Monday, February 7, 2011

Red Velvet Cheesecake

Valentine's Day is one short week away!  If you are cooking a romantic dinner for your boyfriend/fiance/husband/lover/whoever else you would spend Valentine's Day with and need a special dessert, make this delicious Red Velvet Cheesecake!  Now if you're about to stop reading just because you've never made cheesecake and you're scared to try, don't!  It really isn't that hard at all; you just have to be patient.  I'm not even that patient of a person and it still turned out great.  I actually made this during Christmas because I needed a red dessert, but it works even more perfectly for Valentine's Day because cheesecake is, I don't know, sexy or something, and Red Velvet is the best red dessert you can find.  Here's the recipe:

Red Velvet Cheesecake
For the crust:
1 1/2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 Tbsp. sugar

For the cheesecake:
3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. distilled white vinegar
2 (1 oz.) bottles red food coloring

For the topping:
4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
2 Tbsp. butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with a round of parchment paper.  To make the crust, combine the Oreo crumbs, melted butter and sugar in a small bowl.  Mix together with a fork until all the crumbs are moistened.  Press the mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.  To make the filling, beat together the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer at medium-low speed for 1 minute.  Add eggs, unsweetened cocoa powder, sour cream, buttermilk, vanilla extract, vinegar and food coloring.  Mix on low speed just until fully combined.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake at 325 degrees F for 10 minutes, reduce the heat to 300 degrees F, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the center is firm.  Turn off the oven, prop the door open slightly, and let the cheesecake stand 30 minutes.  Remove the cheesecake from the oven; cool in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes.  Run a thin knife around the outside edge of the cake to separate from the pan.  Cover and chill for at least 8 hours.

To make the topping, in the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter on medium speed until smooth; gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating until smooth.  Remove the cheesecake from the refrigerator and spread the topping evenly over the cheesecake.  Remove sides of

When I made this, I foolishly decided to run to Starbucks while it was baking.  Bad decision #1 I went to the slowest Starbucks in town.  Bad decision #2 it was exam week so Starbucks was extra-crowded with students and I stood in line for forever.  Thankfully I got home with 7 minutes to spare on the timer.  To stay on the safe side, just stay home during the change the temperature, prop the oven door open portion of this recipe.  This is very delicious, but rich, so cut small pieces!  

Source:  recipe from Annie's Eats


  1. Thanks Sherri! I am not a cook to any degree, but this actually looks really good and not too hard (just tie consuming) so I'm gonna try it.... but only because I'm making it for the one I love. Otherwise I would never attempt such a task. Thanks for sharing :)
    -Allison Braun

  2. I can testify to how delicious it is! Thanks, Sherri!

  3. I'm sure he will love it Allison! Be sure to let me know how it turns out :)