Mocha Cheesecake for #SundaySupper

Mar 3, 2013 by

I’ve been craving cheesecake for a while now. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time I had some. Cheesecake has got to be one of my favourite desserts. I am a bit picky though. I have a weird thing about texture so my cheesecake has to be smooth and without chunky ingredients. Not to say that I won’t enjoy a cheesecake with fruits etc, but it probably wouldn’t be my first choice. A topping is fine – such as a classic cherry cheesecake. There’s just something about a cheesecake that brings such pleasure to the palate. The creamy texture. The delicious delight that it is. Some days, I just really need cheesecake. Today’s #SundaySupper theme is Cheese, Cake and Cheesecake. Our lovely host is Angie from Big Bear’s Wife.

I wanted to make something that worked well with cream cheese. Perhaps another favourite ingredient. I didn’t have to look far for a recipe. I reached for a recent addition to my cookbook collection – 500 Cakes by Susannah Blake. It was an obvious choice for me to choose the Chocolate Cheesecake. There were quite a few cheesecake recipes to choose from so I imagine upon the arrival of my next cheesecake craving, I know where I should look first.


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Chocolate Mocha Cheesecake for #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 50 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes


  • 2 Cups Finely ground graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 Tsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (and extra for dusting)
  • 3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 7 Oz Semisweet Chocolate
  • 16 Oz Low Fat Cream Cheese, softened (2 X 8oz packs)
  • 3/4 Cup Low Fat Sour Cream
  • 3/4 Cup Superfine Sugar
  • 2 Tsp Cornstarch
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Instant Coffee dissolved in 1 Tbsp Boiling Water


  1. Grease an 8-inch springform cake pan. Line with parchment paper
  2. In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and cocoa powder
  3. Place crumb mixture into the pan. Using your fingers, press the crumbs down and about half way up the sides, forming a firm crust.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
  5. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl, over a pot of simmering water to melt. The bowl should not be touching the simmering water. The steam is what gently melts the chocolate. Stir occasionally, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  6. Preheat your oven to 320F
  7. Retrieve your cake pan and wrap with 2 layers of foil. Wrap the bottom of the pan with the intention of keeping water from seeping in during baking.
  8. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth
  9. Beat in the sour cream, sugar and cornstarch
  10. Beat in eggs, one at a time until fully combined
  11. Fold in the melted chocolate and the coffee liquid until fully incorporated
  12. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan and level off using an offset spatula
  13. Place the cake pan into an oven proof pan or dish, that has a deep rim - a little taller than your cake pan.
  14. Pour enough boiling water into the dish until it gets about half way up the side of the cake pan
  15. Bake for 50 minutes until set
  16. Allow to cool completely
  17. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight
  18. To serve: carefully remove the springform pan and dust the cake with cocoa powder and shredded chocolate


Adapted from 500 Cakes by Susannah Blake


It seemed a little odd at first, to make a cake with no flour. But then I remembered that I’ve made a few flourless cakes – I just don’t make them often enough.


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Ingredients to make Mocha Cheesecake


The crust came together very well and did exactly what I needed it to do. I actually made the graham crumbs myself using my little Magic Bullet. That little gadget has really proven its worth. It gets more use than my blender. I cannot emphasize enough – wrap the springform pan well to avoid water seeping in.

 Mocha Cheesecake Prep



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Instant Coffee

The decision to add the mocha component happened as I was folding in the melted chocolate. Although the batter smelled wonderful, I wanted to give it a gentle kick to bring it up a notch. I’ll try the plain version another time. Hence the mocha cheesecake was created!





I used the biggest pan I had that was deep enough to bake this cake. Thank goodness for my roasting pan!


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The cake came out great! Almost perfect, actually. As it cooled, the edges pulled away from the pan and this made it easier to transfer to a serving dish.


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Cheesecake, fresh out the oven.


Slicing this cheesecake was a delight. The texture was so creamy and smooth. It was like we were meeting for this first time, this cheesecake and I. It took some time to prepare, and a little additional effort – but my oh my, it was worth it.


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We enjoyed our Mocha Cheesecake. I enjoyed just looking at it even before I took the first bite! LOL!


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A slice of bliss…Mocha Cheesecake


The #SundaySupper Group has some super fantastic recipes for this week! Check out the  savory cheese dishes, wonderful cakes and amazing cheesecakes!









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  1. Liz

    Lyn, this is cheesecake perfection!!! Just gorgeous!!!
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  3. Sucha amazing flavors together, and in a cheesecake no less! Fabulous recipe Lyn, that I will be trying soo. I make a cappuccino cheesecake but never added chocolate, which is the best combination. Have a great day!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..Flourless Chocolate Bean Cake #SundaySupperMy Profile

  4. Yep, it sure does look like a slice of bliss. Nice touch with the mocha. Makes it even better to go with coffee. What a wonderful afternoon treat this would be.
    Renee recently posted..Chocolate Covered Cherry Cheesecake for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  5. This is an absolutely stunning cheese, Lyn! And I love “mocha” anything – I think I’ll be craving this until I eat a slice (can I come over?)!
    Heather @girlichef recently posted..Irish Cheese Soufflés {#SundaySupper}My Profile

  6. This should probably be illegal it looks so good.
    Jen @JuanitasCocina recently posted..Homemade {Velveeta} Cheese ~ Cheese, Cake, & Cheesecake #SundaySupper!My Profile

  7. Is it wrong that I want a piece of this already today? My coffee is screaming for a piece of this to go with it. Fabulous Lyn!
    Nicole @ Daily Dish Recipes recently posted..Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake #SundaySupperMy Profile

  8. What a gorgeous cake and I love your plates! So pretty and they are perfect for this mocha lusciousness.
    Stacy recently posted..Savory Shrimp Cheesecake with Herbs and Garlic for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  9. Darn you! I think I need to make your cheesecake right now! I love mocha and I love cheesecake, what a great combination!!!!!!!!! I”m thinking dessert for tonight!!
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers recently posted..Mini Lime Cheesecake Bites #SundaySupperMy Profile

  10. Oh, My. Goodness! I can just close my eyes and imagine this melting on my tongue. Sigh…..
    Conni @FoodieArmyWife recently posted..Nutella Cheesecake Brownies for an incredibly Cheesy, Cakey #SundaySupperMy Profile

  11. Diana @GourmetDrizzles

    Lyn, these photos are INCREDIBLE! And the cheesecake looks so beautiful! Funny story, when I saw you were making this, I couldn’t help but chuckle. When I met my husband (then boyfriend) at 17, on our first big date I made him a mocha cheesecake. I worked all day on it… and he acted so strange while eating it- I thought maybe he didn’t like me. Turns out he hated cheesecake… and still does to this day. But I loved it, and I know I’ll love yours! I think he got major “cheesecake” points for eating it on that day 25 years ago regardless 😉

    • Oh thank you so much, Di! Can I tell you…that is the sign of a true keeper. My hubby did similar for me. Except I couldn’t cook, but he ate what I made because he loved me and he saw that I was trying. I learned to cook what HE liked. Too bad your husband doesn’t like cheesecake. Now you will have no one to share it with. Oh wait… lol!
      lovelypantry recently posted..Mocha Cheesecake for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  12. Not only does this sound like it would taste incredible but those photos are gorgeous. Makes me want it even more.
    Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite recently posted..Individual Strawberry and White Chocolate Cheesecakes #SundaySupperMy Profile

  13. Gorgeous Cheesecake Lyn!!I love the mocha flavors and it looks so rich and decadent :)
    Soni recently posted..Crepes with Strawberry Mascarpone Cream #SundaySupper #HealthyMy Profile

  14. Holy crap, Lyn! That cheesecake is p.e.r.f.e.c.t. Not a single crack on top (as mine often have) and it looks unbelievably silky, creamy and smooth. Your photos are gorgeous and do a fabulous job of showcasing the cheesecake’s beauty. Way to go with adding the coffee – I love chocolate but sometimes mocha is that much better for an extra jolt of flavour. As for your line “some days, I just really need cheesecake.” That day for me is today because I’m drooling over yours.
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked recently posted..Peanut Butter Banana Bundt Cake with Chocolate Chips for a #SundaySupper Cheese, Cake and Cheesecake EventMy Profile

  15. Lord have mercy! This looks fabulous! Wish I had a slice. It’d be great with a glass of Port or Madeira!
    Martin D. Redmond recently posted..TGIF Bubbly – Bouvet Signature BrutMy Profile

  16. Your cake is stunning!! Gorgeous pictures as always!!
    Tara recently posted..Chevre Torte with Mango and Sweet Pepper Salsa for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  17. This makes me think of the cappuccino cheesecake i made years back! Good times, and great tastes!
    Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) recently posted..Dense Chocolate Cherry Cakes for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  18. This cheesecake is beautiful! I love how smooth it looks. I’m also a cheesecake addict :-) Mocha works really well. I have also folded in fresh blueberries and honey, done strawberry swirl… those kinds of things. Almost seems cheaper to make my own than to buy outside.
    Jayne recently posted..Vanilla Poppy Seed Cupcakes with Lemon-Lime SugarMy Profile

  19. Lyn I want a piece with a steaming cup of coffee!
    Cindys Recipes and Writings recently posted..Lox and Cream Cheese Mini Omelettes #SundaySupperMy Profile

  20. This look amazing! I’ve never had a mocha cheesecake, but it sounds like the perfect flavor combo to me!
    Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere recently posted..Sourdough Cheese Crackers #SundaySupperMy Profile

  21. Your mocha cheesecake looks creamy and smooth. And knowing it has coffee and chocolate ingredients, I can only imagine it is quite tasty, indeed. (Love the plates, too!)

  22. Look how beautiful! That looks like something that should be in the window of a bakery! Just lovely!

  23. After seeing all the posts this week I am craving cheesecake too! I love mocha and cheesecake, perfect combination.
    Lane @ Supper for a Steal recently posted..Falafel PitasMy Profile

  24. This is exactly how I love cheese cake; solid (not fluffy) and if flavored, one solid flavor throughout, no gooey toppings. Your photos make it possible to imagine reaching in with a fork. :) Since that isn’t working, I will have to make it myself. Thanks for the recipe!
    Wendy recently posted..Marbled Chocolate Chunk CookiesMy Profile

  25. What a seriously gorgeous cheesecake!!! I am such a cheesecake fan so this is totally right up my alley.


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