Storified by Arya McLean· Sun, Apr 07 2013 17:50:30
Marble cheesecake is made of layers of chocolate and cream cheese flavored with vanilla and decorated with smooth swirls of the dark and light ingredients set on a graham piecrust. Adapted from Hershey’s Chocolate Cookbook, this gourmet cooking recipe makes an elegant presentation and a wonderful treat after a delicious meal.
The silky smooth texture and irresistible creamy flavor of cheesecake makes it one of the most popular desserts in the world. While cheesecake on its own is already quite impressive when done at home, decorating it with a chocolate swirl makes it even more inviting and spectacular. In this recipe, a separate mixture of chocolate and vanilla are layered alternately. The cream cheese is divided into two portions and mixed separately with the chocolate and vanilla so that there is a white component and a dark component, creating a beautiful contrast in color and in flavor.
One of the problems with making marbled cheesecake is that there is a risk of disturbing the velvety smooth texture that is the essence of a well-made cheesecake. Even if this particular dish is layered, it should still be seamless and smooth as if it were one whole cake. This is the reason why the cream cheese is combined with the chocolate to keep it from separating from the vanilla-cheesecake mixture and to avoid grittiness.
The swirl is made on the top of the cheesecake, which is the final layer. To make the swirl, drop spoonfuls of the chocolate mixture on the bed of white layer and with a small spatula or butter knife, gently swirl the chocolate in the cheesecake batter, creating your own artistic presentation.
Once the cheesecake is baked and cooled, you can slice and serve it to guests. To keep the swirls from getting ruined when you slice into the cake, dip the knife in hot water and wipe the knife dry with a clean towel or napkin before slicing. This will keep the cheesecake from sticking to the knife and making a mess.