Mini Carrot Cake Cheesecakes with Cream Cheese Icing (& Marzipan Carrots)

I mentioned in my last post that I’m often inspired by recipes as I plow through magazines while working out at the gym.  Martha had a recipe for Carrot Cheesecake in her latest issue of MS Living and that got me thinking.  I do love carrot cake, and cheesecake is pretty much my all-time favorite dessert… so why not combine the two?  That same day I went clothes shopping and came home with mini-cheesecake pans instead.  My idea was now complete:  Mini Carrot Cake Cheesecakes with Cream Cheese Icing.
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Mini-cheesecakes are made the same way as regular cheesecakes… crust baked first, then filled and baked again. This crust was made of graham cracker crumbs and toasted pecans.
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I know that cheesecakes don’t typically have an icing on top, but I remembered the Red Velvet Cheesecake that I made last Christmas (and how good that was). Since carrot cake most often has a cream cheese icing, I felt these mini cheesecakes needed some too.
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I topped the mini cheesecakes with Petite Marzipan Carrots. Stick a small mint leaf on there if you don’t feel like making the carrots (or leave them plain).  The best part about the marzipan carrots though is that you can actually eat them!
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I took a few of these over to the teachers at school for a little before-spring-break treat. They thought they were appetizers because of the carrots. Yes, they thought the carrots were real! Needless to say, they were impressed with my decor 🙂
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I was really quite happy with how this dessert turned out. They’re cute little treats, and those marzipan carrots really make them perfect for Easter. If you’re preparing these for Easter, it’s best to make the cheesecakes the day before, then ice and decorate the day you plan to serve them. When I first spotted this recipe, I thought carrots in cheesecake sounded a little strange.  I grated the carrots finely so there weren’t big chunks of carrot in there.  It wasn’t at all strange.   And the cream cheese icing… well, lets just say that you shouldn’t leave it off! These cheesecakes were beyond YUMMY.

This recipe can be found here: Mini Carrot Cake Cheesecakes.
Instructions for making Marzipan Carrots can be found here: How to Make Marzipan Carrots

Lori Lange of Recipe Girl

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  • Mark Boxshus wrote:

    Nicely done Lori. I’m a carrot lover, so I’ll have to try these out.

    Mark

  • Donna wrote:

    Holy cow! These look amazing.. I LOVE them. I have to bookmark thisone. Carrot cake cheesecakes.. delicious, and I love that they are mini.. less guilt that way;)

  • Amanda wrote:

    These are amazing, going to have to try this!

  • Elyse wrote:

    I love your use of the marzipan carrots! Haha, and I love how you came home with a mini cheesecake pan; I’ve totally gone to buy some clothes and come home with more kitchen supplies. I especially love my mini cheesecake pan. I can’t wait to try these mini carrot cheesecakes. They’re just adorable! And what fabulous flavor combinations!

  • Cindy wrote:

    Love, Love , Love these, How cute! ! ! I’m sure they are yummy! 😀

  • Dragon wrote:

    These are perfect and your little carrots are divine!

  • brilynn wrote:

    Those look great! I’ve been thinking about making carrot cake ice cream lately…

    • RecipeGirl wrote:

      Brilynn- Carrot cake ice cream? That’s a terrific idea!

  • sharon wrote:

    Too cute! Mini cheesecakes WITH icing? Yum!

  • Laurie wrote:

    These look fabulous Lori! And if I forgot to comment the other day.. you made molding carrots look so easy! I need to really try working with the marzipan! Thanks for the wonderful post!

  • Cate O’Malley wrote:

    They are too cute! Love the marzipan carrots, though I’m too impatient to make something like that myself, so I’ll just live vicariously through yours. 🙂

  • Esi wrote:

    These are so cute and such a great idea for easter! The little carrots look so real.

  • Heather wrote:

    you’re killing me with the carrots! they’re so adorable 🙂

  • Cris wrote:

    Terrific idea! I love carrot cake and the DH loves cheesecake. I’ll have to try the recipe this weekend!!!

  • Kathy – Panini Happy wrote:

    Wow, you really outdid yourself on these. What a incredibly creative idea and you pulled it off so well! Extra impressed by the marzipan 🙂

  • Leslie Green wrote:

    I love love love them! Too cute

  • kellypea wrote:

    Sounds like a perfect combo to me and my favorite cheesecake has “frosting.” Actually is a creme fraiche topping, but close enough for me! Still have never made anything with marzipan. Nice job on those cute little carrots!

  • Louise wrote:

    What delectable treats. I couldn’t help smiling when I read your opener. “I mentioned in my last post that I’m often inspired by recipes as I plow through magazines while working out at the gym.” It just struck a cord:)

    I adore carrot cake. Oh how I wish I were as creative when it comes to cute decor.

    Thanks for sharing…

  • JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen wrote:

    I LOVE the marzipan carrots – so creative and cute! Carrot cake is so yummy.

  • Nirvana wrote:

    Carrot cake is one of my most favorite things in the world 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!

  • Cathy – wheresmydamnanswer wrote:

    Yum pretty much says it all here!!