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Raspberry Cheesecake Cake

Here’s a cake recipe that is perfect for the holidays:  Raspberry Cheesecake Cake

Raspberry Cheesecake Cake

It’s another cheesecake cake!!  Let’s celebrate!  Readers have been writing in and asking me to create another one.  With the holidays approaching, I thought I’d take the opportunity to create something special and pretty to use for your holiday gathering. My favorite dessert ever is cheesecake.  It’s great to make cheesecake for guests since everyone seems to always enjoy it, but why not add some cake to it too?  Adding raspberries (our all-time favorite berry in the RecipeGirl household) makes my favorite dessert even better!  This cake is made up of two tender layers of white cake with raspberry cheesecake sandwiched in the middle.  The whole cake is covered with a delicious cream cheese frosting, and it’s garnished with fresh raspberries.

Driscolls Raspberries

Beautiful, fresh, sweet Driscoll’s Raspberries are my berry of choice.  They always look so red and fancy and flawless- perfect for using in desserts where you want things to look pretty and festive.

Raspberry Cheesecake

This dessert begins with making a raspberry cheesecake (with fresh raspberries mixed in, of course!)

White Cake

And then you also need two layers of white cake.  You want the layers to be as flat as possible, which you can achieve by using Bake Even Strips.  I love this product- it works perfectly for turning out flat (not mounded) cake layers every time!

Raspberry Cheesecake Cake - Assembly

Here’s the scoop on the process of putting together your Raspberry Cheesecake Cake

  • Place one layer of cake on your cake platter, sliding pieces of parchment or wax paper under the sides (to make frosting the cake less messy).
  • Spread a light layer of frosting on top of the first layer of cake.
  • Place the frozen cheesecake on next.
  • Spread a light layer of frosting on top of the frozen cheesecake.
  • Place the 2nd layer of cake on next
  • Spread a light layer of frosting over the whole cake.  At this point, you’ll put it in the refrigerator to set the “crumb coat” of frosting.  Then you can take it out and cover the cake with another layer of frosting to finish.

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You’ll want to garnish this beautiful holiday cake with gorgeous, fresh raspberries.  I opted to edge the bottom and the top.  Simple stuff, nothing fancy needed since the raspberries are so pretty.

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This is a cake that you’ll need to keep refrigerated since it has a cheesecake hiding inside.  When you cut into it, you’ll be able to see that delicious raspberry layer in the middle.

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Your guests will have the luxury of being able to eat both cake and cheesecake in the same dessert.  It’s kind of a win-win, right?  It’s an impressive dessert for the holidays, so keep this one in mind for your holiday menus!

Yield: One large two-layer cake (12+ servings)

Prep Time: 1 hour + freezing and cooling times

Cook Time: 1 hour 20 min

Raspberry Cheesecake Cake


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 tablespoon seedless raspberry jam
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
about 3 drops of red food coloring, if you want a pink hue to the cheesecake
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups (or one 6-ounce clamshell) fresh Driscoll's Raspberries, halved

1 cup whole milk
6 large egg whites (3/4 cup)
1 tablespoon clear vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 3/4 cups granulated white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted lightly to remove any lumps
Two (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tablespoon clear vanilla extract
additional fresh Driscoll's Raspberries, for garnish


1. Prepare the cheesecake layer: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to mix the cream cheese- blend until is is nice and smooth and creamy. Mix in the sugar and salt and blend for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Mix in the eggs. Then mix in the sour cream, whipping cream, jam, vanilla and food color (if using). Sprinkle in the flour and mix that in too. Gently stir in the halved raspberries. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the cheesecake is set to the touch and not terribly jiggly. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack for about an hour. When it has cooled, wrap the pan with plastic wrap, place the pan into the freezer and let the cheesecake freeze completely. This can be done several hours ahead (or overnight).

2. Prepare the cake layers: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two 9-inch pans with cooking spray, line the bottoms with rounds of parchment paper, then spray again (I like to use the Pam Baking Spray with flour). In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, egg whites and vanilla. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the butter and mix on low- you'll end up with a crumby mixture. Add half of the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and beat at medium speed until incorporated. Add the remaining liquid and continue to mix for 1 1/2 minutes, until everything is well-combined and smooth (scraping the sides of the bowl, as needed). Divide the batter evenly between the two pans. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or the tops are completely set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in their pans for at least 20 minutes, then run a knife along the sides and turn them onto a cooling rack to cool completely (don't forget to remove the parchment paper). Once cooled, wrap them each in plastic wrap until you are ready to assemble the cake.

3.Prepare the frosting:
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter and vanilla until it is smooth and creamy (do not overbeat).

4. Assemble the cake: Place one cake layer into the center of a cake plate or platter. Spread a small amount of frosting onto the cake. Remove the cheesecake from the freezer, Run a knife along the edge of the pan, take off the sides of the pan, and slide a knife under the cheesecake to release it from the bottom of the pan. Measure your cheesecake layer against the cake layers. If the cheesecake layer turns out to be a slightly larger round than your cake, move it to a cutting board and gently shave off some of the exterior of the cheesecake to get it to the same size as your cake layers. Place the cheesecake layer on top of the first cake layer. Spread a small amount of frosting onto the cheesecake. Place the 2nd cake layer on top of the cheesecake.

5. Frost the cake: Apply a crumb coat layer to the cake- use a long, thin spatula to cover the cake completely with a thin and even layer of frosting. Be sure to wipe off your spatula each time you are about to dip it back into the bowl to get more frosting (this way you won't be transferring any crumbs into the bowl of frosting). Don't worry at this point about the crumbs being visible in the frosting on the cake. When your cake has a thin layer of frosting all over it, place it into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to "set" the frosting. Once the first layer of frosting is set, apply the 2nd layer. Start by adding a large scoop of frosting onto the top of the cake. Use a long, thin spatula to spread the frosting evenly across the top and then spread it down the sides of the cake too. Because you applied a crumb-coat layer, you shouldn't have any crumbs floating around in the final frosting layer. Decorate, as desired with fresh raspberries. Keep this cake refrigerated.


*On cake flour: Yes, you need to use cake flour. If you don't wish to buy it though, you can easily make your own: Measure out your 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, remove 4 tablespoons, and then add in 4 tablespoons of corn starch. Whisk together your flour and cornstarch, and then sift. A lot. You now have cake flour!
*On clear vanilla extract:
You don't have to use clear, but if you're shooting for really white cake... it helps. You can buy it cheap online: Clear Vanilla Extract.
*On raspberries: Definitely use fresh raspberries, not frozen.
*On getting flat cake layers: I recommend Bake Even Strips (you can order on Amazon). They are cheap, and they work perfectly for creating flat, even cake layers.
*On high altitude baking of the cake layers: (above 5,000 feet- I'm at 5850), I reduced sugar by 1/4 cup, reduced baking powder by 1/2 teaspoon, and added an additional tablespoon of milk.


Other holiday cakes made with raspberries that you may enjoy:
Cranberry- Raspberry Upside Down Cake by Zoe Bakes
Chocolate- Raspberry Cake by My Baking Addiction
Perfect Party Cake by RecipeGirl
Raspberry Magic Custard Cake by Baking a Moment
Lemon- Raspberry Sponge Cake by Oh Sweet Day

Disclosure:  This “Raspberries… Now It’s Desserts” post was written as part of a paid partnership with Driscoll’s.  Visit for more berry recipes.  All opinions shared are my own.  There are Amazon affiliate links included within this post.

50 Responses to “Raspberry Cheesecake Cake”

  1. postedNov 17, 2014 3:20 AM

    That is a FABULOUS idea. Cake can always be improved with a little layer of cheesecake. 🙂

  2. postedNov 17, 2014 3:24 AM

    Raspberries are my absolute favorite! I love this recipe. Yummm

  3. postedNov 17, 2014 4:06 AM

    have you done a peppermint cheesecake surrounded by chocolate cake? you should. you’re the queen of these. 🙂

  4. postedNov 17, 2014 4:15 AM

    yes. yes and more YES! This looks wonderful Lori

  5. postedNov 17, 2014 4:38 AM

    THIS CAKE. Cheesecake is my favorite food EVER, but sometimes I also want a perfect, fluffy peice of white cake.
    And then you made this, and made me one happy woman! Beautiful dessert Lori! Pinned!

  6. postedNov 17, 2014 5:58 AM

    Gorgeous holiday dessert! I love this idea of cheesecake and cake all in one dessert.

  7. postedNov 17, 2014 6:09 AM

    Beautiful cheesecake cake Lori! Love this!

  8. postedNov 17, 2014 6:26 AM

    I need more cheesecake cakes in my life. This is a beauty, Lori! Pinned.

  9. postedNov 17, 2014 6:40 AM

    Raspberries are my favorite, too! I really miss berry season and wanted to write that on IG the other day but was afraid people would throw their cans of pumpkin at me. 😉

    I love your cheesecake cakes! This one looks especially great.

  10. postedNov 17, 2014 6:43 AM

    A beautiful cake for the holidays!

  11. postedNov 17, 2014 6:44 AM

    Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuummm! love this 🙂

  12. postedNov 17, 2014 6:44 AM

    Lori this is perfect!! Love raspberry 🙂

  13. postedNov 17, 2014 6:45 AM

    I’m always up for raspberries, so this twofer cake is right up my alley! And so perfect for the holidays.

  14. postedNov 17, 2014 6:57 AM

    This cake is beautiful! I love that dreamy layer of cheesecake in the middle. Sometimes I feel lucky if I can make something out raspberries because is’t hard for me to not just eat them straight from the carton 🙂

  15. postedNov 17, 2014 6:59 AM

    This cake is gorgeous! I host a huge Christmas party every year and this may go on the dessert menu. I love the idea of the raspberry cheesecake in the middle and it looks so Christmasy!

  16. postedNov 17, 2014 7:41 AM

    That is one gorgeous cake! That filling looks absolutely gorgeous and I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t be able to stop eating it.

  17. postedNov 17, 2014 7:43 AM

    Mmmm! What a perfect cake for the holidays! Just lovely!

  18. postedNov 17, 2014 8:53 AM

    I think I am seriously in love with this cake in every possible way. It must be made stat.

  19. postedNov 17, 2014 9:03 AM

    I would love a slice this very moment! Just beautiful!

  20. postedNov 17, 2014 10:34 AM

    You make the most beautiful cakes! The fresh raspberries make this cake even more gorgeous!

  21. postedNov 17, 2014 10:42 AM

    Lori this kind of cake is sort of your ‘signature’ and I would love to try a huge slice! That filling. Oh wow. This time of year, so nice to see something other than pumpkin or mint 🙂

  22. postedNov 17, 2014 11:15 AM

    Man that looks good. I need someone to make this for me. Been sick for three weeks and although I have no choice when it comes to making breakfast, lunch and dinner, cakes are optional. It does look like something that would cure what ails me.

  23. postedNov 17, 2014 12:14 PM

    I’ve been dying over this since I saw the picture of it on Instagram this morning! Yes please!!

  24. postedNov 17, 2014 12:23 PM

    How beautiful! The cake looks perfect and that cheesecake layer? Woah!

  25. postedNov 17, 2014 6:07 PM

    That cake looks incredible! I love Driscoll raspberries too, I add them to my yogurt every morning.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  26. postedNov 17, 2014 6:47 PM

    Love. Want. Need.

  27. postedNov 17, 2014 8:33 PM

    This cake is just beautiful! I have been wanting to combine cheesecake with cake for so long! Cheesecake is my favorite desserts! I love the fresh raspberries.

  28. postedNov 17, 2014 9:50 PM

    This is the best of both worlds, and I would love this dessert! It’s so perfect for the holidays.

  29. postedNov 18, 2014 4:56 AM

    You make the prettiest cheesecake cakes. This one sounds so lovely, I know my parents would love it for the holidays!!

  30. postedNov 18, 2014 6:28 AM

    What an absolutely gorgeous cake! Love that cheesecake hiding in the middle!

  31. postedNov 18, 2014 10:28 AM

    Wow is THAT ever the best of both worlds!

  32. postedNov 20, 2014 6:48 AM

    This is just brilliant!

  33. postedNov 20, 2014 7:11 AM

    This cake is absolutely gorgeous, Lori! I love raspberries in pretty much everything – especially cheesecake!

  34. postedNov 21, 2014 5:19 PM

    What an absolutely gorgeous cake! I love the addition of the fresh berries to the cheesecake layer. It’s nice to see fresh fruit this time of year, especially in a gorgeous cake like this one!

  35. postedNov 22, 2014 7:17 AM

    The cheesecake cake queen does it again!! What a masterpiece.

  36. postedDec 11, 2014 5:27 PM

    Will you be my new BFF??!! Omg this looks unreal!!!

  37. postedJan 15, 2015 7:45 AM
    Laurie Wilke

    What are your thoughts on converting this cake to gluten-free. Is it possible and what type of flour would you use?

    • postedJan 15, 2015 3:30 PM

      I’m not really skilled at converting baking recipes to gluten-free, but I really do like the Cup4Cup brand gluten-free blend best, so perhaps that will work!

  38. postedJan 21, 2015 12:32 AM
    Alice Blaser

    It looks yummy!

  39. postedJan 23, 2015 3:08 AM

    I’m glad to see raspberries produced in my city in your cakes.

  40. postedJan 28, 2015 1:47 AM

    Can I use strawberry instead of raspberry?

  41. postedMar 23, 2015 3:38 PM

    Martha has the same idea as me….STRAWBERRIES. And then in the icing between layers add strawberry compote and chopped strawberries. ( can u tell I like strawberries?).  I guess I’ll freeze it with each layer to keep it from sliding and also do a crumb coat layer. I’ll let u know when it’s done and how it works out!!!!

  42. postedMar 27, 2016 2:16 PM

    I just made this for our Eater dessert.  I can’t praise it enough.  Due to time constraints I used a white box cake mix.  I would really recommend freezing the cheese cake overnight.  It was delicious and a big hit with my family!

  43. postedJul 7, 2016 9:46 PM

    I am excited to make this cake this weekend. Why is the cheesecake layer frozen, to keep from falling apart during frosting? Also, is there excess moisture when the cheesecake layer defrosts? I’m trying to figure out if the cake will hold together without getting soggy for a day or two. Thanks for your help and recipe.

    • postedJul 8, 2016 4:51 AM

      Hi Dawn, the cheesecake is frozen so it’s easier to handle and does not fall apart while assembling. I’ve never had any trouble with anything getting soggy. Best to serve the day of assembling or maybe the day after.

  44. postedFeb 3, 2017 11:41 AM

    Someone was asking for Gluten free conversion for the cake. Walmart and other stores carry Gluten free Betty Crocker, Dunken Hines and King Arthur brands. To be honest I have not had the white cake mix but the chocolate is AMAing and I don’t eat Gluten free. Nobody that has ever had it has had no idea and loved it. 


  45. postedFeb 11, 2017 1:35 PM

    Is a beautiful cake
    Perfect for any occasion

  46. postedSep 1, 2017 5:42 PM

    I’m getting ready to make this cake in a few days. While reading over the directions, I’m confused about the making of the cake. Which bowl is the butter added to? Is either in a mixer? I’m accustomed to wet ingredients being in the mixer and adding dry to it, but the mention of a crumbly texture confuses me. Please advise. Thank you! Can’t wait to make this!

    • postedSep 11, 2017 8:43 PM

      The butter is added to the flour mixture until crumbly. The liquid is added in gradually.

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