Friday, April 18, 2014

Dark Mocha Cheesecake

A dark chocolate cheesecake with coffee flavor.


Dark Mocha Cheesecake:  A dark chocolate cheesecake with coffee flavor.

Every year for my husband's birthday I make him the same cake, Chocolate Cheesecake.  It's his favorite and he always requests it so I make the birthday boy happy.

Dark Mocha Cheesecake:  A dark chocolate cheesecake with coffee flavor.

Making the birthday boy happy often leaves me bored.  I like to try new and different recipes and I also need new recipes for my blog so making the same thing all the time is boring.  Granted this cake is only a once a year treat so I'm not making it all the time but I still like to experiment.

Dark Mocha Cheesecake:  A dark chocolate cheesecake with coffee flavor.

I was very pleased and excited when my husband liked my idea of adding coffee to the cheesecake for a mocha flavor.  He likes coffee so why not add some to the cheesecake.  My original plan was to add some espresso powder to the batter but he suggested I use finely ground coffee because the Maui Mocha that we have on hand tastes so much better.  I'm not one to disappoint the birthday boy so that's what I did.

Dark Mocha Cheesecake:  A dark chocolate cheesecake with coffee flavor.

I also found these great local graham crackers that were Kona coffee flavored (Kona is Hawaiian coffee and it tastes great) so I made a coffee graham cracker crust.  To finish off this Mocha Cheesecake I used a dark chocolate drizzle and tossed on some Maui Mocha coffee beans (they are so cute and tiny).  The coffee beans added more coffee punch and a little bit of crunch in every slice.

Dark Mocha Cheesecake:  A dark chocolate cheesecake with coffee flavor.

Dark Mocha Cheesecake



Dark Mocha Cheesecake:  A dark chocolate cheesecake with coffee flavor.

Ingredients:

*Graham cracker crust
3-8oz packs of cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
8 oz sour cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup cocoa (I use hershey's special dark)
1 tsp finely ground coffee or espresso powder
2 Tbsp flour
3 eggs
*Dark chocolate drizzle
Coffee beans for garnish, optional

Dark Mocha Cheesecake:  A dark chocolate cheesecake with coffee flavor.

* Graham cracker crust:  Mix together 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs and 3/4 of a stick of butter (melted).  Press into the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan and heat in a 450F oven for 5 minutes.

* Dark chocolate drizzle:  melt together 1/2 cup of dark chocolate pieces and 2 tsp shortening.

In a very large bowl (I use my stand mixer) beat together cream cheese and sugar until smooth.

Add the sour cream and vanilla mixing well to thoroughly combine.  Then add cocoa powder, coffee, and four.  Mix until combined (make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl).

Lastly add the eggs, one at a time, and stir gently until just blended (do not over mix after adding the eggs).

Pour over *crumb crust and bake at 450F for 10 minutes then reduce the heat to 250F and continue baking for about 40 minutes.  Cake is done when set but for a 3 inch jiggly bit at the center.

Remove from the oven and gently loosen the cake sides from the pan using a knife.  Allow to cool completely before removing the pan sides.

Drizzle on the *chocolate drizzle, add some coffee beans, and refrigerate overnight.

Makes about 12 servings.

Enjoy.

Dark Mocha Cheesecake:  A dark chocolate cheesecake with coffee flavor.




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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Great Idea Thursdays 51

Welcome everyone.  Krista, from A Handful of Everything, and I would like to bring you:


Starts: Wednesday @ 6:00pm EST  Ends: Sunday @ 11:59pm 

We will be pinning every entry to pinterest.  Follow our board.



Here's what I've been doing since last time:


Check out my first Great Idea Roundup Your post(s) may be featured:

21 Great Ideas Using Citrus

Now for my features from last week...in no specific order (I also share these on GooglePlus, facebook, and twitter. Make sure you check out Krista's page too.  She has different features.

Cherry Chocolate Cake from Beauty Through Imperfection (co-most viewed)


DIY Garden Container~Construction from 3 Little Greenwoods (co-most viewed)


Silk Tie Dyed Easter Eggs from The Happy Creations


How to Make Bacon Bowls from Mamas Blog Central



On to the link party.  Here are the usual rules.

*Please follow your host and co-host on any or all social media 

Host:  Krista from- 
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Co-Host:  Me Joybee--









*Grab a party button and put it somewhere on your blog (or text link back to us).

Joybee, What's for Dinner?

*Click on at least two other links and please leave a comment (I know I love getting comments).

*Remember to link directly to your blog post not just your home page.

Now lets party.  Enjoy.





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21 Great Ideas Using Citrus

This is a round up of great ideas using citrus. All from the Great Idea Thursdays link party.


21 Great Ideas Using Citrus a roundup

Since I started co-hosting Great Idea Thursdays link parties, with Krista from A Handful of Everything, I've had all these great ideas piling up from past parties.  Well I finally decided to do something with all of these ideas by making a roundup.

Winter is officially over and spring has...sprung ;) (even if it doesn't feel like it for everyone).  I am a summer girl (spring means summer is just around the corner) and nothing says summer, to me, more than citrus.  Citrus makes me think of sunshine and warm beaches.  It's also a good winter fruit and flavor to remind us that summer will eventually get here and help combat winter colds.  So here are some great ideas using citrus.

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You can join the party Wednesdays at 6pm EST until Sunday at 11:59pm EST

Great Ideas Using Citrus

DIY:

Savory:
Sweet:


Misc:


Enjoy.

Linked to:  The Yuck Stops Here, Two Cup Tuesday, LouLou Girls, Brag About It, Whimsy Wednesday, Full Plate, Eat Create Party, Freedom Friday


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