Warning: Just reading this post might make you gain weight. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Most years my husband requests a carrot cake for his birthday. It’s really good, but it is definitely a once per year kind of recipe! I always top it with homemade cream cheese frosting.
This year, as I was mentally making sure I had all of the necessary ingredients on hand for the birthday cake, I began to realize that the cream cheese frosting isn’t that much different from cheesecake (another of my hubby’s favorites!). Then I began to imagine the combination of carrot cake and cheesecake. The flavors really would compliment each other very well…
This is not a carrot flavored cheesecake. It is not a carrot and cheese cake. It is a marriage of carrot cake and cheesecake in the same pan, therefore I give you carrot cheesecake cake.
First I made my carrot cake, an old Better Homes and Gardens recipe.
- 2 c flour
- 2 c sugar
- 1 t baking powder
- 1 t baking soda
- 1 t ground cinnamon
- 3 c shredded carrot
- 1 c oil
- 4 eggs
- Combine flour, sugar, powder, soda, and cinnamon. Add carrot, oil, and eggs. Beat with an electric mixer until combined.
- Pour into 2 greased and floured 9" baking pans.
- If you are making a standard carrot cake, bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.
Then I mixed up a standard cheesecake recipe.
- 2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
- 1 c sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 t vanilla
- Mix all ingredients well with electric mixer until smooth. Place in greased 9" pan.
- Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until done.
I poured my carrot cake batter into two greased 9″ pans. Then I blobbed the cheesecake on top of the carrot cake. I was a bit concerned that it might run over, so I placed a cookie sheet underneath the cake pans. (Nothing ran over, so it didn’t wind up being a problem here.)
I baked the cakes at 350 for about 50 minutes.
I did top one with a mix of 2 c sour cream, 1/4 c sugar, and 1 t of vanilla and baked it for an extra 10 minutes.
If I wasn’t such a great wife, this cake would not make it sitting around in my refrigerator over night. Do I win a prize for best wife yet?