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 instant 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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20 comments:

  1. Man this cake is calling my name! Completely decadent.

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  2. Thanks Marcie. It is heavenly. I'm glad you like it and it's pretty easy to make too.

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  3. It is absolutely decadent Risa. Just a small piece is all you need it's so fabulously rich. It makes a very special treat for special occasions.

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  4. Oh, Joybee. You are tempting me again with this cake. Coffee and chocolate are the first two things on my favorite foods list. I need a special occasion soon. The weekend counts as a special occasion, right?

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  5. Any day can be a special occasion Michelle. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. I'm so jealous that you have quick access to Kona coffee or any Hawaiian coffee...lol. I miss just being able to go to the store and picking up so great Hawaii coffee. Thanks for linking up again and sharing this wonderful mocha chocolate cheesecake. I'm a cheesecake lover :-)

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  7. Chocolate and coffee together, say no more, I'm in! This looks beyond words great! Checking this out from whimsey Wednedays!
    Cathy

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  8. I think Kona coffee is the best. If you ever want me to send you a bag let me know :) Thanks for the party.

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  9. Thanks Cathy. I don't drink coffee much but I love the taste and smell (just don't want all the caffeine). Chocolate and coffee are meant for each other.

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  10. You're so sweet. I have family in Hawaii that can send me stuff. I just took it for granted when I lived there. There are a lot of things that are hard to find where I live. I usually have to drive 40 min. to a large Asian store to find things that I would've found in every store in Hawaii.

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  11. It's a fantastic looking cake!
    My husband doesn't like coffee (nor do I) but he loves mocha flavor (funny ha?) so I'm sure he'd love this cake. No doubt I would :)

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  12. Thanks Winnie. The cake is equally good without the coffee flavor too. I've made it so many ways ad it's always great.

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  13. Your recipe looks amazing! Pinning it to my dessert board. Found you from a hop. Drop by anytime. Visiting from @DearCreatives Theresa

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  14. Thanks for stopping by Theresa.

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  15. Kim Daniels LewisApril 26, 2014 at 5:54 AM

    Looks amazing!!! Pinned! You are being featured this week. Woo Hoo! Thanks for sharing at our party. Please stop by next week, we love to see what you have been up to! Lou Lou Girls http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/

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  16. What a fantastic Cocha Cheesecake, it will be delicious! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  17. Looks so NUM NUM! Sometimes you just gotta make yourself happy! Thanks again for sharing on The Yuck Stops Here! HUGS

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  18. Thanks for the feature and pin Kim. I've just linked up to this weeks party and shared :)

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  19. Thanks Miz Helen. I love the link party and will be there Thursday.

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  20. Thanks Cheryl it makes everyone very happy but it's very sad when it's gone. Thanks for the link party.

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