Easiest ever chocolate cheesecake

This weekend was Big G’s birthday. And a cake was required. He doesn’t “do” fruit, so it was always going to be chocolate. But I have lost interest in messing about with fondant, and G Major currently has a thing about filling in cakes – she’ll only eat plain (dry) sponge – so I decided a cheesecake was the quickest solution.

And I was right – this was really quick to make, and as it’s no bake you can just do each step as you find the time and pop it into the fridge in between, which is quite helpful on the school holidays when you’re working and juggling holiday camp pick ups and so on.

This was not too sweet but still incredibly rich so you only need a thin slice, which means it feeds a whole load of party guests. Plus there’s plenty leftover, for you to do a Nigella and sneak down in the middle of the night for another swipe.

What you need

  • 2 packs of, or about 25, chocolate biscuits (I used chocolate brownie Oreos, which was frankly unnecessary)
  • 50g unsalted butter for the crust, and 25g for the ganache
  • 500g cream cheese
  • 1 cup double cream
  • 100 icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 100g white granulated sugar
  • 250g melted and cooled chocolate for the filling, plus another 100g for the ganache

What you do

  1. Whizz up the biscuits into a fine crumb, then mix with 50g melted butter. Grease a spring form pan and press the mixture all over the base and a little way up the sides. Chill in the fridge.
  2. In one bowl, whip the double cream until its firm, then whip in the icing sugar until you get stiff peaks.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the cream cheese, vanilla, granulated sugar and the 250g melted chocolate.
  4. Gently fold in the whipped cream mix until completely combined, then pour over the chilled crust. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours – I did this the day before and left it overnight.
  5. Once the filling is very firm, melt 25g of butter with 100g chocolate, allow to cool slightly then spread the ganache thinly over the top of the cheesecake. Decorate however you like – more chocolate, fruit, metallic sprinkles. Put it all back in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

This will last 3 days in the fridge.

What do you like to eat on your birthday?