Red Velvet Brownies!

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Delicious Red Velvet Brownies with a Vanilla Cheesecake Swirl!

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So the time has come, to give you… RED. VELVET. BROWNIES. Yeah, that’s right – red velvet brownies. This is a recipe that has been requested for longer than I can remember, so I am finally giving you the ultimate dream!

Some people may be a little confused from the beginning here about how you can have Red Velvet in brownie form, but roll with me. It’s possible. And it’s DELICIOUS. 

SO! To explain the bake… Red Velvet Cake is basically a chocolate and vanilla cake, that is also red. Originally, they were not made using red food colouring, but these days, it’s just the easiest and most straight forward route. 

The main issues with baking Red Velvet Cakes has always been using the incorrect food colouring. I will say it over and over again.. you MUST use good quality colouring. Cocoa powder is a vital ingredient, but also the ingredient that can cause food colouring not work with it being brown and all. 

I use Red Extra food colouring, because it is just the ultimate for this situation. I use it for all red velvet bakes, and pretty much anything I do that needs to be red. Honestly, it is just such good quality! If you use a supermarket own brand, it just will NOT work. Also, the amount you need to use is rather disgusting.. this way, you don’t need much at all!

Anyway! To make the classic Red Velvet Cake into a Brownie.. you sorta have to combine several recipes. I essentially combined the ideas of my Red Velvet Cake, Brownies, and Blondies all in one. The quantities vary slightly in comparison to them all, and basic ingredients differ, but otherwise… they’re so similar!

For Red Velvet to be Red Velvet these days… you need Cocoa Powder, Vanilla, White Vinegar and Buttermilk. For these Brownies however, you need the Cocoa Powder, Vanilla and White Vinegar along with the other ingredients. 

I tried to incorporate Buttermilk into them, but it just didn’t float at all. Neither did the Bicarbonate of Soda which is also found in the cakes often! Either way, I feel like this does have enough ingredients in to be called Red Velvet Brownies. 

For the Cheesecake Swirl, it’s a very similar recipe to the cheesecake in my Cheesecake Brownies just because I love it so much! You just have to stir it all together as little as possible to make it smooth, and then swirl it in!

The best way I found to achieve the swirl is to add in 90% of the mix into the tin, dollop/pour the cheesecake over, and then add on the rest of the brownie mix. Swirl it through, and bake! The cheesecake will sink into the brownie, but this way you get folds of cheesecake throughout, and it’s the best!

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! x

5 from 1 vote
Red Velvet Brownies!
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Cooling Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 50 mins

Delicious Red Velvet Brownies with a Vanilla Cheesecake Swirl!

Course: Traybakes
Cuisine: Brownies
Keyword: Red Velvet
Servings: 16 Pieces
Calories: 262 kcal
Author: Jane's Patisserie
Red Velvet Brownies
  • 150 g Unsalted Butter
  • 275 g Caster Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Red Food Colouring
  • 4 Medium Eggs
  • 30 g Cocoa Powder
  • 125 g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp White Wine Vinegar
Cheesecake Swirl
  • 250 g Full-Fat Cream Cheese
  • 75 g Caster Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  1. Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan and line a 9x9" square tin with parchment paper!

  2. Beat together your Butter and Sugar until combined!

  3. Add in the Vanilla and Red Food Colouring - I find it easier to mix these two together to make a thinner paste, and then mix into the Butter/Sugar!

  4. Add in the Eggs one at a time, beating each time. Add in the Cocoa Powder, and Flour, and beat again.

  5. Finally, add in the White Wine Vinegar - and mix. You want to mix this mixture as little as possible!

  6. In a separate bowl, add your Cream Cheese, Sugar and Vanilla and beat till smooth. Add in the Egg Yolk and mix again!

  7. Pour 90% of your Brownie Mixture into the tin - dollop over the cream cheese mix, and then dollop over the last little bit of Brownie Mix

  8. Swirl the mixture together - and then bake in the oven for 28-35 minutes. Mine were in for 30!

  9. Leave to cool in the tin for 20-30 minutes or so, and then cool fully on a wire rack!

Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Red Velvet Brownies!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 70mg3%
Potassium 78mg2%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 527IU11%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. Not to undo all your hard work in researching and testing this recipe, but is it possible to omit the red food colouring?

  2. Really looking forward to baking these red velvet brownies, can I add white chocolate chips or won’t they work? Thanks in advance x

  3. Hi! I am making these for the first time today (very excited!) and have 2 questions:
    1. Can I use dairy free spread in place of the butter as I only have this in the fridge?
    2. When beating, is it okay to use an electric whisk?


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