I went to college in Pennsylvania (Allentown) and all of the diners there had what they called "King Cheesecake".
It was a layer of cheesecake with a layer of chocolate cake on top. Not chocolate cheescake, but a layer of plain chocolate cake. It was usually frosted with whipped cream and a thin chocolate ganache.
Has anyone else ever heard of this? Have a recipe?? It combines two of my favorites, and I wanted to try to make it as a birthday cake!
I grew up in Central PA and never heard of such a thing. Maybe it's a NE PA thing? Do you remember the names of any diners that served it?
I'm thinking you could make a standard cheesecake and a standard chocolate cake, put the two together with a layer of whipped cream and cover it all with ganache - unless I'm missing something specific about the flavors used in the original.
I'm really intrigued by this...was the cake served cold or at room temperature? I would think the cheesecake layer needs to be refrigerated, but that would make the chocolate cake layers a little tough. Unless it's a dense chocolate cake to begin with, then it might not suffer too much from refrigeration.
I may have to take matters into my own hands and give it a twirl.
City View Diner by the Lehigh Valley Mall was where I got it most frequently, but saw it other places.
It was held in the cake display with all the other cakes, so I think it was cool but not refrigerated level of cold.
Yes, I was thinking of just doing that, I am nervous about the chocolate cake falling apart though, it was always a stiffer than a traditional chocolate cake. If I don't hear anything else, I think I will just go ahead and start experimenting!
I'll bet you could recreate this pretty easily. Start w/ a lighter cheesecake like this one:
Run knife around the edge, remove to make sure it comes off easily (after cheesecake has cooled) and put edge back on. Add a layer of chocolate ganache frosting and refrigerate. Bake a chocolate layer cake (both cake and frosting from this recipe):
Cool cake, add one layer to the cheesecake. Freeze briefly (about half an hour, enough to chill but not enough to freeze). Remove outer ring of springform pan and
frost w/ remaining chocolate ganache frosting. Refrigerate. Frost w/ whipped cream frosting.