Thursday, July 14, 2011


I love looking at the desserts on the front of those magazines in the check-out lanes, but I'm too tight to spend the money on them.  I would only buy it for that one recipe and then the rest would be tossed.  I don't read magazines, and I'm not one to sit and leaf through one as a way to relax.  SO, when I see a picture of a dessert that I would like to make, I make note of the name of the dessert and the magazine in which I saw it, then I go home and GOOGLE it.  (I know the magazine companies don't like to hear that, so please don't tell on me.)

I usually luck out and find what I'm looking for.  This cheesecake is near the top of the list of my personal favorites.  It has a chocolate layer, a coffee layer, and then it is covered in a chocolate glaze - YUMMY!!!   I saw it on the front of Taste of Home magazine.  I lucked out and found the recipe online when I got home from drooling over it in the check-out line.  
If you are a mocha lover you will have to give it a try!!  

This recipe called for using cream filled cookies for the crust.  I NEVER use cream filled cookies for a crust.  I did that once and that was enough.  The cream filling melted and oozed out of my spring-form pan and coated the bottom of my oven.  When I ran the self-cleaning cycle on my oven the smell was almost enough to asphyxiate everyone in the house!  And getting the cheesecake crust off of the spring-form pan bottom was nearly impossible.  So now I use chocolate graham crackers whenever a recipe calls for cream filled cookies.  

Here is a link to the original recipe - Layered Mocha Cheesecake.

(with my revisions)

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. instant coffee granules
  • 1 1/2 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 1 Tbsp. boiling water
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • (4) 8 oz. packages of cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • chocolate covered coffee beans (optional)
  1. Combine crumbs, sugar and butter; press onto the bottom of a greased 9 inch springform pan.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the coffee granules, water and cinnamon; set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and flour until smooth.
  4. Add eggs one at a time; beat on low speed just until combined. 
  5. Stir in vanilla.
  6. Divide batter in half.
  7. Stir melted chocolate into one portion; pour over crust.
  8. Stir coffee mixture into the remaining batter.
  9. Spoon coffee mixture over chocolate layer.
  10. Bake at 325 for 45-50 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull.  Watch carefully – everyone’s oven is a little different!!  
  11. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.
  12. Refrigerate overnight.
  13. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and butter; stir until smooth. Spread over cheesecake. Remove sides of pan. Garnish with coffee beans if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.

 You can almost taste the mocha goodness, can't you?  

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

More Cupcakes!

Just a quick post to show you the cupcakes I baked for the 4th of July. 

I got the recipe for Cafe Mocha Cupcakes from My Baking Addiction.  Since there were going to be children at our cook-out, I thought I should give them an option other than the coffee flavor.  So I frosted half of the cupcakes with Peanut Butter Butter Cream.  After I made the decision to make peanut butter butter cream, I realized I didn't have very much peanut butter.  I used 1 stick of softened butter, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 3 cups powdered sugar, and a few tablespoons of milk.  It was yummy!!  

Friday, July 1, 2011

Mmmmm ~ Cheesecake!

I love to bake cheesecakes.  If you would ask me how to bake a good cheesecake, I would tell you three things:  1) Make sure your cream cheese is a room temperature.  2) Don't beat in your eggs, just mix in one at a time on low until blended into the batter.  If you over beat the eggs, too much air will incorporate into the batter and your cheesecake will puff up when baking and then fall while cooling.  This will cause a big ridge around your cheesecake.  3) Don't over bake. Remove your cheesecake when the center 3" is still jiggly.  If you over bake your cheesecake, it will crack.      

The thing about cheesecake is, you can turn almost anything into a cheesecake flavor.  I've done Snickers, Robin Egg (malted milk balls), black berries,  German Chocolate, Twix, Oreo - and the list goes on.  

I don't always remember to take pictures of my cheesecakes, but I have a few.  Today I'm going to share my German Chocolate cheesecake recipe with you.  I can't even remember the occasion I baked it for.  It may have been something to do with my husband, because he loves German Chocolate Cake.  I remember searching the net for recipes and taking a little of this one and a little of that one until I thought I had one that I would like.  Here is what I came up with.


For the crust:
  • 2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted 
In a nine-inch spring form pan, mix the cracker crumbs and the melted butter.  Press the crumb mixture into a crust across the bottom and about one inch up the sides.  Bake the crust for 8 minutes at 425°.

For the filling:
  • 4 bars (4oz.) Hershey’s semisweet baking chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 3 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 eggs
In a microwave bowl, melt chocolate until smooth.  Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, and vanilla; beat with a mixer until smooth.  Add flour 1 tablespoon at a time, blending well after each addition.  Add eggs and melted chocolate; blend well.  Pour into crust.  Bake 10 minutes without opening oven door.  Reduce oven to 225° (250° if using a light colored springform pan) and continue baking 35 minutes or until center is set.  Remove from oven.  With knife loosen sides and cool completely.  Remove from pan.  Spread topping on top and refrigerate until firm.  Store uneaten portion covered, in refrigerator.

For the topping:
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
In small microwave-safe bowl, beat egg yolks. Stir in sugar, butter and whipping cream. Microwave on HIGH power 4 minutes, stirring every minute. Remove from microwave and stir in vanilla extract. Stir in coconut and pecans until well blended. Refrigerate until mixture is of spreading consistency. Spread on top of the cheesecake.  

I then melted some chocolate chips with a little butter and drizzled over the topping.  Here's the finish product! 

Try it!  You will be glad you did!