Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cake

This decadent recipe was inspired by two things:

1. My need for chocolate! It has been a while since I made anything rich and chocolatey...
far too long. Must feed my addiction!

2. A recent visit to The Cheesecake Factory. I spent a large portion of our ridiculously long wait time gazing at their amazing dessert case. OH MY, I wanted a slice of every single thing!
I noticed that many of the desserts were a combination of layers of cake and cheesecake.
And I started thinking, "Hmm...I could make that!"

So, I invented this.

Layers of chocolate cake and chocolate chip cheesecake,
covered in chocolate buttercream
and mini chocolate chips,
topped with ganache.

The creamy cheesecake and rich chocolate are delicious together!

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
  • 3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Line the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan with wax paper. Grease the sides.
Use an electric mixer to beat cream cheese and sugar together. Mixing by hand, add eggs one at time. Blend in vanilla. Fold in chocolate chips and pour in to pan.

Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 250 degrees and continue baking for 35 more minutes. Remove from oven and run a sharp knife around the edge of the pan to release the cheesecake. Cool completely in the pan, then chill in the refrigerator.

Chocolate Cake
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk (OR add 1 T. vinegar to 1 c. milk, let sit for 5 minutes)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of two 9 inch round pans with wax paper. Grease the sides. Bring some water to a boil and keep it simmering while you mix the other ingredients.

In a large mixing bowl combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Beat with mixer until combined.

Add 1 cup of the boiling water and carefully stir until it is mixed in. Beat for 1 1/2 minutes with mixer. Pour the batter into pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes (until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean).

  Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. milk (may use less)
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar on low speed. Add chocolate and vanilla, mix well. Gradually add milk until you reach the desired consistency. Keep covered.

Chocolate Ganache
  • 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
Place the chocolate chips in a metal bowl. Heat cream over medium heat. Watch it closely and immediately remove from heat when it starts to boil. Pour over chocolate chips. Let sit for 1 or 2 minutes. Then slowly stir the mixture. Continue to stir until all the chips have completely melted. Stir in the vanilla.

Assembling Your Cake:
Level the tops of your chocolate cake layers. Place one of the cake layers on top of the cheesecake in the springform pan. Invert the pan onto a cake stand, release the spring and remove the pan and wax paper. Top with the second layer of cake and spread buttercream frosting over the entire cake.

Press mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (approx. 2 cups) onto the sides of the cake. Put the cake in the fridge for an hour, then pour ganache on the top and smooth with a spatula. I used melted white chocolate in a piping bag to make the design on the top of my cake.

This takes a little time to put together, but it's so worth it!

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  1. Have you heard of the cupcake ATM? Well I need a cheesecake fax machine! I'd love it if you would share this over at Whimsy Wednesday at

  2. This sounds heavenly. I love when desserts have mini chocolate chips, because I love the texture of them.

  3. Unbelievable decadence! It looks and sounds delish...thanks so much for sharing.

    P.S. If I make this and go into a coma, along with my kids & grands, I won't blame you. :-)

  4. ok. stop. collaborate and listen-- this is oh my gosh looking scrumptious!!!!! I saw you linked up over at A Turtle's Life for me-- and drooling!!!! I am a new follower- yeah!!

  5. Um, wow, um...That's me speechless. Because I have no words for this cake! Other than WANT, NEED, and MUST MAKE.

  6. Visiting from a Linky Party, and all I can say is oh my gosh! This looks killer good!

  7. OMG yummmmm!!!!!!! Looks amazing! I MUST MAKE!!!

  8. Truly a work of art! Stunning!!


  9. This cake looks so good! Awesome photo and recipe!

  10. OH.MY.Yumminess! Thanks for sharing!!! Pinning!!!

  11. You have my total attention and following since I found this cake!! WOW, it's all I can think about making!!! Is it possible to freeze this in pieces (like I have received from the Cheesecake factory )It's just hubby and I and we really want to make it!!!

  12. Robin,
    I will be featuring you tomorrow during Sticker Time.
    This cake looks yummy!

  13. so pretty & look delicious too.
    Would love if you join with the event
    Decorating Challenge in my space with your lovely creations…..

  14. Visiting from Tatertots and Jello! I CANNOT believe you made that thing of beauty and deliciousness! My mouth is watering!!

  15. Oh my goodness! You hit a homerun with this cake! WOW!

  16. oh wow!!! Can i have a piece?! Now?! lol

    Found you on TT&J and I would LOVE for you to come by my party and link any projects you want.. ;)

    Best of luck,
    Angie from ALI

    P.S. New follower

  17. This is a small slice of heaven, seriously. I can't wait to make this on my own!

  18. Looks YUMMY! I would love for you to link up to Do Something Crafty Friday:

  19. OMG..this looks sssssooooo delish. Definitely worth wearing on my hips!

  20. Coming from Strut Your Stuff Saturday, this is complete decadence in a cake! It sounds absolutely wonderful, I want a piece NOW :)

  21. you had me at cheesecake! this looks soooo yummy! I would love for you to stop by and link to my Sew Crafty Saturday Party!

  22. This looks so good. Cheesecake is my favorite; chocolate is and cheesecake is a beautiful thing!

  23. oh my heck!!! Looks absolutely mouth watering!!!!

  24. Oh wow, this looks SO tempting! I was drawn to your link at I heart Naptime.... Will have to file this one away to try sometime. Would love for you to come over to my Tuesday Link party and share something delicious!

  25. Oh my I think I nearly cried when I saw this! Can't wait to make it and thanks for sharing!

  26. I think I dreamed about this last night. It is beyond amazing and will definitely be featured tonight! Thanks for sharing at my party!

  27. Oh my! Yumm!! Can you ship this to Texas please? I really dont care how much it costs ;)

    Make sure you share this at my Friday link party.. oh and enter my week of giveaways too! You can win some awesome stuff :)

  28. You invented this! You are a scientist making dreams come true, I am in love, and now I will be thinking about this cake all night and will have to make it, guess what> Hubs Birthday is April 1 April Fools Day, this cake will be the best cake ever!! Thank you for sharing it with us!

    Moore or Less Cooking


  29. This cake looks delicious, I am so hungry just looking at it, you have combined all my favourite things in one cake, I will have to make this one day. Thanks for sharing this yummy cake recipe.

  30. This look so yummy-licious. What can be better than chocolate? Yes, more chocolate & cheesecake! :)

  31. I'm speechless!
    What an incredible cake - wowwwwwwwwww
    One can faint just looking at these photos
    |I'm saving this recipe for a special occasion
    Thank you so much for sharing this outstanding cake

  32. Oh my! This is fantastic! I'd love to give the recipe a try myself, but I'm worried I'd eat the whole thing!

  33. found you through Tater Tots and Jello! I don't know what to say. I'm seriously impressed! People would pay the big bucks for this! If you're interested I have a link party on my site today and I'd love you to join it. Maria at

  34. This looks so delicious! Worth EVERY calorie!! Thanks for linking up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back soon! -The Sisters

  35. This recipe is exactly what a girl needs after a long week... Can you say "HEAVEN"!! Thanks for sharing. (I found you from last weeks TT&J Weekend Wrap Up Party). You've got a new follower... yum! AJ@queeonfmynest

  36. Um, yeah, I think I need this right now! Looks amazingly tasty! Thanks for sharing. Found you on The Crafty Cowgirl.

  37. This must be made this week for my family that's coming to visit this weekend. I'm sure it will be a huge hit!

    Grandma Kat

  38. this looks truly amazing... and delicious.

  39. Wow, your blog is amazing, I love it and I LOVE YOUR CAKES!!!.
    Love from the north of Spain

  40. I made this cake for Easter and my family LOVED having a Cheesecake Factory type cake at a much cheaper price. My brother even went home and made his MIA wife make it that week! Thanks for such a great cake recipe!

  41. This just looks absolutely divine! Can't wait to try to make it!


  42. Hi! I can't understand, it's 38 oz. or 3.8 oz. cream cheese for the cheesecake? (sorry, I'm not american and my english isn't very good, but I MUST cook this delicious cake!!! my compliments!!)

    1. Cream cheese comes in 8 ounce packages here, and I used 3 packages. So, it is 24 ounces of cream cheese. I hope this helps...enjoy your cake! :0)

    2. thank youu!! :D

  43. I don't even know what to say except OH MY GOSH! This looks amazing. I just love the Cheesecake Factory but I think this would trump all of their desserts! AMAZING!!!

  44. I just wanted to let you know that I made this cake for my chocolate-loving husband's birthday. It was INCREDIBLE! Only modification I made was to sub coffee for the hot water. Perfection. Thanks for a great recipe!

  45. Lookin' good! Ohh! Great cake! I love to try that! Can't wait to try this recipe. I'll make these for my mom and my brothers and sister. They will be so happy about this.

  46. You're amazing. I can't wait to try this and maybe even combine it with a recipe my MIL uses for cheesecake (hers are "fluffy")

  47. I LOVE baking (for others, so I get a taste, but they take all the calories away) and I am so inspired by your blog. It is hard to find recipes that you know will turn out and you don't end up throwing out a whole, terrible cake. Keep it up! And Thanks!!

  48. This is absolutely amazing! It looks so yummy and definitely one to try! I'm so hungry after looking at your posts!! Xxx

  49. Thank you sooo much! I was wondering if cheesecake could be featured in a cake and came across your recipe! Tried it out and my whole family loved it! I made a wedding cake a couple of days ago with this cake and I got really good reviews! Thank you sooo much again!

  50. Robin, I found your blog via Pinterest a few months ago while searching for a cake for my FIL's birthday. I ended up making your Reese's cake and it was a HUGE hit. Everyone loved it. So, when it came time for my daughter's birthday cake, I knew exactly where to come. I made this Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cake yesterday and it was amazing! Everyone at the party was raving about it and I was mother of the year to my little one! Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. You are very welcome, Amy! I'm so glad your family enjoyed my recipes. Thanks so much for letting me know! :)


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