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Cheesecake Filled Chocolate Cake

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Looking for a showstopping dessert recipe? This Cheesecake Filled Chocolate Cake sandwiches a creamy cheesecake between two moist chocolate cakes and is finished off with a topping of decadent fudge sauce!


Moist buttermilk chocolate cake filled with a dreamy cheesecake and iced with fudge sauce

Cheesecake Filled Chocolate Cake

When I need a rich and gooey dessert, I know I can rely on my friend, Danielle, for the best recipes. I was headed to a gathering of about 20 girlfriends and we were all to bring heavy appetizers. I knew a dessert would be fine with my hostess and this Cheesecake Filled Chocolate Cake has something for everyone.

The rich, creamy cheesecake was perfect for my cheesecake loving daughter whereas my youngest would push aside the middle layer and eat only the cake and fudge topping. Of course, my gal pals have much less picky palates than my family members (who doesn’t for that matter???) and swooned over their slivers of cake.

Moist buttermilk chocolate cake filled with a dreamy cheesecake and iced with fudge sauce

Fudge Topping

Danielle’s version has the fudge sauce artfully dripping down the sides of the cake. Well, apparently, that’s not my forte. So, instead of saving half the fudge for hot fudge sundaes, I used every spankin’ drop to ice the whole cake. That’s where the decadence x 3 comes in.

Whoa, was this one amazing masterpiece. A sliver is all you need, unless you want a big slab instead of dinner. No judgement here! And if icing is not your thing, slices of this cake would be marvelous drizzled with fudge sauce! Pour over the top and let it drip down the sides.


Moist buttermilk chocolate cake filled with a dreamy cheesecake and iced with fudge sauce

Tips for Making a Cheesecake:

There are a few tips that will make your cheesecake creamy and perfect every time. The texture of a cheesecake is extremely important so following a few key steps will make this achievable!

  • Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature. This is especially important for the eggs, cream cheese and any other dairy. This will ensure they blend in properly. You do not want little bits of cream cheese in your batter.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, making sure each is incorporated before the next is added.
  • Use the paddle attachment to mix the batter. This keeps the cheesecake creamy and dense as less air is whipped into the batter.
  • Baking in a water bath or bain marie helps stabilize the baking temperature. Some say it helps prevent cracking, so it’s worth the extra step.
  • Let your baked cheesecake chill overnight before serving for the best flavor and texture. Enjoy!

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Thanks again to my lovely friend, Danielle for another magnificent dessert recipe! She is my go-to blogger for decadent treats. I promise you will love whatever you try!!! We share a recipe from each other’s blogs every second Monday of the month.

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Cheesecake Filled Chocolate Cake

An insanely rich and delicious cheesecake filled chocolate layer cake topped with fudge

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 5 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16-20

Ingredients

For Chocolate Cake Layers:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For Cheesecake Layer:

  • 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

For Hot Fudge:

  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1 1/2 cups heavy cream (if icing your cake, start with 1 cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions

  1. Make cakes first. Adjust oven rack to the middle position. Preheat oven to 350º. Butter and line 2, 8-inch baking pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the dry ingredients & mix.
  3. Add in the buttermilk, hot coffee, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Mix on medium speed until well combined 1-2 mins.
  4. Divide batter among cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted comes out almost clean, about 35 to 40 minutes.
  5. Let cake cool in pans about 10 minutes then remove from pans and cool on a cooling rack until completely cooled. I froze mine at this point until ready to assemble the cake.
  6. To make cheesecake, lightly butter an 8-inch springform pan. Wrap it in foil and place in a larger pan for a water bath. Preheat oven to 350º.
  7. With the paddle attachment of your stand mixer, beat one pack of cream cheese with ⅓ cup sugar and cornstarch on low for 3 minutes. Add the rest of the cream cheese and blend. Increase mixer speed to high and add the red of the sugar. On medium add the eggs, vanilla and heavy cream and mix till just blended.
  8. Pour into spring-form pan, then pour hot water into larger pan till it reaches 1 inch up sides of springform pan. Bake 60-75 minutes or till center is almost set. Let cool to room temperature then chill in refrigerator a few hours or overnight.
  9. To make hot fudge, melt butter over medium heat in a large saucepan and swirl it around in pan to coat sides.
  10. Add corn syrup and chocolate and stir until chocolate melts.
  11. Add sugars, cream and salt and continue to cook over medium till mixture comes to a boil.
  12. Using a candy thermometer, boil gently for 7 to 9 minutes, without stirring, until sauce is thickened and candy thermometer reaches 220-224º. Remove from heat. Pour sauce into 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup. Whisk in vanilla. Cool to room temperature on counter, then chill till it reaches spreadable consistency before frosting cake.
  13. To assemble, place one chocolate layer on a serving plate, top with cheesecake layer, then the second chocolate layer. Frost with fudge sauce or just serve slices with a drizzle of fudge sauce.
  14. Keep cake chilled.
  15. Hot Fudge will last 2 weeks. Cool sauce completely before covering and chilling.

Notes

The fudge must be chilled to reach spreadable consistency. Keep cake refrigerated till serving time to keep the topping relatively firm.
I’ve decreased the amount of heavy cream in the fudge sauce so it’s more spreadable. If you’d like it thinner, add up to ½ cup more cream.
An easier, just as delicious alternative would be to serve slices drizzled with fudge sauce and skip the icing step!
Moist buttermilk chocolate cake filled with a dreamy cheesecake and iced with fudge sauce
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49 comments on “Cheesecake Filled Chocolate Cake”

  1. This is by far one of the best chocolate desserts I’ve ever seen. Love the combination.

  2. What a great combination for a gorgeous and gourmand cake!!

  3. Looks amazing! Maybe I should treat myself with such cake for my birthday! 😀

  4. Truly a spectacular cake! Just beautiful:@)

  5. Really should call it fudge frosting as this isn’t a sauce at all.

  6. That looks perfect–cheesecake AND cake AND chocolate in the same dessert? Sign me up! 😀

  7. Decadence is the exact word for this cake. I feel the sugar rush already. That wouldn’t stop me though from having a gigantic slice!

  8. Without a doubt, it is one of the most decadent recipes I’ve seen! It looks incredibly beautiful and sounds very tasty.

  9. I endorse the sauce as frosting concept. Then again I’ve always been a decadence x 3 kind of guy. GREG

  10. Mouth open, drooling! You made this even more wonderful and I want a slice NOW!!!! I made a really wonderful treat from your blog too!!! I mean realllllllly wonderful!!!! Can’t wait for next month! XOXOXOOX

  11. Haha! Before I even read showstopper…I was thinking it, Liz. 😉 Gorgeous!!

  12. wow…what a masterpiece! I wish I could have a bite!

  13. This cake is the epitome of decadence. I love every aspect of it! And gorgeous photography, too Liz!

  14. Did you say cheesecake filled?! Now that’s one incredible cake!

  15. Looks amazing. Whole foods sells something similar visually but I bet this is far tastier!

  16. You make everything look so beautiful!

  17. This looks amazing! Drooling just looking at it!

  18. Hooray for hot fudge all over the cake!!! I would have done the same thing! beautiful!

  19. That certainly is a show-stopping cake and I bet it was met with plenty of ooohs and ahhhs. I do love the height of the cake and all the layers and I think that’s an excellent idea to just use up all the fudge sauce by slathering it all over the cake. The raspberries sitting in stars of cream is a beautiful way to decorate the cake xx

  20. OMG, I don’t know where to begin! You know that it looks perfect don’t you?

  21. You’re singing my song with this cake. I love everything about it. This is going to be my birthday cake – I’ve decided. 🙂

  22. Looking at the 3 layers make me want to grab a spoon and dig into the computer! This looks amazing and so delicious!

  23. This cake is truly having the best of both worlds. it’s perfect!

  24. Hi Liz, wow! you brought this dessert to a whole new level, yes looks like small pieces are advised. Looks delicious!

  25. Wow, does this sound incredible! Definitely a showstopper of a dessert. I have to try this.

  26. This looks so adorable. I am loving that decadent cheesecake layer. MMM! I NEED this in my life, like RIGHT now ;D

  27. This is one AMAZING cake!! Would be wonderful for special occasions like a birthday 🙂
    It really looks heavenly

  28. Love that you guys share! Sharing is so wonderful–and I can see that it’s also fudgy, and decadent, and chocolatey awesomeness. Love!

  29. I wish I was in that group of 20 friends. This is totally yummy. Every bite is calling my name. Don’t you hear it?

  30. Oh, yum! This cake looks amazing! It is really is a show stopper!

  31. This cake is stunning, Liz! I love the cheesecake layer and the fudgy sauce! So decadent and delicious!

  32. Gorgeousness is one of your fortés, Liz! As is elegance and delicious recipes AND a huge talent for leaving this Ninja Baker hankering for chocolate cake and cheesecake =)

  33. What an amazing cheesecake! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  34. Now, THAT’s a cake! Wow. I’d love to sink my fork into that! 🙂

  35. Show stopping is right! The only thing wrong is that I don’t have a piece in from of me right now!

  36. Oh my word. With batter that good, I fear it might not actually make it into cake form.

  37. Lizzy,
    I have to make this soon. It looks so decadent and delicious. I wish I had a piece now.
    Annamaria

  38. This recipe looks delicious, I’m just worried about the coffee part. Can you taste it at all? I don’t care for coffee, is there any way I could substitute it?

  39. This is one of those genius cake inventions the internet has opened for all to make! You don’t have the dripping sauce but you definitely have the best berries, always! lol! Gorgeous cake Liz!

  40. It did not discuss how to assemble the cakes.

    • Hi, Mich, I’ve edited my recipe, but basically you just stack the layers: cake, cheesecake, cake, then frost. On a hot day, I’d probably just serve unfrosted slices with a drizzle of hot fudge as the fudge sauce can get rather soft unless it’s well chilled. Either way, it’s still a fabulous, decadent dessert!

  41. Can you put fondant over this cake? It looks amazing!

  42. What can I substitute for the coffee? My son does not like the taste of that in chocolate. Thank you.

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