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Red, White and Blue Cheesecake

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Red, White and Blue Cheesecake
  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 5 hr 0 min
  • Servings 12
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Red, White and Blue Cheesecake

Homemade cheesecake layered with the colors of the USA.

Ingredients

CRUST

2
cups crushed graham crackers
2
tablespoons sugar
1/2
teaspoon cinnamon
6
tablespoons melted unsalted butter
1
pinch salt

FILLING

3
(8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1
cup sugar
1 1/2
teaspoons vanilla extract
1
pinch salt
3/4
cup sour cream
3/4
cup heavy cream
3
large eggs
Red and blue gel food coloring

Directions

  • 1 For the crust, stir together ingredients with a fork until well combined. Pack crust ingredients into a 9-inch springform pan. Use a small measuring cup to make sure the edges are packed down well.
  • 2 Bake crust at 350°F for 10 minutes, then let cool.
  • 3 For filling, add cream cheese to a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or you can use a hand mixer). Beat until the cream cheese is very soft and fluffy.
  • 4 Add sugar and continue to beat on medium speed until completely combined, about three minutes.
  • 5 Add in eggs, one at a time, and continue to mix.
  • 6 Add vanilla, salt, cream, and sour cream and stir until combined.
  • 7 Divide filling into three even batches. Add an entire red gel food coloring packet to one bowl and an entire blue packet to another bowl. Stir well to combine.
  • 8 Pour blue layer into crust and spread evenly. Top with white layer. Carefully spoon the layer onto the blue layer so it doesn't sink into it. Use a spatula or knife to carefully spread out the the layer. Repeat with the red layer.
  • 9 Bake the cake at 325°F in a hot water bath for 80-90 minutes until the center of the cake is just set.
  • 10 Turn off oven, crack the door slightly, and let cake cool slowly for an hour.
  • 11 Transfer cake to fridge and let cool completely for 3-4 hours.
  • 12 Remove cake from pan, slice and serve. It helps to slice the cake with a warm knife so the red white and blue layers stay clean.
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Red, White and Blue Cheesecake

As prepared by Macheesmo,

You have to hand it to the Founding Fathers.


While they probably didn’t do it on purpose, they happened to pick some flag colors that look beautiful when layered in a rich, smooth cheesecake!

I really love making cheesecakes because they’re a show-stopping dessert, and once you get the hang of it you can color them any which way.  For July 4th, I thought a Red White and Blue Cheesecake just made sense.

Obviously, the tricky part of this cake is the layers, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Crust first!

 

Crust mixed

I used my standard graham cracker crust recipe for this. It’s my standard because it’s easy and always comes out great. Just stir together the crust ingredients in a small bowl.

 

Then pack the crust into a 9-inch springform pan and use a measuring cup to make sure it’s evenly packed around the edges. Bake the crust at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes to make sure it’s set.

Meanwhile, make the cheesecake filling. This filling is super-smooth and velvety. If you make it, people will ask for the recipe. Guaranteed.

 

Basic filling

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to make. Just beat together the cream cheese and sugar until it’s light and fluffy in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer. Then add in the eggs one at a time. Then you can add in all the other ingredients and mix until the mixture is creamy and smooth.

 

Adding gels

When it comes to coloring the layers, divide the filling into three even amounts and add an entire container of gel food coloring to the blue and red bowls. It’s important to use the gel food coloring for this. If you use the liquid food coloring it will actually change the consistency of the filling and it probably won’t layer correctly.

 

Colors added

Stir the gel colorings in well and you should have some really bright colors.

 

Blue layer

Of course, you could layer these in any order, but I like to start with blue on the bottom and work up to red. If you agree, pour the blue layer into the crust and spread it evenly over the crust.

 

Layering red

When it comes to layering the top two layers, just work slowly. If you dump the layer on, then it will sink into the lower layer and you’ll end up with really uneven layers. Spoon on the layer slowly and carefully and distribute it over the entire pan. Then you can use a spatula or knife to spread it out.

 

When you’re ready to bake the cake, I recommend wrapping the pan in foil just to give it a little extra water protection. Add the pan to a larger baking pan and fill the pan up with boiling water so the water comes up about two inches on the springform pan.

 

Bake the cake at 325 degrees F until the center is just set, about 80-90 minutes.

 

Baking cake

Once the cake is baked, turn off your oven, crack the door a bit, and let the cake cool slowly in the oven for an hour. This will help prevent the cake from cracking.

 

Then transfer the cake to the fridge and chill completely for at least 3-4 hours.

 

Cake removed

Then slice it up and serve!

 

If you are worried about clean slices, heat your knife up under very hot water. Then wipe off the water and the hot knife will slice cleanly through the cheesecake.

 

Red, White and Blue Cheesecake, ready to eat

Cheesecakes are good, but colorful patriotic cheesecakes are even better!

 




Nick is a cheesecake guru. Be sure to check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon Profile.

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