Red Velvet Cheesecake


Why choose between red velvet cake and cheesecake when you can have both in one luscious chocolate dessert recipe? There's chocolate in the filling and the crust--but if you want to add even more chocolate to this cheesecake recipe, drizzle each slice with a chocolate sauce just before serving.

Red Velvet Cheesecake
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
45 mins
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Cool Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Bake Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
7 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 pound milk chocolate, chopped

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 9 ounce package chocolate wafer cookies (40 to 45 cookies)

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces

  • 1 cup slivered almonds

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup butter, melted

  • 4 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened

  • 1 8 ounce carton dairy sour cream

  • cup granulated sugar

  • cup buttermilk

  • 1 1 ounce bottle red food coloring (2 Tbsp.)

  • 4 eggs

  • 2 egg yolks

  • Chocolate leaves (optional)

  • Powdered sugar (optional)

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)

  • Fresh raspberries and/or small whole strawberries (optional)


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt chocolate and 1/2 cup butter over low heat; transfer to a bowl and cool completely.

  2. Place wafer cookies, chocolate pieces, almonds and brown sugar in a large food processor. Cover and process until finely ground. Add the 1/2 cup melted butter; cover and process until well combined. Transfer crumbs to a 10x3-inch springform pan with a removable bottom. Press crumbs onto bottom and up the sides of the pan, leaving a 1/2-inch space at the top of the pan. Set aside.

For filling:

  1. In a very large mixing bowl, beat the cooled chocolate mixture, cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, buttermilk and red food coloring with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until combined. Add 4 eggs and 2 egg yolks all at once. Beat on low speed just until combined.

  2. Pour filling into crumb-crust lined springform pan. Place springform pan in a shallow baking pan on the oven rack. Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 1 hour, or until 2 inches of outside edge appear set when shaken gently.

  3. Remove springform pan from baking pan. Cool cheesecake in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Use a small metal spatula to loosen cheesecake from sides of pan. Cool 30 minutes more. Remove sides of pan. Cool for 1 hour; cover and chill at least 4 hours.

  4. To serve, use a paper doily to decoratively sift powdered sugar and cocoa powder on the top, if you like. Garnish the center with chocolate leaves and fresh raspberries, if you like. Clean knife between each cut. Makes 20 servings.


Bake and chill up to 24 hours. Garnish just before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

546 Calories
42g Fat
40g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 546
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 23g 115%
Cholesterol 148mg 49%
Sodium 319mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 9g
Calcium 131.3mg 10%
Iron 2.3mg 13%
Potassium 277mg 6%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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