Copycat Cheesecake Factory Red Velvet Cheesecake

  • PrepTime: 20 Mins
  • CookTime: 60 Mins
  • TotalTime: 9 Hrs 20 Mins


  1. 1 1/2 cups finely ground chocolate wafer cookies
  2. 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  3. 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  4. 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  5. 1 (8-ounce) carton sour cream
  6. 1 cup granulated sugar
  7. 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  8. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  9. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  10. 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring
  11. 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  12. 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  13. 2 cups powdered sugar
  14. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Gather the ingredients.Kristina Vanni
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the chocolate cookie wafer crumbs with the melted butter.
  3. Press the moist crumbs into the bottom of a lightly greased 9-inch springform pan. Set in the refrigerator to firm up while preparing the next steps. Heat oven to 375 F.
  4. For the filling, combine the cream cheese, eggs, sour cream, granulated sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Beat until well blended.Kristina Vanni
  5. Add the red food coloring and mix until completely incorporated.Kristina Vanni
  6. Carefully pour the filling into the chilled crust. Bake at 375 F until the edges are set and the center is still slightly loose, about 60 minutes or until the cake has puffed and trembles just slightly when shaken. Do not overbake. The cheesecake will settle and firm as it cools.Kristina Vanni
  7. Cool the cheesecake on wire rack until completely cool. Then, cover lightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate to chill for at least several hours or up to overnight.Kristina Vanni
  8. When ready to serve, prepare the cream cheese frosting. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth.Kristina Vanni
  9. Remove sides of pan. Frost the top of the cheesecake. Refrigerate until ready to serve.Kristina Vanni
  10. Enjoy!Chocolate Wafer Cookie CrustChocolate wafer cookies are very thin, crispy chocolate cookies, commonly called for when making chocolate crumb crusts. They have a bittersweet cocoa flavor and a very dark hue.They are commonly crushed and used for making crusts. Simply pulse the chocolate wafer cookies in a food processor until they are finely ground. Alternately, if you don't have a food processor, they can be placed in a plastic zip top bag and crushed by hand using a rolling pin.