks fabulous!!

     
  10. fabat48

    December 29, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks for the follow! I am following you now – who could resist, your blog looks absolutely good enough to eat! Have only had a quick glance and already I want to eat everything I have seen!

     
  11. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

    December 29, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Downright sinful and really decadent looking!

     
  12. Dimitri @ The Last Piece of Cake

    December 31, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Definitely my kinda cake. The darker, the better! It looks absolutely gorgeous!

     
  13. Emily (Edible Psychology)

    January 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    This would make me very sick since I am severely lactose intolerant, but wow does it look amazing!!! Gorgeous pictures of a gorgeous cake! Happy New Year!

     
  14. Dan McCullough

    January 4, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Very nice blog and really extraordinary pictures. How are you lighting these? Is that natural light or do you have a lighting rig? Can you tell I’m totally jealous?!!

     
    • Melodie

      January 4, 2012 at 2:56 am

      i wish i had some fancy answer for you… but my lighting is rather primitive. I try to do as much outside lighting as possible- though that often tends to not be possible because of my work hours… when I do work inside, I use 3 bright lights…. and then work on the pictures on the computer to get the right light aspects that I want. I wish i knew more about photography, believe it or not, i’m only using a point and shoot kind of camera 😛 Thank you for your compliments! it is encouraging to me!

       
  15. Young Wifey

    January 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Yum yum yum! This looks fantastic!

     
  16. Appetite 4 Life

    January 8, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Stunning! Photography and cake!
    Love it!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Always so lovely to get a “like”.

    Cec x

     
  17. princeproductions

    January 8, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    This looks amazing!!!

     
  18. arlene1027

    January 9, 2012 at 1:50 am

    It really looks yummy. I love dark chocolate. I would also like to thank you for following my blog Melody! Let’s keep in touch…..

     
  19. Jenny

    January 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Oh this looks dangerous! I would totally eat the whole thing unless I had others to share it with immediately (none of this next morning business or I’d be making a last minute dash to the shops to buy the ingredients all over again).

     
  20. Theadora Brack

    January 11, 2012 at 2:33 am

    OH. MY! I think I now have a new addiction. Thanks for sharing! I love your grandmother stories. My grandmother baked brownies for me while I was at school. Great flash back. Fantastic shots!!

     
  21. alkgrace

    January 13, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Are you for real?! That cake looks UH-MAZING!! Too pretty to eat, really….

     
    • Melodie

      January 13, 2012 at 2:31 am

      hehe, yes i’m for real 🙂 and the cake WAS UH-MAZING! 😀 No… the beauty was half the fun! I felt like some queen who had people come and give her beautiful cakes! 😀 it was happy 🙂

       
  22. sheelbeel

    January 13, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Darn that looks good! Normally I prefer to stick with plain New York Style cheesecake but I just might have to branch out with this one because it looks too good to resist! Thanks for sharing!

     
  23. Jill

    January 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    This looks so deliciously decadent! I want to reach into my computer screen and take a piece. 🙂

     
  24. DPC

    January 13, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Your visuals are amazing and I can bet the cheesecake is the same! Great job!

     
  25. erikwalsh

    January 15, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Looks good! I’m going to make this as soon as I can!

     
  26. Eleanor at Nourishing Words

    January 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Oh my, how luscious! I used to make a beautiful chocolate cheesecake (I think it was from the Vegetarian Epicure cookbook, but I’m not sure.) I made it successfully several times, to rave reviews, then just could hold back from an urge to experiment to make it even richer. I tinkered with the amount of chocolate, which resulted in some screwed up baking chemistry. I served the cheesecake in crystal goblets, and it was more like pudding than cheesecake…but so delicious. Next time I have an occasion worthy of a cake like this, maybe I’ll try your recipe, without tinkering! Thanks for visiting my blog, and therefore allowing me to find yours!
    Eleanor

     
  27. beverleysmith36

    January 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I made my first chocolate cheesecake at Christmas and it was amazing

     
  28. kathryningrid

    January 18, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    This looks and sounds dangerously delicious. As you say, cheesecakes are notorious for richness-overkill, so the depth of dark chocolate to balance that out would be pretty unbeatable. Add in some juicy berries (two of my favorites shown here) and, well, I’d be doomed for sure. Happily so, of course!!
    Glad to have found you here! Or am I just in big trouble now that I have??? 🙂
    Kathryn

     
  29. adventurewriter

    January 26, 2012 at 4:46 am

    I started baking cheesecakes last year and I have to say they’re among my favorite deserts.

    Fantastic photography! And I’m sure a spectacular recipe – one I’ll have to try after my current Nutella experiment…

     

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