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Mar 03

Carrot Cake Coffee Cake

Hands down, this is my favorite coffee cake ever. I know it will be yours too!

Carrot Cake Coffee Cake is the perfect springtime breakfast or brunch recipe! My favorite coffee cake EVER and it has cream cheese frosting!

This is another one of those recipes that Mel ate. That means it gets 5 gold stars.

Although, I’ve gotta say, there is not one carrot cake recipe on this blog that he has not tried. He’s that crazy for carrot cake! And I can’t blame him…aren’t you?

I know, it’s just the beginning of March. But Lent has already started which means that Easter is right around the corner. It’s only 4 1/2 weeks away, which in mom-years means it will be here before I finish writing this post.

So, pretty much, I plan to #carrotcakeallthethings over the next few weeks. Is that a problem? I hope not! Carrot cake, lemon, coconut…the trifecta of Easter and probably my favorite food time of year.

I mean, lemon, obviously. And coconut. And, well. Mel eats the carrot cake. Even if it’s just a bite, I feel like I’m winning at life.

Now some of you may be thinking hmmmm. Something is strange here. Nope, you’re not seeing things. If you’ve been following this blog for awhile you might recognize this recipe…but I doubt you recognize the photo. I’m “reposting” this recipe because I originally made this coffee cake back when I didn’t know how to photograph. Also? Carrot Cake Coffee Cake is one of the more popular recipes in my book!


Remember that little old thing? It’s been awhile…I figured I should bring it up again. Because Easter = The End of Lent = Eat all the sugary things. Right?

{Since I don’t do Lent, I’m not sure what my excuse is but…whatever.}

This recipe is based off my mom’s coffee cake recipe. As I typed that I realize that I have never posted it. (!!!) It’s going on my to-do list because it’s some darn good coffee cake!

Even though I’ve never posted my mom’s official recipe, I’ve made several coffee cake recipes here on the blog, and all of them are adapted from her base recipe. I think, besides this one, the peanut butter coffee cake is my favorite. (For obvious reasons. #crazyforpeanutbutter)

This is a two bowl recipe…but you don’t need a mixer. And the second bowl is used to make the crumb. I mean…that’s necessary right? You can’t have coffee cake without crumble topping.

The cake is filled with the flavor of carrot cake. The carrots give the proper texture and the cinnamon adds that telltale carrot cake flavor. You can add nuts to your streusel topping, and if you’re so inclined, throw some raisins in the cake.

But we can’t be friends if you do that. #TotallyKidding #notaraisinfan

Okay, I’m getting a little punchy on the hashtags in this post. I need to focus. Coffee cake, Dorothy. Focus on the coffee cake.

Carrot Cake Coffee Cake is the perfect springtime breakfast or brunch recipe! My favorite coffee cake EVER and it has cream cheese frosting!

See, the problem with focusing? Now I want coffee cake! :)

Carrot Cake Coffee Cake

Yield: 8-12 servings

Total Time: 1 hour

This Carrot Cake Coffee Cake is perfect for your Easter brunch...or any time you want carrot cake! A traditional crumb coffee cake is mixed with the flavors of carrot cake for a delicious twist on brunch. The cream cheese frosting is the icing on the cake!


For the Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded carrots, patted dry

For the Streusel

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, if desired

 For the Icing

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter. softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9” round pan with cooking spray. (You can also use a 9" square pan.)
  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. (Use the medium bowl from before, less dishes!)
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Top with streusel. Bake for 25-35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely in pan before frosting.
  6. To make the icing: beat the butter and cream cheese together in a medium sized bowl with a hand mixer. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar, then beat in the vanilla.
  7. Frost cake with a thin layer of frosting or place in a ziploc bag and pipe over the top. Store cake loosely covered with plastic wrap. It will keep 2-3 days at room temperature.

Recipe from my cookbook Dessert Mash-Ups, and my head, since, you know, I created it.

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63 comments on “Carrot Cake Coffee Cake

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

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

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

  4. 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. :)

  5. No way! That looks SOOOOOOOO good! That’s goin’ on my To Make list!!! :) Thanks for sharing!

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

  7. 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!

  8. Thanks Sue. That’s why I exercise, so I can bake. :)

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

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

  11. 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!

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

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

  14. 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!

  15. 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

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

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  22. My absolutely fave cake of ALL time is Carrot cake. This version looks scrummy I’m going to HAVE to try it out. Thank you for the delish recipe!  Sammie

  23. I love carrot cake and it is perfect for the Easter season. I bet the flavor is out of this world.

  24. I will never be able to resist a careot cake recipe, ever. Being an April baby, my birthday sometimes falls on Easter, so generally I want all carrot cake things. What a perfect coffee cake to start the morning. 

  25. Dorothy, no joke, made this last weekend. Because I have your cookbook and love it! And I’m getting to your truffle brownies next! So excited.

  26. Carrot cake is definitely perfect for Easter, Dorothy! This looks delicious! I’ve never had a coffee cake like this, so I’m in awe. And that glaze is just calling my name! Pinned!

  27. Oooh, this gives me a great excuse to eat carrot cake for breakfast!! I mean, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? 😉

  28. I love this idea!! You are such a talented and creative gal, Dorothy! Totally love your recipes. Carrot Cake Coffee Cake… of course that needed to happen! Of course!!! It sounds amazing, and it really is perfect for spring and for Easter brunch!

  29. Love that you remade this!! GORGEOUS photos, as always :) XOXO

  30. I just adore your book!  I jumped up and down when I saw it at Barnes and Noble.  And this is seriously Easter perfection!

  31. Yep, I definitely recognise this recipe! I love your book so much; packed full of great inspiring recipes. I love coffee and carrot cake so this is perfect! 

  32. This looks sooo good!  I’m glad you remade it!! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Mmmm, I love coffee cake, such a great excuse to have cake for breakfast!  I’ve never made a carrot cake one – it looks delicious.  Might need to make coffee cake again soon!

  34. Just brilliant! I love anything carrot cake inspired!

  35. Read a funny ecard yesterday: “Lent is when I determine which addictions I may still have some control over.” HA. I don’t do lent, so whatev. But I’ll take some of this carrot coffee cake! 

  36. As long as there’s cream cheese, I’ll eat the carrot cake. Especially if it’s as moist and luscious as this one!

  37. Hybrid desserts are so in right now!

  38. MMMM, I love coffee cake! This will be added to my list for sure, we usually do a Easter brunch, I think this would fit the bill perfectly. And no raisins. “Raisins in chocolate chip cookies are the reason I have trust issues.” 😉

  39. Love the combo, I´m all for experimenting with flavors in the kitchen! Thanks for sharing :-)

  40. You know how I feel about carrot cake, yet I’m totally intrigued and drooling over these scones! Amazing. Pinned! 

  41. Oh my gosh you are genius!! I’m obsessed with anything carrot cake, so this is right up my alley!! Not like I need any more reasons to eat carrot cake for breakfast, but I’m not complaining! :)

  42. I immediately recognized this recipe from your cookbook — it was one of the first ones I wanted to try! And you totally knew how to photograph when you shot your book. Everything looks gorgeous in it! :) I’m still SO impressed that Mel ate this. He and my guy both have willpowers of steel! 

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