January 19, 2011

Chocolate Cappuccino Cheesecake

There are two rules I have about cheesecake: 
  1. You need to have at least 10 hungry adults to make making this worthwhile.
  2. You should always make a cheesecake that has a topping to hide any unsightly cracks and, more importantly, to help you not care about any unsightly cracks.
For us, we were hosting Christmas Eve (11 adults, check). And this cheesecake was covered with a thick layer of whipped cream (check). And, on another plus side, cheesecakes need a lot of time to chill (usually overnight), so a make-ahead dessert was a bonus.

Made in a springform pan, this one is visually impressive too with the three layers, but it's super rich and decadent so don't cut those pieces too big! 

Chocolate Cappuccino Cheesecake
Serves 12-14


Crust Layer
  • 2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 tbsp white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Cream Cheese Layer
  • 3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temp
  • 8 (1 oz) squares semisweet chocolate
  • 2 tbsp whipping cream, room temp
  • 1 cup sour cream, room temp
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsps instant coffee granules dissolved into 1/4 hot water
  • 1/4 cup coffee flavoured liqueur 
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
Top Layer
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tbsp coffee flavoured liqueur


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter one 9 or 10" springform pan.
  • Combine the cookie crumbs, melted butter, white sugar and cinnamon. Mix well and press mixture into springform pan. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, beat softened cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add 1 cup white sugar, mixing until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat on low speed until very smooth.
  • Melt the 8 ounces of semisweet chocolate with two tablespoons of whipping cream in a pan or bowl over boiling water, stir until smooth.
  • Add the chocolate mixture to the cream cheese mixture and blend well. Stir in sour cream, salt, coffee, coffee liqueur and vanilla and beat until smooth. Pour into prepared pan over crust.
  • Bake in the centre of the oven for 45-50 minutes. Turn off oven and leave cake in oven with the door ajar for another 45 minutes.
  • Chill cake for at least 12 hours.
  • Combine whipping cream, confectioners' sugar and coffee liqueur and beat until soft peaks form. Spread whipping cream layer over top of cheesecake prior to serving.
  • Garnish with chocolate shavings if desired.


  1. WOW! This is a keeper for when my kids come to visit; love to find recipes to feed my crowd.

  2. I have a real weakness for cheesecake and recipes like yours will lead to my downfall. This sounds delicious. Now on to call 10 people :-). Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  3. Wow love this ..looks so delicious.


  4. You are so right on about needing 10 hungry adults!! Love cheesecake... but it's hard to eat one alone haha

  5. My fiancée is a cheesecake fiend, and this one, with its chocolate cookie crumb base, cappuccino filling and caffeinated cream topping, he might actually squeal with delight. It's been a while since we've had one. I usually halve the recipe and bake it in a tiny 5" springform -- much more manageable for the two of us. Thanks for commenting on squirrel bread so I could jump over here and find this!



  6. The more people to eat it to get it out of the house is a fantastic idea. This would be divine!

  7. Luv ur comment about always sharing cheesecake! I feel the same way! And this looks absolutely fabulous...soothing creamy wintertime fun!

  8. Oh wow. I want to reach through the computer screen and eat this whole thing!

  9. I think you need only 8 people. After all, there should be a few pieces leftover for the next day or so!! It looks delicious and it's been a long time since I've had cheesecake. Personally, I think those surface cracks are a sign of the cheesecake's sweet character!!


  10. YUM! This looks absolutely delicious! The combination of chocolate, cappuccino, and cheesecake is enough to get me to want to make it :D

  11. I think you can have one hungry adult-me. Lindsay, you are quite the baker. This looks fantastic!

  12. Oh wow! This would such a perfect ending to any elegant dinner. Yum!



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