Cheesecake Layered Red Velvet Cake

“I love both red velvet cake and cheesecake. So why not combine them into one stunning dessert? It’s best when served chilled, right out of the fridge”. —Melissa Gaines, Knoxville, Tennessee

Yield: 16 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

 

CAKE:

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

 

FROSTING:

  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Line bottom of a 9-in. springform pan with parchment paper; grease paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream, flour and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour into prepared pan. Place on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake 40-50 minutes or until center is set. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate until ready to assemble, covering when completely cooled.
  4. For cake, increase oven setting to 350°. Line bottoms of two greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
  5. In a large bowl, beat sugar, oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture.
  6. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  7. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in enough confectioners’ sugar to reach desired consistency. Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread with 1 cup frosting. Carefully place cheesecake over frosting.
  8. Spread cheesecake with another 1 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. Refrigerate overnight before serving.
Originally published as Cheesecake Layered Red Velvet Cake in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2016, p168

Chocolate Cheesecake Factory-Inspired Cheesecake

Yield: 10 servings

Chocolate Cheesecake Factory-Inspired Cheesecake

Photo by Recipe4Living

Ingredients:
Cake:

  • 1 C graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 1/2 Tbs softened butter
  • 1 1/2 Tbs plus 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbs plus 1 C Baking Cocoa
  • 2 1/2 lbs cream cheese, softened
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbs all-purpose flour
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 C sour cream

Topping:

  • 1 C Chocolate Chips

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375º.
  2. Butter the bottom of a large springform pan. To make the cake crust, mix cracker crumbs, butter, one and a half tablespoons of baking cocoa and one and a half tablespoons of sugar in a large bowl. Press the mixture onto the bottom of the pans and bake in the oven until browned to make crust. After pan cools, butter its sides.
  3. Lower oven temperature to 350º.
  4. To make cake filling, combine cream cheese, 1 and a half cups of sugar, the remaining cocoa, zests, and vanilla extract in a bowl, beating with a mixer until it becomes light and creamy. Thicken by mixing in flour, and then mixing in eggs and additional egg yolks. Finally, mix in sour cream until filling is smooth, then pour over the crust in the pan.
  5. Bake in oven for 1 1/2 hours. Then let cake cool and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Before serving, soften 1 C of chocolate chips in microwave, then ladle over cheesecake.