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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Double Chocolate Cheese Cake and a Give Away Winner!

The winner of the giveaway according to the Random Number Generator is....#4 Ingrid!!!!!! Email me and let me know what your address is Ingrid so we can get that Macy's $20.00 gift card to you!!! Thanks to everybody that participated!! I wanted to give everybody something today so I decided to add a recipe to this post .


Double Chocolate Cheesecake!!

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This is the first cheesecake I've ever made that didn't crack! It was gorgeous after it was baked. This is for serious chocoholics. It's so creamy it almost looks like ice cream doesn't it?!  To Read More, Click On The Recipe Title.


I made the cheesecake and the ganache for the top yesterday. The recipe said it had to sit in the fridge overnight. The ganache can be made a day ahead and kept in the fridge so that's what I did. Since I basically have no patience when it comes to baked goods and wanting to know instantly how it tastes, it almost killed me to leave it alone so it could set up. I wasn't disappointed, this cheesecake is heaven. The recipe said to wrap the spring form pan with a double layer of foil and put it in a water bath to bake. I'm convinced this is what kept it from cracking on top. Why did I pick this recipe? The cream, how could it be bad with all that whipped cream in it. I didn't use the chocolate wafer cookies the recipe called for, not when they cost over $6.00 for 9 ounces, I used the graham cracker crumbs I already had. This exquisite recipe came from Epicurious and had over 159 great reviews, I hope you try this, it's seriously a magnificent cheesecake!

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Wanna print just the recipe, click here!

Double Chocolate Cheesecake
Epicurious


For crust:
1 9-ounce box chocolate wafer cookies
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted For filling
1 1/2 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs

For glaze:
1/2 cup whipping cream
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

Preparation

Make crust:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Wrap outside of 9-inch-diameter spring form pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides with double thickness of foil. Spray bottom of pan with vegetable oil spray. Finely grind cookies in processor. Add butter and process until blended. Press mixture onto bottom (not sides) of prepared pan. Refrigerate while preparing filling.

Make filling:
Combine cream and coffee powder in medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until coffee powder dissolves. Reduce heat to low. Add chocolate; whisk until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Cool 10 minutes.

Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until well blended. Beat in cornstarch. Add sour cream and vanilla; beat well. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Whisk 1 cup cheese mixture into chocolate mixture. Return chocolate mixture to remaining cheese mixture; whisk until smooth.
Pour batter into crust. Place spring form pan in large baking pan. Add enough hot water to baking pan to come halfway up sides of spring form pan. Bake cheesecake until softly set and slightly puffed around edges, about 1 hour. Turn off oven. Let cake stand in oven 45 minutes. Transfer spring form pan t rack and cool. Cover; chill cake overnight.

Make glaze:
Bring cream to boil in heavy small saucepan. Remove from heat. Add 4 ounces chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth. Pour glaze over top of cake. Using spatula, smooth glaze evenly over top. Refrigerate until glaze is set, at least 2 hours. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Using knife, cut around sides of pan to loosen cake. Remove pan sides. Cut into wedges and serve.

50 comments:

Heather said...

this post made my stomach do back flips it sounds so good. i loooove chocolate cheesecake. mmmm. congrats, ingrid :)

Daziano said...

YUM!!! Double chocolate cheesecake... it sounds incredibly decadent!!! I like it!

Meg said...

Now that is some serious cheesecake! YUM!

Elra said...

Congratulation to Ingrid!

Wow Bunny, this cheese cake sounds utterly delicious.
Cheers,
elra

Jodi said...

Looks awesome! Congrats Ingrid!

Linda said...

Oh this does look like ice cream! I have to try this.

Lisa said...

That is a beautiful cheesecake for sure! It looks exceptionally luscious. I have to tell you though, I don't mind at all if my cheesecake cracks when I am adding a ganache topping. I just let the ganache fill the crack and it gives a sort of marbled effect to the slices where the crack was. Those are the best pieces!

Reeni♥ said...

I'm a serious chocoholic!! And I'm serious when I say I love this cake. It is so rich and decadent and divine!

Ingrid said...

Yay, me! How cool! Thanks ever so much for hosting the giveaway! Now on to that cheesecake. I tell ya that cheesecake has me thinking I like chocolate and need to make this asap.

Bunny it's a beauty!

Thanks,again!
~ingrid

Ingrid said...

Oops, I forgot to mention to head on over to my blog. I've got something for you.
~ingrid

Maryann said...

I like it too!

LissyLou said...

That looks absoulutley delicious!!

Marie said...

That cheesecake looks absolutely amazing! Oh, I would love a piece of it right now!

Donna-FFW said...

Yay to Ingrid! This looks absolutely delicious!! Cheesecake is a favorite of my favorite and chocolate to boot!

Jacque said...

LOL, wouldn't you know that the one cake that doesn't crack gets covered with ganache.

It looks fabulous!

Lucy said...

Congratulation to Ingrid!

I'd call this "double licious" !! my word, that looks just too good!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Sinfully good is what this is. A special occasion treat.

Elyse said...

Oh my gah, this cheesecake looks like a total dream come true. I mean, how could you go wrong with double chocolate?! Eek, I wish I had a slice right this instant. Who needs breakfast when you could have double chocolate cheesecake? And, congrats, Ingrid!

Dawn said...

wow you're right no cracks! that is almost perfect. lucky you, I never get a smooth top like that, but then again I have an iffy oven temp.

Karen Brown Letarte said...

Bunny, this cheesecake is gorgeous! You clearly have a divine mission to spread joy and chocolate in the world :) Happy Spring!

:) K

Gloria said...

Dear Bunny this look amazin, I love chocolate cheesecake look yummy.
And congrats to the winer, xxxGloria

The Blonde Duck said...

These would be a fabulous birthday cake...if only it was my birthday!

Theresa said...

OMG, I am drooling here!

Gigi said...

wow, that cheesecake is a chocoholics dream come true! delicious!

Karen said...

It really does look like ice cream...of course with that much heavy cream in it, it probably comes real close to *being* ice cream LOL Looks delicious!

Kendra said...

OMG....thats all I can say.

MaryBeth said...

WOW...that I must say has to be the best looking chocolate dessert I have ever seen.

thecleanveggie said...

oh.my.goodness.
that cake sounds too good to be true!

Kristen said...

You have a beautiful blog! Love the design (and love this cheesecake!)

noble pig said...

That looks so, so satisfying.

Anne said...

That's sound yummy - I'll have to give it a try! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Katrina said...

Whoa!

DCRose said...

Love this recipe. Stop by my blog. I have something for you. Fondly, DCRose

Passionate About Baking said...

That's one helluva stunning cheesecake Bunny...decadent & wickedly so! WOW!!

Grace said...

that's a lovely slab o' cheesecake, bunny. i'm loving the addition of coffee too. :)

Laura said...

That looks absolutely divine! Just stopping in from SITS to say hi.


Come check out my spring giveaway!

Kerstin said...

Oh wow - looks so rich and delicious! Cute blog!

giz said...

You're right about the double foil preventing the cracking. I'm not sure how that works - probably something to do with how heat is distributed but then I'm no scientist. Oh wait - my dad always told me I was a scientist - I could make garbage (not exactly what he said) out of money :)

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The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

That looks so delicious. The creaminess is just irresistable. It does indeed look like ice cream and you can just feel the texture of it in your mouth by looking at it. I can never resist chocolate.

So the secret to not cracking is the water bath *and* foil around the pan. I will take that advice.

I used one of your recipes for a party this weekend. Blog will be coming soon.

SUGAMAMA'S CAFE' said...

Oh My.. My oh... diggin' this cake!

RecipeGirl said...

What a completely luscious looking dessert! Creamy and the whole shebang- yum!

Ivy said...

I've bookmarked this for a very special occasion. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Amanda said...

OMG Bunny that looks absolutely amazing!! I MUST try this :)

alexandra said...

wow, that is picture perfect! this is for me. I can safely place myself into the chocoholics category.

Debbie said...

Oh does that every look good. I love anything with chocolate. This recipe looks like a keeper to me!

eatme_delicious said...

Wow this cake looks stunning! Like a rich chocolate mousse mmm.

Pumpkin said...

OMG! Yum! It looks like chocolate mousse!

Terri said...

I tried your strawberry upside down cake last week (I used a cake mix instead...sorry), but after I started making it, I discovered I didn't have enough strawberries, so I sliced up some banana, too. It was so good. It tasted like Bananas Foster with a few strawberries! Yummy!