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Red Velvet Cheesecake

  • Author: Elizabeth Waterson I Confessions of a Baking Queen
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 9 Hours 15 Minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 Slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Luscious, thick and creamy Red Velvet Cheesecake has a beautiful tang and classic red velvet flavor. Perfect for a special party or Valentine’s Day! Step-by-step photos help you bake the perfect cheesecake recipe!


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Ingredients

Crust

  • 225 Grams (2 Cups) Oreos
  • 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted

Cheesecake

  • 24oz Cream Cheese completely softened to room temperature
  • 200 Grams (1 Cup) Granulated/ Caster Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2oz (1/4 Cup) Buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon Buttermilk Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon White Vinegar
  • 3.5oz (1/3 cup) Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Food Dye*
  • 3 Large Whole Eggs, at room temp.
  • 1 Largee Egg Yolk, at room temp.

Topping

  • 4oz Cream Cheese, completely softened to room temperature
  • 50 Grams (1/4 Cup) Granulated/ Caster Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Buttermilk Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 8oz (1 Cup) Heavy Whipping/ Double Cream

Instructions

Crust

  1. Grease an 8-inch springform pan set aside. Preheat oven to 325F/162C. In a food processor, crush the Oreos till they become a fine crumb. In a large bowl add the crushed Oreos and melted butter, mix to combine.Pour into pan and press into bottom and slightly up upsides of the pan.
  2. Place in the oven to bake for 5-8 minutes, just until set and the sheen of the mixture has gone. Let cool while you make the filling.

Cheesecake

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat cream cheese for 2 minutes on medium speed. Add granulated sugar and beat for another minute, make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add cocoa powder, buttermilk, buttermilk powder, white vinegar, sour cream, red food dye, and vanilla extract mixing until fully combined, again make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add in eggs one at a time and mix until just combined, do not over mix. You should have a creamy batter with no lumps.
  2. Pour into prepared pan. Create a water bath by placing the 8-inch pan in a 9-inch (or 10-inch) cake pan- place cake pan in roasting pan and fill roasting pan with hot water halfway up the sides of the cake pan. This prevents ANY water from getting in the cheesecake and you don’t have to wrap everything with foil.
  3. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes, the middle of the cheesecake should jiggle just a little bit. Turn oven off and let cool in the oven for 1 hour then take out of roasting pan and let cool on the counter for 45 minutes to an hour. Finally, wrap with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Topping

  1. Take the cheesecake out of the fridge and use an offset spatula to gently loosen the crust from the side of the pan, then release the springform pan.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attatchement, or large bowl with hand held electrical whisk beat the cream cheese for a minute or two until softened. Scrape down the bowl and add the sugar, buttermilk powder, vanilla and salt and whisk for another minute or two to combine.
  3. With the mixer on low gently stream in the heavy cream, once all added increase the speed to medium high for a couple of minutes. When whipped and light stop the mixer and using an offset spatula spread on top of chilled cheesecake.
  4.  Sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Notes

*You may need more depending on how potent your dye is

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