Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake

I found this recipe, that frankly has to be shared, on the amazing (and my new favourite) blog – Definitely a girl after my own heart, the images of this particular cake are too amazing not to share. The recipe is fairly complex, but for a show stopping pudding, or when you just want to show off, this is perfection. 🙂

Serves 12 – 14

2 x 225g tubs cream cheese, at room temperature
150g granulated white sugar
pinch of salt
2 large eggs
80ml sour cream
80ml heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Red Velvet Cake:
275g plain flour
340g granulated white sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
350ml vegetable oil
235ml buttermilk (I use sour cream if I cannot find this)
2 x 30ml bottles red food coloring
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons white vinegar

Cream Cheese Frosting:
275g icing sugar, sifted lightly to remove any lumps
2 x 225g tubs cream cheese, at room temperature
115g unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. Prepare the cheesecake layer: Preheat oven to 160 degrees C/Gas mark 3. Place a large roasting pan on the lower third rack of the oven.
  2. Place a kettle of water on the stove to boil.
  3. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick spray and line the bottom with a round of 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 doesn’t seep into the pan).
  4. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to mix the cream cheese – blend until it is nice and smooth and creamy.
  5. Mix in sugar and salt and blend for 2 minutes, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed.
  6. Add eggs, one at a time, blending after each addition.
  7. Finally, mix in sour cream, whipping cream and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Set the pan into the roasting pan in the pre-heated oven.
  9. Carefully pour the hot water from your kettle into the roasting pan (it will fill the pan surrounding the cheesecake). Pour enough water so that there is about an inch of water coming up the foil along the sides of the cheesecake pan.
  10. Bake the cheesecake for 45 minutes. It should be set to the touch and not jiggly.
  11. Remove the cheesecake from the roasting pan and let it cool on a wire rack for at least an hour. When it has cooled, place the pan into the freezer and let the cheesecake freeze completely. This can be done in several hours- or overnight.
  12. Prepare the cake layers: Preheat oven to 160 degrees C/Gas Mark 3. Grease and flour two 9-inch round metal baking pans (or spray with nonstick baking spray with flour).
  13. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add eggs, oil, buttermilk, food coloring, vanilla and vinegar to the flour mixture. Using an electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat for 1 minute, until blended. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl with a rubber spatula. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pans, dividing equally.
  14. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.
  15. Let cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pans, then invert cakes onto a rack to cool completely.
  16. Prepare the frosting: In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat icing sugar, cream cheese, butter and vanilla until it is smooth and creamy (do not overbeat).
  17. Assemble the cake: Place one cake layer into the center of a cake plate or platter. Remove the cheesecake from the freezer, take off the sides of the pan, and slide a knife under the parchment to remove the cheesecake from the pan. Peel off the parchment.
  18. Measure your cheesecake layer against the cake layers. If the cheesecake layer turns out to be a slightly larger round than your cake, move it to a cutting board and gently shave off some of the exterior of the cheesecake to get it to the same size as your cake layers.
  19. Place the cheesecake layer on top of the first cake layer. Place the 2nd cake layer on top of the cheesecake.
  20. Frost the cake: Apply a crumb coat layer to the cake – use a long, thin spatula to cover the cake completely with a thin and even layer of frosting. Be sure to wipe off your spatula each time you are about to dip it back into the bowl to get more frosting (this way you won’t be transferring any red crumbs into the bowl of frosting). Don’t worry at this point about the crumbs being visible in the frosting on the cake. When your cake has a thin layer of frosting all over it, place it into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to “set” the frosting.
  21. Once the first layer of frosting is set, apply the 2nd layer. Start by adding a large scoop of frosting onto the top of the cake. Use a long, thin spatula to spread the frosting evenly across the top and then spread it down the sides of the cake too. Because you applied a crumb-coat layer, you shouldn’t have any red crumbs floating around in the final frosting layer. Decorate, as desired.Keep this cake refrigerated.

Whilst at first it seems labour intensive, I like the fact it can be built up in stages. I just have to keep looking at that picture to inspire me to make it!!

Source: (cake & frosting portions of the recipe from Piece of Cake, inspired by the red velvet cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory and by a version of this cake made by Erin’s Food Files )



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