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Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake - a Cheesecake Factory Copycat

This cake is the perfect Spring dessert. It’s comprised of two layers of delicious carrot cake, a layer of cheesecake, and smothered in the best cream cheese frosting to make one glorious cake!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword carrot cake, cheesecake, copycat recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Cooling Time 4 hours
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 16 Servings
Calories 553kcal
Author Jillian - a Food, Folks and Fun original!

Ingredients

Cheesecake Layer:

  • 2 8- ounce packages cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 Teaspoons vanilla extract

Carrot Cake:

  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 3 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 Cups freshly-grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple drained
  • 3/4 cup walnuts chopped into pieces

Cream Cheese Icing:

  • 2 8- ounce packages cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter softened to room temperature
  • 2 1/2 Cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Cups ground walnuts

Instructions

Cheesecake Layer

  • Arrange oven racks by placing one at the lowest position and the other at the second-lowest position. Fill a 9x13-inch metal pan half full with water and place on the lowest oven rack and preheat to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese on medium speed until creamy and no more lumps, about 1 minute. With the mixer still running add the sugar in slowly and beat until fully incorporated. Add the eggs and beat until blended. Add the sour cream, heavy cream, and vanilla; mixing until fully incorporated and smooth. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Pour batter into the prepared pan smooth into an even layer. Place on the second-lowest rack and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the cheesecake is set and the middle jiggles slightly.
  • Run a paring knife around the edge of the cheesecake to loosen it from the sides of the pan. Place the cheesecake on the wire rack and cool completely about 90 minutes. Once the cheesecake is cool, wrap in foil and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Carrot Cake

  • Place oven rack in the center position of the oven and preheat to 325-degrees F. Grease two 9-inch round cake pans with cooking spray. Line the cake pans with parchment paper and spray the paper lining with cooking spray.
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon on low speed until combined. Add the oil, eggs, and vanilla and mix on low until combined, then increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the carrots, pineapple, and walnuts and mix until evenly distributed. Evenly distribute the batter between the prepared 9-inch pans (just under 3 cups of batter per pan) and smooth into even layers.
  • Bake both pans on the center rack for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a butter knife around the edges of the pans to loosen the cakes. Invert the pans, remove the parchment paper, and place the cakes on the wire rack to cool completely about 90 minutes.

Cream Cheese Icing

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on low speed until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add the butter and beat until just incorporated and smooth, about 15-30 seconds (DO not over-mix!). Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and mix just until blended and smooth (again, don't over-mix).

To Assemble

  • Remove the cheesecake from the freezer, remove the foil, and let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Place one of the carrot cake layers on a cake pedestal lined with parchment squares.
  • Remove the cheesecake from the springform pan (running a paring knife along the bottom edge of the pan as needed to loosen the cheesecake) and place on a cutting board. Using a paring knife, trim the cheesecake to fit between the layers of carrot cake.
  • Place the cheesecake on top of the carrot cake and top with the remaining carrot cake layer. Frost with a thin crumb coat and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

To Finish

  • Ice the cake with the remaining icing and gently press the walnuts onto the sides of the cake. {Note: I reserved 1/4 cup of the icing to tint orange and green to pipe carrots onto the top of the cake, this is optional). Remove the parchment squares, cover the cake and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Storing

  • Cake can be covered and stored in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 571mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 88.6% | Vitamin C: 4% | Calcium: 20.3% | Iron: 10.7%