Boston-Inspired One Minute No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

I wanted you to get a fully embodied taste of Boston, a city rife with a firm history rooting a lush, modern maze of trendy outlets and venues. Boston is where the old not only meets the new but also shapes the new. For months, I’ve been toying with the idea of a dish that truly captures the city’s spirit and I’ve finally settled on a rich, indulgent sweet that takes less than five minutes to prepare. Are you ready to get baking?

Step-by-Step: How To Make Easy No Bake Cheesecake (Chocolate)

One Minute No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Side View

We’re only making one serving (just for you, darling). Our pan of choice will be a small beaker (tea cup). The bottom layer is rusk, a hard double toasted sweet biscuit of English origin. I chose a British wafer to simulate a bit of Boston’s history. You see, the Siege of Boston was the very opening act in the Revolutionary War and over time, the British rule crumbled (just like our base). So grind up the rusk until you have fine pieces. Firmly press the crumble at the bottom of the cup.

In a separate bowl, we add four to six tablespoons of cream cheese (depending on how creamy you would like this treat). We fold in 1/4th a tablespoon of Hershey’s cocoa powder along with just a sprinkle of coconut flour (or any baking flour). So it bakes properly (or in this case, microwaves properly), we’re going to add an egg white (beaten), one tablespoon of 2% milk (or one tablespoon of Greek yogurt, if you would like a thicker consistency), and three tablespoons of sugar (you can tell I don’t believe in healthy desserts). Mix until the consistency is smooth.

One Minute No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Top Shot

Pour in the mixture and microwave for one minute. Note, that depending on the microwave, it could take anywhere between forty-five seconds to a minute and a half for the cheesecake to become less liquidy. So to make sure it doesn’t overcook (or undercook for that matter), we microwave the cake for thirty seconds in a row and then ten to fifteen second intervals after that (intermittently checking if the liquid has become more jelly-like).

Afterwards, we let the cheesecake chill for one to two hours in the refrigerator (or if you’re like me, cheat and stick it in the freezer for twenty minutes – note that if you do cheat, the cheesecake may collapse inwards a little).

One Minute No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Side-View Direct

The reason I chose a cheesecake to represent Boston (instead of any other mug cakes) is because the batter doesn’t become too stiff. Historically, Boston had a slightly shaky base that slowly solidified, but it is still a mold that is ever-growing. Like the mixture, from the microwave to the freezer, you watch the batter slowly become firmer and firmer, but it is never solid, just like the city of Boston itself.

I will admit that I did add the chocolate because of Massachusetts’ official state dessert: the Boston Cream Pie (and the signature chocolate dark chocolate glaze). To give the cheesecake more of a cream pie look, I grated some dark chocolate on the top of the cake and topped it with a very unassuming dark chocolate covered raisin in the very center. To me, the raisin is the part of Boston everyone is familiar with – the popular attractions, like Faneuil Hall, Freedom Trail, and Fenway Park. But if you pick up everything that’s layered beneath that, you find a rich and elegant landscape. So dig in!

One Minute Chocolate Cheesecake Interior

Did you enjoy this recipe? If you did, then you will love this Goa-Inspired mango smoothie bowl! Also, which city should I try to embody through food next? Let me know in the comments below!

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One Minute No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake
This dessert is inspired by the city of Boston - a simple, easy to make one minute no bake chocolate cheesecake!
One Minute No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake
Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
person
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
person
Ingredients
One Minute No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake
Instructions
  1. Grind the rusk until small and fine. Pat the coarse pieces at the bottom of one beaker-sized tea cup. The rusk should provide a thin coat at the base (approximately a quarter of an inch).
  2. In a separate bowl, mix in the cream cheese, the milk, egg white, flour, and sugar. Fold in the cocoa powder. Mix until the batter is smooth.
  3. Pour the batter over the rusk base and microwave for one minute. Note, that depending on the microwave, it could take anywhere between 45 seconds to 1.5 minutes. To make sure it doesn’t overcook (or under-cook for that matter), microwave the cake for thirty seconds in a row and then ten to fifteen second intervals after that (intermittently check if the liquid has become more firm). Remove once jelly-like.
  4. Chill for two hours in the refrigerator and enjoy!
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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Ritika Chakrabarty
    November 27, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    You had me at one minute cheesecake! I swear, cheesecake is just the best dessert- hands down!! I cannot wait to try this when I’m craving cheesecake in the middle of the night! 😉

    • Reply
      Anshula
      December 28, 2016 at 11:32 PM

      Thanks Ritika! It’s a really great way to satisfy a simple sweet craving! I totally agree that cheesecake is pretty much the best dessert! 🙂 xx – Anshula

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    Jaclyn Bree
    November 28, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    That sounds so delicious!!! Is there anything better than a single-serving cheesecake? As long as your making it for yourself, of course. I love how you likened every part of the dessert to Boston, that was pretty neat! And informative, because I actually know almost nothing about Boston . . .

    • Reply
      Anshula
      December 28, 2016 at 11:33 PM

      Hey, Jaclyn! I’m glad you liked the post! I always try to make desserts with some sort of meaning because it makes the whole experience more satisfying! Wishing you a fantastic day! 🙂 xx – Anshula

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    Karla Pitzen
    November 28, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    That looks yummy. Less than 5 minutes to prepare – even I can handle that!

    • Reply
      Anshula
      December 28, 2016 at 11:34 PM

      Thanks, Karla! It’s such a fun and quick recipe! Besides, what is not to love about cheesecake? 🙂 xx – Anshula

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    Jiselle Jones
    December 6, 2016 at 4:09 AM

    love chocolate I like the fact that it’s one serving and there are substitutes makes it easier for me to try!

    • Reply
      Anshula
      December 28, 2016 at 11:36 PM

      Hey, Jiselle! Isn’t chocolate the best? If you need any more substitutes, let me know because I always try to make recipes that just involve everyday at-home ingredients! 🙂 xx – Anshula

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    LaKisha Riddick
    December 6, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    What a cute dessert for one! I like cheesecake and this is such a simple recipe. Pinned!

    • Reply
      Anshula
      December 28, 2016 at 11:36 PM

      Thanks, dear! I’m glad you found the recipe simple! 🙂 xx – Anshula

  • Reply
    Hang Around The World
    December 6, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    We have never been to Boston so far, but if this is one of the way to recreate something local, we have to do it. Thank you for the tip 🙂

    • Reply
      Anshula
      December 28, 2016 at 11:38 PM

      The recipe isn’t local per se but instead takes into account the feel of the city and tries to capture it! I hope you still enjoy it! 🙂 xx – Anshula

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    Idriss Twist
    December 6, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    I never heard of a Boston style cheesecake before ! it looks fantastic

    • Reply
      Anshula
      December 28, 2016 at 11:42 PM

      I’m glad you think so! This isn’t traditional Boston style cheesecake though – you could substitute a cake based bottom instead of rusk though if you would like to make it more authentic! 🙂 xx – Anshula

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    Happily Globalized
    December 8, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    These kind of recipes, which take literally no time but taste no less than a complicated dessert, are my favourites! And I totally love your pictures, beautiful!

    • Reply
      Anshula
      December 28, 2016 at 11:43 PM

      Thanks, dear! I’m glad you liked the recipe! 🙂 xx – Anshula

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