Red Velvet is perfect for Valentine’s Day! Cream Cheese Frosting is a must, and the Cheesecake swirl adds a little extra something to the loaf.
You’re not tired of Red Velvet yet, right? Good. Because I need to sneak one last red velvet treat in before the big hearts and kisses holiday.
Seriously, though. Why is red velvet only a huge thing at Valentine’s Day? I don’t get it. I mean one, it’s good. Two, it comes with Cream Cheese Frosting most often. Three, other holidays have red in them. And four, cream cheese frosting!
Wait, I said that twice. Because it’s the best part, am I right?? Tell me I’m not the only one who has been caught, head over garbage can licking the cream cheese frosting off a red velvet cake at 9pm. Right? … Right??
We’ve already talked about why I don’t like to make red velvet cake from scratch. Cake mix is much preferable, as I reduce the likelihood of a red explosion all over my kitchen. So this cake is made from a cake mix, but with a twist: a cheesecake swirl. I love, love, love the combination of cheesecake and cake. I’ve done it several times, with carrot cake cupcakes, strawberry cupcakes, and even from-scratch red velvet cupcakes (possibly the source of my red kitchen). Plus, I’m a sucker for a swirl. Who isn’t?
The idea to make a cake in a loaf pan came from Averie. A few weeks ago she made a Carrot Cake Loaf and a lightbulb went off in my head. I had never thought to make a cake in two loaf pans, instead of in a traditional 9×13″ or other round cake pans. It was genius.
A standard sized cake (9″x13″) fits in two loaf pans. You can use a 9″x5″ and an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ or two 9×5″. If you use two 9″x5″, your cakes will be flatter, but there will be too much batter for two 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ pans. Does that make sense? This cake shown was made in a 9″x5″ pan.
The cheesecake mixture is my go-to cheesecake. It has cream cheese and sour cream, which I love mixed together. Gently swirl it over the top of the loaf and you get a pretty loaf cake. And then…then you add frosting. Cream Cheese Frosting. The kind I would gladly take a bath in. If none makes it past your spoon to the cake, don’t blame me.
So, really, even if you are tired of Red Velvet by now…fit just one more in. You need this in your life, trust me.
Swirly cheesecake mixture…come to mama!
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