Ann Reardon

1 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS & Mars Bar Brownie Cheesecake Recipe

how to cook that chocolate cheesecake

Take the stress out of Christmas dessert. Make this cheesecake ahead, freeze it and defrost it in the fridge on the day you need it. Piled high with gooey mars bars, chocolate brownie and ganache, it’s sure to leave everyone wanting more.
I don’t feel ready for Christmas.  The school holidays have begun.  Here in Australia we have a long school break over December and the start of January.  I know this of course and should be well prepared, but I’m not. I have not finished shopping for gifts. In fact I have hardly started, but I do have dessert planned.


For the brownie you will need:

Preheat the Oven to 180C (356 degrees Fahrenheit)
100g (3.53 ounces) or 1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 eggs
1 cup or 250g (8.82 ounces) sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup or 120g (4.23 ounces) self raising flour (if using plain flour add 1 tsp of baking powder)
1/4 cup or 30g (1.06 ounces) cocoa powder
1 cup or 150g (5.29 ounces) white chocolate and dark chocolate melts

To make the cheesecake you will need:

2 Tbsp gelatine powder dissolved in 1/3 cup cold water
750g (26.46 ounces) or 3 cups cream cheese

1 cup or 218g (7.69 ounces) sugar

3/4 cup or 188mL (6.36 fluid ounces) (4% fat) milk

3/4 cup or 180g (6.35 ounces) (35% fat) cream, whipped to soft peaks

To decorate:

90mL (3.04 fluid ounces) or 1/3 cup plus 2tsp (35% fat) cream

200g (7.05 ounces) chocolate

mars bars or other chocolate bars x 3

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  1. Hi ann im soo going to do this for the bake off in my school. Im a boy baker and its my great passion thanks for all the great ideas!!

  2. With what can you substitute cream cheese?
    Here in Holland it is quite expensive (10€ per 1 kg)
    Can I use full fat quark instead? thou its quite runny, compare to the cream cheese…

    • Hi Cassie, We haven’t tried Quark as a replacement for cream cheese. As it is a curd cheese it may not be ideal in this recipe, though I know some people use it in European cheesecakes.. There are some recipes online for making your own cream cheese. That might be something you could experiment with.

  3. Thanks so much Ann I am helping my mom make this for her boyfriends birthday

  4. Mesurments are all wrong for example 1 cup of sugar is 200g not 250g.
    But the cake looks amazing!

    • Hi Kelly, Ann doesn’t rely on common measurements. We weigh all the ingredients ourselves and check them , as we have found there is a lot of confusion due to different countries using different measures. Australian and US cups are quite different. You can rely on the measuremnts Ann has given.

  5. How big does the tray that the brownies get baked in have to be, and will the chocolate melts actually melt in the brownie mixture, because I previously tried chocolate melts (they were the nestle ones) in a different brownie recipe and it didn’t melt.

    • Hi Stella, unfortunately what is sold as ‘melts’ vary from country to country. If they are real chocolate they should melt. There are melts or bits sold for baking that are designed to hold their shape (for cookies etc), so read the packet info so you know what you have got. In terms of a baking tray Ann used a standard rectangular tray. These are usually around 15″ x 10″ .

  6. amazing Gorgeous thank you from all my heart

  7. Hello from Brazil Ann! I’m in love with everything you do, I’d like to thank you so much for this absolutely awesome site, the videos, everything… Plus, you’re so enjoyable to watch! Anyway, I do have a pressing question tho, I know this post is kinda old, but I do hope you get around to answer.
    Can I just chill this overnight instead of freezing?

    • Hi Sam, For stability, decorating and ease of serving it is better to freeze the cake. You could refrigerate but you may find the layers unstable depending how the cheesecake has set and the room temperature.

  8. hi David, Ann creates video tutorials to step you through the process.

  9. can you make a icecream and brownie cake pls

  10. can you make a brownie icecream cake pls pls:)

  11. hi Anne,
    could i use a hand mix instead of a stand mix?

    • Hi Cutiepie Art. It will be easier with a stand mixer but You can use a hand mixer.

      • can you pls make an icecream brownie cake

        • That sounds like a yummy idea.

  12. Oh my god! When i saw this my mouth started watering espeshily because i LOVE brownies so thank you for making it i had no trouble at all when i was making this and you made it very clear and very easy.

    • wonderful Denise, I am glad to hear it

  13. Hey, I’m going to make this cake as a birthday cake for a friend. I have the list of ingredients but it doesnt say how long I have to bake the Brownie.

    • If you watch the video on her youtube channel she says to bake the brownie for 15 minutes. Keep an eye on it though, i just baked some of these brownies and it took a little longer for them to be ready, but they turned out delicious. Hope I helped!

    • Hi Naomi, The video explains that you need to cook it for about 15minutes approximately, but cooking times will vary depending on your oven. Make sure it is cooked as explained in the video.

  14. Hi Ann! Im planning on making this lovely dessert for my last club meeting which is next week, and I was wondering how big if the container you used? How wide and tall, thank you! It would help a lot!!

    • Hi Yanilka, Ann used a plastic storage container that was about 14cm tall and 17cm in diameter.

  15. Can you please tell the diameter on your container?

    • Hi Mary, The container Ann used is about 14cm deep and 17cm in diameter.

  16. Don’t have block cream cheese where I live, what should I do?

  17. Can u bake a giant Reese peanut butter cup

  18. What temperature do i put the stove at im currently making the cake and im stuck at the stove HELP PLEASE

    • Oh dear. I hoped you worked it out Mariya. In future set your oven to 180C (350F).

  19. Hi Ann!
    I have a few questions for you.
    1. How tall the container must be?
    2. If I don´t have chocolate buttons can I chop some chocolate and use that for the brownie?

    • Also how many grams of chocolate do I need for the brownie?

      • Hi Anki, 1 cup of chocolate melts is approximately 150g.

    • Hi Anki, Yes you can just use chopped up chocolate. The container Ann used is about 14cm tall.

      • Thank you!

  20. Hi Ann! I just want to thank you for the amazing tutorials and just being an overall great person. I’m making this cake for my boyfriend’s birthday in April, and then the pink ombre cake for my cousin ALSO in April, and then your Dalek cake for my sister in September (whew, when will it end?). Anyways, you’ve been extremely helpful and I always look forward to new videos and recipes. Best wishes and God bless x Autumn, 16, USA

    • thanks so much for your lovely feedback Autumn, you have lots of baking ahead 😀

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