My Double Chocolate Cheesecake Birthday Cake

This past Sunday, January 16th, 2011 was my birthday. I have a feeling you may already know this since I was overwhelmed with the number of the wonderful friends out there that either called, texted, Facebook”ed” or tweeted me this weekend to wish me a Happy Birthday and for that I thank you.

I had never thought of making my own birthday cake until recently. With this upcoming year being one that could go any number of ways for me, I was excited at the opportunity to set up the perfect conditions for my birthday candles. You see, I’m slightly superstitious so I wanted to make sure that my candles were in the perfect environment for when I were to make my wish and blow them out. And I couldn’t think of a better environment than a Double Chocolate Cheesecake.

As for the card, since it says “Son" at the top, you would be correct if you said it came from my parents! I think those three thoughts, “Celebrate, Honor, Take Joy” sum up much of what life is all about, so I thought it was appropriate to shoot the cake with the card.

There is just something so comforting and decadent about cheesecake. I also happen to like some crunch to my cake, so when I stumbled upon Anna Olson’s Double Chocolate Cheesecake, I know I found the right one. As you can see, the cheesecake portion is chocolate and the bottom brownie layer is also chocolate with some white chocolate thrown in for fun since calories don’t count on birthdays…

Confession time. I got to challenge myself on this project. I’ve never made a cheesecake of any type and I’ve never used a springform cake pan. Yes, I know, I’m showing my newbie baking status by admitting to that but I’m proud to say I’ve conquered both now. And whoever invented the springform cake pan is brilliant!

As for the wish, it’s a really good one, but it has to stay a secret for it to come true. I’m superstitious, remember?

Double Chocolate Cheesecake (From Anna Olson’s Sugar on the Food Network)


Brownie Layer

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Cheesecake Layer

  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2×8 ounce (250 g) packages of cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 ounces white chocolate, melted


Brownie Layer

  1. For brownie layer, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10-inch springform cake pan and line bottom and sides with parchment paper.
  2. Melt butter and pour into a larger bowl. Sift cocoa into butter and stir in sugar. Add eggs to mixture, blending well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt (do not sift). Add to cocoa mixture and blend. Stir in white chocolate chips. Pour into pan and bake for 35 minutes, until firm. Cool completely before filling.

Cheesecake Layer

  1. For cheesecake layer, place chopped chocolate in a bowl of a pot of gently simmering water (be sure bowl does not touch the water) and stir to melt. Remove from heat. Beat cream cheese until fluffy with electric beaters or in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment on high speed. Slowly add sugar while mixing and beat in vanilla. Pour in whipping cream and whip into cream cheese on high speed, until mixture becomes firm and holds a peak. Scrape chocolate into mixture and blend quickly. Scrape filling onto brownie base and spread evenly.
  2. Chill cake for at lest 2 hours before slicing. To garnish, remove springform pan and drizzle top with white chocolate.


Filed under Anna Olson, Cheesecake, chocolate, Chocolate Cheesecake, Food Network

24 responses to “My Double Chocolate Cheesecake Birthday Cake

  1. Hope it was a great one! (the cheesecake & the birthday)

  2. Happy Birthday! And nice job on the cheesecake 🙂

  3. I hate to do this.. but it’s 2011 Ethan! 🙂 So the darker chocolate is the brownie part, yes? Sounds good, if it doesn’t put you in chocolate coma later hahaha. Going to try this recipe later, thanks for sharing it!

    • Tastes Better With Friends

      Thanks Christine! There are certain things a spell-check can’t pick up, huh?
      Yes, the darker chocolate is the brownie part. It could actually be a great base for a variety of different cakes or just on its own. It’s chewy and dense, but still has good moisture to it!

  4. A very super Happy (and belated) birthday to you! And what a fabulous cake! My birthday is quickly approaching and I so want to go all decadent and chocolate too but I’ll never outdo this! I am so tempted to remake your fabulous double layers using mascarpone in place of the cream cheese. Mmmmm. Hope you had a wonderful day! x

  5. Well, if I liked Chocolate, I’m sure I would love this. I do love me some Cheesecake. lol. My mum still makes my Birthday cakes, cause she makes these amazing 3D constructions. For my 21st I am having a Train (the same one I had for my 2nd Birthday) with 21 carriages. Filled with lollies. Yummy.

  6. I wish I had a piece of your birthday cake right now!
    The reciped sounds amazing and the pics are magazine quality.
    I’m off to the store to pick up supplies – I’m going to treat myself!
    Thanks, abbie.

  7. Amy

    Isn’t that every candle’s dream…to be sitting on a Double Chocolate Cheesecake? And no, calories definitely do not count on birthdays. Or at baseball games. Just sayin’.

    Love that card from your parents!

  8. gingerbreadbagels

    I’m so glad you had a wonderful birthday. The cheesecake looks wonderful, I’m impressed it was your first time making cheesecake and working with a springform pan! (Totally off topic. Since you now like working with a springform pan, make Dorie Greenspan’s Apple Cake from Around My French Table, it’s so good (uses rum!!) and uses a springform pan)

    I love how there’s a brownie layer with white chocolate chips, mmm. What are calories??! 😉
    Have to admit, I’m so curious as to what you wished for now! 🙂


  9. I’m very superstitious about my birthday wishes as well. In my family, we make a wish when blowing out the candles, as well as when we cut through the cake (someone else has to finish the cut for you or the wish is broken).

    Double Chocolate Cheesecake sounds like a fantastic way to celebrate your birthday. Well done!

  10. Looks fantastic! I really like the idea of making your own birthday cake (because why shouldn’t you?). It looks like it come out perfectly. (and happy birthday to you, one more time)

  11. AUGURI bello Nutella! Hope your day was fantabulous!

  12. Happy Birthday Ethan and for the happiest 2011 and beyond. You are such a wonderful person. Love the decadent cake and the card is definitely an inspiration! Happy Happy and this year I wish for you to find evrything you wished for and much more…Shulie

  13. Sounds like the perfect birthday cake! I hope your wish comes true 🙂

  14. Lora @cakeduchess

    Really impressed with your first cheesecake. That card is sweet:) It sounds like you had a wonderful birthday. I hope your wish comes true:)

  15. Oh boy! Watch out! Once you’ve made your first cheesecake, you’ll become obsessed!

    There’s no better way to celebrate your birthday than a nice big slice of this decadent dessert!

    Happy Happy Birthday!

  16. sounds like a great cake.. Hope you had a great day and also hope to meet you one day soon

  17. Brownie and cheesecake as one? Do you ship? 🙂 I already told you, but happy birthday and I hope this year brings you all you can dream of!

  18. That is sooo my kind of birthday cake. Best wishes for the next year… I’m sure it will be a great one.

  19. Happy Birthday, belated! Cheesecake, oh yes…this looks delightful 🙂

  20. Happy belated birthday, m’dear! That cake looks scrumptious!

  21. I came to say hi from Lindsey’s blog, very nice job on the cheese cake. This is something I’d love to make.

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