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May 30

Carrot Cake Coffee Cake

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Baking is my therapy.

{So is exercise, but that’s another story.}

Sometimes I just feel like crap about whatever is going on and I realize it’s been awhile since I’ve been in the kitchen. I go to my oven like a moth to a flame and begin to create and I feel better.

My favorite kind of therapy is when I’m creating something that’s in my head. Not just following a recipe, but changing it. Making it mine. Or making it fit my mood. The thinking, the figuring, the measuring. It’s soothing and relaxing. It’s perfect for those days you need a little therapy.

Like when I realize Andy Cohen is on a book tour and not making new episodes of Watch What Happens: Live.

Or when the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy is just so…wrong…that you almost want to scream and shout and yell nasty things.

Or when your daughter is so upset about what happens on the playground at school that her body reacts by making her sick.

Or when other parents try to parent your child at school, without you present, causing more of said sickness.

Baking is a great release for times when my kid isn’t perfect.

And especially for times when I wish other parents would realize the same things about their own children.

And for times when I really, really wish no one knew who I was and that I blogged anonymously, so that I could really blog, if you get my drift.

It’s times like these, when Andy Cohen is not here to make me laugh and when Shondra Rhimes makes me angry and when playground politics make me feel like I want to go all 80s Bunco Night, that I bake and create things like this Carrot Cake Coffee Cake.

It’s a coffee cake. With carrots. So it’s healthy.

Which is perfect for breakfast. Because it’s the most important meal of the day.

Behind dessert, anyway.

And after I create things like these, and hear things like, “wow that’s really good” or “I didn’t know carrot cake coffee cake existed!” I feel better.

Because baking is my therapy.

Carrot Cake Coffee Cake


    For the Cake
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • For the Streusel
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts, if desired
  • For the icing
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9” round pan with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk flower, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together in a medium bowl.
  3. Stir sugar, oil, and egg in a large bowl. Stir in milk. Stir dry ingredients into wet and stir until just combined. Stir in shredded carrots.
  4. Make the crumb topping: stir together brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter. Add walnuts, if desired.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Top with streusel. Bake for 25-35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Make icing: Mix powdered sugar and milk. Drizzle over cooled cake.

 (adapted from this recipe)
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Talent Show Tuesday at Chef in TrainingTrick or Treat Tuesday at Inside BruCrew Life, Cast Party Wednesday at Lady Behind the Curtain, Sweet Treats Thursday at Something Swanky, Chic-and-Crafty at the Frugal Girls, Tastetastic Thursday at A Little Nosh, Sweet Tooth Friday at Alli-n-sons, I’m Lovin’ it Fridays at TidyMom, Sweets for a Saturday at Sweet as Sugar Cookies, A Well-Seasoned LifeStrut your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters’ Stuff, and all of these too!

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52 Responses to “Carrot Cake Coffee Cake”

  1. Elizabeth posted on May 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm (#)

    Carrot is one of my favorite types of cake. This looks so delicious!


  2. Aimee posted on May 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm (#)

    Holy Yum. I completely understand every word you say. And I ditto every word!


  3. Veronica @morningnoonight posted on May 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm (#)

    If you can’t be honest on your blog then where can you be?! The real world doesn’t allow for honesty….. Plus, some people of the “having children kind” need to hear honesty once in awhile and get off their high horse! Ranting aside, I love your real housewives of OC reference! And on a lighter note… This looks fab! Hopefully it cheered you up :)


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on May 31st, 2012 at 6:33 am

      Yeah, I know what you mean. I just don’t want to create any more drama than there already is! :) Thanks so much for your comment Veronica, it made me smile. :)


  4. Jocelyn posted on May 30, 2012 at 6:29 pm (#)

    I am with you girl. Something about baking just relaxes you and everything is right while you are focused on the ingredients!!! That stinks about your cute little lady and the playground;-(.
    Carrot cake coffee cake…I am all over this one!!! It’s totally health food;-)


  5. Hayley posted on May 30, 2012 at 6:36 pm (#)

    I hear ya 100%! Especially times like now, where there’s crap going on in my life, it would help if I blogged anonymously so I could say whatever’s on my mind and no one could pinpoint who’s who. But then you wouldn’t get exclusive credit for this awesome coffee cake which, honestly, I didn’t know you could make (seriously!) You’re an awesome mom, blogger and friend and I’m here if you need me (and so is the kitchen. And our walks. And Andy).


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on May 31st, 2012 at 6:34 am

      Yup. Would be nice. We should start an anonymous blog. :) Thanks so much Hayley, and right back atcha!


  6. SerenaB posted on May 30, 2012 at 6:39 pm (#)

    Baking is so my therapy too! This carrot cake looks divine! This looks fabulous sweetie! XOXO


  7. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on May 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm (#)

    Dorothy, baking is my therapy too!! This coffee can looks so good because 1) i love carrot cake and 2) i LOVE coffee cake. Never would have put them together. :)


  8. Sara posted on May 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm (#)

    Looks great Dorothy, therapy session was a success!


  9. Kristin posted on May 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm (#)

    Oh friend, I think you need to put some cream cheese in that icing :) You wouldn’t even be able to see the top of the cake for all the icing if I had my way. This would be a way to eat carrot cake everyday of the year! Isn’t it your husband’s favorite??
    I’m hoping you got the teacher involved. If you can get the school on your side…
    Oh, and I SO wish I could mention names on my blog. Too many “locals” know about it though.


  10. Back for Seconds posted on May 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm (#)

    So sorry about your daughter. I get so sad about that kind of thing :(
    On a happy note. I have never seen a carrot coffee cake before! Yay you!! The pools of icing in the crevices of that streusel is driving me bonkers. I neeeeeed!!


  11. Sophie posted on May 31, 2012 at 2:49 am (#)

    No way! That looks SOOOOOOOO good! That’s goin’ on my To Make list!!! :) Thanks for sharing! And sorry to heard about your daughter.


  12. bellsbakery posted on May 31, 2012 at 3:51 am (#)

    This looks yummy! Im sorry to hear about your daughter,I hate hearing stuff like this,breaks my heart! I hope things get better for her xx

    Shirley x


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on May 31st, 2012 at 6:36 am

      Well, at least school is almost out, and there’s always next year. :) Thanks so much Shirley!


  13. Sabrina Poehl posted on May 31, 2012 at 4:24 am (#)

    Baking is my stress relief in life. And, sweets…but I should probably try to stop eating my feelings. Too bad sweets and eating are hard to separate, lol! You have at least given me something sweet that can pass as healthy! Plus, if you eat your sweets at breakfast time, you have a way better chance of burning it off by the end of the day. Besides, Cosby made it very clear why cake is considered breakfast food.

    I can’t wait to try this. I might even go really bad and throw a cream cheese frosting on top. I was that child that ate frosting off of cupcakes and left the cake, sadly. I take any excuse I can to frost something, lol.


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on May 31st, 2012 at 6:36 am

      I know, it really does need a cream cheese frosting. I was in a hurry when I was making this, and making several things at once, so I didn’t get a chance. Next time for sure!


  14. Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more posted on May 31, 2012 at 4:34 am (#)

    aw sounds like a bad week:( I love to bake, exercise, well that is bad, but if I can bake afterwards that would be good:) this looks great, and I don;t think cake is bad any time of the day:)


  15. CookieCrazedMama posted on May 31, 2012 at 4:45 am (#)

    Oh, girl! I don’t think I’ve baked as much as when I was taking care of my dad. Therapy, indeed! Cheaper than a therapist, and everyone gets to enjoy the outcome of baking therapy. Win-Win. Except for the thighs-they might suffer. But I gave up on worrying about them a long time ago! My son will be going into Kindergarten. I haven’t really had to experience many parents yet. But I’m sure it will come. In my family, we like to say, “People are fascinating!” when ever we come across people who try our patience. For whatever reason, it helps, and we get a giggle out of it. Maybe because it’s an inside joke? Anyway, this coffee cake looks soooo AMAZING- I hope today, you and your daughter are feeling better!


  16. Holly posted on May 31, 2012 at 9:05 am (#)

    Baking is my therapy too!! I wish exercise was. ha this cake looks delish!


  17. Shannon posted on May 31, 2012 at 9:18 am (#)

    We love carrot cake and this coffee cake looks awesome! I will need to try it soon! Have a great day!


  18. Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips posted on May 31, 2012 at 10:58 am (#)

    Hope you are starting to feel better! I personally feel that carrot cake is always acceptable for breakfast, whether it is in carrot cake form or not. I mean, fruits, veggies, eggs…

    Anyway, I still want to make this. Sounds amazing!


  19. Angi posted on May 31, 2012 at 2:20 pm (#)

    I totally get your “drift”! We need to set up an anonymous blog site…like the “anonymous wives club” just for those days when we want to rant about all the num-nuts in our life…and not share the address with anyone that we know. :)

    But on a sweet note…these look over the top yummy! So for what its worth, I’m glad you had a bad day so that we get to partake in the “rewards” of it.

    Take care!


  20. Shannon posted on May 31, 2012 at 2:46 pm (#)

    I might make a mini version this weekend. It looks SO good!


  21. Marie posted on May 31, 2012 at 6:35 pm (#)

    This looks amazing–I’m going to give it a shot this weekend! I really hope things are better for your daughter…Remember this too shall pass… :)


  22. Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry posted on May 31, 2012 at 8:13 pm (#)

    Yum! This look so tasty! What a great combination of flavors!


  23. Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm posted on June 1, 2012 at 6:53 am (#)

    Looks really delicious!


  24. Melanie @ bear rabbit bear posted on June 1, 2012 at 11:47 am (#)

    Looks SO good!


  25. Dip It In Chocolate posted on June 4, 2012 at 8:50 am (#)

    Totally get your drift. If only!! (Is there a way to block everyone you know from your blog but keep all the wonderful strangers?) Baking is fabulous therapy. This is a brilliant combination! Maybe you should throw a slice or two of it in a certain parent’s face… That would probably be great therapy as well.


  26. Alyssa posted on June 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm (#)

    This looks fantastic! I need to make this for dessert or breakfast sometime. I agree with you, baking is a stress reliever to me. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!


  27. Six Sisters posted on June 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm (#)

    Love this carrot cake!! Looks so moist and delicious!! We are so glad you joined our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. We love to see all of the great recipes and ideas!! Thanks and we hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters


  28. FeauxCajun posted on June 5, 2012 at 7:18 am (#)

    MMmmm, this looks fantastic. Carrot cake is one of my faves (probably because I can tell my self it’s health food)…though I love carrot cake w/cream cheese icing…so I wonder if one could thin down a cream cheese icing to use as a glaze? Hrmmm…. *gears turn*

    Thanks for sharing!


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  30. kris posted on March 17, 2013 at 7:17 am (#)

    Just made this for a brunch. It was delicious! Will make again. Thank you for the recipie!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 17th, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Yay! I’m glad you liked it!! :)


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