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Godiva Chocolate Espresso Toffee Liquor Cheesecake

August 13, 2010

I was asked to donate a cheesecake for a fund-raising event for the Women’s Professional Staff Association at the Cleveland Clinic.  Now cheesecakes are my thing!  I have been baking them Forever!!   Mostly I love the fact that there can be so many varieties.  (You may begin to notice a reoccurring theme with me… I love recipes that I can change-up and add in new flavors!)  And that is exactly what I did in this cheesecake.

Feeling a bit nervous in putting out a cheesecake for a raffle…it had to look gorgeous and tempting, right?  or else no one would bid on it – and how embarrassing would that be!  The perfectionist in me intensified the need to make this spot on!  And liquor was necessary – no not for me at the moment, but definitely in the cake!

So, I took a Bailey’s Cheesecake recipe and adjusted it to my liking.  Having made hundreds of cheesecakes, I do have enough experience to know what I can substitute in and how much.  I agree, the name I’ve given this cheesecake is a bit too long!  If you have a better suggestion, please drop me a comment!

Godiva Chocolate Espresso Toffee Liquor Cheesecake

Adapted somewhat from Bailey’s Caramel Cheesecake at

For the crust:

2 cups Chocolate Graham crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted

For the filling:

2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sugar
5 eggs, room temperature
1 cup Toffee Liquor, I used Dooley’s Toffee Cream Liquor
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup Godiva chocolate chips

For the topping:

1 cup chilled whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon instant espresso coffee
1 teaspoon toffee cream liquor
1/2 cup Heath Toffee Bits

For crust:  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Combine crumbs and sugar in a bowl.  Stir in melted butter.  Press mixture into bottom and sides of a 9″ springform pan.  Bake for 7 minutes.  Remove from oven and maintain temperature at 325.

For filling:  Beat cream cheese until smooth with an electric mixer.  Gradually add the sugar, then the eggs, one at a time.  Pour in the liquor and vanilla and beat until combined well.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips evenly on the bottom of the crust.  Spoon on the filling.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips on top.  Bake until cake is puffed, still somewhat jiggly in the center, about 1 hour and 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and place on a rack to cool.  Using a knife gently loosen the very top edges of the cake from the pan.  This prevents cracking as the cake begins to cool and pulls away from the sides.  When cooled, release the sides of the pan and refrigerate overnight. 

For the topping:  Beat cream, sugar, coffee powder and liquor until peaks form.  Spread mixture over cooled cake.  Garnish with toffee bits and chocolate shavings.

Baking note:  When baking all my cheesecakes, I place a pan of water on the lower rack to add moisture in the oven and prevent any cracking.  Cheesecakes do tend to crack and it’s not ruined!  Many are covered up by toppings and if not, it’s perfectly acceptable – the taste is never affected by a crack!!

13 Comments leave one →
  1. martha permalink
    August 13, 2010 10:28 pm

    Hi Linda
    What a beautiful site….Like you..

  2. John S permalink
    August 16, 2010 5:31 pm

    I am the lucky raffle winner of this cake. It was the most amazing cheescake I ever ate!!!!! Thanks Spice, you rock.


  3. Amelia permalink
    August 18, 2010 6:21 pm

    Godiva Espresso Toffee Cheesecake – you have covered the ingredients without so many words. looks so yummy – bet there were lots of bids on it. maybe i will even attempt this one.

  4. March 13, 2011 10:18 am

    Wow, looks delicious :)

  5. June 2, 2011 8:25 am

    What a magnificent cake! I hope someday to create such a lovely sight!

  6. June 8, 2011 7:50 pm

    I saw this off on the side of your web page, omg what a slice of heaven. Can’t wait to make this cake!

  7. November 3, 2011 8:51 pm

    I’m seriously stalking your blog tonight! Love it!

  8. November 8, 2011 1:55 pm

    That cake looks like it came straight from an Italian bakery! Your decorating skills gives me some inspiration for a cake I will be making in a few weeks. Great job!

  9. December 27, 2011 2:14 am

    Oh, I love this…

  10. January 10, 2012 1:38 am

    One day, I am going to pop up at your door and request a piece – be ready by having this cake in your fridge at all times :P

    It looks fantastic you cheesecake genius!!!

  11. January 12, 2012 6:10 am

    I just happen to have a bag of lemons sitting in the kitchen in need of a purpose. This might be their destiny.

  12. December 31, 2012 2:22 pm

    You are amazing! This is magnificent on all levels :)
    I don’t know what I like most the graham cracker crust, espresso, toffee, Godiva…, everything!

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