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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake w/ Mocha Whipped Cream


    Do you know what today is?  It's Cake Slice Day!  It is so fun to have an excuse to bake something a little extra special once a month and share it with my cake baking friends!  We have been baking our way through Maida Heatter's Cakes since November.  Each month we are given four recipes to choose from and we each bake one.  Usually it is a surprise what everyone else baked, but there has been a little cheating on that this month! ;-)  In the end, that only ends up being a win for you guys as there is a great chance you will get to see them all!  I love the book, but there are no pictures and I have no imagination so I love seeing what everyone made!



    So I was choosing knowing 2 of the 4 choices has already been baked.  I wanted to do a different one, so the remaining options were the Mocha Chip Chiffon Cake and the Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake.  Having done a coffee flavored cake in the Coffee and Cream Sponge Cake last month (it was delicious and you should totally make one!), I almost through the chiffon cake out based on it being another mocha cake.  But, I really like using this group to further my baking skills and I have never made a chiffon cake.  I was in a real quandry.  So, I turned to my trusty assistant, otherwise known as my husband, for a verdict.  He doesn't have nearly as hard of a time making a decision as I do.  He chose the cheesecake based on the fact he didn't know what a chiffon cake was.  Goofball!  But I asked, so I didn't have to like the reasoning, I just had to bake a cheesecake!



    The cheesecake was fun to make too. I simplified the process quite a bit.  I love hearing how Maida does it, but I feel like she adds a lot of steps in just for the sake of adding steps. First you bake a batch of Fabulously Fudgy Brownies. Then you cut them into small pieces and freeze them.  Maida makes cheesecakes in a solid pan, dumps them, presses in graham cracker crumbs and inverts the whole thing.  I just pulled out a trusty springform pan and made a more common graham cracker crust.  I do like to keep the crust layer thin though, I don't like a huge crust on my cheesecake.



    I loved the recipe, even with my simplified instructions.  The texture of the cheesecake was great and the fact that it was studded with brownie made it all the better.  The only place I really went wrong was choosing my heart shaped springform pan.  I couldn't find a pan large enough to do the water bath, so I just gave it a steamy oven instead.  I really should have dropped the temperature a bit, but didn't think of it until after my cheesecake had already cracked.  So, I did what anyone in my position would do, made Mocha Whipped Cream to cover the crack! The whipped cream was completely to hide a boo-boo, but it was DELICIOUS!  I'll say it's optional as it wasn't part of the original recipe, but it is HIGHLY encouraged!  When one of my brothers asked what kind of cheesecake it was, my youngest brother Collin (who had already taken a couple bites of his slice) said "too good!"  I'll take that as a win!

Update:  Chloe has been wanting this cheesecake ever since she saw it on the blog.  So much so that she requested one for her birthday.  Of course I had to make her one and it was as big of a hit the second time around as it was the first!  She was happy to keep the leftovers too.




Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake w/ Mocha Whipped Cream
makes an 8" cheesecake

Brownie Ingredients:

1 cup flour
3 T cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter
2 oz bittersweet chocolate
1 tsp instant coffee
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
pinch of salt
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs

Cheesecake Ingredients:

1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 T cocoa powder
1 T butter, melted
1 T sugar
2 pounds cream cheese, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs

Mocha Whipped Cream Ingredients;

2 T bittersweet chocolate
1 T water
1 T instant coffee
1 cup cream (super cold)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 T sugar


  1. Bake the brownies according to the directions found here. Allow them to cool.  Save 1/3 of the pan for your treat and cut the other 2/3 of the brownies into really small pieces, about 1/2" squares. Freeze the small pieces until ready to use.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 F and grease your springform pan.  Mix together graham cracker crumbs, cocoa powder, sugar and butter.  Press into the bottom of your pan.  (Feel free to double those ingredients if you like a more substantial crust.)  Bake for 5 minutes, then set aside.
  3. In your mixer, beat the cream cheese until it is soft and completely smooth scraping the bowl a few times along the way.  Add the vanilla, salt and sugar and beat until well mixed.  Add the eggs, one at a time.  Mix on low speed after each addition and for no longer than is necessary to incorporate the egg.  
  4. Pour enough of the cheesecake batter onto the graham crust to form a layer about 1/2" thick.  Fold the frozen brownie bits into the remaining cheesecake, being careful to leave them as intact as possible.  Spread the batter with brownies into the pan, smoothing the top.
  5. If possible, place the pan into a water bath (if not, turn the oven down to 300 or 325 and lengthen the baking time).  Bake for 1 1/2 hours.  The top should brown and the middle should be mostly set.
  6. Remove from water bath if using and allow to cool at room temperature for a couple of hours.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  7. If you are making the mocha whipped cream (good for you!), make it according to the directions here. Pipe or spread over cold cheesecake.  Garnish with mini chocolate chips if desired.
  8. This cheesecake cuts best when cold.  It can be eaten straight from the fridge, but it better at closer to room temperature.  I suggest you cut it while it is still cold and allow it to come to room temperature as individual pieces already on their serving dishes.  This will cut the time needed to come up to temperature considerably and will give you the nicest looking pieces of cheesecake.
Now it's time to see what the other bakers baked!









Shared at Meal Plan Monday


56 comments:

  1. Great job Carlee, this looks delicious and good thinking with the mocha whipped cream, yum!!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! It was sooo good that way!

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  2. Oh my gosh, that looks beyond good! Cheesecake anything is a fave around here. Will have to think of a special occasion (or maybe just the random weekday!) to whip one of these up. Visiting from Happiness is Homemade party.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you do give it a try and I hope you love it!

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  3. That looks amazing Carlee and has made me think perhaps I should try it again but with a few tweaks. I did think the original recipe was rather over complicated.

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    1. It is kind of funny to read some of the instructions the flipping and flipping back instructions make me giggle nearly every month! We really did enjoy this cheesecake. I hope your next experience with it is better!

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  4. I have been reading through the book quite a bit since I joined this month and find that she is very detailed and a bit long-winded in her instructions. Which I am sure is beneficial to some who are inexperienced in the kitchen but I found myself reading it over and over again. The part on how to line the brownie pan made me chuckle. I love the addition of the mocha whipped cream. Perfect way to conceal imperfections! Mine didn't crack but it was very brown and didn't look appealing which was why I chose to cover it with whipped cream!

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    1. I love how festive yours turned out! And I find myself giggling at something in her instructions nearly every month. She is very descriptive, which is very nice. But I love it when she has instructions on flipping cakes that are a couple of sentences long! So far I have really enjoyed everything I have baked from this book though! I am excited to see what next month brings!

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  5. Looks delicious! Whipped cream does cover the odd imperfection, doesn't it? I'm not sure that the flipping the cake over to put on a crust is such a great idea, but I know that I would just break the cake in the process, so I did what you did.

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    1. I could just imagine ending up with a few pieces of cheesecake falling to the floor and a whole lot of curse words coming from my mouth. The springform definitely kept us from that disaster!

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  6. Carlee I'm so glad you chose the cheesecake it looks delicious! Chiffon cakes tend to be dry, almost like a angel food cake, I don't care for them at all. Plus it's nerve wrecking to make them because they may not rise properly if your not precise with the recipe or instructions. But it is a cake to get off the to do list for the experience.
    Lovely cheesecake! The frosting looks delicious!

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    1. It really was very good. I definitely need to try a chiffon cake one of these days anyway! Thanks!

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  7. Damn girl, the rise you got on that cheesecake, I am so glad it worked for you!! The mocha cream was a great idea, just yum Carlee! Hazel x

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    1. Thank you! I was surprised how much rise it did get. Overall I was really pleased other than the crack, but that was my own fault!

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  8. Oh my! THIS looks fabulous. Cheesecake is def one of my great weaknesses. I'm so glad I got to finally see what you made with the brownies. I'm so nosey, right??!

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    1. Ha! Cheesecake and fudgy brownies are two of my weaknesses, so this was terrible (and great!) to have around. It only made it through two days. Luckily we had help eating it the first night because Matt, Jax and I couldn't stay out of it the next day!

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  9. Hi Carlee, I am glad you enjoyed your cheesecake and yup the cream topping worked well too.

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  10. This looks great. I love your recipes. Is it possible to put the name of your recipe in the title or subject of your emails? I never can remember which one it is when I go back to look for the recipe I want. There are several I have come back looking for and it is difficult if I don't remember the name.

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    1. I will check definitely check into it! They are generated automatically, but I will have to look through the settings and see if there is anything I can adjust. Thanks so much for following along!

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  11. Hahaha! I thought she added too many steps to my recipe too. I was able to make it more simply and I was very happy about that. Your cake is really pretty.

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    1. She is definitely very descriptive and likes to take every little step. It always makes me smile! Thank you!

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  12. Hmmm, looks so delicious! I love everything about this cheesecake! Yum!

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    1. It really was sooooo good! Thank you!

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  13. This looks awesome Carlee :) I especially love the mocha topping.

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  14. My husband loves cheesecake and I know this one wouldn't disappoint! Looks delicious!

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  15. Wow Carlee that cake looks so nice and sounds so delicious.
    I hope you have a nice week and a Happy Easter!
    TFS this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Julie xo

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  16. Sounds awesome. Shared and pinned.

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  17. Oh wow...I may have drooled! :)

    I would LOVE for you join and share this at my DIY and Recipes FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  18. Hi Carlee, looking forward to seeing you over at Food on Friday - with this and anything else you'd like to add. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

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  19. So rich and delicious! Frozen brownies in a cheesecake! WOW! Stumbled.

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  20. I love cheesecake and this is an outstanding flavor combination. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at The Recipe Sharing Pin and Yum Party! I hope to see you next week. Pinned and Yummed.
    Please visit Thursday Favorite Things for more sharing fun!

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  21. Cheesecake? Brownies? Mocha Whipped Cream? Yup, I'd devour this. Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays. I hope you will join us for the next party.

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  22. Amazing looking cake!! And I just love the combination of flavors :)

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    1. Thank you! I will be making this one again for sure!

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  23. You make very desirable desserts! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with us at Funtastic Friday.

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    1. Thank you and thanks for hosting!

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  24. Could this be any more perfect? I love brownies, cheesecake, and coffee and chocolate. This dessert has my name written all over it. I love that you made it in the heart shaped pan it makes it just that much more special. And perhaps the crack in the cheesecake was a lucky break because then you all got the coffee mocha whipped cream on top. I love the star tip that you used for the whipped cream this is really a special and gorgeous dessert. Almost too pretty to eat, but I think I'd get around that!

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    1. You would definitely have to get around it! I was sad about the crack to start, but was thanking my lucky stars after it came together. It is funny how that stuff works, sometimes things are a blessing in disguise ;-) Though with cheesecake it is pretty much a blessing no matter what!

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  25. Carlee, this looks delicious and beautiful! Thanks so much for linking up at the You Link It, We Make It party and we hope you'll link up your favorites with us again!

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    1. Thanks, Kim! It really was so good! Thanks for hosting!

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  26. Ohh! Mocha whipped cream sounds amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! Pinned this recipe!

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  27. Oh my gosh, this looks amazing Carlee! I am sharing and I'm pinning to make the next time we have an event!

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    1. Thank you! It is definitely a great one to knock the socks of your guests!

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  28. Wow!! Carlee! This cheesecake looks amazing!! I love the Mocha! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!

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    1. The mocha whipped cream really sets it off! Thanks so much, Elaine!

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  29. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is a Top Ten at Full Plate Thursday this week and is pinned to the Features Board for Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

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