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Jan 09

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cupcakes

Carrot Cake can fix anything. So can cheesecake. Together? They can run the world.

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cupcakes have a layer of the perfect carrot cake and a layer of easy cheesecake! This recipe is easy and makes the perfect dessert mashup!

I’ve learned a lot of things over the past few months in our new house.

For example, I can now assure you that maroon, goldenrod, faux-finish yellow, dark taupe, and hunter green are very nice colors to use on walls. But not if they are all in the same room.

Ocean blue and dark blue are also nice colors. Unless they are covering the walls, ceiling, baseboards, heater vents, intercom vents, light fixtures, and closet/bedroom doors.

Ditto hot pink and neon green.

Did you know that window blinds need to be cleaned once in awhile? If not, years worth of dust and grime actually build up on them, forcing the person who tries to clean them to fling dirty water everywhere and cause their children to repeat naughty words said in the heat of battle.

Ditto showers and bathtubs.

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cupcakes have a layer of the perfect carrot cake and a layer of easy cheesecake! This recipe is easy and makes the perfect dessert mashup!

Oh, and I never realized that having a dog go outside to um…you know…was optional. All these years I’ve been trekking outside in freezing or burning hot weather to pick up Ginger’s presents. I should have just sent her into the (carpeted) garage. Or the walled in sunporch.

Needless to say, there were lots of little fix-its and repairs to be made. One of our old neighbors was a contractor in need of work and he did a ton of stuff (including new flooring and ripping out that disgusting sunporch) for way less than if we’d hired someone official.

So, of course, as a thank you, I made him cupcakes.

I asked him what his favorite dessert was. He told me his two favorites are carrot cake and cheesecake.

And these cupcakes were born.

A layer of carrot cake. A layer of cheesecake. Cream cheese frosting.

I will relay your thank you’s to him the next time he comes to fix something.

Because I figure there will be a next time. There always is, isn’t there?

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

A dessert mashup of cheesecake and carrot cake cupcakes!


For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

For the Cheesecake:

  • 1 pack (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg, room temperature

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon heavy whipping cream, optional for consistenct


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line muffin pan with liners. Set aside.
  2. Make the cake batter: In a large bowl, beat together eggs, applesauce, oil, sugars, and vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in carrots. Pour evenly into 12 muffin liners. Set aside.
  3. Make the cheesecake batter: make sure all ingredients are room temperature to avoid lumps. Mix together cream cheese, sour cream, egg, sugar, and vanilla with a hand-held mixer. Pour evenly on top of cake batter in muffin pan.
  4. Bake for about 16-22 minutes, until cheesecake is no longer runny. Cool completely.
  5. Make the frosting: Using a hand mixer, cream butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Slowly add in powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Add heavy whipping cream as needed for consistency. Frosting option: use a 1M tip for a beautiful cupcake. Store in refrigerator.

From my book, Dessert Mashups.

This recipe is from my cookbook!


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28 comments on “Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cupcakes

  1. I made these for Easter and the cream cheese frosting is heavenly. It has become our go-to cream cheese frosting recipe. Rich and sinful. We’ve used it with a lemon cake and plan to use it for the red velvet cupcakes at a bridal shower this summer.


  2. Your presentation is really nice. I am planning to make the best cheesecake in New York by adding up a little something new on my original recipe. I haven’t tried carrots yet and I would liek to try it. Thank you for sharing this recipe.


  3. LOVE this recipe!!! I made these cupcakes for a friend’s birthday last night. To say they were a hit is putting it lightly. These were quick and easy to make. 🙂


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  6. My niece made these for Easter and they were wonderful! Once I was home I was sorry I hadn’t taken a second one home with me. Only question I had was how finely to grate the carrots, and if it matters if I use a cheese grater or if a food processor is needed – thanks for sharing this great recipe!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 4th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      I use a regular box grater whenever I grate carrots! Less to clean than the food processor! But you can use either. 🙂


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  10. I’ve made the Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cupcakes a couple of times. They are my husbands favorite! I was wondering if you have ever tried putting the cheesecake on the bottom?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 17th, 2014 at 7:12 am

      I haven’t, but I think that would work! Let me know if you try it!


  11. Made these yesterday. SO good! Thanks for such an easy and delish recipe!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 16th, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      I’m so glad you liked them Monique!!


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  13. Dearest Dorothy, I know I’m a bit late to the game here, seeing the dates on the comments above from 2012-2014, but I don’t care it has taken me two years to find this wonderfully amazing delicious dessert recipe. I am not a great baker but your recipe for carrot cheesecake cupcakes made me one tonight! The recipe was so easy to follow, baked up quickly and was so light, moist and amazingly tasty. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I’m excited to start following your blog.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 5th, 2015 at 7:21 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them Traci!! I love these cupcakes and they remind me I need to do other cheesecake cupcake versions!


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  15. They taste wonderful!!! I am making them in advance for a birthday guy. He requested carrot cake but I wanted to take it up a notch. Thanks!


  16. Hi Dorothy!

    Do you think you can use boxed carrot cake mix for these?

    Thanks! 🙂


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 25th, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Yes you totally can! The amounts of cheesecake and cake batter might not be even (you may have extra cake batter) but it’ll work just fine!


  17. I made the carrot cake cheesecake for my family on Christmas Day, and everybody loved them. Thank you so much for the recipe, and can’t believe how easy it is to make.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 19th, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      I’m so glad you like them!


  18. Could these be made as mini cupcakes? Any recommendations on cook times? Thanks!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 21st, 2016 at 6:58 am

      I’m sure they could! I don’t make mini cupcakes very often, but I’d guess to start checking them at about 8 minutes or so, and then use your best judgement after that!


  19. Im planning on making these they sound heavenly!! But I was just wondering if I wanted to make more than 12, do I just double the ingredients?


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