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Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 60 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


Learn how to make this chocolate orange cheesecake recipe in a few easy steps. Orange and chocolate works perfectly together in desserts.



  • 300g (3 cups) chocolate digestive biscuits, crushed
  • 150g (⅔ cup) butter, melted
  • 360g (2 cups) milk chocolate, chopped
  • 340g (1½ cups) cream cheese
  • 150g (1½ cups) icing sugar
  • 5ml (1 tsp) orange extract
  • 300ml (1½ cups) double cream


  1. For the Biscuit Base: Crush the biscuits in a sealable plastic bag with a rolling pin until everything turns into crumbs.
  2. Mix the butter with the crumbs.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the base of a 23cm (9in) springform cake tin and level with the back of a spoon.
  4. Place the base in the fridge for 1 hour to set.
  5. For the Cheesecake Filling: Melt the chocolate in a separate bowl. See Notes.
  6. Meanwhile, whisk the cream cheese, icing sugar and orange extract until combined. 
  7. Systematically, whisk in the melted chocolate into the cream cheese mixture.
  8. Whip the double cream in another separate bowl until soft peaks form.
  9. Fold the chocolate cream cheese mixture into the whipped cream, a quarter of the cream cheese mixture at a time.
  10. Transfer the filling to the tin and spread evenly over the biscuit base.
  11. Chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours but preferably overnight. 
  12. Decorate with grated orange zest and chocolate pieces. Enjoy!


  • There are two ways you can melt the chocolate for the cheesecake filling. Firstly, you can do it in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Or, you can give it short zaps in the microwave until everything is melted, giving it a stir in between.
  • You can add more orange extract if you prefer. Taste and tweak!
  • If you can get hold of actual orange-flavoured chocolate, you can substitute the milk chocolate and orange extract with 400g (2 cups) chocolate orange. 

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