It was my mother in law's birthday last week and I was asked to bring a dessert for the family dinner. I know she likes the red velvet cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory and i've had this recipe bookmarked for some time so I thought I would give this one a try. I know it's not even close to the one they have there (theirs is red velvet cake layered with regular cheesecake) but I wanted to try this one anyway. The crust stuck to the pan pretty good instead of the cheesecake, even with a piece of parchment paper under it, so that was a little messy. I also felt like it had a lot of dye in it. I might make this again but with so many other recipes i'd like to try it might be a while before I get back around to it.
Red Velvet Cheesecake
1 1/2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs or Oreo crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup whole buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
2 (1-ounce) bottles red food coloring
4 oz. cream cheese, at room temp
2 tbsp. butter, at room temp
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Line 9 inch springform pan with parchment paper. Stir together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar; press mixture into bottom of pan.
Beat 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese and 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar at medium-low speed with an electric mixer 1 minute. Add eggs and next 6 ingredients, mixing on low speed just until fully combined. Pour batter into prepared crust.
Bake at 325° for 10 minutes; reduce heat to 300°, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until center is firm. Run knife along outer edge of cheesecake. Turn oven off. Let cheesecake stand in oven 30 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven; cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes. Cover and chill 8 hours.
For topping, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth then gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla. Spread topping over cheesecake and remove sides of pan. Garnish, if desired.
*Linked to Sweets For A Saturday