Today I am lucky enough to be able to combine two events into one post.
On Monday I shared with you that we are celebrating Easter along with Christie from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures and the Festive Foodies group ran by Ellen of Family Around the Table.
I previously posted a Broccoli and Blue Cheese Gratin that is the perfect accompaniment to your Holiday Ham. Today I am posting a dessert.
Specifically a Carrot Cake Cheesecake that I chose because Sarah of Fantastical Sharing of Recipes invited us to duke it out over Carrot Cake for this month's edition of Fantastical Food Fight.
This is the point, on last Sunday, where I stopped typing and went into my photo file to edit the photos for this post. They were GONE!! I felt a moment of panic.
I searched by date instead of name....nothing.
I pulled out my back up drive, plugged it in, and searched....nothing.
I went through each photo folder individually thinking that perhaps they got misfiled....nothing.
I went through my recycle bin...nothing.
I checked my phone photos...nothing.
I vented on the event pages and got a lot of suggestions that I tried....nothing.
I told myself, this is only a blog mishap, it is not cancer.....get over it.
Then I did what I always do when life kicks me. I sought solace from my husband and best friend. He asked me for my memory card that was used for the photos. He has a recovery program for my camera on his old laptop!!! It worked!!
It took hours to download the thousands of photos and then I had to click on them individually as there was no rhyme or reason to the order in which they were listed but I found them....Frank always makes my life better!!!
I hope you enjoy these photos. They were hard fought. I know you will enjoy the cheesecake. Making the cheesecake was the easy part of this post. Starting with a boxed cake mix, that included a package of shredded carrots and raisins, made this cake simple and relatively quick.
I adapted this recipe to omit the coconut as we enjoyed this after taking Little Miss to see Seussical the Musical with John and Kirsten and Kirsten is allergic to coconut. I also left off the frosting because I'm not a frosting fan.
Make sure you stop by and visit all the other Easter Recipes and Carrot Cake Recipes. You will find links to both at the bottom of this post.
Carrot Cake Cheesecake
adapted from Duncan Hines
1 pkg. Duncan Hines Decadent Carrot Cake Mix
1 1/4 c. hot water
eggs and oil as listed in directions on package for cake
1 (8oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 c. toasted walnuts, chopped
2 (8 oz) pkgs. cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 c. sugar
2 1/2 t. vanilla
3 eggs, room temperature
Remove carrot and raisin packet from cake mix box. Place in a bowl and cover with the hot water and let stand while you prepare the cake mix according to package directions.
Drain and squeeze dry the carrots and raisins. Add them to the cake batter along with the pineapple and walnuts until just blended. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese with the sugar and vanilla at medium speed until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, until light and fluffy.
Spoon 2 cups of the cake batter into a springform pan that has been treated with baking spray. Spread half of the cream cheese mixture over the batter in the pan. Cover with the remaining batter and top with the remaining cream cheese mixture.
Bake in a preheated 350* oven for 50-60 minutes, until just set.
Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before removing the sides. Refrigerate cake for at least 2 hrs. or overnight before serving. Print Recipe
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