Decadent Mocha Swirl Cheesecake Recipe

Greetings, coffee and cheesecake lovers! Today, I have an irresistible treat that combines two of the most beloved indulgences of all time – the Mocha Swirl Cheesecake Recipe. Trust me, you won’t be able to resist a creamy slice of this scrumptious dessert.

This recipe is truly something special, crafted with a unique blend of coffee and cocoa that gives it an absolutely decadent flavor. I promise your first bite will make your mouth water, with rich and smooth swirls of cream cheese and mocha creating a heavenly intertwining that will forever change the way you see sweets.

As a barista, I know a thing or two about crafting the perfect blend of ingredients. When it comes to this cheesecake recipe, you can trust me when I say every detail has been taken into account. From the carefully measured portions to the precise bake time, you’ll get to experience a complete balance of flavors in every bite.

So if you’re ready to indulge in something truly divine, let’s get started on this Mocha Swirl Cheesecake Recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mocha Swirl Cheesecake
Mocha Swirl Cheesecake

Are you a fan of rich, decadent desserts that are made with healthy ingredients? If so, you simply must try my Mocha Swirl Cheesecake Recipe! This recipe is perfect for those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth without the guilt.

Not only does this cheesecake taste heavenly, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. You won’t need any fancy equipment or ingredients to whip up this delicious treat. All you need is a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

One of the reasons you will love this recipe is that it’s made with Equal sugar substitute – this means you won’t feel guilty after indulging in a slice or two. The combination of instant coffee crystals and cocoa powder gives it a velvety mocha flavor that’s sure to satisfy any coffee lover.

But wait, there’s more! This cheesecake recipe features reduced-fat sour cream, which adds a tangy component to balance the sweetness of the dish. And thanks to reduced-fat cream cheese, each serving is less heavy than traditional cheesecake recipes.

So if you’re looking for a dessert that’s rich and flavorful but still healthy and guilt-free, look no further than my Mocha Swirl Cheesecake Recipe. Trust me; you’ll never want to go back to basic cheesecake recipes once you’ve tried this one!

Ingredient List

 Indulge in the rich flavors of our Mocha Swirl Cheesecake
Indulge in the rich flavors of our Mocha Swirl Cheesecake

All you need for the Mocha Swirl Cheesecake Recipe
For the crust:

  • 2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs, finely crushed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 3 (8 oz.) reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar or Equal sugar substitute
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso or coffee crystals
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 (8 oz.) reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

For the mocha marble swirl:

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee crystals, dissolved in:
    — 2 tablespoons water
    or use an equal spoonful of instant espresso powder dissolved in water.
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or chocolate syrup if preferred.
    or for a smoky mocha flavor, use bistro collection Mocha flavored coffee syrup.

Optional: For the pecan crust:

  • Stir in:
    — 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans to the wafer mixture.

The Recipe How-To

 A heavenly treat for coffee and cheesecake lovers alike
A heavenly treat for coffee and cheesecake lovers alike

Now, it’s time for the most crucial part of our recipe article- the Mocha Swirl Cheesecake Recipe How-To! Follow these steps to bake yourself a delectable cheesecake bursting with flavors of mocha and chocolate swirls.


Before we begin, let’s lay out all the recipe ingredients you’ll need. Make sure that you have everything in your arsenal to ensure a smooth baking experience.


  • 2 cups of chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons of Equal sugar substitute
  • 1/2 cup of butter melted


  • 2 pkg of reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • *1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 cup of reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 tbsp of instant espresso or coffee granules
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder

Marble brownie topping

  • 1 1/2 cups finely crushed brownie pieces
  • 2 teaspoons Equal sugar substitute
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


Now that we have our ingredients set up, let’s get started on what we’re here for – The recipe instructions!

Step 1: Preheat oven to 325°F.

Make sure your oven is set to the right temperature before the first step to avoid any issues during baking.

Step 2: Prepare the crust.

Mix wafer crumbs, sugar substitute and melted butter. Press onto bottom and 1 inch up sides of a 9-inch springform pan.

Step 3: Make the cheesecake filling.

Beat cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Gradually add sugar, beating until smooth.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Mix cornstarch and vanilla together and gradually beat into cream cheese mixture. Stir in sour cream.

Step 4: Add the flavors.

Take half of the cheesecake batter and stir in instant espresso, cocoa powder, and 3 tablespoons Equal sugar substitute until well combined.

Step 5: Create the marble swirl effect.

Pour half of the plain cheesecake batter into crust. Spoon mocha marble cheesecake filling over top; swirl gently with knife to marbleize.

Step 6: Bake and cool.

Bake cake for 1 hour 20 minutes or until edge is set but centre still jiggles slightly. Turn oven off; let cheesecake stand in oven for 1 hour before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

Step 7: Add toppings.

Combine brownie pieces, Equal sugar substitute and melted butter; sprinkle over chees

Substitutions and Variations

 Life is short, eat dessert first with our Mocha Swirl Cheesecake
Life is short, eat dessert first with our Mocha Swirl Cheesecake

Looking to switch things up and try a new variation of this delicious mocha swirl cheesecake? Look no further! Here are some substitutions and variations that will take your cheesecake game to the next level:

– For a lower calorie option, you can substitute the granulated sugar with an Equal sugar substitute. This will bring down the calorie count while still satisfying your sweet tooth.

– Want to jazz up the mocha swirl even more? Try using instant espresso in place of instant coffee crystals for a stronger coffee flavor.

– If you’re not a fan of pecans, you can easily swap them out for another type of nut. Try using walnuts or almonds instead!

– Feeling adventurous? Try experimenting with different types of crusts to complement the mocha swirl. A chocolate wafer crust would be perfect for those who love all things chocolate!

– If you want to make this recipe vegan-friendly, you can substitute the cream cheese for a vegan cream cheese alternative and use margarine or coconut oil instead of butter.

– For a keto-friendly version, simply use almond flour instead of cake flour and replace the granulated sugar with Splenda.

– Want to try something completely different? You can turn this cheesecake into a brownie cheesecake by adding brownie mix to the batter or create a white chocolate raspberry swirl by adding raspberry preserves and melted white chocolate to the batter.

No matter which substitutions or variations you choose, this mocha swirl cheesecake is sure to be a hit at any gathering or event. Get creative and enjoy!

Serving and Pairing

 Smooth, creamy and decadent, our cheesecake is a sweet symphony of flavors
Smooth, creamy and decadent, our cheesecake is a sweet symphony of flavors

While this Mocha Swirl Cheesecake Recipe can certainly stand on its own, it’s always fun to think about what other elements could be used to enhance the dessert. Because the cheesecake is decadent and rich, I recommend pairing it with something light and refreshing such as a fresh fruit salad or even a simple scoop of vanilla ice cream. A dollop of whipped cream will also complement the flavors of the cheesecake nicely.

When it comes to serving, you can cut the cheesecake into small slices for an elegant presentation at a dinner party or a larger slice for a more indulgent dessert. I suggest using a hot knife to create clean cuts and wiping it after each slice.

If you’re feeling extra fancy, consider garnishing each slice with shaved chocolate or cocoa powder dusted over the top. This will add an extra level of sophistication to your dessert and impress your guests.

Lastly, don’t forget the coffee! A cup of freshly brewed coffee or espresso alongside this mocha-infused treat will make any coffee lover’s heart sing. The bitterness of the coffee pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the cheesecake, creating a delightful and unforgettable end to any meal.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with a slice of our Mocha Swirl Cheesecake
Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with a slice of our Mocha Swirl Cheesecake

As a barista, I understand that time is of the essence in our fast-paced lives. That’s why I suggest making the Mocha Swirl Cheesecake in advance to save some valuable time. The cheesecake can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to two days before serving, and it can even be frozen for up to two months.

When you’re ready to serve, remove the cheesecake from the fridge and allow it to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before cutting into slices. This will give it a chance to soften and make cutting easier.

If you have any leftover cheesecake, storing it properly is essential to maintain its freshness. To do so, wrap tightly with plastic wrap or foil to prevent any air from getting in and causing it to become stale. The cheesecake should then be placed in an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator for up to five days.

If you want to reheat the cheesecake, gently warm it up in the oven at a low temperature of 325°F (163°C) for about 10-15 minutes. Be careful not to overheat it as this may cause the cheesecake to dry out or crack.

For those who lead a busy life but still want an indulgent dessert, the Mocha Swirl Cheesecake is perfect as it can be made ahead of time and stored for later enjoyment. So go ahead, make this delightful cheesecake ahead of time, store it properly by following my instructions, and enjoy it whenever you wish!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Get ready for a taste sensation with our velvety and delicious cheesecake
Get ready for a taste sensation with our velvety and delicious cheesecake

Are you craving a delicious Mocha Swirl Cheesecake? Well, look no further! As a barista and lover of coffee, I have some tips to perfect your cheesecake game. Here are some tips and recommendations to make sure that your Mocha Swirl Cheesecake is the best it can be.

Firstly, the temperature of the ingredients can make or break your cheesecake. Using room temperature cream cheese, eggs, and sour cream can create a smooth batter without any lumps. Cold ingredients may lead to lumps in the batter which will ruin the smooth texture of your recipe.

Another crucial factor to keep in mind while preparing Mocha Swirl Cheesecake is avoiding overcooking. Overcooked cheesecakes become dry and do not have that velvety texture that we all love about cheesecakes. It is essential to take care while baking, so know when the cake is sufficiently cooked or not.

It may be tempting to cut into the cheesecake while warm, but try not to do so! Allowing it to cool in the refrigerator will result in a much more flavorful cheesecake. Cooling down also helps set the cake properly.

For those who are health-concerned, it’s easy to reduce calories by replacing high-fat with low-fat ingredients or even use sugar substitutes for granulated sugar. Equal sugar substitute or Splenda could be used as a substitute for granulated sugar in almost every recipe ensuring they don’t compromise taste And by using ingredient substitutions like these can ensure everyone enjoys this dessert without incurring an unhealthy amount of calories or feeling guilty about their sweet indulgence.

Lastly, make sure the mocha swirl mix is evenly distributed throughout the cheesecake batter; small teaspoonfuls spaced out evenly across the top of the cake can give it a uniform look when baked. This helps bring a uniform flavor throughout every bite while also adding an aesthetic element.

In summary, temperature and cook time are important factors to keep in mind while baking a cheesecake, and by using sugar substitutes, you can reduce the calories while keeping the sweetness level intact. Also, an evenly distributed mocha swirl mix will enhance the aesthetics and help bring balance to every bite. With these tips, you’ll be sure to impress anyone who gets a taste of your Mocha Swirl Cheesecake!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Mocha Swirl Cheesecake recipe is a delightful and indulgent treat that is sure to impress your friends and family. With its rich flavors of cocoa and espresso, this cheesecake is perfect for any occasion, from a weekend brunch to a dinner party dessert.

By using Equal sugar substitute and reduced-fat ingredients, you can enjoy all of the flavor without sacrificing your health goals. And with the tips and substitutions provided in this article, you can customize the recipe to your liking and make it your own.

Don’t be intimidated by the idea of baking a cheesecake! With the detailed instructions included here and the tips for perfect results, even a beginner can tackle this recipe with confidence. So why not give it a try? Your taste buds will thank you!

Mocha Swirl Cheesecake

Mocha Swirl Cheesecake Recipe

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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 249.3 kcal


Crust Ingredients

  • 1 cup chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or 1/2 cup almonds
  • 3 tablespoons stick butter or 3 tablespoons margarine, melted
  • 3 tablespoons spaenda spoonful granulated sugar

Cheesecake Ingredients

  • 3 (8 ounce) packages reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup splanda granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons splanda spoonful granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons instant coffee crystals
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • may substitute 4-1/2 packets Equal sugar substitute
  • may substitute 18 packets Equal sugar substitute


  • For Crust, combine chocolate crumbs, pecans, butter and 3 tablespoons Splenda. Press onto bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside while preparing cheesecake.
  • For Cheesecake, beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup Splenda in mixing bowl on medium speed of mixer until smooth and well combined. Mix in eggs, egg whites, cornstarch and salt. Fold in sour cream and vanilla until combined.
  • Remove 1/2 cup cheesecake batter. Stir in 3 tablespoons Splenda, instant coffee crystals and cocoa until well combined. Pour half of plain batter over crust. Top with 5 spoonfuls of coffee batter. Using tip of knife or spatula, gently swirl coffee batter into cheesecake. Repeat with remaining batters.
  • Bake in preheated 325*F. oven 45 to 50 minutes or until center of cake is almost set. Cool on wire rack. Gently run metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake. Let cheesecake cool completely. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight before serving. To serve, remove side of pan. Cut cake into wedges.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 96gCalories: 249.3kcalCarbohydrates: 24.7gProtein: 5.8gFat: 14.5gSaturated Fat: 7.1gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 325.8mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 18.9g
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