What better way to eat two of the most fabulous desserts ever?
By combining them!
Red Velvet Cake meets my famous New York Style Vegan Cheesecake.
I am using my original red velvet cake recipe and adding chunks of it to the cheesecake batter
Another layer of red velvet cake for the base
Then it all gets smothered in crushed up red velvet cake crumbs!
The original cake recipe includes the red dye and some of you may not want to be using artificial dyes.
Research “Is red dye vegan?” and you will see right away that it is not.
But no worries because I came up with a new recipe for red velvet cake that is dye free!
Using all natural beet root powder for an amazing intense red color!
Click here for the all natural Beet Root Powder No Dye Red Velvet Cake recipe!
Whichever recipe you decide to use
This cheesecake is going to be a win at your next party!
You don’t even need an electric mixer for this entire recipe!
A blender or food processor will make your job a bit easier, but even that is not 100% necessary.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL YOUTUBE VIDEO TUTORIAL FOR HOW TO MAKE RED VELVET CHEESECAKE!
Notes For Success:
You may notice that my base recipes for cheesecake are always the same with some slight variations to the sugar or an added spice depending on what flavor I am making.
At times I add an addition of firm tofu in place of some of the cream cheese for a lightened up version and to cut some of the fat calories.
I do not find an extremely noticeable difference in the outcome of straight vegan cream cheese versus the tofu addition, so for me I like the tofu version.
Additionally I only use Tofutti Cream Cheese for my BAKED recipes *not sponsored
I have not had success with any other brand in BAKED recipes.
For some reason the other more expensive brands I’ve tried have broken down into an oily mess when baked.
Cornstarch is a very difficult ingredient to measure consistently with a volume spoons measure
So while I list both measures below I cannot stress enough how the grams measure with a scale is going to give you the best results.
Many times people have complained that their cheesecake is like rubber and they don’t know why!
This is from a heavy measure of cornstarch when using volume measuring spoon vs the 100% accurate scale measure in grams.
For more of the best cheesecake recipes click the links below!
Italian Cheesecake Recipe ~ Vegan
One layer will be for the base of the cheesecake (after cooling and unmolding) and the other will be for chunks to go into the batter- so be sure to prepare the red velvet cake recipe first.
In the video I made a larger sized batch of red velvet cake, but realized I only needed a half recipe which is written below, for those who question why my recipe looks bigger on the video- It was!
- For the Red Velvet Cake OR CLICK HERE FOR NO DYE RECIPE
- All Purpose Flour 1¼ Cups (156g)
- Granulated Sugar ¾ cups (150g)
- Baking Soda ½ teaspoon
- Salt ¼ teaspoon
- Natural Cocoa Powder 1 Tablespoons (6g)
- Vegetable Oil ¼ cup (60ml)
- Almond Milk ½ Cup (120ml)
- Ground Flax Seeds 1 Tablespoon (8g)
- Hot Water 3 Tablespoons (45ml)
- Red Food Color 1-2 teaspoons *gel paste or liquid
- White Vinegar 1 teaspoon
- Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon (5ml)
- For the Cheesecake Batter
- Vegan Cream Cheese 1½ package (12oz) (282g)
- Firm Tofu half package (7ounces) (196g)
- Vegan Granulated Sugar 1 cup (200g)
- Cornstarch1 Tablespoon
- All Purpose Flour 1 Tablespoon
- Salt ½ teaspoon
- Vanilla Extract 2 teaspoons (10ml)
- Vegan lactic Acid OR Apple Cider Vinegar 2 teaspoons (10ml)
- Vegan Butter 2 Tablespoons (28g)
- First prepare the red velvet cake recipe by combining the ground flax seed with hot water and whisk smooth
- Let stand for at least 5 minutes to thicken to a paste
- In a large bowl place the sifted flour, Baking Soda, Salt and Cocoa Powder together
- In another bowl combine all of the wet ingredients including the sugar and the red food color whisk smooth
- Add the flax paste and then the dry ingredients and whisk smooth
- Pour the batter into the greased and parchment lined cake pans and bake immediately at 350°F for 25 - 30 minutes or until springy to the touch when gently pressed in the centers or a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs
- Once the red velvet cake is cooled take one layer and chop it up into ½" cubes, reserve them in the freezer or refrigerator to go into the cheesecake batter later.
- The other layer of cake will go into the refrigerator (wrapped well) until after the cheesecake is completely set and ready to assemble
- Place all cheesecake ingredients (except the red velvet cubes) into a food processor and process until smooth
- Fold the red velvet cubes in by hand so they don't break up too much
- Optional red food color swirl into a small portion of the batter (which actually made mine more pink, and I still can't decide if I like it or not! LOL)
- Pour into a greased and parchment lined cake pan and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 1 hour.
- After 1 hour turn the oven off and let the cheesecake stay inside to cool down for another hour,
- Take out of the cooled oven and place in the refrigerator to cool and set for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Once completely firm and set unmold the cake onto a platter or cardboard cake circle, remove the parchment paper and adhere the red velvet cake layer onto the bottom (sometimes a little cream cheese icing helps as glue)
- Ice the top and sides with more cream cheese icing then press the red velvet cake scraps that have been ground down to crumbs all over the top and sides, vegan white chocolate drizzle optional
Thanks for sharing the recipe Gretchen, you are fantastic. Bought your Modern vegan Baking cook book haven’t tried anything yet but looking forward to it. Have loved all your recipes I’ve tried in the past, thanks again.
This looks amazing. I’m about to have a crack at it. But was wanting to know if you can actually add an actual fruit syrup swirl rather than just colouring the cheesecake mix with food colouring 🏵️
Hey thanks! I’m not sure what you mean by fruit “syrup”. When I hear the word syrup I think liquid + intense sugar, so not only will adding in a “syrup” make the balance of sugar higher in this recipe but the added liquid could throw off the thickeners as well. I would rather you use something like a concentrated fruit paste or even better *I’m in love with flower powder super food color lately *not sponsored
It give intense color with a fruity taste
Hey! So I’m a little confused about your quantities on the recipe as it says “1/2c oil (60ml)” and then “1/2c almond milk (237ml)” ??
I’m just sort of winging it and trying to follow the quantities as I already started making the recipe but if you could update it so the quantities are correct that would be super helpful! Thanks!
Thanks Amanda! Updating now! Its ½ cup which is 120ml! It was actually the oil that was incorrect!
I did what I tell everyone to be careful of doing! I HALVED this original recipe but forgot to HALF the oil part! Yikes!
Your recipea are just AMAZING! So professional looking but super easy to make! And I can’t wait to try this cheesecake!❤️
Do you amybe know if i could use an egg replacer instead of flax seeds which i cannot seem to find anywhere?
Thank you for inspiring us! ❣️
Hi Thanks! Yes you can use egg replacer for the flax instead sure.
Is there a suitable substitute for the tofu (soy allergy)?
Yes you can use Daiya Cream cheese (it is soy free) and use all cream cheese in place of the tofu part as well
Thank you so much! I am so excited to try thjs, can make the cream cheese from scratch, dont think i can vegan cream cheese in my city.
Thanks! Most Cream cheese made from scratch is going to be a cashew base, which will not work great here. For that kind of cream cheese you will be better to use a recipe like this one CLICK HERE
You are so gifted!!! Such a GIFT to the world of baking!
You had a video of an Italian Ricotta Cheese cake, It was FABULOUS! Your instructions were PERFECTION!
However, it was removed. Is there any way you can bring it back?
Thank you for ALL YOUR HARD WORK!
You are truly AMAZING!
Hi Teresa, thanks. That was on the NON vegan website here
Is this for the denser or the creamier cheesecake? Thanks.
Whenever I add tofu it makes it lighter and creamier. For a more dense cheesecake replace the tofu with another package (8ounces) of vegan cream cheese
Also note when adding red velvet cake (as was the case when I added oreos to my oreo cheesecake) the result is also a bit more dense (even with the tofu, NOT the double cream cheese) since those items, cakes, cookies will absorb some of that liquid and make the cake slightly more dense right away
It looks divine!
Do you press the tofu or is it silken?
I use firm, I do not press it
Are you using regular or silken firm tofu for this? It looks amazing!
Thanks! I use firm tofu
This is also gluten free thank you!!!
Love the time and effort you put into sharing the amazing desserts. I love baking but I would also like to just eat these delicious things without any effort any day!
I try to avoid processed flour and sugar as much as possible (risk of diabetes and stuff) so I wanted to ask you if I can make these recipes with low glycemic sugar like coconut sugar or maple sugar instead of confectioner’s sugar as well as replace all purpose flour with almond meal or any other low glycemic flour options?
Hi Thanks yes you can for the sugar, the almond flour though is something else, you cannot make a gluten free cake just by subbing the flour, other things need to happen for the structure of the cake. I am not a gluten free baker, so I really have no good advice for you there.
Thank you so much for the recipe! Have you had any feedback on making this recipe with Daiya cream cheese?
Hi Yasmine! Im sorry for the late reply! I have not had internet connection for the last 4 days!!
I have not had any feedback re: Daiya CC.
I cannot find ANY vegan cream cheese lately, but have had a total disaster with Voilife! CLICK HERE FOR MORE! **Video visual of the disaster too! LOL
Hi again Gretchen,
As a follow-up, I made your cheesecake with Daiya and it was fantastic!
Thanks. Helpful to us .