How to make… Carrot cake cheesecake

February 3, 2022
1 min read

In the latest ‘how to make…’ FRANCES CHAN says ‘what the hell, let’s try a novel twist on ye olde carrot cake recipe’.


One must have cream cheese icing with carrot cake, so why not bake the topping into the cake?

1/3 c raisins

1 1/2 c flour (I used wholemeal spelt)

1 c almond meal

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp allspice

1/2 tsp salt

3 pineapple rings

1/3 c neutral oil

1/2 c coconut sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 large carrots, grated

1/4 c chopped toasted walnuts, optional

cheesecake layer:

250g cream cheese, softened

1/4 c granulated sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

zest and juice of 1 lemon

1 Tbsp flour

icing sugar, optional

Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper, ensuring the paper hangs over the sides.

Place raisins in a bowl, cover with boiling water and soak for 10 minutes until plump. Drain the water and set raisins aside.

In a medium bowl combine all the dry ingredients. In large bowl mash the pineapple until it’s a pulp then mix in the oil, sugar and vanilla. Stir in the raisins and carrot, fold in the dry ingredients until just combined then stir in the nuts, being careful not to overmix.


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Transfer to your tin and bake for around 35 minutes until the top is set. Then turn oven down to 150C.

to make the cheesecake layer, combine all the ingredients in a bowl except for the flour. Mix in flour last until just combined.

Remove the cake from the oven and spread the cheesecake mixture evenly on top. Return to the oven for 10-12 minutes, until the cheesecake has set.

Remove from the oven and lift the cake from the pan. Sprinkle with icing sugar if desired.

* Inspired by and adapted from Jerrelle Guy’s Black Girl Baking (Page Street, 2018).

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Frances is now into her fourth decade of editing, writing and proofreading for books and magazines in the fields of children’s education, music and film, architecture and design, fashion, travel and sometimes even her favourite subject – rugby. Other discernible likes include hosting the 95bFM Jazz Show, DJing, baking, biking and bashing the drums.

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