Simple Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake Recipe

If you love deserts like the red velvet cheesecake cake from the cheesecake factory you will love this easy-to-customize red velvet cheesecake cake recipe is perfect for making it at home.

From holiday dinners to fun treats on special days this recipe is sure to stand out and bring decadent flavor to the table without a lot if extra work.

This red velvet cheesecake cake is like a superstar dessert that’s the best of both worlds – the classic red velvet cake and the creamy cheesecake. It’s like they teamed up to create a flavor party in your mouth!

What you need to make this red velvet cheesecake

For the Red Velvet Cake:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white or apple cider vinegar

For the Cheesecake Filling:

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to make red velvet cheesecake

Preheat the Oven:

Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.

Prepare the Red Velvet Cake:

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.

In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vanilla extract, and vinegar.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Pour 1/2 to 2/3 of the cake batter into the prepared springform cake pan and smooth the top. The thicker you pour it the thicker your bottom layer will be with the top thinner.

Prepare the Cheesecake Filling:

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.

Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract, and beat until well combined.

Pour the cheesecake batter evenly over the red velvet batter in the pan.

Pour the remaining red velvet cake over top and smooth the top.


Bake in the preheated oven for about 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely before serving. For the best results opt to cool the cake in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

Make it your own

Making a recipe your own is a wonderful way to tailor it to your taste preferences. Here are some ways you can personalize the red velvet cheesecake cake:

Flavor Variations:

Experiment with different flavor variations for the cake. For example, you could add a hint of cinnamon or espresso to the red velvet batter for extra depth of flavor.

Fruit Additions:

Consider adding fruit elements to the cake. Fresh berries, like raspberries or strawberries, can add a burst of freshness. You can layer them between the cake and cheesecake or incorporate them into the cream cheese frosting.

Nuts and Chocolate:

Add a crunchy texture with chopped nuts, such as pecans or walnuts, to the cake batter or sprinkle them on top of the cream cheese frosting. Additionally, you can mix in chocolate chips or chunks for a chocolaty twist.

Layered Design:

Create a visually appealing layered design by swirling the cheesecake batter into the red velvet batter before baking. This can give the cake a marbled effect.


For a more cake-like design, you can opt to frost this cake with a cream cheese frosting that will bring out the rich flavor. You can stack these for a taller red velvet cheesecake cake.

If you’re not a fan of cream cheese frosting, consider using a different frosting such as chocolate ganache or a classic buttercream.

Individual Portions:

Instead of a large cake, make individual red velvet cheesecake cupcakes. Adjust the baking time accordingly.

Toppings and Garnishes:

Get creative with toppings and garnishes. Sprinkle shredded coconut, drizzle caramel or chocolate sauce, or top with edible flowers for a unique touch.

Dietary Modifications:

Make the recipe fit your dietary preferences. For a lower sugar option, reduce the sugar content. You can also explore gluten-free alternatives for the flour or use a plant-based cream cheese for a vegan version.

Alcohol Infusion:

Infuse the cake with a hint of alcohol, such as adding a tablespoon of bourbon or Grand Marnier to the red velvet batter.

Custom Decorations:

Personalize the cake with custom decorations. Write a special message in frosting, create a themed design, or use food coloring to match the cake to a specific color scheme.

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