Deliciously moist carrot cake bars topped with a cream cheese swirl!

Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Swirl | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Another first today – carrot cake (bars)! I think this may be the tastiest cake I’ve made to date, these are that good. They are super moist, and the cream cheese topping just gives them this delicious melt-in-your-mouth layer. It was very hard to stop going back for more!

I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do! In fact, you definitely will.

Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Swirl | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Swirl | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Swirl | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Swirl | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Swirl | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Swirl | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Swirl | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Yield: 8

Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Swirl

20 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

    For the Cake Batter
  • 1 and 1/2 large carrots, finely grated
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (115g) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (156g) plain flour
  • For the Cream Cheese Swirl
  • 1/2 cup (115g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons (23g) plain flour

Instructions

    For the Cake Batter
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/176C. Line an 8x8" pan with aluminium foil, and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the grated carrots, sugar, cream cheese, eggs, and vanilla extract, and mix well. Add the baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and flour. Mix until combined. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan.
  3. For the Cream Cheese Swirl
  4. Mix together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, egg, and flour until combined and smooth. Gently pour the mixture on top of the cake batter, then using a toothpick, run through both mixtures in circular motions to create swirls.
  5. Bake for 30 - 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack before removing from the pan, and cutting into bars.

Notes

If the cake is still jiggly in the middle, but the top is done, loosely cover with aluminium foil to prevent burning whilst baking! br]
Adapted from [Creme de la Crumb

http://marshasbakingaddiction.com/carrot-cake-bars-with-cream-cheese-swirl/

 Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Swirl | Marsha's Baking Addiction

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37 Comments

37 Comments on Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Swirl

  1. Sam @ SugarSpunRun
    July 29, 2015 at 7:29 pm (1 year ago)

    What a genius idea to swirl in the cream cheese like that! Looks delicious, Marsha! 🙂

    Reply
    • Marsha
      July 29, 2015 at 8:31 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Sam! 🙂

      Reply
  2. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel
    July 30, 2015 at 6:48 pm (1 year ago)

    I firmly believe you must never eat carrot cake without cream cheese, so these are right up my alley! So perfect for fall baking!

    Reply
    • Marsha
      July 30, 2015 at 6:59 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Ashley! 🙂

      Reply
  3. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext
    July 31, 2015 at 8:24 pm (1 year ago)

    You’ve combined my two favourite desserts! Carrot cake + cheesecake swirl = heaven! Love these, they look delicious!

    Reply
    • Marsha
      August 1, 2015 at 7:54 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Jess! These really were heaven! 🙂

      Reply
    • Marsha
      August 3, 2015 at 6:50 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Dorothy! These quickly became popular in my house! 🙂

      Reply
  4. Felicia@Ingredient1
    August 4, 2015 at 7:46 pm (1 year ago)

    Love how visible the carrots are in the batter! What’s your best trick for getting a nice swirl with the cheesecake mixture?

    Reply
    • Marsha
      August 4, 2015 at 11:45 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Felicia! I achieved the swirled look by taking a toothpick, and running it through the two mixtures in a circular motion. It’s very easy!

      Reply
    • Marsha
      August 21, 2015 at 6:06 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Jessica!

      Reply
  5. Adriana Renee
    August 20, 2015 at 10:52 pm (1 year ago)

    Anything with cream cheese is a must for me! This looks so delicious!

    Reply
    • Marsha
      August 21, 2015 at 6:04 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Adriana!

      Reply
    • Marsha
      August 21, 2015 at 6:04 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Chrissa!

      Reply
  6. Melissa Cosentini
    August 20, 2015 at 11:13 pm (1 year ago)

    YUM! These look amazing! Pinned for my cheat day 😉

    Reply
    • Marsha
      August 21, 2015 at 6:03 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Melissa! Hope you enjoy! 🙂

      Reply
  7. Barb
    August 20, 2015 at 11:19 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow, this sounds heavenly! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • Marsha
      August 21, 2015 at 6:03 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  8. Megan
    August 21, 2015 at 12:08 am (1 year ago)

    I am OBSESSED with cream cheese right now. I also have some carrots that are a bit sad, but would be perfect for carrot cake. Putting this on the plan to #conquerdessert this weekend.

    Reply
    • Marsha
      August 21, 2015 at 6:03 am (1 year ago)

      Awesome! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

      Reply
  9. sara
    August 21, 2015 at 12:29 am (1 year ago)

    Two of my favorite ingredients are carrots and cream cheese. These look amazing!

    Reply
    • Marsha
      August 21, 2015 at 6:02 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Sara!

      Reply
    • Marsha
      August 21, 2015 at 5:05 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Liz!

      Reply
  10. Dorcas@feelgoodfoodblog
    August 21, 2015 at 4:44 pm (1 year ago)

    Marsha,

    these look so yummy! I love carrot cake but the cream cheese swirls, that’s just brilliant. Thanks, definitely pinned!

    Reply
    • Marsha
      August 21, 2015 at 5:05 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you, Dorcas!

      Reply
  11. Lillie
    August 30, 2015 at 4:29 pm (1 year ago)

    Thank You!

    Reply
    • Marsha
      August 30, 2015 at 8:44 pm (1 year ago)

      You’re welcome, Lillie!

      Reply
    • Marsha
      August 31, 2015 at 8:34 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Ruchi!

      Reply
  12. The Hungry Mum
    September 10, 2015 at 11:31 pm (1 year ago)

    everyone loves a swirl! These bars look super good.

    Reply
    • Marsha
      September 11, 2015 at 7:26 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you! 🙂

      Reply
  13. Martha in KS
    September 24, 2015 at 1:48 pm (1 year ago)

    I see that in the original recipe on lecremedelacrumb, she used applesauce & baked in 9×13″ pan. I’m assuming you used a smaller pan to get thicker bars – which is always good. Are they moist enough without the applesauce? Thanks

    Reply
    • Marsha
      September 24, 2015 at 3:56 pm (1 year ago)

      These bars are extremely moist! 🙂

      Reply

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