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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 and 10 minutes

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 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- classic red and royal 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 (classic red and royal 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.  You can also use Americolor:  http://www.amazon.com/Americolor-Soft-Paste-Food-Color/dp/B001O8KQP6.  Just keep adding color until you get a nice, strong hue.
  • *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

Comments

  1. postedDec 19, 2017 2:53 AM

    Gorgeous pictures. I made this red white and blue cheesecake cake for the super bowl party and it was a crowd favorite. Thanks for sharing, Lori! Can i post it on my blog?

    • postedDec 19, 2017 8:56 PM

      I’d prefer to keep my recipes on my blog… but if you’d like to share photos of the cake that you made and link to my recipe then that’s totally fine!

  2. postedDec 16, 2017 1:49 PM
    Beckie

    I make this cake all the time!! Labor Day… my husbands birthday and now my birthday lol. I used red velvet!! I can’t wait to eat it

  3. postedJun 3, 2017 1:04 PM
    Eve

    I’m not a big cake eater, but the idea of cake and cheesecake together sounds appealing!

  4. postedMay 27, 2017 7:30 PM
    Juliana

    I’ve been looking for a festive red, white, and blue cake that would be a challenge but not so much that I’d discourage myself from making it. This looks like the one!
    I’m going to make this for Memorial Day! Hoping it comes out well!

  5. postedMar 17, 2017 11:48 AM
    Dolores L

    Made this as a welcome to USA cake for our Swedish in-laws. Delicious–a definite hit!!!

  6. postedJul 4, 2016 12:17 PM
    Andrea P. Harris

    This was a fun cake to make. I can’t wait until my neighbors cut into at our 4th of July party.
    I’ll report later the response and to how it tasted.

  7. postedJul 3, 2016 7:36 PM
    Jeanette Fields

    Made this today and it was yummy! Thanks for the fun recipe.

  8. postedJul 2, 2016 10:06 AM
    Traci Rice

    I’m planning to make this today for a bbq for the 4th tomorrow with my family. I happen to have some fresh strawberries and blueberries on hand, I was wondering if you though I could add some fresh fruit to the red and blue layers without being in trouble. I know strawberries have a lot of water in them.  I don’t want to risk it if you think it would change the consistency and ruin the cake. HELP!!

    • postedJul 13, 2016 4:58 AM

      Sorry I was unable to respond to this before the holiday. Did you end up trying it with berries??

  9. postedJun 21, 2016 8:47 AM
    Lindsey

    I have 2 questions. It it fine just to use food coloring to dye the cakes? And, if i wanted to substitute the cheesecake layer for another layer of regular cake, how would I make the recipie, would I divided it by 3? it would be great if you could get back to me! Thanks! 🙂

    • postedJun 21, 2016 9:50 AM

      Food coloring is liquid… so it may affect the outcome of the texture of the cakes. The gel paste is a more intense color- so you’ll be able to get the color you want without adding a ton of liquid food coloring. I suppose you could divide the cake batter into three portions, but the cakes will be much thinner than pictured. Good luck!

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