Monday, April 25, 2011

Black Tie Cheesecake

I call this Black Tie Cheesecake because it looks like it's all dressed up to go to a black tie event. I've made this cake about once a year for around the last ten years, and I love it every time. Whenever I am going to make it, I always think it's a big job, but then when I'm done, I always remember how easy it actually is. Then, I think, I should make this more often but never do. So now, perhaps by putting this all down here, maybe I'll actually make this delicious cheesecake more often. I first got the idea for the recipe off a free recipe card that was mailed to me, trying to get me to subscribe to recipe cards. I've veganized the recipe, changed the name, altered the amounts of the ingredients, and also tweaked some of the procedures of the recipe, as well, over the years. I'm confident that I can call it mine now.

I brought this as our contribution to Easter with all the relatives, along with my Tropical Seitan Pasta Salad, which has become pretty much the dish that everyone expects me to bring now: they love it so much. My mom provided Gardenburger riblets for us, and I also brought rolls. I once made the salad with something else for dinner for my parents, along with this cheesecake for dessert, and my dad told my mom later that that was one of the best meals he had ever had. From my dad, that's a huge compliment. I hope you enjoy this basically easy, but beautiful dessert, as well.

Black Tie Cheesecake

Cookie Crust

White layer of the cheesecake

Getting ready to mix in the chocolate into the second half of the white cream cheese blend

Chocolate layer of the cheesecake

Here the baked cheesecake has been cooling for about twenty minutes. You can see that the edges are already starting to pull away from the pan. When it's completely cool, you will gently run a butter knife around the edge to ensure that it's separated all the way.

Preparing to mix in the sour cream into the melted chocolate to make the frosting

Here is the cheesecake with the sides of the springform pan removed. The frosting is patiently waiting to be spread.

The frosted cheesecake - ready to be chilled in the fridge

What was left of the Black Tie Cheesecake after the relatives got ahold of it

Black Tie Cheesecake



1 pkg. Newman O's chocolate sandwich cookies
1/2 cup of vegan margarine


3 pkgs. of Tofutti cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup of vegan sugar
3 Tbs. EnerG Egg Replacer
10 Tbs. water
1 8oz. box of Bakers semi-sweet chocolate, divided (2 oz.)


The remainder of the Bakers chocolate (6oz.)
1/2 cup of Tofutti sour cream


For the crust: Scrape all the cream centers out of each cookie and set aside for a later meal or for present gluttony. Grind the chocolate cookie "jackets" in a food processor. Melt the margarine. Combine them both in a bowl and mix well. Press into the bottom of a nine-inch springform pan. Smooth out with the back of a spoon.

For the cheesecake: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a mug or measuring cup, whisk together the Egg Replacer and water with a fork or small whisk. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, sugar, and Egg Replacer and water mixture. Beat on medium speed until well blended, two to three minutes. Pour half of the mixture over the cookie crumb crust. Melt two wrapped squares of the chocolate. Stir into the rest of the cheesecake mixture in the bowl. Pour evenly over the white bottom layer in the pan. Place pan on cookie sheet, and bake for one hour. Remove from oven. You don't want any cracks in the top of the cake: that could mean that it is too dry. If it's a little jiggly in the center, that should be okay; it will probably continue to set up while cooling on the rack and chilling in the fridge. But, most likely, it will appear pretty solid with the one hour baking time. Cool completely on cooling rack, then continue to chill for a few hours in the refrigerator.

For the frosting: When the cake is completely cold, remove from the refrigerator, and place the pan on a serving platter. Take a butter knife and gently run it along the edge of the cake to loosen any last parts of the cake from the pan. Remove the sides of the springform pan. Now, it's time to prepare the frosting. Melt the rest of the chocolate squares (6 oz.). Put in a small mixing bowl and add the sour cream. Mix well. Use a spatula or a non-serrated butter knife to spread the frosting on the top and sides of the cake. The sour cream adds just enough softness to the chocolate to spread it but leaves the chocolate firmer than regular cake frosting. Place back in the refrigerator and continue to chill for at least an hour before serving. Can be served cold from the fridge or after setting out for about twenty minutes. Longer than that can make the cake too soft. If you find that the crust is wanting to stick to the bottom of the pan, gently run a butter knife under the crust all the way around, to loosen it from the pan. This has only happened to me once, though. This is so good. Feeds five hungry vegans and several relatives.


  1. i am emailing this to my friend! we get together and cook/bake a few times a month and this looks like so much fun!! absolutely delicious! you were holding out on us BM!!!

  2. Yes!!! that cheese cake looks like it is going to the Academy Awards. You have finally hit the Super Baker's Academy Best Dressed Award with this one. Congratulations!!!

    I also have an easy no bake cheesecake recipe, I must make it soon. I copied this recipe, but know I need to get the some ingredients I do not have...that's if they don't contain corn syrup. I hope not. Thanks BM.

  3. Yay, Michelle! I am so glad you are going to make this! I think you and your friend will love it, and you'll like the ease of it, as well. Be sure to let me know how it came out. :-)

    Millie, there is no corn syrup in any of the ingredients, but there is corn starch in the cookies. I'm not sure if it's in the cream centers or the cookie shells, though. If you can sub a different crust, then you can make this!

  4. Cheesecake has always been my favorite dessert. I haven't had one since I became a vegan, so I'm sure I haven't had one in a year and a half or longer. You have me drooling over your cheesecake! I am going to make this very, very, very soon! Thank you so much for posting the recipe. :o)

  5. Wow, that's beautiful. It looks delicious and I don't even like cheesecake. I'm sharing this with everyone!

  6. Michelle1 called it: You've been holding out on us for ten years! (Or Two and a Half Years).

    Nothing worse than impatient frosting.

  7. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that might be the BEST LOOKING DESSERT I'VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!!!! I'm revoking my Tofutti cream cheese and sour cream abstention until after I've made this OUTSTANDING MASTERPIECE. Can you tell I'm excited?

  8. OH, OH, OH times a zillion! How can you do this to an overweight chocolate and cheesecake lover??? I must make this! I WILL make this! And then I'll start slimming again! I just can't take in how good this looks! I'm going to dream about this cheesecake (I hope!) But I don't know whether I should be thanking you or not...


  9. You're welcome, Michelle! I hope you like it. :-)

    Thank you, Rhea!

    S.V., It's only been a year and half, you know. :-)


    Penny, you make me laugh! Of course, you know this is calorie-free; I would never post anything else!