Layered Triple Chocolate Cheesecake (video)

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Do you love chocolate and cheesecake? This layered triple chocolate cheesecake is for you! It’s all about chocolate with this cheesecake recipe, starting with a chocolate crust and three different chocolate cheesecake layers – dark chocolate, milk chocolate and a white chocolate cheesecake layer! And if that wasn’t enough chocolate, I add more on top! This easy, layered cheesecake recipe is so rich, chocolatey and super fluffy thanks to my secret ingredient!

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How to Make a Layered Chocolate Cheesecake

This decadent and impressive layered triple chocolate cheesecake is definitely for chocoholics! Here’s what goes into this cake:

  1. Chocolate Cookie Crust: The base is a simple, chocolate graham cracker crust. You can also use chocolate Oreo cookies if you want even more creaminess.
  2. First Layer: Then comes the baked dark chocolate cheesecake layer. It’s made with melted dark chocolate, cocoa powder, cream cheese and ricotta cheese. This is the only layer that gets baked in this recipe. Once it’s baked, let it cool completely, then make the other two, no-bake cheesecake layers.
  3. Second Layer: The second layer is a no-bake milk chocolate cheesecake! It’s made with melted milk chocolate, cream cheese, ricotta cheese, whipped cream and it’s set with gelatin. Make sure this layer is set before adding the third layer!
  4. Third Layer: the third and last layer is the no-bake white chocolate cheesecake. This layer is also made with melted chocolate, cream cheese and ricotta cheese, and set with gelatin.
  5. Whipped Cream: the final touch to this layered cheesecake is the whipped cream on top! It’s the perfect complement to this decadent cake!

Using the Water Bath Method

For this layered chocolate cheesecake, and all my cheesecake recipes, I recommend using a water bath. The added moisture in the oven will keep the top of the cheesecake nice and level and prevent cracks. Just tightly wrap the bottom of your pan with a few sheets of foil. If all the water evaporates while the cake is still baking, simply add a bit more water.

A triple chocolate cheesecake on a plate, with chocolate ganache

How To Make The Fluffiest Cheesecake!

Want to know the secret to a super light and fluffy triple chocolate cheesecake? Whole milk ricotta cheese! When I was writing my cookbook, The European Cake Cookbook, I learned that the original cheesecake was made with ricotta. Now, I add ricotta to all my cheesecake recipes and it makes the cake so fluffy!

That’s what allows this recipe to be so rich and chocolatey, yet light and enjoyable at the same time! Ever had one bite of a chocolate cheesecake and were overwhelmed? Not with this cake! You’ll be able to enjoy all three flavors of this triple chocolate cake with no problem!

A chocolate cake on a plate, with chocolate ganache and whipped cream

Garnishing the Cheesecake

For the garnish, I used a simple chocolate ganache topping and my home-made chocolate garnishes. I have dedicated videos for both of these! I also added simple whipped cream dollops; the recipe is below!

  • Chocolate Ganache – this easy 2-ingredient recipe is perfect for garnishing the cheesecake!
  • Chocolate Garnish – learn just how easy it is to make the chocolate garnishes for the cake!

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Layered Triple Chocolate Cheesecake (video)

1 hr prep + 1 hr cook + 6 hrs Setting Time:
12 servings
Decadent and stunning triple chocolate cheesecake with dark, milk and white chocolate layers, plus chocolate ganache!

Ingredients 

For Dark Chocolate Cheesecake:

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs, about 10 crackers
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 12 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, melted
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tbsp boiling water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs

For Milk Chocolate Layer:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tbsp unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tbsp water

For White Chocolate Layer:

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
  • 2 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 tbsp water

For Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 recipe chocolate ganache, for garnish
  • chocolate garnishes, optional

Instructions

For Chocolate Crust:

  • Preheat the oven to 325F. Wrap the bottom of a 9-inch spring form with 2 sheets of foil, wrapping the foil tightly around the bottom and up the sides. Place the graham crackers into a food processor and pulse for a few minutes until fine crumbs form. Pour in the melted butter and pulse again to coat the crumbs. Transfer the crumbs into the prepared pan. Use a potato masher or the back of a large spoon to press the crumbs firmly into the bottom of the pan, creating an even crust.

For Dark Chocolate Cheesecake:

  • Prepare the batter for the first cheesecake layer. Place the softened cream cheese into a mixer bowl and whisk on high speed for 6 to 7 minutes, until the cream cheese is light and fluffy. Add the ricotta cheese, melted chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla and sugar. In a small ramekin, combine the instant coffee and boiling water, then stir until dissolved. Pour the coffee into the mixer bowl, then whisk all the ingredients together for 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl often.
  • Add the eggs last and whisk for about a minute, until well combined. Pour the cheesecake batter over the prepared crust and use a spatula to level the batter. Place the spring form pan onto a larger baking sheet, then add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes; the sides should be set and the center just slightly wobbly. Allow the cake to cool completely before making the 2 final layers.

For Milk Chocolate Cheesecake:

  • For the milk chocolate layer: whisk the cream cheese and ricotta cheese on high speed for a few minutes, until smooth and creamy. Add the melted milk chocolate, vanilla extract and whisk again for a few minutes. Add the chilled heavy cream and confectioner’s sugar next. Whisk for a few minutes until light and fluffy. Scrap down the sides of the mixing bowl often.
  • In a small ramekin, combine the unflavored gelatin and water. Microwave the mixture for 45 seconds, stirring every 10 seconds, until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Do not wait for the gelatin to cool; pour the hot gelatin directly into the batter and whisk on high speed for 30 seconds. Pour the batter over the cooled dark chocolate layer. Tap the pan a few times to level the batter. If desired, line the sides of the pan with an acetate cake collar before adding to add height to the pan.

For White Chocolate Cheesecake:

  • Allow the milk chocolate layer to set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, then prepare the white chocolate layer. Whisk together the cream cheese and ricotta for a few minutes, then add the melted white chocolate and vanilla extract. Whisk again for a few minutes, then add the cream. Whisk until the mixture is fluffy, about 3 minutes. Prepare the gelatin mixture again, the same way as for the milk chocolate layer, then add to the batter and whisk for 30 seconds.
  • Pour the white chocolate batter over the chilled milk chocolate. Tap the pan a few times to level the cake, then refrigerate for a minimum of 6 hours, or let it set overnight. When ready to serve, remove the cheesecake from the pan and onto a cake stand. Prepare the chocolate ganache, if desired (find the recipe link above). Pour it over the top and use an off-set spatula to nudge the chocolate down the sides.

For Whipped Cream:

  • If desired, prepare a simple whipped cream. Whisk the chilled cream with the sugar and vanilla for 4 to 5 minutes, until stiff peaks form. Transfer the whipped cream into a pastry bag tipped with a star tip, I used Ateco #847.

Nutrition

Calories: 751kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 35g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 202mg | Sodium: 334mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 1935IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 203mg | Iron: 1mg