Monday, January 17, 2011

Sigrunn's Birthday Cake

What time was it? It was party time! Sigrunn turned 19 and she did it in style, with a 1 metre high yellow hand painted crown. Below are some photos from the making of the cake, the chocolate, caramel cheesecake with oreo base. Yeah baby. It was very rich, but very delicious. Happy Birthday Sigrunn!

Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake with OREO base 

Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen 
180°C 55 minutes

difficulty: moderately difficult
Serves 10 to 14

Crumb Crust
3 cups  finely ground OREOS :) about 4 packets
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Filling
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup heavy cream
8 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped
1/2 cup sour cream
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Make crumb crust by stirring together crust ingredients and press onto bottom and 1 inch up side of a buttered 24-centimeter springform pan. Fill right away or chill up to 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 180°C.

Cook sugar in a dry heavy saucepan over moderately low heat, stirring slowly with a fork, until melted and pale golden. Cook caramel without stirring, swirling pan, until deep golden. Remove from heat and carefully add heavy cream (mixture will vigorously steam and caramel will harden). Cook over moderately low heat, stirring, until caramel is dissolved. Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate until smooth. Stir in sour cream.

Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy, then beat in chocolate mixture on low speed. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then vanilla, beating on low speed until each ingredient is incorporated and scraping down bowl between additions.

Put springform pan with crust in a shallow baking pan. Pour filling into crust and bake in baking pan (to catch drips) in middle of oven 55 minutes, or until cake is set 3 inches from edge but center is still slightly wobbly when pan is gently shaken.

Run a knife around top edge of cake to loosen and cool completely in springform pan on a rack. (Cake will continue to set as it cools.) Chill cake, loosely covered, at least 6 hours. Remove side of pan and transfer cake to a plate. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Do ahead: Cheesecake keeps, covered and chilled, 1 week.

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