Carrot Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

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Carrot Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting …the perfect dessert to make for Easter Sunday or any celebration!

This carrot cake is super moist and the pineapple adds the perfect sweetness. It is such a delicious treat! This carrot cake comes together so easily and is perfect for a small dinner party. I also love that you just need two bowls (could even get away with one) and a wooden spoon. No mixer required.

Carrot Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting ...the perfect dessert to make for Easter Sunday or any celebration!

That caramel frosting is to die for. I could have (okay maybe I did…shhh) just eaten it by the spoon. There will most likely be leftover frosting, so feel free to just dive in. Or spread it on graham crackers (or just about anything). That is one of my favorite childhood treats.

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Carrot Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting ...the perfect dessert to make for Easter Sunday or any celebration!

I found this recipe in my friends new cookbook Dessert for Two: Sweet and Simple by Christina Lane. This book is perfect for when I’m craving something sweet but don’t want a whole lot of leftovers to tempt me. I was debating between posting this recipe and the Hazelnut cookies (which were super easy and yummy), but I knew this one would be perfect for Easter.

Christina says “the best type of carrots to use for this cake are freshly grated ones. The carrots sold pre-grated will be too big. To hand-grate the carrots , use the large holes on your box grater”  and I couldn’t agree more! It takes a little extra work, but if you have a food processor that makes it much faster.

Dessert for Two: Sweet & Simple Cookbook

How to make the Carrot Cake:

First you’ll need the below ingredients. Find the printable recipe below.

  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup freshly grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Carrot Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting ...the perfect dessert to make for Easter Sunday or any celebration!

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper. Lightly spray with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, stir the oil and sugar together with a wooden spoon (do not use a mixer). Then stir in the eggs, carrots, pineapple and vanilla. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Add the dry ingredients of the wet ingredients and stir, just until combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 to 33 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick comes clean. Let the cake cool completely.

Carrot Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting ...the perfect dessert to make for Easter Sunday or any celebration!Then comes the caramel frosting -yum! Seriously, can I just dive right in?

Carrot Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting ...the perfect dessert to make for Easter Sunday or any celebration!

If you want extra caramel, feel free to add a few dollops and swirl it around on top with a butter knife. Carrot Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting ...the perfect dessert to make for Easter Sunday or any celebration!


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Carrot Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Carrot Cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 18
Calories: 213 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

If you like carrot cake, then you are going to love this delicious carrot cake with caramel cream cheese frosting!

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Ingredients

  • cake:
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 cup freshly grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple drained
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Frosting:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup  dulce de leche or melted caramels
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper. Lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir the oil and sugar together with a wooden spoon (do not use a mixer). Then stir in the eggs, carrots, pineapple and vanilla. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Add the dry ingredients of the wet ingredients and stir, just until combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 to 33 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick comes clean. Let the cake cool completely.
  4. While the cake cools, whip together the cream cheese and dulce de leche (reserve 1/4 cup if you’d like to do a swirl on the top). Slowly mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  5. Frost the cake with the caramel cream cheese frosting. For the caramel swirl, place 9 dots on the top of the cake. Then swirl with a knife. Cover cake until until ready to serve.  Cut into squares and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

For a more traditional cream cheese frosting, simply leave out the caramel. Add a pinch of salt if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Carrot Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 130mg 5%
Potassium 85mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Sugars 20g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 27.8%
Vitamin C 2.3%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 2.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Carrot Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting ...the perfect dessert to make for Easter Sunday or any celebration!

Cut in and enjoy! YUM!

Carrot Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting ...the perfect dessert to make for Easter Sunday or any celebration!

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Jamielyn Nye

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Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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11 comments on “Carrot Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. This looks absolutely delicious. Caramel (and bacon) make just about anything better. Pinned for later baking :)

  2. Oh my goodness! That frosting looks amazing!

  3. First, Christina is a dessert GENIUS! Second, that frosting!!!!! Whoa!

  4. Love the addition of pineapple!! And the  frosting just puts this cake over the top!

  5. I am thinking of all the treats I can ice with that icing!

  6. Erin @ The Speckled Palate Reply

    This dessert is simply the BEST for the springtime! Who doesn’t love a little carrot cake? And that glaze… swoon!

  7. Wow, that looks absolutely luscious, I’ve got to try it!

  8. That frosting though! I can’t get over those photos! I will have to pin this to try!

  9. That looks delicious. Tell me, though, can I replace the cream cheese with mascarpone?

  10. Love this! Caramel and carrot are such a fun combo. I’ll have to check the cookbook out. No such thing as too many in my collection:) Pinned for later!

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