Carrot Cake Cheesecake Swirl Bars

Prep 10 mins
Cook 28 mins
Total 38 mins
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Carrot Cake Cheesecake Swirl Bars (recipe via

I feel dirty and kind of ashamed. I made a dessert using a box mix. But then I put that dessert in my mouth and immediately forgot my shamed feelings. ;-)

A lot of the time, boxed cakes are dry. Sure they are easy, but they are nothing compared to my dream cakes. However, when you swirl them with a ton of cheesecake filling…well they definitely aren’t dry anymore. They actually turn out to be pretty dang divine!

And I know exactly what question is coming next…when am I going to do a Carrot Cake Dream Cake? Well, I’m working on it. I keep getting emails asking for one and I am trying my hardest! I just haven’t gotten it quite right yet. I promise to keep trying and once it’s perfect, you know y’all will see it here!

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Swirl Bars (recipe via

But in the meantime, I think this could definitely hold you over! I have always been a big fan of cheesecake and carrot cake together. The Cheesecake Factory makes a great Cheesecake Carrot Cake, and that is what I had in mind when I came up with this dessert idea. It’s super easy and really fast to put together — and makes a ton! This is defiantly a recipe you want to make to share!
NOTE: This recipe calls for an “odd” sized jelly roll pan. I don’t think it’s odd sized…it’s the size I use for everything. I have multiple of these large heavy duty jelly roll pans*. They rock! I use them for all of my cookies — they fit perfectly with a silpat*. If you don’t have a 13×18 size pan, I’m sure you can do it in a smaller one. However, you will want to make sure it has higher sides and it will probably take longer to bake. 

Yield: 24 bars

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Swirl Bars

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Swirl Bars on a white cake stand

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Swirl Bars - a ridiculously easy, cake-mix dessert recipe! If you've never tried this carrot cake and cheesecake combination, you are in for a real treat.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes


  • 1 (20 oz) box carrot cake mix
  • ingredients needed to make cake mix (eggs, oil, water)
  • 2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 x 18 jelly roll pan with butter or spray with Baker’s Joy.
  2. Mix carrot cake mix according to package directions. Pour into greased pan. Set aside.
  3. Beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until combined and there are no lumps.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture onto the top of the cheesecake layer. Drag the tip of a knife through the carrot cake and the cheesecake layers to create swirls.
  5. Bake for 28 minutes, or until the center is set and it no longer jiggles. Let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. You can eat them cold or let them come to room temperature before serving them. To let the come to room temp – set them on the counter about 15 minutes before serving.


recipe note: I used Duncan Hines carrot cake mix!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 186mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gProtein: 2g


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14 Responses
  1. Ira

    This looks delicious! Never would have thought of it. Can’t wait to try it out. The pictures are gorgeous, too.

  2. Katie

    So is it bad that I picked this receipe solely because I could cheat with a box mix?! :-) Made it for a get together last night and everyone RAVED about it.

  3. Erin R.

    Eh, everyone uses cake mixes sometimes. I vote we all stop being embarrassed and just go for the minor assist. These bars look lovely and I”m definitely saving the recipe. Thanks!

  4. Courtney @ BakeMeBetter

    I made your pumpkin dream cake a few days ago for a friend’s birthday and it was a huge hit! Thanks!

  5. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    No shame in using a cake mix! These look amazing! You are incorporating my two loves, cheesecake and carrot cake. You evil genius!

  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    That’s great that you got over your semi ashamed feelings one bite into these. Love it when things turn out so wonderfully! I love carrot cake and prefer to make cheesecake bars over cheesecake. Yours look so good!

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