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Chocolate & Vodka Plum Cheesecake

a cheesecake drizzled with chocolate ganache and sprinkled with chopped pistachios

Is anything more decadent than smooth rich cheesecake, filled with succulent boozy plums, sitting atop an indulgently moist chocolate cake and served doused with a generous glaze of chocolate ganache and a sprinkle of crunchy and verdant pistachios? We certainly don't think so. Anna Chwistek of Serving Dumplings shares this mouth-watering and easy-to-make recipe that we can't get enough of. Check out Serving Dumplings for even more culinary masterpieces!

When we prepare this for the holidays, we love adding a whisper of warming spices to our plums as they soak as well as throwing in a pinch of cayenne and cinnamon to our chocolate cake batter, just for a touch of seasonal cheer! This cheesecake is absolutely phenomenal and is the most luxurious way have found to finish a holiday meal.


I’ve been dreaming about this cheesecake for a long time. Actually everything started with this chocolate cake and two failed attempts later I’m looking at this fluffy, fudgy and creamy cheesecake. But the combo with the chocolate, the cheese filling and wodka soaked plums is just addictive! And it doesn’t end here, once the cheesecake is baked, you add a generous drizzle of chocolate sauce and a sprinkle of pistachios. I love dried plums, chocolate and cheesecake, so for me this lusciousness is just perfect!

a slice of chocolate and vodka plum cheesecake

2 hours 30 minutes

serves 8


chocolate cake

  • 130 g flour

  • 40 g cocoa powder

  • 160 g sugar

  • 45 ml vegetable oil

  • 150 g Greek yoghurt

  • 1 organic egg

  • 90 ml espresso

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • pinch of salt

cheese filling

  • 500 g ricotta

  • 160 g sugar

  • 1 teaspoon potato starch

  • 3 organic eggs

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

vodka plums

  • 200 g dried plumes

  • 100 ml vodka


  • 80 ml heavy cream

  • 100 g dark chocolate

  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • 4 tablespoons chopped pistachios

a golden baked cheesecake


Cut the plums into small pieces, pour wodka and set aside for an hour.

In a large bowl, combine the egg with sugar, vanilla, oil and yogurt. Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder and soda. Stir and add coffee.

Line a 24 cm springform pan with baking paper and grease the sides with butter. Pour the batter into the pan, place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes at 180°C.

Place the ingredients for the cheese filling in a bowl and stir to combine. Add the plums and stir gently.

Pour the cheese filling onto the chocolate cake and place back in the oven for 50-60 minutes. Allow to cool.

a cheesecake slathered in chocolate ganache and sprinkled with chopped pistachios

Pour the cream into a saucepan, bring to a boil, set aside and add chocolate and butter. Stir until melted and smooth.

Pour the ganache over the top of the chilled cheesecake, sprinkle with pistachios. Chill 30 minutes or until ready to serve. Enjoy!

a slice of chocolate glazed cheesecake


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