Traditional Cheesecake (with Chocolate Sauce)

Today, there are many varieties of the traditional cheesecake recipe, however, the basic one is always the best one – and you know it if you are a real cheesecake fan, just like me! Simply delicious! It will take you 15 minutes to prepare it plus several hours to set. Here is the traditional cheesecake recipe enriched with chocolate sauce:


For the crust:

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 11 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • A pinch of salt

For the filling:

  • 2 pounds’ cream cheese (like Philadelphia), softened
  • 1 ¼ cups sour cream
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, finely grated

For the chocolate sauce:

  • 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 1⁄2-2 tablespoons butter
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1⁄4 cup water (more or less, as needed in order to create a stirable consistency)


  • Position a rack in the middle of the oven, then preheat to 325°F/160°C/Gas Mark 3.

To make the crust:

  • In a saucepan over a low heat or in a heatproof dish in a microwave, melt the butter and brush a 9-in. springform pan with some of it.
  • Combine the remaining butter along with the sugar, salt, and crumbs. Press the mixture evenly into the pan and over the sides of the pan to make a crust.
  • Bake 15-17 minutes or until golden brown. Wrap the pan with foil and place it in a roasting pan.

To make the filling:

  • Using an electric mixer, on medium speed, beat the cream cheese, then add the granulated sugar and whisk just until fluffy.
  • Slowly add in the sour cream, eggs, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and orange zest. (remember: do not over whip).
  • Pour the cheese mixture into the cooled crust.
  • Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil, then slowly put the roasting pan in the oven (do not pull the rack out of the oven).
  • Add in enough warm water to come around halfway up the side of the springform pan bake around 70 minutes (the outside of the cheesecake will set and the center will be loose).
  • Next, cover the cake and place in the fridge to set, at least 7 hours (or ideally overnight).
  • Remove the cheesecake from the fridge at room temperature half an hour before serving. Then, remove the springform ring.

To prepare the chocolate sauce:

  • In a small saucepan, mix cocoa, sugar, and salt.
  • Pour enough water to create stirable
  • Apply butter to the mixture.
  • Set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil; stirring constantly.
  • Let it boil for one minute, stirring.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Apply vanilla. Let it cool.
  • Pipe or spread over the cheesecake.
  • Slice the cake with a wet knife (dipped in warm water). Serve.



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