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If you think there is only one way to make a carrot cake recipe, you’re in for a terrific surprise
Carrot cake lovers unite! Here’s a roundup of 23 delicious carrot cake recipes!
In addition to traditional carrot cake, enjoy that spicy-sweet flavor in everything from cupcakes to a smoothie, to cheesecake, cookies, donuts, bars, granola and even carrot cake oatmeal.
Read on to discover wonderful variations on everyone’s favorite, carrot cake.
1. Paleo Maple Carrot Cake
From Eat Drink Paleo
Even if the words “gluten-free” and “paleo” aren’t on your radar, this paleo recipe for Maple Carrot Cake probably should be! Maple sugar adds an enticing nuance to this almond flour-based recipe.
Swiss Meringue Buttercream is a light, not-too-sweet frosting, and it’s perfect for anyone concerned about eating raw eggs because this meringue uses heated egg whites. Yum!
2.Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting & Caramel Sauce
The perfect, classic carrot cake: moist layers of carrot cake, topped with tangy-sweet cream cheese frosting.
3. Carrot Cake Donuts
From Inside BruCrew Life
Carrots, pineapple, and yogurt might not be what you think of as ingredients for donuts, but these look scrumptious!
Notice it takes less than half an hour to make a dozen and a half of these babies. What a way to start (or end) the day!
4. Carrot Cake Pecan Cookies with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
From Lauren’s Latest
Cookies are a no-guilt dessert where I live…just a little bit of a sweet treat…unless you can’t stop yourself from reaching for another one.
That might happen with these soft carrot cake pecan cookies, especially once you taste the orange cream cheese frosting that crowns each irresistible bite.
5. Carrot Cake Pancakes
From Veggie Inspired
Even if cake is not a widely praised breakfast choice, pancakes are a socially acceptable way to nosh into the day. Imagine the satisfaction when you serve carrots for breakfast and everyone cheers!
Walnuts and coconut are on the ingredient list, too, and a sweet cashew cream cheese adds another luscious dimension.
6. Carrot Cake Cookie Bars
Looking for easy? This bar begins with a boxed carrot cake mix. Add a couple of ingredients to bake the base then add cream cheese frosting and a mix of walnuts and pecans on top.
7. Perfectly Soft and Moist Carrot Cake
From Natasha’s Kitchen
Here’s a classic carrot cake that is soft, moist, and not too sweet. Bake two layers and split them into four so there’s more room for the fluffy cream cheese frosting!
Toasted walnuts make an excellent foil for the rich topping.
8. Carrot Cake Cheesecake
From The Whoot
Ahhh…another version of the favorite carrot cake and cheesecake partnership. Included is a how-to video and a copycat recipe for the popular Cheesecake Factory Carrot Cake Cheesecake.
With its top sour cream layer, this handsome dessert looks ready for company.
9. Healthy Carrot Cake Smoothie
From Gimme Some Oven
This could be called “How to have your cake and not eat it, too.” Or something like that.
Maybe a better way to put it is this smoothie has all the longed-for spicy-carrot cake taste without the sugar or guilt. I’ll drink to that!
10. Caramel Pecan Carrot Cake
From The Gunny Sack
She had me at caramel! Just imagine the taste of epic proportions in this recipe: Multiple layers of carrot cake made with apple butter and sour cream, topped with cream cheese, whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel and a layer of chopped pecans. Dessert nirvana!
11. Carrot Cake Balls
From Raw Manda
Gluten and nut-free no-bakes. With ingredients like oats, carrots, dates, and mulberries (or raisins), these cake balls sound like something yummy to eat—with abandon.
12. Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Cupcakes…because life calls for cupcakes. These moist, tender cupcakes have a pleasing cinnamon flavor that melds nicely with the toasted walnuts.
Extra points (and the easy recipe) for the cute marzipan carrots.
13. Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies
From Amy’s Healthy Baking
Maple syrup elbows out sugar in these soft and chewy carrot cake oatmeal cookies. And although Amy’s version is made with a gluten-free flour, she gives instructions for regular flour too.
I appreciate her tip about chilling the dough—no more cookie blobs!
14. Carrot Apple Bread
From Averie Cooks
Carrot cake infused with apples and baked in a loaf pan is another way to satisfy a sweet tooth without going overboard.
Sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and coconut oil instead of butter add to this rich, moist, dense bread. Eat it plain or add her browned butter glaze. Maybe try it both ways…
15. Cream Cheese Stuffed Carrot Cake with Orange Glaze
From Carlsbad Cravings
Isn’t this a pretty cake? It’s spiced to perfection with hints of orange and on top of that, there’s a sweet cream cheese filling.
Dusting the Bundt pan with butter and cocoa gives it a caramelized, slightly crunchy exterior which is a delightful contrast with the super-moist interior.
16. Carrot Cake Cheesecake Crumble Bars
From The Recipe Critic
We’ve already established spicy carrot cake and sweet creamy cheesecake are amazing together. So what kind of wonderful happens when the bars are topped with carrot cake crumbles too? Try it!
17. Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies
How about a cookie sandwich? I’ll take two, please. Raisins contribute to the awesome taste and texture, while the cream cheese filling adds just the right amount of piquancy.
18. Carrot Cake Oat Muffins
From Emilie Eats
Cinnamon and spice and everything nice—and gluten-free, too! Apples, raisins, walnuts, and oats team up for breakfast muffins or snacks on-the-go.
Notice Emilie’s idea for using a high-temp oven at the outset for creating a high-rise muffin.
19. Carrot Cake Roll
From Crazy for Crust
A carrot cake roll will surely impress your guests! If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make a cake roll, check out Dorothy’s post. She shares her recipe and does a video that shows how easy it is to master.
20. Carrot Cake Oatmeal
From Recipe Runner
Maybe it’s not as decadent as a piece of carrot cake with gobs of frosting, but you get that satisfying taste of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg along with carrots, raisins, and maple syrup in a hearty bowl of comforting oatmeal. Chopped pecans and coconut are pleasant stand ins for cream cheese frosting.
21. Healthy No Bake Carrot Cake Protein Bars
From The Big Man’s World
Gluten-free, packed with protein, and these carrot cake bars are no-bakes, to boot! Cut out the work, but not the flavor: Use Arman’s hack and buy pureed baby carrots for the recipe.
22. Carrot Cake Granola
From Gimme Some Oven
Naturally sweetened, naturally gluten-free and vegan, carrot cake granola lets you fuel the “you’re somebunny special” fantasy all day long—without guilt!
23. Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal Bars
From Sweet as Honey
Vegan, plus quick and healthy, these bars are full of yummy ingredients. The bars are moist, yet they have a rich and chewy texture.
Bananas, raisins, coconut, almonds, and a surprise of blueberries add tasty “wow”.
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Carrot Apple Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese Filling