Red Velvet Cheesecake

If you are looking for an extra special dessert to bake for Christmas dinner – or any other occasion during the year, I’ve got you covered.  Heck, this is so good though, why just serve it on special occasions?

This is one cake that you just can’t say ‘no’ to.  My husband can’t even say ‘no’ to a second (or third) piece.  I’m serious ya’ll – delicious doesn’t even begin to describe it.  It is out of this world!

It is a composed of a layer of red velvet cake followed by a layer of cream cheese frosting – a layer of cheesecake – more cream cheese frosting – another layer of red velvet cake, then finished off with what else but more cream cheese frosting.


And, it contains vegetable oil, so that makes it good for you, right?  Don’t answer that.


Disclaimer: This cake may cause temporary moaning, & uncontrollable urges to slice another piece.



Red Velvet Cheesecake
For the Cheesecake Layer:
  • 2 & ½ 8oz packages of cream cheese (20oz), room temperature
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
For the Red Velvet Cake :
  • 2½ cups self-rising flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 (1-ounce) bottle red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 4 (8oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the cheesecake
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add sugar, beating until nice and creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down side of bowl after each addition. Beat in sour cream.
  2. Put a large baker with hot water in the bottom rack of your oven. Pour the cheesecake batter into a 9 inch springform pan. Bake on middle rack until just set in center, about 45 minutes – 1 hour. Remove pan from oven; let cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for a few hours, or until frozen.
For the Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) round layer cake pans, or spray with Bakers Joy.
  2. Sift flour and cocoa together. Beat sugar and eggs together in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together oil, vinegar, food coloring, and vanilla. Add to the bowl of eggs and sugar and beat until combined.
  4. Add the flour mixture and the buttermilk to the wet mixture by alternating the buttermilk and dry ingredients. Start with the flour and end with the flour.
  5. Pour batter into pans. Tap them on the table to level out the batter and release air bubbles. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the middle comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake or you’ll end up with a dry cake.
  6. Let layers cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before turning out of pan. Let cool completely before frosting.
For the Frosting
  1. Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until combined. Add sugar and beat until frosting is light and fluffy.
Assemble the Cake
  1. Layer the cake as follows. One red velvet layer, followed by frosting – then add the cheesecake layer. Spread more frosting on the top of the cheesecake, then top with the last layer of red velvet cake. Finish the whole thing off with more frosting. Be generous with the icing! Refrigerate until ready to serve.


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  • Holy Cow…this looks amazing!

  • Wow! That looks incredible! I think I may have lost a half a pound just drooling over the pictures. That means I’m free to have a slice, right?

    would love being on your list of invitees whenever this spectacular dessert is served!!
    just beautiful!!
    warmest hugs!!

  • Wow this looks decadent! Adding this to my “Try It” list.

  • wow! Heaven on a plate!

  • Amazing, amazing cake!!!!! I am trying to figure out a special occasion to make this treasure of a cake….maybe I just need to make it without a special occasion as an excuse! Thank you so much for sharing it and linking up to Mommy’s Kitchen so I could find you and your wonderful blog. I look forward to browsing through your blog further. Happy New Year!
    ~avril 🙂

  • Your cake looks amazing. It makes me want to try to bake a red velvet cake-which I’ve never done before. I just may have to try it out.

    Ps- I’m your newest follower. I look forward to seeing more of your recipes 🙂

  • Oh why did my mouse click your delicious looking link! Now i am drooling all over my keyboard! I HAVE to make this now, Especially date night with the hubby! (gotta impress!) Thanks for sharing!

    come visit!

  • Hi Crystal,
    Oh my goodness…that cake is amazing! Thank you for sharing your recipe and Happy New Year!

  • With a recipe and pictures like that….I’m having trouble typing this comment and nearly got chills just thinking about how it tastes! Thanks so much for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  • Well, I came too late to make this for Christmas, but it looks like it could be an amazing thing for our family’s Valentine’s Day Feast! I need to bookmark this and return when it’s time for something red and delicious. 🙂

  • I’m probably going to have dreams about this one. Cheesecake sandwiched between cake??? Amazing! –

  • Cheesecake Factory makes a cheesecake just like this. It is amazing! Can’t wait to give this one a try but that will have to wait. Way too many holiday treats already!!!

  • Oh goodness! That looks really good!
    I’m just now catching up on my links from last week’s Catch a Glimpse party. Thanks for linking this up!

  • This looks so good! My husband loves cheesecake and red velvet so I am going to have to make this for him soon. Thanks for linking up to Sister Sister, we are featuring this recipe this week!

  • I knew I shouldn’t have clicked this link…now I am going to be craving cheesecake and red velvet cake for days! Seriously this looks so good! I may have to save this for my birthday, but I am SO making this!!

  • I MAY just have to try this cake! Thanks for linking to This Week’s Cravings.

  • I featured you on Love Get Crafty today!


  • Just added this recipe to my Holiday Baking Schedule! YUM, I cant wait to try it!

  • dj83

    Hi there! I just wanted to let you know that I came across this recipe on pinterest recently, and I decided to make it for a friend’s birthday. Holy. Cow. Not only is it the most impressive thing I, personally, have ever made, but it also impressed the heck out of every person that saw it, let alone got to eat it. Brilliant cake. Easy enough for a novice in the kitchen. And MOST DELICIOUS cake ever. Thank you for this!

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  • Linda

    What is a baker? “Put a large baker with hot water in the bottom rack of your oven.”

    • It’s a baking pan/casserole dish. 🙂

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