Dark Chocolate Kahlua Cheesecake

Dark Chocolate Kahlua Cheesecake is every chocolate lovers dream. Rich & creamy chocolate cheesecake flavored with kahlua then drizzled with dark chocolate.

Top photo: Taking slice out of cheesecake garnished with raspberries and mint. Bottom photo: Single slice of cheesecake with chocolate ganache, whipped cream and a raspberry and blueberry garnish.

Chocolate Lovers Dessert

I am so excited that my sister Ginger is coming to visit for a week. I love to spend time with her as we don’t get together very often but when we do it’s like we’ve never been apart.

Showing slice out of dark chocolate Kahlua Cheesecake on white plate.Ginger usually tries to visit us in the winter, which is understandable considering she lives in Michigan, and I try to visit her in the summer, to get away from the Florida heat. Isn’t that just the ideal situation?

When she comes to visit I always like to make her a special dessert. And if there is one thing that my sister and I have in common, it is our love for dark chocolate, cheesecake and Kahlua.  So, a light bulb went off in my brain, and I thought “what better dessert to make than one that encompasses all of her favorites”. This rich and dreamy cheesecake was the perfect choice!

Lifting slice of cheesecake out of whole cake.

It is really super easy to make, starting with an easy chocolate cookie crust, then a creamy chocolate cheesecake mixture with Kahlua and finished off with more dark chocolate. I mean, if you are a chocolate lover, you are drooling about now.

Single slice of Kahlua Cheesecake on white plate with a fork on yellow napkin beside it.

It’s rich, chocolaty and so heavenly delicious that you will be making it again and again for any special occasion that comes around.

A slice of cheesecake on white plate with a bite on fork ready to eat.

P.S. It was a huge success and my sister loved it! I also sent it into the office with my husband and they gave it a 5 star rating. Woohoo!

Overhead of dark chocolate cheesecake on white plate and drizzled with chocolate and garnished with raspberries, blueberries and mint.

So what are you waiting for – go make it right now! Enjoy!

Prep Time
35 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins
This is every chocolate lovers dream. To-die-for, rich & creamy chocolate cheesecake that is taken up a notch with a hint of kahlua then, just to put it over the top, a thick drizzle of more deep dark chocolate. You’ll want to make this ASAP!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: cheesecake, dark chocolate, dessert, kahlua, recipe
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 501 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs, crushed
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate, about 2 3.5-oz Ghiradelli bars, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
Chocolate Kahlua Sauce:
  • 3/4 cups dark chocolate (I used Ghirardelli Intense Dark)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons Kahlua
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Chocolate Wafer Crust
  1. Place about half a box of chocolate wafers in a large resealable zippered bag and roll over it with a rolling pin until you have fine crumbs. Measure out 1-1/2 cups and mix with softened butter and sugar. Press into the bottom of a springform pan and set aside.
Chocolate Cheesecake Filling
  1. To make cheesecake filling, beat cream cheese until creamy. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, sugar and salt and mix thoroughly. Add sour cream and blend until smooth.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt dark chocolate pieces, butter and Kahlua until smooth. Pour into filling mixture then add slowly to cream cheese mixture, beating until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour filling onto prepared crust and place in oven.
  4. Bake 35 minutes, or just until starting to set, then turn oven off, open door slightly, and leave in oven an additional 30 minutes. Remove from oven, run knife around edges to loosen then let cool 1 hour on wire rack. Remove outer pan and refrigerate for 2 or more hours or overnight to set completely.
Chocolate Kahlua Sauce:
  1. Melt dark chocolate, butter and heavy cream in a microwave safe measuring cup in 30 second increments, stirring well after each. Cook until almost all chocolate is melted then stir to melt remaining pieces (should only take 1 or 2 cycles). Add Kahlua, stir, and drizzle over top of cake.
  2. Decorate with fruit and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream just prior to serving.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 501 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 23g115%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 272mg11%
Potassium 327mg9%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 970IU19%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 91mg9%
Iron 4.2mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



Dark Chocolate Kahlua Cheesecake