Some of you may remember my ‘Death By Chocolate’ Easter post.
I had a few requests for the recipe. I always keep my word, so as promised, here it is. It’s from my Williams Sonoma Dessert book, and I looked to no avail for a link, so I wouldn’t have to type the whole thing out. I’m not a very fast typist, so this is a labour of love. 🙂 I do hope some of you make it.
For the crust:
1½ cups (4½ ozs/140g) chocolate cookie crumbs from about 30 crisp chocolate wafers.
3 Tbsp sugar
¼ cup (2ozs/60g) unsalted butter melted.
For the filling:
8oz/250g bittersweet/dark chocolate, broken into pieces
3 packages (8oz/250g each) full cream cheese at room temperature
3 Tbsp all purpose/plain flour
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup (5¼ oz/160g) sugar
¼ cup (2oz/60g) sour cream at room temperature
1½ tsp vanilla extract/essence
3 large eggs at room temperature
Milk chocolate curls for garnish
Preheat oven to 400° F (200° C)
Lightly grease a 9 inch (23 cm) springform pan.
In a bowl combine cookie crumbs, sugar and melted butter.
Blend well and press evenly onto the bottom and about 1½ inches (4cm) up the sides of the pan. Bake for about 10 minutes until set. Remove from oven and cool on a rack.
Reduce oven temperature to 300° F (150° C)
Place dark chocolate in the top of a double boiler over barely simmering water until melted. Remove from heat, stir well and set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, sifted flour and salt. using a mixer on medium to medium high, beat until smooth and fluffy, scraping down the sides frequently. Add the cooled chocolate, sugar, sour cream and vanilla extract and beat again. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well until just blended after each addition. Pour into the crust and spread evenly.
Bake until the filling is set but the centre still jiggles slightly when gently shaken (it will firm as it cools), 60-70 minutes. The edges will be slightly puffed. Let it cool on a rack to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate well until chilled (overnight is best). Garnish with chocolate curls made by using a vegetable peeler to shave the milk chocolate, which should be at room temperature but not too warm.
To serve, unclasp and remove the pan sides, then run a long thin knife between the pan bottom and the crust. Carefully slide the cake onto a flat serving plate. Using a thin-bladed knife, cut into slices, dipping the knife into a jug of hot water and wiping dry, between each serving.
Serves up to 16 people depending on appetites. 🙂
This is what it looks like without the bunnies and eggs.
My personal tips: I found that this cake tends to crack down the middle as it cools, so I suggest you run a thin knife around the sides before leaving to cool. If it does crack, you can easily repair the damage by carefully smoothing it over with a fork whilst still slightly warm. The chocolate curls will hide any damage. 🙂
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Oh my…hm…. glad to read your recipe post @AD 😀 Thanks a lot you have a time for recipe sharing
Glad you liked this one, DellaAnna. 🙂
The picture is of the cake you baked? Wow I’m impressed it looks bought!
Thanks so much for the recipe Sylvia. I have a birthday celebration to go to and I’m bringing the dessert, so guess what I will be baking? 🙂
I’m sure everyone will love your offering, 🙂
That’s me. 🙂
“What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.”
― Katharine Hepburn
You make magic….
Haha….I love that quote, Rebecca. Thank you. 🙂
Thank you, thank you, thank you! 😀
You’re so welcome, Dianne. I hope the RUC kitchen will soon be christened with my chocolate cheesecake. 🙂
Once I have a sink and a stove and shelves – it’s the first thing on the menu! 😀
It looks and sounds delicious!! Thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome, Zirkie. I hope you make it. 🙂
I just love when I come across cake recipes where there is no calories in.
Somebody has said .. that if there is no chocolate in heaven, am I not going there.
I hope if I ever turn up for a cup of coffee .. with you – this is what I will get with.
This shouldn’t be legally. Fantastic cake.
Luckily there are no calories in the printed recipe, or in the cake photos. 🙂 How nice it would be to have coffee and cake with you, Viveka. 🙂
OMG THIS LOOKS DELICIOUS
Thanks, Miss P. 🙂
Oh My Gosh That looks soooo awesome!!!
Thanks so much, Vanessa. It tastes even more awesome. 🙂
Oh my word, that looks so scrumptious! I am so much better at eating things like that than actually baking them… Maybe one day I will try!
Love your comment. You’re so funny.:)
Oh my, I would have to make this for a large crowd or I might eat the whole thing myself 🙂
Hahaha….. that would be dangerous. 🙂
Yummmm again … and thanks!
You’re welcome, Frank. 🙂
OMG! How deliciously indulgent! Yum yum yum….hugs Paula xx
Hahaha…. Glad you approve, Paula. 🙂
Okay. This made starving!
Yes, I can hardly bear to look at the pics myself, Cindy. 🙂
Lovely recipe and thanks for sharing AD. I am more worried about the damage it will do to my hips. LOL! *hugs*
Yes, “A moment on the hips, a lifetime on the hips” is quite a scary saying. 🙂
True for sure. 🙂
I am not you need to be worrying about the damage. I suspect it does not last long.
Hehehe. This is very true. 🙂
What a way to go!
Exactly so, Elisa. 🙂
And, you live where? lol… That photo and the imagination of what that must taste like has me drooling. Literally. 🙂
I’m afraid there’s non left, and I won’t be making it again for a long while, until the effects of these two have worn off. 🙂
I can’t wait to try this. It looks like the one I received from the Cake Boss when he was here. Thanks for sharing.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks, Francine. I hope you enjoy. 🙂
goodness! Decadent is the only description that fits 😀
Yes, you’re right, Rosa. 🙂
Oh boy here we go…I just licked my screen.
😆 Maybe you and yours can make this, in between watching birds and alligators.
Yummy! I like the way you decorate your cakes. You make them look so inviting. 🙂
Thanks. Imelda. 🙂
That’s a lovely share AD … I think too decadent for two so I have to wait . and wait . oh and have to wait … for an gathering opportunity @ a house near me to make 😉
Thanks, Poppy. Yes, definitely too much for two. 😀
I nearly had a fit when I read 750 grams of full cream cheese – then I saw 16 people! This sounds gorgeous no wonder everyone asks you to make it 🙂
Well, I’m afraid that with hubby and brother-in-law, it didn’t serve as many people as that. It all depends on the size of the pieces, and with hubby serving up………:)
That looks so good! With love maxima
I would love for you to have a piece, Stefan. 🙂
looks nice here smells here with me I’d like to leave me a piece of this dessert mmmm but please wrap the napkin he he ) :: ) ! Also when I eat all cloud the judgment from ear to ear
Oh good. Much Better Half took one look at that picture when you first posted it and declared, ‘I want the recipe!’ She seemed to blame ME for the fact it wasn’t there.
Women are like that. 😀 I hope she bakes it for you now she has her wish.
that sounds just delish!
I’m afraid it was too delicious to resist. 🙂
I can imagine that
Hey, it’s not going to last long enough to crack down the middle in this household! And if it does, it’ll save me cutting it.
Haha….Well that’s okay then. You’ll probably be spared the niceties of dipping the knife in hot water etc etc. You can all just take a spoon and dive in. 🙂
You’ve obviously eaten at our house before! 🙂
I feel the love 🙂 It looks absolutely delicious – a must try recipe! Thank you for sharing!
Thanks, Anne. You’re so welcome. 🙂
Good thing you posted this awesome recipe as I forgot I made cheesecake on Sunday!
Glad I reminded you, Tandy. 🙂
I have saved it in my recipe folder – who knows – I might just try and pull this rabbit out of it’s hat come Christmas time 😉
That would be a nice Christmas treat for the family. 🙂
This I will try for my sons 21st birthday…a true chocolate lover!
I’m honoured that you’ll make this for such an important occasion, Ann Christine.
It’s looks beautiful and yummy!!!
Thanks, RV. 🙂
Now this is one that will definitely be baked this weekend by yours truly.. an avid baker… and an avid chocolate eater… this just looks right up my street… my mouth is watering right now in anticipation of Saturdays bake… thank you…
Wow, I’m impressed. You must post a pic…….before you eat the lot. 🙂
That might just be difficult with a knife in hand and plate in the other there might just not be a hand for the camera… but I will try to contain myself for a quick picture before a quicker devouring…
Mmmm I could enjoy this aaaaalll day!
Thank you , shall put it in my recipe book, I love baking! And such a great cake! 🙂
You’re so welcome, Ute. Enjoy. 🙂
Wow AD, that is a wonderful cheesecake, best ever 😀
I agree. 🙂
Decadent yes, but who cares?
When it comes to cheesecake, the more decadent the better. 🙂
OMG! That looks so good! Now Im craving chocolate! Lol!
Thanks, Jen. I know all about chocolate cravings. 🙂
Wow! I love chocolate cheesecake!
😀 You’d better make yourself one then.
Great Googly Moogly! Every time I see this wonderful looking Cheesecake!
Well now you know how it’s made, you can indulge yourself. 🙂
look very delicious… 😛
It certainly is/was. 🙂
i want to try… ^_^