Decadent Chocolate Cheesecake recipe as promised.

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. πŸ™‚ I do hope some of you make it.


For the crust:

1Β½ cups (4Β½ ozs/140g) chocolate cookie crumbs from about 30 crisp chocolate wafers.

3 Tbsp sugar

ΒΌ 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

ΒΌ tsp salt

ΒΎ cup (5ΒΌ oz/160g) sugar

ΒΌ cup (2oz/60g) sour cream at room temperature

1Β½ tsp vanilla extract/essence

3 large eggs at room temperature


Milk chocolate curls for garnish



Preheat oven to 400Β° F (200Β° 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 1Β½ 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 300Β° F (150Β° 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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚





101 comments on “Decadent Chocolate Cheesecake recipe as promised.

  1. 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? πŸ™‚

  2. 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. πŸ™‚ How nice it would be to have coffee and cake with you, Viveka. πŸ™‚

  3. Lovely recipe and thanks for sharing AD. I am more worried about the damage it will do to my hips. LOL! *hugs*

  4. 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.


  5. 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 πŸ˜‰

  6. 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 πŸ™‚

    • 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………:)

  7. 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.

  8. 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…

  9. Great Googly Moogly! Every time I see this wonderful looking Cheesecake!

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