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Basic Pie Crust Recipe: Tips & Secrets for Making a Perfect Crust

Once you have a great basic pie crust recipe, making pie becomes something one dreams about. Well, wait no longer. I got you. It’s easy and once you read through the tips, you’ll have a lovely, flaky crust every time.

basic pie crust

Basic Pie Crust Tips and Secrets

  1. Chill – The butter needs to be cold. The dough needs to rest in the fridge before using.
  2. Don’t smother with attention – Pie crust is an introvert in the world of pastry, so take it easy and handle with care. Too much touching will overwork the gluten in the flour and make it rubbery.
  3. Don’t drowned it – Use as little water as possible. Again, too much will make the dough rubbery.
  4. Nobody wants a soggy bottom – Be sure to parbake your bottom crust or, well, your bottom will be soggy… and rubbery.
  5.  Weight matters – use pie weights (or dry beans) to weigh down bottom crust for the parbake. This (and refrigerating and using less water) helps keep the pie crust from shrinking while baking.

Pie Crust Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons very cold water (approximate)

Place all pie crust ingredients in food processor except for water. Pulse until butter is incorporated with flour & sugar. Preheat oven to 350F.


basic pie crust

Continue to pulse and slowly add water until mixture begins to form a dough. Keep in mind, less water is best. Yeah. Like that.

Without touching dough too much, form into two balls. Gently wrap dough balls in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 – 60 minutes.

basic pie crust

Yeast dough loves to be played with but pie crust does not. A cold pie crust is a flaky pie crust. Keep things cool by not touching the crust too much.

basic pie crust

Roll each dough ball out into a large circle – just a little bigger than your pie plate.

basic pie crust

The easiest way I’ve found to transport the pie crust into the pie plate is to fold it in quarters.

basic pie crust

And then place it into the pie plate and carefully unfold.

The Parbake

Pre-bake (also known as parbake) the bottom pie crust to prevent a soggy pie. To do this, place a piece of foil over the bottom crust. Place about a cup pie weights or dry beans. Beans cannot be used for eating after this as they will no longer cook properly, but they can be saved for another day of pie making.

Simply fold extra crust under and then pinch along the entire pie to for an edge. A little flour on the fingers helps the fingers not to stick to the pie crust as you do this.

Bake pie crust in preheated oven for about 13 minutes or until crust edges are light golden brown.

Pour filling into bottom pie crust.

The Topper

Place second pie crust over the pie. If you like, you can use a cookie cutter to cut out a small circle in the center and then place it over the pie. If you want to get fancy, you can do lattice work. Otherwise, you can just place the crust over the pie and then cut some slits in the middle of the top crust.

The Edge

For the edge, just fold excess under and then pinch again all around the edge. The edges look prettier with practice. Rustic is okay. No worries.

Brush top pie with beaten egg. Place in oven and bake for about 45 minutes (depending on your recipe) or until top crust is golden brown and filling is bubbling. Allow the pie to set for at least a half hour so the filling can set well. It will still be warm enough to enjoy with ice cream if you like.

basic pie crust

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Pavlova With Nutella Whipped Cream and Fresh Berries Recipe

The pavlova is as fun to say as it is to make.

You see, making a pavlova is an event. It is not difficult if you follow instructions well; but, like all good things in life, it does take some time.

almond pavlova recipe

No drama, baby, just patience.

Preheat oven to 250°F.

Ingredients

  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (preferably caster sugar which is extra fine, not as gritty as regular)
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1/8 cup powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 2 pints variety fresh blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries

Let eggs come to room temperature, then place egg whites in mixing bowl and save egg yolks for another recipe.

Whip egg yolks until frothy and white. Sprinkle cornstarch and vinegar over eggs then whip together. Add sugar a couple tablespoons at a time while continuing to whip, then add almond extract. Keep whipping until it’s glossy and has stiff peaks.

Line two half sheet pans with parchment paper. Form three 8-inch circles about 2 inches high each with meringue.

Bake for 1 1/4 hours. Reduce heat to 150 and bake another hour. Turn oven off and allow to cool completely in oven (about an hour).

While waiting for pavlova to cool, you can make the whipped cream and prepare the berries.

To make whipped cream, whip heavy cream in a clean mixing bowl. Once it reaches soft peaks, add Nutella and powdered sugar. Whip to stiff peaks.

Rinse berries and allow to dry on a sheet pan lined with paper towels. I like to cut the strawberries into quarters so they are easy to enjoy; but, if you’re looking for just a little more drama, you can leave all or some of them whole.

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How to Make Emoji Cake Pops

Emoji Cake Pops haz all da feelz for Valentine’s Day. Cake pops + emojis = Valentine’s treats. Nothin’ could be sweeter.

Emoji Cake Pops

Emoji Cake Pops

You will want a sturdy styrofoam block or a Wilton Cake Pops Stand before entering to world of cake pops because you will need to prop them up after dipping. Either of these can be purchased online or at a craft store.


Cake Pop Recipe

First, bake a 18.25 oz. cake mix. Allow to cool.

Then grab one 16 oz. container of store bought frosting. It’s important to note that you can only use 3/4ths of the container though or, consequently, your cake pops will crack after coated.

Place 3/4 of the container (or 12 ounces or 1 1/2 cups) of frosting into all of the cooled, baked cake. Did I mention using only 3/4ths of the container of frosting? I recommend placing cake & frosting in mixing bowl and mixing until well-combined.

Form into about 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet. Form the same amount of cake into a poop emoji by pressing it into a flat but thick triangle then forming some curves with your fingers and a little curved tip at the top. Freeze on tray for 15 minutes to set.

During the wait time seems like a great time to melt chocolate and yellow candies.

Remove cake balls from freezer once they’re chilled. Poke top of lollipop stick into melted candy just about 1/8 inch, then insert a lollipop stick into cake ball. Finally, reform the top a little bit again as it might get a little bit flat from sitting on the pan.

Royal Icing Recipe

Place all ingredients into mixer. Turn on low speed until powdered sugar is incorporated into a frosting. This prevents powdered sugar snow in the kitchen. Continue to mix until the frosting is stiff – like whipped cream.  If you remove the whisk attachment, the frosting should stand up pretty much straight. Use decorating bag and a simple round tip to decorate.

Emoji Cake Pops

For Silly Face Emoji Cake Pops Dip in yellow candy, place one eye candy (yes, I know) on the right side of where you’d like the face to be. Allow to dry. Finish off face using black royal icing and just carefully break a thin pink heart to make the tongues. After drawing the mouth, the tongue can be glued onto black frosting before it dries to complete the look.

Emoji Cake Pops

For Poop Emoji Cake pops Dip in dark chocolate candy, place eye candies in place. Allow to dry (they can be carefully laid upon parchment paper on baking sheet to dry since they’re kinda flat anyhow). Finish off face using white royal icing to draw his stinky little smile.

Emoji Cake Pops

For Love Emoji Cake Pops Dip in yellow candy, place two red hearts for eyes. Allow to dry and then finish off face using black royal icing for the smile.

If you like, you can let frosting on emoji cake pops dry overnight and then place a clear bag over the top and wrap a bow around the bottom of the cake pop. You can also carefully place the cake pop stick into a matching, striped paper straws making for an extra cute delivery.

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“This Is Us” Birthday Banana Muffin With Twinkie Frosting

I don’t know how it happened. I decided to check it out but was full of doubt. I turned on the TV, watched the first episode, and I’ll be darned if I didn’t sit there bawling my eyes out. Any emotional constipation I may have been suffering from before watching was gone and I quickly become a fan.


And since I’m not alone, I’m sure there is someone out there who needs this This Is Us – themed recipe for their loved one who will be celebrating their birthday soon. Have a co-worker who can’t stop talking about it? Got a Facebook friend who posts about how much they cried over this week’s episode… every… single…. week? Yeah, that person. They need this muffin.

Banana Muffin Recipe

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 bananas)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together shortening and sugar. Add eggs, bananas, fresh lemon juice, flour, baking soda, salt, chopped walnuts. Mix well. Place in large muffin tins with liners. This recipe will make 10 large muffins (or 20 regular size). Bake for about 35 or until top of muffin is light golden brown and springs back when touched.

Twinkie Filling Frosting

  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Whisk milk & flour together in a saucepan. Place over medium high heat and watch closely. Continue whisking until thick. Cook for about one minute while whisking. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for about 15 minutes.

Place butter & sugar in mixer on high speed until light & fluffy. After flour & milk mixture has cooled to room temp (important), add to mixer and whip until light & fluffy. It should look almost like whipped cream or, you know, Twinkie filling.

Note: For a very white filling you can substitute butter with white shortening. Shortening just won’t taste nearly as lovely.

Don’t forget the sprinkles and the candle… or your friend may get emotional.

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Individual Apple Crumbles Recipe

Because I had to try out the dicing attachment on my food processor, because the honeycrisp apples were staring at me in the store, because I buy cinnamon in bulk and own way too many canning jars, it is time to make apple crumbles.

Ingredients

  • 8 medium honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored, and diced or sliced
  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick (or 1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 – 0.74 oz. packet Alpine apple cider mix (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly ground
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 recipe oatmeal streusel

Place apples in a large bowl with lemon juice and sugars. Stir and allow to sit for about a half an hour. The sugar will draw the juice out of the apples.


Melt butter. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Add flour, salt, cider mix, nutmeg, and cinnamon into bowl with apples. Stir well.

Stir butter into apples. Divide apple filling between 6-8 eight-ounce mason jars (or small baking dishes).  Top with oatmeal streusel. If you have leftover streusel, it can be saved in freezer to top muffins later.

Oatmeal Streusel Recipe

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Place ingredients in food processor. Pulse until well-combined but crumbly. Pulsing will help to control how fast ingredients come together so you can get the perfect texture you need.

Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Place apple crumbles on baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes.

Enjoy hot or cold. Top with high quality or homemade ice cream if desired. In other words, top with high quality or homemade ice cream. Because sometimes individual desserts are the best way to come together.

 

 

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Oliebollen Dutch New Year’s Day Doughnut Recipe

Nothing says, “Happy New Year!” like balls. Amitrite? Everyone knows I like my balls (insert hilarious but innocent link here). Growing up, I asked one of my grandfathers what nationality we were. His reply was nothing short of insightful.

“You’re a mutt.” He replied and laughed and laughed.

What he didn’t know is this little girl was lost inside. What was I? I wasn’t blonde and didn’t like pickled herring all that much, so I must not be Norwegian. I wasn’t tall and didn’t swear like a farmer in the church parking lot so I must not be Dutch.


I was longing for something to hang on to for my native identity. In the meantime, this mutt picked up the special traditions of her closest friends and made them her own. Susie and the other Dutch kids in my school made oliebollen every New Year’s Day. The Norwegians stocked up on lefse every Christmas. Let’s just say I knew who and when to visit.

Is it coincidence when I visit Wallingford district in Seattle I get lost and find myself in Ballard next to all the Scandinavian stores and bakeries on my way home every single time? I think not. It is my viking soul calling me home.

Makes about 20 balls.


Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 48 ounces canola or vegetable oil (for deep frying)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (for sprinkling)

Stir water & yeast together in a small bowl. Set aside.

Mix flour, sugar, and cinnamon together in a mixing bowl.

Place milk, egg & vanilla in medium bowl and whisk together until well beaten.

Pour yeast mixture into dry ingredients. Add about half of milk mixture to bowl as well. Combine. Add remaining milk mixture and combine until smooth – about 2 minutes. Dough should be very sticky.

Cover the bowl with a dishtowel and allow to rise in a warm place for about an hour. Once the dough has doubled, stir in the salt and raisins.

Heat the oil to 375°F a deep fryer. Do not start frying until oil has preheated or you will end up with balls of oil. (Never mind that oliebollen actually means oil balls.)

Form balls of dough using a cookie scoop. Carefully dip scoop in oil to prevent sticking, scoop some dough, and drop carefully in hot oil one at a time.  Be sure not to crowd too many in as it will cool the oil down and your balls will become oily.  (I know. I know.) The oliebollen will sink to the bottom of the fryer and then float up to the top. Fry until golden brown on first side for about 3 minutes, carefully flipping when required and frying another 3 minutes on the second side. Use tongs to remove the oliebollen from the hot oil and place them on a sheet pan covered with paper towels to drain the excess oil.

Sprinkle powdered sugar over oliebollen and serve warm.

I call this photo “MUST HAZ ALL DA SUGARZ”

When the Dutch made oliebollen, they were some of the first doughnuts on the planet. “My people” probably even brought them to America. You’re welcome.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake With Butterscotch Topping Recipe

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Ingredients for Graham Cracker Crust
  • 12 long (4 sections on each) graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted

Crush graham crackers in food processor. Add sugar, salt, and melted butter. Process until similar to wet sand texture.


Spray a 10-inch springform pan with baking spray (or coat with butter) and press graham cracker mixture into bottom of pan. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes then remove and set aside.

Reduce oven to 325°F.

Ingredients for Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling

  • 2 1/2 pounds cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree

Cream together cream cheese and sugars. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well-combined batter.

Pour cheesecake batter on top of the graham cracker crust in the springform pan. Place springform pan in about a little bit larger pan (about 11-inch pan). Most recipes say to use foil to protect your cheesecake from the water bath but I have never, ever had luck with foil. Place about 1 inch of water in a large pan (roasting pan or half sheet pan works well for this) which the doubled pans can fit into.

Here’s an example from my New York Cheesecake Recipe. Yeah, like that. I shall not be foiled again.

Bake until knife poked into cheesecake comes out nearly clean – about an hour. Top of cheesecake will be light golden brown. Allow cheesecake to sit in pan until cool. (It will continue baking for awhile while cooling).

Place cheesecake in refrigerator overnight or several hours until chilled for best results. Run a knife around cheesecake edges to loosen from pan. Remove sides from pan carefully. Run knife under cheesecake to make sure crust also removes from pan easily then place on serving plate. Top with butterscotch topping (recipe below).

Butterscotch Topping Ingredients

  • 1 cup butterscotch chips, melted
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-2 tablespoons hot water

After butterscotch chips are melted, set aside. Mix remaining ingredients together in mixer until well combined. Add melted butterscotch chips. Mix until nice frosting forms. Place in a decorating bag with a large decorating tip. Place a swirl on each slice of cheesecake or each personal-size cheesecake.

Add a pecan and sprinkle with pumpkin spice if you feel especially festive.
Mini Cheesecakes

For personal-size cheesecakes, use about 6 of these cuties instead of the large springform pan… because size matters.

Wilton Mini Springform Pans, Set of 3

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Everything peanut butter and chocolate is gorgeous. And luscious. For six personal-sized luscious cheesecakes, see info at the end of this recipe about small springform pans.

Preheat oven to 350°F.


Ingredients for Peanut Butter Crust

  • 12 Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted

Crush Nutter Butters in food processor. Add sugar, salt, and melted butter. Process until similar to wet sand texture.

Spray a 10-inch springform pan with baking spray (or coat with butter) and press cookie mixture into bottom of pan. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes then remove and set aside.

Reduce oven to 325°F.

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Cheesecake Filling

  • 2 1/2 pounds cream cheese
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter

Cream together cream cheese and sugar. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well-combined batter.

Pour cheesecake batter on top of the graham cracker crust in the springform pan. Place springform pan in about a little bit larger pan (about 11-inch pan). Most recipes say to use foil to protect your cheesecake from the water bath but I have never, ever had luck with foil. Place about 1 inch of water in a large pan (roasting pan or half sheet pan works well for this) which the doubled pans can fit into.

Here’s an example from my New York Cheesecake Recipe. Yeah, like that. I shall not be foiled again.

Bake until knife poked into cheesecake comes out nearly clean – about an hour. Top of cheesecake will be light golden brown. Allow cheesecake to sit in pan until cool. (It will continue baking for awhile while cooling).

Chocolate Ganache Topping Ingredients

  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Pour 1/2 inch of water in bottom saucepan. Place smaller saucepan on bottom pan to create a double boiler. Making sure chocolate doesn’t touch water, place chocolate and heavy cream in top pan. Turn heat on high. When water in bottom pan starts to boil, turn off heat but leave double boiler over burner. Whisk occasionally until all ingredients are melted together. Spread chocolate ganache over chilled cheesecake while it is still in springform pan.

Run a knife around cheesecake edges to loosen from pan. Remove sides from pan carefully. Run knife under cheesecake to make sure crust also removes from pan easily then place on serving plate.

Place cheesecake in refrigerator overnight or several hours until chilled and chocolate ganache is set. Top with chocolate covered almonds if desired.

Mini Cheesecakes

For personal-size cheesecakes, use about 6 of these cuties instead of the large springform pan…

Wilton Mini Springform Pans, Set of 3

But we all know size doesn’t really matter.

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Classic New York Cheesecake Recipe

Ivory? Indeed. Plain? Never. Classy? Always. Sexy? You bet! Pearls and a classic New York-style cheescake have much in common.

Preheat oven to 350°F.


Ingredients for Cheesecake Crust

  • 12 long (4 sections on each) graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted

Crush graham crackers in food processor. Add sugar, salt, and melted butter. Process until similar to wet sand texture.

Spray a 10-inch springform pan with baking spray (or coat with butter) and press graham cracker mixture into bottom of pan. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes then remove and set aside.

Reduce oven to 325°F.

Ingredients for Cheesecake Filling

  • 2 1/2 pounds cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream

Cream together cream cheese and sugar. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well-combined batter.

Pour cheesecake batter on top of the graham cracker crust in the springform pan. Place springform pan in about a little bit larger pan (about 11-inch pan). Most recipes say to use foil to protect your cheesecake from the water bath but I have never, ever had luck with foil. Place about 1 inch of water in a large pan (roasting pan or half sheet pan works well for this) which the doubled pans can fit into.

Yeah, like that. I shall not be foiled again.

Bake until knife poked into cheesecake comes out nearly clean – about an hour. Top of cheesecake will be light golden brown. Allow cheesecake to sit in pan until cool. (It will continue baking for awhile while cooling).

Place cheesecake in refrigerator overnight or several hours until chilled for best results. Run a knife around cheesecake edges to loosen from pan. Remove sides from pan carefully. Run knife under cheesecake to make sure crust also removes from pan easily then place on serving plate. Top with fresh berries, canned cherry pie filling, or sour cream topping (recipe below).

Sour Cream Topping Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Stir all ingredients together then spread over chilled cheesecake.

But, pearls will last, and cheesecake shall not.

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Recipe

Hooray for the red, white, and sweet!

This is a bake-a-day-ahead recipe. The cheesecake and cake need to be chilled for best results.

Cheesecake Recipe


Preheat oven to 325°F.

  • 1 1/4 pound cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Cream cream cheese and sugar together. Add vanilla, eggs, sour cream, & salt and mix until well combined batter.

Spray inside of 9-inch springform pan with baking spray or coat with butter.

Pour cheesecake batter into 9-inch springform pan. Place springform pan in about a 10-inch pan. Place about 1 inch of water in a large pan which the 10-inch pan can fit into.

Here’s an example from my New York Cheesecake Recipe. Yeah, like that. I shall not be foiled again.

Bake until knife poked into cheesecake comes out nearly clean – about 40 minutes. Top of cheesecake will be light golden brown. Allow cheesecake to sit in pan until cool. (It will continue baking for awhile while cooling).

Place cheesecake in refrigerator overnight or several hours until chilled.

Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Preheat oven to 350°F.

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup very hot water
  • 1/2 ounce Wilton red food coloring

Place dry ingredients into mixer. Place eggs, buttermilk, oil, sour cream and vanilla in a container and beat together well. Mix beaten wet ingredients with dry ingredients. Mix in hot water on low speed.  Scrape down edges of bowl to be sure to incorporate all ingredients into batter. Mix on medium speed for a couple minutes.

Coat one 9-inch round cake pan with baking spray or coat with butter and then a dusting of flour. Pour batter into the cake pan.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a fork poked in comes out clean. Allow to cool completely. Remove from pan and wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze several hours or overnight.

Day Two

Carefully slice red velvet cake into two layers with a long knife.

Place one layer on your serving tray. Set second layer aside.

Remove cheesecake from springform pan and place on top of first layer of cake.

Place second layer of redvelvet on top.

Because this recipe is so rich, I recommend decorating with whipped cream at the last minute, but if you really need to finish in advance of your event, you can use cream cheese frosting instead…

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup unsalted butter,  room temperature
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar
  • 1 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (or more if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons water (if needed for creamier frosting)

Whip cream cheese, butter, confectioner’s sugar together on low speed until forms into a creamy, dreamy frosting. Add lemon juice & salt. Add water if needed.

Using decorating bag and desired decorating tip, frost cheesecake sides and top.

Tomorrow, tomorrow. I love ya, tomorrow, you’re only a day awaaaaay.

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