This cheesecake will really wow your guests at any winter gathering. The intense red color comes from boxed red velvet cake mix and an entire large container of no-taste red gel food coloring. The crust is made from crushed chocolate sandwich cookies (you know the brand). This dessert is a hearty one, so a standard size cheesecake will serve at least 12 people.
The addition of the cake mix makes it necessary to use a water bath with this cheesecake. We forgot to add it with this particular cake, and you can see that it sank and had huge cracks in it. You can avoid this by following our directions and using the water bath! If you do still get cracks, you can always top the cake with whipped cream or just go with it, like we did and call it "rustic." It's still delicious!
Our red velvet cheesecake stores well in the fridge for several days and can be frozen for up to three months if well wrapped.
You can see below what happens when you don't use a water bath. Go dry at your own risk :)
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