Carrot Cake with Bourbon Cheesecake Swirl


The all-in-one carrot cake. No need to make extra cream cheese frosting, because the frosting is inside!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
10 servings


Carrot Cake:

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • ¼ cup plain yogurt

  • 1 cup packed finely grated carrots

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 1 (4 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon bourbon whiskey

  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.

  2. Sift 1 1/4 cup flour, baking powder, pumpkin spice, and baking soda together in a bowl.

  3. Combine butter and brown sugar in a bowl; beat together with an electric mixer on low until light and fluffy. Whisk in eggs and yogurt; beat in carrots until well mixed. Add flour mixture gradually with the electric mixer until batter is combined.

  4. Beat cream cheese, white sugar, egg, 3 tablespoons flour, bourbon, and orange zest together in a bowl.

  5. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan; spread with a spatula until even. Spoon cream cheese mixture onto the batter; smooth with the back of the spoon until even. Pour remaining batter onto the cream cheese mixture.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

    Carrot Cake with Bourbon Cheesecake Swirl
    Photo by Stasty Cook.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

271 Calories
15g Fat
30g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 271
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 233mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 70mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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