Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Finished Triple Chocolate Cheesecake: Zebra cake

Just a quick post today, as I am attempting to gather myself together for my flight to Christchurch in the morning for the Merchiston High Teas over the weekend (still lots of spaces for Friday 2.00-4.00 and Sunday 11.30-1.30 in case you're interested!) but I thought you'd all want to see how my cheesecake turned out (I need to bake a few days ahead of blogging so I don't have this lag problem!). Firstly, I really don't recommend making cheesecake without a water bath if you can help it. It tasted fine (better than fine, in fact, but more on that in a moment), but I felt I needed to cut off most of the top as parts were very dark (and most of the top layer was white chocolate so it shouldn't have been). It also took a loooong time to cook; almost two hours with the oven on and then we turned it off and went to bed and left it in there all night - and that was pretty much perfect. The water bath keeps the cake at a more constant high temperature when it's cooking, and lets it cook through before the top gets too brown. So next time I will check my equipment before I begin!

As for the taste - it was fantastic! This recipe is definitely staying in my repertoire. I got rave reviews from many colleagues, and had trouble stopping myself from revisiting the plate. It's a pretty simple recipe and I can see it would also work well as a neater layered cake if you're more that kind of person (I am - I wanted to try this and do think it's cool but I have to say I prefer precision and uniformity most of the time. Boring, I know!).

So how did the inside turn out? Judge for yourself:

As Mr Cake points out, zebras don't have three colours, so maybe zebra cake isn't the best description (or maybe Mr Cake is just too pedantic), but no matter what you call it it's kind of funky, don't you think?


  1. I've been waiting for this picture! Beautiful!

  2. That looks AWESOME rosa! Yum yum yum, all three chocolates in a cheesecake, sounds like heaven :)

  3. Thanks Corinne! So easy, you should try it. :-)

    Nessie - yes, I know! Heaven, definitely. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Mmmmmmmm...


Theme Design by Quentin de Manson Web Design