Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Two tasty springtime favorites come together for the perfect sweet treat. The swirl effect of dollops of cheesecake batter is a fun and festive way to round out this rich dessert.

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Prep: 25 minutes plus cooling   Bake: 1 hour 20 minutes   Serves: 10

INGREDIENTS

  • Food Club® Non-Stick Vegetable Oil Cooking Spray
  • 1 package (15.25 ounces) carrot cake mix
  • 5 Food Club® Grade AA Large Eggs
  • ⅓ cup Food Club® Vegetable Oil
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) Food Club® Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup Food Club® Pure Cane Granulated Sugar
  • ⅓ cup Food Club® Sour Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Food Club® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ¾ cup Food Club® Pecan Pieces
  • Caramel topping for drizzling (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position; preheat oven to 350°. Wrap exterior of 9-inch springform pan, including base, in double layer of aluminum foil; spray with cooking spray. In large bowl, whisk cake mix, 3 eggs, oil and ¾ cup water; pour ½ into prepared pan.
  2. In large bowl, with mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, vanilla extract and remaining 2 eggs 3 minutes or until light and fluffy; spoon ½ over cake batter. Spoon remaining ½ of cake batter over cheesecake batter; spoon remaining ½ of cheesecake batter over cake batter. Place springform pan on 17 x 12-inch rimmed baking pan; place baking pan in oven and fill halfway with water. Bake cake 1 hour 20 minutes or until set, carefully rotating halfway through baking; remove foil from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
  3. In large skillet, toast pecans over medium-high heat 4 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant, stirring frequently; transfer to plate to cool.
  4. Run small, sharp knife around edge of cheesecake to loosen; remove outer ring of pan. Cut cheesecake into 10 slices; serve sprinkled with pecans and drizzled with caramel, if desired

Approximate nutritional values per serving (1 slice): 609 Calories, 41g Fat (14g Saturated), 190mg Cholesterol, 418mg Sodium, 51g Carbohydrates, 2g Fiber, 37g Sugars, 10g Protein

Chef Tip

If top of cheesecake starts to get too brown, spray a piece of aluminum foil with nonstick cooking spray and lay, sprayed side down, over top of cheesecake in the oven until fully baked and set.