Taste Test: Cheesecake Factory Cheesecakes

I must admit: I'm not the world's biggest fan of cheesecake, it's always seemed a bit too rich. But I'm obsessed with red velvet cake, and was intrigued when I first heard about red velvet cheesecake. I put it on my list of things to make and before I could get to it, The Cheesecake Factory came out with a version and sent one our way — along with a couple others. Was it the perfect hybrid of Southern red velvet and smooth cheesecake decadence? How was the cheesecake on a whole? Find out when you read more.

The Cheesecake Factory, unsurprisingly, offers a dizzying array of cheesecakes. There are over 30 to choose from, including Pumpkin Pecan and Dutch Apple Caramel Streusel. The red velvet cheesecake is the winner of a recent nationwide search for the next cheesecake flavor, and $0.25 from the sale of each slice gets donated to Feeding America.

Stefanie's Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake: We were expecting a red velvet-flavored cheesecake filling, but instead, this cake is composed of layers of traditional red velvet cake, sandwiched between plain cheesecake, topped with cream cheese frosting and garnished with white chocolate curls. We did appreciate the genuine red velvet texture, though.


30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake: Rich doesn't begin to describe this dessert, which has layers of cheesecake, layers of chocolate fudge cake, a chocolate cream topping, and chocolate shavings. Chocolate lovers, it doesn't get more intense than this.

White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle: The chocolate cookie crumb crust is delectable, but the raspberry-swirled, white chocolate center is simply too sweet. Since each slice of this cheesecake was topped with a monstrous dollop of whipped cream and chocolate shavings, our tasters could only eat a few bites before giving up.

Overall, I wasn't dazzled. I appreciate the convenient, pre-sliced packaging, and the balanced flavor of the cheesecake, which has a slight tang from the cheese married with just the right amount of sweetness. What's your experience with Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes?