Ingredients

Cheesecake Base

  • 350 grams (12 ounces) cream cheese
  • 90 grams (3 ounces) heavy cream (at least 20% fat)
  • 65 grams (2.5 ounces) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 30 grams (1 ounce) dark chocolate
  • vanilla extract (~10 drops)

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl:

    A medium-sized, heavy-duty mixing bowl is perfect for combining ingredients evenly.

  • Electric Mixer:

    An electric mixer makes blending ingredients quick and easy. If you don’t have one, a hand whisk works too, but it will require more effort.

  • Microwave or Double Boiler:

    Essential for melting the dark chocolate without burning it.

  • 16 cm Cake Ring:

    Wrapping it in foil ensures that no water gets into your cheesecake during baking.

  • Baking Tray:

    A flat, heavy-duty baking tray supports the cake ring while baking.

Instructions

Step 1

Preparation

Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature.
Preheat oven to 110°C (230°F).

Step 2

Mixing

Mix cream cheese, egg, and sugar until smooth and lump-free.
Add vanilla extract to the cream and incorporate it into the cheese mixture.

Step 3

Adding Chocolate

Melt the dark chocolate in a microwave or over a double boiler.
Gently fold the melted chocolate into the cheesecake mixture to create a marbled effect.

Step 4

Baking

Wrap a 16 cm (6 inch) cake ring in foil and place it on a baking tray.
Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes. The cheesecake should have a slight jiggle, like pudding.
Allow the cheesecake to cool in the oven with the door slightly open, then refrigerate for at least 6 hours.

Servings

Once your cheesecake has cooled and set in the refrigerator, it's time to think about serving! 😋 Here are a few serving suggestions to make your cheesecake an even bigger hit:

Classic Delight: Simply slice and serve with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea. The rich, creamy texture of the cheesecake pairs wonderfully with a warm beverage.

Berry Bliss: Boost the freshness factor by topping each slice with a handful of fresh berries like strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries. 🍓🫐 You can also drizzle a bit of berry coulis for added flair.

Chocolate Lover's Dream: Garnish with chocolate shavings or a drizzle of chocolate ganache. This will truly satisfy any chocoholic’s craving! 🍫

Nutty Crunch: Sprinkle some crushed nuts, like pecans or almonds, on top just before serving. The crunch provides a fantastic contrast to the creamy cheesecake.

Whipped Cream Wonderland: Add a dollop of homemade whipped cream on each slice for extra indulgence. For an added twist, mix in a hint of vanilla or almond extract. 🥄

Variations

If you're accommodating specific dietary needs, don’t fret! Here are some variations to make this cheesecake recipe both vegan and gluten-free:

Gluten-Free: Ensure that all your ingredients are certified gluten-free, especially check the labels on the cream cheese and chocolate. Substitute the cake ring with a gluten-free crust made from ground almonds and butter.

Vegan: Replace the cream cheese with a vegan cream cheese alternative, the heavy cream with coconut cream, and the egg with a flax egg (1 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 2.5 tbsp water). Make sure your chocolate is vegan-friendly too! 🌱

By making these adjustments, you can make sure everyone gets to enjoy this delightful treat! 🌟

Faq

  • Can I use a different type of cheese instead of cream cheese?

    While cream cheese is the classic choice for cheesecakes, you can experiment with mascarpone or ricotta for a different texture and flavor. However, the consistency may vary.

  • How can I tell if my cheesecake is done baking?

    The cheesecake should have a slight jiggle in the center when you gently shake the baking tray. This indicates that it's set but still creamy.

  • Why did my cheesecake crack?

    Cracks can occur due to overbaking or rapid cooling. To avoid this, bake at a low temperature and cool the cheesecake slowly in the oven with the door slightly open.

  • Can I freeze my cheesecake?

    Absolutely! Once cooled, wrap the cheesecake tightly in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil. It can be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

  • How can I incorporate other flavors into my cheesecake?

    You can mix in flavor extracts like almond or citrus zest into the batter for a unique twist. Just be cautious with the quantities to not overpower the main flavors.

  • Is it possible to create a no-bake version of this cheesecake?

    Yes, you can make a no-bake version by using gelatin to set the cheesecake instead of baking it. Remember that the texture will be different and more mousse-like.

Nutrition facts

Mars Cheesecake Delight
Recipe Yield:8 servings
Calories:per serving
Calories (Min - Max):310 - 330
Total Fat:25g
Saturated Fat:15g
Protein:5g
Total Carbohydrate:18g
Total Sugars:16g