Strawberry Red Velvet Cheesecake (video)

strawberry red velvet cheesecake with strawberry whipped cream

The most amazing red velvet cheesecake recipe EVER! I start this triple-layered beauty with a red velvet cheesecake on a chocolate crust, a strawberry mousse layer and strawberry whipped cream topping! This cake is loaded with cheesecake flavor and tons of fresh strawberries! It’s perfect any time of the year, but especially for Valentine’s day for that someone special in your life! Surprise someone special for their birthday, anniversary or even Mother’s Day!

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How to Make Strawberry Red Velvet Cheesecake

This stunning strawberry cake has three amazing layers to enjoy! Here’s how to put together this triple layered cake!

  • Red Velvet Cheesecake: If you enjoy red velvet cake, you’ll love the rich and creamy smooth red velvet cheesecake layer. It’s chocolate-y, delicious and everything a cheesecake should be! This is the first layer of this triple layered cake! Once you have this layer completely, let the cheesecake cool completely in the refrigerator before adding the next layer!
  • No-Bake Strawberry Mousse: The strawberry mousse layer is so delicious but lighter, fluffier and packed with berry flavor. It’s made with a base of mascarpone, heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk and gelatin to help set the layer. Add this mousse over the red velvet cheesecake and let it set in the refrigerator while you make the third layer.
  • Strawberry Whipped Cream: the final layer of stabilized strawberry whipped cream just brings all the layers together. It’s the lightest layer and it’s not too sweet, rounding out the richness of the other layers. It’s made with cream cheese and white chocolate to stabilize the cream, plus strawberry extract to add more flavor! Pipe this cream of the mousse, then refrigerate the cake overnight, or until it’s set.
triple layered red velvet strawberry cheesecake

Cheesecake Tips

Here are some more tips for making this recipe a success!

  • Use the water bath method for baking the cheesecake layer! This will ensure that the layer stays nice and even, without collapsing or cracking in the middle.
  • Use a springform pan and consider lining the sides with an acetate cake collar before adding the strawberry mousse! This liner will make it easier to remove the springform and make the sides of the cake smooth.
  • Allow the cake to set overnight for best results. This will give the cake ample opportunity for all three layers to set. Garnish with fresh strawberries on top right before serving!

The History of Red Velvet

The history of the original red velvet cake can be traced back to the 1920’s, when this cake was served in the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York. Housewives picked up the recipe and began serving it for Christmas and Valentine’s Day. The color of the cake comes from cocoa powder and red food coloring, which lends this cake that deep rich red mahogany color. A cake that has been around for almost a hundred years deserves a special place in every baker’s kitchen. I’m proud of this beautiful version!

triple layered strawberry cheesecake with whipped cream

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Strawberry Red Velvet Cheesecake Recipe (video)

1 hr 30 mins prep + 1 hr 15 mins cook + 8 hrs Setting Time:
16 servings
Decadent, three layer strawberry and red velvet cheesecake with strawberry cheesecake and whipped cream!

Ingredients 

For Red Velvet Cheesecake:

  • 10 chocolate graham crackers, about 1 1/2 cups (130g) cookie crumbs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • red food coloring

For Strawberry Mousse:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 2 cups diced strawberries, divided
  • 1 teaspoon strawberry extract
  • red food coloring, optional
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

For Strawberry Whipped Cream:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon strawberry extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream, chilled
  • extra strawberries, for garnish
  • sliced strawberries for center

Instructions

  • Prepare the ‘Red Velvet Cheesecake’ layer first. Preheat oven to 325F and double-wrap a 9-inch spring form pan with foil; set aside. Place chocolate graham crackers into a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse again until crumbs are well coated. Transfer the crumbs into spring form pan and press firmly into the bottom of the pan, creating an even and firm crust; set aside.
  • Place softened cream cheese into a mixer bowl and use a flat beater attachment to cream the cheese, beating for about 5 minutes. Next, add the eggs, sugar, mascarpone and sour cream. Mix again until the mixture is smooth. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl often to avoid any clumps.
  • Add the cocoa powder and red food coloring, until desired color is reached. I recommend using concentrated gel color. Mix the batter again until smooth and uniform. Pour the prepared batter over the chocolate crust, spreading it evenly to the edges. Next, prepare the water bath. Transfer the cake pan onto a large baking sheet and fill the sheet half-way with water.
  • Bake the cheesecake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 10-15 minutes, or until the top is set. Remove the cake from the oven and cool for one hour before proceeding with the next layer. Add a layer of sliced strawberries to the top of the cheesecake before adding the mousse.
  • Prepare the strawberry mousse. Pour the 1 1/2 cups of cold heavy cream into a mixing bowl and whisk until stiff peaks form; set aside. Into a separate bowl, add the mascarpone, melted chocolate, sweetened condensed milk and strawberry extract. Using a whisk or hand-mixer, blend the ingredients together until creamy. Then add in half of the diced strawberries, blending them into the mixture.
  • In a small measuring cup/bowl, sprinkle the unflavored gelatin over 1/4 cup water. Mix together, then microwave until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Pour the dissolved gelatin into the strawberry base, add the remaining diced strawberries and mix everything together. Add the prepared whipped cream and use a spatula to gently fold the strawberry base with the cream, keeping it light and fluffy.
  • Pour the mousse over the cooled red velvet cheesecake and spread evenly to the edges. Refrigerate the cake for at least 1 hour before adding the final layer.
  • For the strawberry whipped cream, first cream together the softened cream cheese, melted white chocolate, sugar and strawberry extract. Once creamy and smooth, pour in the chilled heavy cream. Whisk until a smooth, stiff and fluffy whipped cream forms. Transfer the cream into a pastry bag tipped with a decorating tip; I used Ateco tip #847.
  • Pipe the whipped cream onto the strawberry mousse layer, covering the layer completely. Chill the cake in the refrigerator overnight to allow the mousse layer to set completely. To release the cake from the pan, run a flat spatula along the edges. Garnish the top with extra strawberries. Keep cake refrigerated.

Nutrition

Calories: 607kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 1709IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 1mg