So, several months ago I was put to a challenge by my girlfriend.to make a vegan version of The Cheesecake Factory’s “Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake”. I kept trying to think of a good time to do this for her, and was realy planning on an anniversary to do it… so a couple months ago, on our 5 month anniversary - I decided to surprise her with it.
Granted.. She only ate one piece - as her room mate Drew and I killed the rest (she’s not a sweets eater). But let’s talk about how this all panned out.
my first attempt at cheesecake failed miserably. Remember, I’m not using vegan recipes here - I’m using ACTUAL recipes and veganizing them.. So chances are of something not turning out - fairly great.
I did what the recipe suggested as I was veganizing it, and it actually turned out perfectly.
So, considering I only had one 6” cake pan - and I had to make a cheesecake and two cakes, it took even more time. A couple days later after the cheesecake had set - I went ahead and made my cakes. This took forever, so during all that I made ganache and icing while baking two cakes at two different intervals. After those cooled.. It was time to put this thing together.
All vegan chocolate.
Cake, ganache, cheesecake, ganache, cake….
Let’s do the numbers on this:
Hershey’s ChocoBar CK Her Choco Teesecake
Calories - 1300 640
Total Fat - 40 10.1
Cholesterol - 65 0
Sodium - 525 112
Total Carbs - 46 28
Fiber - 2 2
Protein - 21 10.5
WW Pts - 17 6
After I iced it, I let it cool a smidgen more before I took the painstaking task of patting the sides down with vegan chocolate chips… and I finished it off with a cute little heart on top.
If I’d had a box, it might really have looked professional.
Girlfriend was somewhat impressed I think, and she enjoyed every bite of it.. As did I and Drew (and more for us later! Lol)
She’s now decided she wants me to veganize The Cheesecake Factory’s Oreo cheesecake… I’m sure I’ll get to it. Maybe for Christmas. I think I want to do a pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving.
All in all this was an amazing (albeit very long) vegan transformation and I’m glad I was finally able to perfect the vegan cheesecake, and now I’ll do it more often because cheesecake - well - um - it’s awesome. MMMMMM.
So… that’s what you can’t do with your Halloween candy… because unless you’re lucky, your Halloween candy won’t be vegan. So, don’t try this at home with a Hershey bar if you want it vegan. You may be out of luck!
Moving on with horror month - think of something yummily horrific and you’ll have our next veganization.
(you have no clue, do you? Stay tuned!)
Music enjoyed while blogging:
The Wonder Years
Staying warm.. It’s chilly!