Can’t decide between carrot cake and cheesecake? Then this Carrot Cake Cheesecake is the perfect solution!
I should have called this post, “Ode to Chapstick.” If there is one thing we will never, ever, ever run out of in this house, it’s chapstick. My wife loves the stuff. I dare say she’s addicted to it. (Can one actually develop a chapstick addition?) She’s always got at least one chapstick in her pocket or purse at all times. In fact, sometimes she’s got chapstick in both pockets. That and tissues. I’m pretty sure we single-handedly keep both the chapstick and tissue industries in business.
I pulled out a windbreaker the other day, and I found something hiding in the pocket. Sadly, it wasn’t a $20 bill from last Fall. Nope, it was chapstick. Apparently my wife had borrowed that jacket at some point.
But here’s my question about chapstick. Why do they make chapstick in round tubes?? As if that wasn’t bad enough, now Laura uses a chapstick brand that is shaped like a ball. Seriously? A ball? Don’t they know that round things roll? As in, the chapstick tube hits the floor, and it makes a beeline straight under the couch. We recently got a new couch, and guess what we found when we pulled the old one out? Yup, you got it. Chapstick. Several tubes of it, too. (We’ve been known to pull out the kitchen tongs to rescue those rogue chapsticks that roll under furniture…I kid you not.)
But enough talk about chapstick. Let’s talk about two of my all-time favorite desserts: carrot cake and cheesecake. I seriously have a hard time picking between these two. So I decided to solve that problem. I mushed up (yes, that is a technical term) carrot cake with cheesecake to create this Carrot Cake Cheesecake.
My uncle-in-law (yes, I made that term up) bakes a carrot cake cheesecake where he sandwiches a layer of cheesecake in between layers of carrot cake. I was tempted to do it that way, but it sounded like a lot of work…and a lot of pans to clean. So I decided to try and mush up the two recipes into one so that I could bake this bad boy in one pan.
If you’ve ever made cheesecake, then you know it can be a little finicky. Overbake it just a bit, and you’ll inevitably end up with a crack in the top. That’s all fine and good. A water bath usually solves this problem, and I also just watch the cheesecake closely as it finishes baking. But that is one extra step. This Carrot Cake Cheesecake solves that problem. The carrot cake provides enough flexibility for the cheesecake to expand without cracking. But you know what? Even if the cheesecake portion cracks, then so what? You’ve got a handy little tool to fix it. Frosting! No cake is complete without frosting, and this frosting is great as it hides any flaws on top of the cake.
What if your favorite dessert mash-up?
How many tubes of chapstick are in your pocket right now?