Delight in Every Bite: Mocha Rum Cheesecake Recipe

Wow, have I got a treat for you today! As a barista and coffee enthusiast, I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate my favorite drink into my baking exploits. And boy, do I have a recipe for you coffee and dessert lovers out there: Mocha Rum Cheesecake.

This recipe is the perfect combination of rich, creamy cheesecake and the bold flavors of mocha and rum. The chocolatey sweetness of the mocha mixed with the warm notes of rum gives this delectable cheesecake the perfect balance of flavors.

But don’t worry if you’re not a fan of alcohol in your desserts. This recipe is versatile, and you can easily skip the rum without losing any of its decadent flavor. Plus, with easy-to-find ingredients and simple steps to follow, this recipe is sure to become one of your go-to favorites.

So grab yourself a cup of joe and get ready to indulge in this deliciously addictive Mocha Rum Cheesecake.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mocha Rum Cheesecake
Mocha Rum Cheesecake

Are you ready to take your dessert game to the next level? Look no further than this delectable Mocha Rum Cheesecake recipe.

Why will you love this recipe? Let me count the ways. First off, the combination of chocolate and rum is simply heavenly. The mocha and rum blend together to create a rich and decadent flavor that will have you coming back for seconds (and maybe even thirds).

Not only is the taste absolutely amazing, but this cheesecake is also stunning to look at. You can garnish it with fresh raspberries or mint leaves for a pop of color and flavor.

But that’s not all – this recipe is also incredibly versatile. You can easily customize it to your own tastes by adjusting the amount of rum or adding in some additional flavors like coffee or caramel.

And did we mention how easy it is to make? While it looks and tastes like a complicated dessert, this Mocha Rum Cheesecake only requires a few basic ingredients and some simple steps. Even if you’re not an experienced baker, you’ll be able to impress your friends and family with this show-stopping dessert.

So what are you waiting for? Whip up a Mocha Rum Cheesecake today and prepare to be amazed by the incredible flavor and beauty of this dessert.

Ingredient List

 Indulge in the rich and decadent Mocha Rum Cheesecake
Indulge in the rich and decadent Mocha Rum Cheesecake

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this drool-worthy Mocha Rum Cheesecake recipe:

For the crust:

  • 2 cups of crushed chocolate cookies
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

For the filling:

  • 1 1/2 lb cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the topping:

  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Fresh raspberries

Make sure to have these ingredients on hand before starting this recipe. You don’t want to be caught short on any of the essentials.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect treat for coffee and chocolate lovers
The perfect treat for coffee and chocolate lovers

Let’s jump right into creating this delicious and decadent dessert.

Step 1: Preparing the Crust

– 2 cups crushed chocolate wafers
– ¼ cup melted butter

To begin, preheat your oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, combine the crushed chocolate wafers with melted butter. Mix them together until well combined.

You can use a food processor or simply place the chocolate wafers in a sealed plastic bag and crush them using a rolling pin.

Next, press the mixture onto the bottom of your 9-inch springform pan. Make sure to press it evenly onto the pan’s bottom, then bake the crust for about 10 minutes. Set it aside to cool.

Step 2: Making the Cheesecake Filling

– 3 cups cream cheese, softened
– 1 ¼ cups caster sugar
– 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
– 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
– 2 tablespoons dark rum
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 4 large eggs

In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese on low speed until softened. Gradually add in caster sugar and flour while continuing to beat on low speed until fully combined.

Once combined, mix in instant coffee granules and dark rum. Then add vanilla extract and eggs one by one, beating each egg just enough that it is combined.

Now pour the cheesecake mixture onto the baked crust while taking care not to disturb its surface.

Step 3: Baking the Cheesecake

Place the cheesecake pan in a larger baking dish full of hot water. The water level should come halfway up on your springform pan’s sides.

Then bake at 325°F for about 70 minutes or until set around edges and center still wobbles slightly.

Step 4: Making the Mocha Rum Topping

– 1 cup sour cream
– 1/3 cup caster sugar
– 2 tablespoon dark rum
– 2 tablespoon instant coffee granules
– ½ oz melted dark chocolate

Once baked, mix together the sour cream, caster sugar, dark rum, instant coffee granules and melted dark chocolate. Spread this mixture over the cheesecake’s surface and bake for another 10 minutes in a preheated oven at 375°F.

Step 5: Finishing and Cooling

After baking, remove the baked cheesecake from the oven and let it cool to room temperature. Once cooled to room temperature, cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least four hours.

Finally, serve your glorious mocha rum cheesecake with fresh mint leaves or raspberries as a topping for a perfect blend of flavors.

Substitutions and Variations

 The elegant swirls of chocolate and cream will melt your heart
The elegant swirls of chocolate and cream will melt your heart

Don’t be afraid to get a little creative and spice things up! Here are some substitution and variation ideas for the Mocha Rum Cheesecake recipe:

– Topping: While raspberries and mint are great for garnishing this cheesecake, you can also experiment with different fruits like strawberries, blueberries, or even cherries. Don’t limit yourself to just fruit either. Why not add a dollop of whipped cream or a sprinkle of chocolate shavings?

– Flour: If you prefer a gluten-free option, swap out the flour for almond flour or coconut flour. These flours have a finer texture than wheat flour and give the cheesecake a nuttier flavor.

– Sugar: For a healthier substitute, swap out the caster sugar for maple syrup or honey. While these sweeteners are still high in sugar, they have added nutrients like vitamins and minerals that white sugar does not.

– Cream cheese: Want to lower the fat content? You can substitute with low-fat cream cheese or even Greek yogurt.

– No Rum: If you don’t want to include alcohol in your recipe, replace the rum with 1/4 cup of coffee or espresso instead.

– Coffee: Instead of instant coffee granules, why not try using freshly brewed coffee or espresso? This will give your cheesecake a stronger coffee flavor and a gourmet touch.

Experimenting with substitutions is all about finding what works best for you. Mix and match elements until you’ve created your perfect personalized version of the Mocha Rum Cheesecake recipe. The possibilities are endless!

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready to fall in love with this heavenly dessert
Get ready to fall in love with this heavenly dessert

Now, it’s time to indulge in your homemade Mocha Rum Cheesecake! This dessert is perfect for all occasions and is sure to impress your guests.

To achieve the ultimate experience, I suggest serving the cheesecake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a sprig of fresh mint and some tart raspberries. The creamy texture and bold flavor of the cheesecake pairs perfectly with the tartness of the raspberries and the refreshing finish of mint.

You can also enjoy a slice of Mocha Rum Cheesecake by itself or with a dollop of whipped cream on top. Its rich flavor and smooth texture makes it a perfect dessert on its own.

For those who prefer something stronger, pair your cheesecake with a glass of hot buttered rum or a traditional cappuccino. The richness of the chocolate and hints of coffee perfectly complement these warm, nostalgic drinks.

Additionally, due to its decadent taste and bold flavors, this cheesecake is best served at the end of a meal. It’s an excellent way to round off a dinner party with friends or family.

Overall, there are endless possibilities when it comes to pairing this delicious dessert. Get creative and experiment with your favorite drinks and toppings to discover your perfect combination.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect balance of sweet and tangy in every bite
The perfect balance of sweet and tangy in every bite

I love making this mocha rum cheesecake in advance for a stress-free dessert option. This recipe can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days before serving, or it can be frozen for up to 3 months.

If you plan on storing this cheesecake in the fridge, it’s best to keep it in an airtight container to prevent any odors from affecting the flavor. Before serving, you can let it sit at room temperature for about 15-30 minutes or so to allow the cheesecake to soften slightly.

Reheating is also an option if you prefer your cheesecake served warm. To reheat, remove the cheesecake from the fridge or freezer and let it come to room temperature. From there, you can place it in a preheated oven at 325°F and warm it up for about 10-15 minutes.

For those who want a convenient keto-friendly option, you could try substituting the sugar with a keto-friendly sweetener and using almond flour instead of regular flour. You’ll get all the deliciousness without breaking your keto diet.

Overall, this mocha rum cheesecake recipe is perfect for those who want a dessert option that can be prepared in advance and stored easily without losing its great taste. So go ahead and store some away for a rainy day or make it ahead of time for your next dinner party.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Smooth and creamy with a subtle kick of rum
Smooth and creamy with a subtle kick of rum

Creating a perfect mocha rum cheesecake takes skill and patience. With the right tips and tricks, you can make this rich and delicious dessert a masterpiece that your friends will swoon over every time they have it. Here are some tips to ensure that your mocha rum cheesecake stands out from the crowd:

1. Use good quality ingredients

When it comes to desserts, the quality of ingredients matter. Whatever you’re using must be fresh and high-quality. Your eggs should be large, your cream cheese should be full fat, your butter should be unsalted.

2. Melt chocolate properly

Melting chocolate is a delicate process that’s easy to get wrong. To melt chocolate, cut it into small pieces so it melts evenly, use a double boiler or put it on top of a saucepan with simmering water while stirring regularly.

3. Don’t overbeat the cheesecake

It’s crucial not to overbeat the cheesecake batter after adding eggs. Doing so can lead to overdeveloped eggs, which will create bubbles in your cake as it bakes.

4. Make sure your oven temperature is accurate

If your oven temperature is too high or too low, your cheesecake will not cook evenly or be overcooked. Invest in an oven thermometer to make sure that you’re getting accurate temperature readings.

5. Let the cheesecake cool slowly

After baking the cheesecake, turn off the heat but keep the door closed for about an hour before removing it from the oven. This ensures that it cools slowly and doesn’t crack.

6. Give sufficient chilling time

Never remove the cheesecake from the pan until it’s completely cool to avoid cracks on its surface and use appropriate chilling times according to recipe amounts.

By following these tips and tricks, you will be able to create an incredibly delicious mocha rum cheesecake that everyone will love – every single time you bake!

Bottom Line

This recipe for Mocha Rum Cheesecake is a dream come true for coffee and dessert lovers. The combination of mocha, chocolate, and rum flavors comes together in a creamy and decadent cheesecake that will have you going back for seconds.

By following the detailed instructions and tips provided in this recipe article, you’ll be able to create a dessert that is sure to impress your friends and family. Whether it’s for a special occasion or just as a treat for yourself, this cheesecake won’t disappoint.

And if you’re looking to switch things up or make some substitutions, the recipe also includes variations and suggestions for serving and pairing. So go ahead and get creative with your own spin on this delicious dessert.

In conclusion, I highly recommend giving this Mocha Rum Cheesecake recipe a try. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also incredibly flavorful and indulgent. Trust me, once you take a bite, you’ll be hooked!

Mocha Rum Cheesecake

Mocha Rum Cheesecake Recipe

Great holiday recipe or anytime.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Calories 303.8 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal cookie crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • raspberries, and (optional)
  • mint (to garnish) (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350*.
  • For crust, mix cookie crumbs and butter.
  • Press into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
  • For filling, mix rum and coffee granules; set aside.
  • With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, chocolate, flour and vanilla.
  • Add eggs and beat just until combined.
  • Stir in rum mixture.
  • Pour filling over crust and bake for 50 minutes or until center looks set.
  • Remove from oven and let cool before removing sides.
  • Chill 4 hours.
  • Garnish if desired with raspberries and mint.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 86gCalories: 303.8kcalCarbohydrates: 17.9gProtein: 5.8gFat: 23.9gSaturated Fat: 14.7gCholesterol: 100.3mgSodium: 172.1mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 13.6g
Keyword Cheesecake, Christmas, Dessert, For Large Groups
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