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Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Swirl

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

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

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yields 8

Ingredients

For the Cake Batter

  • 1 and 1/2 large carrots finely grated
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 200g
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese 115g, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/4 cups plain flour 156g

For the Cream Cheese Swirl

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese 115g, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar 50g
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour 23g

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.

For the Cream Cheese Swirl

  1. 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.
  2. 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

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

37 Comments

  • Reply
    Sam @ SugarSpunRun
    July 29, 2015 at 7:29 pm

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

    • Reply
      Marsha
      July 29, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks, Sam! 🙂

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    Ashley | The Recipe Rebel
    July 30, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    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

      Thanks, Ashley! 🙂

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    Jess @ whatjessicabakednext
    July 31, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    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

      Thanks, Jess! These really were heaven! 🙂

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
    August 3, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    These look like the best!! Love carrot cake and cheesecake. It’s perfect!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      August 3, 2015 at 6:50 pm

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

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    Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
    August 4, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I love that these have the cream cheese swirled right into the cake!

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    Felicia@Ingredient1
    August 4, 2015 at 7:46 pm

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

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      Marsha
      August 4, 2015 at 11:45 pm

      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
    Jessica @ Domesticated Wild Child
    August 20, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Those look amazing! I would never think to use carrot cake, what a good idea!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      August 21, 2015 at 6:06 am

      Thanks, Jessica!

  • Reply
    Adriana Renee
    August 20, 2015 at 10:52 pm

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

    • Reply
      Marsha
      August 21, 2015 at 6:04 am

      Thanks, Adriana!

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    Chrissa - Physical Kitchness
    August 20, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Carrot cake lovers unite! This looks pretty much mind-blowing

    • Reply
      Marsha
      August 21, 2015 at 6:04 am

      Thanks, Chrissa!

  • Reply
    Melissa Cosentini
    August 20, 2015 at 11:13 pm

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

    • Reply
      Marsha
      August 21, 2015 at 6:03 am

      Thanks, Melissa! Hope you enjoy! 🙂

  • Reply
    Barb
    August 20, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Wow, this sounds heavenly! Thanks for sharing!

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    Megan
    August 21, 2015 at 12:08 am

    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

      Awesome! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Reply
    sara
    August 21, 2015 at 12:29 am

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

    • Reply
      Marsha
      August 21, 2015 at 6:02 am

      Thanks, Sara!

  • Reply
    Liz
    August 21, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Oh yum.. these look super delicious! I”ll have to try them on a day where I’m looking to indulge a bit!
    -Liz
    http://www.TheCleanEatingCouple.com

  • Reply
    Dorcas@feelgoodfoodblog
    August 21, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    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

      Thank you, Dorcas!

  • Reply
    Lillie
    August 30, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Thank You!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      August 30, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      You’re welcome, Lillie!

  • Reply
    Ruchi @ Recipe Treasure
    August 31, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Wow! These look yummy!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      August 31, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks, Ruchi!

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    The Hungry Mum
    September 10, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    everyone loves a swirl! These bars look super good.

    • Reply
      Marsha
      September 11, 2015 at 7:26 am

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Martha in KS
    September 24, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    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

      These bars are extremely moist! 🙂

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