Red Velvet Cheesecake

Posted by Megan MacDonald on 24 Dec 2016

Red Velvet CheesecakeAmaze your guests with this incredible cheesecake recipe. There’s nothing quite like a velvety cheesecake, and this recipe gives you more than that - an excellent baked cheesecake, with a deliciously moist red velvet base.

Red velvet cheesecake

SERVES 12 | HANDS-ON 20 min | HANDS-OFF 4 hours 30 min


  • 250g digestive biscuits
  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 20 ml red food colouring, plus extra to decorate
  • 600g cream cheese
  • 300g crème fraiche
  • 160g white chocolate, melted
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 6 large eggs, 3 separated
  • 1½ tsp vanilla essence


  1. Line and grease a 20 cm springform tin.
  1. Blitz the biscuits in a food processor. Add the butter and food colouring. Line the tin with biscuits, pressing down with a spoon. Pop in the fridge to set.
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C.
  2. Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the crème fraiche, chocolate and sugar. Beat in 3 whole eggs, 3 yolks and vanilla.
  3. Line the outside of the tin with strong foil so that it covers the bottom and sides. Place in a roasting tin.
  4. Pour the cream-cheese filling on to the chilled biscuit base.
  5. Dip a toothpick in red food colouring and drag it across the top of the cheesecake to decorate.
  6. Pour boiling water into the roasting tin around the cake. It should come about halfway up; don’t overfill, as it will be hard to lift the tin.
  7. Bake for 90 minutes. When done, it should feel set, but still a bit wobbly.
  8. Take the tin out of the water and leave to cool slightly. Place in the fridge to set completely, about 3 hours.

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