Disney Food Recipe: Pop Century’s Tie-Dye Cheesecake

This cheesecake was a hot topic when POP Century Resort first opened in 2003 (do you remember?), and it’s still as weird, wacky, and delicious as it ever was.

Disney's Pop Century Resort

Now, Disney’s got some “pricier” cheesecakes around property, but it’s tough to beat this one for outright fun. This’ll be a great alternative to standard birthday cakes for those old hippies in your life ;-)

Red Velvet Cake (“crust” portion):
1/4 c butter, softened
3/4 c sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 ounce red food coloring
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 c buttermilk
1 c flour
1/2 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9″ springform pan.

Cream together butter, sugar, and eggs. Make a paste of cocoa and food coloring. Add the paste to the creamed mixture. Mix salt and vanilla in buttermilk and add alternately with the flour. Mix soda and vinegar separately, add last, folding in. Do not beat after adding soda mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Cool cake in pan.

Lower oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

Cheesecake Filling:
1 1/2 lb. Cream Cheese
1 1/3 c Sugar
5 Large Eggs
16 oz. Sour Cream
1/4 c Flour
2 teaspoon Vanilla
2 teaspoon Lemon Juice

NOTE: All above ingredients should be at room temperature before you begin.

Start by beating the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Keep the mixer on a low setting throughout the beating and mixing process. Add the sugar a little at a time and continue beating until creamy. Add one egg at a time and beat after each egg. When eggs have been mixed into the cream cheese add flour, vanilla and lemon juice, mix well. Add the sour cream last and beat well.

Divide the batter into 6 bowls and color each one:
red, purple, yellow, light blue, green, orange

To assemble, drop large spoonfuls of the colored batters randomly on top of the red velvet cake still in the pan. Swirl each layer slightly. Place on the top rack in the middle of a 325 degree preheated oven for one hour and 15 minutes. When time is up, prop open oven door and leave the pan in the oven for one hour. After one hour, remove from oven. Let cool enough before the cheesecake is put into the refrigerator for 24 hours.

Thanks to the Pop Century Fan Site for the photo!


  1. admin says

    Anna — Please do! Or turn it into a cookie and put it on your site — how cool would that be?

  2. mom of 6 says

    Hey, I’ve never been on a blog before but wanted to let you know, I am going to try this recipe!
    We enjoy that cheesecake everytime we go to Disney World and my 9 year old daughter is having a Love, Peace and Dance party this weekend. So it’s the perfect time to try it! I am a little concerned about the cake part being overcooked since it is cooked for 30 minutes before the cheesecake gets put on it and cooks another hour! But I am gonna go for it and hope for the best! Will let you know about the outcome. Wish me luck!!

  3. says

    mom of 6 — GOOD LUCK!! :-) I know you’ll do great! Stop in again and let us know how the party goes!

  4. says

    I’m going to make this for my daughters birthday. She LOVES cheesecake and loves tie dye.



  5. Tracey says

    Maybe a silly question, but I am not sure…when the oven door is propped open, is the oven still on and left @ 325 degrees or is it turned off when the 1hr 15 mins is up and just sitting in the oven as it cools down? Thanks.

  6. amos says

    I DID IT!!!!!! I made the cheese cake for my wife and daughter, they loved it… the only thing that went wrong was the cake it “fell” and didn’t rise like it was supposed to do, oh well i will try it again but i may cheat just a little and use cake mix or a ready made crust.

  7. Sandi says

    I made this yesterday for my daughter’s birthday. It was absolutely delicious. Everyone loved it and there was none left. I followed the directions exactly and it came out perfect.

  8. Brittany says

    Just made this for my boyfriends birthday and it’s currently in the oven! :) Thanks so much!!

  9. Melinda says

    My niece fell in LOVE with this cake! I have used this recipe many times and it always comes out great! I have dyed it different colors for different occasions. I made a Red, Green and White for Christmas. I am currently baking one that is red, orange, yellow and black. I am doing a Hunger Games themed cake for her Birthday. My only problem with the recipe is that the cake raises so much, I don’t have room in my 9″spring form pan for all of the cheesecake. I guess I need a bigger one or one with taller sides. I usually just bake the extra in another pan. Samples are always a plus!

  10. Pigletyyz says

    OMG, this sounds so good and looks crazy-beautiful!! Wonder if you you could use an Oreo cookie crust….hmmm….my weekend plans have now been moved to the kitchen!

  11. Nitenurse1 says

    I would LOVE to try this but am gluten free. Has anyone tried adapting this to a gluten free version? Everything in the recipe is fine except the flour. Thanks for any help or suggestions!

  12. Faitb says

    I made this for Father’s Day. I’ve never made a cheesecake before. I did everything right by the recipe. The cake came out perfect. The cheesecake came out good too, but it took longer to cook and it rise about 4 inches above the pan. I think next time I will use a 10 inch pan.

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