1. Baking is absolutely THE best therapy, I could not agree more! Plus, when this is the end result of all that hard work in your therapy session, really- could it get any better?! These cake looks epic and absolutely delish! Total Drool-fest! Cheers, girlie!

  2. So sad to hear you were feeling so down, Sam! I really hope you’re feeling better now, and that this cake cheered you up! Baking is definitely therapeutic for me too. This cake is beyond stunning, and I love the idea of the cheesecake stuffing – it sounds soooo heavenly! I could definitely do with a slice of this right now!

  3. I just need a slice of this cake in my life now! Couldn’t agree more with you, cooking and baking can be very therapeutic. Hope you are feeling better. I’m sure a slice or two of this cake can brighten everyones day 🙂

  4. I’m so sorry you had such a bad day, Sam. I hate days like that – I just look forward to going to sleep so I can wake up and start a new day. The way you describe baking being therapeutic and stress relieving is my exact description of why I love to cook. I totally feel you on that! This cake seriously looks absolutely amazing, like everything you always make! Baking isn’t my favorite, but I always want to make your stuff!

  5. Sam, sorry to hear that you were feeling down. It’s so wonderful that you find comfort in baking, though. I feel the same way with baking, and I think it’s because it’s hard to let your mind wander when you’re focusing your attention on measurements and particular steps, which is great because it forces you to be in the present moment and let go of what’s happened or what’s to come. Your cake looks stunning. I literally said Lord have mercy when I opened up the page, because it just looks and sounds so divine. I also love the glossy dark chocolate frosting that you created; makes the cake look that much more decadent!

    • I agree with you completely Beeta! And thank you, your comment made me laugh, I’m so glad you like the cake!! 🙂

  6. I can totally relate with baking. When I’ve had a horrible day or things are going wrong, I just bake. I think it’s a good way to get my mind off of things and relieve stress, I know how you feel! This cake looks so delicious I love cheesecake and chocolate cake, this is such a great idea!

  7. I am sorry that you had a bad day! Sometimes I feel the same. I hope you are feeling great now! And this cake — Oh my goodness! This one is fabulously delish. These stunning pictures are making it more desirable! 🙂

  8. Oh my god.. I Stumbled Upon this post and went racing to your blog. This looks so guilty yet irresistible, I don’t know about you but I can surely finish that whole cake in half a week. Will definitely make this some day !!

  9. What is the easiest way to transfer the cheesecake layer to the bottom chocolate layer? I can’t figure that out.

    • Hi Amy! So long as the cheesecake has cooled completely it should transfer pretty easily. Remove the sides of your springform pan and then, carefully flip it onto the first iced chocolate layer… (I know, easier said than done) To do this, I use my hand as a guide so that the cheesecake doesn’t just “plop” onto the cake and risk breaking. I use an outstretched hand to gently support the cheesecake as I slowly invert the bottom of the springform pan and then gently lower it onto the cake, carefully placing one edge of the cheesecake against one edge of the cake and gently sliding my hand out as I let it rest all the way on the cake.
      Another option would be to remove the sides of the springform pan, gently loosen the bottom of the cheesecake from the parchment paper using a knife or spatula, and then, using a spatula gently slide the cheesecake on top of the first iced cake layer.
      I hope these help, it’s a bit difficult to describe.


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