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Creepy Crawlies Chocolate Cheesecake

The scariest time of year is upon us again. Halloween, when the Ghosts haunt the streets, Zombies hide in cupboards, and creatures of the underworld attempt to take over the world! For those of you too scared to venture outside on this dark and spooky night, why not stay in and enjoy some yummy themed treats. I made (and blogged about) this Halloween dessert last year, but I decided to bring it back out again for another adventure!Ingredients

Cheesecake
400g digestive biscuits (crushed to fine crumbs)
100g butter (melted and slightly cooled)
800g cream cheese
4 tbsp icing sugar
300g milk chocolate
100g dark chocolate
50g white chocolate
1 tsp vegetable oil

Oreo Spiders
2 Oreos
Strawberry laces (roughly 2-3)
4 small chunks of milk chocolate (crumb size)

Mix together the butter and digestives until well combined. Pour the mixture into a 23cm springform round tin and press down firmly so that the entire base is covered and evenly flat (I found using my knuckles the best way to do this).Melt 200g of the milk chocolate with all of the dark chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water (ensure that the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water.) Once it has melted, mix to fully combine and leave to cool slightly. In another bowl, soften the cream cheese and beat with the icing sugar (taste the mixture and if it is still not sweet enough, add a bit more icing sugar). Add a dollop of the cream cheese mixture to the chocolate and beat until well combined. Continue this until all of the cream cheese is in the chocolate mixture; be sure to scrap the bottom of the bowl so that all of the melted chocolate is mixed in. Spoon the mixture into the springform tin and spread it evenly around the tin, levelling the top with a spatula. Leave the cheesecake to set in the fridge for around 30 minutes or until the top is starting to firm up.When it has set, melt the remaining milk chocolate in the same method, allow to cool slightly and then stir through the vegetable oil. At the same time, melt the white chocolate separately in the same method, allow it to cool slightly and then pour into a piping bag with a very small nozzle. Pour the melted milk chocolate over the top of the cheesecake, pick it up and tilt it back and forth allowing the chocolate to run all over so that it has a smooth top. Pipe the white chocolate onto the cheesecake in evenly spaced concentric circles, saving a little bit of the chocolate for the Oreos spiders (do not worry if the circles are not perfect). Using a toothpick, draw thin lines from the centre circle to the outer circle to create the spiderweb (clean the toothpick after each line so that they are neat). This needs to be done quickly as it has to be done before the chocolate sets.The last step is to make the oreo spiders (inspired by Ninas Kleiner Food-Blog). Carefully cut one of the Oreos in half and cut up 8 little ‘legs’ from the strawberry laces (ensuring that they are the same size). Pipe some of the white chocolate onto the bottom Oreo, spread over with a spatula and then carefully place the legs on, four on each side which are hanging over the edge. Pipe a little more white chocolate in the middle and carefully push the other half of the Oreo on top. Pipe two little circles next to each other on one end of the top Oreo, and then carefully place a tiny bit of milk chocolate onto each circle (smaller than the dots of white chocolate). Repeat the step with the other Oreo, and then place each spider on the cheesecake so that it looks like they are crawling across.Leave the cheesecake to set in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours before serving, and remove from the fridge about 15 minutes before eating. The Oreo spiders also work as a topping for scary chocolate cupcakes, which go down very well with kids! Enjoy 🙂

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I am a keen baker who loves all things sweets and yummy! This site is for me to share recipes, review a range of things which I love and generally share the baking joy. If you have any comments or recipes which you think that I would like, then please get in touch!

Discussion

9 thoughts on “Creepy Crawlies Chocolate Cheesecake

  1. I don’t like spiders, but the spider web effect looks great! Might have to try that out!

    Posted by Kat | October 29, 2012, 12:07
  2. Hello! I love the spider web effect on this cheesecake, it is something I have been meaning to try. Also, I wanted to let you know that I have nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award! I absolutely loved browsing through the recipes here!

    Great blog!
    Eve from ‘Sam Loves Cake’

    Posted by Weesis | October 29, 2012, 19:58
  3. This looks delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever tried a chocolate cheesecake(!) I think that needs to be rectified. The oreo spiders look so cute on top too.

    Posted by Jo | October 31, 2012, 00:34
  4. That looks fab! A great idea!

    Posted by Lottie | November 2, 2012, 19:53
  5. All of your cakes and bakes look so professional!! And you have loads of great ideas 🙂

    Posted by shikoomkoom | December 20, 2012, 21:04

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