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November 29, 2010

Let Them Eat Chocolate Cheesecake

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 12:22

Says the girl who does not like chocolate (or at least straight up chocolate. I like chocolate chips or Reece’s peanut butter cups and anything that’s not just plain chocolate).  So better them than me (although did you know that she didn’t actually say “Let them eat cake” but rather “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche” which brioche =/= cake but rather a luxury bread)

So it was probably shocking to my roomie that I chose to make this sucker for a Celtics party I went to:

I forgot to take a pic of the finished product. By the time I remembered this is what remained

It’s just a basic Chocolate Cheesecake recipe, although I stole it offline from The FoodNetwork.


Cheesecake base:

  • 1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs (I made it extra chocolatey by using chocolate graham crackers crushed up)
  • 1/2 stick butter (I used margarine. Duh)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa

Cheesecake filling:

  • 6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped small
  • 2 1/2 cups cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar(I used regular confectioners sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon custard powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon cocoa, dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water

If you check out the link above there’s also ingredients and directions for a chocolate sauce.  I opted to not make the sauce because A) I’m not a chocolate fan and B) That’s just too much.

You can also click that link to see what it’s “really” supposed to look like.


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. (I set it to 375* because after cooking several things in my gas oven I’ve decided to make anything that tastes good requires a higher heat in it)
  • To make the base, process the graham crackers to make rough crumbs and then add the butter and cocoa. Process again until it makes damp, clumping crumbs and then tip them into the pan. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan to make an even base and put into the freezer while you make the filling. (Being as poor as I am I didn’t process anything in a food processor because I don’t have one.  Being the perfectionist I am that meant A LOT of arm work to get the graham crackers perfectly crumbly and then add the margarine — in stick form, unmelted because of a lack of microwave.  Thank god I’m doing the pushup challenge!)
  • Put a kettle on to boil.
  • Melt the chocolate either in a microwave or double boiler, and set aside to cool slightly. (I used a makeshift double boiler on the stovetop)
  • Beat the cream cheese to soften it (ahem push ups!), then add the sugar and custard power, beating again to combine. Beat in the whole eggs and then the yolks, and the sour cream. Finally add the cocoa dissolved in hot water and melted chocolate and mix to a smooth batter.
  • Take the springform tin out of the freezer and line the outside of the tin with a good layer of cling wrap, and then another layer of strong foil over that. This will protect it from the water bath.
  • Sit the springform tin in a roasting pan and pour in the cheesecake filling. Fill the roasting pan with just boiled water to come about half way up the cake tin and bake in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. The top of the cheesecake should be set, but the underneath should still have a wobble to it.
  • Peel away the foil and cling film wrapping and sit the cheesecake in its tin on a rack to cool. Put in the refrigerator once it is no longer hot, and leave to set, covered with plastic overnight. Let it lose its chill before unspringing the cheesecake to serve.

Lots of work for this guy! But it was worth it even though it may not have been the best thing to bring to a Celtics party.  None of the boys complained though hahah!

A close up. Before it was devoured.

Even though the C’s game viewing was awhile ago, I’m pretty sure the C’s won.  Granted I watch any game I can so I can’t say for certain (and I’m lazy so I’m obviously not going to look it up hahah) and our record is 12-4 so far.  I do ever so much love my boys.

"Say whaaaaaaaaaaaa Kobe?"

Hope everyone enjoys their Mondays! It’s hard to believe this this week is RACE WEEK for me. Okay so maybe not *just* me.  But in my world, yes.  I’m a princess after all.  I’ve got a tiara to prove it, remember?

And since it’s RACE WEEK I set my alarm for an bit later than the typical Monday.  Because A) I’m running a freaking marathon this weekend and need the extra sleep and B) I’m tapering (although by the looks of my weekend of drinking and running you wouldn’t know it hahah!)

While I can justify any extra running bits the past 2 weeks it’s best that I sleep a little longer and don’t have the time to be tempted to add anything on. While I am a poor VISTA I really cannot afford to loose my measly pay by being late.

Therefore, when my alarm went off, I said “screw that” and set it for another hour later and skipped my planned recovery 4-6 miler.  Meaning today is a rest day (unless I cave and go out after work!).  It feels weird to take a rest day for the heck of it (normally it’s only illness or injury and even then…) We’ll see how I feel post-work 😉

Although I do have a friend who is texting me all day saying “Stay Strong. No Running!” hahahahh

Check out the giveaway from Emily (the health nut)



  1. I will be right over 😉

    Comment by Matt — November 29, 2010 @ 12:58

  2. Can’t believe you have a marathon in less than a week! Exciting! That chocolate cheesecake looks to die for!!!!!! yummmmmm!!!

    Comment by mary (sisters running the kitchen) — November 29, 2010 @ 13:17

  3. Yum – chocolate cheesecake! Oh, and be strong! Take the day off! 🙂

    Comment by Terri — November 29, 2010 @ 13:28

  4. Yummmmmmmm! I love chocolate cheesecake!!

    Comment by laura @ box run eat — November 29, 2010 @ 13:54

  5. Wow I’m impressed! I’ve always thought of cheesecake as a rather ambitious dessert, so I’ve only made cheesecake cupcakes. Also, I don’t want to buy a springform. 🙂

    Comment by Jess — November 29, 2010 @ 14:03

    • There may or may not have been a drink or two involved when this idea got off the ground. Oops. And I’m lucky my roomie has a springform. I’m very impressed that you’re impressed. And that it ended up turning out okay!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 29, 2010 @ 14:14

  6. I wish you were my neighbor! yum =)

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — November 29, 2010 @ 14:11

  7. What is a VISTA? Your cheesecake looks incredible!

    Comment by Lindsay — November 29, 2010 @ 14:15

    • VISTA stands for Vounteer In Service To America and it’s basically the peace corps but for the US. You can find out more about it here:)

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 29, 2010 @ 15:43

  8. Aaaahhhh cheesecake. It’s something I only crave every once in a while, but I have many friends who cannot turn it down. Of course, you had to add chocolate, so I can safely assume I’d inhale it no problem. 🙂

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — November 29, 2010 @ 14:51

  9. yeah! your race is so soon. Take a rest and eat cheese cake you deserve it!

    Comment by Shelly — November 29, 2010 @ 14:59

  10. Hahaha, I love it that you’ve got a friend texting you trying to keep you motivated to REST… 🙂

    Comment by sweatykid — November 29, 2010 @ 14:59

    • Me too. Although if I don’t get one from him soon I’m likely to go for a 4 miler when I get off work in 15 minutes hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 29, 2010 @ 15:44

  11. Take a rest day!! I am glad you slept in. I am so excited for your run:) That cheesecake looks amazing…wow! How do you not like chocolate plain. You should just smear pb on plain chocolate and then maybe you would like it! Thanks for the recipe, I will make Billy make it!

    Comment by janae — November 29, 2010 @ 15:01

  12. Good luck this weekend!!!!! Cheesecake looks yummy! we made Pumpkin/bourbon cheesecake! 🙂

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — November 29, 2010 @ 16:19

  13. Looks super good. I love cheesecake. Quite a fancy desert for watching basketball. Good luck with the remainder of your taper!

    Comment by Chelsea — November 29, 2010 @ 17:14

    • Hahah VERY fancy for basketball. But, like all good things, the idea was born out of a few drinks ahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 30, 2010 @ 14:08

  14. mmm cheesecake nomnomnom that looks great. Rest days feel weird but you’ll be so, so happy you rested come this weekend, right? You’re almost there 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — November 30, 2010 @ 07:48

  15. Look at you! That’s some serious pastry-cheffing. Enjoy the extra sleep – that is a HUGE contributor to better running.

    Comment by sarah — November 30, 2010 @ 09:05

    (I’d text ya but I don’t have your phone # so blog comments will have to suffice :)).

    Comment by Jill — November 30, 2010 @ 13:04

  17. Looks yummy. I usually will eat anything made with chocolate. Good idea to take the day off – I think the extra sleep will do you good!

    Comment by J — November 30, 2010 @ 13:58

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