If you are looking for a cheesecake for the ultimate chocolate lover, you have to make this decadent chocolate cheesecake!

Warning: do not attempt to view, make or devour this recipe if you do not like chocolate. A lot of chocolate. Copious amounts of deep, dark chocolate.

A thick slice of chocolate cheesecake with chocolate curls on top on a white plate.

Including a buttery chocolate crust topped with a luscious, creamy, rich cheesecake layer, topped again with a silky, dreamy dark chocolate ganache and topped finally with whimsical chocolate curls.

A thick chocolate cheesecake with chocolate curls on top and one slice of cheesecake cut out.

Death by chocolate.

And what a way to go.

Top view of a chocolate cheesecake with chocolate curls and chocolate ganache on top.

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Decadent Chocolate Cheesecake

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  • 1 (9-ounce) package (255 g) chocolate cookies, such as chocolate wafers, graham crackers or teddy grahams
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 tablespoons (85 g) butter, melted


  • 10 ounces (283 g) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I use Ghirardelli)
  • 4 packages (8-ounces each) (908 g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cups + 2 tablespoons (290 g) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (21 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 large eggs


  • ¾ cup whipping cream
  • 6 ounces (170 g) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Chocolate curls for garnish


  • For crust: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-inch springform pan with 3-inch-high sides (or use a 10-inch springform pan with 2-inch sides). Process the chocolate cookies in a food processor (or the old-fashioned way with a bag and a rolling pin) until they are finely ground. Transfer them to a small bowl and mix in the sugar. Add the melted butter and mix until well combined. Press the crumbs evenly onto the bottom only of the prepared pan. Bake just until set, about 5 minutes. Cool while preparing filling. Keep the oven heated at 350 degrees.
  • For filling: Melt the 10 ounces of chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler until melted and smooth. Cool the chocolate until lukewarm but ensure that it is still warm enough to be pourable. In a large bowl (or with a stand mixer), blend cream cheese, sugar, and cocoa powder until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time. Mix in lukewarm chocolate. Pour the cheesecake filling over the crust; smooth the top. Bake until the center is just set and just appears dry, about 1 hour. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run knife around sides of cake to loosen. Let the cheesecake cool to room temperature. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and chill overnight.
  • For topping: One hour before serving (or up to 3 days ahead of time), stir cream, 6 ounces chocolate, and sugar in heavy medium saucepan over low heat until smooth. Cool slightly. Pour over the center of the cheesecake, spreading to within 1/2 inch of edge and filling any cracks. Chill until the topping is set, about 1 hour.
  • When ready to serve, release the springform pan sides. Transfer the cheesecake to a platter. Top with chocolate curls. It is preferable to let the cheesecake stand at room temperature for 1-2 hours before serving.


Chocolate Curls: I use this method. 
Plan Ahead: this cheesecake needs to be chilled overnight so plan ahead!
Make Ahead: the good news is this cheesecake can be made all the way through the topping, covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days before serving. It is preferable to let the cheesecake stand at room temperature 1-2 hours before serving.
Serving: 1 Slice, Calories: 787kcal, Carbohydrates: 63g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 56g, Saturated Fat: 32g, Cholesterol: 183mg, Sodium: 473mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 46g

Recipe Source: adapted slightly from epicurious.com/referred to me by my excellent bro Nate