Friday, December 18, 2009

Red Velvet White Chocolate {Birthday} Cheesecake

Birthdays are one of my very favorite things. I love socially acceptable excuses to do special things for my friends and family. As for my own birthday (today, if you haven't already guessed), it is unconditionally my favorite day of the year. Happy, happy, happy December 18th!

Red Velvet White Chocolate Cheesecake

This Red Velvet White Chocolate Cheesecake is certainly worthy of any celebration, especially a birthday. It's pretty ridiculous, really. An entire white chocolate cheesecake, decadent enough on its own, sandwiched by 2 fat layers of red velvet cake, all held together with cream cheese frosting.

Birthday Cake_Finished

Make this the night before you plan to serve it, an overnight rest in the refrigerator does a world of good. Also, if you're new to cake-baking, I recommend reading up on the merits of applying a crumb coat. You'll definitely want to do that with this bright red baby. Happy birthday, everyone!

Cake Slice
This photo is by my friend Jon. Thanks Jon!

Red Velvet White Chocolate Cheesecake
Adapted from Judy In Her Natural Habitat: The Kitchen
Printable Recipe

Red Velvet Cake
Originally from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes

2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 tsp red gel-paste food coloring
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp distilled white vinegar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together cake flour, cocoa, and salt.

2. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat sugar and oil until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Mix in food color and vanilla.

3. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of buttermilk, and whisk well after each. Stir together the baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl (it will foam), add mixture to the batter and mix on medium speed for 10 seconds.

4. Line two 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper or spray generously with nonstick baking spray. Divide the batter equally between the two pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Transfer pans to a wire rack. Allow to cool before removing the cake from the pan. Cool completely before assembling cake.

White Chocolate Cheesecake
Originally from the Williams Sonoma Baking Cookbook

2 oz white chocolate, chopped
16 oz cream cheese, at room temperature (2 packages)
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
1 tbsp flour
2 eggs at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp heavy cream

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Melt the white chocolate and set aside to cool slightly.

2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on low speed until creamy. Add the sugar and mix slowly until smooth. On low speed, mix in the flour. Turn off the mixer and scrape down the bowl and beater with a rubber spatula. Add one egg at a time and mix until smooth. Scrape down again. Mix in the vanilla and cream until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the melted white chocolate until incorporated.

3. Pour the batter into a parchment paper-lined (or generously sprayed with nonstick baking spray) 9-inch springform pan. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the center is set when you shake the pan slightly. Allow to cool before removing from the pan. Allow to cool completely before assembling with the red velvet cake.

Cream Cheese Frosting

24 oz cream cheese (3 packages), at room temperature
3 sticks of butter, at room temperature
3 tsp vanilla
3 cups of powdered sugar, plus more to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until well combined.


Lauren said...

Happy Birthday Amy!! This cake. Its... its... its amazing! I love the idea of cheesecake combined with normal cake =D. Hope you have the best day ever! I always loved having my birthday on a Friday =D.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday sweet girl! Love you :)


Emily (The Culinary Couple) said...

Hope you had a lovely birthday, Amy! Really, how could you not with such an amazing looking birthday cake!

Maggie said...

Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday daer Amy, happy birthday to you!!

After seeing that FABULOUS cake, all that was left was to sing!


Delicious Dishings said...

That is a beautiful cake! It's funny, but I love making my own birthday cake. It's a chance to make your own favorite thing and make it in an extravagant way.

Happy Birthday!!!

(Today's my dad's birthday too!)

Beth Halverson said...

How very beautiful! The cake, and of course you! I also greatly enjoy making my own birthday cake, but I always manage to ruin them a bit... This looks amazing, kudos to you! Wish I could be there to give you a birthday hug, but have a wonderful day!

Mindy said...

Happy birthday!

It's so weird that you posted this recipe. A friend of mine with very little baking experience asked me if I knew how to make one of these the other day, and since I've only baked two cheesecakes in my life (!), I didn't have much advice for her. I've just forwarded this post on to her!

Memória said...

Oh my goodness. This is intense, yet I still want to make it right away. YUM!

Happy Birthday!

grace said...

happy belated birthday! this cake is certainly worthy of such an occasion--it's decadent and stunning!

Alexandra said...

Happy birthday! And this cake... man, it's a doozy!

Mary Camu said...

A Crumb Coat!!! Of course!! Why didn't I know about this?! I'll tell you why, Cause I'm a terrible baker! Thank you Amy for providing me with a slice of the most amazing cake I have ever had! AND, providing me with the knowledge bomb that is, the crumb coat. amazing.

Maria said...

Happy Birthday. Great way to celebrate!

Bella Baker said...

Happy happy happy happy birthday!!! I hope you had a wonderful, fun filled day!! That cake looks amazing! It must have been the perfect birthday treat!!!

Dina said...

i'm not a huge fan of cheesecake but that looks delish!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful cake and such a flavorful one too.

Kat said...

Hoo boy does this ever look good! I've never seen anything like it, and this looks like one of those recipes that will haunt me until I make it...

Hyacinth Marius said...

These look SO delicious! My girls would LOVE to make gorgeous cakes like these.

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