Decadent Espresso Cheesecake: A Rich Indulgence

Welcome coffee and cheesecake lovers! Are you looking for a way to combine your two favorite treats in one delicious dessert? Look no further than this irresistible espresso cheesecake recipe. With a rich and creamy texture, bold coffee flavor, and satisfyingly sweet crust, this dessert is sure to impress everyone at the table.

As a barista and pastry chef, I’ve spent years perfecting the art of espresso-based desserts, and this particular recipe holds a special place in my heart. It’s a crowd-pleaser that never fails to leave people asking for seconds (and sometimes thirds!). But don’t just take my word for it; give it a try yourself and taste the magic.

Whether you’re looking for a dessert to serve at your next dinner party or simply seeking a sweet treat to enjoy with your morning cup of coffee, this espresso cheesecake hits all the right notes. So grab your apron and get ready to indulge in pure bliss with every bite.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Espresso Cheesecake
Espresso Cheesecake

Looking for the perfect dessert that combines your love for espresso and cheesecake? Look no further than this incredible espresso cheesecake recipe!

What’s not to love about a rich and creamy cheesecake filling infused with the bold flavor of instant espresso coffee powder, topped with a decadent espresso ganache and set on an oreo crust? Not only is this treat delicious, it’s also a showstopper – sure to impress guests.

But why settle for just any ordinary cheesecake when you can indulge in the buzz-worthy flavor of espresso? The addition of instant espresso coffee powder elevates this classic dessert into something truly special. The intensity of the coffee flavor balances perfectly with the cream cheese, creating a dessert that practically dissolves in your mouth.

And let’s not forget about the ganache – silky smooth and packed with even more rich espresso flavor. Drizzled over the top of each slice, it adds an extra layer of indulgence that’s simply irresistible.

Plus, this recipe is versatile enough to be adapted to different preferences. Swap out the oreo crust for a graham cracker crust, or add a touch of cocoa powder to the filling to create a chocolate espresso cheesecake. Or skip the cheesecake entirely and try mini coffee cheesecakes instead!

All in all, this espresso cheesecake recipe is perfect for anyone who loves decadent desserts that are easy to make but taste like they came from a five-star restaurant. So go ahead and treat yourself (and your loved ones) today!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven with every bite.
A slice of heaven with every bite.

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this delicious espresso cheesecake:
For the crust:
– 1 and 1/2 cups of crushed Oreo cookies
– 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted

  • For the cheesecake filling:
  • 1 tablespoon of instant espresso coffee powder
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 3 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs

  • For the espresso cheesecake ganache topping:

  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon of instant espresso coffee powder
  • 4 oz of dark chocolate, finely chopped

This recipe requires some special ingredients such as instant espresso coffee powder and Oreo cookies in order to achieve its unique taste. Make sure you purchase them beforehand to follow the recipe. The cheesecake filling is made out of basic ingredients such as cream cheese, sugar, and eggs. The ganache topping which makes this dessert visually stunning is composed of three simple ingredients: coffee, heavy cream, and dark chocolate.

The Recipe How-To

 Rich, creamy, and full of flavor.
Rich, creamy, and full of flavor.

Now, for the fun part! Let’s make this Espresso Cheesecake Recipe happen.

Making the Oreo Crust

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a bowl, mix together 2 cups of crushed Oreo cookies and 2 tablespoons of melted butter.
  3. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan, making sure to press it down evenly.
  4. Bake it in the preheated oven for 10 minutes or until crust is set.

Making the Espresso Cheesecake Filling

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat together 3 pounds of cream cheese until it is smooth.
  2. Add in 1¼ cups of granulated sugar and continue to beat until well combined.
  3. Mix in 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and ⅓ cup of sour cream.
  4. Next, add in 4 large eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Dissolve 1/2 cup instant espresso coffee powder in 1/4 cup boiling water until it becomes a paste.
  6. Add espresso paste to cheesecake mixture and mix well.
  7. Pour the cheesecake filling over the cooled Oreo crust, smoothing out the top with a spatula.

Baking and Cooling

  1. Bake the cheesecake at 325°F (160°C) for about 55-60 minutes or until the edges are firm but the center is still slightly jiggly.
  2. Turn off oven but keep cheesecake inside with door slightly open for another hour to let it cool down gradually.
  3. After cooling, run a knife around the edge to loosen it from the pan and then remove it from the springform pan.

Making Espresso Cheesecake Ganache

  1. In a saucepan, mix together 1 cup heavy cream and 1/2 cup packed brown sugar over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Turn off the heat and add in 8 oz chopped dark chocolate and 1/3 cup instant espresso coffee powder.
  3. Stir it constantly until the chocolate is melted and evenly combined with the other ingredients.
  4. Pour this ganache on top of cheescake.

Ta-da! Your irresistible Espresso Cheesecake Ganache is ready to serve. Do not forget to top it with some whip cream and dusted cocoa powder to give it the perfect finishing touch!

Substitutions and Variations

 Coffee and cheesecake, the perfect match!
Coffee and cheesecake, the perfect match!

Looking to switch things up in the kitchen? Here are some substitutions and variations to try when making your espresso cheesecake.

– Instead of using cream cheese, try using a combination of ricotta cheese and mascarpone for a lighter, fluffier texture.

– Don’t have instant espresso coffee powder on hand? No problem! You can use brewed coffee or even hojicha latte powder for a unique twist.

– For a no-bake option, substitute the traditional crust with crushed Oreos and top with a whipped cream and chocolate ganache. This mini version of coffee cheesecake is perfect for parties or to have on hand for indulgent snacks.

– Looking for an extra layer of flavor? Mix in some chocolate chips or cocoa powder to your cheesecake filling for a decadent chocolate espresso cheesecake.

– Feeling adventurous? Swap out the Oreo crust with a chocolate cake crust for an even richer dessert.

These substitutions and variations bring new flavors and textures to this classic espresso cheesecake recipe. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredients and techniques to make this recipe truly your own!

Serving and Pairing

 Treat yourself to a little indulgence.
Treat yourself to a little indulgence.

After the hard work of preparing this delectable Espresso Cheesecake, serving and pairing is the final and most awaited step. This cheesecake is an all-time dessert favorite that can go well with various pairings, depending on your preference.

One of the most traditional ways to serve this espresso cheesecake is with a steaming cup of coffee. The robust flavors of espresso in the cake marry so well with the taste of freshly brewed coffee. You can serve it alongside a hot latte or cappuccino, or even whipped cream for those who prefer lighter coffee drinks.

If you prefer a more daring and sophisticated pairing, then a bold red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot can be an ideal match. The tannins and dark fruit flavors in the wine blend seamlessly with the deep, rich flavors in the cheesecake, making each bite and sip a memorable experience.

For chocolate lovers, pairing this espresso cheesecake with a glass of chocolate ganache will undoubtedly bring sheer delight to your tastebuds. The smoothness and creaminess of chocolate ganache complement the cheese’s tanginess perfectly, creating an explosion of flavors in your mouth.

Aside from the suggested pairings above, you may also try different options such as Hojicha Latte, Espresso Martini, tiramisu cheesecake, Ricotta Cheesecake, Chocolate Cheesecake, Mini Coffee Cheesecake or whatever you feel complements your preference.

In conclusion, this espresso cheesecake recipe is versatile enough to have different serving and pairing combinations. There’s no right or wrong way to serve it; it all depends on what you like best. So go ahead and experiment until your senses are satisfied!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Espresso and cheesecake - a match made in heaven!
Espresso and cheesecake – a match made in heaven!

Making a cheesecake takes time, and it’s understandable if you want to make it ahead of time. Fortunately, this Espresso Cheesecake recipe can easily be made ahead and stored properly.

To make ahead, let the cheesecake cool down completely before wrapping it tightly with plastic wrap. Then cover it with aluminum foil or place it in an airtight container. It can last up to four days in the fridge.

Reheating the cheesecake is easy. First, take the cheesecake out of the refrigerator and remove the plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Once warmed up, place the cheesecake directly in the oven, no need to remove it from the springform pan as this will help keep its shape. Bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on how much of it you’re reheating. Don’t overbake! This will cause it to dry out and lose its original texture.

Alternatively, if you don’t have an oven or don’t feel like turning it on, you can microwave slices of cheesecake on a microwave-safe plate for about 15-30 seconds until they’re slightly warm.

Storing any leftovers is very simple too. Just like when making ahead, wrap it well with plastic wrap or store in an airtight container, and place it in the fridge or freezer.

Overall, this Espresso Cheesecake Recipe is perfect for busy people who want to have dessert ready without spending hours in the kitchen. Whether you want to make ahead, store or reheat this treat – just follow these simple steps and enjoy your delicious espresso cheesecake anytime!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Satisfy your cravings with this heavenly dessert.
Satisfy your cravings with this heavenly dessert.

As an experienced barista and cheesecake enthusiast, I have accumulated a variety of tips and tricks that can help you create the perfect espresso cheesecake at home. The following are some tips to consider before you start assembling your cheesecake.

Tip 1: Soften Cream Cheese Properly

For a smooth texture and a creamy filling, it is important to soften your cream cheese properly. Leave the cream cheese at room temperature for at least 1 hour before mixing it with other ingredients. This will ensure that it blends smoothly and evenly.

Tip 2: Use Room Temperature Ingredients

Using ingredients that are at room temperature, like eggs and sour cream, can help prevent lumps from forming in your cheesecake batter. When ingredients are too cold, they tend to clump together instead of mixing smoothly.

Tip 3: Add Coffee Flavor Carefully

Espresso is a crucial flavor element in espresso cheesecake recipe, but adding too much instant espresso coffee powder can make the filling bitter. Hence, I suggest adding the coffee powder gradually to get the desired level of coffee flavor in your cheesecake filling.

Tip 4: Beware of Over-Beating Eggs

When preparing the cheesecake filling, take care not to over-beat eggs because this can cause the filling to puff up excessively while baking – which leads to cracks on top or sinking in the center. Beat your eggs just enough so that they mix well with other ingredients without creating bubbles.

Tip 5: Don’t Over-Bake Your Cheesecake

Baking times vary depending on the oven used and such variables impact how long your espresso cheesecake needs to cook. Avoid over-baking as it can lead to dryness which could spoil the groovy texture of an ideal cheesecake.

By following these tips along with specific instructions mentioned in the recipe, you’re sure going to bake the perfect Espresso Cheesecake.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you’re a coffee lover who craves a dessert that accentuates the robust, bitter flavor of espresso, then this Espresso Cheesecake Recipe is for you. With just the perfect balance of creamy, smooth, and rich cheesecake filling infused with instant espresso coffee powder, you’ll experience an explosion of flavors in every bite.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or need something to satisfy your sweet tooth, this recipe is sure to impress. You can also make your cheesecake unique by trying different variations and substitutions like adding chocolate chips or using crushed Oreos as a crust.

With its texture, flavor, and presentation, this Espresso Cheesecake Recipe is a perfect indulgent dessert that will leave you feeling satisfied and impressed by its taste. Once you try it, be prepared to have everyone asking for seconds.

So go ahead, try out the recipe today and get ready to be praised for your impressive barista skills in the kitchen!

Espresso Cheesecake

Espresso Cheesecake Recipe

The subtle taste of espresso permeates this creamy cheesecake.
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Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Fusion
Calories 464.9 kcal


  • 1 cup finely crushed chocolate wafer (14 wafers)
  • 1 cup ground slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder
  • 3 tablespoons coffee liqueur
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 eggs, slightly beaten
  • chocolate-covered espresso beans, garnishment


  • In small bowl, combine chocolate wafers, almonds and butter. Press mixture evenly onto bottom and 2 inches up side of 9 inch springform pan; refrigerate.
  • In small saucepan, combine chocolate, water and espresso powder. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate starts to melt. Remove from heat; stir until smooth. Stir in liqueur; cool.
  • In large mixer bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla on medium speed until smooth. Add eggs, beating on lowest mixer speed, just until blended (do not over beat). Reserve 2 cups cream cheese mixture; set aside. Stir cooled chocolate mixture into remaining cream cheese mixture, stirring just until combined; pour into crust.
  • Place pan on baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 F oven until edge is set and center is soft set (about 30 minutes). Carefully pour reserved filling mixture around edge of cheesecake; gently spread evenly over entire surface. Continue baking until center appears nearly set (20-25 minutes). Cool on wire rack 10 minutes.
  • Using a thin knife, carefully loosen side of cheesecake from pan.
  • Cool 30 minutes more; remove side of pan. Refrigerate, covered, 4 hours or overnight.
  • To Serve: Garnish with chocolate covered espresso beans. Cut into wedges.

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Serving: 128gCalories: 464.9kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 9.1gFat: 34.5gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 134.8mgSodium: 306.6mgFiber: 2.6gSugar: 23.8g
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