Red Velvet Cheesecake


I found this wonderful recipe on the internet. It says that it’s pretty close to the Cheesecake Factory version. I made it for a co-worker’s birthday and have had many requests to make it again. Time consuming, but definitely worth it. A great Christmas cake recipe!


  • Cheesecake:
  • 3 8-oz pkgs cream cheese – room temperature
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 Tbs cornstarch
  • 1 Tbs vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • Red Velvet Cake

  • 2 Tbs butter – softened
  • 2 Tbs shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 oz red food coloring (a small bottle)
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbs flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1-1/2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Cream Cheese Icing

  • 8 oz pkg cream cheese – softened
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Spray two 9” round cake pans generously with PAM. Trace bottoms of pans onto parchment paper, cut out, and place in bottom of pans. Set aside.

For the cheesecake: Cream together cream cheese, sugar, and cornstarch with mixer. Add eggs and vanilla – beating until smooth. Add cream & beat in just until combined – don’t overmix. Pour into one of prepared pans. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour and 15 minutes – watching closely near end of baking time. Cool at room temperature, then place in refrigerator for about 2 hours. Run knife around outer edge, tapping pan to remove cheesecake onto the palm of your hand. Set in refrigerator until cold.

For the cake: Cream butter, shortening, and sugar. Add egg, then mix in cocoa and food coloring. Scrape bowl with a COLORED spatula (red would be best to keep from staining a light colored one). Add flour and salt, then buttermilk – beating well. Sprinkle baking soda over batter, then pour vinegar and vanilla over the top. You’ll see it foam slightly. Fold into batter until well mixed. Pour batter into the other prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes, or until it tests done. Cool, then remove cake from pan. Using large serrated knife, cut this layer in half when cold.

For the frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter together until fluffy. Add sugar and salt, then cream & vanilla. Continue to beat until smooth and it forms peaks. Set aside.

To assemble cake:
Place first half of cake layer onto serving plate (be sure to remove parchment paper from the bottom!) Protect outer edges with waxed paper if desired. Spread generously with a layer of frosting. Carefully slice cheesecake in half in the same way as the red velvet layer, placing one half on top of red velvet cake & frosting. Add another layer of frosting. Repeat layers. Spread frosting carefully around outer edge of cake – being careful not to ‘drag’ red velvet crumbs with the knife. Now frost top of cake. Using remaining frosting, place in pastry bag with decorative tip. Pipe edge on top and bottom. *Note: This frosting contains butter, which can soften and melt in your warm hand. Work quickly, or it can make the frosting start to droop. Store in refrigerator & serve with a dollop of whipped cream if desired.

Comments (16)


The C.Factory red velvet is my favorite! I'm going to try this, although I just saw in the sam's club flyer they now carry the C.Factory Red Velvet cheescake, a whole cheesecake for $15, which is unbelievable since they charge $8 for one slice at the restaurant


and that cheese cake at sams is AWOSOME... my mother works for the company and they has one at the company party this past weekend and it was AWESOME!


This was a BIG let down for a cake!!! I am deleting the recipe from my file. That is too much batter for a 9" pan & the cake is too small to match the cheesecake. Never again!


I made this for Christmas and it was a give hit. The cake and cheesecake turned out great. Followed recipes exactly and had no issues. Will make again for sure!!


This sounds wonderful! I would think if you used 9" pans for both the cake and cheesecake they would be the same size. Did you use a larger pan for the cheesecake Cindy?


Tried this recipe and although I made my own red velvet recipe (which is very close to the one listed) it turned out great. It got really great reviews and even a customer out of it so ill be making it again. As a side note I may try a little less sugar in my cheese cake but again overall great.


I made this cake for a party this weekend and the reviews were excellent! I know that it will be requested again and again. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe.


Wondering if anyone knows how many servings this cake is?? I am new at this. I am trying to get a handle on how many servings the different sized cakes are.


I had Whitney's cake, and she is not exaggerating! Amazing texture, taste and absolutely beautiful! I am trying it this weekend!


i made this cake over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays..... it was a instant family favorite. the only thing i would change is less lemon flavor in the cheese cake. other than that this has become one of my favorite recipes.....thanks for sharing.

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