Here's an adventure in aesthetics, if not in creative dessert-making.
This brightly-colored slice of goodness is red velvet cheesecake, something I just stumbled across in the pages of my first-ever issue of Southern Living back in late 2004. This served as dessert last night following the meal of savory garlic beef and broccoli turnovers.
Rather than grinding up chocolate graham crackers, I went with crushed Oreo cookies (without their lardish goop in the middle, which I scraped out as shown below).
The cheesecake was pretty striking when it came out of the oven:
The cream cheese frosting on top gives it a bit of a sweetness overkill, but that helps it stay true to form for a red velvet concoction.
"Red Velvet Cheesecake," by Rhonda Y. Coker (Columbia, SC). Published in Southern Living, December 2004, p. 140.