Rich and Creamy Marble Cheesecake

Say hello to this rich, creamy Marble Cheesecake that’s about to become your new favorite dessert. Take a bite and this smooth, cool indulgent dessert will just melt in your mouth. And there’s no need to make up your mind between vanilla and rich chocolate because this one’s got both! New York style all the way with plenty of cream cheese and sour cream, baked in a graham cracker crust and ready to be devoured. Whip it up for Valentine’s Day or your next special event.

Closeup of slice of marble cheesecake with chocolate drizzle on white plate.

Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

I’m a big lover of cheesecake. I could eat it every day, in any form, and never get tired of it. I love my Cheesecake Factory Carrot Cake cheesecake, combining two of my faves, and adding it to brownies, like my Key Lime Pie Brownies, was truly an inspiration! Not to mention just piping some No Bake Mocha Cheesecake into Chocolate Cookie Cups. All I can say is yum! So today is the day for those of us that don’t want to choose between vanilla and chocolate. This Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake has the best of both.

Closeup of baked chocolate swirl cheesecake on cooling rack.

This marbled cheesecake may look complicated to make but it’s really quite easy. There’s no water bath to worry about and just a few ingredients whipped together (with a few simple tips) can have you baking this awesome dessert for yourself. Check out the step-by-step instructions below and impress at your next get-together. 

Closeup of slice of chocolate vanilla swirl cheesecake with chocolate drizzle.

Tips & Tricks for Baking Cheesecakes

  • If you want a rich, smooth cheesecake, make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature. Set it on the counter for about 30 minutes prior to starting.
  • Make sure to beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy, usually about 2-3 minutes.
  • Bring your eggs to room temperature as well. You will be less likely to get a crack in the top of your beautiful cheesecake.
  • Add the eggs all at once to the batter and beat on low just until blended. Then fold in rest of ingredients. Overbeating causes the eggs to release too much air making the cheesecake puff during baking then collapsing and cracking as it cools.

How to Make A Marble Cheesecake

Steps to make a graham cracker crust.

To make graham cracker crust:

  1. Gather ingredients – graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar. (photo 1)
  2. Pour sugar into melted better. (photo 2)
  3. Add crumbs and blend thoroughly. (photo 3)
  4. Pour into springform pan and press firmly into bottom and halfway up sides. Chill in freezer while preparing filling. (photo 4)

Steps to make new york cheesecake batter.

To Make Vanilla Cheesecake

  1. Place cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. (photo 1)
  2. Beat cream cheese until smooth. (photo 2)
  3. Add sugar and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. (photo 3)
  4. Add vanilla then all of the eggs (which should be at room temperature). Beat on low until just blended. (photo 4)
  5. Fold in sour cream. (photo 5)
  6. It should look rich and smooth. (photo 6)

Steps to make chocolate swirl in cheesecake.

To Make Chocolate Cheesecake & Assemble

  1. Melt unsweetened chocolate in microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in-between, until melted. It usually takes about 1 to 1-1/2 minutes. Take 2 cups of vanilla cheesecake and mix with melted chocolate. (photo 7)
  2. Pour vanilla cheesecake into chilled graham cracker crust then take spoonfuls of chocolate cheesecake and dollop on top. (photo 8)
  3. Using a knife, swirl the chocolate through the vanilla being careful not to push the knife into the graham cracker crust. (photo 9)
  4. Bake for 40 minutes then turn off oven and leave in for 1 hour. DO NOT OPEN OVEN. (photo 10)

Ways to Make This Marble Cheesecake Your Own

Change out the graham cracker crust for a gluten-free nut crust, a vanilla cookie crust, a chocolate cookie crust or even no crust. 

Change the chocolate swirl to a raspberry swirl or even a pumpkin swirl.

Bite on fork with piece of cheesecake on white plate.

Now take a bite. Creamy, smoothness meets the tongue and melts in your mouth. A little chocolate, a little vanilla, a crunchy crust,  all blends into the perfect combination of pure deliciousness.

Slice of cheesecake on white plate with full ceesecake with slice out in background.

This Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake is one showstopper dessert. It’s sure to impress that special someone on Valentine’s Day, great for special guests or just because. Top it with a chocolate drizzle, raspberry sauce or a little whipped cream. No matter how you eat it, you’re gonna love it!

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Margarita Cheese Cake with lime and orange zest for an extra pop of flavor.

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake from Ashlee Marie

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake with a buttery almond crust.

Honey Cheesecake with bright citrus flavors.

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Bite on fork with piece of cheesecake on white plate.

Marble Cheesecake

Chocolate or vanilla? No need to choose with this easy, rich Marble Cheesecake. A creamy New York cheesecake that melts in your mouth & is sure to impress.
5 from 2 votes
Print Rate
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Rest in Oven: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 443kcal
Author: Linda Warren

Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter melted

Vanilla Cheesecake

  • 16 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 2 cups sour cream

Chocolate Cheesecake

  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare springform pan by either lining bottom of springform pan with parchment paper or covering entire bottom with aluminum foil.

Graham Cracker Crust

  • Combine crumbs, sugar & melted butter until thoroughly blended.
  • Press firmly into bottom and halfway up sides of springform pan.
  • Chill in freezer while preparing filling.

Vanilla Cheesecake

  • Beat cream cheese until smooth.
  • Add sugar and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add vanilla and mix well.
  • Add eggs all at the same time. Beat on low until just blended.
  • Fold in sour cream.

Chocolate Cheesecake

  • Melt unsweetened chocolate in microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in-between, until melted. It usually takes about 1 to 1-1/2 minutes.
  • Take 2 cups of vanilla cheesecake and mix with melted chocolate.

To Assemble

  • Pour vanilla cheesecake into chilled graham cracker crust.
  • Take spoonfuls of chocolate cheesecake and dollop in top of vanilla cheesecake.
  • Using a knife, swirl the chocolate through the vanilla being careful not to push the knife into the graham cracker crust.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.
  • After baking, turn off heat and leave in oven for 1 hour. DO NOT OPEN OVEN.
  • Remove from oven. Loosen sides of pan and let cool on wire rack for 1 hour.
  • When reasonably cool, remove sides and place in refrigerate for at least 3 hours prior to serving.
  • Garnish as desired.
  • Store in refrigerator.

Notes

Tips & Tricks for Baking Cheesecakes

  • If you want a rich, smooth cheesecake, make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature. Set it on the counter for about 30 minutes prior to starting.
  • Make sure to beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy, usually about 2-3 minutes.
  • Bring your eggs to room temperature as well. You will be less likely to get a crack in the top of your beautiful cheesecake.
  • Add the eggs all at once to the batter and beat on low just until blended. Then fold in rest of ingredients. Overbeating causes the eggs to release too much air making the cheesecake puff during baking then collapsing and cracking as it cools.

Nutrition

Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 329mg | Potassium: 185mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 1042IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 2mg

This post has been updated and was first published on January 20, 2020.

Rich and Creamy Marble Cheesecake
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