Carrot Cake Cheesecake


  • cooking spray
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 4eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup canola oil
  • 1egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Position the oven racks in the center and lower third of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Fill a roasting pan halfway with water and place in the lower rack in the oven. Spray the inside of a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray.


  • Step 2

    Beat three 8-ounce packages cream cheese in a bowl using an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy; reduce speed to medium-low. Add white sugar and beat 2 minutes. Beat 4 eggs, 1 at a time, into cream cheese mixture, beating well before adding the next egg. Beat sour cream and vanilla extract into cream cheese mixture until smooth; add 3 tablespoons flour and beat until cheesecake mixture is smooth.

  • Step 3

    Beat brown sugar and canola oil together in a separate bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add 1 egg and beat for 2 minutes; reduce speed to low. Add 1 cup flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt and beat until batter is combined. Fold carrots and walnuts into batter.

  • Step 4

    Spread carrot cake batter in the prepared pan; top with cheesecake mixture. Place pan on the rack above the roasting pan with water in the oven.

  • Step 5

    Bake in the preheated oven until cheesecake is set, about 1 hour 10 minutes, covering top of pan with aluminum foil if browning too quickly. Cool for 10 minutes.

  • Step 6

    Run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen cake; cool to room temperature in pan on a wire rack. Refrigerate at least 8 hours. Remove the outside of the springform pan.

  • Step 7

    Beat confectioners’ sugar, 4 ounces cream cheese, and almond extract together in a bowl using an electric mixer until frosting is smooth. Spread frosting on top of cheesecake layer.

  • Cook's Notes:

    Food coloring can be added to the frosting, if desired.

    Top frosting layer with coconut (with or without food coloring added) and/or chopped nuts.

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