Dark Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake

Dark Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake
Valentines Day is next week and I have been testing some new recipes out! Not too long ago a shop (Uncle Tetsu) opened up in town (Toronto) that makes Japanese souffle cheesecakes and there were lineups around the block for months after it opened! Eventually I got around to trying it out and they were good, and that meant one thing, that I would have to try making my own! I usually enjoy a nice creamy New York style cheesecake which are normally pretty heavy or dense where as these Japanese style cheesecakes are nice and light and fluffy while still having that amazing cheesecake flavour. Given that Valentine's Day was approaching I thought that it was the perfect time to start working on my Japanese souffle style cheese cake, aka cotton cheesecake, and of course it would have to be chocolate!

I tried a number of different recipes and I settled on this one which is super easy to make, containing just 4 ingredients, and takes less than an hour to whip up! You start out by melting some dark chocolate into the cream cheese which is nice because melting them together helps ensure both that the chocolate does not burn and that there are no lumps of cream cheese, because no-one like lumps in their cheesecake! The egg yolks and sugar are then mixed into the chocolate and cream cheese mixture. The next part is what makes this cheese cake souffle like and adds that nice lightness and fluffiness, the egg whites are beaten into stiff peaks and gently folded into the batter. (A new York style cheesecake differs in that there is more cream cheese, less eggs and the egg whites are not beaten which give it it's denser texture.) The batter is then poured into a pan and baked in a water bath during which the cheesecake will puff up even further only to collapse a bit as it cools. The final result is a light and airy Japanese souffle style cheesecake (cotton cheesecake) that simply melts in your mouth! This dark chocolate version is decadently delicious and perfect for your chocolate indulgence!

Dark Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake

Dark Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake

Dark Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake

Dark Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake

Dark Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake

Dark Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake

Dark Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake

Dark Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake

Dark Chocolate Souffle CheesecakeDark Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake
Dark Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake

Dark Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 55 minutes Servings: 6

A light and fluffy souffle like dark chocolate cheesecake that is super easy to make!

  • 7 ounces (200g) dark chocolate, chips or chopped*
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 eggs, divided
  1. Melt the chocolate into the cream cheese in a small sauce pan, in a double boiler or in the microwave before mixing in the sugar, letting cool a bit and mixing in the egg yolks.
  2. Beat the egg whites into stiff peaks and gently fold into the chocolate cream cheese mixture 1/3 at a time.
  3. Pour the batter into a greased 8 inch spring form pan, wrap the bottom of the pan in foil, place in a larger pan with a small amout of hot water and bake in a preheated 350F/180C oven for 30 minutes, turn off the heat and let sit in the closed over for 15 minutes before removing and letting cool at room temperature.

Note: About 2 3.5oz/100g chocolate bars, chopped - or use dark chocolate chips.
Note: The bottom of the spring form pan is wrapped up in foil and placed in another pan with water in it. The foil wrapping prevents the water from leaking into the springform pan. Baking the cheesecake in the water bath helps to ensure that no cracks form on the surface of the cheesecake. You can omit this step if you do not mind any possible cracks.
Option: With 1/2 cup sugar this is a dark chocolate like cheesecake that is not super sweet. If you would like it sweeter, increase the sugar to 3/4 cups or even 1 cup of sugar.
Option: This recipe fits perfectly in an 8 in spring form pan. I like to use a 7 inch spring form pan to allow it to rise more and get more height but I reduce to 5 eggs.
Option: Line the pan with parchment paper.
Note: Make sure to not get any traces of the yolks in the egg whites as this can prevent them from beating into stiff peaks.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 434, Fat 27.4g (Saturated 16.5g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 213mg, Sodium 200mg, Carbs 37.7g (Fiber 1.1g, Sugars 34.1g), Protein 10.9g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam


Tricia said...

I love your recipes....but I believe this one to be very evil.....thanks

naomi said...

This cake looks incredible!

Heather Christo said...

Just beautiful Kevin!

Maria Lichty said...

Looks so rich and decadent!

marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

You surprised me with sweets today, this cake looks heavenly!

Mpho Irene said...

Mouth watering...Thanks Kev....

Sir Joshua David said...

Is the Nutrition Facts per serving or for the whole cake?

Kevin Lynch said...

Sir Joshua David: Per serving.

Anonymous said...

What is the consistency of this cake? Some of the pictures appear to depict a dense, moist cake. Others, more of a souffle? Thanks.

AlaSehat said...

I think my child like this foods. Thank for sharing.

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: It's a souffle like cheesecake consistency. Both cakes are the same recipe but I cut into one of them sooner after pulling it out of the oven.

Kiki said...

excuse my while i pick my jaw up off the floor...

Shahana Begum said...

I don't like dark chocolate. Can I substitute something else? If yes, do I have to change any of the other ingredients as well?

Kevin Lynch said...

Shahana Begum: Milk chocolate and white chocolate will both also work!

Elizabeth B said...

So excited to try this recipe today! Do you think it tastes best hot, warm, room temperature, or chilled? Wondering if I should make it before dinner so it has time to cool.

Kevin Lynch said...

Elizabeth B: You will want to let it cool for a while but it is really good still warm! It's also great chilled from the fridge! Enjoy!

Mngowan said...

Kevin, I'm a little confuseD by the first step. Do you heat the cream cheese in the pan along with the chocolate? If so don you still need to bring it to room temp as the recipe states.

Kevin Lynch said...

Mngowan: You melt the chocolate and the cream cheese in the saucepan in step one. I like to bring the cream cheese to room temperature so that it melts quicker but you could use it straight from the fridge. Enjoy!

dbickel said...

You should use Stevia instead of sugar. You use about 1/2 the amount of Stevia to sugar. There are no calories in Stevia. Stevia is natural. It comes from the Stevia plant. I'm not sure where it grown, though. Oh Well!

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