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Cheesecake Layered Red Velvet Cake

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 70 min. + chilling


16 servings

I love both red velvet cake and cheesecake. So why not combine them into one stunning red velvet cheesecake recipe? It's best when served chilled, right out of the fridge. —Melissa Gaines, Knoxville, Tennessee
Cheesecake Layered Red Velvet Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 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
  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Line bottom of a 9-in. springform pan with parchment; 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 until center is set, 40-50 minutes. 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; 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 until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove parchment. 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.

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  • Alfreda1
    Feb 27, 2021

    I didn’t make any adjustments. The cake was good. The frosting was excellent!

  • Robin
    Dec 7, 2019


  • Michael
    Mar 1, 2019

    Perfect! Everything about this cake is wonderful; and I had no problems with removing the cheesecake from the springform pan, or placing it onto the bottom cake layer. The secret to placing the cheesecake without worry is really quite simple: first, make sure the cheesecake is fully set; then, after ten minutes of cooling, remove the springform but leave the cheesecake on the pan’s bottom. When completely cooled, place the cheesecake in the fridge, still on the pan; chill it overnight; this allows the cheesecake to completely firm up. Turn the cheesecake upside down, supporting it with your fingers spread wide and the palm/heel of your hand; remove the pan bottom and the parchment. Now, support the cheesecake with both hands, with your fingers spread around the rim and set it down onto the frosting. Voilá!

  • StoneyLake
    Jan 29, 2019

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  • Manon
    May 20, 2018

    The cake sounded good but this combo just didn't work for us!

  • PamelaE7
    Apr 22, 2018

    Made the cake for my son's 28th B Day today. When I suggested he take some of it to his friends, he replied no way. I did change the frosting to my cooked frosting, loved it.

  • ReneeLo
    Apr 2, 2018

    Although the cheese cake and frosting were delicious, the red velvet cake was not moist at all. I even made the cake 2xs thinking I might have done something wrong the first time. Nope just not a moist cake at all. Will try a different cake next time but still use the recipe for the cheese cake and frosting.

  • Michelle
    Mar 3, 2018

    Dalake I think the simplest way would be to carefully invert the bottom cake layer onto the cheesecake while its still in the springform pan. Then put your cake plate on top of that, and flip that whole thing over. Then put the top cake layer on. That's how I'm going to try it for my son's birthday party tomorrow. It should work if you have parchment under everything in the pans.

  • Marilyn
    Dec 8, 2017

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  • sstetzel
    Jan 23, 2017

    Dalake it should come off okay using the parchment paper and a large spatula. Try to have the cheesecake over the cake, use the spatula to lift the cheesecake while you slide the spring form pan bottom out from under it. It's tricky for sure.