Last Updated on February 22, 2023
This dark chocolate drizzle for cheesecake is incredibly easy to make and very versatile. You can even use white or milk chocolate instead!
We love this drizzle because of how easy it is to adjust the flavor. In addition, we also love it because of how great it pairs with virtually any type of cheesecake, especially our famous no-bake cheesecake recipe.
You can control the intensity of the caramel flavor and even the consistency of the sauce. This way you can create a thin or thick drizzle to add more or less caramel flavor to the cheesecake or make a glaze to cover the entire cake.
What You Will Need to Make This Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Drizzle Cheesecake
- 2 cups granulated white sugar
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ¾ cup salted butter
- 6 ounces (1 cup) dark chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of sea salt flakes
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Medium saucepan
- Cup with hot water
- Pastry brush
Step By Step Instructions to Make This Chocolate Drizzle for Cheesecake
Step 1: make the caramel
In a medium saucepan, combine the granulated white sugar and the water. Place the pan over medium heat and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Then, increase the heat to high and allow the sugar syrup to begin boiling.
As the sugar boils, brush the edges of the pan with a pastry brush dipped in hot water. This will help dissolve any sugar crystals from forming and cause the caramel to crystallize.
Allow the sugar to darken until it has reached a deep amber-like color and thick consistency. Remove the caramel from the heat.
Step 2: add the butter and cream to the caramel
Once you have made the sugar base, whisk in the heavy cream and the salted butter. Make sure to whisk until the butter has been completely dissolved and the ingredients are fully incorporated.
Step 3: add the finely chopped dark chocolate
The finer your chocolate is chopped the quicker it will melt. Add all of the chopped chocolate and stir until everything is combined. Finally, add in your vanilla extract and a pinch of sea salt flakes and mix well.
Step 4: drizzle over your cheesecake
If you are using the salted caramel chocolate drizzle immediately, just make sure it has slightly cooled before drizzling it over your cheesecake. If you stored it or allowed it to stand a bit before using it, you may have to heat it slightly to get a nice drizzling consistency.
Chocolate Drizzle for Cheesecake: Tips and Tricks
Melting sugar to make caramel is easy, but there is a lot that can go wrong. The main problem people run into is sugar crystallizing (becoming unusable).
The best way to prevent this from happening is by brushing the sides of the pot with hot water as the syrup simmers. Add some boiling water to a cup with a pastry brush and keep it next to the pot.
As you see the sides forming crystals, brush them with hot water. Avoid using cold water as it will help form crystals. Hot water simply (and gently) melts them away.
You can control how dark your caramel is and how intense the flavor gets. The darker the caramel is, the deeper and more "burnt" or "smoky" flavor it will have.
Using Different Types of Chocolate for Chocolate Drizzle for Cheesecake
This works best with richer recipes and chocolates like bitter dark chocolates. You can simmer the sugar for a shorter amount of time to get a light caramel that will work great with white chocolate.
When adding the heavy cream, the difference in temperatures may sometimes cause the sugar mixture to become lumpy. You can easily fix this by placing the mixture over low heat.
Stir it until you have a completely smooth sauce. Once there are no more lumps, immediately remove the pan from the heat to prevent the sauce from becoming too dark.
You don't have to use dark chocolate for this recipe. You can play around with flavors a lot and even make a white chocolate caramel drizzle. This recipe is perfect for experimenting with and the steps stay exactly the same.
You can make this chocolate drizzle for cheesecake in advance and store it inside the fridge. Simply place the salted caramel chocolate drizzle inside a glass jar or an odor-free airtight container.
Place it in the fridge and store it for up to a week. Then, once ready to use, simply heat the drizzle until it has reached the right consistency.
Servings and Preparation Time
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How to Drizzle Chocolate on Cheesecake
Drizzling chocolate on cheesecake not only adds amazing flavor to your cheesecake but also creates an elegant-looking dessert as well. You can create patterns with the drizzle or go for a more abstract design.
Chocolate drizzle for cheesecake is one of the best toppings for your cheesecake. In addition to the chocolate drizzle, you can also add whipped cream or strawberries.
Chocolate drizzle pairs great with a variety of different cheesecake flavors. You can add it to classic cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake, cookies & cream cheesecake, caramel cheesecake, swirl cheesecake, peanut butter cheesecake, or strawberry cheesecake.
Before adding chocolate drizzle to your cheesecake, be certain that your cheesecake is fully cool. If your cheesecake is still hot when you add the drizzle it will melt and create a mess.
For best results, let your cheesecake set in the refrigerator for at least four hours or overnight. This will allow your chocolate drizzle to set better on your cheesecake for the perfect dessert.
When drizzling chocolate onto cheesecake, it is always a good idea to keep a piece of parchment paper under your cheesecake. This will make it easier to clean up any chocolate drizzle you accidentally spill.
After adding your chocolate drizzle, allow it to set for a few minutes before slicing and serving your cheesecake.
Fork or spoon
The most common method for drizzling chocolate on your cheesecake is to use a fork or spoon. Carefully dip the top of your fork or spoon halfway into the bowl of chocolate. Then, move the spoon or fork quickly over the cheesecake to drizzle.
Keep dipping your fork or spoon into the chocolate until you achieve the desired amount of drizzle on your cheesecake. If the chocolate begins to harden then you may need to warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds.
Another option for drizzling chocolate onto your cheesecake is to use a piping bag. Allow your chocolate drizzle to slightly cool then add it to your piping bag. Cut the piping bag to the desired diameter you want for drizzle.
Carefully apply pressure to the piping bag to drizzle it onto the cheesecake. You can use the piping bag to create different designs with the drizzle on your cheesecake.
Depending on the thickness of your drizzle, the chocolate may flow out of the piping bag without pressure, making it hard to control. While it may be difficult to pipe designs with your drizzle if your chocolate is thin, you can still create an abstract drizzle with your chocolate.
Another way to drizzle chocolate onto your cheesecake is to use a whisk. Dip the whisk about one inch deep into your chocolate and then quickly move it across your cheesecake.
Keep dipping it into your chocolate until you have added the desired amount of chocolate to your cheesecake. If need be, warm the chocolate up in the microwave for a few seconds.
Using a whisk is a great way to create spiral designs on your cheesecake. It also allows you to add more drizzle at once than using a fork or spoon.
Alternatives for Chocolate Drizzle for Cheesecake
We are absolutely obsessed with this delicious chocolate drizzle cheesecake recipe. However, sometimes you are just feeling like having something a little bit different.
Here is some other easy and drool-worthy cheesecake drizzle ideas you can make at home. You can make them as simple or as complex as you'd like!
This is the most simplistic drizzle you can make and use for virtually any type of cheesecake (baked or no-bake). It is also very easy to adjust the flavor according to the flavor of the cheesecake you are making - simply use a different type of chocolate!
For example, if you are making a caramel cheesecake, you can melt dark chocolate to drizzle over the cake. All of the flavors pair incredibly well together and it helps create a more interesting (and even elevated) flavor profile.
If you are making an eggnog-flavored cheesecake (or even a plain cheesecake), a white chocolate drizzle will work better.
Regardless of which flavor you are using, simply melt the chocolate of your choice and drizzle it over! You could even use it as a glaze to cover the entire cake!
A chocolate sauce differs from melted chocolate in that it is made using a recipe (it isn't just melted chocolate). The sauce itself contains melted chocolate along with other delicious ingredients (like our salted caramel dark chocolate drizzle recipe above).
These sauces can vary in consistency but is also a great way to create specific textures and unique flavor profiles.
You can elevate the flavor of the cheesecake or help enhance the flavor and texture. These recipes will take slightly longer to make, but is still worth the extra effort!
Conclusion: Chocolate Drizzle for Cheesecake
Let us know in the comments below what your favorite cheesecake with chocolate drizzle is and what you think of our chocolate drizzle for cheesecake recipe! And, if you have any questions, we'd be more than happy to give you our top tips and tricks!
Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Drizzle Cheesecake
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Medium saucepan
- Cup with hot water
- Pastry brush
- In a medium saucepan, combine the granulated white sugar and the water. Place the pan over medium heat and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Then, increase the heat to high and allow the sugar syrup to begin boiling. As the sugar boils, brush the edges of the pan with a pastry brush dipped in hot water. This will help dissolve any sugar crystals from forming and causing the caramel to crystallize. Allow the sugar to darken until it has reached a deep amber-like color and thick consistency. Remove the caramel from the heat.
- Once you have made the sugar base, whisk in the heavy cream and the salted butter. Make sure to whisk until the butter has been completely dissolved and the ingredients are fully incorporated.
- The finer your chocolate is chopped the quicker it will melt. Add all of the chopped chocolate and stir until everything is combined. Finally, add in your vanilla extract and a pinch of sea salt flakes and mix well.
- If you are using the salted caramel chocolate drizzle immediately, just make sure it has slightly cooled before drizzling it over your cheesecake. If you stored it or allowed it to stand a bit before using it, you may have to heat it slightly to get a nice drizzling consistency.
Lindy Van Schalkwyk is a culinary specialist with a background in Advanced Cooking, Advanced Pâtisserie, Media Communications and Nutrition. She has gained invaluable experience in the culinary industry having worked in some of the top restaurants in Africa in 2016 and 2017. Her expertise in nutrition has enabled her to develop recipes for special dietary needs. In 2018, Lindy began working in the Food Media industry, focusing on recipe development, recipe writing, food writing and food styling.