Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Cake

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Cheesecake is awesome,
and strawberries are too!!

 OK, so I'm not a great poet. I'll just stick to baking...

When I came up with this recipe, the combination of flavors just seemed so obvious.
Creamy Cheesecake. Sweet Strawberries. Moist Cake.
It's a match made in heaven!

The cheesecake is swirled with strawberry puree and sandwiched between layers of my favorite strawberry cake. It's all covered with strawberry cream cheese frosting...
very possibly the best frosting EVER!

Doesn't it make a pretty Valentine cake?

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Cake
by Bird On A Cake
Strawberry Cake
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 (3 oz.) box of strawberry instant gelatin
  • 1/2 cup pureed strawberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
Strawberry Swirled Cheesecake
  • 3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup pureed strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup pureed strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
Strawberry Cake
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line the bottoms of two 9 inch round cake pans with wax paper, and spray the sides with cooking oil.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add water and oil; mix on medium speed until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Add strawberries and beat until blended. Pour into pans and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Strawberry Swirled Cheesecake
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Line the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan with wax paper; spray the sides with cooking oil.
Use an electric mixer to beat cream cheese and sugar together. Mixing by hand, add the eggs one at time. Blend in vanilla. Pour half of the cheesecake batter into the prepared pan. Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar with the pureed strawberries. Drop puree by spoonfuls on top of the batter. Drag a knife back and forth through the batter to swirl in the puree. Pour the rest of the batter in the pan and smooth the top.
Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees and continue baking for 45-50 more minutes. Remove from oven and run a sharp knife around the edge of the pan to release the cheesecake. Cool completely in the pan, then chill in the refrigerator.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until creamy. Beat in strawberries and vanilla. Gradually add sugar, beating until smooth.

Assembling Your Cake
Remove the sides only of the springform pan, level the top of your cheesecake and trim off any brown edges. Level and trim your cake layers. Place one cake layer on a cake stand. Cover with a layer of frosting. Invert the cheesecake on top of the cake layer, remove the bottom of the pan and the wax paper. Cover cheesecake with a layer of frosting. Top with the second layer of cake and spread frosting over the entire cake.
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This cake is absolutely delicious!!
To make it even better, next time I will add frosting between the cheesecake and cake layers.
That would make this recipe perfect.

Try it for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner with your sweetheart!

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  1. This looks and sounds so delicious. I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. It's beautiful and you're right it sounds like a match made in heaven!

  3. This looks so delicious!! can't wait to try it, Thankyou! Great Blog :)

  4. Such a pretty cake! =)

    Happy Early Valentines Day!

  5. I would like a piece of this right now! Looks amazing!

  6. omg it looks delicious!! I'm so going to try this

    thank you ^^

  7. Hello...i just got here,just saw a little bit of your blog but i am in love already...planning to come back soon,and always...
    XOXO :-)


    1. Thanks so much, Sharon! I hope you have fun looking around! :)

  8. This is SO gorgeous! And those flavors...the strawberry...the cheesecake. So awesome!

  9. Great recipe many thanks, I will try this out this weekend.

  10. I can see why Desiree featured you, this looks delicious. Your pictures are so pretty. I would love for you to come to my link party Tuesday Trivia @
    Hope to see you there.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  11. What a perfect cake for Valentine's Day! I love the idea of combining strawberry and cheesecake - yum! I will be pinning this and am your newest follower on Pinterest and Facebook. Blessings!

  12. This looks amazing! I'm pinning it for Valentine's Day.

    Thank you for visiting Marty's Musings and my Valentine's Centerpiece. I hope we both enjoy the day!

  13. Hi I found you on the Blog hop. Now following you. Please stop by and say hi when you get a minute. have a great week. :) Please check out my new Weekly Goals Blog hop. You can find it here. Would love it if you would link up with me.

  14. mmmmm, I must make this! Must pin too.
    Found you at Trick or Treat Tuesday, thanks for sharing.

  15. I have homemade strawberry jam how would you use it as a strawberry substitute? Any suggestions?
    I think I found the cake I want to make for the big 40 next month.

  16. wow, what a beautiful and delicious looking cake.

  17. Gorgeous as usual, Robin! And I bet it is yummy too :)

  18. This looks aaamazing. I'm a huge fan of cheesecake, I love that it's like a surprise layer here... and I can't believe how much frosting you have. No matter what I always run out of frosting haha! Found you from Pint Sized Baker, would love for you to link up at my Pin It Thursday party

  19. Really beautiful, congratulations!
    Soon, a kiss, byee!!

  20. Your strawberry cheesecake/cake combination sounds phenomenal! Looks gorgeous too!

  21. This is awesome! I have made this strawberry cake before, but I am loving your idea of the cheesecake middle!

  22. This cake looks delicious! Can't wait to try it! YUMMMMM!!!!!

  23. Le tue torte sono splendide e sicuramente proverò a replicarne qualcuna. Brava brava brava!!!
    Baci dall'Italia :-)

  24. Looking so yummy, i will definitely try that

  25. Hello Robin!!! it is my first time here and I love your cakes!!! this blog screams happiness to me...I am in love with cakes too!!! this recipe sounds scrumptious!!! Wonderful to meet you in blogland!!! I am a new follower!!!

  26. Stopping by from Two Cup Tuesday - that looks so gorgeous and so delicious! Pinned to share :)

  27. Just made this and it is amazing. You deff need to line your pan with wax paper and use the spring form pan for the cheesecake. It doesnt turn out as pretty if you dont. :) I was being lazy and skipped the wax paper and didn't have the spring form pan and it was a pain to get the cakes out but still well worth the time!

  28. Hi Robin, I just found your blog and I love it!! I havent tried any of your recipes but definetively I will. Specially this post sounds yummy!! well explained and well detailed...I will come back soon!!! congrats!!!
    Eva S

  29. Going to make this for my Daughter's Birthday party. I am making a 'test cake' tomorrow for her actual Birthday. Reluctantly I admit to have never made a cake that wasn't totally Betty Crocker. This looks fairly simple so that is where I will start. Looks delicious by the way! My girl is turning 7 and she just LOVES strawberries!

  30. Robin,
    I made this for our New Beginnings and it turned out AWESOME and DELICIOUS! Thanks for the recipe and instructions! :)
    Amanda P.

  31. I made this for my sister's Birthday yesterday! What a beautiful presentation! Was so pleased with how delicious it was! Directions and recipe great to follow! Thank you so much for sharing:)

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  33. This look so delicious!!!!! I must try it..

  34. Tried to make this cake and the frosting came out traitorous! I dont know what the hell i did wrong.. but over all the cake batter was awesome and so was the cheese cake! The kids loved it!


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