Best Cake Recipe- Red Velvet Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting

For my daughter’s birthday she could not decide if she wanted a Red Velvet Cake or a Cheese Cake So after a little googling I found the best Cake recipe to fit the bill.  YOu will have died and gone to heaven on this.  Having a cheesecake layer, might feel time-consuming but in the end you have the perfectly layered cake that looks like it came straight from a bakery.

red velvet

You can make the filling cheesecake recipe up to a day or two in advance since you need to store it in the freezer anyway.  I ended up making everything two days before and assembling it the night before my daughter’s birthday.

Red velvet cake

I have never made such an extravagant cake but it was worth it.  I did use the 1/3 less fat cream cheese but if you are going to make this recipe you might as well go all in!  I have never actually made a cheesecake in a water bath before either, so this was a total learning experience for me.

red velvet cake

There is no doubt this is a red velvet cake, using 2 bottles of red food coloring.  I may just use 1 next time but look at the color.

red velvet cake

After freezing the cheesecake batter the magic begins.  You can trim off the cheesecake to allow it to fit just right into the layers of cake.  The advantage of a frozen cake.

red velvet cake 

Next is the important part that I usually skip when frosting cake is preparing the crumb layer and putting the cake back into the fridge.  This proved to be a step I will never forget to do, unless I am in a hurry which is usually the case!

red velvet cheesecake 

Let this cake sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to get hard so you have no worries.  Also be sure and always rub your spatula in-between placing it in the bowl or you will always have red flecks.

red velvet 

Was not sure how to decorate this cake as it was just so perfectly white.  I was pretty proud of myself.  Since it was for a birthday I went ahead and colored some white frosting I had in the fridge.


COULD YOU EAT JUST ONE SLICE of this Red Velvet Cake?

Red Velvet cheesecake


  1. Terri S says

    Ohhhhh…WOW! I make a red velvet cake every Christmas but I never thought to put cheesecake in the middle!!! I have bookmarked this page!!! Thank you for sharing!

  2. ana g says

    Hi! Since you made this two days in advance could you tell me how you stored all the layers, specifically the cheesecake layer – did you keep it in the pan uncovered in the freezer the two days? Thanks!

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