Indulge in Decadence: Mocha Cheesecake Recipe

My dear coffee lovers, it’s time to elevate your beverage game to the next level with this exquisite 4-inch mocha cheesecake recipe. You heard it right- a luscious, rich, and creamy cheesecake infused with the bold and Nutty flavor of coffee. Trust me, it’s worth every single calorie.

I am delighted to share this heavenly recipe that I’ve personally crafted in my lab, where my passion for crafting new coffee concoctions goes wild. With this dessert, you are about to embark on a journey of taste buds adventure like no other.

The deep and dark chocolatey base layered with the unmistakable aroma of instant coffee will win your heart before even taking your first bite. And let’s not forget the silky-smooth cream cheese filling packed with coffee granules and hints of vanilla extract, which makes every mouthful an experience.

But wait, there’s more! Just when you thought it couldn’t get better, we’ll top it off with a luxurious mocha chocolate ganache that melts in your mouth, leaving behind an epic flavor explosion that you won’t forget anytime soon.

Whether you’re looking to impress your guests or treat yourself to something sweet and decadent after a long day, this mocha cheesecake is a winner. So roll up your sleeves and let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

4 Inch  Mocha Cheesecake
4 Inch Mocha Cheesecake

Ah, my dear coffee connoisseurs, I must tell you about the delectable mocha cheesecake recipe that I have come across. This heavenly dessert will change your perception of coffee-flavored treats forever.

Firstly, let me share with you why this recipe is worth trying. The rich sweet mocha chocolate base layered with the creamy texture of cheesecake will transport you into a world of pure indulgence. The chocolate ganache drizzled on top and the cookie crumb crust add to the flawless execution of this dessert, leaving you craving for more with every bite.

If that hasn’t convinced you yet, let’s talk about the versatility of this mocha cheesecake recipe. It’s a perfect dessert for any occasion, be it a casual gathering or a formal dinner party. You can serve it as bars or as a slice, whichever suits your fancy. Not to mention the ease in which it can be made ahead of time, making it a stress-free dessert option.

So, whether you’re a fan of baked coffee treats, layered mocha alternatives, or chocolate espresso cheesecakes, this recipe has got something to please every palate. Don’t believe me? Take one bite and let your taste buds be the final judge.

Embrace this delicious creation and add it to your baking repertoire today. Trust me; it’s worth every single calorie.

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven in every bite
A slice of heaven in every bite

Let me start by giving you a detailed list of all the ingredients required to make this 4 Inch Mocha Cheesecake. This recipe involves the use of a variety of baking essentials such as butter, sugar, cornstarch, and cheesecake ingredients, along with chocolate chips, cocoa powder, and instant coffee to create rich sweet layers of mocha chocolate that will leave you craving for more. Below is a rundown of all the ingredients that you will need to make this delightful cheesecake:

For the Crust:

  • ¾ cup cookie crumbs, finely crushed
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons shortening, melted

For the Filling:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg substitute
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules, dissolved in hot water
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 oz cream

For the Topping:

  • Chocolate ganache
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • Whipped Cream

These are all the ingredients required to make this scrumptious treat. Make sure you gather them all at one place before you delve into the recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect indulgence for any coffee lover
The perfect indulgence for any coffee lover

It’s time to dive into the moment of truth where we make our mocha cheesecake dreams come true. Treat yourself with this delicious and mouth-watering recipe. This 4 inch mocha cheesecake recipe serves 3-4 people or can be a perfect gift to a loved one on any occasion.

Preparing the Cheesecake Crust

There are three easy steps in making the graham cracker crust:

Step 1:

Combine 3/4 cup finely crushed graham cracker crumbs, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules, and 2 tablespoons melted butter in a bowl until they are mixed well.

Step 2:

Press this mixture firmly onto the bottom of a four-inch springform pan. Set aside.

Step 3:

Put it inside the fridge for about 10 minutes or until firm.

Making the Cheesecake Filling

Now it’s time to make the filling:

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 350°F(176°C).

Step 2:

In a mixing bowl, beat 8 ounces(226g) room temperature cream cheese using an electric mixer at medium-high speed until smooth and creamy.

Step 3:

Add 1/4 cup(59ml) sour cream and 1/2 cup(100g) sugar then continue to beat for approximately 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 4:

After that, add 1 egg(replacement: egg substitute ((#ingredient-list))), then mix well with the filling mixture.

Step 5:

Stir in 1 tablespoon(9g) cornstarch, 1 teaspoon(2g) instant coffee granules, and 1/2 teaspoon(2g) cocoa powder then mix until it grants a smooth creamy texture.

Step 6:

Pour the mixture into the pre-prepared crust.

Step 7:

Bake 30-35 minutes or until the edges are set, but the center is still slightly jiggly. Refrigerate overnight before adding toppings.


Here are four great toppings that will take this mocha cheesecake to the next level:

Topping 1:

Top with chocolate ganache by mixing 1/4 cup(56ml) heavy cream and 2/3 cup(120g) chopped semisweet chocolate.

Topping 2:

Sprinkle more graham cracker crumbs or crushed cookie over the top of the cheesecake and whipped cream on the sides to

Substitutions and Variations

 A chocolatey twist on a classic dessert
A chocolatey twist on a classic dessert

Ah, the beauty of baking. With the right ingredients and some imagination, you can create something truly spectacular. Here are some substitutions and variations to help you make this mocha cheesecake recipe your own:

– Cookie Crumbs: If you don’t have graham crackers on hand or don’t like the flavor, try using chocolate wafer cookies or Oreo cookies instead for a rich, chocolatey crust.

– Cheesecake Filling: You can switch up the flavors in your cheesecake filling by using different extracts. Instead of vanilla, try adding almond extract for nutty undertones or peppermint extract for a refreshing twist.

– Chocolate Chips: Swap out the semisweet chocolate chips in the recipe for milk chocolate chips or white chocolate chips.

– Instant Coffee: Use decaf instant coffee if you’re sensitive to caffeine or omit it altogether if you prefer a plain chocolate cheesecake.

– Egg Substitute: Replace eggs with 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce per egg for a vegan option.

– Butter: Use shortening instead of butter for a lighter texture.

– Sour Cream: If you don’t have sour cream on hand, try using Greek yogurt or silken tofu instead for a creamy texture.

– Chocolate Ganache: Drizzle chocolate ganache made with dark chocolate over the top of your baked cheesecake for an extra dose of decadence.

There you have it! Don’t be afraid to experiment and make this recipe your own. The possibilities are endless.

Serving and Pairing

 Rich, decadent, and irresistible
Rich, decadent, and irresistible

Ah, the moment has arrived! The time to draw the curtains, turn on some mellow jazz, and unveil your masterpiece creation – the 4-inch Mocha Cheesecake Recipe. Your guests have arrived, and they can hardly contain their excitement to dig into the rich sweet delicacy that awaits them.

Serving Size

Despite its modest appearance, this heavenly dessert is potent in flavor and packed with rich ingredients. A small piece packs a big punch, so don’t be surprised if your guests ask for seconds after savoring their first bite. A single 4-inch mocha cheesecake is enough to serve approximately two people nicely.

Pairing Suggestions

You may be wondering, what could possibly complement such a delightful dessert? A glass of red wine? Coffee? Both are possibilities and would work well, but allow me to suggest a few unique pairings that will make your taste buds blissfully sing.

Vanilla ice cream – The foundational principles of confectionary pairings are straightforward; contrasting flavors that work in harmony with each other. Creamy vanilla ice cream is a classic example of pairing contradiction. Its icy coolness and sweet vanilla taste perfectly complement the rich sweetness of our 4-inch Mocha Cheesecake while contrasting nicely with its velvety texture.

Espresso – If you’re like me, coffee is not merely a beverage, it’s an entry gate to paradise. So why not make coffee flavored desserts as well? Pairing your mocha cheesecake with espresso adds extra dimension and balance to your taste buds’ experience. Your guests can alternate between bites of silky cheesecake and sips of strong, invigorating espresso, making their palate dance in joy.

Champagne – Few things can make more profound statements than Champagne itself. A glass or two of chilled bubbly pairs exceptionally well with mocha chocolate cheesecake’s richness. It offers a sophisticated contrast to the heavy sweetness while raising the decadent feel of your presentation.

In conclusion, be adventurous with your pairings! The beauty of this recipe is its versatility. You can pair it with anything that you think might complement the rich, velvety texture and bold flavors of the dessert. Remember, have fun, and let your imagination run wild.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Cheesecake and coffee? Yes, please!
Cheesecake and coffee? Yes, please!

Ah, my dear coffee lovers, let me guide you towards the joy of making ahead, storing and reheating your exquisite 4-inch Mocha Cheesecake. This beauty is all about planning and indulging, so fear not, for I have some pearls of wisdom to share with you.

First and foremost, let me tell you that this little wonder can be made ahead of time. In fact, it is recommended that you do so to allow the flavors to meld together and set perfectly. Once you have baked your cheesecake, simply wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator. It will keep there for up to three days.

If you are a lover of freezing (and who isn’t?), you will be over the moon to know that this cheesecake also freezes beautifully. Wrap the cheesecake in plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil before placing it in the freezer. It can be stored for up to three months. You can thaw the cheesecake overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

When reheating your cheesecake (if necessary) there are several options available. Perhaps the easiest is to microwave individual slices for approximately 15 seconds at half power until they are just warmed through but still hold their shape. If you prefer not to use your microwave, then another option is to reheat them in a warm oven at about 250°F for 10-15 minutes until they are warmed through.

Lastly, let me offer one final warning – be sure to store your cheesecakes separately from other foods! Its tempting aroma may make them irresistible and their hidden charms might just entice someone else.

In summary, follow these simple guidelines and enjoy your deliciously layered Mocha Cheesecake whenever you please – it’s perfect for parties or anytime you feel like spoiling yourself. Trust me on this – your taste buds will thank you for it.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect size for a solo indulgence
The perfect size for a solo indulgence

As a seasoned barista, I have come across many recipes for different types of coffee-based drinks and desserts. Through my experience, I’ve learned that there are certain tips and tricks that can ensure that your mocha cheesecake recipe turns out absolutely perfect. Whether you’re a newbie in the kitchen or a seasoned home cook, these tips will help you achieve the best results possible.

1. Room Temperature Ingredients

One of the most important things to keep in mind when making this mocha cheesecake recipe is that all of your ingredients should be at room temperature. Leaving your cream cheese, egg substitute, and butter out for about an hour before starting will greatly improve the texture and consistency of your cheesecake filling.

2. Avoid Overbeating

It’s important not to overbeat your batter when adding in the ingredients one-by-one, especially with the eggs. Overbeating can introduce too much oxygen into the mixture and create air pockets that lead to cracks in your cheesecake.

3. Use Good Quality Chocolate

Using good quality chocolate is essential to get that rich, sweet flavor in your mocha chocolate cheesecake. Opt for semisweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate bars instead of cocoa powder as it adds more chocolate flavor and lends itself to a smoother consistency.

4. Bake at a Low Temperature

Baking your mocha cheesecake at a low temperature, around 325°F, may take longer but it will provide a more even and silky texture because it prevents the surface from drying out and cracking.

5. Add an Extra Boost of Flavor

To give an extra boost of coffee flavor into your mocha cheesecake recipe, try adding some instant coffee granules or espresso powder into the batter. This elevated coffee flavor pairs well with chocolate notes and enhances the overall richness of the dessert.

6. Chill Before Serving

Letting your mocha cheesecake chill in the refrigerator allows for flavors to meld together while also setting up the cheesecake, making it easier to slice through. This makes it a perfect make-ahead dessert for any event or special occasion.

By following these simple tips and tricks, you can guarantee perfect results every time you make this decadent layered mocha cheesecake. Don’t hesitate to get creative with different toppings for your cheesecake such as whipped cream, chocolate ganache, or even fresh berries. Let your ideas and inspirations lead you to create the ultimate cheesecake masterpiece!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this 4 Inch Mocha Cheesecake recipe is the perfect treat for coffee lovers and dessert enthusiasts alike. It’s a rich and sweet dessert, with layers of mocha chocolate and cheesecake that will leave you feeling satisfied and happy. With its easy-to-follow instructions, this recipe can be made by anyone, regardless of their baking experience.

By using high-quality ingredients like cream cheese, sugar, butter, and chocolate chips, you’ll create a creamy and indulgent cheesecake that’s sure to impress your friends and family. Don’t forget to pair it with some freshly brewed coffee or hot chocolate for an even more comforting experience.

Whether you’re looking for a show-stopping dessert for a special occasion or simply want to satisfy your sweet tooth, this 4 Inch Mocha Cheesecake recipe is the perfect choice. So go ahead and give it a try – we guarantee you won’t regret it!

4 Inch Mocha Cheesecake

4 Inch Mocha Cheesecake Recipe

Cooking time includes chilling overnight and setting time for the topping. I adjusted several cheesecake recipes to be used with a 4 or 4 1/2 inch springform cheesecake pan. These small cheesecakes are great for those who cannot finish off a large cheesecake or who want a treat but don't want to tempt themselves to go overboard. If you want to make enough for a 9 inch pan multiply this recipe by 4.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 d
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 286.1 kcal



  • 1/4 cup vanilla wafer, crushed
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons egg substitute
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon shortening
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee


  • Crust: Mix crust ingredient until crumbs are moistened and press into bottom of a 4 inch springform pan.
  • Filling: Combine cream cheese, sugar, and cornstarch. Beat until smooth.
  • Beat in egg substitute. Beat well.
  • Stir in whipping cream.
  • Stir together hot water and coffee.
  • Add coffee and vanilla to cream cheese mixture, stirring until well combined.
  • Stir in melted chocolate.
  • Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 200 and bake for an additional 1 hour and 10 mihnutes or until the center no longer looks wet or shiny.
  • Remove cake from oven and run a knife around the inside edge of the pan.
  • Turn the oven off and return the cake to the oven for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Chill, uncovered, overnight.
  • Topping: In small saucepan melt chocolate and shrotening over low heat, stirring constantly.
  • Stir in coffee till dissolved.
  • Cool to lukewarm, then pour over cheesecake.
  • Chill till topping firms up.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 82gCalories: 286.1kcalCarbohydrates: 13.1gProtein: 5gFat: 24.9gSaturated Fat: 15.2gCholesterol: 64.8mgSodium: 165.1mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 9.8g
Keyword Cheesecake, Dessert
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