Black Forest Cheesecake

Black Forest Cheesecake combines the rich flavors of chocolate, cherries, and creamy cheesecake into a decadent dessert. This recipe layers creamy cheesecake filling over a chocolate cookie crust, topped with cherry pie filling and chocolate shavings for a stunning presentation.

Ingredients Quantities:

For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups (150g) chocolate cookie crumbs (such as Oreo cookies)
  • 6 tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter, melted

For the Cheesecake Filling:

  • 24 ounces (680g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream

For the Topping:

  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • Chocolate shavings or curls, for garnish

Optional Additions:

  • Kirsch (cherry brandy) for brushing the cake layers for added flavor


1. Prepare the Crust:

  • Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C). Grease a 9-inch springform pan.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the chocolate cookie crumbs and melted butter until well combined.
  • Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared springform pan.
  • Bake the crust for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool while you prepare the filling.

2. Make the Cheesecake Filling:

  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the vanilla extract and mix well.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Add the sour cream and heavy cream, and beat until smooth and combined.

3. Assemble and Bake:

  • Pour the cheesecake filling over the cooled crust in the springform pan.
  • Tap the pan gently on the counter to release any air bubbles.
  • Place the springform pan on a large baking sheet and place it in the preheated oven.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the edges are set and the center is slightly jiggly.
  • Turn off the oven and let the cheesecake cool in the oven with the door slightly open for 1 hour.

4. Chill and Decorate:

  • Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let it cool completely at room temperature.
  • Refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 4 hours or overnight until fully chilled.
  • Once chilled, spread the cherry pie filling evenly over the top of the cheesecake.
  • Garnish with chocolate shavings or curls.

Tips for Success:

  • Use room temperature cream cheese to ensure a smooth and creamy cheesecake filling.
  • Avoid overmixing the cheesecake batter after adding the eggs to prevent cracking.
  • For a more intense cherry flavor, you can add a tablespoon of Kirsch (cherry brandy) to the cherry pie filling.

Nutritional Estimate:
(Per Serving, based on 12 servings)

  • Calories: 480
  • Fat: 32g
  • Saturated Fat: 18g
  • Cholesterol: 125mg
  • Sodium: 280mg
  • Carbohydrates: 41g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 30g
  • Protein: 7g

Serve slices of Black Forest Cheesecake chilled, allowing the flavors to meld together. This dessert is perfect for special occasions or when you want to impress guests with a delightful combination of chocolate and cherries in a creamy cheesecake form. Enjoy!

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