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Hot Fudge Brownie Cheesecake

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This Hot Fudge Brownie Cheesecake is a perfect special occasion dessert. Each layer alone is incredibly delicious, but all together, they form an exquisite grand finale for your meal. Nothing beats a marvelous homemade cheesecake! It’s been way too cold to even think about ice cream, let alone a hot fudge sundae.

When it’s too chilly to eat a big ice cream sundae, this Brownie Cheesecake recipe will hit the spot! The thick layer of hot fudge will seal the deal.

Hot Fudge Brownie Cheesecake | 3 layers of dessert deliciousness!

Hot Fudge Brownie Cheesecake

Back to a happier subject, this amazing brownie cheesecake. First, a most dreamy vanilla cheesecake was layered over a thick fudgy brownie base. Then in true hot fudge sundae style, the whole shebang was topped with homemade fudge sauce, whipped cream and cherries!

This is one of the richest cheesecakes you’ll ever encounter. Don’t think about the calories, it’s for one of those infrequent diet splurges. I’ve stated that this cheesecake serves 16, but even the thinnest slices will satisfy your sweet tooth. You may be able to serve even more than 16.

Tips for Making the Best Cheesecakes:

  • Have all the ingredients at room temperature, especially the cream cheese, but including the eggs, cream and/or sour cream depending on your recipe. This will help ensure a smooth batter. Just take them out of the refrigerator about an hour before you plan to start mixing.
  • Use the paddle attachment so no unnecessary air is beaten into the batter. If you only have a hand mixer,  just be careful not to over mix.
  • When you add in the eggs, mix them in one at a time and only until just combined.
  • Baking in a water bath, or bain marie, can help prevent the top from cracking. But when you are topping the finished cheesecake with fudge sauce, sour cream, lemon curd, etc, any cracks will not be noticeable.
  • Like most desserts, a cheesecake will slice easiest when cold, but it will be at it’s creamiest if it’s brought out of the refrigerator an hour or up to 2 hours before serving.

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Hot Fudge Brownie Cheesecake on a white cake plate

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

Check out Danielle’s take on this recipe as well as her social media sites! Plus make sure to stop by her blog and check out which of my recipes she made this month, too.

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A slice of Hot Fudge Brownie Cheesecake on a dessert plate garnished with whipped cream and a cherry

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Hot Fudge Brownie Cheesecake | 3 layers of dessert deliciousness!

Hot Fudge Brownie Cheesecake

This Hot Fudge Brownie Cheesecake is a perfect special occasion dessert. Each layer alone is incredibly delicious, but all together, they form an exquisite grand finale for your meal. 

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cheesecake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Brownie Layer:

  • My fudgy brownie recipe* or your favorite box mix

Cheesecake Layer:

  • Four 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream

Hot Fudge:

  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


Grease a 9-inch springform pan that’s at least 3 inches deep and set aside. Preheat oven to 350º.

Make brownies and scrape batter into pan. Partially bake, about 20 minutes.  Then decrease the oven temperature to 325º. Remove to cooling rack and prepare the cheesecake batter.

Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat 1 package of the cream cheese, ⅓ cup of the sugar, and the cornstarch together on low until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl several times.

Blend in the remaining cream cheese, one package at a time, beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.

Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat in the remaining sugar, then the vanilla.

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Then beat in the cream just until completely blended. Do not over mix.

Spoon the cheesecake batter over the partially baked brownie layer.  If your pan is not deep enough you may have excess batter**. Do not fill to the rim but leave at least 1/2 inch of space between the top of the batter and the top of the pan.***

Bake for 70-80 minutes or until almost set in the middle.  To test, using pot holders, gently wiggle the cheesecake back and forth.  When only the center jiggles a bit, it’s done.

Make hot fudge. In a large sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat and swirl it around in pan to coat sides.

Add corn syrup and chocolate and stir until chocolate melts.

Add  both sugars, cream and salt and continue to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture comes to a boil.

Using a candy thermometer, boil gently for 7 to 9 minutes, without stirring, until the sauce is thickened and candy thermometer reaches 220-224º. Remove from heat.

Pour the fudge sauce into heatproof bowl or 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup. Whisk in vanilla. Set aside to cool completely. Pour enough to fill the middle of the cake, then chill cheesecake overnight if possible.

Before serving, garnish with whipped cream and cherries!


* I used this fudgy brownie recipe

**Excess batter can be baked in a small pan or ramekins if desired.

***I filled my pan too full, but gently pressed down on the top when it came out of the oven. Danielle’s cheesecake had cracks. Any flaw will be covered with hot fudge, so don’t sweat it!


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33 comments on “Hot Fudge Brownie Cheesecake”

  1. wow liz I am really impressed with gorgeous dessert! It’s perfectly perfect!

  2. This looks like heaven. Cheese and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations and if I eat cake it might as well be a pretty one 🙂

  3. OMG-yes please! This looks like an amazing treat! We’re ready for spring in Philly too:@)

  4. Brownie+cheesecake+hot fudge = FANTASTIC! I have gotta bake this cake!

  5. How funny we both made cheesecake!!! Lols delicious as always, Liz!! Xoxo

  6. Quite simply, I am not happy with you. You post this AMAZING recipe and yet live so far away! How am I supposed to be your taster? <3 This is incredible and I am sharing on Desserts Required's FB page this week.

  7. What a fun, delicious looking cheesecake! It’s so tall too and looks like it comes from a fine bakery. Duh…. it does!

  8. This is the first day of respite from the crazy cold weather. Sat morning with wind here: -39F. Great use of hot fudge minus the ice cream lol, this cake is totally decadent!

  9. this would be my reward after my diet wowzer!

  10. This cheesecake is seriously my dream come true!! It looks amazing!! I’m hosting a dinner party in a few weeks and I’m fairly confident THIS will be my dessert! Yum!

  11. You had me at hot fudge brownie… this cheesecake is my dream! 🙂

  12. This is a crowd pleaser of a cheesecake! It’s hard to resist brownie and cheesecake in one!

  13. Wow what a stunner of a dessert, I so need this in my life Liz 😀 Happy New Year!

  14. It all look amazing but I just to eat that topping with a spoon!!! hahahaha

  15. What a super great idea for a cheesecake!

  16. Love it! Apparently, we’re thinking on similar wavelengths!

  17. This looks so good it might make me come out of hiding.

  18. Holy moly, that looks amazing – and now I want a BIG slice of it!

  19. You sure know how to tempt me, Liz! With so many birthdays coming up hopefully I can convince someone in my family that this should be their birthday dessert.

  20. How much cream goes into the fudge ? It wasn’t listed in the ingredients so I was unsure.

  21. This cheesecake is so good – thank you for all the great tips!

  22. Cannot wait to try this beautiful brownie cheesecake – what a stunner!

  23. I absolutely LOVE cheesecake and this one os my favorite! Everyone agrees with me too!

  24. Two of my favorite things! Brownies and cheesecake!

  25. Brownie, cheesecake & a thick layer of hot fudge – HEAVEN on a plate!

  26. Oh goodness! Looks so good! 😋

  27. This is definitely a showstopping dessert! Love those gorgeous layers. Can we have dessert first? hehe

  28. This was everyone’s favorite at our family get together!

  29. Did you use a water bath?

    • Hi, Brad,

      This is one of the few cheesecakes I make that does not need a water bath. Though it may crack, any imperfections will be covered with the fudge layer. Of course, if you want to use a water bath, that’s always an option. Hope you try it!

  30. Such a great idea to make cheesecake, i love your recipe….

    Thank you so much to share this recipe………………….

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