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Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake. A luscious two layered cheesecake inspired by Terry’s Chocolate Orange. It’s been popular in my family and on my blog for many years.

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

I adapted this chocolate orange cheesecake recipe about 15 years ago around the Holidays. Santa, in his regular generosity, inspired me by leaving that familiar favourite, a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, in the toe of my Christmas sock.

Since then, this recipe has proven to be the most popular of the many cheesecakes in my repertoire. Probably because of the great popularity of Terry’s Chocolate Orange in the U.K., the Brits who have sampled this chocolate orange cheesecake have gone mad for it too.

Dark Chocolate Chips, to melt and dip the biscotti

I like to use 50% dark chocolate chips for the ganache topping but you can use semisweet as well.

It has made many the repeat appearance at the annual family Christmas feast. More recently, I was called upon to provide something to be raffled off at a fundraiser tonight and thought this might catch the eye of ticket buyers.

fresh organic clementines picked with green leaves

Try this recipe with seasonal citrus like clementines or tangerines.

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Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
Yield: 16 servings

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake - a luscious two layered cheesecake inspired by Terry's Chocolate Orange. It's been popular in my family and on my blog for many years.


  • 1 ½ cups Oreo Cookie Crumbs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 ½ pounds cream cheese
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup whipping cream
  • 1 ½ squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted (In a pinch you can substitute 1/2 cup cocoa but add another ¼ cup whipping cream to this half of the mixture.)
  • Zest of one large orange, finely grated

For the ganache glaze

  • ¼ cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips


  1. Lightly grease the bottom but not the sides of a 9 or 10 inch springform pan. Line the bottom with a sheet of parchment paper for easy release from the pan later, once the cheesecake has cooled.
  2. Mix together the cookie crumbs, melted butter and 3 tbsp sugar and press into pan.
  3. Cream together the cream cheese and 1 ¼ cups sugar.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Add the vanilla extract and whipping cream and blend until smooth.
  6. then divide mixture into 2 equal portions in separate bowls..
  7. To the first half of the mixture, stir in the melted chocolate (or cocoa and additional cream)
  8. Pour into bottom of the prepared springform pan.
  9. To the second half of the mixture, stir in the finely grated and chopped zest 1 large orange. Carefully spoon this mixture over the top of the chocolate mixture already in the pan.
  10. Bake at 325 degrees F for about 60 minutes or until the surface of the cake no longer looks glossy. Remove from oven and immediately run a sharp knife around the edge of the pan to release the cake. Cool completely in the pan. Top with the Ganache glaze.
  11. To make the ganache glaze, in a heavy bottomed pot, scald but do not boil the 1/4 cup whipping cream, then melt in the chocolate chips over low heat.
  12. Pour over cooled cake or to create Ganache lace, cool slightly and spoon into piping bag fitted with a number 3 tip. Pipe over the entire cake in a circular, overlapping swirling pattern, repeating coverage all over the cake until all Ganache glaze is used. Garnish with orange segments, orange zest curls or orange slices.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 458Total Fat 33gSaturated Fat 19gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 110mgSodium 217mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 2gSugar 30gProtein 6g

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Charlotte H

Wednesday 19th of August 2020

Made this and it was absolutely delicious! I was super confused about the amount of chocolate (the note above did not help!) but I ended up doing 6oz of chocolate and that seemed to work. The flavour combination was fantastic, and the cake came out looking beautiful.


Wednesday 9th of January 2019

Wondering if you bake the crust at all before the filling is put on top of it?

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 28th of March 2019

Some people do but I don't find the need.


Thursday 6th of December 2018

Hi there, I'm looking forward to trying this cheesecake! Could clarify the amount of chocolate please? The recipe says 1 1/2 squares of baking chocolate. In Canada we have packages of brand name called Baker's, each box has 2 bars of 4 oz each, totally 8 oz. So you mean for the amount of chocolate to be 6 oz? In my chocolate cheesecake, I use 12 oz of Baker's chocolate ... I don't understand. would you mind telling me what the measurement is in ounces or grams? Thanks

Barry C. Parsons

Friday 14th of December 2018

A bakers chocolate square is only 1 ounce.


Friday 15th of June 2018

If only there was a conversion of this to make in Instant Pot!


Tuesday 24th of April 2018

Thank you for your great recipes. I have made many of your recipes and they always taste good. Looking forward to trying the cheesecake.

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