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Carrot Cake Cheesecake Recipe

Course: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 881kcal
With a carrot cake base, creamy cheesecake middle and a topping of rich buttercream, this is one delicious dessert!
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For the Carrot Cake Layer

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 120 grams
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch 8 grams
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 4 grams
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda 3 grams
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 3 grams
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • cup chopped walnuts 57 grams
  • ½ cup vegetable oil 100 grams
  • ½ cup granulated sugar 100 grams
  • 2 large eggs 100 grams
  • 1 cup shredded carrot 90 grams (about 2 medium carrots)

For the Cheesecake Layer

  • 24 ounces cream cheese 681 grams, room temperature (3 standard packages)
  • ½ cup sour cream 114 grams, room temperature
  • cup granulated sugar 133 grams
  • 2 large eggs 100 grams, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 4 grams

For the Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese 114 grams, room temperature (½ standard package)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 57 grams, room temperature (½ stick)
  • cups powdered sugar 170 grams
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 4 grams


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, corn starch, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and nuts, then set aside.
    1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon ginger, ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar and eggs. Whisk together until they are well combined.
    ½ cup vegetable oil, ½ cup granulated sugar, 2 large eggs
  • Using a large spoon or spatula, stir in the shredded carrots. Then gradually add in the flour and spice mixture, until the batter is mixed together and thick.
    1 cup shredded carrot
  • Pour the batter into a 9 inch springform pan, very lightly sprayed or buttered at the bottom and on the sides of the pan.
  • Bake for about 18-20 minutes until the top of the cake springs back to the touch.
  • While the cake is baking, prepare the cheesecake filling.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until it is smooth and creamy, removing all clumps. Add in the sour cream, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
    24 ounces cream cheese, ½ cup sour cream, ⅔ cup granulated sugar, 2 large eggs, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Continue mixing for about two-three additional minutes, until all ingredients are combined and the filling is smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the cream cheese filling over the carrot cake. Cover the bottom of the springform pan with foil, and place the pan in a water bath. (I used a cake pan Be sure the water surrounds the sides of the springform pan no more than half way)
  • Lower the temperature to 325 degrees
  • Bake the cheesecake for about 50-60 minutes. The cheesecake will still be a little jiggly in the middle, but will have a set top.
  • Allow the cheesecake to cool to room temperature, and then place in the refrigerator until it is completely chilled and set, 6-8 hours.
  • To frost the cheesecake, Beat together the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Spread over the top of the cheesecake layer. See note about thickness.
    4 ounces cream cheese, 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1½ cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract



  • Be sure to cover the bottom of the springform pan with foil, really well. Otherwise, water can get into the cake. A small amount of water still may get into the pan, but it won’t hurt the cake.
  • For the cheesecake to be smooth and creamy, the cream cheese and butter should be at room temperature, otherwise there will be small cream cheese clumps in the filling. Same for the frosting.
Storage: Store carrot cake cheesecake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 881kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 62g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 206mg | Sodium: 482mg | Potassium: 275mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 4391IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 2mg