Chocolate Lover’s Cheesecake

This Chocolate Lover’s Cheesecake recipe is full of chocolate flavor for the ultimate chocolate lover! The thick and creamy chocolate cheesecake is topped with homemade chocolate ganache, chocolate whipped cream and even more chocolate for decoration!

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Today is all about the classic chocolate cheesecake. When the craving hits, this baby is the perfect cure. I’m pretty particular about what makes the perfect cheesecake consistency for me and this cheesecake fits the bills. Thick, creamy, so good!

How To Make The Cheesecake Crust

To start out we’ve got the crust. I often like to use Oreos for a chocolate crust, but I switched it up this time. I went with a pure chocolate cookie – these chocolate wafer cookies to be specific. Sometimes the extra moisture from the filling of the Oreos can make the crust more sticky, so this time I went with something more straight forward. If you want to use Oreos, you can remove the filling and keep the same amount of butter. If you leave in the filling, you’ll want to reduce the butter so that it’s just enough to pull the crumbs together.

The crust is pre-baked, then the pan should be prepared for a water bath. I am a true believe in water baths, despite the fact that they are more of a pain. Without it, you get a drier cheesecake that cracks and falls in the center and tends to brown around the edge. It’s ok, but not my idea of the perfect cheesecake. If you’re putting in all the effort, why not just add that little extra to make it great?

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For the filling, I used a mix of two kinds of cocoa – both regular unsweetened and Hershey’s Dark Cocoa blend. I love both of them and you could certainly just use one or the other, but I loved mixing them together for a richer chocolate cheesecake that wasn’t super rich. There really isn’t a wrong way, just a preference.

When mixing everything for the filling together, be sure to mix on a lower speed and not to over-mix things. Another culprit to cracks in a cheesecake is air bubbles that are added when mixing and mixing at a high speed.

Once the cheesecake is baked, it’s topped with chocolate ganache and chocolate whipped cream. We are seriously layering on the chocolate here, friends. Because why not?!? You could certainly choose to forgo them if you want, but why?

How To Decorate This Chocolate Cheesecake

The final topping and decoration is the chocolate curls. They look great and I’m a fan, but you could also just add some sprinkles or a drizzle of chocolate sauce. No wrong way here! If you need a little help making chocolate curls, you will soon be in luck – I’ve got a tutorial coming your way soon!

This chocolate cheesecake is sure to be a hit! With several layers of chocolate, there’s no shortage of awesome here. The next time you need to get your chocolate on, you know where to go. 🙂

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Chocolate Lover’s Cheesecake

  • Author: Lindsay Conchar
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 Slices
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This Chocolate Lover’s Cheesecake recipe is full of chocolate flavor for the ultimate chocolate lover! The thick and creamy chocolate cheesecake is topped with homemade chocolate ganache, chocolate whipped cream and even more chocolate for decoration!


Chocolate crust

Chocolate cheesecake

  • 24 oz (678g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup (207g) sugar
  • 3/4 cup (85g) natural unsweetened cocoa*
  • 1 cup (230g) sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, room temperature

Chocolate ganache

  • 6 oz (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy whipping cream

Chocolate whipped cream

  • 1 cup (240ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 5 tbsp (37g) powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp (21g) natural unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Curls



  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line a 9-inch (23cm) springform pan with parchment paper in the bottom and grease the sides.
  2. Combine the crust ingredients in a small bowl. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the springform pan.
  3. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then set aside to cool.
  4. Cover the outsides of the pan with aluminum foil so that water from the water bath cannot get in (see how I prepare my pan for a water bath). Set prepared pan aside.


  1. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F (148°C).
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and cocoa on low speed until well completely combined and smooth. Be sure to use low speed to reduce the amount of air added to the batter, which can cause cracks. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the sour cream and vanilla extract and mix on low speed until well combined.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly to combine after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.
  5. Pour the cheesecake batter evenly into the crust.
  6. Place the springform pan inside another larger pan. Fill the outside pan with enough warm water to go about halfway up the sides of the springform pan. The water should not go above the top edge of the aluminum foil on the springform pan.
  7. Bake for 1 hour 5 minutes. The center should be set, but still jiggly.
  8. Turn off the oven and leave the door closed for 30 minutes. The cheesecake will continue to cook, but slowly begin to cool as well.
  9. Crack the door of the oven for 30 minutes to allow the cheesecake to continue to cool slowly. This process helps prevent cracking.
  10. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and water bath wrapping and refrigerate until firm, 5-6 hours or overnight.
  11. When the cheesecake is cool and firm, remove from the springform pan and set on a serving plate.


  1. To make the chocolate ganache. Put the chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl.
  2. Microwave the heavy whipping cream until it just begins to boil, then pour it over the chocolate chips. Allow it to sit for 2-3 minutes, then whisk until smooth.
  3. Pour the ganache onto the cheesecake and spread into an even layer.

Whipped cream

  1. To make the chocolate whipped cream, add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, cocoa and vanilla extract to a large mixer bowl. Whip on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  2. Spread the whipped cream on top of the chocolate ganache.
  3. Add chocolate curls to the top of the cake and sprinkle with cocoa, if desired. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Cheesecake is best for 3-4 days.

* I used half natural unsweetened cocoa and half Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa.


  • Serving Size: 1 Slice
  • Calories: 534
  • Sugar: 34.3 g
  • Sodium: 342 mg
  • Fat: 35.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 48.8 g
  • Protein: 10.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 132.5 mg

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  1. Lori

    I have made several of your cheesecakes and they always turn out great!! However, I noticed this one bakes for 1’5” and all the other ones I’ve made using your recipe is 1’ 20” to 2 hours. Is there a reason why this one is less time?
    Thank you

  2. Heather

    Could you make this a chocolate mint cheesecake? If so how much peppermint extract would you suggest? I want it to be refreshing and not too minty. I want to make it for my family for Christmas

    1. Lindsay

      I haven’t done that flavor so it’s a little hard to say. I’m not sure if the chocolate will overpower the peppermint. I’m guessing you could add up to a tablespoon of mint extract. You could probably add more but that could be too much.

  3. Natalie Riley

    Hi there!

    Do you allow all your ingredients for the cheesecake batter to get to room temperature before you start?


    1. Lindsay

      I always bring my cream cheese to room temperature. You’ll have a lumpy mess if you won’t. But I’m a bit of a rebel sometimes and don’t always bring the others to room temperature. Truth be told, it’s fine in a pinch.

  4. Kelsey

    This may be a no brainer- but I must ask! When you put the cheesecake in the fridge to chill, do you cover it?
    I don’t really venture out as I follow the directions to a T.
    Mine has been in the fridge for about 4 hours covered.
    I appreciate your help and can’t wait to take a taste 😋

    1. Lindsay

      I don’t typically cover it, but you could. Just be aware that if it’s still fairly warm when you add it to the fridge, covering it could create more condensation on top of the cheesecake.

      1. Kelsey

        Thanks for your reply! I took it out of the fridge this morning and that did in fact happen. I’m hoping the condensation will evaporate. ?
        Also, will this affect the taste or consistency?

      2. Lindsay

        Sorry for the late reply. The condensation doesn’t usually evaporate but you can try to blot it with a paper towel. It should be fine. It definitely doesn’t affect the taste.

    1. Eileen

      Would I be able to use Oreo’s with the filling removed for the crust ? I am having a hard time finding a gluten free alternative to the chocolate wafer cookies, GF Oreo’s are the only thing that comes to mind. Thank you

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