- 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
- 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
- 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
- Preheat oven to 325°. Line bottom of a 9-in. springform pan with parchment paper; grease paper.
- 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.
- 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.
- For cake, increase oven setting to 350°. Line bottoms of two greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Cheesecake Layered Red Velvet Cake in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2016, p168
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