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I taught you the other day how to have a successful girls night.  One of the key components is to have something sinfully rich, chocolatey and amazing for dessert.  Here is the perfect solution.  I originally saw this recipe over on Recipe Girl.  It was love at first sight!  My salivary glands became activated immediately upon seeing that title and first photo.  As I read more about this chocolate wonder and skimmed the recipe I knew I just had to make it mine!

The chocolate cheesecake recipe looked divine and her warning of it being a thick batter just made my craving that much more intense.  I used her chocolate cheesecake recipe for the cheesecake layer.  I have a simple and perfect go-to devil’s food cake recipe that I just couldn’t abandon in my time of chocolate need.  In addition to that I also made a chocolate glaze to top my cakes instead of using the sour cream chocolate frosting used in the original recipe.  Finally, since it was girls night and chocolate cake just is not for sharing I made individual little cakes (and bite-sized ones, too, just for fun).

To make the individual cakes I just used a 3-inch round cookie cutter to cut out the cake and cheesecake then spooned the chocolate glaze on top and let it drip over the edges.  I can’t even tell you how many bites of cake and cheesecake I ate while cutting out and assembling these little guys!  I ate more that night at girls night and even more the next day at family dinner (and even more while trying to figure out how to turn them into cake pops.  More on that later).

Like the original recipe says, “This cake is for big time chocolate-lovers”.  Enjoy!

Chocolate-Glazed Chocolate Chocolate Cheesecake Cake
or Chocolate Cheesecake Cake
or Chocolate Lover’s Dream Come True Cake
or Make Me Now Cake!

Chocolate Cheesecake
From Recipe Girl
Makes one 9-inch round cheesecake
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate (70% cocoa), chopped
Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons granulated white sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 large eggs

-Preheat oven to 325 degrees
-Fill a large roasting pan with about two inches of water and place in oven while it preheats
-Melt chocolate and set aside
-Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until it is smooth and creamy
-Mix in sugar and cocoa powder
-Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition
-Mix in melted chocolate
-Mix until smooth (the batter will be very thick and not like your typical cheesecake batter)
-Scoop into a springform pan or straight-sided cake pan (The pan should be greased and the bottom lined with parchment paper)
-Smooth batter to form a flat surface
-Carefully place the pan into the water in the large roasting pan already in the oven
-Bake for 45 minutes or until the batter is set and not jiggly
-Allow cheesecake to cool, wrap with plastic wrap, and store in freezer until ready to use (remove from the freezer about ten minutes before you plan on cutting out the smaller portions)

Devil’s Food Cake
Makes Two 9-inch round cakes
1 Cup Cocoa Powder
2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Salt
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
3 Eggs
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
1 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Cup Milk
1/3 Cup Brewed Coffee

-Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt
-In separate bowl beat together eggs and sugar
-Mix in the vegetable oil
-Gently fold in half the flour
-Mix in the milk and coffee
-Gently fold in remaining flour
-Pour batter into two greased 9-inch cake pans
-Bake for 15 minutes or until cake springs back when gently pressed

Chocolate Glaze
16 Ounces Chocolate
2 Sticks (one cup) Unsalted Butter
2 Teaspoons Corn Syrup

-Combine all ingredients in a heat-proof bowl
-Melt over a double boiler or in the microwave in short bursts
-Cool to room temperature

To assemble cakes
-Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut as many circles out of all the cakes as you can
-Place one round of devil’s food cake on a cooling rack with parchment paper underneath
-Place one round of chocolate cheesecake on top of the devil’s food cake
-Top with another round of devil’s food cake
-Pour chocolate glaze over assembled cakes and allow it to drip over the sides
-Let sit for ten minutes to allow the chocolate glaze to harden (or consume immediately if you just can’t wait!)

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0 comment on Something Sinfully Rich, Chocolatey and Amazing

  1. Elyse
    January 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm (5 years ago)
    You are turning me into a chocolate lover. I have never liked chocolate very much, but I LOVED this!! Yummmmm. I want some right now! Reply

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