Servings: ten to twelve.
The classic tiramisù flavors are here interpreted in a creamy cheesecake with a chocolate-wafer crust, coffee-mascarpone filling, and a cocoa powder-dusted top. Create your own customized cheesecake recipe with our Recipe Maker .
In a medium bowl, stir together the chocolate wafer crumbs and 3 Tbs. granulated sugar. Mix in the melted butter until the crumbs are evenly moist and clump together slightly. Transfer the mixture to a 9-inch springform pan and press evenly onto the bottom and about 2 inches up the sides of the pan (to press, use plastic wrap or a flat-bottom measuring cup). Bake until the crust is fragrant and slightly darkened, 9 to 12 minutes. Let the pan cool on a rack. Lower the oven temperature to 300°F.
Add the Kahlúa, vanilla, and instant espresso, and beat until blended, about 30 seconds. Add the eggs one at a time, beating just until blended. (Don’t overbeat once the eggs have been added or the cheesecake will puff too much and crack as it cools.) Pour the filling into the cooled crust and smooth the top.
Bake at 300°F until the center jiggles like Jell-O when nudged, 55 to 65 minutes. The cake will be slightly puffed around the edges, and the center will still look moist. Set on a rack and cool completely. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 8 hours and up to 3 days. The cake can also be frozen at this point for up to 1 month (see make-ahead tip, below).
Unclasp and remove the side of the springform pan and run a long, thin metal spatula under the bottom crust. Carefully slide the cake onto a flat serving plate.
Garnish with cocoa powder sifted over the cake and serve immediately. To cut, run a thin knife under hot water, wipe it dry, and cut the cake into slices, heating and wiping the knife after every slice.
Make Ahead Tips
To freeze, put the unmolded, cooled cake on a rimmed baking sheet in the freezer, uncovered, until the top is cold and firm; then wrap it in two layers of plastic and one layer of foil. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
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This cheesecake was wonderful!! Everyone enjoyed it. I did have to bake it longer than the recipe called for. Don’t hesitate to make ahead and freeze. I did and you would have never known. I wrapped it in press and seal and then double foil. Would definitely make again.
I made this to bring into work and everyone loved it. I bake my cheesecake in a water bath to avoid the cracking and this one came out perfect. This one to put in my favorites recipes
This was one of the best cheesecakes I've ever made or eaten. I made it for my hubby's work Xmas party, and it was a huge hit. The only thing I changed was to use Starbucks liquor rather than Kahlua because I didn't have any of the latter. I also made a whipped cream with the liquor flavoring and piped it along the edges. The cake did split in the oven, but I was able to smooth it out. Totally delicious, and I would happily make it again.
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