Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake

  On my birthday last Sunday, I got to lounge around in my pajamas all day, and hang with my cute lil' family. It was so peaceful and relaxing, and I could not have been happier. Since my work days and home life keep getting busier, I feel I hardly have time to cook and bake anymore. I hardly even have time to blog (as I'm sure you've noticed).

  So with all the chaos lately, I decided my lazy birthday day would be perfect timing to bake a cake. I decided on a Red Velvet. I'm a big lover of Red Velvet anything, especially the Red Velvet Cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory! It is TO. DIE. FOR. It has layers of red velvet cake, and cheesecake, topped off with vanilla buttercream. I order it every single time we eat there, and always wish I could re-create it. Until now...

  When my good friend Brandie, at The Country Cook, posted this recipe, I was so excited to try it! It was exactly what I was looking for. A short-cut, semi-homemade version of my beloved Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake.

 It turned out AMAZING!

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake
Serves 12

1 box Red Velvet Cake mix
( including ingredients to make cake; eggs, oil, water)
1 (8 ounce) block cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg white

1/2 block ( 4 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
1 1/2 Tablespoons milk

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 baking pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.

Prepare the Red Velvet cake batter, according to package directions. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix together the (8 ounce) block of cream cheese, sugar and egg white. Beat together with an electric hand mixer, on medium speed, for 1-2 minutes or until combined and smooth.

Pour half of the red velvet cake batter into the prepared 9x13 pan. Spread out evenly. Then take the cream cheese mixture and drop spoonfuls all over the batter in the pan. Take the back of the spoon and swirl the cream cheese mixture all over the top of the cake batter.

Pour the remaining red velvet batter all over the top of the cream cheese mixture. Carefully, spread the cake batter over the top evenly. Covering all of the cream cheese.

Bake for 38-40 minutes, or until a tooth-pick inserted in center of cake, comes out clean. Let cake cool completely before frosting.

FOR FROSTING: In a bowl, combine the cream cheese and butter. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add in powdered sugar, then beat in vanilla and milk, until smooth. Spread frosting on cooled cake. Slice, serve and enjoy!

(Store covered cake in refrigerator)


Michelle said...

This looks perfect for my husbands potluck lunch on Friday ! Thanks again for the inspiration.

Michael said...

Looks delicious Holly!!!

Jenn said...

Oh yum! This looks amazing.

scrambledhenfruit said...

I can't even tell you how good these look. I can't wait to try them! :)

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

This is stunning!! Happy Birthday!

The Better Baker said...

Goodness me! I have somehow missed this recipe at Brandie's blog, so I am really happy YOU shared it. It looks divine....perfect for a special lady's birthday cake. I am wild about cream cheese in another - this is a fabulous combo. You're not getting older...you're getting better. =)

Jocelyn said...

Oh I love how easy that is to much such a decadent cake! Other flavor combos are swirling now:-) And Happy late Birthday sweet girl! Glad to hear you had a perfectly lazy day for it!!!

So Domesticated said...

Oh my goodness.... looks divine!

Anita at Hungry Couple said...

This looks so amazingly delicious. I hope you had a happy birthday. :)

gardengirl44 said...

Made this for Christmas Eve everyone absolutely loved it, beautiful, delicious, moist, and super-easy. Definitely a keeper. Thank you!!