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Welcome! My name is Anne, aka ThePharmGirl. In 2010, I successfully made 100 recipes as a New Year's Resolution to expand my culinary repertoire and cooking skills beyond the frozen microwave dinner. This blog is a continuation of my culinary journey and serves as my personal virtual recipe box. Sometimes I like to have fun-- Check out my Muppet Mania Menu, The 12 Days of Christmas, and my Musical-themed recipes.

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* Make at least 20 recipes for the Instant Pot
* Use the Spiralizer more often

Monday, April 9, 2012

Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Ooooooh yeah.  It was good.  REALLY good.   How can you possibly go wrong with carrot cake and cheesecake and a yummy cream cheese frosting???!  Answer: you can't!   I found this recipe online and followed it exactly as is.  It's a winner in my book.  The ingredient list looks long, but this was actually really easy to make.  I cut the cake into 18-20 wedges for my family's Easter celebration which was just fine for a portion size.   And I even decorated it all pretty:

Carrot Cake Cheesecake

From CD Kitchen's Cheesecake Factory's Copycat Recipe 
Serves 8 to 20, depending on your slice size...

For the Cheesecake Batter:
16 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon flour
3 eggs

For the Carrot Cake Batter:
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1&1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1&1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
8 oz can crushed pineapple, packed in 100% juice, drained well; reserve juice
1 cup grated carrots (from ~1-2 medium carrots)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

For the Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting:
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons reserved pineapple juice

Preheat oven to 350˚F and grease a 9- or 9 1/2- inch springform pan.

For the cheesecake batter, in a large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.  Mix in the flour, eggs and vanilla until fully incorporated and no lumps remain.  Set aside.

To prepare the carrot cake batter, combine the oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and spices.  Stir into the egg mixture and mix well.  Add the pineapple, carrots, coconut and walnuts.  Stir until just combined.

To assemble the cheesecake, pour 1&1/2 cups of the carrot cake batter over the bottom of the prepared pan.   Drop spoonfuls of the cream cheese batter over the bottom layer of carrot cake, using up 1/4 of the batter and reserving the rest for the top layer. Top with large spoonfuls of remaining carrot cake batter.  Repeat with remaining cream cheese batter, spreading evenly with a knife.

Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until cake is set and cooked through.  Cool completely, then cover and refrigerate.  When the cake is cold, prepare the Pineapple Cream Cheese frosting.

Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting:
Using an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, butter, sugar, vanilla and pineapple juice. Beat until smooth.  Add additional juice or sugar to desired spreading consistency.   Frost the top of the cheesecake.  Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours before serving.  Enjoy!!

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