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Our No-Sweat 7-Layer Cheesecake Will Make People Think You Took Cooking Classes

This no-bake cheesecake is an easy dessert recipe that trumps even red velvet cake when it comes to Valentine's Day desserts.

Let's face it: We all love red velvet cake, but it's more about the cream cheese frosting than the cake itself, despite the gorgeous garnet color. But what's even better than silky smooth cream cheese frosting? Luscious, velvety cheesecake. So we took the idea of the classic cake and ran with it, but then made the prep shockingly simple so that even the worst date night procrastinators can pull one together and make a good impression. (If you're obsessed with this all-American dessert, make sure to check out our other dessert ideas inspired by red velvet cake.)

It comes down to the idea of the semi-homemade meal. You'll grab a couple of key ingredients from the grocery store, but make the star element--that irresistible cheesecake filling--from scratch. We made sure to make the filling a no-bake recipe so that all you have to do is measure ingredients, stir, and spoon it into the pre-made pie crust. Like we said, even home cooks prone to kitchen disasters can nail this dreamy dessert.

We haven't even gotten to the best part! There are a couple luxurious layers hiding in the middle of all that cheesecake, including cake and whipped cream. You'll make none of them by hand, but the whole thing will taste just as good--and since you're the one assembling the layers, it's fair to say it was made with love. Watch the short video below to see exactly what you'll need for this dessert, or get inspiration from our other favorite no-bake dessert recipes.

7-Layer Red Velvet No-Bake Cheesecake

Serves 6-8