Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls | | #breakfast #cinnamonroll

I have decided that I want to live in a city where I can walk to everything: stores, restaurants, entertainment. Aside from the fact that this would be infinitely more fun than living in suburbia land  (where “exciting” is the fact that they are paving the streets around my house soon and we will be jockeying for off cul-de-sac parking like women at a sample sale), I would not need a car.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love having a car. I love the freedom it gives me.

{Hear that car? I still love you, please don’t be offended by this post.}

What I don’t love about car ownership is the cost. I mean, the cost aside from buying it in the first place, which has gotten exceedingly ridiculous if you have looked at cars lately.  Cars seem to age like women do: good with regular maintenance until a certain age, and then everything starts to fall apart all at once.

{I speak from experience, people. I mean, who knew 34 could be so hard on a girl?}

First you need new tires. Fine. Then brakes. Okey dokey. Those are to be expected, right?

Then the A/C needs help. So you spend a few hundred getting that fixed. But it still doesn’t work right…and then the alternator goes.  You’d think once you got that all taken care of, everything would be fine. Until it starts to squeak.

At this point, drained of money and patience, I just tend to roll up the windows and turn on the radio. Poof. Sound gone.

So yeah. I think I want to live in a place where I don’t need a car. Because I would much rather buy butter, sugar, and chocolate than pay for a pesky timing belt.

We all know how much my husband likes carrot cake. When I make him treats I want him to eat, I either do peanut butter or carrot cake. He got both for his birthday last week. These were for breakfast. And, yes, he ate one!

I reeeallllly like this cinnamon roll dough. Yes, it takes time…but it’s sooooo worth it. It’s a sweet, rich egg dough that you fill with a sugary, cinnamony filling. I added carrots and ginger to the filling…to make it more carrot-cake-like. Then you add a nice helping of cream cheese icing, and well, perfection ensues.

I promise you…even if you don’t like carrot cake (ahem…I know who you are ladies…) you will like these. Cream cheese frosting hides the evidence…but see those little flecks? Yup, carrots. That makes these totally healthy. Carrots for breakfast!

(Recipe adapted from Baked Bree)
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Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls


!For the dough

1 1/8 teaspoon yeast (half a packet)

1/2 cup warm milk (microwave for 30 seconds)

1/4 cup sugar

2 1/2 tablespoons butter, room temperature

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

2-3 cups flour (I used 2 1/2)


!For the filling

3 tablespoons butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/8 ginger

Heaping 1/4 cup shredded carrots (about 1 medium)

2 teaspoons flour


!For the Icing

1/2 package cream cheese

2 tablespoons butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar



  1. Add the yeast to the warm milk and let it sit for five minutes, until it starts to foam.
  2. Mix the butter, sugar, salt, and eggs in the bowl of a mixer. (You can use a stand mixer or a hand mixer at this point.) Add the yeast/milk mixture.
  3. Add the flour slowly. Start with one cup and then add an additional cup. (I needed a total of two and half cups for the dough to come together.) You can use your dough hook for this step, or your hand mixer, but if you are using a hand mixer you will need to get your hands dirty towards the end to get all the flour mixed in.
  4. Once dough comes together, spray a large bowl with cooking spray, place the dough inside and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1-2 hours. (I do this the night before, and let it sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, remove it from the refrigerator and let sit for a half hour or so.
  5. Make the filling by mixing all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Work the mixture with a fork until it comes together.
  6. Roll out the dough into a rectangle. Cut it in half along the longest side. Spread the dough on each half and then roll them up. Cover them with a kitchen towel and let rise for one hour. (You have two long rolls at this point.)
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
  8. Cut each roll in half, then cut each half in three pieces, for a total of 12 cinnamon rolls. Place one roll in each muffin tin slot. Bake about 10 minutes until golden.
  9. While the rolls are baking, make the frosting. Beat together cream cheese and butter. Slowly mix in powdered sugar and vanilla. Spread on warm cinnamon rolls.
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Do you love cinnamon rolls? Check out these other fab recipes:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cinnamon Rolls by The Domestic Rebel
Mini Cake Batter Cinnamon Buns by Sally’s Baking Addiction
Oreo Truffle Cinnamon Rolls by Inside BruCrew Life
Best Cinnamon Rolls by Something Swanky
Cinnamon Cinnabun Cake by Shugary Sweets

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  1. Oh no you didn’t!! These look divine, Dorothy. (And I love the new blog header.) 🙂
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

  2. You are a genius!! These sound so awesome! Carrot cake is one of my favs.

    I hear your car pains as well we almost had to drop $4000 on a new battery for our car. The dealer stepped up and offered to cover it. PHEW!

  3. I love everything involved – cake, cinn rolls, carrot cake, icing – they are so yummy looking!

  4. Genius Dorothy! Cars suck. Period. I’m looking at this thinking how I can use some zucchini in this recipe… 😉 Have a great week!

  5. Yeaaaaah, these look awesome and you know my carrot cake situation. Plus, if they got an Anti-Pepper Jordan endorsement, I figure I’ll probably like them 🙂

  6. O.M.G.

    Ok. So you know how I feel about Carrot Cake. And even so, I am pretty much BESIDE MYSELF with how genius this is!!!!! No, seriously. This is AMAZING. I’m even going to say– my favorite CFC post of the year!!!!

  7. These look incredibly delicious! Too bad I am reading this at 11pm! I would make them now! 🙂 I’d love to have you join us and link this up at “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.”
    Hope you’re having a great week! Many blessings, Lisa 🙂

  8. Wait, who doesn’t like carrot cake!? I LOVE carrot cake. I also happen to love cinnamon rolls. They look like little bundles of heaven, meant especially for my mouth. Could you overnight me some so I can eat them with my coffee tomorrow morning? Thankyouverymuch.

  9. mmmm…carrot cake rolls!! You are pure evil to post this when I can’t make it for a few days:-) They sound totally awesomesauce!!! Going to make these for sure:-)

  10. Ah, a marriage of two of my favorite cakes. Making homemade cinnamon rolls is a winter-tie treat in my kitchen. Don’t you just love relishing the delicious center of each cinnamon roll? Love the idea of carrots. Healthy? Yeah, okay. LOL

  11. Sigh … every time I think I can attempt a low carb diet, you make something like this … these sound absolutely DIVINE 🙂 Pinned!!

  12. oh yeah, a mashup of 2 of my favs! great job!

  13. This looks great Dorothy! Love it all. And 34? You’re just rubbing it in, hehe!!!

  14. That dough looks seriously fluffy and moist! Okay, I recently made pie crust for the 1st time so I can pull this off, right? 🙂

  15. oh I hear you on the car, mine always makes squealing noises when I first drive and use the breaks, then it’s fine. The auto shop I go to is great, they say they are perfect, just the moisture builds up as it sits or something, anyway I call it my “trashy” car as I am also missing a hub cap, I try to not look at people so they don’t know I know how bad it looks. I plan to win the lottery then buy a nicer used car, but then have a driver with a limo, that is totally reasonable no? And I will also hire you to make these for me, they look amazing.

  16. What a unique idea and they look delicious!

  17. Such a great variation of cinnamon rolls. These would be wonderful come easter too

  18. I love carrot cake, but carrot cake in cinnamon roll form?! WOW! I need these in my life!

  19. Hi lovely! I am not sure if my last comment went through…but what I said was this: both these rolls and your blog look incredible. I can’t wait to make a batch. And I am all about walking too

  20. What a lovely treat. Anyone who eats them will be charmed. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  21. Need about a dozen right now… Pretty please? 🙂

  22. Grrrr, I soo wish I could live car-free too. My car is about 8 years old and the maintenance kills me. Much rather spend my $$ on baking ingredients lol! Thanks for linking up Dorothy. Your cinnamon buns (made from scratch!!) look heavenly. I love carrot cake. 🙂

  23. I hear ya! I’d like to be car free too…most of the time. I am obsessed with cinnamon rolls. These look awesome! Cream cheese icing makes everything yummy – even if you don’t like carrot cake, how could you not like these?


  25. My husband and I would each eat 3 and then spend the rest of the morning laying on the couch picking at the leftovers. Which is why I don’t make cinnamon rolls.
    Sometimes, when I’m in a walking city, I get all, “I’d love to live here with my cross body bag and cute little grocery stores on the corners” and then it gets cold out and I want my car and a Wal-Mart for cheap(er) groceries.

  26. Holy yum! Strange that you’ve posted cinnamon rolls as I was watching the Man Vs Food dpi (again) a few nights ago where he was making the giant cinnamon rolls and I’ve been wanting to make them a while and decided I’m definitely doing it yesterday and hey presto cinnamon rolls! 🙂

    These are so much better being carrot cake though. My fella goes wild over carrot cake! And now you’ve provided me with the ammunition (or rather, recipe) to defeat these puppies! Can’t wait to make them now!

    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

  27. Ohhhhh my. I love carrot cake. This shall be tried.

  28. Oh dear. These look so fantastic! I love carrot cake and cinnamon rolls too! I tried pumpkin cinnamon rolls last year and loved them…I think I would feel the same way about these! Thanks for sharing.

  29. I’m in! Not a huge carrot cake fan (sorry) but in a cinnamon roll? Heck yeah! I’ll take 2!

  30. Cinnamon rolls are my favorite, and definitely worth the extra prep to make from scratch. And I love that there are carrots in this! It makes them healthy enough to eat two…right? 🙂 PS: Let’s not even talk about cars. Mine is always a disaster.

  31. You are a genius to combine two of MY favorite things too..your hubby has got it made! =)

  32. These look amazing.. What a great blog check out mine if you get a min 🙂

  33. I love the way these look and sound! We go through 2+ pounds of carrots a week with just my husband and son and they would devour these in a second. I think I may make them this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

  34. cinnamon rolls and carrot cake – double yum! what an incredible clever and delicious idea

  35. I always click on your tasty treats at the link parties! Another amazingly delicious recipe. I love carrot cake! Visiting from Domesblissity linkup 🙂

  36. Could there be any better combination?? My mouth is watering just reading this post. New follower to your blog! Hope you will stop over for a visit! Angie

  37. This is such a unique idea. Not sure I can say no to them since they have *vegetables* and are all healthy and everything. 😉

  38. ok, I always look for recipes at night before going to bed…yum!

  39. Ooh we love cinnamon rolls! Have you tried this dough? You just toss it all in the bread machine and you’re done!

  40. These look great. What a wonderful combo of ingredients!! I’d love to have you link this up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. It’s a new linky party still open for 4 more days. Hope to see you there. Thanks, Nichi

  41. I would love to live somewhere where I can walk or take public transport at least 50% of the time. Unfortunately, I live outside of small town so I need to drive everywhere and few times a day….especially having a teenager with busy social life and no driving license yet:)

    These carrot cake cinnamon rolls are out of this world…..what a genius idea:) I am sharing these everywhere,lol

  42. Yum! My mom LOVES carrot cake, will have to remember these. Your hubby doesn’t like sweets either???? Gah, I swear every time I bake my husband might eat one or two bites only because I’m watching and waiting for a reaction haha! Thanks for linking up at Pin It Thursday

  43. These sound delicious…and a great use for the carrots we have growing in the garden.

    We’d love for you to link up to our Finished Friday Blog Party.

  44. This recipe sounds amazing…I’m going to have to try it with my husband…thanks so much for sharing!


  45. These look amazing!
    I love working with yeast, and make cinnamon rolls quite often, but never thought of adding shredded carrots. What a great idea!

  46. Wow, now I am super ready for something delicious for breakfast! I love your creativity, now following!

    Hugs, Tanya

  47. I’m just…so in love with this! I’m obsessed with all things carrot cake and you just took my obsession to the next level! Couldn’t be happier to have discovered your blog!

  48. These look fantastic! I love carrot cake and cinnamon rolls but never thought to combine them. You always have the best ideas! Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

  49. These look amazing…I love carrot cake and cinnamon…cannot wait to try. Thanks for sharing! Rebecca @

  50. Thanks for stopping by CountryMommaCooks and linking up at our Saturday Link and Greet Party…hope to see you again tonight : )
    Deana @ CountryMommaCooks

  51. I just ran across your site…. and frankly I wish I hadn’t, because I feel this will be NO Good to mine or others around me waists-line!!! Carrot cake is one of my top five favs and well now you give the “O.K.!” to have it for breakfast(without the guilty sneak-a-piece when you wake up- when there is actually some leftover of course;))!!! And just so you know, the way I prefer my carrot cake(NO nuts or raisins-blah;but if you like that sorta thing, go for it) is with pineapple and/or coconut, which I will most def be trying!!!!!-just a suggestion on variations.
    But now that I’ve found you, and glanced @your other titles, I will def be back much too often:)-this is bad new for my jeans-keep it cookin’ girl everything sounds delish!!!!!

  52. These look yummy, thank you for sharing! If you could clarify something for me, I’d appreciate it! In the list of ingredients you have, “1/8 ginger”. I should probably know, but I don’t. 1/8 (what) of ginger? Teaspoon? TBSP? Cup?

  53. Mmm, these look delicious. The best of two worlds!!

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  55. Hey! I just found your site today thanks to zip list. I was wondering…. Have you thought about converting your older recipes to zip list? I’m a blogger too so I know the time consuming work so if you’re too swamped I totally get it. Just thought itd be a nice suggestion. Thank you for your awesome recipes 🙂

    • I’m working on it Tiffany! In fact, I thought I had changed this one when I added the featured photo! I just moved over from Blogger in September, so it’s slow going. My goal is to finish in the next few months!

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