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Whether you want to start or end the holiday season with a bang, this is the cake recipe for you! This Red and Green Velvet Cheesecake with Cream Cheese Icing started as an experiment but ended up being such a tasty surprise.
The inspiration for this cake actually began this summer. I planned to make a tasty treat for the 4th of July. Usually, I opt for a cobbler or a frozen dessert, but I wanted something more decadent this year. My vision was to create a patriotic, red, white, and blue velvet cake. However, I wanted the center to have a wow factor. The big question was how I could extend the cream cheese frosting flavor and texture in a way that would make an already delicious cake better? I know! Make the middle layer cheesecake!
I am a huge fan of dessert, but I am also very conscious of how much sugar I add to my sweets. The mark of a good dessert is not measured by sweetness alone. Many other factors contribute, like textures, temperature, flavors, salt, fat, etc. In this recipe, you will notice the cheesecake is not overly sweet, and this is on purpose. I feel the cheesecake’s slight tartness balances the sweetness from the other layers and gives the palette a cool, creamy surprise.
You will also notice this recipe calls for butter-flavored Crisco. If you have ever baked with butter-flavored Crisco, you know it is soooo good and adds tons of flavor to cookies and cakes. However, this shortening is as yellow as the sun. In my excitement, haste, and ultimately my desire for more flavor, I used butter flavored Crisco to make the velvet cake layers of this dessert. So imagine my surprise, dismay, and finally, my elation at the irony of my cake batter when I added the blue gel coloring to my yellow cake batter. It was Christmas in July! I quickly shifted gears and set up a completely different shoot. If you do decide to make this cake for the 4th of July, use regular Crisco and blue gel coloring. I love a recipe versatile enough to span every holiday. I even see Valentine’s, St. Paddy’s Day, etc. This cake is great for any occasion.
This cake does require quite a few steps but I promise you it is easier to make than you think. Having the right tools are stakeholders in an easygoing experience. Check out my Cake Tools below and stock up everything you need to make baking fun.
Garnish cake with white chocolate chips, shavings, or shards. KEEP REFRIGERATED!
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