THE BEST CARROT CAKE CHEESECAKE
18 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 cup flour and 1 tablespoon flour
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 (8 1/2 ounce) can crushed pineapple, well drained with juice reserved
1 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 tablespoon reserved pineapple juice
Dash of salt
Grease a 9 or 9 1/2 inch spring form pan. Set aside.
In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat together 2 packages cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in 1 tablespoon flour, 3 eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla until smooth. Set aside.
For the carrot cake: In a large bowl, combine oil, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla, blending thoroughly. Stir in 1 cup flour, baking soda, cinnamon and pinch of salt, mixing well. Stir in drained pineapple, carrots, coconut and walnuts.
Spread 1 1/2 cups carrot cake batter over bottom of prepared pan. Drop large spoonfuls of cream cheese batter over carrot cake batter. Top with large spoons full of remaining carrot cake batter. Repeat with remaining cream cheese batter, spreading evenly with a knife.
Bake in preheated 350°F oven 50 to 65 minutes or until cake is set and cooked through. Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate. When cake is cold, prepare the frosting …
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