Cheesecake Swirl Carrot Cake

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This Cheesecake Swirl Carrot Cake is a moist carrot cake with a cheesecake swirl running through it! It’s a fun twist on carrot cake and a great dessert for Easter!

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Cheesecake Swirl Carrot Cake

So after posting my Carrot Cake Cheesecake last week, I debated whether or not to share this one too. At first glance, they seem pretty similar and in some ways they are. I mean, they both have carrot cake and cheesecake in them. However, after trying both of them, I realized that they are actually different enough that they deserve to both be shared. The cheesecake from last week really is more of a true cheesecake than this one. It tastes much more like eating a cheesecake that has some carrot cake in it.

This Cheesecake Swirl Carrot Cake, however, is much more like eating a carrot cake with a little cheesecake in it. I’m truly in love with it! I love love love my Carrot Cake Recipe, and that’s the base of this cake. It’s all baked into one pan though, so it’s more dense than the layer cake (which I actually really enjoyed!). When you combine the dense, moist and tasty carrot cake with a thin ribbon of cheesecake going through it, it’s just so darn good.

And to make it even better, it’s frosted with a light whipped cream cheese frosting. The perfect way to finish off what is a dense and amazing cake!

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How to make Cheesecake Swirl Carrot Cake

So to make this cake, you’ll start with the carrot cake batter. A unique thing about this cake batter is that in addition to the typical grated carrots, it also uses pureed carrots. While it takes a little more effort, I promise the results are totally worth it! SO much flavor and so moist in the cake!

Just steam the carrots and puree them in a food processor or blender and you’re ready to go.

From there, the rest of the cake batter is fairly straightforward. You’ll cream the butter and sugars together until you see it get light in color and fluffy in texture. Don’t skimp here. It adds air to the batter that helps it rise.

Then you’ll add in your eggs one at a time. And then alternate adding the dry ingredients with the carrot puree.

The last part of the cake batter is to add your mix ins. I love the addition of crushed pineapple and coconut, but you can also add some pecans or walnuts, or even raisins. Set the batter aside while you work on the cheesecake part.

Cheesecake Swirl

This is basically a simple modified cheesecake filling. You’ll combine the cream cheese, sugar and flour and mix those all together. Then you’ll add the sour cream and vanilla extract. The final thing is to add the egg. Easy peasy!!

To layer your cake batter with the cheesecake swirl, add about a third of the cake batter to your cake pan and spread evenly. Add about half of the cheesecake filling to the top and spread it evenly.

Add another third of the cake batter by dropping spoonfuls of it over top of the cheesecake. Try to cover the cheesecake filling as best you can and gently spread it evenly.

Add another layer of cheesecake and then the final layer of cake batter. Again, drop spoonfuls of the batter over the cheesecake and do your best to cover it completely.

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Do I Need to Use a Water Bath?

This cake is made in a 9 inch cake pan and doesn’t use a water bath. Because it’s such a thick cake, it takes quite a while to bake (much like a cheesecake) so I did consider the water bath. I actually tried it both ways and preferred it without the water bath.

With a water bath, it was much harder to tell when it was done baking and there was almost too much moisture. I preferred the way it turned out without it. That said, it does crack a little either way, which is fine since we frost it. Without the water bath, it also browns a little around the edges, but it wasn’t an issue. You truly didn’t even notice it.

I did use a slower cooling process with this cake though, which is similar to a cheesecake as well. The center of the cake needs a little more time to cook, but you don’t want to cook the outside too much. So I baked the cake for about an hour, until it was pretty well set but a touch jiggly, then turned off the oven and left the door closed for another 30 minutes.

Finally, let it cool on the counter for about an hour before popping it in the fridge to cool completely.

Once the cake is cool and ready, it’s frosted with a light whipped cream frosting. The perfect finishing touch!

A Perfect Easter Dessert Idea

The final Cheesecake Swirl Carrot Cake is a must-try! I totally fell in love with it at first bite and it was hard to stop eating it. The flavors and textures are just so perfect together. I really hope you give it a try. It’d be perfect for Easter!

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Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake

Cheesecake Swirl Carrot Cake

This Cheesecake Swirl Carrot Cake is a moist carrot cake with a cheesecake swirl running through it! It’s a fun twist on carrot cake and a great dessert for Easter!

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Carrot Cake

  • 2 lbs raw carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups + 2 tbsp (211g) all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 cup (112g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup (150g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (52g) granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 8 oz (about 200g) crushed pineapple, drained, optional
  • 3/4 cup (54g) sweetened coconut flakes, optional
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional
  • 6 tbsp raisins, optional

Cheesecake Filling

  • 12 ounces (339g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (104g) sugar
  • 2 tbsp (16g) flour
  • 1/2 cup (115g) sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg

Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (56g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (240ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 1/2 cup (58g) powdered sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

1. To make the carrot cake batter, peel the carrots, then grate them just until you have 2 1/2 cups (250g) of grated carrots. Cover the grated carrot and set in the fridge.
2. Chop the remaining raw carrots (about 375g) into pieces small enough to go into a food processor or blender. Put chopped carrots in a steamer basket (or a colander, if you don’t have a steamer basket) set over a pot of boiling water. Cover and steam the carrots until very tender, about 10-15 minutes.
3. Put the warm carrots into a food processor or blender and puree (do not add the water used to steam the carrots, JUST the carrots). The puree will be thick. You should end up with about 1 1/4 cups (312g) of carrot puree. Set aside to cool while you make the cake batter.
4. Prepare a 9 inch springform pan with parchment paper circle in the bottom and grease the sides. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).
5. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
6. Add the butter, oil, sugars and vanilla extract to and large mixer bowl and beat together until light in color and fluffy, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Do not skimp on the creaming time, but do not over mix either.
7. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until mostly combined after each. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated.
8. Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until mostly combined.
9. Add the carrot puree (it can be room temperature or cold) and mix until well combined.
10. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until combined. Do not over mix the batter.
11. Stir in the grated carrots, pineapple, coconut, pecans and raisins (if using them all). Do not over mix. Set aside.
12. To make the cheesecake filling, mix the cream cheese, sugar, and flour in a large mixer bowl until smooth and combined (Use low speed to keep less air from getting into the batter, which can cause cracks). Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
13. Add the sour cream and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed until well combined.
14. Add the egg and beat on low speed to combine.
15. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C). Line a 9-inch (23cm) springform pan with parchment paper in the bottom and grease the sides.
16. Add about 1/3 of the carrot cake batter and spread evenly, then add about half of the cheesecake filling.
17. Drop spoonfuls of another 1/3 of the carrot cake batter over the cheesecake filling and gently spread into an even layer.
18. Add the remaining cheesecake filling and spread into an even layer.
19. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining 1/3 of the carrot cake batter over the cheesecake filling and gently spread into an even layer.
20. Bake for 60 minutes or until the center of the cake is pretty well set, but still a touch jiggly.
21. Turn off the oven, but leave the oven door closed for 30 minutes.
22. Allow to cool on the counter for about 1 hour, then refrigerate until cold and firm. The top may crack a little bit, but that’s ok.
23. To make the frosting, add the cream cheese and butter to a large mixer bowl and beat until well combined. Set aside.
24. Add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt to a large mixer bowl and whip until stiff peaks form.
25. Gently fold about half of the whipped cream into the cream cheese and butter mixture. Once mostly combined, add the remaining whipped cream and gently fold together until well combined.
26. Remove the cold and firm cake from the springform pan and place on a platter. Frost the cake with the frosting, then press chopped pecans into the sides and top the rim with some grated carrots, if desired.
27. Refrigerate the cake until ready to serve. Serve cold. Cakes is best when stored well covered for 3-4 days.

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