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Carrot Cake Cheesecake

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This cake is a totally awesome hybrid of moist carrot cake swirled together with a creamy cheesecake layer, then topped with a smooth and flavorful cream cheese topping. Wowzers! It was so good one of my daughters has already claimed it for her next birthday celebration. Plan to make this cheesecake no less than about 6 hours before you want to serve it.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CHEESECAKE:
  • 16 ounces, weight Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
  • ½ cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 whole Large Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract Or Vanilla Bean Paste
  • ½ cups Sour Cream
  • FOR THE CARROT CAKE:
  • ¾ cups Vegetable Or Canola Oil
  • ¼ cups Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • ¾ cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 whole Large Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-¼ cup All-purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • ¾ teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoons Ground Cloves
  • ¼ teaspoons Fine Salt
  • 1 cup Finely Grated Carrots
  • FOR THE CREAM CHEESE TOPPING:
  • 3 ounces, weight Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 1-½ cup Confectioners Sugar (sifted)
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Sour Cream

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 F and lightly grease a 9-inch springform pan with baking spray and place on a sheet pan; set aside.

For the cheesecake batter:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or better, a beater blade attachment), beat the cream cheese, sugar, eggs and flour on medium speed until smooth. Add the vanilla and sour cream; mix just until combined. Set aside.

For the carrot cake batter:
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the oil and both sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla; beat until well combined. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt, mixing just until combined. Stir in the carrots.

To comine the batters:
Spread half of the carrot cake batter into the bottom of the prepared pan. Dollop half of the cheesecake batter on top in large spoonfuls. Don’t spread or swirl together, just dollop. Next dollop the rest of the carrot cake batter on and around the cheesecake batter dollops. Again, don’t spread or swirl.

Spread the last half of the cheesecake batter on top and use an offset spatula to smooth it into an even layer. Tap the springform pan on the counter a few times to dislodge air bubbles.

Put the springform pan (still on top of the sheet pan) in the lower half of the preheated oven and bake for 60-70 minutes. When done, the center of the cheesecake should jiggle a bit when the pan is shaken. If you want to be very precise, the temperature in the center of the cheesecake batter should reach 150 F on a digital thermometer. When done remove it from the oven and cool completely on a cooling rack while preparing the topping.

For the cream cheese topping:
In a medium sized bowl using a mixer, cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Mix in the sifted confectioners’ sugar until well combined with no lumps. Add the vanilla and sour cream; mix well.

Spread evenly onto the completely cooled cheesecake and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Can be made up to 2 days in advance, but be sure to store it in an airtight container because dairy products readily absorb odors/flavors from the fridge.

Recipe adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

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mimi2quads on 11.30.2013

I made this for Thanksgiving – it was awesome! Thanks for sharing. I will definitely be making this again.

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Jermelleaustin on 11.5.2013

THIS LOOK SO GOOD. I CAN WAIT TO MAKE ONE.

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Jermelleaustin on 11.5.2013

THIS LOOK SO GOOD. ICANWAIT TO MAKE ONE….

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Tabby on 5.21.2014

This is so much easier than it feels like it should be! I made it for Easter, and it came out great. My entire family loved it, and we’re talking about the possibility of a pumpkin cake variation for Thanksgiving.

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mimi2quads on 11.30.2013

Made this for Thanksgiving – it was delicious!!

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