The BEST Carrot Cake Loaf Cake
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This is the BEST Carrot Cake Loaf Cake you’ll ever make. It’s soft and FULL of carrot cake flavor with a delicious cream cheese frosting!
I know Carrot Cake is normally deemed dessert but since it’s in loaf form, I also call this a breakfast recipe. Yes?
I’m so exhausted you guys. This week I’m at the Mediavine Publishers Conference and it’s been 3 days of nonstop networking and learning. It’s been amazing, just tiring. The conference is being hosted at one of the Google complexes in Silicon Valley, so we leave the hotel on buses at 8am and then learn all day and go for dinner and go to bed too late.
Except today I just couldn’t keep going, so I left after lunch and am sitting in a quiet hotel room trying to stay awake and write this post. My brain is a little fried, so…that’s all for the chit chat.
It’s MARCH already (um, what?) which means that Easter is just around the corner. What’s something everyone makes at Easter? Carrot Cake!
For this easy carrot cake loaf recipe, I turned my favorite carrot cake recipe into two loaves. Sometimes loaf cakes are just better, you know? They’re easier to frost, slice, eat, and store…plus this recipe makes two so there’s one for me and one for you.
And also, let’s not forget the frosting. Usually any cake I eat is a vehicle for frosting, but especially when it’s CREAM CHEESE frosting. Cream cheese frosting is the best frosting, especially when paired with the cake full of spices like ginger and cinnamon and carrots. It’s a bit spicy and a bit sweet and all delicious.
Move over Easter, I’m making carrot cake a year round thing. Plus, loaf cake is like quick bread and quick bread is for breakfast so now you can eat carrot cake for breakfast.
This moist Carrot Cake Loaf is a smaller version of my favorite carrot cake recipe topped with the most delicious cream cheese frosting!
How to make a carrot cake loaf with cream cheese frosting:
- This recipe makes TWO loaves. You could easily cut the recipe in half if you only want one, but I love making two. One to eat, one to gift.
- Be sure to shred your own carrots. The pre-shredded ones are too thick for cake.
- I love adding applesauce for two reasons: one, it cuts down on the amount of oil you need, and two, it gives a nice moist flavor to the cake.
- You can add nuts or raisins if you want. I love walnuts in carrot cake!
- Loaf cakes freeze really easily, frosted or unfrosted. That makes this the perfect cake to make ahead of time.
The BEST Carrot Cake Loaf
For the Cake:
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 cups 248g all purpose flour
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups 356g vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups 312g packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup 99g granulated sugar
- 2 cups shredded carrots from about 4-6 carrots
For the Frosting:
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup 113g unsalted butter, softened
- 3 cups 340g powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 8x4-inch loaf pans.
- Whisk salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and flour in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Whisk eggs until beaten, then whisk in oil, vanilla, applesauce and both sugars. Whisk until combined, then add dry ingredients and stir with a spatula or wooden spoon until just combined. Stir in carrots.
- Pour batter evenly into the prepared pans. Bake for 40-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out almost clean in the center.
- Let the cake completely cool before removing from the pan and frosting.
- To make the frosting: beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until the mixture comes together, then add vanilla and salt. Beat until smooth
- Remove cakes from pans and frost the top, then slice and serve.
- Store loosely covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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