Red Velvet Cheesecake: A Decadent Twist on Classic Favorites

Welcome to another exciting day in the kitchen! Today, we're bringing together two beloved dessert classics - Red Velvet Cake and Cheesecake - to create a luxurious Red Velvet Cheesecake. This isn't just any cheesecake; it's a gorgeous combination of rich, creamy cheesecake and the sweet, tangy taste of red velvet cake. Let's get started!

What You Need

To make this dream dessert, you'll need the following ingredients:

For the Red Velvet Layers

- Butter and flour for cake pans

- One box of red velvet cake mix, plus any additional ingredients listed on the box

For the Cheesecake Layer

- Two 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened

- 2/3 cup granulated sugar

- Two large eggs

- 1/3 cup sour cream

- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

- Two 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened

- 1/2 cup (or 1 stick) of butter, softened

- 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar

- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Now, let's get cooking!

Step 1: Bake the Red Velvet Layers

Preheat your oven to 350°F and butter and flour two 9" cake pans. Follow the instructions on the box to prepare the red velvet cake batter. Divide the batter among the prepared cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, which should take about 30 to 32 minutes. Let the cakes cool slightly in the pans, then invert them onto a wire rack to cool completely. Using a serrated knife, level out the tops of the cakes to make them flat. Save any scraps for decorating later!

Step 2: Make the Cheesecake Layer

Line a 9" springform pan with parchment and spray it with cooking spray. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until they're fluffy and combined. Then, add the eggs one at a time, until they're fully incorporated. Add the sour cream, flour, vanilla, and salt, and beat until everything is combined. Pour this mixture into the prepared springform pan and bake until it's only slightly jiggly in the center, which should take about 1 hour. Let the cheesecake cool slightly, then transfer it to the freezer to cool completely and firm up before assembling.

Step 3: Make the Cream Cheese Frosting

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until they're light and fluffy. Then, add the powdered sugar and vanilla, and beat until everything is combined.

Step 4: Assemble the Cake

On a cake platter, place one red velvet cake. Top it with the cheesecake layer, pressing down firmly, then top it with the second red velvet cake. Using an offset spatula, frost the cake with the cream cheese frosting.

Step 5: Garnish and Serve

Finally, garnish the cake with the saved red velvet cake crumbs before serving. This garnish adds a festive touch to your beautiful Red Velvet Cheesecake.

Enjoy your delicious Red Velvet Cheesecake! It's a great choice for special occasions, or even just for a satisfying dessert after a big meal [Source 0](https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a50687/red-velvet-cheesecake-cake-recipe/).