This luscious, ultra-creamy Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake is decadent and delicious with an Italian twist!

An Italian Cheesecake is a perfect way to end a dinner party and it will feed a crowd. A sliver of this rich dessert will have your guests swooning!

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Why You Must Make this Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

  • The addition of mascarpone cheese makes it ultra creamy!
  • It’s the perfect addition to an Italian-themed dinner.
  • It’s rich enough that you only need a small slice, therefore, it feeds a crowd!
Chocolate-Mascarpone Cheesecake slice on a white cake plate with a fork

Cheesecake Tips

To make the creamiest cheesecake, you must follow a couple of rules. Just dumping and mixing will make a decent cheesecake, but for the best cheesecake results, make sure to note these tips:

  • Use room temperature cream cheese, mascarpone, and eggs.
  • Mix slowly with a paddle attachment to keep the batter dense and creamy.
  • Bake in a bain-marie, or water bath to keep the cheesecake insulated which allows it to cook at an even temperature plus adds steam to the oven, minimizing cracks.
  • All these steps ensure an impeccable cheesecake.
  • Once baked and cooled, the bottom is coated with cookie crumbs instead of the more typical baked crust of butter and crumbs or pastry. It’s great for those who aren’t fans of a graham cracker crust.

I was a little concerned about a possible disastrous outcome from flipping this chocolate-mascarpone cheesecake upside down to pat on a half cup of chocolate wafer crumbs onto the bottom. It worked quite well with just a few minute scars from the procedure which were easily camouflaged with berries.

We delivered this dessert to the hospital where Bill works, and received positive feedback from the cath lab staff. Even though it was a less than perfect blogger “sample” dessert that had a slice removed for a photo, then reinserted before delivery, they were fans. They’re good people and loved this homemade dessert.

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Chocolate-Mascarpone Cheesecake | A dreamy cheesecake with an Italian twist!

Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield 12

An exquisite chocolate cheesecake with an Italian twist!


  • 1 1/2 pounds cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 pound mascarpone, at room temperature
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 6 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, melted and warm
  • Chocolate cookie crumbs, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch springform pan and wrap the outside with foil.
  2. In your stand mixer fit with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cream cheese until perfectly smooth, about 4 minutes. Add sugar and beat for another 4 minutes.
  3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add flour, vanilla and mascarpone beat until incorporated.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down side of bowl after each egg.
  5. Add the sour cream and mix until incorporated
  6. Remove one cup of mixture and stir into the warm melted chocolate. Mix until you no longer see white streaks.
  7. Add the chocolate mixture into the rest of the batter and mix until well combined.
  8. Pour batter into your prepared 8″ spring form pan.
  9. Set the pan in a roasting pan and place in the center of the oven.
  10. Pour hot water into the roasting pan until it comes halfway up the sides.
  11. Bake 50-60 minutes. bake until  center jiggles a little when you move the pan.  
  12. Remove pan from oven, remove the foil and place the pan only on a wire rack to cool to room temperature.
  13. Release the sides of the springform pan. Turn the cake over onto a cutting board, platter or cooling rack and coat the bottom of the cake with crumbs. 
  14. Invert the cake onto another platter and chill for at least 3 hours, or up to 2 days.
  15. If you are going to keep the cake in the refrigerator for more than a few hours, cover it, once it is set, with plastic wrap.


Adapted from Baking with Julia.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 501Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 312mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 3gSugar: 19gProtein: 9g


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Tomorrow, Bill is having open-heart surgery. It’s “relatively” routine…he has a mitral valve that needs to be repaired. I took this Chocolate-Mascarpone Cheesecake to the hospital when he had his pre-op testing. It was tough for him to give over the reins to the folks he works with day in and out, but they deserved a little treat for taking such good care of us both. Super rich and velvety smooth, this recipe from contributing baker, David Ogonowski, was cheesecake nirvana.

Have I told you we’re in the midst of a home renovation? I will be without a kitchen soon, so thank goodness I can use my Instant Pot to make pressure cooker cheesecakes. Isn’t that fun???

As you might guess, I’ll be scarce for a while. But I have a few posts scheduled while I’m hanging out with the hubby at the hospital, so please check back. xo