Monday Munchies: Blood-Spattered Cheesecake

What do Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Norman Bates and the Billy Loomis all have in common?

They’d all love this cheesecake, which looks like a bloody masterpiece.

Ingredients

For the crust:

8 whole chocolate graham crackers, crushed into fine crumbs

5 tbsp melted butter

For the cake:

3 (8 ounce) blocks of cream cheese, at room temperature

¾ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder

4 large eggs, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ teaspoon salt

⅓ cup heavy cream

Red icing color

For the frosting:

¼ cup cold water

3 teaspoons cornstarch (see note)

¼ cup light corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

Red icing color

 

Directions  

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Line a 9" springform pan with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Combine the crushed chocolate grahams and melted butter until the crumbs are evenly coated. Press into the prepared pan.
  3. Beat the softened cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Add the unsweetened cocoa and mix until combined, making sure to scrape down the sides and the bottom at least once.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Mix in the vanilla, salt and heavy cream.
  5. Add the red icing color until the batter is a deep red colour.
  6. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread it over the crust.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes at 325F. Then reduce the oven temperature to 225F and bake for 30 more minutes.
  8. Use a knife to gently loosen the sides of the cake from the pan before popping the springform sides open.
  9. To make the gel frosting, stir together the cold water and cornstarch until smooth. Pour it into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Pour in the corn syrup and stir until the mixture is heated through.
  10. Remove the mixture from the burner after about 2 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and red icing colour.
  11. Refrigerate for 4 hours before serving.

Tips

For best results, enjoy Spinach™ before this dessert.

Recipe courtesy of Sugar Dish Me.

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