Marble cheesecake is a beautiful swirl of vanilla and chocolate batter. The swirling of the batter creates the elegant marble look. This decadent marble cheesecake recipe is a feast for both the eyes and the palate.
Marble Cheesecake Ingredients:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
24 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (1 ounce) square unsweetened chocolate, melted
Marble Cheesecake Directions:
1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, the 3 tablespoons sugar and margarine; press onto bottom of a springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
2. Combine cream cheese, the 3/4 cup sugar and vanilla extract, mixing at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add heavy cream, mix well.
3. Blend chocolate into 1 cup of the batter. Pour plain and chocolate batters alternately over crust; cut through batters with a knife several times for marble effect.
4. Bake at 450 degrees F for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees F, then continue baking for 30 minutes.
5. Loosen cake from rim of pan; cool before removing rim of pan. Chill.
Where Did Marble Cake Come From?
Marble cake originated in 19th century Germany. The first version was sweet yeast bread, and molasses and spices were mixed in to create the dark colored batter. Marble cake made its way to the United States when German immigrants brought the idea with them before the Civil War. The idea of marbling moved from sweet yeast bread to marbling sponge cake. The idea kept evolving and bakers started marbling other types of cake. The marbling effect creates a unique and elegant look. It's an easy technique with a big visual payoff. Be careful not to mix the different batters too much or you won't achieve the desired look.
There are many different cheesecake recipes that are tasty and visually pleasing. Many don't have the rich history of marble cheesecake. Now that you know where the marling effect originated, you can wow your guests with your beautiful cheesecake and this history tidbit.
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