Decadent and Creamy Mocha Cheesecake Recipe

Dear coffee and dessert lovers,

I am thrilled to share with you my delicious Mocha Cheesecake recipe. This mouth-watering dessert is a dream come true for anyone who loves the combination of chocolate and coffee. The rich, creamy cheesecake is infused with the bold flavors of espresso and chocolate, making it the perfect indulgent treat for coffee enthusiasts.

As a barista and lover of all things coffee, I have spent countless hours experimenting with different brewing methods and flavor combinations. I wanted to create a dessert that would complement the intense flavor of espresso with the sweetness of chocolate – and this mocha cheesecake recipe does just that.

Whether you are looking to impress guests at a dinner party or simply indulge in something sweet after a long day, this easy-to-follow recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings. Join me in savoring every decadent bite of this layered mocha cheesecake.

So without further ado, let’s grab our aprons and get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mocha Cheesecake
Mocha Cheesecake

Allow me to persuade you, dear reader, on why this mocha cheesecake recipe is worth your time and effort. Picture a luscious cheesecake with a deeply rich chocolate flavor and a subtle coffee twist that will tantalize your taste buds. If you’re a fan of chocolate-covered coffee beans, then this dessert is the perfect indulgence.

This mocha cheesecake recipe combines the creaminess of cream cheese, the sweetness of sugar, and the boldness of instant coffee granules. The graham cracker crust provides a crunchy base to balance out the smooth filling. With chocolate curls as topping, it looks as good as it tastes!

So why should you love this recipe? Here are a few reasons:

Firstly, it’s easy to make. Even if you lack cheesecake-making experience, this particular recipe is quite forgiving; our in-depth instructions cover everything you need to produce a successful dessert each time.

Secondly, it’s perfect for sharing! Why not impress your loved ones or guests at your next gathering with this heavenly treat? With its stunning appearance, they won’t be disappointed.

Thirdly, this recipe is versatile. We’ve included substitution suggestions and variations in case you’d like to experiment with ingredients or make adjustments based on dietary or personal preferences.

Lastly, but certainly not least important, you’ll love this mocha cheesecake because it’s downright delicious! Chocolate and coffee lovers have discovered their ideal match in this decadent creation. Trust us; one bite will leave you in culinary heaven.

In essence, making our mocha cheesecake is an opportunity to create something extraordinary without spending countless hours in the kitchen or spending an exorbitant amount of money. So why not indulge yourself and have some fun experimenting with flavors? Trust me; this dessert is bound to become your new favorite!

Ingredient List

 Satisfy your sweet tooth with this decadent Mocha Cheesecake!
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this decadent Mocha Cheesecake!

Here is a list of all the ingredients you will need to make this delicious Mocha Cheesecake recipe:

For the crust:

  • 2 cups graham crackers, finely crushed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules

For the mocha cheesecake filling:

  • 3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 and 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules or espresso powder
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 eggs + 1 egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 oz sour cream, room temperature
  • 2 shots espresso

For the topping:

  • 8 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Chocolate curls and chocolate-covered coffee beans, for garnish

You can easily find most of these ingredients at a local grocery store or supermarket. However, for some of the specialized ones like chocolate curls or chocolate-covered coffee beans, you might need to visit a gourmet store. Gather all the ingredients before starting to ensure you do not forget anything.

The Recipe How-To

 Rich chocolate and smooth cream cheese come together in this dreamy dessert.
Rich chocolate and smooth cream cheese come together in this dreamy dessert.

Preparing Crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs with 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and 8 tbsp (1 stick) of melted butter in a bowl.
  3. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan using a flat-bottomed glass or measuring cup.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  5. Let it cool while you prepare the filling.

Making Filling

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, beat 24 oz softened cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  2. Gradually add in 1 1/4 cups of granulated sugar, beating until it is light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in 2 tbsp instant coffee granules dissolved in 2 tsp of water, 3 large eggs (one at a time), and 8 oz of sour cream.
  4. Stir in 6 oz of chocolate chips that have been melted together with 2 shots of espresso and cooled slightly.
  5. Pour the mixture into the cooled crust.
  6. Place the cheesecake on a large baking sheet, and bake for one hour or until set in the middle.

Finishing Touches

  1. Remove cheesecake from oven, but leave it in springform pan.
  2. Allow it to cool to room temperature before chilling in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Once chilled, remove cheesecake from springform pan.
  4. Garnish with crushed chocolate-covered coffee beans, chocolate curls, or sliced fruit.

Note: To make this recipe more indulgent, top cheesecake with ganache made by heating ¼ cup heavy cream and pouring it over a bowl of semisweet chocolate chopped finely.

This mocha cheesecake recipe is rich, smooth, and an excellent dessert for coffee lovers. The subtle coffee flavor blends perfectly with the chocolate cheesecake base to create a deliciously indulgent treat. It’s versatile in that it can be served with a wide range of toppings, so there’s always something to please every palate. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Impress your friends and family with this show-stopping dessert.
Impress your friends and family with this show-stopping dessert.

One of the best things about cheesecake is its versatility. With some simple substitutions and variations, you can easily put a unique spin on your mocha cheesecake recipe.

If you’re looking for a caffeine-free option, simply omit the instant coffee granules and use vanilla extract instead of mocha flavoring. To add some extra crunch, try incorporating crushed Oreo cookies or chocolate wafer crumbs into the crust.

For a richer chocolaty flavor, swap out the semisweet chocolate for dark chocolate in the filling or sprinkle some finely chopped chocolate on top of the finished cheesecake. You could also experiment with different types of chocolate such as white chocolate or milk chocolate to create a uniquely flavored mocha cheesecake.

If you prefer a lighter texture, consider using light cream cheese or sour cream in place of regular cream cheese. And if you’re following a vegan or gluten-free diet, there are plenty of alternatives to traditional cheesecake ingredients that will still produce a delicious mocha-flavored dessert.

Another fun way to jazz up your mocha cheesecake is to explore different toppings and garnishes. Whipped cream, fresh raspberries, caramel sauce, cherries or hazelnuts are all popular options. You could even make a marbled mocha and vanilla cheesecake by dividing the filling into two separate bowls and adding cocoa powder to one bowl and vanilla to the other before layering them on top of each other in the crust.

There is no limit to what you can do with this versatile recipe. So get creative, experiment with your favorite ingredients, and enjoy your own unique twist on this classic dessert!

Serving and Pairing

 A slice of heaven on a plate.
A slice of heaven on a plate.

After all that hard work and effort creating your delicious Mocha Cheesecake, it’s time to serve it in style! This decadent dessert requires minimal effort when it comes to presentation, as its irresistible appearance speaks for itself. An ideal way to serve the Mocha Cheesecake is to slice it into thick pieces, dusting the plate with a generous scattering of powdered sugar, adding a dollop of whipped cream alongside for an extra indulgent touch.

On top of enjoying this luxurious dessert on its own, there are several pairing options to choose from that can elevate your experience. For a classic coffee-inspired pairing, serve a small shot of espresso beside the cheesecake to complement the coffee flavor profile. Alternatively, you could opt for a tall glass of cold milk or a frothy latte to contrast the richness and density of the cheesecake.

Not only does this dessert make an impressive dinner party centerpiece, but it’s also a perfect indulgence for afternoon tea or even breakfast! Yes, you heard it right. There’s no stipulation which mealtime is reserved for dessert, and sometimes it’s nice to savor treats whenever you want. Whether you choose to serve your Mocha cheesecake on your finest china for an elegant brunch or with your favorite mug of coffee as comfort food during cold winter mornings, this delicious dessert will surely satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.

In conclusion, when serving and pairing up Mocha cheesecake don’t be afraid of experimenting with different modes of presentations and flavors; Remember, after all life is too short not to indulge in some little pleasures.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Perfect pairing for a hot cup of coffee or tea.
Perfect pairing for a hot cup of coffee or tea.

Now, let’s talk about how to make ahead, store and reheat this mouth-watering mocha cheesecake. This delectable dessert can be made a day or two in advance so that it’s ready for serving without the last-minute hassle.

The best way to store this cheesecake is to wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate it. It will keep fresh for up to three days in the fridge. To prevent any unwanted moisture, place a piece of parchment paper between the cake and the wrap. If you need to store it for longer than three days, you can freeze it for up to two months, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and aluminum foil.

When reheating your cake, leave it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it. Take it out of the fridge 30 minutes before serving so that it’s at room temperature. You can also heat individual slices of the cheesecake in the oven or microwave. In the oven, you can reheat at 300℉ (150℃) for about 10 minutes or until warm. In the microwave, use a low power setting and reheat for 15 seconds at a time.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy this rich and creamy dessert is with a cup of strong coffee or espresso. It’s a perfect evening treat after a long day or an excellent finisher for a fancy dinner party. And don’t worry about leftovers because any uneaten portions will still taste just as delectable tomorrow!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect treat for any special occasion.
The perfect treat for any special occasion.

Now that you have all the ingredients ready, it’s time to get started on the mocha cheesecake! Here are some expert tips to ensure the perfect results.

Firstly, make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature before starting. This will help the ingredients incorporate better and create a smoother texture for the cheesecake. In particular, be sure that the cream cheese is completely softened before beginning.

When making the crust, be sure to press it firmly into the bottom of the pan and up the sides. This will ensure an even layer and prevent any cracks or gaps from forming.

Another tip is to let your cheesecake cool completely before attempting to remove it from the pan. This will prevent any cracking or splitting along the edges. You can also try running a knife around the edges of the cheesecake to loosen it up before removing it from the pan.

If you want to take your mocha cheesecake to the next level, consider adding some chocolate curls or chocolate-covered coffee beans as a topping. This will not only add an extra layer of flavor but also make it look almost too pretty to eat!

Lastly, if you have any leftovers, be sure to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Cheesecake can last for up to 5 days in the fridge, but it’s unlikely it will make it that long before being devoured!

Follow these tips and you’ll have a perfectly creamy and delicious mocha cheesecake every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this mocha cheesecake recipe is a must-try for all coffee and chocolate lovers out there. With its luscious texture and indulgent flavor, it is sure to impress anyone who tastes it. Whether you’re serving it as an elegant dessert at a dinner party or enjoying a slice for yourself, this recipe will not disappoint.

Remember to follow the ingredient list and recipe how-to carefully to ensure the best results. Don’t be afraid to experiment with substitutions and variations to make the recipe your own. And lastly, don’t forget to check out our tips for perfect results and FAQ sections for any questions you may have.

So what are you waiting for? Gather up your ingredients, grab a cup of coffee, and get ready to bake the most delicious mocha cheesecake you’ve ever tasted. Trust me, it will be worth it. Happy baking!

Mocha Cheesecake

Mocha Cheesecake Recipe

What is better than chocolate and coffee?! Yum! Posted by request! 🙂
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cheesecake
Calories 486.1 kcal



  • 1 1/2 cups graham crackers, crushed (I use 1 pkg)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or 1/3 cup margarine, melted


  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Flavored Whip Cream

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • chocolate curls
  • chocolate-covered coffee beans


  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Crust:
  • Stir together graham crumbs, sugar, and butter. Press into 9 inch springform pan.
  • Filling:
  • Combine cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs in one at a time on low speed until combined.
  • Dissolve coffee granules with whipping cream.
  • Melt chocolate with whipping cream on top of double boiler or in microwave. Be careful not to scorch. Cool slightly.
  • Add chocolate mixture to cream cheese and blend well. Stir in sour cream and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Pour mixture into prepared pan. (I usually smack the pan down several times on the counter to get the air bubbles out.).
  • Bake in oven for 45 minutes - 1 hour or until set. Do not overbake. Leave cake in oven and door ajar with heat turned off for 45 minutes. Remove cake from oven. Chill overnight.
  • Flavored Whipping Cream:
  • Just before serving, dissolve coffee into whipping cream and whip. Add in powdered sugar after soft peaks form and beat until stiffer peaks form. Garnish cake with flavored whipping cream. You may also garnish with chocolate curls, chocolate covered coffee beans, etc. :).
  • Enjoy!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 139gCalories: 486.1kcalCarbohydrates: 31.7gProtein: 7.3gFat: 39.6gSaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 132.5mgSodium: 245.9mgFiber: 3gSugar: 21.7g
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