slice of carrot cake cheesecake on black plate

Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Carrot cake cheesecake is the marriage of cheesecake and carrot cake layered to perfection! The best of both worlds in one!

Moist flavorful carrot cake topped with a smooth, delicious, creamy cheesecake, then iced with a thin layer of cream cheese frosting! Heaven in every bite!

Slice of carrot cake cheesecake on black plate.

I don’t think carrot cake is only to be served at Easter. We serve it at Thanksgiving and Christmas too! Really, I will make it whenever the craving hits.

This dessert is super easy to make and always a big hit any time of the year.

Recipe Ingredients

Cheesecake

  • Cream Cheese – Make sure it’s room temperature.
  • All-purpose flour – This will give the cake a light structure.
  • Granulated sugar – Adds sweetness.
  • Eggs – Room temperature. They act as the binding agent.
  • Vanilla extract – For flavor.
  • Sour cream – Room temperature. It gives that signature tang to the cheesecake.

Carrot Cake

  • All-purpose flour, baking powder, and baking soda – All give the cake lift and a light texture.
  • Ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, salt – Give that classic warm carrot cake spice flavor.
  • Unsweetened applesauce, vegetable oil – Room temperature. This adds moisture and flavor.
  • Dark brown sugar, granulated sugar – Both add sweetness, but the dark brown sugar adds a note of molasses (caramel flavor).
  • Eggs – Room temperature. Act as a binder.
  • Vanilla extract – Bumps up the flavor!
  • Carrots -Finely grated. Carrots add the signature flavor and some sweetness.

Cream Cheese Topping

  • Cream cheese – softened
  • Unsalted butter – softened
  • Salt – Enhances flavor.
  • Sour cream – room temperature
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Toasted pecans – chopped (optional)

Tips

  • Use room temperature dairy and eggs. You want the batter to be smooth and incorporated, not lumpy.
  • DO NOT OVERMIX. Over mixing can cause the cheesecake to crack and deflate when baking. It can also cause the cake to be dense and tough.
  • Don’t overbake. Watch for the sides to be puffed and the center to jiggle slightly.
  • I wouldn’t worry too much if it cracks. You will be slathering on a topping that will cover that little flaw. Cracks aren’t that big of a deal and the cheesecake will taste fabulous.
  • Let the cheesecake cool completely. Then refrigerate to set fully. Cheesecake is the perfect make-ahead dessert because it requires chilling before serving.
  • If you like more nuts than just a garnish add chopped pecans to the carrot cake batter.

How to Make Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Slice of carrot cake cheesecake on black plate.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9-inch springform pan with baking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.

We start with the cheesecake layer.

Cheesecake batter and carrot cake batter in glass mixing bowls.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and granulated sugar. Add the cream cheese and beat until smooth.

Add the vanilla, then add the eggs one at a time beating just until combined between each one. Blend in the sour cream. Tap the bowl on the counter a few times to remove excess air bubbles, and set it aside.

Next prepare the carrot cake batter.

In a medium-size bowl whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.

In a large mixing bowl add the applesauce, oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla, and mix with an electric mixer for about one minute until it’s combined.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Add the grated carrots and stir just until incorporated. Tap the bowl on the counter a few times to release air bubbles.

How to Assemble the Carrot Cake Cheesecake

carrot cake batter in springform pan
First layer
cake batter being assembled
Second layer
cake batter assembled
Third layer
cake being assembled
Final layer

Pour 1 1/2 cups of the carrot cake mixture into the prepared cake pan into an even layer.

Spoon 1/3 of the cheesecake mixture over the carrot cake layer in dollops. Do not spread or swirl the two together.

Spoon the remaining carrot cake batter over the cheesecake layer.

Finish by carefully spooning the remaining cheesecake batter over the carrot cake batter, working to cover all the carrot cake batter. You might need to gently spread with an offset spatula at the end to ensure full coverage.

Bake for 60-65 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the center jiggles just slightly. Tent with foil at about 45 minutes if it is starting to brown too much.

Remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 6 hours, overnight is always best.

icing layer on carrot cake cheesecake
garnishing the carrot cake cheesecake with chopped pecans

For the cream cheese topping, using an electric mixer beat the cream cheese, butter, and salt until smooth and creamy. Add the sour cream, 1 1/4 cups of powdered sugar, and vanilla, and beat until light and smooth about 4 minutes. Add the additional powdered sugar if needed for the desired consistency.

Spread evenly over the cheesecake with an offset spatula. Place in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes. Garnish with the chopped pecans, if desired.

Bite of the cake showing the layers.
Storing

Store covered tightly in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Can you freeze cheesecake?

Yes. Freeze for a few hours before wrapping so the topping is firm. Store in an air-tight container and wrap in freezer paper or place the container in a zip-lock freezer bag for extra insurance. Freeze for up to two months for best quality.
Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

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slice of carrot cake cheesecake on black plate

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Recipe

Moist flavorful carrot cake topped with a smooth, delicious, creamy cheesecake, then iced with a thin layer of cream cheese frosting! Heaven in every bite!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrot cake, cheesecake
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12
Calories: 502kcal
Author: DSTR

Ingredients
 

Cheesecake

  • 1 1/2 tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar
  • 16 oz Cream cheese softened (2 packages)
  • 2 large Eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Sour cream room temperature

Carrot Cake

  • 1 1/4 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened applesauce room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup Dark brown sugar packed
  • 2/3 cup Granulated sugar
  • 2 large Eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups Grated carrots finely

Cheesecake Topping

  • 3 oz Cream cheese softened
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted butter softened
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/4 cups Powdered sugar up to 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Sour cream room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Toasted chopped Pecans optional

Instructions

Cheesecake Layer

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9-inch springform pan with baking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and granulated sugar. Add the cream cheese and beat until smooth.
  • Add the vanilla, then add the eggs one at a time beating just until combined between each one. Blend in the sour cream. Tap the bowl on the counter a few times to remove excess air bubbles, set aside.

Carrot Cake Layer

  • In a medium-size bowl whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
  • In a large mixing bowl add the applesauce, oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla and mix with an electric mixer for about one minute until it’s combined.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Add the grated carrots and stir just until incorporated. Tap the bowl on the counter a few times to release air bubbles.

Assemble and Bake

  • Pour 1 1/2 cups of the carrot cake mixture into the prepared cake pan into an even layer.
  • Spoon 1/3 of the cheesecake mixture over the carrot cake layer in dollops. Do not spread or swirl the two together.
  • Spoon the remaining carrot cake batter over the cheesecake layer.
  • Finish by carefully spooning the remaining cheesecake batter over the carrot cake batter, working to cover all the carrot cake batter. You might need to gently spread with an offset spatula at the end to ensure full coverage.
  • Bake for 60-65 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the center jiggles just slightly. Tent with foil at about 45 minutes if it is starting to brown too much.
  • Remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 6 hours, overnight is always best.

Topping

  • With an electric mixer beat the cream cheese, butter, and salt until smooth and creamy. Add the sour cream, 1 1/4 cups of powdered sugar, and vanilla and beat until light and smooth about 4 minutes. Add the additional powdered sugar if needed for the desired consistency.
  • Spread evenly over the cheesecake with an offset spatula. Place in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Garnish with the chopped pecans, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 307mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 3195IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg

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