Red Velvet-Center Cheesecake Recipe -
Red Velvet-Center Cheesecake Recipe
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Red Velvet-Center Cheesecake

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"I came up with this recipe when a friend requested a Red Velvet Cheesecake for his birthday. It is a tradition of mine to make cakes for each of my friends on their birthdays."

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Original recipe makes 1 10-inch cheesecake Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    8 hrs


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9-inch cake pan. Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; set aside. Stir the milk, food coloring, vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract together in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Beat the softened butter and 3/4 cup sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Beat in the egg until smooth. Pour in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing until just incorporated. Pour the batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. Once the cake has cooled, cut half of the cake into cubes, and set aside. Cut the remaining cake into 1/2-inch strips, and place onto a baking sheet.
  5. Return the cake strips to the oven, and bake until they have dried out, about 15 minutes. Turn the strips over halfway through cooking so they dry evenly. Once completely dry, allow to cool to room temperature, then crush into fine crumbs.
  6. Combine the cake crumbs with the melted butter until evenly moistened. Press into a 10-inch springform pan, and refrigerate until the butter has hardened, about 45 minutes.
  7. When the crust has nearly hardened, whip the whipping cream until stiff; set aside. Beat the softened cream cheese in a bowl with 2/3 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream until evenly mixed. Pour half of the cream cheese mixture into hardened crumb crust. Spread the cake cubes evenly over the cream cheese mixture, then spread the remaining cream cheese over top. Refrigerate at least 4 hours until the cream cheese has set and the cheesecake is firm.
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  • Editor's Note:
  • Most of the effort required in this recipe involves baking the red velvet cake. You can save time by using a previously prepared cake.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 25, 2011

I LOVE this cheesecake! It is for sure the best cheesecake I've ever had, EVER! I can't get enough of this tasty cheesecake.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 22, 2015

This was fun to make. I sliced the cake like a reviewer suggested so that I had 4 quarter circles and so had a nice layer look when sliced. But the taste was only average to me. I had some neighbors over to eat it and they seemed to like it. It got nice and firm in refrigerator. Thanks Debeland.


22 Ratings

Jan 05, 2012

This is my favorite recipe I've ever made! I cut the red velvet in half at it's diameter, drying out the cake in the oven then blending it into fine crumbs with a food processor. I added about a tablespoon more butter to the crust and packed it into the bottom of a 9 inch pan instead of 10. I then cut the other half in half (so if I used the whole cake I would have had quarters) and then I cut those down the middle as if I was making a layer cake instead of cubing it. After I put my first layer of the cheesecake in the pan, I arranged the sliced cake so it covered the surface completely and then put the remaining cheesecake over it. The only problem I had was that it didn't really set in the fridge, but I was using light cream cheese so that may have been the problem. I would definitely make this again, as it got eaten in two days!

Oct 21, 2011

OMG! This is sooooo good! This is a keeper!

Dec 17, 2011

This was perfect. A friend of mine's two favorite desserts are cheesecake and red velvet cake. Together they are heavenly. Strongly recommend this recipe to anyone who loves the sound of two amazing dishes put together.

Apr 25, 2012

This was very yummy. i used a red velvet cake mix instead of making one from scratch. The cream cheese mixture is what makes this though. I would like to try it with some other cake flavors as well.

Jan 13, 2012

For a no bake cheesecake this was awesome and very fun! I loved the crust and would never have thought to use cake for one. I am going to experiment with this recipe with other flavors. Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe!

Mar 17, 2013

It didnt look so pretty when I was done, but the taste was a big hit.


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  • Calories
  • 500 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 36.5 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 135 mg
  • 45%
  • Fat
  • 37.4 g
  • 58%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 6 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 365 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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