Is it odd that I just recently discovered I liked cheesecake? I was such a prude when it came to this amazing creation. Thankfully, taste buds evolve or I would have really been missing out! I assume I tried a bite when I was younger, and preferred cupcakes instead, but after just recently, I am now obsessed. Like an official cheesecake addiction.
I really wanted to do something different last year for my husband’s birthday. Normally we do cake and ice cream but I got an itch to attempt something fancy. Luckily, he is not hard to please. He had mentioned how good a caramel cake would be, so that’s where I started. I searched through my good friend, Pinterest, and the results were very intriguing. Immediately a caramel cheesecake caught my eye and it looked marvelous. I ended up making a delicious snickers cheesecake. I was so impressed with it, that I have been making cheesecakes for any kind of get-together. This chocolate cheesecake has had the most praise.
Not only is the cheesecake amazing, but it’s also very visually satisfying. The addition of the chocolate covered strawberries makes this cake look like you ordered it straight from a bakery. You could easily use any kind of chocolate dipped fruit if you’re not a fan of strawberries. But, this cake, can also hold its own, without the addition of anything. The whole process requires a bit of time, but it’s oh so worth it! The longest part is waiting for it to set while it’s in the fridge. (TIP: Make the strawberries while the cake is baking, so they are all ready to go when it’s time to put them on the top.)
If you’ve never made a cheesecake before, don’t stress. There are tons of tips I found that were so helpful for the perfect cheesecake. I guarantee you will get asked if you really made it, and if you can make it again. Enjoy!
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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake
chocolate cheesecake covered in a rich ganache and chocolate covered strawberries, all on a homemade Oreo crust.
For the crust
In a large zip-lock bag, finely crush Oreo's until all of the big chunks are gone.
In a medium bowl, combine the Oreo's with the melted butter, and stir to coat completely.
Pour Oreo mixture into a 9 inch spring form pan. Gently press onto the bottom of the pan and slightly up the sides.
Bake for 10 minutes, remove from the oven and set on a cooling rack.
Lower the oven to 350 F. Fill 1/2 of a cake pan with warm water and place on the bottom rack of the oven. This will also help with cracking, by adding moisture to the oven.
For the filling
In a large bowl mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and unsweetened cocoa powder.
Mix in the eggs one at a time. Over mixing can cause air pockets which will make your cheesecake crack.
Fold in the melted chocolate then pour over the Oreo crust.
Bake until the top of the cake looks dry, and the middle is slightly jiggly. (About 1 hour)
Place on a cooling rack for 20 minutes, then finish cooling uncovered in the fridge. (A minimum of 5 hrs.) Carefully run a knife around the sides before opening the spring form pan.
For the strawberries
Rinse and dry strawberries. Cut in half length-wise, leaving the green parts on the top. Place on a paper towel to dry completely.
In glass bowls or measuring cups, melt the dark chocolate, and white chips.
Dip 6 strawberries in the dark chocolate and sprinkle on toppings. Place on a piece of wax paper. Dip the other 6 strawberries in the white chocolate, and again, sprinkle on the toppings.
Pour the reaming melted chocolate into 2 small zip-lock bags. Snip a tiny corner off the bags and drizzle over the strawberries.
Keep in the fridge until it's time to place them on the cheesecake.
For the topping
In a medium sauce pan melt together the chocolate chips, heavy whipping cream and sugar.
Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Pour over the cheesecake and down the sides. Place the cake back in the fridge to set.
Add your strawberries around the outside edges, pressing them gently into the topping. Keep the finished cake in the fridge until ready to serve.