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Red Velvet Cheesecake Loaf

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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.
red velvet cheesecake 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??


red velvet cheesecake loaf

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.

red velvet cheesecake loaf

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.

red velvet cheesecake loaf

Swirly cheesecake mixture…come to mama!

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Loaf


For the Cakes:

  • 1 box red velvet cake mix — plus ingredients called for to make the cake
  • I used Duncan Hines and the cake mix called for 3 eggs, 1 1/4 cups water, and 1/3 cup oil.
  • 8 ounces cream cheese — softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream — room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Frosting

  • 4 ounces room temperature cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons room temperature butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 + teaspoons heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour (or line with foil and spray wit cooking spray) two loaf pans. You can use two 9x5 loaf pans or one 9x5 and one 8 1/2 x 4 1/2.
  2. Mix up cake mix according to package directions, using egg, water, and oil called for on the box. Divide among your loaf pans.
  3. Beat cream cheese and sour cream in a stand mixer until smooth. You can use a hand mixer, but I find it is really hard to get all the lumps out that way! Beat in your egg, sugar, and vanilla and mix until smooth, although some lumps may remain. Evenly divide cheesecake mixture on top of each of your loaf pans. Drop spoonfuls of the cheesecake batter randomly over the top of the loaves. Using a butter knife or the back of a wooden spoon, swirl the cheesecake into the loaves. Be careful not to swirl too much or they will just blend (kind of like mine did...)
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely and then remove from pans.
  5. To make the frosting: mix butter and cream cheese until smooth with a hand mixer. Mix in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Add vanilla and 1 teaspoon heavy cream and mix until smooth. Add more cream, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the frosting reaches your desired spreading consistency. (I used 2 teaspoons.) Store in refrigerator.

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Loaf - two loaves of red velvet cake and cheesecake all in one, with cream cheese frosting.

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  3. THIS looks amazing!!

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