Carrot Cake is one of my favorite desserts. Well, let me add a slight disclaimer to that. It must be frosted with cream cheese frosting and not buttercream and the cake has to be strictly carrots. Walnuts or pecans are okay but, I am not a fan of adding coconut or pineapple to the batter. That being said, when I came across a recipe for a Carrot Cake Swirled Cheesecake Bar I knew I had to try it.
I started by making the carrot cake batter and pouring half of it into the bottom of a 13×9 baking dish that I sprayed with baking spray. I set the remaining carrot cake batter aside and then made the cream cheese mixture.
Once the cream cheese mixture was done, I dropped spoonfuls of it along with spoonfuls of the remaining carrot cake batter over the batter in the dish.
Next, I used a knife to swirl the two batters together. I then baked it in a 325 F preheated oven for about 45 minutes.
After cooling completely on a wire rack, I sliced the bars.
And while these aren’t a substitute for carrot cake and its delicious cream cheese frosting, they are delicious nonetheless and require less time and fuss.
Carrot Cake Swirled Cheesecake Bars
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, divided
2 cups sugar, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, divided
3 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1 1/2 cups grated carrots
3 8 oz. packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup milk
Preheat the oven to 325 F. Spray a 13×9 baking dish with baking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl mix 1 cup of the flour and sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. Add the oil, 2 of the eggs, 2 teaspoons of the vanilla extract and carrots and mix well. Spread half of the batter in the prepared baking dish. Set aside the remaining batter.
In another large bowl beat together the cream cheese and the remaining 1 cup sugar with a hand mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add the milk, remaining 2 tablespoons flour and the remaining teaspoon of vanilla extract, beat until well blended. Add the remaining 2 eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed after each addition until just blended.
Drop spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture and reserved cake batter over the carrot cake batter in the pan. Once all the batter is used up, cut through it several times with a knife for a marble effect.
Bake 40 – 45 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool in the pan on a wire rack then slice into squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Recipe from McCormick