Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Chocolate Cheesecake

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It’s Valentine’s Day, people around the world are celebrating love.  I can’t help to feel thankful and blessed.  I have my amazing family, we have each other, we love each other, and we have it all.  For our Valentine’s dinner, I made a rich and decadent chocolate cheesecake for dessert.  Although, it was my first time making chocolate cheesecake and it was delicious.

 

Here is how I made it, using a 4 steps process.

Ingredients

For the chocolate crust

24 chocolate sandwich cookies

5 tbsp unsalted butter melted

For the Filling

1 ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

¼ cup hot coffee

3 8 oz cream cheese room temperature

1 cup of sugar

¼ cup sour cream

1 tbsp vanilla extract

4 eggs

3 tbsp flour sifted

For the ganache

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/3 cup of whipping cream

2 tbsp chocolate liquor

 

For the chocolate whipping cream

2 cups of cold whipping cream

¼ confectioner sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp cocoa powder sifted

 

1st step

Heat the oven to 350F.  Add the chocolate cookies to a food processor and pulverize.  Pour the melted butter into the food processor while pulsing.

Transfer the crumbs to a springform pan.  Use a spatula to distribute the crumbs, then press down with your hands.  Bake at 350F for 10 minutes, then set aside.

2nd step, the filling

Add the chocolate chips to a small bowl, then add the hot coffee and mix a little.  Then microwave for 20 seconds.  Stir and set aside.

Add the cream cheese to the mixer.  Mix for 1 minute.

Then add the sugar, beat on low for 2 minutes.  Add the sour cream, then add the flour.  Keep mixing.  Add the vanilla, then add the eggs one at a time.  Finally, add the chocolate mixture.  Scrape the bowl to make sure everything is well incorporated.   At this point, the batter should be a uniform color and very smooth.

Transfer the batter to the pan with crumbs chocolate previously baked.  Bake the cheesecake at 325F for 20 minutes.  Lower the oven temperature to 300F, then bake for an additional 30 minutes.  Turn off the oven and crack the door open.  Allow the cheesecake to cool for at least one hour before removing it from the oven.  Then chill it for at least 2 to 3 hours.

 

3rd step, the ganache

Melt the chocolate with ½ cup of heavy cream and 2 tbsp of chocolate liquor.  Microwave for 30 seconds.  Let it cool for a while then spread over the cake and smooth with a spatula.

 

4th step, the chocolate whipped cream

Whip the cold whipping cream with the confectioner sugar, add vanilla extract, and cocoa powder.

Once you obtain soft peaks, you can transfer the cream to a piping bag and pipe the cake.

Wherever you are, I hope you had a chance to celebrate true love, Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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37 COMMENTS

  1. chocolate cheesecake oh my my…definitely one of my favorite dessert,,,quite expensive here in our place but its worth a slice for me and my wife

  2. I usually don’t like chocolate cake but this is such a straightforward recipe. It doesn’t look very hard to make either, so you won’t have to spend a lot of time before making a beautiful dessert. Thank you for sharing it.

  3. I love Chocolate and I love cheese ~ So this combination is my absolute favourite, thanks a lot for sharing the recipe, it looks easy to make and I would love to do that in the future! – Knycx journeying

  4. Ooo yes please, I love chocolate sop chocolate in a cheesecake sounds lovely. also I love your table setting too by the way x

  5. looks great! we made a cake for Valentine’s day (it was our romantic activity) and chocolate cheesecake made to the short list. we ended up doing honey cake because we already had everything we needed and due to snow storm here delivery wasn’t fast and had extra charges

  6. Omg! I could die for your gorgeous cake. Guess what my partner gave me on Valentine’s Day last year – a bunch of dead flower! I was soooo P** off! This year he made up for it with a big bunch of red roses, but I was like what about the chocolate? And cake?

  7. Hi Marjie! The way you set up your table reminds me of my mom when she entertained our family all the time! She doesn’t do it anymore because of lack of space (we have a large family), and quite frankly because of the pandemic as well, but one day I buy her a house I know she’ll go back to entertaining. Your cheesecake looked delicious and I’d never heard of a chocolate cheesecake, but there’s always something new to learn about and try. I’ll add it to my arsenal of foods to try. Thank you for sharing! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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