Red Velvet Cheesecake and Happy New Year

As the New Year flows in
May you soar ever higher
Reach greater heights
And find happiness in everything you do

Happy New Year to all of you!

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I hope you have been enjoying the holiday season and have spent many happy moments with loved ones.

If you are like me and are always put in charge of the dessert for a celebration, after a few years it can become a daunting challenge. Every year I ask myself how can I top of the cakes of past, impress with more extraordinary pies, makes mouths water like never before.

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As I was perusing hundreds of recipes online I finally fell on one I knew would be the winner for this year. I saw this Red Velvet Cheesecake on the blog of The Squishy Monster and I knew I had found my cake! We are all fans of cheesecake and I love anything red velvet. The combination was perfect.

She posted this recipe a bit before the holidays and now this is my New Year post. Ironically we both posted a recipe about drunk Gummy bears! I posted earlier and the Gummy bears are her New Year post. As you said my dear friend: great minds think alike.

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I made 2 changes to the recipe: I used 3 tbsp of cocoa instead of 2 because chocolate rules, and I used an 8 inch pan instead of a 6 in one. For decoration all I did was sprinkle of sugar powder just prior to serving. It may be on my top 3 of best cheesecakes ever and it was incredibly moist and not to sweet.


Red Velvet Cheesecake

Recipe Type: Desserts
Author: The Squishy Monster
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Serves: 8 to 10
  • 2 blocks (8 oz) soft room temperature Cream Cheese
  • 1 c Sugar
  • 1 ts pure Vanilla
  • ¼ c Sour Cream or Buttermilk
  • 2 room temperature Eggs
  • 3 tb sifted unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 ts Vinegar
  • 2 tb Red Color
  • 1 c crushed Cookies/Crackers
  • 6 tb melted Butter
  1. Make sure your cream cheese is very soft and break it apart with your mixer. Blend together with your sugar and vanilla for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  2. Tip in your cream/milk and slowly crack in one egg at a time. Blend well.
  3. Sift your cocoa and sprinkle it in.
  4. Pour in your vinegar and color. Blend well. Make sure not to over beat to prevent incorporating too much air.
  5. For the crust, press together your crumbs and butter onto the bottom of a 8 inch spring form pan. Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Cool completely and pour in your filling.
  6. Wrap your pan in foil and place it in a larger dish/pan. Fill with hot water and allow it to reach half way up its side.
  7. Bake your cheesecake at 350 for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Allow it to cool for at least a couple hours before setting in the fridge overnight.


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12 comments to Red Velvet Cheesecake and Happy New Year

  • Mike 'Cookie Man' D.

    OMG! That looks really delicious! I think this cake will be a year round favorite in my kitchen. Thanks for sharing.

  • I LOVE red velvet and your cheesecake looks so professionally made! I just glanced over and how funny Alisha said no one ask her to bring desserts.. hehe me too… It seems like I need to work on my cake and dessert skills this year. 😀

  • No, no one ever asks me to bring dessert 😉 This looks so amazing…really fantastic, and I just happen to be an addict of both red velvet and cheesecake!
    Happy New Year sweetie!

  • What a gorgeous cheesecake, Ev! It’s a perfect way to ring in the New Year! I have seen lots of red velvet cakes with cheesecake in the center, but rarely, if ever, a full red velvet cheesecake. It definitely impresses and I have bo doubt it’s delicious! I hope you had a wonderful New Years celebration and a Happy New Year to you and yours! BTW..going to try salsify nextr week! Your description was too good to pass up!

  • red velvet cake and cupcakes are so tasty but having that in a cheesecake form looks phenomenal!

    happy new year hun :)

  • Evelyn Girrrrrrrrl! I’ve never seen a red velvet cheesecake until now. WOW! I must make soon. Wishing you a fun-crazy-deelicious-wonderful 2013!

  • Happy 2013 Evelyn! This cheesecake looks absolutely mouthwatering! The color is amazing!

  • The Squishy Monster

    You and I are proof that great minds DO think alike…I love this, Evelyne. Hope you and yours had an AMAZING New Years celebration. Much love!!! =)

  • Oh. Oh oh oh. That, that right there is like my dream cheesecake. If my eyes were so dry I’d have shed a single lonely tear.

  • Evelyn, I pinned this to my red velvet category. Looks delicious. I’m so hungry for cheesecake now!

  • Happy New Year, hope all the best for 2013, keep smiling!

  • Joan Nova

    Looks delicious — Happy New Year! Can’t wait for the new challenge entries to start rolling out. :)