Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Irish Car Bomb Cheesecake

Cooking challenge time again! I have had this recipe for months and been waiting for an excuse to use it, so I was very excited when this month's challenge turned out to be cheesecake! Recipes like this one were floating around the blog hops for St Paddie's this year but I have had no excuse to make such a decadent treat until now, with not only the cooking challenge to motivate me but a 30th birthday party too! This dessert is layers of richness, starting with a very heavy, chocolatey guinness brownie, covered with a thick layer of baileys cheesecake and topped with whiskey chocolate ganache. I had never heard of an Irish car bomb before (the cocktail I mean) but I've since been told that it's more an American thing and quite un-PC here - enough so that you should definitely not ask for one in a bar, especially up north. Not that I would ask for one anyway, it sounds awful! A mixture of guinness, baileys and whiskey? Bleugh. Don't let that put you off though, because in cheesecake form it's amazing! You can't taste the guinness in the brownie, I used biscotti-flavoured baileys and changed the recipe around a bit to make an unbaked cheesecake and instead of pouring the whiskey chocolate ganache over the top I swirled it through - and very glad that I did because it turned out to be incredibly rich.

Irish Car Bomb Cheesecake
Adapted from Triple Irish Cheesecake 

Guinness Brownie Base
1/2 cup stout (guinness)
70 grams bittersweet dark chocolate
90 grams butter
1/2 cup soft brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder

Heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and prepare a 9 inch round cake tin.

In the microwave or on the stove, melt the chocolate and butter together, stirring until the mixture is smooth. Let it cool slightly, then whisk in the sugar and the egg.

Stir the guinness (or other stout) into the mixture, then fold in the flour and the cocoa powder. Pour the batter carefully into the prepared tin, and bake for 30 minutes. Let the brownie cool completely before continuing.

Whiskey Chocolate Glaze
85 grams bittersweet chocolate
1 tablespoon whiskey
1/2 cup heavy cream

Melt the chocolate and cream together in the microwave or on the stove, being careful that the chocolate does not overcook and burn. Then stir in the whiskey and set it aside.

Baileys Cheesecake
250 gram packet cream cheese
1/4 cup baileys
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 sachet gelatine (however much is supposed to set 500 mL) in 3/4 cup boiling water

Prepare the gelatine by whisking into the boiling water, then place in fridge until it is sort of thick, but not fully set.

Meanwhile, beat the cream until it is thick, then in a separate bowl beat the cream cheese with the caster sugar until the sugar has dissolved.

Fold the cream, the baileys and the gelatine into the cream cheese. If the mixture is still quite thick after this, you can immediately spread it on top of the brownie. However, if the mixture is very liquidy, like mine was, place it in them fridge for half an hour or so, until it is not runny any more, before spreading it over the brownie base.

Take the cooled chocolate sauce and drizzle it over the cheesecake filling, then use a knife or fork to swirl it around.

Let the cheesecake set in the refrigerator overnight (24 hours is best).




  1. Hahahha love the name of this cake!!!!

  2. Ooh really looks decadent ♥ Mind sharing with me? :D

  3. Wow! What a great looking cheesecake--it looks really rich!

    Great CCC pick! I'm #16. :)

  4. Oh, my! I bet this is so rich and decadent! I'd love for you to stop by - I'm #9 in the challenge. :)

  5. I was waiting to see this type of cheesecake! Love it!

  6. This sounds sooo yummy! Gotta try!

  7. Oh my heck! Look at that! Looks wonderful!!!

  8. I'm feeling a bit tipsy just reading the ingredients! I can only imagine how much flavor this has and that brownie bottom, oh yes!

  9. Oh, yes! These look amazing.....we will be serving this right up at my house! Deliciousness!!! CCC #13

  10. This cheesecake looks amazing, and I know I'd love it since I love Irish Car Bombs! #55

  11. Oooh, this is my idea of the perfect adult cheesecake...every layer looks delectable! Liz #48

  12. Wow! Great recipe. I love the brownie base!

    Jen #73

  13. Your cake is the bomb, totally delicious looking.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my CCC entry: #6 Mini Cheesecake Bites.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  14. I love this play on my recipe. Thanks for linking back to me!

  15. Oh yum! I love putting Bailey's in desserts, but this takes it several more notches! Sounds great!


  16. This looks and sounds really good! I love Baileys and I bet it tastes really good in the cake! By the way, I am a new follower you have some great recipes!

  17. Thank you for being a part of the CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE. Watch for upcoming details about the next years challenge.

  18. This looks really yummy!! Great name for a cheesecake. #76

  19. Sounds VERY interesting! Thanks for stopping by (I'm #34).

  20. Baileys in cheesecake! WOW. That sounds amazing!

  21. Hi!

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  22. Oh My Goodness! This is wonderful!!!! Love seeing all the cheesecakes here, also!! Thank you for sharing on Thursday's Treasures Week 46. <3 and hugs!

  23. This looks Amazing! You should add a Pinterest button to your blog so people can Pin you!

    1. Thanks so much for your advice, it took me awhile but I figured out how to add a button - next step is to join pinterest myself!


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