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Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake

red velvet cake

A red velvet cheesecake cake recipe that is low carb and gluten free.   Show them you care with cake!

This low carb red velvet cheesecake cake recipe is the ultimate dessert recipe.  It’s a cake and it’s a cheesecake.  Baked using coconut flour it’s a delicious low carb and gluten free treat too.

red velvet cheesecake


I don’t normally bake such a large cake for the two of us but had seen a heart shaped cake tin in the shops and thought I might as well buy it and bake a cake.  Since Valentine’s Day is approaching my thoughts went to a red velvet cake.  I also wanted to make a cheesecake so did a little research and saw delicious pictures of cheesecake cake.  Genius!  Why am I so late in my life to only just discover cheesecake cake!  When two glorious baking worlds collide! 

This can be a labour of love as the cheesecake filling needs to be baked, cooled and then frozen.  It ensures that the middle keeps together and does not ooze out when you are cutting the cake.   It will slightly defrost too once you have frosted the cake, so you are not eating an icy middle. 

red velvet cheesecake

Mind you, it is delicious frozen and can almost double up as an ice cream cake.   We had so much left that I had to freeze it.  The red velvet cheesecake cake was sliced, wrapped in foil and placed in the freezer.   The Chief Taster was having one of those weeks at work, so when he came home, took a slice out and devoured it, declaring that he did not have time to wait for it to defrost.  

This red velvet cheesecake cake recipe was also a revelation for the Chief Taster and we spent a happy 30 minutes discussing what future flavour combinations would also work.    Although I have been baking so many sweet recipes this week I just can’t face another large sweet dessert.   I need my savoury cauliflower fix!

red velvet cheesecake

Red velvet cake is a light chocolate cake with red food colouring.  To ensure that the sponge cake was light I separated the eggs and whisked the egg whites.  It resulted in a light but firm sponge.   I’m not a fan of artificial flavouring or colouring so if you wanted to use a more natural red colouring, a few more healthier ways to colour the cake red are red beetroot juice, pomegranate juice, hibiscus flowers steeped in hot water or juice from frozen berries.

red velvet cheesecake

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red velvet cake
Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 20 mins
Over night Resting
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins

A low carb cake with a cheesecake middle.  

Course: Cake, Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Birthday Cake, Red Velvet Cake, Valentines Cake
Servings: 8 Slices
Calories: 314 kcal
Author: Angela Coleby
Cake - One Layer. Double up for a sandwich cake
  • 6 Eggs separated
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 cup Erythritol or sugar substitute
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons Red food colour/natural colouring
Cheesecake Filling
  • 16 oz Cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup Erythritol or sugar substitute
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup Heavy or Whipped cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cheesecake Frosting
  • 1/2 cup Butter softened
  • 8 oz Cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons Ground Erythritol or sugar substitute
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Make the Filling
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F degrees.
  2. Grease and line the cake tin with parchment paper. It must be the same tin that you will use for the cake too.

  3. In a bowl beat the cream cheese until smooth.

  4. Add the eggs and mix thoroughly.

  5. Add the erythritol, cream and vanilla and blend well.

  6. Pour into the cake tin and spread evenly.

  7. Bake for 1 hour.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  9. Once cool, remove the cheesecake from the tin, wrap in foil or parchment paper and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours, but ideally overnight.

To make the cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F degrees.
  2. Grease and line a cake tin with parchment paper.    
  3. Beat the egg yolks with the erythritol until combined.

  4. Add the coconut flour, cocoa powder, food colouring and baking powder. Mix thoroughly.
  5. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff and firm.
  6. Gently fold the egg whites into the cake mixture and combine well.
  7. Spoon the cake mixture into the cake tin evenly.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes until the sponge is firm.

  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  10. REPEAT for a sandwich cake.  OR use two tin and double the mixture  

To make the Frosting
  1. Blend all of the ingredients either using a hand-held blender or a food processor (I use a hand blender).
To Assemble the Cake
  1. Remove the frozen cheesecake filling from the freezer.
  2. Put one sponge on a plate and place the frozen cheesecake on top.
  3. Place the other sponge on top.
  4. Slather the frosting over the cake, ensuring that it is covered.
  5. Slice and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Serve 4-8 People, 12 slices

Nutritional Info per slice (based on 12 slices) – 314 Calories, 28g Fat, 11g Protein, 6g Total Carbs, 2g Fibre, 4g Net Carbs


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Nutrition Facts
Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 Slice)
Calories 314 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 11g 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Reply
    Matthew Jenkins
    December 9, 2018 at 12:32 am

    What is the cream I should use in the Frosting?

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      December 10, 2018 at 9:49 am

      I use heavy/whipping cream

  • Reply
    Tera Svendsgaard
    August 2, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    There are two serving sizes (12 and 8). Which one is it?

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      August 2, 2018 at 1:42 pm


      • Reply
        Tera Svendsgaard
        August 2, 2018 at 3:05 pm

        Thank you. Going to try it tonight! Is the calories/serving for two layers or just one?

        • Reply
          Angela Coleby
          August 3, 2018 at 2:02 pm

          For the two layers.

  • Reply
    July 17, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Hi, this recipe looks great and I can’t wait to try it. Just one question! I plan on making it in a round tin instead of heart shaped. Can I make the cheesecake part in a regular cake pan or should it be a spring foam pan? Thanks 🙂

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      July 18, 2018 at 8:55 am

      You can use any shaped tin you like! I used the heart shaped purely because it was Valentines. Just make sure that the cheesecake part is made in the same shaped tin as the sponges. I prefer a spring-form pan purely for the ease of getting the cheesecake part out, but a parchment paper lined regular pan should be okay.

  • Reply
    Arva Presswala
    July 10, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Hey, can I use almond flour instead of coconut flour?

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      July 10, 2018 at 4:23 pm

      You could but you will need to adjust the quantities.

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    Naty D.
    June 29, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Hi there, I’m interested in baking this cake however call me too literal but in the frosting ingredients you just list “cream” I sent this the same as the heavy or whipping cream you say to use for the cheesecake or Ian it like half and half? Thanks for your help!

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      June 29, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      Yes it is whipping/heavy cream. Sorry, we don’t have a wide variety of cream here and I tend to forget the rest of the world does!!

      • Reply
        Naty D
        July 1, 2018 at 11:11 pm

        Oh man I totally didn’t catch my typo sorry for that! Thank you so much for your response! I’m excited to bake this cake!!!

  • Reply
    Samantha Nealy
    April 10, 2018 at 12:08 am

    I made this for my daughter’s birthday. She has been following the keto diet for a little more than 3 months and said the cake was great.

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      April 10, 2018 at 7:47 am

      That’s lovely to hear!

  • Reply
    Kelly McDonald
    February 11, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    I have the red velvet portion of this recipe in the oven right now. I’m not sure how it’s going to turn out. It was very difficult to make sure that the yolk & coconut flour mixture was thoroughly combined because it was pretty much a lump when I added the whipped egg whites. The batter that I poured into the pan was still fairly lumpy, though I tried to get them as small as possible. There’s got to be a better way to mix this batter. The cake smells great though. Looking forward to trying it. Made this for my husbands birthday today.

  • Reply
    January 28, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Hi! I’m thinking of trying this recipe I’ve never baked with erythritol before so I have a couple of questions. Did you use erythritol or did you use another sugar substitute and did you freeze your cakes at all or did you make your filling let it cool over night then make your cakes the next day and eat same day?
    Thank you!

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      January 29, 2018 at 11:20 am

      I used erythritol and I froze the filling overnight before using it. Then made the cakes the next day. The cake lasted a few days kept in the fridge but it’s better on the day you bake the sponges.

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        February 1, 2018 at 1:20 am

        Thank you! Do you think if I made the filling and the sponges in the evening assembled it early morning and eat in the evening that would still be okay and yummy? If so I should keep the sponges in the fridge covered?

        • Reply
          Angela Coleby
          February 4, 2018 at 9:43 am

          It should be. I kept mind in the fridge too!

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    October 27, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Where do you get cream from? I can’t figure out where to get it.

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    September 16, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    If I only do 1 layer of the cake how does the cheesecake filling fair? Should I try slicing in half to make a sandwich cake?

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      September 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      You could slice it or how about serving the cheesecake layer on top and decorate with some cream?

  • Reply
    July 26, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Thank you so much for your reply.. 🙂

  • Reply
    July 25, 2017 at 12:06 am

    May I know the size of cake tin? Thanks

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      July 25, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      I used a heart shape tin that was 8 inches by 9 inches

  • Reply
    April 21, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Is there a liquid ingredient missing in the cake? Coconut flour absorbs so much liquid and my egg yolks weren’t near enough and it solidified. I’m adding coconut milk in hopes of reedeming the batter… there was no way my egg whites could be folded in…

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      April 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      No there isn’t as the eggs are usually enough, especially with the egg whites whipped. Perhaps my eggs are larger (they are about medium size). But adding coconut milk it a good idea. Coconut flour varies between brands too.

  • Reply
    February 12, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Your instructions say to beat cream cheese and butter for the filling but I don’t see butter in the ingredient list for the filling? Is there supposed to be butter in the filling?

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      February 12, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Hi Chris. No, there’s no butter in the filling. This is what happens when you don’t lock yourself into a room to type up a recipe. You end up with cats on the lap, dogs putting toys on your feet and the husband chatting about his work or what’s for dinner! All corrected now thanks! If I am interrupted whilst typing this reply I will scream!

      • Reply
        February 10, 2018 at 11:29 am

        Can almond flour be used instead or only coconut flour?

        • Reply
          Angela Coleby
          February 11, 2018 at 8:47 am

          Yes, it could, but change the amounts as you’ll need more almond flour.

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