Mocha Cheesecake

My mother loves chocolate and she loves coffee.  She loves them almost as much as I do.


So, when Mother’s Day rolled around this year I decided to make my mom a mocha cheesecake.  There is something special about the tangy cream cheese and the rich mocha flavor combined.  One contrasts the other, yet combined they work so beautifully with one another. 


I make my cheesecakes in the food processor.  I do this for two reasons.  First, the mixture is super smooth and creamy giving the finished cheesecake a silky texture.  Second, it is super easy!  You just put your room temperature ingredients in the bowl of the processor and hit a button.  After a few seconds lumps are obliterated!  Awesome!

I recommend you do not cheap out on the chocolate in this recipe.  The flavor of the chocolate is the star of this cheesecake, and a substandard chocolate will create a substandard cheesecake.  

Mocha Cheesecake   Serves 12

2 cups chocolate wafer cookies, roughly crushed
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar

4 – 8oz blocks cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon vanilla
4 oz bitter-sweet chocolate (60% or higher), melted and cooled
2 tablespoons Dutch processed cocoa powder
1 tablespoon instant espresso
8 oz sour cream
1/3 cup heavy cream

Heat the oven to 350 F and lightly grease the bottom of a 12″ Springform pan

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Prepare the crust by mixing the cookies with the butter and sugar.  Press into the prepared springform pan.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Allow to cool while you prepare the filling.

Leave the oven on 350 and add a shallow pan filled with hot water to the oven on the lowest rack.



 Melt the chocolate over a double boiler until melted.  Allow to cool slightly.


In the bowl of a food processor add the soft cream cheese, cornstarch and sugar.  Process until very smooth, about three minutes.


With the processor running add the eggs, one at a time.  Stop, scrape down the bowl and add the melted chocolate.  Process to mix.  Next add the cocoa powder and vanilla.  Pulse to blend.


Now add the espresso powder and sour cream.  Blend thoroughly, then add the cream.  Pulse five times to blend.  Do not over blend.


Pour the mixture into the prepared crust.  Tap on the counter to release any air bubbles.   Place on the rack directly above the pan of water and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  Then reduce the heat to 325 and bake for 40 additional minutes.

When time is up turn off the oven and allow the cheesecake to cool two hours in the oven.  Remove from the oven, run a thin knife around the edge and allow to cool for thirty minutes at room temperature before releasing the pan.


Chill for four hours, or overnight, before serving.


© 2009, Evil Shenanigans. All rights reserved.

Author: Kelly

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  • ValleyWriter

    Oh wow! This looks absolutely heavenly. Can you please send a piece via the computer screen so I can enjoy it for breakfast this morning? It has coffee – that makes it a b’fast item, right? LOL!

  • Natasha – 5 Star Foodie

    This cheesecake looks perfectly luscious and decadent! Love it!

  • Ramya Kiran

    Wow, that looks delicious! loved the slice.

  • Jen Schall @ My Kitchen Addiction

    Ooh – three of my favorite things – chocolate, espresso, and cheesecake! Your cheesecake looks beautiful!

  • donna

    This is the very next recipe of yours I am trying.

  • Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary

    I’m not a huge cheesecake fan but that looks amazing. I just might have to make it. My husband would go nuts for this.

  • Carrie

    my mouth is watering at the sight of this cheesecake

  • Cookin’ Canuck

    This looks wonderful! I have yet to make a cheesecake, but you’ve inspired me to try.

  • The Duo Dishes

    That slice is not big enough. Can you please cut another one for us that’s about 1/4 of the cake? Thanks!

  • jenn

    I’ve have a slice for breakfast, lunch. and dinner. Cheesecake and a caffeine kick on one. Love it!!

  • pigpigscorner

    A processor…great tip! I definitely need a bigger slice than that!

  • Dimah

    Gorgeous cheesecake! and your photos are absolutely stunning.

  • Elle

    Oh, hell-o, love! You look delicious!

  • vrinda

    Yummy cheesecake.lov mocha flavor

  • curiousdomestic

    For such a sinfully luscious treat, that looks heavenly. Nom!

  • Cathy – wheresmydamnanswer

    WOW damn impressive – Looks so incredible and this is combination I could dig my fork into!

  • Judith

    It looks delicious!
    I’ll try it for “Savuot” holidy.

  • Amanda

    Ohhhhh mmmmmmm that looks really good!

  • Bridget

    Mmmmmm….that looks divine! Using the food processor is so smart! I’m going to try that.

  • Jessie

    I agree with the Duo Dishes, that slice is definitely not big enough! lol

    delicious cheesecake, I keep scrolling up to look at the photos :p

  • Danica

    Wow – that is definitely EVIL! Yum! Now I need to find an occassion to make this for….

  • Alta

    Kelly, I’m in love! Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts, and I love mocha anything. This looks delicious.

  • kristen

    yumm! I often make an espresso marbled cheesecake with the espresso but I will definitely need to try this one out. Thanks!

  • Gera @ SweetsFoods

    Mocha cheesecake this is bliss! Absolutely sinful and gorgeous :)

  • Kim, Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet

    You would go and make chocolate wouldn’t you?? You know I want a piece… MMMMmmm MMmmmm!

  • Chefectomy

    Seeing that it is 8AM while I am reading this and it’s mocha so you can have this for breakfast – right? Just delicious!


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  • Brenda Campbell

    I am a huge fan of cheesecake and this pairs my favorite 2 things… coffee and cheesecake. I am saving this so I can try it out later! It looks yummy!

  • Cooking With Dia

    Looks lush, wonder if I could do a vegan version.

  • Cooking With Dia

    Oh btw lush in Britian is a compliment, not an insult, I just remembered in the US may not seem nice.

  • morinn

    Oh my god! totally awesome! I so wanna try a piece

  • TheFakeGourmet

    Just wanted to let you know I am linking to this post on my blog today! :) It will be up in a couple of hours.

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