Saturday, June 18, 2011

Brownie Cheesecake

What's better than brownies or cheesecake?

... Brownies AND Cheesecake!

Not just that, this Brownie Cheesecake is full of color.

A while back, I came across a post for this BEAUTIFUL brownie cheesecake

I've been wanting to make this for a while.  Well, we finally did!
As much as I want to make a rainbow colored cake like the original picture above, I thought a red, white and blue cake would be most suited for this time of year.

Really, it was so easy, I will be doing this again!

- Brownie Recipe (made from a box or from scratch)
- Cheesecake Recipe (your favorite New York Style)
- Food Coloring (any and all colors you wish to add to your cake)

Ok... I realize that you may not have a favorite cheesecake recipe.  And if you don't, you are likely (like me) one who usually makes brownies from a box.  

This is what I used for my "Cheesecake Recipe"...
- 16oz of cream cheese, at room temperature
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 sugar
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup sour cream

Notes: I liked this cheesecake recipe because it wasn't so sweet... so it went nicely with the brownie layer which was quite sweet.  It was also very, very creamy.  If you wanted a more firm cheesecake layer, you would need to add another egg.  However, I thought this turned out quite nice.

1)  Prepare the brownie layer!
Preheat your oven according to your brownie recipe instructions.  Grease your pan!  I used a spring form pan, but if you don't have one, you could really use any dish you'd normally bake in.  

Prepare your brownies according to the recipe instructions.

Transfer your brownie batter to your baking pan.

Lick your spatula nice and clean... because brownie batter is SOOOOO yummy!

Bake your brownies to your liking.  When they are done, set them aside to cool and begin working on your cheesecake layer!

Now... I was making this for my husband, who is oddly appalled by gooey, messy brownies.  I made sure I baked them until they were nice and firm.  I would have much preferred a brownie layer that was slightly under-cooked.  The choice is up to you.

Remember, however, you will be baking this once again with the cheesecake layer, so you don't want to overdo it here!

2) Prepare your cheesecake layer!
Follow the instructions for preparing your favorite cheesecake.  If you are using my recipe above, follow these...
- Mix your cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until well blended.  Make sure you scrape the sides of your bowl often.
- Add your eggs, mixing well after each.
- Add the sour cream, and mix until well blended.  Again, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl.

Once mixed, separate the cheesecake batter into as many bowls as you wish to have colors for your cake.  I chose red, white and blue, so I needed two extra bowls.

3)  Add some color!
Add food coloring to each bowl of cheesecake batter until you get a color you are happy with.  You can buy cake decorating colors that are more concentrated than the typical food coloring you would buy at the grocery store.  These might be best if you want to have really dark colors.  I used almost half a bottle of red ad blue to get the colors I did for this cake.

And here is my colored cheesecake batter...

At this point, you may want to preheat your oven according to your cheesecake baking instructions.  If you are following my instructions, preheat to 325F.

Next, drop, drizzle, or pour your cheesecake batter over your brownies.  I did three rounds of each color, so I got a nice layering of colors.  The colors will pretty much stay where you drop them, so keep this in mind when you are finishing up... what you see is what you'll get!  :)

I had debated running a toothpick through to swirl the colors, but opted not to this time.  However, it was VERY tempting.  I think that would have given a very cool effect.. and because I used only red and blue, the worst I'd end up with was purple, right?  :)  Next cake!

And here is my cheesecake, ready for the oven...

Place your cheesecake in the oven and bake until it is set.
If you are following my cheesecake recipe, bake for 35 minutes at 325F.
If you are using your own cheesecake recipe, you may need to go with a different temp or cook time, so refer to your recipe instructions.

When the cake is set, remove from the oven and allow it to cool.

Place the cooled cake in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours before serving.

Then, enjoy, of course!!!

The original instructions had suggested taking care in the cutting of your cake to get a nice presentation.  Use a clean knife and cut down into each slice rather than running your knife back and forth, up and down... you get the picture...

Love it!

I think this would make a beautiful 4th of July dessert, don't you?
If you ask me... all it is missing is whip cream.  I CAN'T BELIEVE I forgot the WHIP CREAM!!!

Hope you love it!



  2. Wow!! I LOVE cheesecake. Adding a layer of brownies and fun colors to cheesecake just makes it super cool and even yummier!

    Laura @ Come Together Kids

  3. Gorgeous! What a beautiful cheesecake!

  4. I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE this! I am so going to make one!

  5. Oooo yummy! I shared this on Wildflowers & Whimsy's FB page!

  6. yummy! I can see some extra calories in my future :)

  7. My two favorite sweets together in one piece. This is my lucky day! I can't wait to make this!! I love the red, white, and blue, but the possibilities are endless!!!Thanks for a great recipe idea!!

  8. What a great idea! It looks so festive and delicious:)

  9. This looks SO good!! So creative!! We are having a linky party on our blog today "Strut Your Stuff Sunday"!! Would love for you to please party with us ;)


  10. LOVE this. It's so festive looking! And I bet it tastes super yummy too!

  11. This looks great … I am making this for the 4th … thanks for sharing!!

  12. This looks so good and cute, you should definitely add it here I am going to have to try it. I love Cheesecake! Thanks for sharing! ♥ BJ

  13. Sounds and looks delicious!!! I totally messed up cheesecake years ago and never went back to try again. I just might have to try this one day. :)

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  14. What an amazing combination! I am craving this so badly now! Please stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

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  16. Yum! I love it! I am a huge cheesecake fan, & my hubby is a huge brownie fan--this dessert is perfect for us.

  17. This is a wonderful idea! I can't wait to try it out! Also, thanks for including a cheesecake recipe. Look out Fourth of July, here come brownies and cheesecake!

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  19. This looks SO GOOD! I featured it on my blog today.

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  22. I love this idea. It looks great and sounds delicious!

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  24. I am seriously buying a spring form pan tomorrow and making this.. Looks SO good!

  25. Love this!! Can you tell me what size springform pan you used? I only have 9 and 10 inch. I'm thinking the 9 inch would work. yes?

  26. Oh my goodness this looks amazing! I am having a Red, White and Blue Linky Party and would love for you to stop by and join in!

  27. This is awesome! Looks gorgeous and I can't wait to try it! TFS

  28. I want to use your cheesecak recipe, but it says "1/2 sugar". Is that a cup? I want to be sure because I always mess something up!!


  29. I tried this the same day I found it on pinterest! It is still in the oven right now but looks amazing! I might have to do this for every holiday event!


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