chocolate cheesecake with dark chocolate drizzle

by Amy on 31 October 2011

this month i’m participating in a fun blogger event — the secret recipe club. each month, every blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses one recipe from their site to make. on the day of the reveal (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, so everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. sounds fun, huh?

i was assigned to the blog food babbles, written by the lovely kate, a stay-at-home-mom of two daughters + paramedic who, excitingly, is expecting a new baby, due this week! looking through her site, i saw an amazing-looking chocolate cheesecake + knew instantly that i had found my recipe for secret recipe club. conveniently, my husband’s birthday is tomorrow, + even more conveniently, he’s a huge chocolate lover, so the timing of making this cheesecake was perfect.

so, how’d it turn out? delicious! the cake is rich + chocolately without being overly heavy – in fact, i was pleasantly surprised that, as far as cheesecakes go, this one was fairly light. the drizzle of chocolate atop the cake adds a nice additional layer of flavor + a bit of texture, + looks, in my opinion, simply gorgeous. my husband + i happily cut into the cake a good two days before his birthday — it was clearly going to be impossible to wait — and both absolutely loved it. big thanks to kate for sharing the fantastic recipe on your blog!

chocolate cheesecake with dark chocolate drizzle

makes 10-12 servings, adapted from nigella lawson, as seen on food babbles


for the cheesecake base:
1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 stick butter
1 tablespoon cocoa

for the cheesecake filling:
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 1/2 cups cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
2/3 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon cocoa, dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water

for the dark chocolate drizzle:
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon dark corn syrup

special equipment: 9” springform pan


preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

to make the base, process the graham crackers to make rough crumbs + then add the butter + cocoa. process again until it makes damp, clumping crumbs + pour them into the pan. press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan to make an even base + put into the freezer while you make the filling.

melt the chocolate either in a microwave or double boiler, + set aside to cool slightly.

beat the cream cheese to soften it, then add the sugar + cornstarch, beating again to combine. beat in the whole eggs, then the yolks, then the sour cream. finally add the cocoa dissolved in hot water + melted chocolate + mix to a smooth batter.

take the pan with the crust out of the freezer + line the outside of the tin with a good layer of cling wrap, + then another layer of tin foil over that. this will protect it from the water bath.

sit the springform tin in a roasting pan + pour in the cheesecake filling. fill the roasting pan with just boiled water to come about half way up the cake pan + bake in the oven for 45 minutes – 1 hour. the top of the cheesecake should be set, but the underneath should still have a wobble to it.

peel away the foil + clingwrap + sit the cheesecake in its pan on a cooling rack. put in the refrigerator once it is no longer hot, + leave to set, covered, overnight. let it lose its chill before unspringing the cheesecake to serve.

to make the chocolate sauce: very gently melt the chopped chocolate, cream + corn syrup. when the chocolate has nearly melted, take off the heat + whisk it until smooth. let it cool slightly, + drizzle it over the chocolate cheesecake on its serving plate.

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1 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl October 31, 2011 at 7:47 am

This looks absolutely fantastic. I might have to make it for my own hubby–he doesn’t eat many sweets, but if he were to pick one, it would probably be cheesecake. And I NEVER turn down cheesecake, hee hee!

2 amy October 31, 2011 at 7:56 am

i love cheesecake, too — it’s sweet, but not overly so — such a well-balanced dessert, flavor-wise. + once you add in chocolate? i can’t resist!

3 Ellen October 31, 2011 at 9:29 am

Hi! I just found you through the secret recipe club. Love your blog! I’m a new follower.

We would love to invite you over to visit our blog and link up to our weekly themed blog hop called Everyday Sisters Sharing Sundays. This week’s theme is SWEET and SAVORY! We hope to see you there.


4 amy October 31, 2011 at 9:41 am

hi ellen – welcome + good to connect with you! i’m going to hop over right now + check out your blog hop. thanks for inviting me!

5 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee October 31, 2011 at 9:42 am

i love cheesecake + chocolate. it sounds like a wining combination. i like light, rather than dense and heavy cheesecakes. I’ll have to try this recipe.

6 amy October 31, 2011 at 10:05 am

if you like lighter cheesecakes, you’ll love this one! it’s definitely a bit lighter + creamier than some of the super other ones i’ve made/had. =)

7 Julia October 31, 2011 at 10:15 am

Great job on your SRC post!!!! I’m inviting myself over for dinner, mmm, k? And can you make me this, and maybe your pasta w/ pumpkin and sage too? I’ll be your bff forever and ever.

8 amy October 31, 2011 at 10:29 am

thanks, julia! i really enjoyed my first month with the Secret Recipe Club – can’t wait for the next one. + you are definitely welcome here anytime for pasta + cheesecake.=)

9 Ally Garner October 31, 2011 at 11:07 am

Oh. My. Gosh. Cheesecake is my ultimate favorite dessert, and considering my love affair with good chocolate, this is at the top of my “to make” list. I love that it’s not a thinner cheesecake. And I love the presentation of the chocolate drizzle. What a scrumptious bonus!

Happy Birthday wishes to your Hubby – I hope y’all have some fun plans to celebrate together. And thanks so much for including all the links to the Secret Recipe Club posts. I can’t wait to peruse all of these dishes. Those orange cinnamon palmiers look divine!

Excellent post Amy – thanks so much for sharing. Happy Halloween doll! :)

10 amy October 31, 2011 at 11:29 am

isn’t the chocolate drizzle lovely? i love desserts that look as good as they taste. =) i’ll pass your birthday wishes onto my husband – we’re planning to see family tonight, then have a nice dinner out just the two of us tomorrow, so it should be a wonderful start to his birthday week! happy halloween!

11 SallyBR October 31, 2011 at 11:47 am

Nice to “meet” you through SRC!

I saw the photo of the cheesecake in the collection of recipes, and felt a bit weak in the knees right away…. sinfully delicious, I am sure!

Great job!

12 amy October 31, 2011 at 12:24 pm

great to meet you, sally! cheesecake makes me weak in the knees, too. =) although i have to say, looking through the pics, your pasta e fagioli looked just as delicious – it’s one of my favorite soups!

13 Megan October 31, 2011 at 12:28 pm

That is one gorgeous looking cheesecake. I love it when cheesecakes taste rich, but are light and fluffy in texture. And beautiful pictures, too!

14 amy October 31, 2011 at 12:34 pm

thanks, megan! great to connect with you through SRC (+ learn that we both share an insane love for nutella). =)

15 April @ Angel Foods Kitchen October 31, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Dropping by from the SRC. My family loves cheesecake, but I’ve never been adventurous and made any other flavor but original. This recipe has definitely changed my mind.

16 amy October 31, 2011 at 1:20 pm

great to meet you through the SRC, april! funny enough, i’ve made a bunch of flavored cheesecakes, but never the original type. maybe i should put that on my to-make list? your pork tenderloin sandwich looks absolutely delicious, by the way. yum!

17 Jessica @ Cajunlicious October 31, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Amy this cheesecake sounds and looks so delicious! I wish I had a slice now!
Happy Halloween!

18 amy October 31, 2011 at 1:27 pm

thanks, jessica! if you hop on up to nashville, i still have about 3/4 of the cheesecake left that i’ll gladly share with you. =) happy halloween!

19 Renee October 31, 2011 at 3:04 pm

The cheesecake looks delicious – a combo of cheese and chocolate – yum!
I am excited to read about the Secret Recipe Club. After I get enough recipes on my blog I will have to join in the fun. Great way to connect with other bloggers and find some wonderful recipes.

20 amy October 31, 2011 at 3:40 pm

yes, you’ll have to join — i think you’d love it! off the top of my head, i believe you need a minimum of 60 blog posts before you can join. at the rate you’re going, you’ll be there in no time! =)

21 Lisa~~ October 31, 2011 at 8:14 pm

That is one gorgeous cake and I wish I had a slice right now. Great SRC choice and welcome to the club.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A’ & ‘C’ SRC recipes this month: Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies and Thin Mint Irish Coffee.

Cook Lisa Cook

22 amy October 31, 2011 at 8:31 pm

thanks, Lisa! i’ll definitely go check out your posts this morning. they both sound just delicious!

23 Rhonda October 31, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I’m from Group C but I’m an honorary Group D member this week, welcome to SRC. SRC is the best! The Cheesecake is to die for!

24 amy October 31, 2011 at 8:50 pm

ha! glad you’re an honorary group D’er this month. your pear salad turned out absolutely gorgeous – such lovely pictures! i’m thrilled to be part of the SRC – can’t wait for the next month. =)

25 nicole spaz October 31, 2011 at 8:54 pm

your cheesecake looks lovely!

26 amy November 1, 2011 at 7:49 am

thanks, Nicole! your pumpkin cheesecake bars looked mighty tasty, too. =) great to connect with you through the SRC!

27 Jenny @ Savour the Senses November 3, 2011 at 9:42 am

Oh. My. God. That looks sooo delicious! I love cheesecake. Welcome to SRC! Please feel free to check out some of my SRC posts too =)

28 amy November 3, 2011 at 9:48 am

thank you, jenny! i loved my first month with SRC + can’t wait to do it again. off to check out your SRC posts!

29 Mindy November 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Welcome to the SRC! This looks absolutely delicious…I need to try it soon! :-)

30 amy November 3, 2011 at 3:30 pm

thanks so much, Mindy! i’m off to check out your blog + see your SRC posts. =)

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