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Carrot Cake Loaf

This Carrot Cake Loaf is an easy and tasty recipe with simple ingredients. Full of flavor from the spices and topped off with a cream cheese frosting, this is the perfect treat to bake up anytime!

A TASTY CARROT DESSERT

Some call it a cake, some call it bread, I call it delicious! This Carrot Cake Loaf is an easy dessert that comes together in no time. I love homemade food that is also simpleton make. Adding carrots to breads like this really makes them so moist and adds a natural sweetness. I love carrot cake desserts all year long and this one is great for any type of gathering. If you are a carrot cake lover, then you absolutely have to try this absolutely delicious Carrot Cake Loaf recipe!

Sliced Carrot Cake Loaf on plate.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What size pan should I use?

This requires a standard 9×5-inch loaf pan.

What is the best way to grate carrots?

I like to use a box grater on this one. You can make your grated carrots as large or as small as you like. I make mine fairly small but if you want to see larger bits of carrots in there, just grate them larger.

Do I have to use walnuts?

No. You can leave them out. Or substitute for another nut like chopped pecans or macadamia nuts.

Do I have to top this with a cream cheese frosting?

If you want to go a little more simple, you can omit the frosting on top. This is great plain, dusted with powdered sugar or glazed with a simple powdered sugar glaze as well.

Mine is browning too fast, what do I do?

Since every oven is different it is always good to check this recipe at the 20-25 minute mark. If the top seems to be browning too quickly, simply tent it with a piece of foil.

Why do you make a cut in the middle of the batter before baking?

I have found that this actually helps keep the center of the loaf from puffing up too much and creating a “dome” on top of the loaf. It also helps to ensure the center bakes evenly with the rest of the bread. It is not absolutely necessary to do.

How do I store leftovers?

This can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator where it will keep for up to 1 week. This can also be frozen but it is best frozen before frosting. Wrap your cooled cake loaf in plastic wrap and then foil and place in the freezer. It will keep for up to 3 months. To defrost, remove from the freezer onto the countertop until thawed. Make your frosting and spread it on and enjoy!

Pinterest image of finished sliced Carrot Cake Loaf on white platter.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • eggs
  • butter
  • granulated sugar
  • brown sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • all-purpose flour
  • ground ginger
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground nutmeg
  • grated carrots
  • cream cheese
  • powdered sugar
Ingredients needed: eggs, butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, grated carrots, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, walnuts, ground ginger, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cream cheese and powdered sugar.

HOW TO MAKE A CARROT CAKE LOAF:

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a loaf pan (9×5) with nonstick baking spray (I line the kind that has flour in it.) Note: to make the loaf easier to remove, you can also like it with parchment paper. In a large bowl, beat eggs with a handheld mixer until smooth then mix in butter, both sugars, and vanilla extract.

Eggs, butter, sugars and vanilla mixed together in bowl.

In a separate mixing bowl combine dry ingredients.

Dry ingredients mixed together in bowl.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients then mix on low until everything is combined.

Dry ingredients added to wet ingredients and mixed together in bowl.

Gently stir in carrots and walnuts to the batter.

Grated carrots and walnuts folded into batter.

Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Top with more nuts as desired. Make a small cut lengthwise about ½ inch deep in the center of the bread.

Batter poured into prepared loaf pan.

Bake for 50-55 minutes until the toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few breadcrumbs. Let the bread cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Finished loaf cake in baking pan.

Meanwhile, make the frosting. In a bowl, beat cream cheese until creamy and add softened butter. Mix on low until combined. Gradually stir in the powdered sugar.

Cream cheese frosting in bowl.

Once loaf is completely cooled, spread the frosting evenly over the bread. Top with chopped walnuts.

Frosting spread on cooled cake and topped with chopped walnuts.

Then slice and serve!

Two slices of the Carrot Cake Loaf on plate with bite taken out of top one.

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Carrot Cake Loaf

This Carrot Cake Loaf is an easy and tasty recipe with simple ingredients. Full of flavor from the spices and topped off with a cream cheese frosting, this is the perfect treat to bake up anytime!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 10

Ingredients

Frosting:

  • 8 ounces (1 block) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) salted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • chopped walnuts (for topping)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Spray a loaf pan (9×5-inch) with a nonstick baking spray (I like the kind with flour in it).
  • In a large bowl, beat together 2 large eggs, room temperature with a handheld mixer until smooth. Mix in ¾ cup butter, melted, ½ cup granulated sugar, ½ cup brown sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • In a separate mixing bowl combine 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients then mix on low until everything is combined.
  • Gently stir in 1 ½ cups grated carrots and ½ cup chopped walnuts to the batter.
  • Pour and spread into prepared baking pan. Top with more nuts as desired. Make a small cut lengthwise about ½ inch deep in the center of the bread.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes until the toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few breadcrumbs.
  • Let the bread cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, make frosting. Beat 8 ounces (1 block) cream cheese, softened to room temperature with an electric mixer until creamy and add ¼ cup (1/2 stick) salted butter, softened to room temperature . Mix on low until combined.
  • Gradually stir in 2 cups powdered sugar.
  • Spread frosting on cooled cake and top with more chopped walnuts, if desired.

Notes

  • Note: to make the loaf easier to remove, you can also line the baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Use a box grater to shred carrots.
  • The cream cheese frosting is optional. You can also dust with powdered sugar; use a powdered sugar glaze or leave plain.
  • If your bread is browning too fast, tent it with foil.
  • Make sure the loaf is fully cooled before frosting.
  • This can be frozen, see above on how to do that.
  • You can swap out the walnuts for pecans or omit nuts altogether. 
Course: Breads, Dessert
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 545kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 31g | Sodium: 419mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 46g

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“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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