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Carrot Cake Pie {Pi Day Blog Hop}

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It’s Pi Day! It’s Pi Day! Yippee it’s 3/14, Pi Day!

Seriously people, I look forward to this day all year long.

If you read my post last year on Pi Day, you’d already know I’m crazy. But so many of you are new (hi new friends!) so you really have no idea how big of a dork I am.

Let me make a list for you, shall I?

I once had a license plate that read I TCH PI. It is now hanging in my office (well, it will be once I get off my butt and paint in here).

I do math problems for fun. Yes, my idea of fun is getting out my high school geometry text book (yes, I own a copy; that was a very happy day when I found it at Goodwill) and doing proofs.

Essentially, I’m saying that doing proofs relaxes me.

Since I’m too cheap to spend $30 on a t-shirt from Zazzle, I made my own Pi shirt last year. I’ll be wearing it again today. I wanted to make a Pi googley eye headband, but thought that might be too much.

My personal email? Has 314 in it.

Whenever I have to pick a number for any reason? You guessed it, I choose 314.

You could say I’m a teensy bit obsessed.

Is it weird that it makes me sad that I have to wait until the third grade before Jordan learns about Pi in school? Where I can offer to bring pies for snack and the kids will understand what the heck I’m doing?

Usually we have pizza for dinner on Pi Day.  Because it’s round. (And yummy. And the perfect dinner for a rainy night when softball is cancelled.)

This year, because I’m the hospitality person for the PTC, I’m bringing the teachers pie. Lots of pies. Big pies, little pies, whoopie pies.  But not this carrot cake pie. No, that was for me my friends.

I found a recipe for Carrot Cake Blondies and thought it would make an awesome pie. Then I topped it with white chocolate cream cheese frosting to make it even awesomer. And oh. My. GOD.

Totally worthy of a Pi Day post. Totally. Like eat-two-huge-slices worthy.

And totally blog hop worthy too. Because today is a special occasion. And I’m celebrating with a Pi Day Pie Blog Hop with some other awesome bloggers who may or may not be wearing a Pi t-shirt too. (I think I may be the only crazy one of us in the bunch.)

Check out these other super delicious pies that are being posted today!

Amaretto-Cherry / Brandied Apple with Cheddar Cheese Crumb by Bake it with Booze

Caramel Apple Galettes by Kristin’s kNook
Baltimore Bomb Pie by Something Swanky
Grasshopper Thin Mint Pie by The Domestic Rebel
Banana Split Brownie Pie by BruCrew Life
Irish Banana Cream Pie by Shugary Sweets 
Apple and Apricot Tart by Trilogy Edibles
Reese’s Fudge Pie by Mandy’s Recipe Box

Hey, is it 1:59 yet?

Carrot Cake Pie {Pi Day Blog Hop}


    For the Pie
  • 1 premade pie crust (or your favorite recipe)
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • For the Frosting
  • ¼ cup white chocolate chips
  • 5 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line a 9” pie plate with the premade crust, crimping the edges. Refrigerate until ready to fill.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger in a medium bowl.
  4. Cream together butter and sugar with a mixer. Stir in eggs and vanilla until just combined.
  5. Stir dry ingredients into wet until just combined. Fold in carrots.
  6. Pour into prepared pie crust. Bake 25-30 minutes until the top is set and a toothpick comes out with only crumbs clinging to it. (If your crust starts to get too dark, cover it with strips of aluminum foil.) Let cool before frosting.
  7. To make the frosting: melt white chocolate chips in a small bowl in the microwave on 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring in between each, until melted. Let cool slightly. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and 1 tablespoon butter with a mixer until creamy. Beat in melted white chocolate. Stir in vanilla. Add powdered sugar and beat slowly until combined. Use a 1M tip to frost around the edges and in the center, or just frost the entire top of the pie (which is what I will do next time).

 (Adapted from A Stool at the Counter and The Cake Book)

Oh, and this post is extra special, besides it being Pi Day and the blog hop and all that. I submitted this recipe idea to Foodbuzz and they selected me as one of the bloggers to participate in the Spring Recipe Program with Frigidaire! So I need to add this little tidbit, for your reading enjoyment (‘cuz momma could really use that new double oven that fits two turkeys!):


This post was sponsored by Frigidaire. When you check out Suzanne Goin’s springtime recipes at, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children’s U.S. programs. Plus, you’ll be entered for a chance to win the new Frigidaire Range with SymmetryTM Double Ovens – featuring two large ovens (that can each fit up to a 28 pound turkey!), providing the flexibility to cook multiple dishes at the same time at different temperatures, so you can get more on the table at the same time.

So go enter to win that oven y’all! Who doesn’t need double ovens? You could be able to make all those pies in the blog hop all at the same time!

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72 Responses to “Carrot Cake Pie {Pi Day Blog Hop}”

  1. Aimee posted on March 14, 2012 at 3:13 am (#)

    I can feel your excitement from here (and I have to admit I will not be wearing a pi t-shirt). However, I’m happy to hop with pie anytime!!! Carrot Cake Pie looks delicious!


  2. Jocelyn posted on March 14, 2012 at 3:47 am (#)

    haha! I can honestly say I am not one of the few who are crazy for PI, but give me a slice of your Carrot Cake Pie and that just might make me do cartwheels for math!!! It looks absolutely yummy!!! (sorry no PI shirt here either:-)


  3. Kara posted on March 14, 2012 at 5:17 am (#)

    Oh wow, that’s a lot of love for math! I’m the absolute worst at math and am kinda glad I don’t really use it too much anymore. Sorry for the sad truth! Not a darn thing wrong with celebrating Pi day though! Perhaps I’ll throw a quick pie together for my coworkers before leaving!


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on March 16th, 2012 at 7:17 am

      Pi Day is the fun way to do math. Algebra? Isn’t. :) Thanks so much for reading!


  4. CookieCrazedMama posted on March 14, 2012 at 5:48 am (#)

    Wow! I’ve never heard of Carrot Cake Pie…this is the kind of pie my husband could get into! I love this day, we all need more PI/PIE in our lives!


  5. Karen - Trilogy Edibles posted on March 14, 2012 at 5:52 am (#)

    wow you really are a geek. I love it! and this pie, who’d a thought??? well you of course! I love carrot cake so this intrigues me. thanks for creating PI day and letting me apart of it!


  6. Cookin' Cowgirl posted on March 14, 2012 at 5:59 am (#)

    :) You are so funny. I have never heard of carrot cake pie….I’m jumping up and down inside. I will FOR sure have to make this! Not a huge pie fan, but carrot cake is my FAVORITE thing in the world! Thanks for sharing!


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on March 16th, 2012 at 7:19 am

      I hope you enjoy it! I googled it a bunch and nothing came up, so I put it together from recipes I had. Thanks so much for reading!


  7. The Better Baker posted on March 14, 2012 at 7:02 am (#)

    Dorothy! Congrats on being selected at Foodbuzz. THAT’S a BIG deal! This is such an interesting recipe and post….you are funny for sure. When I did a presentation for a high school Life Skills class last year, at Halloween time, I saw a boy wearing an orange hoodie with a ‘pi’ symbol hanging on the front…he was a Pumpkin Pi of course. =) I can’t stand math…but some folks gotta do it. Bless you!


  8. Hayley posted on March 14, 2012 at 7:02 am (#)

    You know how I feel about carrot cake… AND math… but I still love you and think you’re awesome. Also, I’m not sure how I feel about carrot cake anymore since A) this cake is actually a giant blondie and B) the piping looks amazing and C) it’s a giant blondie, piped with frosting, stuffed in a pie shell. So I think carrot cake and I COULD BE alright now. I may even want a giant slice or two like you said! Now if you could get me to like my polynomial long division and factoring as much, I’d be really happy :) thanks again for rounding all us chicks up for an awesome bloghop!! I had so much fun!


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on March 16th, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Thank you Hayley! It sure is a big blondie, it just happens to have carrots in it. And, it’s PIE. :) Thanks so much for joining the hop, and good luck with the polynomial long division. My brain seized up for a minute when I read that.


  9. Robin @ Bird On A Cake posted on March 14, 2012 at 7:20 am (#)

    Sounds like the perfect day for you…pie and Pi! I would not remember high school geometry with love, but I did just pull out my college Cell Biology book the other day. :0) I wonder what day there is for us science geeks?


  10. Sue posted on March 14, 2012 at 7:30 am (#)

    Wow, I see that you really ARE crazy about crust! What a fantastic idea for a pie! I actually LOVED geometry too:) Enjoy YOUR day, and best of luck with winning the double oven! Boy, wouldn’t I love that:) Woo hoo for your recipe being chosen, Dorothy!


  11. Mindie Hilton posted on March 14, 2012 at 7:35 am (#)

    This sounds incredible!


  12. Mandy posted on March 14, 2012 at 8:05 am (#)

    I’m giggling over here! You are hilarious…Congrats on the Spring Recipe Program! Yay! And yay for pi(e)!


  13. Anita Stafford posted on March 14, 2012 at 8:15 am (#)

    Congratulations! This recipe sounds wonderful, I love carrot cake so of course I will love the pie!


  14. Meg @ Sweet Twist posted on March 14, 2012 at 8:43 am (#)

    Very interesting. Sounds delicious!!


  15. Kristin posted on March 14, 2012 at 9:25 am (#)

    I don’t want to dash your hopes, but even as a 4th grade teacher I think I only have one teeny lesson on Pi at the end of the year. I’m not sure if Jordan will get it in 3rd grade! This does look like the perfect Easter dessert :) Thanks for hosting!


  16. astoolatthecounter posted on March 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm (#)

    A couple of things…
    1. First off thank you so much for the shout out! This pie looks amazing!
    2. I am kind of crushing on your blog. LOVE it. :)
    3. You are never ever aloud to have a conversation (unlikely as it may be) with my Hubs. He too is a math nerd (he tells weird math “jokes” that I don’t get…), and I am afraid you guys might become BFF’s lol.


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on March 16th, 2012 at 7:23 am

      Of course! I saw your recipe and new it would be a perfect fit for this pie. And thanks for visiting me and leaving such a sweet comment! I love math jokes, but usually I’m the only one that thinks they are funny. :)


  17. Unknown posted on March 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm (#)

    How can I thank you for sharing this? WOW! I will have to buy you coffee or something:)THANK YOU SO MUCH


  18. Lizzy posted on March 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm (#)

    I love EVERYTHING about this pie!!! Perfectly yummy! And I loved doing proofs in Geometry, too…my kids thought I was nuts when I told them that :)


  19. cupsbykim posted on March 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm (#)

    This is awesome! And I love reading your posts, hilarious! So glad you shared, and is love for you to share this at my link party this weekend!


  20. cupsbykim posted on March 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm (#)

    This is awesome! And I love reading your posts, hilarious! So glad you shared, and is love for you to share this at my link party this weekend!


  21. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on March 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm (#)

    Yeah…I took advanced placement calculus my senior year of high school, and to this day, I STILL hate math. I do like pie, though, and this carrot cake pie looks AWESOME!


  22. Ellen posted on March 14, 2012 at 6:40 pm (#)

    I’ve got my fingers crossed on the oven!! Thanks again for Pi Day and sharing all this with us. :) Oh, and I’ll be over for pie!


  23. Simple Girl posted on March 14, 2012 at 7:52 pm (#)

    Hi Dorothy! Happy Pi Day to you, too! This Carrot Cake Pie looks delicious! And Unique! Thanks for hosting your party every week!

    Rachel@ Simple Girl


  24. Jennifer | Mother Thyme posted on March 14, 2012 at 7:59 pm (#)

    When I saw this recipe in my email earlier I about fell off my chair and wanted to run into my kitchen to make this! I have been on a carrot cake kick lately so I would love to dive into a slice of this goodness now! This looks amazing!


  25. Shay posted on March 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm (#)

    This looks delicious! I love frosting with cream cheese.


  26. Something Swanky posted on March 15, 2012 at 4:50 am (#)

    This looks AMAZING!

    er… I mean… I don’t like carrot cake… ?


  27. Danielle posted on March 15, 2012 at 8:04 am (#)

    I cannot wait to try this! I love pie and I love carrot cake, so what’s not to love about this recipe?!


  28. Shirley posted on March 15, 2012 at 11:11 am (#)

    I would have paid you to do my proofs in high school! I’m not math-inclined at all. That said, this is a really cool idea for a pie. Never thought of turning carrot cake into a pie.


  29. Dip It In Chocolate posted on March 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm (#)

    Ok, THANK YOU! I love Pi day! It is not a holiday for dorks. (However unlike you I am completely abysmal at math. Counting on my fingers daily… that happens.)

    This looks yummy AND super springy.


  30. Rebecca @ Time to Organize posted on March 15, 2012 at 7:25 pm (#)

    Saw you over at real housewives of riverton. your blog makes me hungry! i am so your newest follower!


  31. Jelli posted on March 15, 2012 at 7:27 pm (#)

    This looks great! What a great new twist on carrot cake.


  32. The Cookinglady posted on March 16, 2012 at 4:57 am (#)

    I’m very excited for you congrats. I love the twist you put on the pie. Looks really yummy!


  33. MM posted on March 16, 2012 at 6:11 am (#)

    Visiting from Foodie Friday.
    Carrot cake pie is a great idea–never heard of it. But I like it!


  34. Rose posted on March 16, 2012 at 8:49 am (#)

    Wow that looks to good I want to take a bite right now. I’m happy to find your wonderful blog. I’m your newest follower threw GFC and Linky. I hope you can find the time to come over to me little blog and follow me too. @
    I hope to see there


  35. Jenny Melrose posted on March 18, 2012 at 5:00 am (#)

    You are too funny! I love that you have a secret obsession aside from baking. The carrot pie sounds delicious and I love the cream cheese frosting around the ouside. Thank you for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays at The NY Melrose Family. I look forward to seeing what you’ll share this week.


  36. Winnie posted on March 19, 2012 at 5:07 am (#)

    My family love carrot cakes and I’ve never tried to make carrot pie – it’s a great idea!
    Your pie looks just beautiful – very elegant, and I love that


  37. Clairejustine posted on March 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm (#)

    Sounds wonderful,thanks for linking this yummy treat up to Creative Mondays :)


  38. Christine posted on March 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm (#)

    Everything you make looks wonderful!!!! I must try this recipe!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!!


  39. Bizzy B. Bakes posted on March 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm (#)

    There is no way, I was not going to feature this. It follows me around, telling me to make one, also. I will do that, as soon as I have time, and I can hardly wait. It is being featured, this week, at Bake with Bizzy. Thanks for sharing it with us.


  40. FeauxCajun posted on March 21, 2012 at 6:44 am (#)

    From one dorky baker to another, this is a FABULOUS Pi Day tribute. I looooove carrot cake, so I cannot wait to try this!
    Found your blog via Live.Laugh.Rowe & would love if you could visit mine as well! Following you now! (…never sounds less creepy. *sigh*)


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on March 21st, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you! And I know what you mean. I always wonder when I’ll be labelled a stalker. :)


  41. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on March 21, 2012 at 9:31 am (#)

    Pinning again! This looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!


  42. Six Sisters posted on March 22, 2012 at 9:39 pm (#)

    Wow, this looks so good. Thanks for joining us for “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope you’ll come back next week! -The Sisters


  43. Addicted to Recipes posted on March 22, 2012 at 9:50 pm (#)

    Looks delicious!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Scrumptious Sunday at Addicted to Recipes! Hope to see you at the next link party, starting Sunday!


  44. Polkadot-pretties posted on March 24, 2012 at 3:09 am (#)

    Thank you for linking up this fabulous project!!
    I hope you will stop by and link up another great project
    Claire xox


  45. Kaylee posted on March 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm (#)

    This looks amazing! I am going to pin this so I can make it for hubby soon. He loves anything carrot cake related!



    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on March 26th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      Oh, so does mine. He’s normally so good about not eating sweets, but he caved for this! :) Thanks for reading and I hope you both enjoy.


  46. posted on March 27, 2012 at 2:05 am (#)

    oh my goodness Dorothy how did i miss this recipe before?!?! this carrot cake pie looks AMAZING! my dad loves carrot cake and his bday is coming up. bet he would go nuts over this! :)


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  49. Cindy posted on March 30, 2013 at 6:49 am (#)

    I made this pie, but had to spread not pour the dough into the shell. It was very very very think, I think it i missing something in the ingredients.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 30th, 2013 at 7:01 am

      I’m trying to recall it, it was awhile back, but it is a blondie base recipe, so the dough will be thick like cookie dough! How did it bake up? The texture will be like a blondie bar.


  50. Ashlee posted on March 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm (#)

    I am currently making this pie as we speak! I mixed together all the ingredients and thought that it came out very thick and wanted to double check to see if there were any comments with anyone having the same problem. I went ahead and put it in the oven so we will see how it turns out! (Hopefully as wonderful as yours!) The only thing I thought of and wanted to ask was if you knew if there should be 1 egg or 2? Maybe with 2 it wouldn’t be as thick. Under the ingredients 1 egg is listed; in the instructions it says to mix eggs in (plural). Thought I would check it out. I’ll let you know how it turns out! :) Cindy – did you bake yours already?


    • Ashlee replied on March 30th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      The 1 egg turned out perfectly! It looks delish and we can’t wait to try it out tomorrow! I guess I just wanted expecting the batter to be that thick, but the pie looks good! Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe!!


      • Dorothy Kern replied on March 31st, 2013 at 7:16 am

        I’m glad! Thanks Ashlee!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 31st, 2013 at 7:20 am

      Hi Ashlee! I’m glad it turned out good! The dough should be thick, like a cookie dough! :) Like a cookie/blondie in a pie. Happy Easter!


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  53. Bonny Lee posted on November 20, 2013 at 5:14 am (#)

    I put pineapple, coconut, and pecans in my carrot cake, so I think I will also add them to this pie. Nice Thanksgiving Dessert!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 20th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      That would be awesome! Be careful of the liquid though! Let me know how it turns out!


  54. Spencer @ Moo-Lolly-Bar posted on June 12, 2014 at 12:07 am (#)

    Looks amazing! I could take a huge bite out of that right now. It looks so good.


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