The original Cheesecake Factory started as a sandwich and salad shop which also included baked goods, featuring of course cheesecake. Until the early 1990’s the Cheesecake Factory only operated locations within California and that all changed when they opened the very first location outside of California, in Washington, DC. Today, the Cheesecake Factory operates 185 locations in several states and internationally. This includes 8 locations in the Middle East with Dubai, Lebanon and also in Kuwait.

The Cheesecake Factory expanded its menu options over the years to include a wider range of foods beyond the sandwich and salad selections. Unfortunately, they were hit hard by tons of criticism over the high calorie and high fat content of their menu options. They also had a lack of low calorie choices to counterbalance the high calorie entrees.

The Cheesecake Factory continues to feature its namesake dessert which has brought it such notoriety. One of the best of the best cheesecake flavors it has on its menu has to be the one that was made for a very special occasion; the 30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake. This amazing combination of luscious chocolate cake, the creamiest of creamy cheesecake and more delicious chocolate is absolute crazy good.

Enough people fell in love with it that soon you could find a number of recipes posted on the Internet for a similar tasting cheesecake. Below is an example of one of those recipes:

30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chocolate chips and bits
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 (1-ounce) unsweetened chocolate squares
  • 4 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
  • 7 large eggs

Chocolate Glaze Ingredients

  1. ½ cup whipping cream
  2. 1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 350°Grease and flour a pair of 9-inch springform pansPlace chocolate squares in a microwave-safe pan and heat on medium for 1 ½ mins. (stir every 30 seconds)
  • In a small bowl beat the butter and 2 cups of sugar with an electric mixer at a medium setting, until light and fluffy
  • Fold in 1 egg at a time and beat with mixer in between each
  • Add previously melted chocolate and beat until well blended
  • Add flour to the mixture and beat on low until well blended
  • Add 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Add 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
  • Pour even amounts of mixture into each pan
  • In separate bowl, add cream cheese and beat with mixer until smooth
  • Add 1 ¾ cup sugar and beat until blended
  • Add the 7 eggs one at a time and beat in between each
  • Stir in 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the top of chocolate mixture in each pan
  • Put in oven and bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes and remove – cool on rack
  • Cover the top of one of the cooled cheesecakes with the chocolate glaze
  • Carefully remove the sides of both cheesecakes
  • Place the untopped cheesecake on top of the glazed one
  • Cover and place in refrigerator for 8 hours
  • Remove and spread the remaining chocolate glaze to the outside of the cheesecake
  • Decorate the outside with chocolate bits and pieces
  • Drizzle with chocolate syrup