Thank you for not being weird. I do not crave pickle and peanut butter sandwiches. I do not crave a grilled cheese with m&ms in it. I do not crave eating dirt and chalk. Thank you for keeping my cravings in a delicious and decadent food category: sweets! While my ass will surely hate you by the end of this, my stomach thanks you until the end of eternity!
What do you do when you crave cheesecake, and chocolate cake at the same time? You look up the recipe for Cheesecake Factorys Red Velvet Cheesecake- thats what you do!
What do you do when you look at the recipe and see they suggest you take two days to make it and you want it like NOW? Panic! And then look for a suitable substitute!
I found a beyond suitable sub for the no-words-can-describe-how-good-this-is cheesecake. It is a spin off of a marble cheesecake I found on Bettycrocker.com. In this recipe, you use boxed chocolate cake mix, add cheesecake, and swirl it into a pretty design for your guests. Or... you can do what I did... and just slop it all on there (who cares about pretty right now- you want cheesecake!)
|Oh yes, it really does turn out that red!|
Red Velvet Cheesecake
adapted from BettyCrocker.com
* 1 box chocolate cake mix
* 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
* 3 eggs
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 8 oz cream cheese, softened
* 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
* 8 oz sour cream
* 3/4 cup whipping cream
* Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9 dish.
* Reserve 1 cup dry cake mix- set aside. In large bowl, beat remaining cake mix with butter and 1 egg until dough forms. Press into greased pan. Do not bake crust yet! (Um, cake batter as cheesecake crust- Betty you have my heart!)
* Now, it says in same bowl to mix the following- but clean the bowl first if you do want to make it pretty and swirly. I forgot and there was still some bright red crust mix in the bowl, so instead of turning out pure white cheesecake, it turned out pink. Dur. Ok, so in a new clean bowl, beat sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla until smooth. Beat in the remaining two eggs, sour cream, and 1/4 cup whipping cream. Reserve 1 cup of this mixture, pour the rest over the crust.
* Combine the 1 cup reserved cake mix and 1 cup reserved cheesecake mixture together with remaining 1/2 cup of whipping cream until smooth
* Spoon the chocolate cheesecake mixture over the plain mixture in the pan. Swirl with a knife to make a pretty design- or just spread it all out if you don't much care about the look of it.
* Bake 32-40 minutes until a knife comes out clean from about 1-inch away from the edge of the pan. The middle will still be gooey and will continue to cook after pulled from the oven.
* Put on a cooling rack for 30 minutes, then play in fridge for about 4 hours. Yes, this is a long time to have to wait for this yummy dessert, but it will be worth it, I promise!
* Serve on a platter with some homemade whipped cream if you desire, or just eat it straight from the pan with a fork like I do! The choice is yours- make it a good one :) Also, have a tooth brush handy- it may stain your tongue with a tangy red tint! This is only further proof that you've treated your much-deserving-self to some indulgence that day :) Wear it proudly!