Monday, October 8, 2012

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake


A couple months ago I was contacted by a regular reader (hi Candace!) of this website.
Candace absolutely loves the Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake that is served at The Cheesecake Factory.  And she wanted to know if I had an easy copycat recipe for it.  Well, I don't live anywhere near a Cheesecake Factory.  I had been to one years ago but that particular dessert didn't stick out in my mind.  But I thought it sounded like a pretty darn good cake/cheesecake. However, every recipe I Googled seemed to have a bunch of ingredients and a whole lotta steps.  Now you could certainly take nearly a whole day to make an exact replica.  And I'm sure those recipes would not disappoint.  I, on the other hand, decided to just take inspiration from the original cake and make it into  something a little more everyday-friendly.  I wanted to take the flavors of that cake and make it into an easy (but no less tasty!) dessert. So, here is what I came up with.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake.

It starts off by using a red velvet boxed cake mix, then a sweet cream cheese layer is swirled in and then it's all topped off with a buttery cream cheese frosting. Come to Momma!
Ingredients:
1 box Red Velvet Cake mix
(ingredients needed to make cake: eggs, oil & water)
1 block (8 oz.) cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg white

For the icing:
1/2 block (4 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. milk
additional cake mix ingredients (eggs, oil & water) not pictured here

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F degrees

Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray (I like the kind that has flour in it).
Prepare red velvet cake mix according to package directions. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, beat together 1 block of cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and egg white.
Using a stand mixer or handheld electric mixer, mix well until smooth.
If you are still seeing lumps, keep mixing.
This may take about 2-3 minutes. 
Pour half of the red velvet cake batter into the baking dish. 
Spreading it out as evenly as possible.
Then take all of the cream cheese mixture and layer on top of the red velvet cake batter.
I drop it by spoonfuls.
Then, using the spoon, just swirl it around lightly.
Now add the rest of the red velvet cake batter on top and spread it out as evenly as possible.
Do your best to spread it out and cover the cream cheese layer.
Put cake into oven and bake for about 40 minutes (until cake bounces back to the touch & and inserted toothpick comes out clean).
Allow the cake to cool completely. 
Then start preparing icing.
Now, if you read my blog regularly, then you know I'm all about trying to keep things easy.
 So if you want, go ahead and ice this cake with a tub of store bought cream cheese frosting.
It will still be delicious!
But if you have time (and you feel like it), how about dressing this cake up with some homemade cream cheese frosting. In a bowl (using an electric mixer or stand mixer) combine 4 oz. (1/2 block)of cream cheese with 1/3 cup softened butter.
 Add in powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
Then stir in vanilla. 
And lastly, mix in the milk.
Every time I do these "action shots", it looks like my mixer is going a million miles an hour.
But I assure you, it was actually on the slow speed setting. 

Mix until smooth then spread on cooled cake.
Slice up and serve.

This cake needs to be kept refrigerated.
Enjoy!


50 comments :

http://livingatthewhiteheadszoo.blogspot.com/ said...

I make a German chocolate cheesecake like this and it is so good. Can't wait to try this recipe thanks for sharing!

Jessica@AKitchenAddiction said...

Amazing!! Love how easy this is!

Kari Lindsay said...

This cake looks oh, so tasty!

sundaydinnerandallthings said...

I have really been enjoying all your twists on cake mix! Oh my goodness, they are so creative and so easy. Yum!

Pretend Chef said...

This cake looks so delicious. Oh my! Yummy!

The Better Baker said...

Oh please oh please oh please! I want some! Looks gorgeous. You're such a mastermind in the kitchen. Can't go wrong enjoying yummy desserts like this one.

Brooks at Cakewalker said...

Brandie, You've got it goin' on here with this terrific adaptation...I have a feeling Candace will be delighted with it because I sure know I would be. Brava!

carolinaheartstrings said...

Wow does that look terrific. I cannot wait to make this a new holiday treat at my house. Come and visit us. We are having a wonderful giveaway this week. You will love it.

Patsy said...

I made this tonight for dessert. It was fabulous! My husband (who doesn't care for cake very much at all) and my 9 year old son - both ate two big pieces! Thanks so much for posting the recipe. LOVE IT!

The Country Cook said...

Hi Patsy! Yay! I'm so happy you liked it!! And I'm even happier that a non-cake lover enjoyed it!! :)
You were so sweet to take the time to come back to let me know how it turned out for you. Thank you! I hope you find many more recipes on here that you love!!

Mary ~ said...

Brandie, I'm a new follower - so glad I found your blog! I love this recipe! I just pinned it and hope to make it soon! I also linked up to your potluck weekend link party! Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for the yummy recipe share!

Lizzy Do said...

These are my daughter's two favorite desserts combined! She would love this!!!

Anonymous said...

I made this for my bosses for National Boss Day and it was hit. They loved it!! Thanks for a great recipe.

Alli @ For the Love of Food said...

This is in the oven now. After being in a bakers block all day and searching for something different I decided on this! Can't wait to try it, usually I make the layered red velvet cake with a center of whole cheesecake and another layer of cake so you made my life so much easier!

The Country Cook said...

Thank you so very much for all the wonderful comments!! Alli - hope you loved it! ~Brandie

Anonymous said...

Wow! This recipe looks incredibly simple to prepare but the final product looks like you went to a lot of trouble. I'm definitely going to try this one!

Anonymous said...

Yummy!

Anonymous said...

Can this cake be done not as a sheet cake but more in round cake pans for stacking and decorating?

Lynn Vandever said...

Do you think it would work to save a little icing and add red food coloring and drop dots of icing and pull a toothpick thru to make little hearts all over the cake would work? I think that would be cute for Valentines day.

The Country Cook said...

Anonymous-I haven't tried that but I'm sure you could! Lynn- I think that would be adorable!! Great idea! -Brandie

Anonymous said...

whip the store bought icing on high about 3 to 5 minutes, it will double in size and be light and fluffy

Sheila said...

I just pulled this cake out of the oven, I knew it would be a perfect valentine dessert, and it just smells absolutely wonderful! I also keep sticking a finger in the frosting because its so yummy. The only problem I have with making cakes, is that mine always come out if the oven and the top gets super puffed up and tall and rounded. :( any advice on how to keep them flat? :-) thank you for all of the awesome recipes!

Anonymous said...

I made this for a Valentine themed Bunco night and it turned out beautiful and delicious. So moist. I will definitely be making this again.

Anonymous said...

Made this tonight for a friends birthday! So good! Thank you so much for all your great recipies.

Jasmin said...

My cream cheese mixture came out a bit thick..not sure if I just did not mix it enough or what..still good though!

Amy Grochowski said...

I made this a few days ago and it is now on my family's top 5 list of favorite cakes. Absolutely delicious and even better on day 2 and 3, but past that I wouldn't know because it is all gone!!! Thanks for sharing the yumminess.

Kimberly Tillman said...

Mine did too ...but it was still so good.

Kimberly Tillman said...

I made this Sunday. Mine was a little rough around the edges; but it was soooooooo good! PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. I guess I'll just be doing my swim suit workout for nothing☺♥

Anonymous said...

I just made this and I'm eating it right now. It's delicious and so moist (not sure if it's cause of the cake box brand or cause of the cream cheese in the middle; usually cake boxes come out dry for me)! Thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow really great. Big hit at church. Works great with dark fudge cake mix also

Anonymous said...

Made these into cupcakes and they are in the oven right now! Can't wait to try them! I LOVE anything with cream cheese frosting!

Anonymous said...

Glad I came across this sight. Your recipes are terrific and easy. I'll be back for more. I've been looking for an easy red velvet cheesecake, my son and new daughter-in-law love will love this. Thanks.

eatcake.blogspot.com said...

Love your sight! So many things that are easy and yummy!

Anonymous said...

I made this last night. So easy to make. However, I tried the same exact recipe only I tried making them as cupcakes. Needless to say AWESOME!!! Taste delish! Thanks for this recipe. Everyone loves it :)

Claudia said...

Bundt pan ok?

Anonymous said...

My sis and I made this for my birthday today. It was delicious! It was easy and so moist. We love your recipes!

Mary lou Gish said...

My family loves this cake! It is the only cake that never goes to waste!!

Brandie Skibinski said...

Thanks so much for letting me know Mary lou! Love hearing that - yay!!

Brandie Skibinski said...

Claudia, I've never tried this particular recipe in a bundt pan. It should work though. Let me know if you try it!

Brandie Skibinski said...

You are so sweet! Thank you for coming back to let me know how it turned out for ya!!

military adventures said...

Made this for a friends birthday last night. So easy, yummy and delicious. Definitely making this again

Anonymous said...

Cake is in the oven right now...making it for a Halloween cake auction at my church. "Going to call it, Blood and Bones!" Just wondering if it needs to be refrigerated before serving, or just after?

Anonymous said...

looks yummy i will make ths cake for CHRISTMAS dessert

Valerie said...

I have a red velvet cake mix and I could not figure out what to do with it. THIS IS PERFECT!! I love it when I find a recipe that I have all the ingredients for. I can't wait to try it!! Thanks so much!!

Anonymous said...

I saw the other recipe early on facebook, and it does call for a lot of ingredients and time. It was beautiful, but this will be a lot easier. Thanks for the easy recipe. Merry Christmas!

ivonne uriostegui said...

I was wondering if you have ever tried making it with a gram cracker crust!?

Mandi Samara said...

Looks yummy, but I think it needs more cream cheese. Lol

Anonymous said...

This is in the oven now! Making it for my work friends for tomorrow! I love your blog! Found you through pinterest and I've made several of your recipes. Especially dessert! I always get tons of compliments. Thanks for all the great recipes!!

Anonymous said...

I just made this cake. I have an electric stove. It took a lot longer to bake. More like 60 mins. The problem was my edges were done before the middle was. Do u think lowering the temperature would help with it baking more evenly?

Leslie Sawatzke said...

I would love to make this ahead of time for my boyfriend's birthday. How long will this cake keep and what is the best way to store it if I were to bake it earlier in the week? Thank you!