Old South Red Velvet Cheesecake

A cocoa spiked filling topped with rich, creamy cheesecake. What's not to love?

Photo by Tricia T.
Adapted from facebook.com

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Adapted from facebook.com

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2

    cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs

  • 1/4

    cup butter, melted

  • 1

    tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 3

    (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • 1 1/2

    cups granulated sugar

  • 4

    large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 3

    tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

  • 1

    cup sour cream

  • 1/2

    cup whole buttermilk

  • 2

    teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1

    teaspoon distilled white vinegar

  • 2

    (1-ounce) bottles red food coloring

  • 1

    (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 1/4

    cup butter, softened

  • 2

    cups powdered sugar

  • 1

    teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Garnish: fresh mint sprigs (optional)

Directions

Stir graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar together in a mixing bowl and then press mixture into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Beat 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese and 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar at medium-low speed with an electric hand mixer, or stand mixer for 1 minute. Add eggs and next 6 ingredients, mixing on low speed just until fully combined. Pour batter into prepared crust. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes; reduce heat to 300°, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until center is firm. Run knife along outer edge of cheesecake. Turn oven off. Let cheesecake stand in oven 30 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven; cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight. Frosting: Beat 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth; gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating until smooth. Spread evenly over top of cheesecake. Remove sides of springform pan. Garnish with mint if desired.

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