Carrot Cake Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting

The best carrot cake loaf with cream cheese frosting. Moist and flavourful carrot cake made in a loaf pan and topped with cream cheese frosting. What’s not to love! I’ve always loved carrot cake and you’ll be surprised to learn how easy it is to make. If you can bake banana bread, you can easily make a carrot loaf cake!

My two year old daughter has recently become obsessed with carrots, baby carrots in particular. She loves to eat them as a snack. So I decided to make carrot cake, which made her very happy! After baking the cake together she was so excited to tell her daddy that she made a carrot cake.

How to Make this Carrot Cake

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 2 C grated carrots
  • 1/2 C vegetable oil
  • 3/4 C white sugar
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 2 large egs
  • 1 C all purpose flour spooned and levelled
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter at room temperature
  • 4 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 & 1/2 c icing sugar also called powdered sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Carrot Cake Batter

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease the edges of a loaf pan and line it with parchment paper.

Wash, peel, and grate your carrots. Set aside. The easiest way to grate your carrots is by using a cheese grater.

In a medium sized bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Set aside.

In your stand mixer with the paddle attachment on cream the oil, white sugar, and brown sugar together. You want to mix for a good 2-3 minutes. You can also mix by hand as well.

Add in the grated carrots and eggs. Mix well to combine everything. Add in the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing the cake to a wire rack to cool completely.

Carrot Cake before Icing

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

For the frosting you can use a stand mixer, hand held mixer, or with a lot of muscles you can make it by hand. Whip butter and softened cream cheese together for 2 minutes. Add in the vanilla, pinch of salt, and icing sugar. Continue mixing until the texture is smooth and fluffy. This usually takes a few minutes. Add frosting onto the cooled cake.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

This cake can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Tips for Making this Cake

  • Be sure to spoon and level your flour. To do this use a spoon to scoop the flour into the measuring cup then smooth with your finger or a knife to level the measuring cup.
  • To grate the carrots use a cheese grater.
  • Line the loaf pan with parchment paper. This helps the cake from sticking to the pan and lets you easily lift it out.
Carrot Cake sliced

Bake them on your own or bake them with your kids, either way I’m sure you’ll love with this Carrot Cake Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting!

If you make this cake you can tag me on Instagram @jessiebakestreats and leave me a review below. I’d love to hear from you!

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Carrot Cake Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting

Jessie M
The best carrot cake loaf with cream cheese frosting. Moist and flavourful carrot cake made in a loaf pan and topped with cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Servings 1 Loaf

Equipment

  • loaf pan

Ingredients
  

Carrot Cake

  • 2 C grated carrots
  • 1/2 C vegetable oil
  • 3/4 C white sugar
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 C all purpose flour spooned and levelled
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 tbsp butter at room temperature
  • 4 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 & 1/2 c icing sugar also called powdered sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

Carrot Cake

  • Wash, peel, and grate your carrots. Set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In your stand mixer with the paddle attachment on cream the oil, white sugar, and brown sugar together. You want to mix for a good 2-3 minutes. You can also mix by hand as well.
  • Add in the grated carrots and eggs. Mix well to combine everything.
  • Add in the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing the cake to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • For the frosting you can use a stand mixer, hand held mixer, or with a lot of muscles you can make it by hand. Whip butter and softened cream cheese together for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the vanilla, pinch of salt, and icing sugar. Continue mixing until the texture is smooth and fluffy. This usually takes a few minutes.
  • Add frosting onto the cooled cake.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days. 
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