Copycat Cheesecake Factory’s Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake Recipe

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Want a taste of what’s arguably the best cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory? If you’re craving for soft, rich chocolate mousse cheesecake, then look no further. We have just the recipe for you! 

The Cheesecake Factory’s bread, chicken, and pasta dishes may be great, but nothing beats their signature cheesecake desserts. And in this recipe, we’ll show you how to make a cheesecake that’s oozing with chocolatey goodness and made even better with a velvety layer of Belgian chocolate mousse. It’s double the choco in this Copycat Cheesecake Factory Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake Recipe!

What Is Cheesecake?

Everyone knows the irresistible taste of sweet, delicious cheesecake. In fact, most of us have probably gobbled down more than our fair share of this creamy dessert. However, not a lot of people know what makes a cheesecake, a cheesecake.

Although it has the word “cake” in its name, cheesecakes are by no means a cake. They’re generally considered as a tart than a cake. That’s why they also taste differently from the usual spongy ones we have after meals or for special occasions. Cheesecakes are often thought of as layered desserts that have a crumbly crust and then a soft, creamy, velvety, sweetened filling.

The cheesecake’s filling is a mixture of cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and more cream. The classic recipes usually use these ingredients to make its iconic sweet and slightly cheesy yellow filling. However, other recipes have explored different ways to put a twist on this well-loved dessert.

Cheesecake Factory’s fan-favorite Pumpkin Cheesecake uses the orange winter squash to add in a delicious, savory taste. Meanwhile, the Mandarin Orange Glaze Cheesecake manages to incorporate a wonderful citrus flavor. But for this recipe, the Cheesecake Factory levels it up by making rich, chocolate cheesecake. Then, when you think that it can’t get any better, it’s topped off with a light, creamy layer of scrumptious chocolate mousse.

All About Mousse Desserts

Like cheesecakes, mousse is also a well-loved dish. This foam-like soft dish can be light and airy, or creamy and frothy, depending on the way they’re made. 

Many confuse mousse with pudding due to their similarities. Pudding is composed of milk, a sugar base, and cornstarch as a thickener. Meanwhile, mousse is made with beaten egg whites or whipped cream, cold milk, and a sugar base. However, their main difference lies in the way they’re made. Pudding is cooked, while mousse isn’t as it is usually served chilled or frozen.

Although the kind of mousse that we all know now are sweet and eaten for dessert, savory versions are also served as a starter dish. They can be eaten as is, or used as a spread or in making a cake. Most people think of the chocolate mousse cake when someone mentions mousse cake, but this whipped dessert is also a great topping for your scrumptious chocolate cheesecake.

How To Make Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake Just Like The Cheesecake Factory’s

Making your own homemade chocolate cheesecake is easy! With our recipe, you’ll see just how simple it is to make cheesecakes like the ones sold at Cheesecake Factory. And once you’ve mastered this delicious recipe, you can make your own fresh batches at home.

The secret to making a silky chocolate mousse cheesecake is making sure that the eggs and heavy cream are at room temperature before making your batter, because cold ingredients don’t usually come together smoothly.  Also, make sure to soften your cream cheese for at least 2 hours before using, so it would blend smoothly into your batter. You can also mix your filling or batter using a food processor or blender in case you don’t have an electric mixer with you. 

This chocolate cheesecake, mousse-topped and scrumptious, is the perfect dessert for heavy dinner meals with friends and family. Its light but sweet chocolate filling also tastes amazing paired with some hot cup of coffee. Besides from whipped cream and shaved chocolate, you can also top your cheesecake with fruits like blueberries, strawberries, and even cherries.

If you’re craving for something sweet or looking for the perfect dessert to serve, you have a lot of variety to choose from in our library of cheesecake recipes! For a refreshingly sweet and tangy treat, try out our Strawberry Vanilla Cheesecake. You can also go with our classic Blueberry Cheesecake, also from the Cheesecake Factory! Lastly, you can try our unique Coconut Macaroon Cheesecake for a change. But you can never go wrong with this simple but yummy copycat chocolate mousse cheesecake recipe for your comfort food fix!


How To Make Copycat Cheesecake Factory's Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

Soft, creamy chocolate cheesecake filling topped with velvety layers of chocolate mousse, this cheesecake dessert from the Cheesecake Factory is the perfect ending to your hearty meals!

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 1 hr
Total: 1 hr 20 mins
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For Crust:

  • 1 cup butter, unsalted
  • 4 cups chocolate cookie crumbs

For Filling:

  • 6 oz chocolate, semi-sweet, finely chopped
  • 32 oz cream cheese, or four 8 oz packets, softened
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs

For Chocolate Mousse:

  • 1 tsp gelatin
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 2 tbsp boiling water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla

For Garnish:

  • Chocolate, shaved
  • Whipped cream



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Then, remove the saucepan from heat.

  3. In a bowl, mix the melted butter and cookie crumbs together.

  4. Press the crumb mixture into a 10-inch round pan.

  5. Bake the crust for 8 to 10 minutes.


  1. Melt the chocolate in a small saucepan.

  2. Using an electric mixer, stir together the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla.

  3. Whisk the eggs in a bowl and then add to the mixture. Blend until properly combined.

  4. Pour the filling on the crust and then bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

Chocolate Mousse:

  1. Mix the gelatin with cold water.

  2. Add the boiling water until the gelatin dissolves, then let it cool.

  3. Mix the sugar and cocoa in a medium-sized bowl.

  4. Add whipping cream and vanilla. Blend with an electric mixer until the mixture becomes thick.

  5. Let the chocolate mousse cool in the refrigerator.

  6. Once the cheesecake has cooled, use a spatula to spread the chocolate mousse on top.

  7. Sprinkle shaved chocolate on top of the mousse, then garnish with whipped cream.

  8. Serve and enjoy a delicious dessert with loved ones!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is cheesecake a pie?

Cheesecakes are considered as tarts rather than pie or cake. Like cheesecake, tarts also have a crust base, with sweet or savory custard-like filling.

How to tell if cheesecake is done?

You can check if the center of the cheesecake has reached a temperature of 150 degrees F. If it has, then it’s done! But if it hasn’t, you can put it back in the oven for another 5 minutes of baking. However, keep in mind that this method may mar the smooth top of your cheesecake. You can also shake the cheesecake and check to see if the edges are firm and the center jiggles only slightly. If this happens, then your cheesecake is ready for serving! However, if the center jiggles too much and the edges are not yet set, then you should pop the cheesecake back in the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes of baking.

How to freeze cheesecake?

If you’re wondering how long cheesecake lasts and you want to store leftovers, we two suggestions. You can store it in a heavy-duty freezer bag or plastic container and keep it in the freezer for up to 1 month. Or, you can wrap it in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, place it inside an airtight container, and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days.



No need to visit the nearest Cheesecake Factory to get a taste of their delicious chocolate mousse cheesecake. With our easy but yummy copycat recipe, you’ll be making your own chocolate cheesecake in no time!

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