What better way to eat two of the most fabulous desserts ever?
By combining them!
Yes this vegan red velvet cheesecake is a dream come to reality!
With a red velvet sponge cake base and even a little cream cheese icing to top it off; for a showstopping cake that will have everyone (vegans and non!) coming back for more!
I was not sure (and I’m still not sure!) about the swirl of red batter (that actually became pink) into the cheesecake batter.
I just don’t like adding tons of artificial color to my baking nowadays, so the combination of the natural food dyes by India Tree and the fact that I really was conservative about the amount I added, it gave a pink swirl rather than a red look; and well.. I’m thinking I should have just left it out altogether.
I will say I like my version much better than some of those blood red ones I’ve been seeing lately though.
That to me is completely unappetizing.
So you decide if you want to add the color or not when you make this one for yourself!
It is my best friends birthday soon, and she is a red velvet hound!
I gave her my Christmas Ornaments cakes last winter which happened to be red velvet cake and cream cheese icing inside and she was freaking out how good my recipe is compared to any she has ever tried (and she is not vegan)!
Her Doctor is recommending she cut out dairy for some health reasons and this cheesecake is going to make that transition a breeze for her!
Vegan cheesecakes are so easy compared to traditional cheesecakes.
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.
Check out the video below to see how to make it and I hope you will too!
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
- 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
The cream cheese icing is an entirely option recipe, you do not have to make this at all unless you want it to look just like mine!
- Vegan Cream Cheese 2 Tubs (2cups) (454g)
- Vegan Butter 1 stick (½ cup) (112g)
- Confectioner's Sugar 1½ cups (180g)
- Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon
- Apple Cider Vinegar *optional 1 teaspoon - see note above
- In an electric mixer (or by hand!) mix the sifted confectioners sugar with the vegan butter until smooth, add the vanilla extract, optional apple cider vinegar and then add the vegan cream cheese last and mix on low speed just until combined.
- Be careful not to whip it or you will get a soupy mixture, as vegan cream cheese has a tendency to break down very easily.
- I would even recommend to mix the cream cheese in by hand to avoid this possibility
- Refrigerate until you are ready to use