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February 9, 2012

Recipe | Red Velvet Cheesecake

A Decadent Dessert for Valentine's

If you’re planning a special dinner for Valentine's Day, this outrageous red velvet cheesecake will amaze your special guest. You can cut and serve your dessert as traditional wedges (top photo), or bake individual mini-portions for a more personal touch (above). Dust with chocolate, red sprinkles or crumbs, and garnish with flowers. You'll make your special day completely unforgettable!


• 1/2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
• 1/4 cup butter, melted
• 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
• 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
• 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
• 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
• 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
• 1 cup sour cream
• 1/2 cup whole buttermilk
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
• 2 (1-ounce) bottles red food coloring
• 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
• 1/4 cup butter, softened
• 2 cups powdered sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Stir together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar; press mixture into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.

2. Beat 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese and 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar at medium-low speed with an electric mixer 1 minute. Add eggs and next 6 ingredients, mixing on low speed just until fully combined. Pour batter into prepared crust.

3. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes; reduce heat to 300°, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until center is firm. Run knife along outer edge of cheesecake. Turn oven off. Let cheesecake stand in oven 30 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven; cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes. Cover and chill 8 hours.

4. Beat 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth; gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating until smooth. Spread evenly over top of cheesecake. Remove sides of springform pan. Garnish, if desired.

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Photos: veo_, sweetfixNYC & thepinkpeppercorn (Flickr)



Michael Lee West said...

I'm excited to have this recipe!

Jill @ said...

I love this! We just posted our very first Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and we would LOVE for you to stop by and link this up!

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

oh man, that is one good looking cheese cake!

The 21st Century Housewife© said...

This looks like a lovely idea for Valentine's Day. I especially like the individual serving size cheesecakes! Thank you for sharing another delicious recipe with the Gallery.

Alea Milham said...

What a lovely Valentine's Day dessert! Thanks for sharing it with the Gallery.

Winnie said...

Gorgeous and very delicious looking cake

The Crunchy Mamacita said...

This looks so yummy! I would love for you to come by and link up to my Recipe Party at The Sweet Spot!

Sarah said...

Mmm...still don't know why I haven't tried red velvet anything! This looks great...pinned! Cute aprons :)

Serendipity and Spice said...

This looks incredibly delish! Would love it if you came by and linked up to my Manic Monday Linky Party!

Six Sisters said...

This looks amazing! We loved having you link up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you back next Saturday with more fun recipes! -The Sisters

Brad G said...

I'll be sure to try this on the weekend, it looks really delicious.
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