Cappuccino Cheesecake Cake Bars

Posted on March 14, 2012

Cappuccino Cheesecake Cake Bars

I made these cheesecake bars a few weeks ago after going through my collection of recipes that I’d emailed to myself over time.  There was expired cream cheese in my kitchen that I wanted to bake with and was lacking for ideas.

Cappuccino Cheesecake Cake Bars

Luckily I found this recipe on Noble Pig a while ago and was smart enough to save it.  I made just a couple of changes based on ingredients I had on hand and was very happy with the outcome.  The layer of moist mocha cake is topped with a creamy coffee flavored cheesecake.  You can even taste a hint of the liquor that is in there.  Plus, I added cinnamon chips which make almost anything more delicious.

Cappuccino Cheesecake Cake Bars

Cappuccino Cheesecake Cake Bars

Serves 24

Ingredients:
Cake Layer:
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 Tablespoons instant espresso powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Cheesecake Layer:
2 8-ounce packages light cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup coffee liqueur (I used Starbucks)
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup cinnamon chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line a 9 x 13 baking dish with parchment paper and spray the paper with non-stick cooking spray
Prepare cake layer; whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl; set aside
Combine buttermilk and melted butter in a small bowl; stir into flour mixture just until combined
Spread cake layer evenly into prepared pan; note that the batter may be thick and you may need to press it down with the back of a spatula
Prepare cheesecake layer; beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on high speed until light and creamy; add sugar and mix on medium speed until combined
Add eggs and liqueur; beat for several minutes or until smooth and creamy
Stir in chocolate chips and cinnamon chips
Pour cheesecake layer over cake batter and bake in center of oven for 25-30 minutes or until cheesecake is set
Refrigerate a couple of hours until cool and completely set
Cut into squares and serve; store remaining cheesecake in the refrigerator.
Adapted from Noble Pig

Cappuccino Cheesecake Cake Bars

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