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Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Cake

I’m celebrating 4th of July this year by sharing my SEVENTH cheesecake cake!  This one is a simple RED/WHITE and BLUE version.  I used a fabulous vanilla cake recipe that I tried recently and just added a little gel paste to the vanilla to make things extra festive.  It’s easy to make (I promise), and you might just impress people at a 4th of July party if you show up with a cake like this:  Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Cake

Red White and Blue Cheesecake Cake
It’s a layer of cheesecake sandwiched between two layers of vanilla cake.  For me, it’s the best of both worlds since I can never decide if I want cheesecake or cake!

Red White and Blue Cheesecake Cake 1

The red cake layer is topped with a small amount of frosting to act as the “glue.”

Red White and Blue Cheesecake Cake 2

The frosting is topped with a cheesecake layer (a frozen one that you can pick up with your hands and place on top… but you make it and freeze it yourself– it’s not from the frozen food section).

Red White and Blue Cheesecake Cake 3

Again, the frosting is added to the top of the cheesecake to glue the next layer.

Red White and Blue Cheesecake Cake 4

And the next layer, of course, is BLUE.

Red White and Blue Cheesecake Cake 5

A little trick I used from somewhere:  if you have a tender cake or a cake that is colored, it’s a good idea to apply a “crumb coat” of frosting first.  This is a very thin layer.  Then I pop it in the freezer for a little bit to firm things up.

Red White and Blue Cheesecake Cake 6

When things are firmed up, you can add the remaining frosting and the crumbs won’t get mixed into the top layer since they’re firm and frozen on the cake.  It looks neater and prettier this way.

Red White and Blue Cheesecake Cake 7

Since I had red/white and blue sprinkles in my pantry, I figured this was a good way to use them up.

Red White and Blue Cheesecake Cake 8

Red White and Blue Cheesecake Cake - RecipeGirl.com

The cake needs to be kept in the refrigerator until ready to slice and serve.  You want it to remain somewhat firm for easy slicing, and you don’t really want the cheesecake layer to get super, super soft either.

Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Cake Recipe from RecipeGirl.com

I made this about 2 weeks ago while I was still living in San Diego.  The kids in the neighborhood knew what I was up to so I brought it out to the street to share as soon as it was done.  I had 6 boys lined up to get their slice.  They gobbled. They licked their plates clean (they’re boys).  They thanked me and told me that they loved it.  A couple hours later I received a text from my next door neighbor.  It said, “Jack just got home and heard about the cake that his brothers got to eat while he was gone.  He’s outside circling the culdesac on his scooter, hoping you’ll come out and give him a slice too.”  The text made me smile, and I immediately brought a slice out to Jack… who was very happy indeed :)

I hope you’ll attempt this one for the 4th!

Yield: One 9-inch two layer cake

Prep Time: 1 hour + cooling and chill times

Cook Time: 1 hour 10 min

Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Cake

Ingredients:

CHEESECAKE:
Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated white sugar
pinch of salt
2 large eggs
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

CAKE:
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for cake pans and parchment
2 cups All Purpose Gold Medal® Flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
concentrated gel paste- red and blue (*SEE TIPS BELOW)

FROSTING:
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
5 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
3 to 4 tablespoons whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

sprinkles, optional

Directions:

1. Prepare the cheesecake layer: Place a 9x13-inch pan on the bottom rack of the oven and fill it halfway with water. Place your other rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 325 degree F. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick spray, then line the bottom of the pan with parchment, then spray again. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to blend the cream cheese until it is smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Mix in the sugar and salt and blend for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl to make sure all is mixed in. Add the eggs, one at a time, blending after each addition. Finally, mix in the sour cream, whipping cream and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Set the pan on the middle rack in the pre-heated oven. Bake the cheesecake for 45 minutes. It should be set to the touch and not jiggly. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack for at least an hour. When it has cooled, place the pan into the freezer and let the cheesecake freeze completely (4 to 5 hours or overnight).

2. Prepare the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans and line bottoms with parchment; spray the parchment as well. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, beat together butter and granulated sugar with a mixer on medium speed until combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the eggs and beat well, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, beating until combined. Add the milk and vanilla and beat until just combined. Scoop half of the batter into another bowl and use gel paste (red and blue) to color the each half a deep hue. Scrape the batter into each of the prepared pans. Bake until firm to touch and a toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cakes cool in pans on wire racks 15 minutes. Turn out cakes onto racks to cool completely.

3. To make the frosting: In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and creamy, about 1 minute. Reduce speed to medium. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Add salt, 3 tablespoons milk, and vanilla and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add an additional tablespoon of milk if you'd like the frosting to be more creamy.

4. To assemble the cake: Place the red cake layer on a cake plate and spread a small amount of frosting on top. Remove the (frozen) cheesecake from the pan and place the cheesecake layer on top of the red layer (be sure to measure it and make sure that it fits on top... you may need to place it on a cutting board and shave off some of the edge with a sharp knife to match the size of the cake layer). Spread a small amount of the frosting on top of the cheesecake layer. Add the blue layer on top. Scoop some frosting on top of the blue layer and cover the entire cake in a VERY THIN LAYER of frosting (you're just doing a "crumb coat.") Then place the cake in the freezer for a few minutes, just until the cake and frosting are a little bit firm. Then add the remaining frosting to the top of the cake, spread across the top evenly and down the sides. Sprinkle festive sprinkles on top, if desired. The cake should be refrigerated until ready to serve.

Tips:

*Concentrated gel paste color can be found at craft stores or baking supply stores (not the regular market). Wilton sells it. I don't recommend using the liquid coloring for this recipe. The gel paste is concentrated, and it you won't be adding liquid to the batter.

*The frosting included in this recipe just barely covers the cake. It's enough, but if you want any sort of piping, you might consider using another frosting recipe like the one included in > this recipe.

*If you have 8-inch pans, you can make this cake in those. You can try making the cheesecake in a cake pan, but it's pretty tricky to get out of the pan.

Source:  RecipeGirl.com (cake and frosting recipe adapted barely from Martha Stewart)

More cheesecake cakes you might enjoy:
Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake
Strawberry Cheesecake Cake
Chocolate Cheesecake Cake
Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Cake

80 Responses to “Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Cake”

  1. postedJun 24, 2013 3:44 AM

    Aww…red, white and blue in celebration of the 4th of July is perfect for the “cheesecake cake” concept, Lori! She turned out beautiful…even with color coordinated sprinkles. My favorite part of this post is the text you received from your neighbor! Boys. So gosh darned cute!

  2. postedJun 24, 2013 3:50 AM

    This is so cute and how fun for the 4th!

  3. postedJun 24, 2013 4:32 AM

    I bet you’re going to miss that group of kids to enjoy your creations! Such a fun cheesecake/cake Lori!

  4. postedJun 24, 2013 5:35 AM

    Lori this is beautiful!! Definitely one of the best red, white and blue desserts I’ve seen.

  5. postedJun 24, 2013 5:43 AM

    Such a fun, patriotic cake!

  6. postedJun 24, 2013 5:43 AM

    Beautiful, as always!

  7. postedJun 24, 2013 6:00 AM

    Totally perfect for the fourth of July! Love!

  8. postedJun 24, 2013 6:19 AM

    This is the best looking 4th of July cake ever!!

  9. postedJun 24, 2013 6:51 AM

    The perfect dessert for those of us that can’t decide between a slice of cheesecake or a slice of cake! Fun and festive!!

  10. postedJun 24, 2013 7:13 AM
    Jamie @Lifelovelemons

    So fun! Love this!

  11. postedJun 24, 2013 7:29 AM
    Maegan @ The BakerMama

    What a fantastic cake for the 4th! So fun and festive!

  12. postedJun 24, 2013 7:30 AM

    I really like the sound of a cheesecake layer in a layered cake!

  13. postedJun 24, 2013 7:35 AM

    Red white and blue cheesecake cake is brilliant! I bet those neighbor boys will miss you and your yummy creations!

  14. postedJun 24, 2013 7:44 AM
    Margaret

    What a great idea. I, also, can never decide between cake and cheesecake. Best of both worlds.

  15. postedJun 24, 2013 8:03 AM

    I love everything about this cake and I love that the middle layer is cheesecake!!! Perfect way to “salute” our country!

  16. postedJun 24, 2013 8:10 AM
    Maegan @ The BakerMama

    This cake looks fantastic for the 4th! So fun and festive!

  17. postedJun 24, 2013 8:25 AM

    Wow, what a patriotic cake! It looks delicious and so festive. I’ve had a mishap with blue food coloring before, so I will only use gel from now on. Great looking cake!

  18. postedJun 24, 2013 8:48 AM

    So fun! What a perfect dessert for the 4th :)

  19. postedJun 24, 2013 8:51 AM

    If I were Jack, I’d be circling your house too! You make this look so easy–I may have to make one this weekend!

  20. postedJun 24, 2013 9:17 AM

    Love this dessert idea! YUM!

  21. postedJun 24, 2013 9:26 AM

    Well I know what I’m making for 4th of July now! Thanks!

  22. postedJun 24, 2013 9:40 AM

    I’ve never made a cheese cake – yet! What a great idea for the upcoming holiday! Beautiful post.

  23. postedJun 24, 2013 9:49 AM

    Gorgeous! What a beautiful cake to celebrate Ameri-CAN!

  24. postedJun 24, 2013 12:28 PM

    This is definitely one of my favorite of your cheesecake recipes yet! So festive.

  25. postedJun 24, 2013 12:33 PM

    Holy cow this is beautiful! I love anything patriotic. And cheesecake. And cake!

  26. postedJun 24, 2013 12:35 PM

    Yeah, that pretty much sounds delicious right now.

  27. postedJun 24, 2013 12:58 PM

    Super fun! Love.

  28. postedJun 24, 2013 1:40 PM

    What a beautiful cake! I love it! Perfect for the 4th!

  29. postedJun 24, 2013 2:04 PM

    Wish I had been out riding my bike in your cul-de-sac when you were slicing this gorgeous cake. I’m sure your San Diego neighbors were sad to see you move away.

  30. postedJun 24, 2013 3:49 PM
    Nessa

    Is it a cake? Is it a cheesecake? It’s a cheesecake cake! :) Looks amazing.

  31. postedJun 24, 2013 3:54 PM

    Oh my gosh, how gorgeous is this! This cake is so fun, festive for the Fourth, and I bet absolutely delicious. Great job, Lori!

  32. postedJun 24, 2013 5:29 PM
    Sarah

    That looks so good! I’ll have to make it here on the 4th. The colors are great. Thanks for the recipe!

  33. postedJun 24, 2013 6:30 PM

    Oh my goodness! I so want to make that.

  34. postedJun 24, 2013 8:18 PM

    Awww! Bet you are missing the kids from your previous neighborhood!

    What a perfect cake for a momentous celebration :)

  35. postedJun 24, 2013 8:20 PM
    Helen Deiber

    I would like to receive your receipe page. this cheese cake looks great. Thank You.

    • June 24th, 2013 @ 9:58 PM

      Hi Helen- you can sign up to receive email updates by using the sign-up in the right sidebar.

  36. postedJun 24, 2013 11:37 PM

    What a fun version! I love all of your cheesecake cake variations.

  37. postedJun 25, 2013 7:00 AM

    What a lovely cake! And I’ll have to say cake decoration is not one of my strengths – thanks for that tip on the “crumb coat.”

  38. postedJun 25, 2013 7:43 AM

    This looks so festive! I seriously need to try your cheesecake cake recipe, Lori!

  39. postedJun 25, 2013 8:17 AM

    Fun, festive, and friggin delsih?! I love this! I may have to try and whip it up for our party on the 4th! Unless you want to come and bring it…? ;)

  40. postedJun 25, 2013 8:43 AM

    Cheesecake middle?! Sold! I will be making this soon!

  41. postedJun 25, 2013 9:49 AM

    This cheesecake cake looks irresistible and I love the festive colors! Cheesecake is basically the best thing ever and I love that you’ve made it into a layer cake.

  42. postedJun 25, 2013 11:01 AM
    sam

    can i add 1/2 cup cocoa powder to the cake mixture to turn it into a chocolate cake?

  43. postedJun 25, 2013 1:31 PM

    This cake is AWESOME!! I have to agree, it’s hard to decide between cake and cheesecake – definitely the best of both worlds with this beauty! LOVE IT!

  44. postedJun 25, 2013 2:21 PM

    wow! decadent and festive. love it!

  45. postedJun 25, 2013 4:09 PM

    Gorgeous Lori!! SO eye-catching. I just saw it on FoodGawker and it stands right out! I love it. So festive, pretty, and I can only imagine how tasty the cheesecake + cake are together. Yum!

  46. postedJun 25, 2013 7:25 PM

    I absolutely love this cake, Lori! Not only is it festive with SPRINKLES, you added cheesecake. You’re totally invited to my parties from now on ;)

  47. postedJun 25, 2013 8:14 PM

    Such a fun twist on your cheesecake cake.

  48. postedJun 26, 2013 9:20 AM

    I sort of want to give Jack a hug.
    And I sort of want to circle your culdesac until you give me a slice too.

  49. postedJun 26, 2013 10:37 AM

    Perfect for the 4th. I adore cheesecake, and I love the layers.

  50. postedJun 26, 2013 4:21 PM

    Looks gorgeous, Lori!!!

  51. postedJun 27, 2013 7:15 AM

    Love this! It is so perfect :) I bet this tastes like a slice of heaven!

  52. postedJun 27, 2013 12:10 PM

    I absolutely adore your cheesecake cakes! This is SO pretty!!

  53. postedJun 28, 2013 9:30 PM

    This looks great, Lori! Can’t wait to share on our Facebook page; it’ll be the perfect holiday treat.

    • June 29th, 2013 @ 6:14 AM

      awesome- thanks!

  54. postedJun 29, 2013 12:03 AM
    Maria

    I just baked a test run of this cake and I’m glad I did because the gel paste I picked up at the store, Betty Crocker Decorating Gel (0.67 oz tube) in red and blue only turned my cake pink and green! Do you have a recommended brand and amount to use?

  55. postedJun 29, 2013 12:07 AM
    Maria

    Oh silly me, I just saw the “Tips” section and found the one about the gel coloring. Maybe it would be helpful to others if you included the tip next to the ingredient on the ingredients list so they don’t end up like me? Obviously I should have read the recipe completely through in the first place though.

    • June 29th, 2013 @ 6:16 AM

      uh oh- sorry about that. I just added it in (SEE TIPS BELOW) to the instructions. Thank you for pointing it out. Hope you have enough ingreds to make it again!

  56. postedJun 29, 2013 4:55 PM

    What a cute cake! I would probably make this all year long! :)

  57. postedJul 1, 2013 2:20 PM

    When making the vanilla cake, can you use skim milk instead of whole milk?

    • July 1st, 2013 @ 5:05 PM

      I think it should probably be okay… I only made mine with whole milk, so I can’t say for sure.

  58. postedJul 1, 2013 4:24 PM
    Nicole

    Hi! Was looking forward to making this tomorrow. Went to the store and got everything but now looking over the recipe I see the tips section and I didn’t get the gel paste… Will it ruin the cake with food coloring?

    • July 1st, 2013 @ 5:05 PM

      Since I only used the gel paste, I can’t really say for sure if you’ll get the same result.

  59. postedJul 2, 2013 5:58 AM
    Bryan

    This looks amazing! And it’s so genius, yet very simple. Definitely have to give this one a try for this week!

  60. postedJul 2, 2013 4:45 PM

    This is gorgeous, Lori! :)

  61. postedJul 2, 2013 4:46 PM

    This looks gorgeous, Lori! :)

  62. postedJul 2, 2013 8:05 PM

    Wow! Lori, this may be one of the most gorgeous cakes (and photos) I’ve ever seen. Amazing job!

  63. postedJul 3, 2013 5:31 PM
    Sharon

    I am still confused. I posted a question about using the frosting for your Red Velvet Cheesecake cake. In that post the recipe has you using 2- 8oz cream cheese with ONLY 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar. This recipe has you use 4 oz cream cheese with 5 cups of powdered sugar. Is this correct?? Please can someone help me ASAP?? I want to bring this to work in the AM tomorrow (July 4)
    Thanks
    Sharon

    • July 3rd, 2013 @ 5:36 PM

      Hi Sharon- I emailed you directly today, but perhaps it went to your junk mail? In any case, here’s the scoop. The two frosting recipes are completely different. This one listed here has more powdered sugar and less cream cheese. The frosting recipe for the red velvet cake has more powdered sugar. If you use the one listed here for the red white and blue cake, you’ll have enough to cover the cake, but it won’t be a thick layer. The other frosting suggested makes a larger amount, allowing for a thicker layer.

  64. postedJul 4, 2013 8:34 AM
    Carolyn

    Made this for my birthday – July 3rd. Is awesome. And the plain cake is very good all by itself too. Had to taste the crumbs as I went, don’t you know? lol
    Anyhow, thanks so much for the recipe and the cheesecake cake ideas. Will be making more of these in the future.

  65. postedJul 4, 2013 6:55 PM
    Ammie

    I made this for our 4th of July celebration and it was delicious! I have to ask though, what brand of gel coloring did you use and how much? I had Wilton gels on hand and my colors didn’t turn out nearly as vibrant as your cake’s. I used almost half a bottle of the red and it still looked like more of a strawberry red. Anyhow, thanks so much for sharing this delicious, festive recipe!

    • July 5th, 2013 @ 6:32 AM

      They come in little cylindrical containers, and you buy them at craft supply stores (like Michaels)- “Icing Colors… concentrated gel paste”

  66. postedJul 5, 2013 12:22 PM
    Karen Burris

    This was one of the hardest cakes and one of the best cakes I have ever made!!! I bake a lot and I thought what the heck ill try it, because we were going to a party and it was the hit of the party, thank you for sharing your receipe!!!!!!

  67. postedJul 5, 2013 4:32 PM
    Sonia

    I made this for my husband’s birthday (july 1 but we celebrated july 3). It’s yummy – love the cheesecake layer! I used Wilton gel colors and my red is good but the blue is a bit light. If I had to change anything I’d put less sugar in the frosting – it’s really sweet! But then I’ve been low-carbing for a year now and avoiding all sugar so it’s just a shock to my system! This made the perfect amount of frosting to cover the cake – if I had put less sugar in it there wouldn’t have been enough!

  68. postedJul 9, 2013 7:39 AM
    Pammy

    I don’t know what I did wrong…I put in 2 tubes of blue and 2 red. I have 1 green layer and 1 pink. Neither layer rose much and looks like brown pancakes. Cheesecake was wonderful. I didn’t put on the sprinkles since my cake was neither blue or red. Disappointed.

    • July 9th, 2013 @ 7:44 AM

      Sounds like you used decorator gel that you buy from the grocery store (the kind that you use to decorate the top of a cake?) You need concentrated gel paste… which you can buy at Michael’s or baking supply shops (it’s Wilton brand). You’ll only need a small amount of the concentrated paste to obtain deep hues of blue or red.

  69. postedJul 4, 2014 1:12 PM
    Amanda Grzyb

    I did the water pan trick and my cheesecake still has cracks around the rim?

    • July 8th, 2014 @ 4:01 AM

      It happens sometimes. Cracks don’t matter much when the cheesecake is hidden between the two layers of cake. How did the finished cake turn out for you?

  70. postedJul 26, 2014 5:22 PM
    Michelle

    Made this cake for our family 4th of July celebration. I barely got a taste so I made it again for MY family birthday celebration. I changed the cake colors to pink and purple and added a fresh strawberry purée to each layer. I can hardly wait to eat it tomorrow!! Dessert can’t come soon enough! Thanks for sharing such a delicious, versatile cake!!

    • July 29th, 2014 @ 11:54 AM

      you’re welcome!

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