Irish Cream Chocolate Cheesecake

Presented by Johnson & Wales University culinary student Max Sanger.


1-1/2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup butter

3-8oz packages cream cheese, softened
1-1/4 cups white sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
3 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup Irish cream liqueur

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a large bowl, mix together the cookie crumbs, confectioners' sugar and 1/3 cup cocoa. Add melted butter and stir until well mixed. Pat into the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes; set aside. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, white sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa and flour. Beat at medium speed until well blended and smooth. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in the sour cream and Irish cream liqueur; mixing on low speed. Pour filling over baked crust.
  3. Bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C), and continue baking for 60 minutes.
  4. With a knife, loosen cake from rim of pan. Let cool, then remove the rim of pan. Chill before serving. If your cake cracks, a helpful tip is to dampen a spatula and smooth the top, then sprinkle with some chocolate wafer crumbs.

Chocolate Guinness Sauce

5oz. Bittersweet chocolate
1 T. golden syrup
1 T. brown sugar
1/3 C. heavy cream
2/3 C. Guinness Beer

Put all ingredients into a pan and cook over medium heat until combined and melted. Cook for a few more minutes to let sauce thicken up. Remove from heat. Store in air tight container in the fridge.