Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake

Yes, the word cake is there twice.  Yes, there are 2 cakes in this cake.

This is my first baking of 2014.  It's one of my favourite recipes.

I fell in love with red velvet a long time ago, about 10 years ago.  Before it "arrived" in Canada.  Before it was available as a cake mix, in ice cream, yogurt, as cookies or whatever else they're making red velvet these days.  What hooked me was The Cheesecake Factory's Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake.  This is a copycat recipe of that. I tried many red velvet cake recipes and this is the one I liked best and I've made it many, many times. My key to success is to make the cheesecake and cake 1 day ahead and freeze it so it's easy to handle and apply frosting.

It's fairly easy to make.  Step 1: Make cheesecake.  Step 2: Make red velvet cake.  Once cooled completely, pop both in the freezer.  Step 3: Make cream cheese frosting.  Layer the cakes and slather it with frosting.

I made this for an Elmo themed birthday.  It's red and white, a perfect match.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake
Yield:12 to 14 servings
Prep Time: 1hr + cooling and chill times  Cook Time: I hr 15 min
Adapted from a recipe by Recipe Girl


2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

RED VELVET CAKE (*See notes)
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 l/2 cups granulated white sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs at room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable or Canola oil
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup (2 - 1 ounce bottles) red food colouring
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons white vinegar

1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
1/4 c butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract



Prepare the cheesecake layer. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place a large roasting pan on the lower third rack of the oven.  Place a kettle of water on the stove to boil.  Line the bottom of a 9” springform pan with parchment paper.  Wrap a double layer of foil around the bottom and up the sides of the pan.  You want to seal it so the water from the water bath does not seep into the pan.

Using the paddle attachment on your mixer, mix the cream cheese until it’s smooth, and creamy (about 1 min).  Add the sugar and salt  and mix for 2 mins.  Scrape the bowl down and add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Finally, mix in sour cream, whipping cream and vanilla until smooth.

Pour batter into spring form and set the pan in the roasting pan in the oven.  Carefully pour the hot water into the roasting pan, surrounding the cheesecake.  Pour enough water so it comes up to about 1” along the sides of the cheesecake.  Bake for about 45 mins.  It should be set to the touch and not jiggly.

Remove the cheesecake from the roasting pan and let cool on a wire rack for at least an hour.

Red Velvet Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line the bottom of two 9" cake pans with parchment paper.  

In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt).  Add the eggs, oil, buttermilk, food colouring, vanilla and vinegar.  With the mixer on the lowest speed, beat for 1 minute until blended.  Scrape the sides down using a spatula.  Beat for 2 minutes at med-high speed until thick and smooth.  

Divide evenly between the 2 cake pans.  Bake 30-35 mins.  Cool in pan on wire rack  for about 10 mins then remove from pan and cool on wire rack completely.

Wrap cakes in plastic wrap and place on top of the cooled cheesecake still in the pan.  Place the 3 cake layers in the freezer and freeze over night or at least 3 hours.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Mix together cream cheese, butter and vanilla until well blended.  Add powdered sugar and mix on low until fully incorporated.  Beat on med-high for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy. 


Remove the cakes from the freezer.  Remove the cheesecake from the pan and place a wrapped red velvet layer on top.  Trim the cheesecake to size.  It's easier while it's still frozen.  Once the layers are all the same size, layer red velvet then cheesecake then red velvet.  Cover in frosting.  


*This cake recipe is fabulous on its own.  It yields 12-15 cupcakes, 24 mini cupcakes.  I've also substituted blue colouring instead of red without a problem.

**This cream cheese frosting recipe is different from the one posted on Recipe Girl.  This one is from the fabulous Serendipity 3's recipe book Sweet Serendipity.  I don't bother with a crumb coat because I like a few red velvet crumbs to show.  If I have intentions to frost it in a particular way like the pink ombre above, I double the frosting recipe and apply a crumb coat.


  1. Replies
    1. The first thin layer of frosting that usually has cake crumbs. First apply a crumb coat, allow to set then do the finishing layer of frosting to it's a nice clean look.

  2. one of my most favourite things you bake! (and of course my Harry Connick in the background...what's not to love!)