Carrot Cake Cheesecake – Cheesecake Factory Copycat

Get ready to indulge! This copycat Carrot Cake Cheesecake is everything you want in a dessert. Rich creamy cheesecake, surrounded by moist carrot cake, then topped with a pineapple cream cheese frosting. Are you drooling yet? Oh, and one more thing, it’s just as delicious as the Cheesecake Factory original too. Yum!

Carrot Cake Cheesecake pin | 2CookinMamas A delicious blend of moist carrot cake & rich creamy cheesecake. A copycat straight from Cheesecake Factory!

OK, I originally was making this Carrot Cake Cheesecake recipe to celebrate one of the other bloggers 16th anniversary today and, believe it or not, for the life of me, I can’t remember which one. Pretty sad huh? The good news though is that we had a fantastic dessert for our friend that visited and even delivered some to each of our offices. Everyone said I could make an anniversary cheesecake any time I wanted (I wonder who’s coming up next?) so I know it was enjoyed & appreciated by all!

I absolutely adore cheesecake, which is why I have to keep my visits to the Cheesecake Factory to a minimum and, for this special occasion, wanted to make something completely different from my favorites. Now mind you, I love my mom’s New York Style Cheesecake, my sister’s Fudge Truffle Cheesecake and my daughter’s Margarita Cheesecake, but how does a cheesecake with a combination of a moist and spicy carrot cake and a rich creamy cheesecake sound? Absolutely, over-the-top delicious, right? And you guessed it, I had it first at the Cheesecake Factory. 🙂

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Now, if you’ve ever been to Cheesecake Factory, you know nothing is better than their cheesecakes! Even now I’m drooling over their selection of mouthwatering cheesecakes in every combination imaginable. So I went in search of a good copycat recipe and found the same one I made here on so many sites that I figured it must be the real deal. And, oh my gosh, was it ever!

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It’s really easy to make, subbing in the carrot cake for the usual graham crust and then randomly spooning in both of the flavors for a mixed flavor effect, and finally finishing with a super out-of-this-world pineapple cream cheese frosting. Which, by the way, I am going to use from now on, on just about anything that calls for a cream cheese frosting, like my Zesty Citrus Bar Cookies.

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So go ahead and indulge. Make it for Easter or just for a spring or summer dessert. You’ll have no end of compliments on its deliciousness!

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And just a little advice, if you ever go visit the Cheesecake Factory, split a light lunch or dinner with a bestie so you save room for a big piece of their cheesecake? Just sayin’ you might want to think about that beforehand. Enjoy!

Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
This cheesecake, full of moist carrot cake & rich cheesecake, is just as delicious as the Cheesecake Factory original. Yum!
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Linda Warren
  • 16 oz 2 pkgs cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Carrot Cake
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 8-1/2-oz can crushed pineapple, drained with juice reserved
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped + 1 cup add'l chopped nuts to decorate sides of cake
Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 4- oz cream cheeses, room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 3-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 9" springform pan with nonstick spray.
  1. In your KitchenAid or electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Continue beating while adding flour, eggs and vanilla until smooth and well incorporated. Set aside.
Carrot Cake
  1. Combine oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl and stir until well blended.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to oil-sugar mixture and mix thoroughly.
  3. Stir in carrots, drained pineapple, coconut and walnuts.
To assemble:
  1. Pour half of carrot cake mixture into bottom of springform pan. Add spoonfuls of cheesecake mixture on top. DO NOT STIR OR MARBLE WITH A KNIFE!
  2. Top with remaining carrot cake batter by dropping spoonfuls of carrot cake on top of cheesecake mixture. Follow with a smooth topping of remaining cheesecake mixture. Again do not stir or marble with a knife.
  3. Bake for 60-65 minutes. Cake should not jiggle but look set. Remove to wire rack to let cool. Once cool place in refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
  4. When chilled, prepare frosting.
  5. Beat all ingredients together with electric mixer until smooth. Start on low speed until powdered sugar has been incorporated to prevent a kitchen covered with powdered sugar! If icing appears too thick, add a little more pineapple juice.
  6. Remove cheesecake from refrigerator. Release pan and carefully lift off.
  7. Frost top and sides. Gather chopped nuts in hand and gently press into sides of cake. Refrigerate before serving.
Recipe Notes

If you want to decorate the top, I reserved about half of the frosting and colored part of it then piped it around the edges and center.


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  • Reply
    Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm
    03/24/2016 at 12:06 pm

    Wow this sounds sooooo good. I love the Cheesecake Factory too and it IS very hard to save room for dessert.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/24/2016 at 2:21 pm

      I hear ya! But I always find room somehow! And this cheesecake is as good as you can get there – the only drawback is you have to make it first. lol

  • Reply
    Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking Disorder
    03/24/2016 at 4:35 pm

    You have just combined 2 of my favorite things! Perfect for easter this weekend

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/27/2016 at 5:26 pm

      You and my husband would get along great – his favorites as well! I found it’s a great dessert for company because it pleases both cheesecake lovers and carrot cake lovers. Happy Easter!

  • Reply
    Cindy Kerschner
    03/24/2016 at 7:05 pm

    Cheesecake, carrot cake coconut and walnuts? Over the top good!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/27/2016 at 5:28 pm

      Definitely! I had to pace myself (and send some in to work) so my husband and I didn’t eat the entire cake ourselves. 🙂

  • Reply
    Amy CookingAdventures
    03/24/2016 at 11:03 pm

    Wow! That looks perfect & so decadent!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/28/2016 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks Amy! And definitely on the decadent side. 🙂

  • Reply
    03/25/2016 at 10:30 am

    Such a beautiful cheesecake! Love the topping. Perfect for Easter.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/28/2016 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks Tara! It reminded me of when I used to decorate cakes for my little ones. Fun memories!

  • Reply
    03/25/2016 at 5:25 pm

    What a great recipe for Easter, too.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/28/2016 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks Eliot! I think it would fit well with Mother’s Day too with all those springy colors.

  • Reply
    03/26/2016 at 9:08 am

    Carrot cake is one of my favorites, love it as a cheesecake. Delicious.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/28/2016 at 3:41 pm

      It satisfied both my husband’s love of carrot cake and mine for cheesecake. I’d call that a win-win, right?!

  • Reply
    Erin D
    03/26/2016 at 1:40 pm

    Your cheesecake looks wonderful. Perfect for Easter!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/28/2016 at 3:48 pm

      It was perfect for Easter! You could even decorate with different colors to suit just about any holiday. Ummm, I think I see a red, white and blue one in my future.

  • Reply
    A Kitchen Hoor
    03/26/2016 at 3:17 pm

    WOW! This looks sooooo good! Carrot cake AND cheesecake in one?? YUM!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/28/2016 at 3:45 pm

      A dangerous combination for sure! Totally sinful but oh so delicious!

  • Reply
    Cookaholic Wife
    03/27/2016 at 10:06 am

    So pretty and perfect for spring!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/28/2016 at 3:53 pm

      I’m thinking maybe Mother’s Day with a change to yellow and pink icing.

  • Reply
    03/27/2016 at 1:24 pm

    Cheesecake and carrot cake together, sounds like a winner to me.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/28/2016 at 3:57 pm

      It was for sure! What’s your favorite cheesecake combo?

  • Reply
    Michaela - An Affair from the Heart
    03/29/2016 at 9:53 pm

    Holy smokes!! This is about the prettiest cheesecake i have ever laid eyes on!! GORGEOUS!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/31/2016 at 5:32 pm

      Thanks so much Michaela! I was almost sorry to cut it – not! lol It was just too good not to dive right in!

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