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23 Delicious Carrot Cake Recipes

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Table of Contents
  1. If you think there is only one way to make a carrot cake recipe, you’re in for a terrific surprise
  2. 1. Paleo Maple Carrot Cake
  3. 2.Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting & Caramel Sauce
  4. 3. Carrot Cake Donuts
  5. 4. Carrot Cake Pecan Cookies with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
  6. 5. Carrot Cake Pancakes
  7. 6. Carrot Cake Cookie Bars
  8. 7. Perfectly Soft and Moist Carrot Cake
  9. 8. Carrot Cake Cheesecake
  10. 9. Healthy Carrot Cake Smoothie
  11. 10. Caramel Pecan Carrot Cake
  12. 11. Carrot Cake Balls
  13. 12. Carrot Cake Cupcakes
  14. 13. Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies
  15. 14. Carrot Apple Bread
  16. 15. Cream Cheese Stuffed Carrot Cake with Orange Glaze
  17. 16. Carrot Cake Cheesecake Crumble Bars
  18. 17. Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies
  19. 18. Carrot Cake Oat Muffins
  20. 19. Carrot Cake Roll
  21. 20. Carrot Cake Oatmeal
  22. 21. Healthy No Bake Carrot Cake Protein Bars
  23. 22. Carrot Cake Granola
  24. 23. Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal Bars
  25. Get ready for Spring baking with these supplies gathered by the crew at Spaceships and Laser Beams...
  26. More Recipe Ideas:
  27. Carrot Apple Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

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.

Paleo Maple 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!

A piece of cake on a plate, with Carrot cake

2.Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting & Caramel Sauce

From Spaceships and Laser Beams

The perfect, classic carrot cake: moist layers of carrot cake, topped with tangy-sweet cream cheese frosting.

Carrot Cake Donuts

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!

Carrot Cake Cookies

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.

Carrot Cake Pancakes

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

From Like Mother Like Daughter

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!

Carrot Cake Balls

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

From American Heritage Cooking

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!

carrot apple bread

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.

carrot cake cheesecake bars

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!

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

17. Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

From The Domestic Geek Blog

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.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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.

Carrot Cake Granola

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”.

Get ready for Spring baking with these supplies gathered by the crew at Spaceships and Laser Beams…

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More Recipe Ideas:

Carrot Apple Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

A piece of cake sitting on top of a table

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