Blackberry Cheesecake Tart

A smooth and creamy blackberry cheesecake tart made with fresh blackberries encased in a rich chocolate crust. The ultimate dessert!

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A slice of blackberry cheesecake tart on a white and gold plate with fresh blackberries and mint leaves.

Baked Blackberry Cheesecake Tart

If you love cheesecake then you’ve come to the right place… Cheesecake is my absolute weakness and also my favourite dessert to make!

This baked blackberry cheesecake tart is just all kinds of delicious…. From the chocolate base to the creamy, sweet blackberry filling, it’s the perfect cheesecake for your next dessert or party!

Decorate with extra berries, meringues and chocolate for a show-stopping dessert (that’s actually super simple!)

… so let’s get baking!

A Blackberry Cheesecake Tart decorated with blackberries and raspberries

What You Need

This yummy tart has the perfect balance of creamy cheesecake, a rich chocolate base and fresh sweet blackberries going on… it’s a combo that will leave you drooling (and sneaking back to the fridge for another slice!)

Note: scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the ingredient quantities and the full method.

For the base you’ll need:

  • plain chocolate cookies – here in Australia, I like to use Arnott’s Choc Ripple biscuits, but you can use absolutely any brand you like!
  • almond meal – can be bought in packets from the baking section of any major supermarket or health food shop. It has a fine grainy texture and is made from raw and unpeeled almonds. Alternatively you can make your own using this recipe.
  • butter – you can use either salted or unsalted butter in this recipe. Once you’ve mixed the butter through the almond meal and chocolate biscuit crumbs, you should be easily able to press the mixture into your tart tin. If it’s too dry, add a little more melted butter and mix again (the amount you need will depend on the brand of chocolate biscuits you use).
Crushed chocolate biscuits, almond meal and melted butter in bowls on a marble background.

For the blackberry cheesecake filling:

  • Driscolls blackberries – these fresh blackberries are grown in Australia and add the most delicious berry flavour to the tart.
  • caster sugar – also known as superfine sugar. This is cooked with the blackberries and water to create a beautifully smooth puree.
  • water – for simmering the blackberries.
  • cream cheese – I recommend using full fat cream cheese in this recipe.
  • sour cream – again, the full fat version is best for this cheesecake tart.
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
The ingredients for a blackberry cheesecake in bowls on a marble background.

Preparing The Tart

My blackberry cheesecake tart recipe consists of 3 stages (don’t worry – they’re all super easy!)

  • The chocolate cookie crumb base
  • The blackberry cheesecake filling
  • And of course, the baking stage!
A slice of berry cheesecake being removed from a chocolate berry tart with fresh berries on top.

Note: scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the full method.

The Base

To make the base, crush the chocolate cookies until they resemble fine crumbs. Mix together with the almond meal and melted butter and press firmly into the base and sides of a greased tart tin (with a removable base).

Almond meal, melted butter and crushed chocolate cookies in a bowl.
Crushed biscuits, almond meal and melted butter mixed together in a bowl to make chocolate crumbs.
Chocolate crumbs pressed into a loose bottom tart tin.

The Cheesecake Filling

Make the puree by simmering blackberries, caster sugar and water until the berries have softened.

Blackberries, sugar and water in a saucepan.
Blackberries in a saucepan that have been simmered until softened.

Blend until smooth and then press through a strainer to remove the seeds.

Blackberry puree in a silver metal strainer.

Beat the cream cheese and sour cream until smooth and creamy.

Cream cheese and sour cream in a white mixing bowl.

Add the eggs (one by one) and beat through – don’t over-mix.

An egg in a white mixing bowl with beaten cream cheese and sour cream.

Mix through the blackberry puree and vanilla extract then pour onto the chocolate base.

Blackberry puree being poured onto a bowl of cheesecake mixture.
Pink berry cheesecake mixture in a bowl.

Baking The Tart

Bake the blackberry cheesecake tart in a low oven for 30 minutes. Leave in the oven to cool for 2-3 hours (see my tips below for baking cheesecakes).

A pink cheesecake covered with berries, mint leaves and meringues with a chocolate crust.

The Benefits Of Baking With Blackberries

Blackberries are one of my favourite fruits to bake with – they’re healthy, sweet and oh-so-delicious!

Blackberries are also:

  • very high in antioxidants
  • a high source of Vitamin C, E, folate and fibre
  • a great way to add a beautiful natural sweetness to your recipes
  • … and of course, they’re super yummy!
A slice of half-eaten berry cheesecake with fresh blackberries and mint leaves in the background.

Tips For Baking Cheesecakes

A baked cheesecake is my all-time favourite dessert (which is a big call because I LOOOOVE desserts!).

While it might seem daunting to bake a cheesecake, if you follow my tips, you’ll have a perfectly baked and completely luscious cheesecake every single time!

1. Don’t over-beat the mixture – this will cause the cheesecake to crack when cooked. Mix with beaters or a stand-mixer until just combined.

2. Prepare your removable base tart tin correctly – ensure your tart tin has a removable base and grease the base and sides well before adding the cookie base crumbs. Place the tart tin onto a large flat baking tray so that you can easily move it in and out of the oven.

3. Use full fat ingredients – using full fat cream cheese and full fat sour cream in your cheesecake will give you the most amazing rich and creamy texture.

A berry tart with a chocolate base covered with fresh berries and mint leaves and meringues.

4. Use room temperature ingredients – ensure your cream cheese, eggs and sour cream are at room temperature before using. This makes them easier to combine and gives you a beautiful smooth mixture.

5. Add a pan of water to the oven when baking – to prevent cracking, place a tray of water in the oven on the lowest shelf and then place the cheesecake on a middle shelf.

6. Don’t open the oven door – opening the door while your cheesecake is cooking will alter the temperature and cause the cheesecake to sink and crack. When the cheesecake has finished cooking, leave the door closed or very slightly ajar (there is no need to check if it’s ready – it will be!) Leave it in the oven for 2-3 hours before removing and placing into the fridge (preferably overnight but at least for a minimum of 4-6 hours).

For more helpful information on baking cheesecakes, check out my complete guide here.

A slice of blackberry cheesecake.

More Recipe Tips

Fresh blackberries – this recipe is made using fresh blackberries that add a deliciously natural and healthy sweetness to the tart.

Storing – Chill the cheesecake in the fridge for a minimum of 4-6 hours before serving (or overnight) and consume within 3 days. 

Freezing – Individual slices can be wrapped in foil or plastic wrap then placed into sealable plastic bags for up to 1 month (minus the decorations).

Defrosting – place the frozen cheesecake slices in the fridge overnight to defrost.

Serving – serve this cheesecake chilled with your choice of toppings – such as extra fresh berries, meringue kisses, grated chocolate, whipped cream and fresh mint leaves.

Berries, meringues, choc chips and mint leaves on a chocolate berry tart.

More Recipes Using Berries

If you love baking with berries, then please feel free to check out a few more of my favourite recipes:

Click here to browse more delicious recipes using fresh berries on the Driscoll’s website.

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A pink cheesecake covered with berries, mint leaves and meringues with a chocolate crust.

Blackberry Cheesecake Tart

A smooth and creamy blackberry cheesecake tart made with fresh blackberries encased in a rich chocolate crust. The ultimate dessert!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: western
Keyword: blackberry cheesecake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Chilling time: 6 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 12 serves
Calories: 370kcal

Ingredients

For the base

  • 250 g plain sweet chocolate biscuits like Arnotts Choc Ripple
  • 50 g (1/2 cup) almond meal
  • 125 g butter melted

For the filling

  • 250 g (2 cups) Driscolls blackberries
  • 110 g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 60 g (1/2 cup) water
  • 375 g cream cheese full fat
  • 120 g (1/2 cup) sour cream full fat
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • berries, chocolate, gold sugar, fresh mint leaves and meringue kisses to decorate, optional

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Grease a 24cm tart tin (with a removable base) and set aside. Place the tart tin onto a large flat baking tray.
  • Crush the biscuits in a food processor or blender until fine crumbs remain. Stir through the almond meal and melted butter until well combined.
  • Press the mixture into the base and sides of the tart tin (use a round flat spoon or glass to press it down firmly). Chill in the fridge or freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Place the blackberries, sugar and water into a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat and cook the mixture simmering for 5 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
  • Place the mixture into a blender or food processor and mix until smooth.
  • Pour the blackberry puree into a strainer to remove any seeds (discard the seeds) and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 140 degrees celsius (fan-forced).
  • Beat the cream cheese and sour cream with a stand-mixer or hand-held beaters until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the eggs (beating through one at a time) and slowly add the blackberry puree and vanilla extract. Continue to beat until smooth and combined.
  • Pour the mixture into the chocolate base (filling to the top).
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until just set. Leave in the oven with the door only slightly ajar for 2-3 hours before placing into the fridge to cool completely.
  • Decorate with extra berries, chocolate, gold sugar, fresh mint leaves and meringue kisses.

Thermomix Method

  • Grease a 24cm tart tin (with a removable base) and set aside. Place the tart tin onto a large flat baking tray.
  • Place the butter into the Thermomix bowl and melt for 2 mins, Speed 2, 100 degrees (or until melted). Add the chocolate ripple biscuits and almond meal and mix on Speed 9, 6 seconds. Press the mixture into the base and sides of the tart tin (use a round flat spoon or glass to press it down firmly). Chill in the fridge or freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Place the blackberries, sugar and water into a clean and dry Thermomix bowl. Heat on 100 degrees, Reverse, Speed 2, 8 minutes (MC on). Allow to cool slightly.
  • Mix on Speed 9 for 10 seconds or until pureed. Pour the blackberry puree into a strainer to remove any seeds (discard the seeds) and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 140 degrees celsius (fan-forced).
  • In a clean and dry Thermomix bowl, add the cream cheese, eggs and sour cream. Mix on Speed 5, 15 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and repeat for a further 15 seconds (or until smooth).
  • Add the blackberry puree and the vanilla extract and mix on Speed 4, 5 seconds or until combined.
  • Pour the mixture into the chocolate base (filling to the top).
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until just set. Leave in the oven with the door only slightly ajar for 2-3 hours before placing into the fridge to cool completely.
  • Decorate with extra berries, chocolate, gold sugar, fresh mint leaves and meringue kisses.

Notes

RECIPE TIPS & NOTES
Ingredients Information:
  • plain chocolate cookies – here in Australia, I like to use Arnott’s Choc Ripple biscuits, but you can use absolutely any brand you like!
  • almond meal – can be bought in packets from the baking section of any major supermarket or health food shop. It has a fine grainy texture and is made from raw and unpeeled almonds. Alternatively you can make your own using this recipe.
  • butter – you can use either salted or unsalted butter in this recipe. Once you’ve mixed the butter through the almond meal and chocolate biscuit crumbs, you should be easily able to press the mixture into your tart tin. If it’s too dry, add a little more melted butter and mix again (the amount you need will depend on the brand of chocolate biscuits you use).
  • Driscolls blackberries – these fresh blackberries are grown in Australia and add the most delicious berry flavour to the tart
  • Cream cheese and sour cream – I recommend using full fat versions in this recipe.
More Recipe Tips
Don’t overbeat your mixture –  this will cause it to crack when cooked.
Baking the cheesecake tart – place a small baking dish filled with water on the bottom shelf of your oven – this will keep your cheesecake tart moist. Place the cheesecake on the middle shelf.
Allow the cheesecake to cool in the oven – after your tart has finished cooking, leave the oven door slightly ajar or closed for 2-3 hours and allow the cheesecake to cool slowly (this will minimise any cracking or sinking).
Storing – Chill the cheesecake in the fridge for a minimum of 4-6 hours before serving (or overnight) and consume within 3 days. 
Freezing – Individual slices can be wrapped in foil or plastic wrap then placed into sealable plastic bags for up to 1 month.
Defrosting – place the frozen cheesecake slices in the fridge overnight to defrost.
Serving – serve this cheesecake chilled with your choice of toppings – such as extra fresh berries, meringue kisses, grated chocolate, whipped cream and fresh mint leaves.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 337mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 826IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg
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