Decadent Mocha Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Greetings coffee aficionados, it’s time to indulge your senses once again. Today, I have a mocha-chocolate cheesecake recipe that’ll knock your socks off! If you’re a fan of caffeine and anything chocolatey, then you’ve come to the right place.

This cheesecake dessert is bursting with flavors that’ll leave you begging for more. The creamy texture of cream cheese blended with sour cream and the boldness of coffee, all coated in rich, velvety chocolate. Sounds like heaven in every bite.

Whether you’re looking for something sweet to end your meal or a unique surprise for a loved one’s birthday, this is the recipe to impress. It’s easy to make, delicious, and worth every penny.

So, get ready for an explosion of flavors and textures that is sure to make your heart skip a beat. Dive into the world of mocha chocolate cheesecake and prepare to be blown away!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mocha-Chocolate Cheesecake
Mocha-Chocolate Cheesecake

Do you love the rich and decadent flavor of chocolate? How about the creamy and tangy taste of cheesecake? Then get ready to fall in love with my Mocha-Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe!

This recipe is perfect for anyone looking to indulge in a luxurious dessert that’s both decadent and satisfying. With layers of deliciously smooth, creamy cheesecake infused with mocha and chocolate flavors, this dessert is guaranteed to be a hit among your family and friends.

What sets this recipe apart from others is its perfect balance of sweetness, creaminess, and bold, rich flavors. The use of instant coffee granules infused with Kahlua ensure a deeply flavorful mocha layer, while finely crushed chocolate wafer cookies create an irresistibly crunchy crust. And let’s not forget about the silky-smooth chocolate ganache on top!

Not only is this Mocha-Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe sure to satisfy any sweet tooth, but it’s also incredibly versatile. You can customize it with your favorite toppings like chocolate curls, powdered sugar, or even more Kahlua for a boozy twist.

Whether you’re looking for an impressive dessert to serve at your next dinner party or simply craving some indulgence after a long week, you won’t be disappointed by this delicious Mocha-Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe.

Ingredient List

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Cheesecake Ingredients:

  • 24 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 3 eggs, room temperature

Mocha Cheesecake Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 teaspoons Kahlua (coffee-flavored liqueur)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped and melted
  • 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature

Chocolate Cheesecake Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs (or chocolate wafer crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup), melted
  • 24 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 and a quarter cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Ganache Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped or bittersweet chocolate chips

The ingredient list for this mocha-chocolate cheesecake recipe is quite extensive. For this layered dessert, you’ll need ingredients for the cheesecake layer, mocha cheesecake layer, chocolate cheesecake layer, and a delicious chocolate ganache topping. While the list may seem daunting at first glance, all the ingredients are easy to find in most grocery stores or online. Let’s dive into the specifics of each layer’s ingredients.

The Recipe How-To

Now, let’s get down to the most exciting part of this recipe article. The Recipe How-To. For this, we’ll need all those Recipe Ingredients mentioned before.

Preparing the crust

First things first, preheat your oven to 325°F. After that, mix together two cups of cookie crumbs with one-fourth cup of powdered sugar and one-fourth cup of melted butter in a bowl. For this recipe, you can use either graham cracker crumbs or finely crushed oreo cookies and work just fine. Mix everything together until you have a thick oreo mixture.

Take a 9-inch springform pan and press the mixture onto its bottom, leveling it as much as possible. Put it in the oven for 10 minutes, then remove it from the oven and let it cool completely at room temperature.

Preparing the filling

Now let’s prepare the filling. In a blender or food processor, finely chop 8 ounces of semisweet chocolate and set aside. Then beat three 8-ounce packages of cream cheese using an electric mixer until they’re smooth and creamy.

After that, add one cup of granulated sugar to the mixture and beat again until you have a fluffy texture. A little secret tip here is to add Kahlua or any other liqueur you prefer (about 2 tablespoons) to balance out the sweetness.

Then add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules diluted in water (or cafe mocha) and three large eggs gradually, while still beating the mixture until all ingredients are fully incorporated.

When everything is blended thoroughly, fold in your finely chopped chocolate bits by hand using a rubber spatula until evenly distributed throughout the cheesecake layer.

Layered mocha-chocolate cheesecake

To make a layered mocha-chocolate cheesecake, as part of our Variations and Substitutions section, pour half of the cheesecake filling on top of the baked crust, then add a layer of homemade chocolate ganache (melted 2 cups of milk chocolate and 1 cup of unsalted butter), and then pour the remaining half of the cheesecake filling. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until the top edges are golden brown.

Recommended serving

Wait until your cheesecake is cooled completely in the pan before cutting it into slices. For presentation, garnish with whipped cream, and sprinkle some chocolate curls on top.

There you have it! An indulgent mocha-chocolate cheesecake recipe that you can easily make at home. Remember to have fun with it and get creative with different variations that suit your impulses.

Substitutions and Variations

 Give in to indulgence with this heavenly mocha-chocolate cheesecake
Give in to indulgence with this heavenly mocha-chocolate cheesecake

Are you someone who loves to experiment in the kitchen? Do you enjoy putting your own spin on classic recipes? If so, then this section is for you! In this section, I will share tips and suggestions for variations and substitutions to make with the mocha-chocolate cheesecake recipe.

We know that some of our customers have dietary requirements or preferences. For those looking for a vegan alternative, use vegan cream cheese instead of regular cream cheese. Also, swap out the eggs with either store-bought egg replacers or a flax egg (which can easily be made using 1 tablespoon of flaxseeds mixed with 3 tablespoons of water).

If you are trying to cut carbs or calories, one alternative would be to use almond flour or coconut flour as a substitute for graham crackers or Oreos in the crust. Additionally, you can replace sugar with natural sweeteners like maple syrup or honey.

For those looking to kick it up a notch, try adding some chopped nuts in the crust or on top of the cheesecake. Some good options include walnuts, almonds, or pecans. A sprinkle of sea salt can also enhance the flavor profile of the cheesecake.

Finally, let’s talk about presentation. Chocolate curls are always a great way to finish off any dessert but you can also make some mocha whipped cream by adding Kahlúa and instant coffee granules while mixing heavy cream. Don’t be afraid to play around with different decorating techniques such as swirling melted chocolate on top or piping ganache into fun designs.

Whatever your preferences are, this recipe welcomes you to explore various flavors and textures in order to create an unforgettable cheesecake experience.

Serving and Pairing

 Chocolate and coffee - a match made in dessert heaven
Chocolate and coffee – a match made in dessert heaven

Serving and pairing is vital in any recipe; it elevates the flavors and adds a touch of personality to your dish. The Mocha-Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe pairs perfectly with coffee, preferably with a shot of Kahlua or Café Mocha. The creamy and decadent cheesecake complements nicely with the bittersweet coffee, giving you a well-rounded experience.

If you are serving this cheesecake for dessert, I recommend serving it chilled, topped with chocolate curls and powdered sugar, as it will give it an elegant finish that resembles café-style desserts.

Suppose you’re looking to serve this for a crowd. In that case, I suggest serving it in bite-sized pieces to create mini cheesecake bites instead of the traditional slice; this way, your guests can enjoy without feeling overwhelmed.

Another option is to pair Mocha-Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe with some fresh fruits like strawberries, raspberries or cherries. Their sweet and tangy flavor cuts through the rich and creamy taste of the cheesecake, balancing everything out.

Lastly, if you are feeling adventurous or looking for something with a little bit of extra kick to it, make some chocolate ganache to drizzle over the tops of each slice before serving. This will add an extra layer of decadence that will please anyone who has a sweet tooth.

In conclusion, Mocha-Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe is a versatile dish that makes an excellent addition to any get-together or celebration. Its velvety texture and rich flavors pair perfectly with coffee drinks or fresh fruits. It’s all up to your personal preference; choose what best suits you and enjoy every bite!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 One slice of this cheesecake is never enough
One slice of this cheesecake is never enough

One of the great things about this mocha-chocolate cheesecake is that you can prepare it ahead of time and store in the fridge before serving. It’s a perfect dessert option for parties and gatherings, as it allows you to focus on other preparations while still offering guests a delicious treat.

To make your life easier, I recommend making this cheesecake at least one day in advance to give enough time for it to chill and for the flavors to develop. After baking, let the cheesecake cool completely at room temperature before wrapping it tightly with plastic wrap or foil and storing it in the fridge for up to three days.

When you’re ready to serve, remove the cheesecake from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before slicing into it. This will allow it to soften slightly, which results in a creamier texture.

If you have leftovers or want to store the cheesecake for an extended period, you can also freeze it. Simply wrap each slice of cheesecake individually with plastic wrap, then put them in airtight containers or freezer bags. Cheesecake can also be frozen whole, but I suggest freezing individual pieces to save space in your freezer. Cheesecake can be kept in the freezer for up to two months.

To reheat leftover mocha-chocolate cheesecake, simply place a slice on a plate and microwave it for about 20 seconds or until heated through. Or you can preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C), put slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes until heated through.

Remember that reheating will cause the chocolate curls to melt so if you want your cake looking aesthetically pleasing serve without chocolate curls on top if reheated.

Now go ahead and make this delicious mocha-chocolate cheesecake without any worries about storing or reheating – It’s easy as pie!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Sink your teeth into layers of creamy, chocolatey goodness
Sink your teeth into layers of creamy, chocolatey goodness

Now that you have all the ingredients and steps needed to make this delicious Mocha-Chocolate Cheesecake, let me share with you some tips that will help ensure perfect results every time.

Firstly, it’s important to use room temperature ingredients. Take out the cream cheese, eggs, sour cream, and butter ahead of time and let them sit on the counter for about an hour. Room temperature ingredients not only blend more easily but also create a smoother batter.

Secondly, don’t overmix the batter. While blending the cheesecake ingredients, remember to beat them at low speed. Overmixing can cause the cheesecake to crack or become dry, which is not what we want for this yummy dessert.

Thirdly, use a water bath when baking your cheesecake. Wrap your springform pan with foil and place it in a larger roasting pan where hot water will be poured to about halfway up the side of the pan. This technique helps distribute heat evenly and prevents a dry top layer or cracks on the cake’s surface during baking.

Fourthly, avoid opening the oven door during baking as it can also cause cracking or prevent even cooking. Letting cool air into the oven changes its internal temperature and can negatively affect your cheesecake.

Finally, refrigerate your cheesecake for at least 4 hours before serving or until it has set perfectly. Cover it lightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in the fridge. To serve your cake smoothly without sticking to knives or ladles, dip them both in hot water before each cut.

By following these tips, you will achieve perfect results every time you make this rich decadent Mocha-Chocolate Cheesecake that will impress all chocolate lovers at any gathering or special occasion!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this mocha-chocolate cheesecake recipe is definitely a must-try for every coffee and chocolate lover. With its rich, decadent layers of mocha and chocolate flavors, this cheesecake will tantalize your taste buds with every bite. Whether you decide to serve it with whipped cream, chocolate curls, or fresh berries, you will surely impress your guests.

So why not give it a try? With easy-to-follow instructions, tons of substitution and variation ideas, and tips for perfect results, you are sure to be successful in baking this delicious dessert. And if you have any questions or concerns along the way, check out the FAQ section or reach out to professional bakers for help.

In addition, this mocha-chocolate cheesecake recipe is versatile enough to accommodate various dietary needs and preferences. Whether you are looking for a low-carb, vegan, or weight watchers option, there are plenty of substitutions you can make without sacrificing taste or texture.

So go ahead and indulge in this mouth-watering mocha-chocolate cheesecake today! I guarantee that once you take your first bite of layered mocha and chocolate ganache goodness, you’ll be hooked.

Mocha-Chocolate Cheesecake

Mocha-Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

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Prep Time 1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 nine-inch cheesecake
Calories 6846.6 kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter or 1/4 cup margarine, plus
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter or 1/4 cup margarine, melted
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted
  • 8 (1 ounce) semi-sweet chocolate baking squares
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons Kahlua
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • chocolate curls


  • In a bowl, combine the chocolate wafer crumbs and melted butter; stir well to combine.
  • Press mixture into bottom and 1-inch up sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
  • Sprinkle with slivered almonds; chill.
  • Add semisweet chocolate to the top of a double boiler; bring water to a boil; lower heat; cook until chocolate melts, stirring occasionally.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, using an electric mixer, until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually add in 1 cup sugar; beating well.
  • Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add in melted chocolate, beating until smooth.
  • Crush coffee granules with a mortal/pestle or the back of a spoon.
  • Combine coffee, Kahlua, and vanilla; add to chocolate mixture, beating well.
  • Fold in sour cream.
  • Pour cheesecake filling into crumb crust; place on baking sheet.
  • Bake in a 350° oven for 1 hour.
  • Turn oven off and let cheesecake stand in oven for 30 minutes with the door partially open.
  • Remove from oven; cool on wire rack.
  • Cover and chill at least 8 hours.
  • Beat whipping cream until foamy; gradually add in powdered sugar, beating until soft peaks form.
  • Remove sides of springform pan; pipe or dollop whipped cream around edge of cheesecake.
  • Garnish with chocolate curls.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 2028gCalories: 6846.6kcalCarbohydrates: 518.2gProtein: 91.7gFat: 512.1gSaturated Fat: 286.6gCholesterol: 1805.5mgSodium: 4127mgFiber: 19.8gSugar: 424.7g
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