Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 6 reviews

Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake made with layers of creamy cheesecake and red velvet cake covered in cream cheese frosting, it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion! Check out the recipe step by step video below.

It is an unforgettable dessert that is not only delicious but looks fantastic too! We also love Simnel Cake, Carrot Cake, Oreo Cheesecake. Made with our homemade Cream Cheese Frosting recipe!

Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake

Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake

Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake is one of the most beautiful and delicious cakes you can make. The tenderness of the red velvet layers combines so well with the richness and creaminess of the New York Cheesecake.

This show-stopper dessert is a copycat of the famous Cheesecake Factory cheesecake. Now, you can make it at home and while it involves a few steps, its nothing complicated and very easy to follow.

If you love an amazing dessert, you need to make this decadent recipe. It’s a delicious dessert that makes a beautiful presentation, making it a great choice for special occasions

In between layers and to cover the bake we have used our famous Cream Cheese Frosting, which is tangy and sweet and at the same time. This cake is beyond fabulous and delicious.

You can make it in all its glory, tall, made of all amazing 4 layers, or you can make two separate cakes. Totally up to you!

Is red velvet cake and chocolate cake the same thing?

Many people think that red velvet cake is just chocolate cake, colored red. Actually, that isn’t 100 percent correct. To make an authentic, cocoa powder, buttermilk, and vinegar must be used.

Vinegar and buttermilk are acids that help to enhance the color, as well as the texture. Technically, this cake is vanilla cake, with a small amount of cocoa powder.

This cake was the first red velvet dessert, but over the years, variations of it have become very popular. These days, you can find red velvet in a lot of different desserts, such as cookies, brownies, and of course, this delicious dessert!

Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake Cheesecake Factory Copycat


In short, this is a super delicious dessert, that everyone should try it! Apart from that, we can say that is has a little cocoa and a mix of cream and vanilla to it. But the flavor is more complex and richer, so it is a bit harder to describe in writing.

Also, it is somewhat tangy, and because it has various layers, it has a nice balance of flavors with chocolate, and vanilla balance to it. It is rich, creamy, and not too sweet. Just perfect!

How to Make a Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake?

In order to make this a TRUE copycat recipe, our version has a total of four layers, just like the Cheesecake Factory’s version.

There are 2 layers each of cheesecake and red velvet cake, all covered in rich cream cheese frosting. In the finished dessert, the layers alternate, creating a beautiful color variation. However, before assembly can happen, both should be baked in separate pans.

Can you freeze a cake with cream cheese frosting?

Actually, cream cheese frosting freezes beautifully! This assembled red velvet cake cheesecake can be frozen, or you can freeze the dessert unfrosted. Either way, you will want to wrap it in a layer of plastic wrap with a layer of aluminum foil over the plastic.

How do you store a red velvet cake with frosting?

Because cream cheese is perishable, any leftovers of this dessert must be kept in a refrigerator. If wrapped well, it will stay fresh for 4-5 days.

Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake Recipe from Scratch


  • Run a long, sharp thin-bladed slicing knife under hot tap water.
  • Then, starting with the tip of the knife, position it well and run it clean through the cake.
  • Before making another cut, wash and clean the knife.
  • Another way is to use a cheese wire or unflavored dental floss.

Other Cheesecake Factory Copycats:

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5 from 6 reviews
Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 10 slices
Prep time: 2 hours Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 3 hrs


Red Velvet Cake Layers:

  •  Baking Spray for the pans 
  • 2 1/2 cups  all-purpose flour 
  • 1 1/2 cups  sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon  baking soda 
  • 1 teaspoon  baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1/3 cup  cocoa powder 
  • 2  large eggs  (at room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups  vegetable oil 
  • 1 cup  buttermilk  (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon  white distilled vinegar 
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract 
  • 1 teaspoon  red gel food coloring  (or 2 tablespoons regular food coloring)

Cheesecake Layers

  • 24 ounces  cream cheese  (softened to room temperature)
  • 1 cup  granulated sugar 
  • 2  large eggs  (room temperature)
  • 1/2 tablespoon  vanilla extract 
  • 1 cup  sour cream  (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons  all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoons  salt 

Cream Cheese Frosting

  •  Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe  (search it on the blog)


Red Velvet Cake Layers:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray 2 8-inch cake pans with baking spray, cover the bottom to fit with parchment paper and spray again with baking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl combine dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  4. Add wet ingredients to a large bowl: eggs, oil, buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla extract, and red gel food coloring. Using a hand mixer (or stand mixer), whisk on medium speed until fully combined.
  5. Reduce mixer speed to low, and slowly add the dry ingredients mix. Stop from time to time to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Whisk just until fully combined.
  6. Divide the batter equally into the prepared pans.

Bake Cake Layers:

  1. Bake, rotating the pans halfway through the cooking process until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the cakes from the oven and run a knife around the edges to loosen them from the pans. Let it cool in the pans for about 20-30 minutes. Invert the cakes onto a plate and then re-invert them onto a cooling rack. Round side up. Cool completely before frosting.

Cheesecake Layers:

  1. For this layer, preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Spray 2 8-inch cake pans with baking spray, cover the bottom to fit with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese for 1 minute. Add sugar and flour, mix until completely combined and there are no lumps. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  4. With the mixer on low, add the eggs to the mixture, one at a time, and beat until just mixed through, careful not to over-beat. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  5. Add salt, vanilla extract, and sour cream and beat until mixed through, stopping to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula.
  6. Divide the cheesecake batter equally into the prepared pans. Level the tops with a spatula.
  7. Transfer the cake to the preheated oven and bake it for 40-45 minutes. The cheesecakes should be just slightly wobbly in the center, but puffy and settled on the sides.

  8. Turn off the oven and crack open the door. Cool cheesecakes completely in the open oven.
  9. Once completely cooled remove from the oven and refrigerate for at least 5-6 hours. Run a butter knife around the edges to release the cake from the pan. Store in the fridge until ready to assemble the cake.

Assemble the Cake:

  1. Prepare the Cream Cheese Frosting per recipe directions.
  2. Start with a cake stand and place a cardboard round cake paper on top. Add 1/3 cup of frosting and spread it.
  3. Level its layers using a cake leveler or a sharp serrated knife. Place one layer on the cake stand.

  4. Add 1/3 of the frosting and spread it in an even layer.
  5. Level the cheesecake layer, using a sharp serrated knife, level the edges. Place it on top of the frosting layer.
  6. Repeat with the remaining layer and another cheesecake layer.

  7. Use the remaining frosting to cover the cake entirely.
  8. Add cake crumbs to the edges of the cake.
  9. Chill it for two hours before serving, for the frosting to set.

  10. Serve with a side of whipped cream.
Calories: 751 Carbohydrates: 83 Protein: 12 Fat: 20 Saturated Fat: 11 Cholesterol: 112 Sodium: 731 Potassium: 437 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 55 Vitamin A: 645 Vitamin C: 0.2 Calcium: 233 Iron: 3.1
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I've been looking for a delicious dessert to make for Valentine's Day and this is definitely it! I LOVE all things red velvet...can't wait to try this one!



Looks like a great recipe.  However, where’s the recipe for the cream cheese frosting? It just says “cream cheese frosting” , but nothing under that. At least I didn’t read any instructions/ingredients on how to make the cream cheese frosting.


should be a link in the ingredients, or just do a search on the blog.



I love red velvet so much! I cannot wait to try!!


Katerina @ diethood .com

This cake is absolutely gorgeous!! Perfect for Valentine's Day!!



I want a slice (or 3) of this so badly!


Melanie Bauer

Looks heavenly! I'm craving for this right now, adding to my list of must makes!


Definitely worth every calorie!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

This is so pretty! Love the recipe too!


A bit time consuming, but totally worth it!


Jessica | The Novice Chef

Gorgeous and decadent! What more could I need?!


Its perfect for a special occasion!



There is no recipe for the cream cheese frosting?????


just search for it on the blog, you will love it!



This looks great and much easier then my mom’s recipe for making the red velvet cake. One question did you not use a spring form pan for the cheesecake layers seems like you used 8inch cake pans? I want to be sure before I attempt this recipe. Thanks so much for your help!


You are correct I used 8inch cake pans for the cheesecake and I put parchment paper on the bottom, this way after the cheesecake is chilled you can just flip it out of the pan.


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