Red Velvet Cake with a Special Twist

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by Chris on January 23, 2012

cupcakes, ultimissima edizione/extra special

Red Velvet Cake. What can I say the deep red cake and its cream cheesy layers? The first time I became introduced to this beloved cake was when I moved to Atlanta in the 90s. Now, I know it is a fan favorite across the country, but southerners are serious about their Red Velvet Cake, y’all. Admittedly, I am a little turned off by the dark red coloring, as I tend to be a little suspicious of baked goods that are primary colors. Even so, I confess. As a single girl and a northerner transplant trying to find a man, I thought it was important to master two recipes, biscuits and Red Velvet Cake. I mean, the old adage is The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, right?

That’s what I did. I learned how to make some pretty kick-ass flaky biscuits and perfectly moist, make-you-want-to-get-up-and-sing Red Velvet Cake.  Turns out, now that I am baking for others, Red Velvet is the most requested treat, whether as a layer cake,


or specialty cake.

So, the two recipes found me a mate, right? Wrong. Sadly, the old adage is just that, old. So old, in fact, it forgot about me as it moved on to other want-to-be lovebirds. It’s all good, though. I am older, wiser, and don’t have to clean anyone else’s mess. Ha!

That’s doesn’t mean you can’t make a special cake for your significant sweetheart for Valentine’s day, which is right around the corner. Then, as long as you’re making the effort, step the cake up with an unexpected surprise.

I have wanted to play with the idea of a cheesecake center for a long time.  Finally, I got off my butt and worked it out.  And, what a cake it turned out to be, much to special for my novice photography skills to capture.  Luckily, Tami stepped in last weekend as she hooked me, and several of my cakes. up with her stunning talents.  Thanks for making my cake look beautiful, my wonderful friend!


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rachel January 23, 2012 at 6:10 PM

This looks fabulous! So clever!

Miel et Lait January 23, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I had to do a double take, because I was not expecting a cheesecake center! Brilliant idea!!!

Paula- bell'alimento January 23, 2012 at 9:54 PM

This is the cake that I want for my birthday this year. Swoon. xoxo

Kate January 24, 2012 at 8:33 AM

I think it’s especially important for us non-Southerners to master Red Velvet. It’ll bring this country together so we never have another Civil War.

brandi January 24, 2012 at 9:11 AM

holy moly, Chris! so gorgeous!

DessertForTwo January 24, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Oh my! This looks sinful & delicious!

I agree-every woman should know how to make biscuits & red velvet cake. It doesn’t land you a man, but when you do find Mr. Right, it is my personal opinion that the diamond will be bigger if you cook good food. This theory has been proven lol

Liz January 24, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Stunning cake! Does Tami make house calls?????

Sharona May January 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Hello, that looks amazing!! Wish I could reach out and take a bite!

Chris January 29, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Thanks everyone! I think this is one of my favorite cakes I have made in recent months. Glad you enjoyed the post! :)

Eliana January 30, 2012 at 9:29 PM

So fun! I love putting these two together, which happen to be two of my favs.

Taryn October 15, 2012 at 4:53 AM

Fantastic! going to have to give this cake a try. I’m a huge red velvet fan to0

Angie December 25, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Made this for Christmas Eve, it was super easy and it was delicious! Didn’t have time to add the cheesecake in the middle, but it was still good with out it!

Chris December 25, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Angie, I am thrilled you made this! Cheesecake or not, the red velvet always gets smiles. I use this same recipe for cupcakes. :) Happy Holidays!

April P April 24, 2013 at 7:43 PM

I wonder if this would be good with strawberry cake and a no-bake cheesecake filling?

Chris April 24, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Thanks for asking, April! I think the idea would work with whatever combination(s) you prefer. My only concern about a no-bake cheesecake filling would be its sturdiness to withstand the weight of the cake and cream cheese frosting.

April P April 28, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Well I made it with the strawberry cake and baked cheesecake layer, and it is delicious! :)

Chris April 28, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Great!!! Thanks for letting me know. I will have to try that combo.

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