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Carrot Cheesecake

~ Scrumptiously creamy and rich, this carrot cheesecake is baked on nutty crust and frosted with tangy sweet frosting. You need this cheesecake in your life. ~

Scrumptiously creamy and rich, this carrot cheesecake is baked on nutty crust and frosted with tangy sweet frosting. You need this cheesecake in your life.

When it comes to food, especially dessert, I have many weaknesses.

Chocolate is my drug of choice.

And a little bit of discipline, that I managed to have, completely banishes at the sight of ooye gooye caramel.

I can never have enough of gummy bears in my life.

Besides all that, cheesecake is another weakness of mine. I love thick slice of creamy rich cheesecake, preferably smothered with chocolate ganache and caramel sauce. Ah, what can I say…

Scrumptiously creamy and rich, this carrot cheesecake is baked on nutty crust and frosted with tangy sweet frosting. You need this cheesecake in your life.

But today’s cheesecake is not about chocolate, or caramel. It’s about CARROT cheesecake. Yep, you read that right. Hold on for a sec! Before you reach to that X, let me quickly assure you, this cheesecake doesn’t taste anything like carrot!

When I first told my MIL about this idea, she kind of scrunched up her nose, but encouraged me to give it a try. A few days later, I brought this marvelous cheesecake out to the ranch, and everyone went gaga over it. And no one guessed it had carrot juice. My MIL said, “It’s uber-guber good!”

Listen, this cheesecake is the creamiest and most flavorful cheesecake you’ll have this spring. Let me describe it in details for you. The crust is a mix of pecans and graham crackers, and it’s totally amazing! Nutty, buttery and crunchy, this crust is perfect contrast to creamy rich filling. 

The filling is the best part. Sweetened with condensed milk and freshly squeezed carrot juice, the cheesecake filling is creamy, rich and full of flavor, but tastes nothing like carrots.

And to top it off, I made this sweet and tangy frosting, an ultimate sweet touch to complete the perfect dessert.

Scrumptiously creamy and rich, this carrot cheesecake is baked on nutty crust and frosted with tangy sweet frosting. You need this cheesecake in your life.

I slightly adapted my pomegranate cheesecake recipe here. It’s actually my go-to recipe for all my cheesecakes and is practically foolproof. I absolutely love using sweetened condensed milk in my cheesecakes, because it aids to achieve perfectly creamy and rich filling.

Carrot Cheesecake- step by step photo directions

To prevent the cheesecake from cracking, here is what I do:

  1. Low ‘N slow is our preferred method of baking. We need to bake it for about an hour. Start checking for doneness at around 50 minutes. Gently shake the pan and see if the edges of the cake are set, but the center should wobble a bit. Once cooled, the center will set to perfection. This cheesecake requires some patience. It’s totally worth it though.
  2. When the cheesecake is removed from oven, let it rest for a few minutes and then run a knife around the edges to loosen. As the cake cools, it shrinks. Therefore, if you don’t loosen the edges, the cheesecake cracks because the edges are stuck to the pan.

Scrumptiously creamy and rich, this carrot cheesecake is baked on nutty crust and frosted with tangy sweet frosting. You need this cheesecake in your life.

Enjoy!

Carrot Cheesecake

Scrumptiously creamy and rich, this carrot cheesecake is baked on nutty crust and frosted with tangy sweet frosting. You need this cheesecake in your life.

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time:20 min

Cook Time:50-60min

Total Time:70-80mins, plus chilling

Ingredients:

For Crust:

  • 9 full sheets (140gr) graham crackers
  • 1 cup (100gr) pecans
  • 1/3 cup (75gr) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

For Filling:

  • 24oz (700gr) cream cheese, softened
  • 14oz (400gr) sweetened condensed milk
  • 6oz (175ml) fresh carrot juice*
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature

For Frosting:

  • 2oz (55gr) cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup (120gr) sour cream
  • ½ cup (60gr) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pecan halves for decoration, if desired

Directions:

  1. In food processor, pulse the graham crackers and pecans until fine crumbs. In a medium bowl, combine the prepared crumbs, sugar, cinnamon and melted butter and mix well. Press the mixture evenly onto the bottom and slightly up the sides of an ungreased 9-inch spring form pan. Refrigerate while preparing the filling.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350° F (175° C).
  3. In the large mixing bowl with paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese until fluffy on medium speed, about 2 minutes. (Or you can also use electric hand mixer.) Add condensed and beat for another minute. Stir in the carrot juice. Then add cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt and mix until well combined, about 1 minute. Beat in the eggs one at a time and mix just until combined on low speed. (Don't beat the mixture too long and too fast after you add the eggs. Otherwise too much air will incorporate to the batter, which might cause a crack in the cooked cheesecake.) Transfer the batter into the prepared crust.
  4. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the edges of the cheesecake is set, but the center is slightly wobbly. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of the pan to loosen; cool for another hour. Then refrigerate for at least an hour to cool completely.
  5. To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese and sour cream in a mixing bowl with whisk attachment, until well combined. Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract and continue to beat until smooth.
  6. Once the cheesecake is completely cooled, remove springform sides of the pan. Spread the frosting evenly and decorate with pecan halves, if desired.

*I juiced 2 large carrots in my Omega VRT350 juicer to make 6oz of carrot juice.

Refrigerate the cheesecake in airtight container for up to 3 days.

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49 comments

  1. Cheesecake is a huge weakness of mine, too! This cheesecake looks so incredibly creamy and I love the orange color! Your photos are just gorgeous!

  2. Just, yes. Chocolate and cheesecake are right up there on my list of Top Things I Want At All Times. Love this carrot version!

  3. Looks delish!!! And I agree – never too many gummy bears!

  4. What a brilliant cheesecake. The texture looks divine too.

  5. Love the photos! Beautiful colours… that cake looks so good!!

  6. Carrot cake anything is seriously my favorite… but this is genius!!! Soooo yummy! 🙂

  7. This is the prettiest carrot cake I have ever seen. Full stop. Nothing else to say. 🙂

  8. I’m saving this recipe because it would be a crime not to. 🙂

  9. I’ve never had carrot cheesecake. It looks yummy!  I’d like to invite you to share your post at my Friday Favorites party!

  10. I will pin it so that I can make it later 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. Oh my word! This cheesecake looks so divine, Shinee! I love how thick and creamy it is, and the pecans on top are screaming my name! Pinning 😀

  12. Oh does this look amazing! Another great recipe! I would love for you to share this sweet creation over at my link party Making Memories Mondays going on now! 🙂
    Cathy

  13. This looks so delicious! I love cheesecake!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

  14. My one and only attempt at real cheesecake was 6 years ago and a failure. I’m thinking I might be willing to try again with this fantastic looking recipe! Found you on loulougirls. Pinned!

  15. what a delicious idea for Easter brunch! 

  16. YUM! This cheesecake looks amazing, and perfect for Easter. A great substitution for my favorite cheesecake – pumpkin. Love the use of pecans in the crust!

  17. This looks so yummy! You may have inspired me to attempt a cheesecake for Easter. 

  18. We will be trying this, this weekend!  Thank you for sharing! 
    Cat

  19. Does this ever look amazing!  Cheesecake is one of the hubs favorites and carrot cake mine!  What a great combination to try.  Stopping by from Whatever Goes Wednesday and pinning to Pinterest!

  20. This looks scrumptious, pinning it!

  21. I love cheesecake! And I love carrot cake! I think I would enjoy this even more then the cake version though! 

  22. Holy Shinkies! 🙂  Looks so heavenly!!  Thanks for sharing, visiting from Create and Share DIY and Recipe Party.  Pinning!

  23. So yummy!
    Thank you so much for linking up with us… Featuring you this Friday!

  24. I was never turned off by your carrot cheesecake…it looks beautiful and thick and creamy and luscious. Everything a cheesecake should be…and it’s ORANGE! Thanks for sharing on #FoodieFriDIY

  25. It looks delicious!! Loved the recipe! 🙂 
    Saying Hi from The Creative Collection Link Party!

  26. SUCH a unique spin on the classic cheesecake- This would be amazing this Easter!

  27. This cheesecake looks divine – perfect for Easter! Also, I absolutely love the photos!

  28. This looks so incredible! Loving it! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7. Lou Lou Girls

  29. Totally gorgeous and amazingly delicious! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  30. This is such a fantastic cake!!
    It looks soooooooo GOOD !!
    Pinning

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