Copycat Carrot Cake Cheesecake – Cheesecake Factory

This delicious Cheesecake Factory Copycat of Carrot Cake Cheesecake is super simple to make. Two batters are layered on top of each other then baked. No water bath required!

My goodness you guys. This cheesecake is outstanding. Easily one of the best I have ever tried and worthy of making for a special get together.

Copycat Carrot Cake Cheesecake - Cheesecake Factory

While some cheesecake recipes can be fussy, this one is really simple. Two batters are made, one for the cheesecake and one for the carrot cake. They are layered in the pan and it bakes up easily, no water bath required.

Copycat Carrot Cake Cheesecake - Cheesecake Factory

Many thanks to Sifting Focus for this recipe. Enjoy!

Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Cheesecake Factory Carrot Cake Cheesecake

This delicious Cheesecake Factory Copycat of Carrot Cake Cheesecake is super simple to make. Two batters are layered on top of each other then baked. No water bath required!
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 929 kcal


  • 9-inch Springform Pan



  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Carrot Cake:

  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 8 1/2 ounce can crushed pineapple well drained with juice reserved separately
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts optional

Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 tablespoon butter softened
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons reserved pineapple juice


  • Grease a 9-inch Springform pan. Set aside. (You can also use a 10-inch Springform pan which I have done. I just reduced the baking time by a few minutes.)

For the cheesecake:

  • In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in 1 tablespoon flour, 3 eggs and 1 teaspoon 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 spoonfuls of remaining carrot cake batter. Repeat with remaining cream cheese batter, spreading evenly with a knife. (Do not marble with the knife.)
  • Bake in preheated 350หšF 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.

For the frosting:

  • In a bowl of an electric mixer, combine 4 ounces cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 tablespoons reserved pineapple juice. Beat until smooth and of spreading consistency. Frost top of cheesecake. Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours before serving.


Calories: 929kcalCarbohydrates: 95gProtein: 12gFat: 58gSaturated Fat: 23gPolyunsaturated Fat: 17gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 192mgSodium: 435mgPotassium: 309mgFiber: 3gSugar: 78gVitamin A: 3855IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 111mgIron: 2mg
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  1. My husband & son would drool looking at this recipe, could you imagine if I made it. Thanks for sharing Ali.

  2. Wow, this looks so good, and would be perfect for Easter. My husband bought me a springform pan awhile ago, and this would be the perfect recipe to break it in with. Pinning this one!

  3. I think I'm drooling just reading this recipe and seeing your wonderful pictures. I have to try this.

    Thank you for sharing,


  4. This looks amazing! My husband loves carrot cake and he loves cheesecake. This just might end up being his birthday cake next month. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thank you for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

  5. W O W !!!! Looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

    1. You could BUT you would have to not use the entire cake because cake mixes make 9×13" pans of cake typically, and that would be way too much batter. So you would have to guess as to how much batter to use. My guess would be half?

    2. Oh my gosh! The best carrot cake I've ever had in my life had pineapple in it. I lost my recipe so I looked until I found one that had pineapple in it. It's so moist! You still only taste the carrot.

  6. I've never heard of pineapple in carrot cake before, can you really taste the pineapple? will it mess it up bad if i leave it out?

  7. I adore your blog! I love how you take your pictures and really show what a reader would like to see. For example with this cheesecake recipe, how'd you know I'd need to see a shot of the layers close-up? ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for all you do and keep up the awesome work!

  8. Can you please clarify step 4? It sounds as if you are layering the carrot batter, cheese cake batter, then carrot batter again. However the picture shows the carrot cake under and coming up behind like a crust. Sorry if this is a weird question, I've never tried to make anything like this.

    1. Yep that is exactly what you do. There is a thin layer of carrot cake that is mixed in with the cream cheese layers, but it is hard to tell from the picture.

  9. I am going to make this, but instead of carrot cake, I'm going to make a chocolate turtle cheesecake cake! Using (half) of my favorite cake recipe, with your cheesecake recipe, then caramel and pecans on top. My question to you is, the carrot cake is very dense, and I'm assuming heavier than the cheesecake, and that's why it stays where it is suppose to. But if I do a regular cake batter, do you think the layers will swap since a regular cake batter is less dense than the cheesecake??

    1. Hi Breonna – Quick answer is I have no clue at all if the layers will swap. If you try it though please let me know what happens ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. My wife made this today and it was a TOTAL HIT! Everyone enjoyed it and we had to look-up the recipe. Highly recommended.

  11. I made this over the weekend. It was easier than I thought and really good. The flavors of the cake and cheesecake balance well. I'm putting it on the Christmas table this year! Thanks!

  12. If I wanted to make these into bars and use a large square pan, how would that change the cooking time and duration?

    1. Jasmine – I've never made them like that so I have no idea, lol. I would suggest googling recipes for cheesecake bars and using your best judgement on time.

  13. This cheesecake was the best cheesecake Iโ€™ve ever made. We liked it as much as the Craigโ€™s Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory, if not more! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  14. Can you clarify the ingredients/step 2? In the ingredients list for the cheesecake it has 1 tsp. vanilla, however the instructions in step 2 say to add 2 tsp of vanilla. Thank you!

    1. That is a typo. It should read 1 tsp. in step number two. Thank you for letting me know, I'll fix the recipe now.

  15. I made this recipe this afternoon to share with my daughters. One of my daughters leaves shortly for Mexico for the winter so I celebrate โ€œNoel dans lโ€™autumeโ€ which is Christmas in the Fall. I made your cake which, so far, looks to be decadent. I just want to mention your list of ingredients and instructions for the frosting are not the same. I picked up on this, I will let you know how my girls liked your cake.

    1. Hi – If you scroll back up above to the recipe card, there should be a big purple rectangular button that says “Print.” Alternatively, scroll to the very top of this post and there should be another big purple button there that reads, “Print.” If neither of those work, I think there might be something out on with your computer or printer that isn’t working correctly to print.