Carrot cake plus cheesecake equals a tasty springtime dessert. Here's a recipe for a carrot cheesecake which is topped with icing and cinnamon-toasted walnuts.


Carrot cake plus cheesecake equals a tasty springtime dessert. Thanks to GeorgeAnn Madison for sharing one of her favorites, which is topped with icing and cinnamon-toasted walnuts.

Carrot Cheesecake

1 package (2-layer-size) carrot cake mix
1 cup water
1/2 cup cooking oil
6 eggs
1/2 cup raisins
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
11/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
Nonstick cooking spray
2 tablespoons plus 1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
3 to 4 teaspoons milk

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch springform pan; set aside.

In large bowl, combine carrot cake mix, 1 cup of water, oil and three of the eggs. Beat with electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Beat on medium speed 3 minutes. Fold in raisins. Pour into prepared pan.

In another large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in sugar and vanilla until smooth. Beat in remaining 3 eggs just until combined. Slowly pour over carrot cake layer. Place cheesecake on a baking sheet.

Bake 11/2 to 13/4 hours or until center is set (top may be uneven and center may fall slightly as it cools). Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes. Using small, sharp knife, loosen cake from the sides of pan. Cool 30 minutes. Remove sides of pan and cool completely. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

Topping: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line small baking pan with foil; lightly coat foil with cooking spray. In bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the powdered sugar with the water and cinnamon. Stir in walnuts. Spread nuts in even layer in prepared baking pan. Bake 8 minutes. Cool.

In medium bowl, combine 1 cup powdered sugar and enough milk to make a drizzling consistency.

Cut cheesecake into wedges and place each wedge on a serving plate. Drizzle each slice with some of the powdered-sugar icing. Break up walnuts and place on top of cheesecake wedges.
Makes 16 servings.

* In response to a request for the salad dressing from the former Fritz’s Par-a-Dice, Olga Andrighetti of Taylorville submitted this recipe:

Salad Dressing

1 small crushed garlic clove
1 teaspoon salt
1 scant teaspoon pepper
1 scant teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 can tomato soup
1 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cider or white vinegar
1 small onion, grated or minced
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Mix ingredients well and serve over salad.

Makes about 21/4 cups.

* Asparagus? Peas? Rhubarb? Spinach? Leeks? The Trading Post is looking for recipes using spring vegetables. If you have some good ones, please send them in.

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