Red Velvet Cheesecake

Red Velvet Cheesecake

Contributor: Jamie Silva

Combine two iconic desserts into one with a decadent Red Velvet Cheesecake.

  • Author: Jamie Silva
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American



Chocolate Cookie Crust

  • 18 chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed 
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted 
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar 

Cheesecake Filling

  • 3 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature 
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • ½ cup sour cream, room temperature 
  • 1 oz. red food coloring 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature 

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature 
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened 
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 


Chocolate Cookie Crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease the springform pan and wrap the outside of the pan in foil. Set aside. 
  2. In a bowl, mix crushed cookies, butter and sugar. Transfer to the pan and press evenly into the bottom using the bottom of a glass. Place the crust in the oven and bake for 10 minutes until the crust is slightly brown around the edges. Remove from oven and let it cool.

Cheesecake Filling 

  1. In a bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt until combined and creamy. Stir in sour cream, red food coloring and vanilla then mix until combined. Add one egg at a time and stir to combine. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl and mix until smooth, creamy and silky. Pour the cheesecake batter over the cooled crust.  
  2. Transfer the springform pan to the middle of a large roasting pan. Carefully fill the roasting pan with about an inch of hot water. This will help the cheesecake remain creamy without cracks. Bake the cheesecake for 55-60 minutes.  


  1. In the meantime, make the frosting. Mix together cream cheese, butter, confectioners sugar and vanilla until thick and well combined. Set aside. 
  2. Remove cheesecake from oven. The cheesecake is done when the outer rim looks set but the middle jiggles when you gently shake the pan. Let the cheesecake cool completely on a cooling rack. This step is crucial for achieving the perfect cheesecake. Then place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or up to 72 hours. 
  3. Top cooled cheesecake with cream cheese frosting. Slice and serve.