The holidays are fast approaching, and I’m finding myself looking out for fabulous, over-the-top dessert creations to make for my friends and family. At this time of year, indulgence is the name of the game. We’ve worked so hard all year long, and we deserve something special as a reward.
I especially love when a delicious cake can also serve as a centerpiece to the buffet table. This Brooklyn Blackout Cheesecake Cake does just that, pulling double duty as a magnificent dessert, as well as a spectacular feast for the eyes.
To celebrate the launch of the gorgeous new line of black stainless KitchenAid® appliances, the cake is dark as night, with a rich, deep chocolate flavor in every luscious layer: moist dark chocolate cake, dense and creamy New York style cheesecake, and rich, fluffy frosting. All that dark chocolate is contrasted and accented with a tart and fruity raspberry sauce, echoing the iconic red KitchenAid medallion, found adorning the side of every appliance handle.
It all begins with the cake layers, which are moist and rich, bursting with deep chocolate flavor. Plus they’re a snap to make in just one bowl. Place the dry ingredients in the bowl of your KitchenAid® Stand Mixer and mix on low speed until the mixture resembles damp sand. Then add the eggs.
Greek yogurt and vanilla are also added, then the cake is baked in an 8-inch pan. Once it’s completely cooled, split the cake horizontally into to thin layers.
The cake layers get sandwiched around a dense and creamy dark chocolate cheesecake. Cream cheese is blended with sugar and dark cocoa, then eggs, cream and melted chocolate up the richness factor even more.
I love to use my KitchenAid® Gas Convection Slide-In Range with Baking Drawer‘s steam bake feature for custards and cheesecakes. Steam really helps to prevent cracking, giving a gentle, even heat that really enhances the creamy texture of this cheesecake.
Once all the layers have been baked and stacked, the whole glorious creation is wrapped in a fluffy, creamy dark chocolate frosting that will make any chocoholic feel weak in the knees.
Don’t leave out the raspberry sauce! It’s such a gorgeous complement to all that rich chocolate.
Definitely keep this dessert in mind for your next big occasion! It’s truly amazing, and your family will appreciate it.
And be sure to check out the gorgeous new line of black stainless KitchenAid® appliances! Just like this Brooklyn Blackout Cheesecake Cake, they make a gorgeous, bold and eye-catching statement.
Brooklyn Blackout Cheesecake Cake with Raspberry Sauce
For the cake layers
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (60 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (30 grams) cake flour
1/2 cup (55 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup (115 grams) unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs (100 grams)
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the cheesecake layer
16 ounces (450 grams) cream cheese (brick)
2/3 cup (133 grams) granulated sugar
1/3 cup (37 grams) dark cocoa powder
Pinch of kosher salt
3 large eggs (150 grams)
1 egg yolk (19 grams)
1/3 cup (84 milliliters) heavy cream
3 ounces (84 grams) bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the frosting
3 ounces (80 grams) cream cheese (brick)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup (115 grams) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup (55 grams) dark cocoa powder
2 tablespoons corn syrup
3 1/2 cups (385 grams) powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
For the Raspberry Sauce
2 cups frozen raspberries
1/4 cup granulated sugar
To make the cake layers
Preheat your KitchenAid® Gas Convection Slide-In Range with Baking Drawer to 325 degrees F. Mist an 8-inch diameter by 3-inch deep cake pan with non-stick spray, and line the bottom with a circle cut from parchment paper.
Place the sugar, flours, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of a KitchenAid® Stand Mixer, and use the whisk attachment to combine. Add in the butter, mixing on medium-low speed with the flat beater attachment, until the mixture resembles damp sand. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula after each addition. Add the Greek yogurt and vanilla, and mix on medium speed for about a minute and a half, to aerate the batter and build the cake’s structure.
Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, and bake for 40 minutes, or until the cake is springy to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the cheesecake Layer
Set the oven to Steam Bake – Desserts, at 350 degrees F, and fill the built-in Steam Rack tray with water. Mist an 8-inch diameter by 3-inch deep cake pan with non-stick spray, and line the bottom with a circle cut from parchment paper.
Place the sugar, cocoa, and salt in the bowl of a Stand Mixer, and use the whisk attachment to combine. Add the cream cheese, mixing on medium-low speed with the flat beater attachment until combined. Add the eggs and yolks, one at a time, stopping to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula after each addition. Stir in the cream, melted chocolate, and vanilla, and transfer the cheesecake batter to the prepared pan. Rap the unbaked cheesecake sharply on the counter a few times, to eliminate any large air bubbles.
Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F, then lower the oven temperature to 250 degrees F, and bake for another 60 minutes, or until set around the edges but still slightly jiggly towards the center. Turn off the oven, and prop the door open with a wooden spoon. Allow the cheesecake to cool slowly in the oven for at least an hour. Refrigerate for 2 hours to overnight before unmolding. (Wrap in a hot towel, if needed, to help release the cheesecake from the pan.)
To make the frosting
Place the cream cheese and vanilla in the bowl of a Stand Mixer, and beat with the flat beater attachment until smooth. Add the butter and mix until combined. Stir in the cocoa and corn syrup on low speed. Add the powdered sugar, and beat until smooth. Add the milk, a little at a time, while whipping, until the frosting reaches a spreadable consistency.
To assemble the brooklyn blackout cheesecake
Slice the cake layer horizontally in half, creating two thin layers. Place one on a serving platter. Top with the cheesecake. Add the other cake layer on top, and frost.
To make the raspberry sauce
Place the berries and sugar in a small pot over medium-low heat, and cook for about 15 minutes, or until syrupy. Puree the berries in a mini chopper, and pass through a fine mesh sieve to strain out the seeds.
*The Contributor of this post has been compensated by KitchenAid for this post, but this post represents the Contributor’s own opinion.*